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Professor Harold B. White, III was born in New England and raised in central Pennsylvania where he graduated from Penn State University with a B. S. in biochemistry. He joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 1971 after a postdoctoral research fellowship in Chemistry at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Brandeis University. Between 1977 and 1981, he was the recipient of and NIH Research Career Development Award. While his research interests have been in the structure, function, and evolution of vitamin-binding proteins, particularly riboflavin-binding protein from chicken eggs, he has strong interests in intermediary metabolism and biochemical evolution. He was one of the early advocates of RNA enzymes. Since the mid 1990's, his interests have focused on undergraduate education. Between 1994 and 1998, he served as Principal Investigator on the first NSF/DUE grant on  Problem-Based Learning (PBL) to the University of Delaware and was involved with subsequent NSF, FIPSE, and Pew Charitable Trusts grants for PBL. As a member of the Education and Professional Development Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education (ITUE), he conducted numerous PBL workshops in the United States. For more than a decade he was an associate editor for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education where he wrote commentaries on PBL. His publications relating to PBL deal with the use of the research literature for problems, preparation of peer tutor-facilitators, faculty development, and capstone courses. Hal received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005 and its Outstanding Service Award in 2007. He received the 2011 Howard Barrows Award for exceptional undergraduate teaching from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and was recognized as a 50 year member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2013 he was named Delaware Professor of the Year and elected a  AAAS Fellow.  He was honored with the 2014 ASBMB Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education and the 2015 Delaware Bio Educator of the Year Award.   Hal White is emeritus Professor of Biochemistry and was Director of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Undergraduate Science Education Program at the University of Delaware from 1998 to 2015. Locally, Prof. White is also known as an expert on the dragonflies of the northeastern United States and has published a book on the Natural History of Delmarva Dragonflies and Damselflies. He retired in January 2016.
Emeritus Prof. Harold B. White, III
Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-2522 

Past Director,
University of Delaware's

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Undergraduate Science Education Program (1998-2015)

Phone (302) 831-2908
Fax (302) 831-6335

e-mail: halwhite at udel.edu

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