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BS/MS Student Justin Carone Awarded Second Place in ANSI Student Paper Competition

September 2, 2014


Justin Carone

Justin Carone

Justin Carone, BS psychology ’12, MS science, technology and society ’15, was awarded second prize from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the Annual Student Paper Competition. Carone's paper, “Standards as Social Design Practice: From the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Accessible Icon Project,” was developed for the STS course Science, Technology and Diversity, taught by History Professor Amy Slaton, PhD, in spring of 2014.

“Justin's paper offers a wonderful analysis of the ways in which technical standards and specifications reflect societal values,” says Slaton. “This is the kind of inquiry we hope to encourage through a number of upcoming programs at Drexel, with humanities and social science teaching and research shining a bright light on all sorts of global standards."

Carone comments, “It was an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for the work I put into the essay. It wouldn’t have been possible without Dr. Slaton, who worked with me throughout the writing and editing processes, Dr. Saraiva, who provided valuable feedback, and artist and design researcher Sara Hendren, who undertook the Accessible Icon Project in the first place and was gracious enough to respond to emails from a grad student. I hope that my essay can further the aims of the Accessible Icon Project in generating discussions around disability, which can in turn lead to more equitable social arrangements.”

Justin Carone (BS ’12, MS ’15) is earning his MS degree in science, technology and society. In addition to working full-time in the University’s Department of Instructional Media Services, he is working with Amy Slaton, PhD, to research and write a thesis that explores notions of identity, ideology and equity as manifest in the practice of appliance repair in the Philadelphia community of Kensington. He intends to enroll in an interdisciplinary PhD program next fall.

For information about ANSI and this competition, please see the ANSI press release.