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ATE Community Webinars

ATE Central is now hosting webinars for the ATE community. Please see the information below for upcoming webinars as well as links to recorded events and slides. If you are interested in creating a webinar as part of your ATE center or project's dissemination efforts please contact us at info@atecentral.net

Upcoming

 

Past

 

Designing for Accessibility with POUR 

Monday, June 10, 2019 1:00:00 PM EDT - 2:30:00 PM EDT

Many of the learning materials educators use in the classroom (such as lecture handouts and the course syllabus) are self-created and understanding how to make them accessible to all students including those with disabilities is critical. The authoring tools used to create these materials often include options for adding accessibility into the content creation workflow. However, accessibility guidelines are often written in technical language that can be confusing to even veteran developers. Fortunately, they can be distilled into four core principles, as captured by the acronym POUR (Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust), that define four qualities of an accessible user experience. Using the revision of a course syllabus as the context, this webinar, brought to you by the NSF funded AccessATE project and the National AEM Center at CAST, offers practical, applied techniques educators can implement right away.Instructors can build upon their higher-level understanding of the POUR core qualities to ensure their classroom materials “are accessible and work for all learners from the start, by design.”

 

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Tips and Tricks: Step-by-Step NSF ATE Proposal Forms Preparation

Thursday, May 1, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

This webinar focuses on the various forms associated with NSF ATE grant proposals. Forms can make up two-thirds of a final proposal submission and impact the quality and accuracy of a proposal. The webinar will cover knowing the purpose of various forms associated with NSF ATE proposals, knowing what data to enter into each form associated with NSF ATE proposal, learning the importance of providing consistent information on forms and other components of a proposal, and recognizing common errors that can be avoided.

Presented by Mentor Connect

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Capturing Movies of Molecules Using Ultrafast X-rays

Friday, March 29, 2019 12-1:30pm ET

X-ray free-electron lasers based on powerful mile-long particle accelerators can peer deep into molecular structure and the ultrafast timescales of chemistry. Dr. Graves is working toward a compact version that can fit in a room. In this webinar we will look briefly at the history of the development of this type of laser and then explore the science, physics, and technology behind the operation of this very unique device. These short x-ray laser pulses can capture the motions of molecules and can look at the molecular structure of living systems.

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Walking the NSF Budgeting Walk: NSF ATE Proposal Budget & Budget Justification

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

The purpose of this webinar is to help those who have not been funded by NSF to develop fundable proposals. Topics include how to prepare a budget for your NSF ATE grant, what to include in each budget category, how to prepare a budget justification, how to align the budget and project description, and how to avoid common errors.

Presented by Mentor Connect

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Strategies to Build Enrollments in Your Nanotechnology and STEM Programs

Thursday, February 28, 2019 1-2 pm ET

Building enrollment in a STEM program is challenging on many levels. Industry is vitally interested as their future workforce emerges from these programs. Educators want to open these programs to new generations of students and increase access. This webinar will feature three experienced nanotechnology educators who will describe their strategies, collaborations, discuss their results, and share their experiences.

Presented by NACK/NCI-Southwest

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So many choices, so little time: Setting strategies to guide your tactics

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1-2pm ET

 

When it comes to getting the word out about your project or center, it seems like there are infinite options for communications channels you could use. But with limited resources, which channels are worth your time? Should you use Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook--and how? Beyond social media and other channels, we’ll zoom out and talk about what strategy is and how you can better define what your project or center’s outreach or marketing strategies should be so you can better determine which tactics are worth your time, and which you can put on the shelf.

 

In this live webinar, we will be joined by Farra Trompeter, Vice President of Big Duck – a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits based in Brooklyn NY, and Rachael Bower, Director/PI of ATE Central, who will build off the conversation we started at the pre-ATE conference workshop. We’ll discuss how you can use your target audiences as a guide and answer your questions related to strategies and tactics.

 

Presented by Rachael Bower of ATE Central and Farra Trompeter of Big Duck

 

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Basic Principles of Survey Question Development

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

 

Surveys are a valuable source of evaluation data. Obtaining quality data relies heavily on well-crafted survey items that align with the overall purpose of the evaluation. In this webinar, participants will learn the fundamental principles of survey question construction to enhance the validity and utility of survey data. We will discuss the importance of considering data analysis during survey construction and ways to test your survey questions. Participants will receive an overview of survey do's and don'ts to help apply fundamental principles of survey question development in their own work.

 

Presented by EvaluATE

 

 

Three Common Evaluation Fails and How to Prevent Them

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 1-2 pm, ET

In this webinar, experienced STEM education evaluator Kirk Knestis shares strategies for effectively communicating with evaluation clients to avoid three common "evaluation fails." (1) Project implementation delays; (2) evaluation scope creep (clients wanting something more or different from what was originally planned); and (3) substantial changes in the project over the course of the evaluation. These issues are typical causes for an evaluation to be derailed and fail to produce useful and valid results. Webinar viewers learn how clear documentation--specifically, an evaluation contract (legal commitment to the work), scope of work (detailed description of evaluation services and deliverables), and study protocol (technical details concerning data collection and analysis)--can make potentially difficult conversations go better for all involved, averting potential evaluation crises and failures. Getting these documents right and using them in project communications helps ensure a smoothly operating evaluation, happy client, and profitable project for the evaluator.

For a brief overview of some of what Kirk addresses in this webinar, see his blog post.

Presented by EvaluATE

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Neural Interfaces: Nanoscience and Materials Technology


Thursday, January 31, 2019, 1 pm - 2 pm ET

Intracortical neural interfaces (INI) have made impressive progress in recent years and are used to improve our understanding of the nervous system, understand function and disease models, and potentially develop new therapies and devices. A fundamental challenge rests with the implantable electrodes and their biocompatibility and questionable long-term reliability. Nanoscience and nanotechnology can play a key role in developing new approaches and new strategies for neural interfaces. This webinar will focus on studies of silicon carbide (SiC) micromachined semiconductor neural devices and the materials challenges that must be understood and overcome to bring this promising technology to clinical trial.

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Tell a good story: Crafting mission statements and messages for your ATE project or center

 

Tuesday, January 29, 1-2 pm ET

 

The root of the word "communication" is "communis," meaning to make common. Unfortunately, many of us in the education and grant-funded sectors struggle with identifying the main messages we need to make common to our key stakeholders. And for many of us in the ATE community, we could use help in creating simple, memorable ways to speak and write consistently about our project and center’s work. Clearly defined and consistently implemented mission statements and messaging platforms are key to ensuring that all points of contact with your project or center will reinforce the right messages.

 

In this live webinar, were joined by Farra Trompeter, Vice President of Big Duck – a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits based in Brooklyn NY, and Rachael Bower, Director/PI of ATE Central, who review how these messaging elements can be created to more effectively engage students, partners, funders, and other key external audiences. Those who attended the pre-ATE conference workshop will recognize a topic we revisit: the relationship between brand strategy (positioning and personality) and messaging. Farra provides some examples of how other organizations define and use these tools with examples you can learn from, as Rachael helps connect lessons from the wider nonprofit world to the ATE community.

 

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Three Common Evaluation Fails and How to Prevent Them
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 12:00 pm EDT


In this webinar, experienced STEM education evaluator Kirk Knestis shares strategies for effectively communicating with evaluation clients to avoid three common “evaluation fails.” (1) Project implementation delays; (2) evaluation scope creep (clients wanting something more or different from what was originally planned); and (3) substantial changes in the project over the course of the evaluation. These issues are typical causes for an evaluation to be derailed and fail to produce useful and valid results. Webinar viewers learn how clear documentation—specifically, an evaluation contract (legal commitment to the work), scope of work (detailed description of evaluation services and deliverables), and study protocol (technical details concerning data collection and analysis)—can make potentially difficult conversations go better for all involved, averting potential evaluation crises and failures. Getting these documents right and using them in project communications helps ensure a smoothly operating evaluation, happy client, and profitable project for the evaluator.

For a brief overview of some of what Kirk addresses in this webinar, see his blog post.


Presenter: Kirk Knestis
Moderator: Michael Lesiecki
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Identifying nanobiotechnology-based solutions for opportunities in personalized healthcare
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Researchers Joshua Smith and Stacey Gifford from IBM's Nanobiotechnology Program cover the latest research on the relevant biology found in fluids from liquid biopsies and discuss opportunities in microfluidics for disruptive technology development to isolate and interrogate these biomarkers, aiding disease diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment-response monitoring.
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Student Orientation to the ATE Conference
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:00pm EDT
This webinar is designed to provide student attendees with an orientation to the ATE Conference. The webinar highlights why you should attend, what you need to do to attend, what you can expect, and how you can maximize your time to get the most out of the conference and its many networking opportunities.
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NSF ATE Program Funding Opportunites & Mentor-Connect Orientation
Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:00pm EDT
Mentor-Connect: Leadership Development and Outreach for ATE is designed to broaden the impact of the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) Program by helping more faculty in two-year community and technical colleges get funded to conduct projects that will improve technician education in America. Objectives are to learn:

  • more about NSF ATE Program benefits

  • what Mentor-Connect can offer

  • how to apply and receive assistance via the 2018-19 Mentor-Connect Mentorship

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Orientation to the ATE Conference
Friday, September 7, 2018 1:00pm EDT
The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Principal Investigators’ Conference, co-sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a national professional development and networking event for ATE project and center grantees and their project partners. The conference is by invitation only and brings together approximately 850 people—representing NSF ATE grants from across the country—to focus on the critical issues related to STEM technician education. This webinar serves as an orientation to the conference and highlights why you and your ATE grant team should attend, what you can expect, how you can best prepare to participate in the required showcase sessions, and how you can maximize your time to get the most out of the conference and its many networking opportunities. More info can be found here
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Give your Proposal a Competitive Edge with a Great Evaluation
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 1:00pm EDT
A strong evaluation plan will give your proposal a competitive edge. In this webinar, we’ll explain the essential elements of an effective evaluation plan and show you how to incorporate them into a proposal for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. We’ll also provide guidance on how to budget for an evaluation, locate a qualified evaluator, and use evaluative evidence to describe the results from prior NSF support (required if you’ve had previous NSF funding). Participants will receive an updated Evaluation Planning Checklist for ATE Proposals and other resources to help prepare strong evaluation plans. Slides and resources available at: http://www.evalu-ate.org/webinars/aug18/.
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Stem Summit Webinar
Friday, July 27, 2018 1:00pm EDT
This webinar provides information on the Equity and Inclusion STEM Thought Leaders’ Summit request for applications. The presentation provides background on the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, the ATE Conference, and resources open to participants. AACC staff review the summit application process; and potential applicant colleges had the opportunity to ask questions of the Summit organizers.
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Plan, Organize, Submit: A Look at the ATE Central Archiving Process
Tuesday, May 15, 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Please join presenters Kendra Bouda and Rachael Bower on May 15, 2018, at 1 pm EDT for this free webinar on archiving with ATE Central. The presenters will share tips on organizing your materials for archiving, using the archive submission form, and tracking your submissions online. See what happens with your submissions behind the scenes, as ATE Central staff process your materials, add metadata, and make your resources discoverable to the ATE community and beyond. You will also learn how to find curriculum and other content that ATE grantees have created and shared for you to adapt and use for your own purposes.
Archiving Handout
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Preparing Forms for Your NSF ATE Proposal: Live 2018 Webinar
Thursday, May 10, 2018, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT 
Each year, the Mentor-Connect project team produces a cost-free webinar that highlights the process for filling out various forms that are required in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant proposal process. In 2017, we will offer this technical assistance webinar again with a fresh spin. Participants will:

  • Know the purpose of various forms associated with NSF ATE proposals

  • Know information to enter into each form associated with NSF ATE proposals

  • Learn about the importance of providing consistent information on forms and other components of a proposal

  • Be alerted to common errors that can be avoided

  • Get answers to questions on completing required proposal forms

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CCIC Boot Camp Orientation
Friday, April 20, 2018 1:00-2:30 EDT
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American Association of Community Colleges

 

Webinar 3: Succession Planning: How to Build a Plan So That Your Work Continues Without You
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:00 pm EST 
Rachael Bower, ATE Central Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint Great projects and centers have great people running them and working for them. Many of the most successful have a talented and dedicated founder or PI at the heart of the enterprise. And yet, while people may move on or retire, we often very much want the good work to continue. This session introduces ways to think about a key element of a strong sustainability strategy: succession planning, to help projects and centers build a stable structure that can continue on, even as staffing changes over time. Topics covered include knowledge transfer, partnering as a succession strategy, and staying involved.
Special Guest: Kathy Alfano, CREATE Center
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Protein Engineered Nanomaterials

Friday, March 23, 2018 1:00 pm EST 
Inspired by unique biological self-assembly, biomacromolecules have been increasingly used as building blocks to assemble complex higher order architectures. These molecular assemblies have been used for many technological and biomedical applications, including drug delivery, biosensing and bioimaging. This webinar describes our strategy to generate fibers and nanoparticles using engineered variants of the coiled-coil domain of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein and their biomedical applications.
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Webinar 2: Re-visiting Your Sustainability Goals in a Post-Grant World
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 1:00 pm EST 
Rachael Bower, ATE Central Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint This session takes on a thorny problem: your grant is coming to an end, but the work needs to continue. What aspects of your work need to be supported going forward? Which might you decide are complete and need no further work? In this session, we will introduce an evaluative tool for prioritizing the strands of work and activity that your project or center has developed over time and determining what each will require to have the greatest impact. Topics will include prioritizing, preservation versus growth strategies, and budgeting for the post-grant phase.

Special Guest: Ann Beheler, National Convergence Technology Center
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Preparing a Budget and Budget Justification for your NSF ATE Proposal: Live 2018 Webinar
Thursday, March 1, 2018 1:00-2:30 pm 
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program grant proposal writing process can seem daunting to those new to the ATE program. Each year, Mentor-Connect offers a detailed cost-free technical assistance webinar highlighting all aspects of the budget and budget justification for those building competitive grant proposals for ATE. Participants will:

  • Know what information to enter into each budget category of the NSF budget form

  • Learn how to prepare a budget justification Recognize the mutual dependence between the budget and project description

  • Be alerted to common errors that can be avoided

  • Get answers to questions on budget development and forms

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Protein Engineered Nano Materials
Friday, March 23, 2018 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
NACK Network
NCI Southwest
Inspired by unique biological self-assembly, biomacromolecules have been increasingly used as building blocks to assemble complex higher order architectures. More specifically, protein molecules that can be engineered to self-assemble into diverse structures, conferring different functionalities to the complex three-dimensional architectures, have garnered interest in the field of biomaterials. These complex molecular assemblies have been used for many technological and biomedical applications, including drug delivery, biosensing and bioimaging. Here, we describe our strategy to generate fibers and nanoparticles using engineered variants of the coiled-coil domain of cartilage oligomeric matrix protein and their biomedical applications.

 

Webinar 1: Taking Stock and Planning for Success
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 1:00 pm EST 
Rachael Bower, ATE Central Nancy Maron, BlueSky to BluePrint How well is your project or center doing today? Where do you want it to be tomorrow? In this session, we will introduce a series of questions - a basic “health check tool” - you can start asking that will help you identify areas of strength that you may want to develop even further, and areas of vulnerability that you will want to address. Topics we will cover address the core concepts of sustainability planning, specifically: audience, stakeholders, the changing environment, and funding sources.
Special Guest: Lori Wingate, EvaluATE Center
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Understanding the biological machinery by cryogenic TEM imaging and structure determination
Friday, January 26, 2018 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
NCI Southwest
NACK Network
Life is composed of four fundamental building blocks: lipids, sugars, nucleic acids, and amino acids. These basic building blocks polymerize and assembly into the living world around us. Historically, understanding how this organic chemistry creates the machinery of life required crystallization and x-ray diffraction methods, or were limited to sizes solvable by NMR spectroscopy. Today, advances in cryogenically preserving biological assemblies and imaging them by Transmission Electron Microscopy are revolutionizing our understanding of these molecular assemblies in near native conditions with spatial resolutions ranging from organismal to near atomic resolutions. This webinar will discuss these advances and why the researchers behind them were recently award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

 

Increasing Student Achievement and Completion Rates through Undergraduate Research at Two-Year Colleges
Thursday, September 28, 2017 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
American Association of Community Colleges
The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative
Community colleges are successfully using the high impact practice of undergraduate research (UR) to increase student achievement and completion rates. The Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI), as a leader in this effort, has engaged more than 40 partner institutions to develop and implement course-based undergraduate research experiences for students. Over the past decade, CCURI has developed an innovative UR model that meets the unique needs of community colleges, and addresses challenges such as heavy teaching loads, lack of funds, and the need for professional development. In this webinar, faculty and administrators from CCURI partner institutions will discuss proven strategies for the successful development and implementation of UR, and share impactful data on the resulting student success outcomes.
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Archiving with ATE Central: The Basics
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:00-3:00pm EDT
Kendra Bouda, ATE Central Rachael Bower, ATE Central Join Kendra and Rachael to learn what digital archiving is, why archiving benefits ATE, and how ATE Central can help with your project or center’s archiving efforts. And if you're in the process of writing an ATE proposal this is a great opportunity to get your archiving plan in place. Whether you’re just getting started with ATE and want to learn how to meet the new NSF ATE archiving requirement or you've been part of the community for a while, join us to learn more about sustaining and sharing your project deliverables beyond the life of your ATE funding.
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