Lecturer with Security of Employment
Math and Science Education, and Green Technology
University of California, San Diego
Darby Feldwinn received her PhD from UCSD, where she worked in Dr. Andrew Kummel's laboratory researching oxides/IIIV semiconductor interfaces. During her graduate career she first took an interest in teaching and won the teaching assistant excellence award. After graduating she stayed on at UCSD for an additional year as a postdoc where she continued her research and taught general chemistry. Darby joined the UCSB faculty in 2009.
Feldwinn is part of the Chemistry Department's Fifth Grade Chemistry Outreach Program. It is a partnership between local elementary students and teachers and UCSB students and faculty. To improve educational opportunities for K-12 students, the program brings fifth grade students to the chemistry lab at UCSB every Thursday morning to participate in hands-on standards-based physical science activities. The program is designed to nourish their natural curiosity in science and to stimulate an interest in pursuing a higher education in science. In addition, UCSB students are given the opportunity to share their love of science with elementary students and to consider a career path as a science educator.