Arlington, Texas — Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, recently received the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education.

The national award recognizes a scientist who has enhanced the professional development of analytical chemistry students, developed and published innovative experiments, designed and improved equipment or teaching labs, and published influential textbooks or significant articles on teaching analytical chemistry.

“I am a third generation university teacher. So, much of this honor I can credit to my father and grandfather -- I am merely carrying on that tradition,” Dasgupta said in a press release.

“I am especially honored by this award. I have been recognized for some research accomplishments or other in the past but this one recognizes for the first time my commitment to and love for teaching and that is why it is so gratifying,” the Indian American professor added.

Dasgupta’s research area includes: methods for environmentally-friendly analysis of arsenic in drinking water; rapid analysis of trace heavy metals in the atmosphere; iodine nutrition in women and infants and the role of the chemical perchlorate; and the development of a NASA-funded ion chromatograph for testing extraterrestrial soil, such as on a trip to Mars.

As this year’s award recipient, Dasgupta will receive a plaque and cash prize. He will also attend the ACS national conference in August in Boston, where he will address and participate in an awards symposium on education in analytical chemistry.

Dasgupta joined the UT Arlington College of Science in 2007 after a distinguished 25-year career at Texas Tech University. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Burdwan, West Bengal, and a doctoral degree from Louisiana State University.

Dasgupta was named the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry in 2007. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2014.

In addition to his teaching, research and publications, Dasgupta has served as editor and as an editorial advisory board member of Analytica Chimica Acta. 

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