Tracy Holbrook, Chemical Technology Lead Instructor at Cape Fear Community College, has been selected as a reviewer for this yearâ€™s Advanced Technology Education (ATE) panel with the National Science Foundation (NSF).Â The panel will be held on December 5-7 in Arlington, VA.
The panel will draw science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experts from across the country to read, review, and evaluate grant proposals for scientific and educational merit.Â The ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.
All reviewers are selected by the National Science Foundation.Â Holbrook recently received a $150,000 ATE grant from the NSF in April 2010 to purchase a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GCMS) and ion chromatograph (IC) for the Chemical Technology department and is currently workingÂ on another NSF grant within the Informal Science Education (ISE) division.