Danielle Harlow of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been awarded 2012 Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship. Harlow’s research project is entitled “Children’s Engineering Design Thinking.”
Established in 1995 by Warren and Patrician Christina Hellman, the fund for these fellowships helps ensure that important research by junior faculty receives needed support. For many past recipients, the Hellman has played a critical role in their careers — leading to publication, important new contacts, research funding from other sources, or new research directions.
Danielle Harlow is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the faculty advisor to the One Laptop per Child – Santa Barbara program. In addition, Harlow has worked on the development of several inquiry-based physics curricula designed to help elementary teachers develop appropriate content knowledge for teaching, including Physics & Everyday Thinking (PET) and Learning Physical Science (LEPS). At UCSB she has recently taught Elementary Science Methods, Physics for Elementary Teachers, and Technology in Educational Contexts. Prior to her graduate work in science education, she completed a B.S. in physics and a M.S degree in geophysics and taught physics in Tanzania, East Africa with the Peace Corps.