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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Latest Module - Effective Meeting Management

Thu 08 November 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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We just got finished presenting our latest module to the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC) monthly call for their Research Facing CyberInfrastructer professionals. This session was conducted completely online using Zoom and it turned out to be quite effective.

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2018 Tau Beta Pi Convention

Thu 11 October 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, meets every year for their National Convention. This year the convention is meeting in Denver Co. Dr. Katy Colbry is presenting a pilot of a new Engineering Futures module titled "Complex Conversations". This module is based closely on the curriculum developed for the …

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Campus Champion CyberAmbassador Presentation

Tue 18 September 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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I had the pleasure of introducing the CyberAmbassador project to the Campus Champions on our Monthly teleconference. In case you are interested, here is a link to my slides:

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6 Ways Michigan State University is Leveraging the Resources and Expertise of the National Research Mentoring Network

Mon 06 August 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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One of the objectives of the CyberAmbassador project is to reach out and work with other Professional Skills training programs. Co-Pi, Dr. Kathleen Colbry is a trained facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Director of Engineering Futures professional training program though Tau Beta Pi (The engineering …

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Practice Examples for Complex Communication

Mon 06 August 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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We are excited to present some of our newest CyberAmbassador Curriculum developed specifically for the 2018 ACI-REF Virtual residency. We have been given a 90 minute slot to introduce the topic of communicating complex topics. Below is a link to our slides and links to the practice examples:

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PEARC18 Birds of a Feather (BOF)

Wed 25 July 2018 by Dirk Colbry

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The CyberAmbassador Birds of a Feather Event at the 2018 PEARC Conference was a success!

Link to BOF Schedule

We had a great turn out and a wonderful discussion about the current state of professional skills training in CI. The discussion was fairly open but we did …

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