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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sustainability Health Check: Sustainability Strategies for Leaders of ATE Projects and Centers
This season, the ATE Central Webinar Series on Sustainability focuses on topics useful to Centers and Projects at all stages of growth. It is never too soon to be thinking about life “post-grant” – as a way to plan for eventual independence or as a way to prepare for a time when grants may not be forthcoming. This series addresses three critical angles – first, a basic “health check” to see how your project or center is faring today; second, strategies for moving forward, with a refreshed set of goals and priorities; and finally, taking to heart the need to plan for changes concerning the most valuable asset any project has: its people. This series is funded by the National Science Foundation’s ATE Central project and produced in collaboration with Nancy Maron of BlueSky to BluePrint, a consulting firm focusing on business strategy for leaders of innovative initiatives in the academic and cultural sectors.
Webinar 2: Re-visiting Your Sustainability Goals in a Post-Grant World
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 1:00 pm EST
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
Webinar 3: Succession Planning: How to Build a Plan So That Your Work Continues Without You
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:00 pm EST
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 will introduce 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 to be covered include knowledge transfer, partnering as a succession strategy, and staying involved.
Special Guest: Kathy Alfano, CREATE Center
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.
Protein Engineered Nano Materials
Friday, March 23, 2018 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
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.
CCIC Boot Camp Orientation
Friday, April 20, 2018 1:00-2:30 EDT
CCIC Customer Discovery
Tuesday, April 24, 1:00-2:30 pm EDT
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.
Webinar 1: Taking Stock and Planning for Success
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 1:00 pm EST
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
Understanding the biological machinery by cryogenic TEM imaging and structure determination
Friday, January 26, 2018 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
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 21, 2017 1:00-2:00 pm EDT
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.
Archiving with ATE Central: The Basics
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 2:00-3:00pm EDT
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.