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!

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

Fri 26 April 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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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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First Full Day Communication Workshop

Mon 18 March 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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We just completed our first full-day communication workshop at the University of Tennessee. There was a small hick-up with flight delays but once things got rolling the workshop turned out great. This is the first time we have integrated the three separate communication modules:

  • First Contact
  • Complex conversations
  • Communicating a …
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First Contact (Newest Module)

Fri 01 March 2019 by Dirk Colbry


We just finished developing and presenting our latest module called "first contact". This module looks at new conversations and how you can prepare yourself for unexpected opportunities to build new relationships.

Overall our CMSE890 graduate students seemed to enjoy the exercise. They gave us some great and I really think …

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CaRCC Research Facilitation Monthly Meeting - Complex Convsersations

Thu 14 February 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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We just got finished presenting the Complex Conversations module to the monthly research facing meeting for the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) . This session conducted completely online using Zoom.

Amazing group of people.

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Graduate CyberAmbassador Course

Thu 10 January 2019 by Dirk Colbry

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This semester we are teaching a in-person class at Michigan State University to provide the CyberAmbassador curriculum in its entirety. The course will consists of ~16 hours of the CyberAmbassador training, ~9 hours of Entering Mentoring curriculum and ~6 hours of discussion-based RCR (responsible conduct of research) training required of …

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