PULLMAN, Wash. — A panel discussion on the impact of technology on society is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 5 at the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education on the Washington State University campus in Pullman.

Members of the panel will include C. A. (Chet) Bowers from the University of Oregon, Suzanne Damarin from Ohio State University and Anjan Bose from WSU. The discussion will focus on the impact of technology on daily life, students and learning.

Bowers, whose book titles include “The Cultural Dimensions of Educational Computing: Understanding the Non-Neutrality of Technology” (1988) and “Let Them Eat Data: How Computers Affect Education, Cultural Diversity, and the Prospects of Ecological Sustainability” (2000), is an expert on technological and ecological education. He has been invited to speak at more than 50 universities – domestic and international – and was one of six Western scholars invited to speak at the International Congress on Culture and Humanity in the New Millennium sponsored by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the regional government.

Damarin, who currently has a paper under review titled “Plagiarism: Anachronism in the Age of Electronic Information,” proposes that the current notions of plagiarism and intellectual integrity need to widen in the information economy. The paper is the first in a series. She also writes of studies on how various technologies are challenging basic assumptions and practices central to education over the past century.  Damarin also conducts research on the impact of gender in mathematics education.

Bose is the dean of the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture.  His research interests include the examinations into the reliability and control of the electric power grid.  He is an active member in the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

This panel is presented through grant support from the U.S. Department of Education. The event is free to the public and interested community members are encouraged to attend. 

The presentation, sponsored by WSU’s colleges of education, sciences and liberal arts and by the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, is organized through the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program.