Jacob White

Jacob White



Jacob J. White, Ph.D.


Professor of Chemistry


School of Mathematics & Natural Science




Kidd Math Science Center


(740) 245-7250


Rio Grande Main Campus



Ph.D. Chemistry, 2006, Ohio University, Athens, OH, curriculum/research emphasis in Bioanalytical Chemistry.  Dissertation: “The Role of the L-Arginine/Nitric Oxide Pathway in Alzheimer’s Pathology”

B.S. Chemistry, 2001, Shawnee State University, Cum laude, minors in Mathematics and Philosophy

Work Experience
  • Professor of Chemistry (tenured), 2005-Present, University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH
  • STEM Research and Administrative Associate, 2011-2016, Gallia-Vinton Educational Service Center, Rio Grande, OH  
  • Associate Director, 2006-2010, Southeast Ohio Center for Excellence in Mathematics and Science, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Curriculum Consultant, 2007-2008, Gallia County Local School District, Gallia County, OH      
  • Graduate Assistant, 2001-2005, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Research Information

Research Interests

Analysis of environmental contamination using graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry

Science education research in the fields of chemical education and the preparation of STEM teachers



  • Mauldin, R. and White, J. In Press. Dimensional analysis and the concept of the mole: A workbook designed to prepare students for college chemistry. Pearson Publishing.
  • White, J., Shockley, D., Hopkins II, R., Lewis, M., Hutzel, M., Crabtree, D. Evidence of effective science professional development in a small Appalachian school district. Research in the Schools, 2018, 25(1), 59-71.
  • White, J., Shockley, D., Hutzel, M., Wilson, N. Interdisciplinary professional development for teaching science and reading. Ohio Journal of Science, 2014, 114(2), 2-10.
  • White, J., Hopkins, R., Shockley, D., Gaining insights from a case study of high school student performance in dual credit college chemistry courses. Journal of Chemical Education, 2014, 91(1), 30-36.
  • White, J., Smith, W., 2013. A brief note on the temperature-dependent photocatalytic degradation of Congo red using zinc oxide. American Journal of Water Resources, 1(4), 66-69.
  • Hopkins II, R.L., B. Altier, D. Haselman, A. Merry, and J.J. White. 2013. Exploring the legacy effects of surface coal mining on stream chemistry. Hydrobiologia, 713, 87-95.
  • White, J., Crosier, J. Determination of soluble phosphorus content in black walnut husk compost via formation of molybdenum blue. Ohio Journal of Science, 2010, 110(4), 9495.
  • Madajka, M.; Korda, M.; White, J.; Malinski, T. Effect of aspirin on constitutive nitric oxide synthase and the bioavailibity of NO. Thrombosis Research 2003, 110, 317-321.
  • Kalinowski, L.; Madajka, M.; White, J.; Bohr, D.; Malinski, T. Endothelin-1 stimulates NO release in the brain and causes a fall in blood pressure. In Heart Disease: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Treatment, Proceedings of the International Academy of Cardiology, Washington, D.C., July 12-15, 2003.


Presentations & Lectures

  • “Analysis of PCBs in Fish.” U.S. Department of Energy Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Annual Site Environmental Report Outreach Presentation, December 8, 2017. Beaver, OH; December 7, 2016. Piketon, OH; October 7, 2015. Waverly, OH; October 30, 2014. Latham, OH; March 13, 2014. Beaver, OH
  • “Lessons Learned for Promoting Teacher Engagement in Content-Focused PD” U.S. Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program: 2014 National Conference. September 30-October 1, 2014. Washington, D.C.
  • “A Case Study of Dual Credit in Chemistry: How Well do High School Students Compare with College Students?” School of Sciences Seminar Series. October 31, 2013. University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH
  • “Accumulation of Lead, Mercury, and PCBs in Chelydra Serpentina of Southeast Ohio.” Provost’s Academic Excellence Showcase. April 25, 2013. URG, Rio Grande, Ohio
  • “Inductive Modeling for the Professional Development of Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers.” U.S. Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program: 2013 National Conference. April 9-11, 2013. Washington, D.C.
  • “A High Impact Learning Experience for Chemistry Majors.” Provost’s Academic Excellence Showcase. April 26, 2012. URG, Rio Grande, Ohio
    “Evidence of Improved Science Instruction in Appalachian Ohio Project Titled Rio Connection: Jackson Focus on Science Teaching.” U.S. Department of Education Mathematics and Science Partnership Program: 2012 Regional Conference. April 18, 2012. Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Review of 1920’s coal company records: Miner’s pay, job responsibilities, and analysis of coal.” Thirty Fifth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference. March 23, 2012. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • “Lab Safety Concerns with Alternatively Licensed Science Teachers.” Thirty Third Annual Appalachian Studies Conference. March 21, 2010. North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, Georgia
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