|Professor wins Kentucky's outstanding science teacher award
RELEASED: Nov. 13, 2003
DANVILLE, KYBrent White, Matton Professor of Psychology at Centre, has received the 2003 Kentucky Academy of Science Outstanding College/University Science Teacher Award.
White, a member of the Centre faculty since 1971, was honored during the KAS's banquet in Bowling Green, Ky., on Nov. 7. The goals of the KAS are to encourage scientific research and to promote the dissemination of scientific interests in Kentucky.
White said it was an honor to be nominated by his Centre colleagues and selected by the KAS. White is an active member of Centre's faculty and has particular expertise in physiological psychology and animal behavior. He's developed a strong working relationship with the Louisville Zoo. The zoo has one of the world's most successful captive populations of breeding woolly monkeys, and White has received several grants that have funded in-depth observation of and research on the colony. He has contributed to the understanding of stress, reproduction and longevity of these monkeys in captivity.
"I enjoy working with students in a variety of settings: from the classroom to the lab to the field," White said. "The most rewarding is working with individual students on collaborative research projects. These projects involve sharing information, sharing solutions to practical and theoretical problems and sharing a sense of accomplishment."
John C. Ward, dean of the college, praised White as one of the state's leading educators.
"Professor Brent White has a distinguished record in scientific research; he has served the college very generously and effectively as a program and division chair; and he has long been an excellent teacher, often working individually with his students on projects that lead to co-authored scholarly publication. Professor White is thus the best kind of professor at a liberal arts college, one who excels in all areas. Whereas one can always be praised for publications and administrative posts held, it is often hard to honor a great teacher, for the results are difficult to quantify. Professor White's colleagues in the KAS have wisely seen that he is one of Kentucky's finest educators. We're proud of all that he does."
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