D. White is a Professor of Geology and Chair of the Geosciences
Department at San Francisco State University where she has been a faculty
member since 1990. She received Ph.D. in earth sciences from University
of California at Santa Cruz in 1989. Dr. White has extensive experience
with science outreach programs for urban students and she is active
in efforts to increase diversity in the geosciences. She is the principal
investigator of a five-year grant recently awarded to the SFSU Geosciences
Department by the National Science Foundation, "Reaching Out to Communities
and Kids with Science in San Francisco" (SF-ROCKS). The project aims
to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students in
the geosciences by engaging SF Unified School District high school students
in supervised environmental research projects and training.
She coordinated the Minority Participation in the Earth
Sciences (MPES) Program at the U.S. Geological Survey from 1988-1995,
supervised the NASA Sharp-Plus program at San Francisco State in 1994,
and she was recently appointed (2000) to chair the Geological Society
of America (GSA) Committee on Minorities and Women in the Geosciences.
She is a micropaleontologist by training (specializing in fossil diatoms)
and has distinguished herself equally as a teacher, researcher, and
mentor as she continues to work and publish on the stratigraphy of siliceous
and organic-rich rocks around the Pacific Rim. At SFSU she teaches classes
in paleontology, the history of life, and oceanography.