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Nominations Open for Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards

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The League for Innovation is now accepting nominations for the 2021-2022 Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards from League Alliance and Board member colleges. This award honors two deserving students who demonstrate a special talent in technology, passion about moving toward a career in technology, academic excellence, and strong financial need. Winners will receive $1,000 to be used for education expenses (e.g., tuition, fees) and a plaque commemorating their achievement. 

Each separately accredited League member institution may submit one nomination for the Student Technology Champion award and one nomination for the Student Developer Champion award. (Dual enrollment high school and early college students are not eligible.)

Nominations will be accepted through October 29, 2021. Please refer to the Terry O’Banion Student Technology Awards page to learn more. The guidelines page provides detailed nomination information. Contact Kelly Dooling with questions.

Call for Submissions for New ATE Journal

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The Journal of Advanced Technological Education (J ATE) is a new peer-reviewed technical journal focused on technician education at community colleges. J ATE is now welcoming submissions to be published in upcoming issues. For members of the ATE community, publishing in a peer-reviewed technical journal like J ATE will be an excellent way to disseminate work, promote technical education programs, and share research with like-minded educators and the wider technical education community. 

There is no cost to publish, access, and read the journal. In addition, there are no subscription or submission fees. J ATE authors are invited from ATE projects and centers, community college faculty, university education researchers, and industry personnel. Our target audience will include community and technical college faculty and staff, as well as K-12 educators, industry members, and those readers with interests in micro-nano technology and related fields, NSF ATE, and technician education. The journal is supported by the Micro Nano Technology Education Center (MNT-EC) with participation from InnovATEBIO (The National Center for Bio Technologies), the National Center for Autonomous...

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The 2021 ATE Conference is Going Virtual

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Due to continued concerns related to COVID-19 and in consideration of the safety and well-being of conference participants and staff, the AACC has decided to transition the 2021 ATE Conference from a hybrid to a fully virtual event.

The AACC anticipates that there will be several questions pertaining to the cancellation of the in-person event. To assist you, please consult this list of FAQs for questions pertaining to registration refunds, transfer of registrations to the virtual event, hotel and travel, and the Call for Sessions.

Please see ATE Central's PI Conference page for more information and resources.

Nominations are Open for EvaluATE’s New Outstanding ATE Evaluation Awards!  

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EvaluATE is excited to share the call for submissions to recognize excellence in ATE evaluations. Evaluators, principal investigators, and program officers are encouraged to nominate evaluations of ATE projects, centers, and small, new to ATE projects.

EvaluATE is looking for evaluations that exemplify the qualities of outstanding evaluation, including usefulness to stakeholders, appropriateness of methods, and overall quality.

The deadline for submission is September 10, 2021. Submission forms and additional information can be found on the award website. Reach out to Lyssa Wilson Becho with any questions regarding the awards submission or review process.

Mentor-Connect Opens Services to Faculty Who Are New to ATE

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Mentor-Connect is opening its mentoring services to two-year college STEM faculty members who have not previously received a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. Previously, the Mentor-Connect mentoring opportunity was only available to faculty whose colleges are eligible for small grants for institutions new to ATE.

Faculty interested in applying to be in Mentor-Connect’s tenth cohort – who will receive mentoring from January through September 2022 – are encouraged to attend an Orientation Webinar at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, September 8. The webinar provides an overview of the ATE program, explains Mentor-Connect’s services, and offers general tips for grant-funding success. To register for the webinar, click here.

To access Mentor-Connect’s online application for The New-to-ATE Two-Year STEM Faculty Mentorship click here. Mentor-Connect applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 8, 2021. Selected faculty will be notified Friday, November 5.   

An Introduction to Archiving with ATE Central

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Sign up now to join presenters Kendra Bouda and Rachael Bower on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from noon-1:00 pm CDT for an introduction to archiving with ATE Central. To sign up, please email ATE Central.

Presenters will discuss what the ATE Central Archiving Service is and how to select materials for archiving. Learn what to expect during the submission process and what happens to your materials behind the scenes. 

Participants are encouraged to come prepared with archiving questions and seek advice during the Q&A portion of the talk, or stay online and chat with presenters after the meeting. 

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Workplace Communication for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Employees

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Employers often are unsure about how best to communicate with potential employees who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. This tip sheet from DeafTEC and AccessATE provides helpful hints and resources to prepare you to discuss with employers how to effectively communicate with deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. 

This resource covers strategies for conversations in one-on-one interactions and group settings. To learn more, be sure to read the AccessATE blog post on how COVID-19 makes communication more challenging for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. 

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

AccessATE Tip Sheet: Workplace Communication and Safety for Physical Disabilities

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It can be a challenge to talk to potential industry employers about workplace communication and safety for employees with disabilities. Check out this tip sheet from DeafTEC and AccessATE on Workplace Communication and Safety for Physical Disabilities for helpful hints and resources to prepare you to discuss these topics with industry partners and advocate for your students. 

This resource covers tips for communicating with individuals with disabilities and ensuring people with physical disabilities can be safe in the workplace, as well as links to additional useful resources. To learn more, be sure to read the AccessATE blog post on using Person-First or Identity-First language to describe people with disabilities. 

AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.

Upcoming Event from ASEE: Preparing the Workforce for Industry 4.0

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The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is hosting an in-person event, ASEE: Preparing the Workforce for Industry 4.0, which will take place in Washington, D.C., on October 13-14, 2021. 

Engineering is at a crossroads. This includes its practice in the workplace—and how it’s taught in the classroom. New technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), nanofabrication, and the internet of things (IoT) have shifted the engineering landscape.

The event features a series of TED-like talks, along with industry and academic leaders, a member of the National Science Board, and other luminaries.

To learn more about the project and for details about registration and accommodations (including early-bird pricing), visit the ASEE Workforce 4.0 site

NSF Releases New ATE Program Solicitation

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Exciting news - the newest ATE program solicitation is now available from the National Science Foundation! The focus of the new solicitation is the same as it’s been in years past in that it provides funds to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.

In this cycle, an estimated 45 to 80 standard and continuing grants will be made totaling approximately $75 million for 2022. Grants may be awarded in a wide variety of sizes and durations. The actual number of awards and sizes are subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals.

To read about the important updates and revisions to this program solicitation, check out the most recent ATE Impacts blog.

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