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Educators Workshop: Designing Undergraduate Courses that Integrate Nanotechnology and Society
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - Friday, September 12, 2008
CNSI / Elings Hall, UCSB campus
An educators' workshop on designing undergraduate courses that integrate
Nanotechnology and Society. The event was cosponsored by CNSI and
the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-UCSB).
There has been tremendous interest in the innovations of nanoscience and technology, and the potential implications for our lives. Thus, nanotechnology can serve as an exciting and integrative academic topic that highlights the interplay of discovery, invention, economics, politics, and commercial applications. The broad scope and direct societal impacts of this theme may be of great interest to a diverse range of students and instructors from a broad range of social science and science disciplines.
This workshop highlighted recent developments in addressing the societal impacts and policy implications of nanotechnology in education. Keynote speakers outlined the rationale and record of innovative courses, with a particular emphasis on introductory and general education classes.