|Dr. Gary White
Director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma
American Institute of Physics • One Physics Ellipse • College Park, MD 20740-3843
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 301-209-3013 | Fax: 301-209-0839
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Gary White received his Ph.D. in nuclear theory at Texas A & M University (TAMU) in 1986, and became interested in ion beams and lithography during a postdoctoral appointment in 1991. Recently, his interests have also migrated towards pedagogy, especially the use of science research as a teaching tool. Over the past 14 years, in addition to teaching mathematics at TAMU, he has taught physics and astronomy at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU), being awarded Outstanding Teacher by the NSU Alumni Association in 1996.
As SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma advisor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU), he guided the chapter to a significant increase in activity in recent years, including several SPS Undergraduate Research Awards and many outreach projects. In 1998, he was elected Society of Physics Students' Zone 10 Councilor and eventually, President of the National SPS Council.
Dr. White has served as a curriculum reviewer for the National Science Foundation and a reviewer for American Institute of Physics publications, and in 1999 was appointed to the nine-member national Advisory Committee on Physics Education for the American Institute of Physics. He has published articles in Physical Review, Annals of Physics, The American Journal of Physics and The College Mathematics Journal. In June 2001, White joined the American Institute of Physics (AIP) as Director of SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Physics Honor Society.
- “The shape of ‘the Spandex’ and orbits upon its surface”, American Journal of Physics, 70, 48-52 (2002), with undergraduate Michael Walker.
- “Alternate theoretical method for motion of a sand-filled funnel experiment”, The Physics Teacher, 39, 464 (2001), David Byrd (undergraduate) and Gary White.
- “The Rental Car Problem,” with Kirby Smith, November 1996, College Mathematics Journal.
- “Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Study and Optical Characterization of Organic Nonlinear Optical Crystals Irradiated with MeV Protons,” with undergraduates Kelly Chelette, Shane LaFitte, et al., Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Applications of Accelerators in Research and Industry (ICAARI), November 1996, Denton, TX, ed. J. L. Duggan.
- “Low Energy Proton Beam Imaging Using an Achromatic Quadrupole Doublet,” with J. A. Rennie and R. R. Hart, Proceedings of the 14th ICAARI, November 1996, Denton, TX, ed. J. L. Duggan.
- "Modelling Tidal Effects," with undergraduates T. Mondragon, D. Slaughter, and D. Coates, American Journal of Physics, 61(4), 1993. This paper was prepared with support from the NASA/NSU JOVE program.
- "Evaluation of the Real Parts of Fermion and Boson Propagators Using Dispersion Relations," with K. T. R. Davies and R. W. Davies, Nuclear Physics A, 524(4), 1991.
- "Dispersion Relations for Causal Green's Functions; Derivations Using the Poincare-Bertrand Theorem and Its Generalizations," with K. T. R. Davies and R. W. Davies, Journal of Mathematical Physics, 31 (6), June, 1990.
- "Relativistic Transport Theory of Fluctuating Fields for Hadrons," with P. J. Siemens, M. Soyeur, L. J. Lantto, and K. T. R. Davies, Physical Review C, 40 (6), December, 1989.
- "Studies of the Nuclear Single-Particle Response Function in a Simple Model," with K. T. R. Davies and P. J. Siemens, Annals of Physics, December, 1988.
- "Complex Plane Methods for Evaluating Highly Oscillatory Integrals in Nuclear Physics: I," with K. T. R. Davies and M. Strayer, Journal of Physics G: Nuclear Physics, Vol. 14.
- “A hopping analysis of the single molecule C60 transistor, March 2004 American Physical Society (APS) meeting, Anita Parmar, Christina Hägemann, David Dunlap, Dario Martinez, Gary White.
- “Secret Lives of the Hidden Physicists: From Spandex to Spintronics”, Invited Presentation at the 2004 Annual Conference of the National Society of Black Physicists, February 2004; I have also given this talk at over a dozen regional meetings of SPS members, as well as departmental colloquia, from 2002-2004, see http://www.spsnational.org/news/director/hiddenphysicists.pdf
- “The Shape of Stretched Spandex”, 69th meeting of Southeast Section of APS (SESAPS), Auburn, AL, Nov., 2002.
- “Implementing PER Curricula in Modern Physics Instruction, A La Carte Style”, Invited Presentation at 123rd American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) National Meeting: August 2001, Rochester, NY.
- “Simulation as a Production Employee Training Tool: A Real-World Case Study,” with S. C. White (presenter), G. D. White, E. Madison, M. Lentz, and D. Long, 2001 National Meeting of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Science.
- “Pre-Instruction State of Nonscience Majors — Aspects of Density and Motion”, 122nd AAPT National Meeting, San Diego, CA, January, 2001, with undergraduate Pepper Thiels.
- “Undergraduate Research---Oxymoron or Oxygen-Supply-for-Suffocating-Physics-Departments?” Meeting: 119th AAPT National Meeting: August, 1999, San Antonio, TX.
- “Video-Conferencing to Enhance Upper-Level Physics Offerings,” presented at the Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society, March 1999; I also sponsored seven NSU student presentations at this meeting.
- “Videoconferencing: Another Tool for Teaching Physics” with Mark Somers presented at the 116th AAPT National Meeting, January 1998, New Orleans, LA; I also sponsored five NSU student presentations at this meeting.
- “Low Energy Proton Beam Imaging Using an Achromatic Quadrupole Doublet,” J. A. Rennie (presenter), Gary White, and R. R. Hart, Invited Presentation at the 14th ICAARI, November 6-9, 1996.
- “Modern Physics Via the Internet: An Experiment in Video-Conferencing,” with John Myers presented at the Summer 1996 meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers.