Addressing the social context of nanotechnology in the classroom

W. C. Crone, G. M. Zenner, C. A. Miller, K. D. Ellison, A. K. Bentley

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Abstract

In recent years, nanotechnology has emerged as an exciting new arena of scientific research and technological innovation. At the same time, prominent technology leaders, nanotechnology boosters, science fiction authors, policy officials, and environmental organizations have raised important questions about the technology's potential social, ethical, and environmental implications. We have developed several teaching modules and two full courses that offer students from engineering as well as other disciplines an opportunity to engage in discussions about the broader place of new technologies in modern society. Our nanotechnology and society educational materials range from short teaching modules exploring the impact of a new technology on different social groups using a role-playing exercise, to two complete courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that focus on theories and approaches to understanding the social dimensions of technology, applied to the case study of nanotechnology. The courses have drawn students from a wide range of disciplines, including the life, physical, and social sciences, humanities, and engineering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
Pages1563-1566
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2005Jun 9 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics

Other

Other2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period6/7/056/9/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Crone, W. C., Zenner, G. M., Miller, C. A., Ellison, K. D., & Bentley, A. K. (2005). Addressing the social context of nanotechnology in the classroom. In Proceedings of the 2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics (pp. 1563-1566). (Proceedings of the 2005 SEM Annual Conference and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics).