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Brian White, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Biology - Science Education
  • Telephone: 617.287.6630
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  • Office Location: ISC-4-4450

Areas of Expertise

Science Education

Degrees

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, CA (1987-1991)
BS, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA (1981-1985)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Professional Experience

  • 1997 - Present: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Teaching Bio 111 and 112 as well as graduate course in Teaching and Lecturing techniques for Teaching assistants. Research on student learning and development of educational materials for undergraduate biology.
  • Developed new lab activities, and course web site including Javascript, digital video, virtual reality, cgi-scripting, molecular visualization, and animations
  • Created and developed department-wide TA training program
  • Received 2000 CAS Outstanding Achievement Award for Teaching

Teaching Experience

  • 1992 - 1997 Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Introductory Biology.
  • 1992 - 1997 Course administration.
  • 1992 - 1997 Curriculum development.
  • 1992 - 1997 Supervision of teaching assistants, graders, and tutors.
  • 1992 - 1997 Writing and grading problem sets and exams.
  • 1992 - 1997 Teaching recitation sections.
  • 1992 - 1997 Developed curriculum for recitation sections and department-wide training program for teaching assistants.
  • 1995 - 1997 Co-Director, MIT/Wellesley Teacher Education Program.
  • 1995 - 1997 Co-teaching Introduction to Teaching and Learning.
  • 1995 - 1997 Administration of program to train MIT undergraduates to become grade 9 - 12 Math and Science teachers.
  • 1995 - 1997 Supervision of student teaching.
  • 1995 - 1997 Collaboration with area schools and universities in improving teacher training through TEAMS-BC collaborative.

Other Courses Taught

  • Spring 2008 - Present: Biol 650: Scientific Communication.
  • Fall 1999: Biol 653G: How to give a Talk - Seminar on Presentation Skills.

Books

  • White, B. and Mischke, M (2006) A Problems Approach to Introductory Biology 276 pages with CD-ROM. American Society for Microbiology Press.
  • Nelson & Cox (2007) Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry. Wrote one extended problem based on published experimental results for each of 28 chapters.

Conference Presentations

  • White, B. (2009) Simplicity and Complexity: Teaching Protein Structure: 3-d Visualization vs. 2-d Simulation Invited presentation at 2009 Gordon Research Conference on Visualization in Science and Education, Oxford, UK.
  • White, B. (2007) The Molecular Genetics Explorer BioQUEST Summer Workshop, Beloit WI.
  • White, B. (2004) Reasoning Maps: a Generally-applicable Method for Characterizing Hypothesis-Testing.
  • Behavior American Educational Research Association, San Diego.
  • White, B. and Rowinsky, P. (2002) Reasoning in an Authentic Inquiry Context. Poster; National Association for Research in Science Teaching New Orleans.
  • White, B., Lee, S., Sherman, K., Reginald, S., Weber, N. (2001) Evaluation of molecular.
  • Visualization software for teaching protein structure Poster; Gordon Conference on Molecular Visualization, August 2001.
  • White, B. (2000) Connecting Teaching Lab development with Education Research: An Introduction Workshop; Association for Biology Lab Education Annual Meeting.
  • White, B., Lee, S., Sherman, K., Reginald, S., Weber, N. (2000) Evaluation of molecular Visualization software for teaching protein structure Poster; Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • White, B. (1998, 1999, 2000) The Red and White Yeast lab: An introduction to Science as a process Workshop; ResearchLink 2000 (NSF-Funded dissemination of exemplary lab materials).
  • White, B., Lee, S., Sherman, K., Reginald, S., Weber, N. (2000) Evaluation of molecular visualization software for teaching protein structure Poster; UMass Instructional Technology Conference.
  • White, B. (1999) An Interactive Simulation of Epidemiology Invited workshop: American Society for Microbiology Regional Meeting.
  • White, B. (1999) The Red and White Yeast lab: An introduction to Science as a process Workshop; Association for Biology Lab Education Annual Meeting.
  • White, B. (1999) Molecular Visualization in General Biology: Successes, Pitfalls, and Conclusions Invited Seminar (STEMTECH project) UMass Amherst.
  • White, B., Brault, S. (1999) Web-based Biology Education Poster; UMass Instructional Technology Conference.
  • White, B. (1998) Using a Computer Simulation to Teach Genetics Poster; UMass Instructional Technology Conference.
  • White, B. (1998) BioQUEST: An Adjunct to Lecture and Laboratory for Teaching Biology Invited workshop; Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Grant Support

  • 1998 UMass Boston Faculty Development Grant: Exploring “cheat sheets”: Using student’s notes to follow the learning process. $2,000
  • 2000 NSF CAREER award: Exploring Authentic Inquiry: Factors that Influence Students’ Learning of the Process of Science. $500,000
  • UMass ITC Grant with Steve Brewer (UMA): Visualizing Biological Processes that have Instructionally ‘Inconvenient’ Time Scales $4,000
  • UMass Healey Public Service Endowment Grant with Steven Ackerman and Betsey Davis: Development of Animations/Videos for Middle School, High School, and College Biology Courses. $3,500. 

Collaborations outside UMass Boston

  • 1992 - Present with BioQUEST (Beloit College, Beloit WI) development, evaluation dissemination, and support of software for biology education.
  • 1997 - Present with Dr. Greg Early at the New England Aquarium to develop the Virtual Dolphin.
  • 1998 - Present with Sensimetrics Inc. (Cambridge, MA) development of animations for teaching middle-school cell biology.
  • 2000 - Present with LEGO-dacta Corp. to develop LEGO-based biology labs.
  • 2000 - Present with Dr. Steve Brewer (UMA) to develop animations and multimedia for teaching biology.