CNS Seminar (In-house)

Thursday, February 21, 2013
2:00 - 4:00pm
Girvetz 2320
Dr. Amy Slaton

Amy E. Slaton is a professor of history at Drexel University.  She holds a PhD in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and produces the blog,, centered on equity in technical education and workforce issues. 

Dr. Slaton will be giving a talk titled, “New Promise, Old Premise: Workforce Education and Opportunity in American Nanomanufacturing”

As once-thriving U.S. manufacturing sectors contract, the idea that unemployed citizens will now find work in nano-scale manufacturing draws commitments of educational resources across the country. So-called nanotechnician curricula proliferate at two-year institutions and their enrollments climb steadily. Yet industrial forecasters and even some instructors see few jobs of this kind on the horizon.  This is, in essence, a case of new technological knowledge reproducing old social patterns that have historically brought disadvantage to those groups of Americans most dependent on sub-baccalaureate education.  The newness of nano as a field--one touted as both scientific and economic innovation--disguises long standing class, race and gender-derived inequities in technical education and labor.