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NSF-funded research fellowship program to focus on producing experts to aid people with disabilities
Date:11/1/2011

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NSF IGERT programs apply an education-research-practice model for training students across a range of disciplines in collaborative approaches to meeting the nation's critical needs.

Likewise, the ASU-CSULB collaboration will emphasize the cross-pollination of innovations from various disciplines to address the complex issues facing individuals with disabilities.

The new program's research projects will meld expertise in computer science and engineering, bioengineering, mechanical engineering, science education, science and public policy, psychology, and industrial design.

The program, entitled Alliance for Person-Centered Accessible Technologies (APAcT), will involve students who are seeking doctoral degrees in those areas. The program website (http://www.apact-igert.org) is to go live on Nov. 4.

IGERT trainees from each university will be expected to spend at least one semester at the other institution to experience a different academic culture and to strengthen working relationships with other IGERT trainees and faculty.

For all IGERT trainees, the program will emphasize entrepreneurship education, learning through community service, industry internships, international leadership, collaboration skills and interdisciplinary research experience.

IGERT trainees will also be schooled in law, ethics and social issues related to assisting people with disabilities.

Students will be prepared for leadership as academics, as entrepreneurs, and as industry experts. The program's goal is to produce a new generation of leaders who understand the world from an interdisciplinary perspective, and will be poised to make a major economic contribution to the country.

"This IGERT award is significant from two perspectives." Golshani says. "From a technology perspective, it enables the engineering community to frame its innovations in universal design and progressiv
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Contact: Joe Kullman
joe.kullman@asu.edu
480-965-8122
Arizona State University
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