Fitting iCE-Cube Neutrino Path models using Neural Networks

Tue 24 July 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

Mohammed and his poster

This summer Mohammed Salih worked with me as part of the Engineering ENSURE Program. He presented his work with Jessie Micallef and me as a poster at MidSURE.

Poster Abstract: Neutrinos are small particles with a mass close to zero. It’s rare interaction with normal matter makes it difficult …

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Campus Champions 101 Panel at PEARC18

Mon 23 July 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

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I had an opportunity to participate on the "Researcher Facing" Panel as part of the Campus Champion 101 workshop at PEARC18.

Link to Notes For the Panel can be found here

The Campus Champions 101 workshop explores campus research computing roles. The workshop builds on the Campus Champions’ history and …

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Bringing Professional Skills Training to CI - PEARC18 Birds of a Feather (BOF)

Sun 22 July 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

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The CyberAmbassador a Birds of a Feather Event at the 2018 PEARC Conference. Please Join us on Wednesday, July 25th from 5pm - 6pm. More information can be found here:

Link to BOF Schedule

Description: A number of professional skills training programs and resources have been developed in recent years, in …

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Pelican Tutorial

Tue 17 July 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

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My student's and I figured out how to use Pelican with pages to create some websites for work. We tried to type up the instructions as a tutorial and build a pelican template. Here is a link to the tutorial:

Pelican / Tutorial

Some of our websites …

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Installing RStudio on the MSU HPCC

Fri 06 July 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


These instructions are for installing RStudio on the HPCC. RStudio provides a variety of installers on their website However, the HPCC uses an older version of Linux and the precompiled binaries are not compatible. Trying to install RStudio from the source code is …

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Managing Inconsistent Runtimes on the HPCC

Fri 29 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

One of our postdocs stopped by my office today to talk about a problem with inconsistant runtimes on our HPCC. This user is running a lot of jobs with 512 cores (current cpu limit is 520). The problem is that it is really difficult for the user to estimate the …

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Getting to work with Pelican generated website

Thu 28 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

Back when I worked for iCER I had my blog set up to automatically Tweet when I posted something new using a service called Twitter Feed. Unfortunately, Twitter Feed is no longer around and their website recommended as an alternative.

So far it was fairly strait forward to …

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Ensure Talk - An Engineers Autobiography

Wed 27 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry


I gave an autobiographical talk today to the EnSURE (Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) students. I have given this talk a few times and it is noticeably different that most of my presentations because the EnSURE organizers asked me to talk about myself and how I got where I am …

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Commit Early and Often

Tue 26 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

Ugh! Rookie mistake! I just spent all morning working on my website and blog. I was really happy with the improvements. I was making some modifications to the Makefile in the pelican folder to streamline my workflow when... all of my files disappeared.

Rookie Mistake #1: I unintentionally did a …

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Planning a new Course

Sun 10 June 2018 by Dr. Dirk Colbry

This post describes a technique I use to plan an organize a course from scratch. I learned this technique from Dr. Brian O'Shea.

At Michigan State University (MSU) my official title is curriculum specialist. I have the unique opportunity to help develop entirely new courses for a brand new department …

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