Picture of PEARC Tutorial Facilitators, from left to right; Gail Krovitz, Katy Colbry, Dirk Colbry, Deb McCaffrey, Cyd Burrows

We held an all day CyberAmbassadors workshop at PEARC19 in Chicago. Although we did put together a slide deck, when we got to PEARC and scouted out our room we realized that we missed the fact that there was no projector.

Since most of the Cyberambassador curriculum focuses on group interactions we always thought it would be easy to adjust the training to not use technology. Fortunately, Katy and I had almost 14 hours before the workshop started to adjust our plans. We needed to change a few of the activities but by putting a some of the key slides on flip charts the workshop proceeded quite well without technology. Now that we have tried it out, I think I like not relying on the technology. It is really not needed for the training and is mostly there to keep the facilitators on track.

Overall PEARC participants were outstanding and the feedback we got on the workshop was quite positive. We can't wait to do it again next year in Portland!

Inaugural CyberAmbassadors Fellows Training Workshop

Thu 18 July 2019 by Lilly Glosser

Group Picture of Inaugural Fellows

The CyberAmbassadors program hosted 32 volunteers from across the country at Michigan State University (MSU) on July 18-19 for the inaugural CyberAmbassadors Fellows Program. The program trains facilitators on how to conduct professional skills workshops using the newly developed CyberAmbassadors training curriculum. Over the next year, the CyberAmbassador Fellows will …

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Research Security Operations Center Adapting CyberAmbassador Curriculum to Security Experts

Fri 14 June 2019 by Cyd Burrows-Schilling


Having been exposed to the NSF Cyber Ambassador project through participation in several research facilitation-related national organizations (CaRCC, ACI-REF VR, Campus Champions), I’ve had the opportunity to not only learn about the training content, but also to experience several of the various training modules and activities offered. Last December …

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Now Accepting Application for CyberAmbassadors Fellows Program

Wed 12 June 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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The CyberAmbassador program is seeking experienced CyberInfrastructure (CI) professionals to train as workshop facilitators for the newly developed CyberAmbassador Professional Skills training program.

Fellows will be trained to facilitate the CyberAmbassador curriculum (covering communications, teamwork and leadership skills) and will host one or more CyberAmbassador workshops during the 12-month fellowship …

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Virtual Residency Introductory/Intermediate Workshop 2019

Fri 07 June 2019 by Dirk Colbry

OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research

This has been the third time CyberAmbassadors program has presented at the annual Virtual Residency in Oklahoma. We must be doing something right because the organizers keep inviting us back. This year we presented three of the Cyber Ambassador Modules:

Tuesday 10:45am-12:00 noon Introduction to CyberAmbassadors / First Contact …

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Poster Presentation at the SciTS 2019 Conference -- The CyberAmbassador Training Program

Tue 21 May 2019 by Astri Briliyanti

Image Astri presenting next to her poster

We are so happy to participate and present our work at the 10th Annual International Science of Team Science Conference (SciTS) 2019 in Lansing, Michigan. In this poster, we introduce our curriculum and offer preliminary result from the ongoing evaluation of our program. During the first year, we have focused …

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National Association for Broader Impacts (NABI) conference in Tucson.

Sat 04 May 2019 by Juli Wilson Rojewski


I learned about the National Association for Broader Impacts (NABI) from a colleague at MSU, Dr. Laurie Van Egeren, who is a leader in outreach and engagement at the national level. NABI professionals are committed to extending the societal impacts of work funded by NSF (and other funding agencies). This …

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That's a wrap! First Graduate CyberAmbassador Course Completes.

Fri 26 April 2019 by Dirk Colbry

Picture of Entire Class

We just completed our first semester long CyberAmbassador class.

CMSE890 special topics course provided professional skills training in communications, teamwork, ethics and leadership for graduate students, including training in how to be an effective research mentor. Class materials are drawn from the CyberAmbassador program funded by the National Science Foundation …

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Evaluating Solutions to Hosting Community Maintained Materials with Content Management Systems

Fri 05 April 2019 by Dirk Colbry

TJ and Dirk in front of the poster

This poster presents work by CyberAmbassador undergraduate researcher, TJ Van Nguyen, which compares several solutions to develop a website to host and share CyberAmbassador OpenSource educational materials. The goal is to build a system that is easy for instructors to explore, find and modify content to fit their needs. Any …

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Understanding Research Technology Support and Where it Fails

Tue 26 March 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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Dirk was was invited to give a talk to a newly formed IT Research Support group on MSU's campus. As the name suggests, the purpose of this group is to find the best ways to help researchers use technology to do their science.

This talk was a patchwork of existing …

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