David R. Brown
Emeritus Professor of Chemistry

Welcome to the home page for David Brown, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry from Southwestern College (SWC) in Chula Vista, California.

Although I executed an early retirement from SWC, I am still actively engaged in the STEM education and STEM workforce development communities, especially with regard to building capacity in my fellow STEM educators in two-year colleges.

My interests as a chemistry educator are wide and varied. They include doing my best to create learning environments conducive to facilitating undergraduates to learn (and hopefully enjoy) chemistry and also engaging them in research activities, developing educational programs and curricula, providing professional development activities for my fellow educators and engaging youth in hands-on science activities in an effort to increase their interest in education and careers in science, ultimately building capacity in the STEM enterprise.

Several of these endeavors have been funded through the generous support of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Professional Preparation (curriculum vitae) [PDF]

Professional Experience


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Left to right in front are former Southwestern College students Monique Patrón,
Chona dela Cruz, Héctor Eduardo Mendoza Solano and Manuel Alingog on our trip
to the 2008 Posters on the Hill event held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC,
sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research, where the students presented
results of their research. [Yours truly is in the back.]

NSF grants to support some of my activities include the following:

Accounts of some of these activities have been reported in the media and scientific literature:

Celebrating the International Year of Chemistry 2011 through Project iLASER, an NSF-supported Science Outreach Activity

A video was produced by the Harlingen, TX Consolidated Independent School District

A video was also produced by the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in TX

Undergraduate Research

Professional Development
Suppose Newton's 3rd Law applied to our relationship with our planet.

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Atmospheric CO2

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Chemistry is Love!

Links for Navigating this Site

My Own Personal Links Page (includes links for students)
The Joshua Tree Page
Joshua Tree Spring Break Travel Information
Photos from past Spring Break trips to Joshua Tree
My Headstand Page