Globetrotting Researcher, David White
When caught up in learning about the real numbers or statistical significance from our professors, we often lose track of what they are doing outside of class — from their hobbies to travel to research. One such professor is Dr. David White, who spent the entirety of last year off the Hill as he traveled the world and conducted research around the topic of Abstract Homotopy Theory. I sat down with Dr. White to hear a bit about his travels, the highlights of his research, and what he thinks he will bring back to Denison from his time away.
First, one highlight of Dr. White’s research was working alongside another professor in Japan to investigate the connections between Dr. White’s study on Homotopy Theory and Group Theory. Dr. White and his co-author were the first mathematicians to ever investigate these topics together. Secondly, Dr. White traveled to Australia to continue work in a series of papers he and another professor are writing that investigate mathematical physics. Lastly, Dr. White found himself collecting climate data in Antarctica. Dr. White was actually traveling in Antarctica for vacation but found himself on a boat with a few scientists collecting this climate data for analysis and asked to join in their research. From this, Dr. White hopes to investigate topics of Topological Data Analysis — a subject that he anticipates integrating into statistics courses here at Denison.
In all, Dr. White spent the year traveling to six continents and wrote seven papers, two of which have already been published. Amidst all this excitement, Dr. White admits that he missed his fellow professors and students on the Hill and is now glad to be back for another semester.