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“Is There A STEM Worker Crisis? Science and Engineering Workforce Development in the U.S.”

John Skrentny, Professor of Sociology, University of California, San Diego

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Jul 12, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


1130 K Street, Room LL3

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The UCCS Thursday Speaker Series is changing to WEDNESDAYS starting on Wednesday, June 28th!

Don’t miss out on our new UCCS WEDNESDAY Speaker Series.  Our lectures will continue be held at UCCS (Lower Level at 1130 K Street) at 12noon – only the day is changing!  We are kicking off our new day with a new UCCS Speaker Series Frequent Visit Card. Come pick-up your new card and cast your vote for the new give away for 2017!

There is widespread and bipartisan agreement that “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and math) workers are critical for innovation to drive economic growth. There is considerable conflict, however, regarding the question of whether or not there is a shortage bordering on crisis in the U.S., or whether there is in fact a surplus of STEM workers. This presentation will explore the debate, shedding light on the history of the American goal of increasing the number of STEM workers, how that goal has changed over time, and why there might be—or might not be—a current crisis in the number of STEM workers. In doing so, the presentation will explore some potential factors shaping STEM workforce development.


John D. Skrentny is Director of the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He studies the causes and impacts of policies relating to opportunity and jobs, as well as the relationships between technological Skrentny Photoinnovation, jobs, education, and regional competitiveness. His current work focuses on science and engineering workforce development, especially the role of training and demand for technical skills.  He is the author of After Civil Rights:  Racial Realism in the New American Workplace (2014), The Minority Rights Revolution (2002), and The Ironies of Affirmative Action (1996), as well as editor of Color Lines (2001) and two special issues of American Behavioral Scientist (2012; 1998). He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and his work has appeared in both scholarly and popular media.

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