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June 11, 2013
A researcher measures a Brant goose egg for a study on avian flu transmission. The Northwest Center for Sustainable Resources (NCSR), a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center, focuses on creating, disseminating and supporting adaptation of natural resource curriculum materials. These materials feature topics on environmental monitoring, habitat preservation and restoration, mapping, instrumentation, and other related skills woven within the context of managing complex ecosystems. The materials are used in college programs in areas of environmental and biological sciences and natural resource technical courses in fisheries, forestry, wildlife and environmental science programs. Other materials focus on integrating natural resource management concepts into secondary science courses such as biology, to ensure a wide range of understanding of ecosystem-based resource sustainability. Located at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore., the center is a national collaborative of partners from education, business and industry, American-Indian tribes, and government agencies, providing a unique, national, natural, resources-based education information network. About NSF's ATE Program With an emphasis on two-year colleges, NSF's ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-tech fields that drive our nation's economy. ATE 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. ATE 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. This image appeared in the ATE Centers Impact 2011 report, which was prepared by the ATE centers with support from NSF grant DUE 10-40932, awarded to the Academic and Student Affairs Division of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Credit: Photo from ATE Centers Impact 2011 (www.atecenters.org)