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Amy Slaton and Mary Ebeling Receive Grant

August 01, 2010

COAS faculty members Amy Slaton (History and Politics) and Mary Ebeling (Culture and Communication) have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Two-Year Colleges and the Invention of Nano-Labor: Between Promise and Possibility.” Drs. Slaton and Ebeling will be studying academic-industrial partnerships intended to train the nation's workforces for high-tech industrial operations. They will focus on the origins and efficacy of one such nano-training initiative in Southeastern Pennsylvania, and attempt to explain planners’ optimism regarding scale-up in this still emerging industrial sector. The opportunities offered to students of diverse backgrounds in workforce initiatives of this kind, and the students' own experiences during and after training, are also central to the study. The $325,000 grant is provided jointly by NSF’s programs in Science, Technology and Society and in Advanced Technical Education.