professor receives award
From left are Hannes Leetaru, AAPG Division of Environmental
Geosciences vice president; UTSA's Dibyendu Sarkar; and Chip Groat,
AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences president.
(Photo by Rupali Datta)

UTSA geochemist honored for outstanding teaching

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 20, 2008)--Dibyendu (Dibs) Sarkar, UTSA associate professor of environmental geochemistry, has been awarded the 2007 Environmental Geosciences Teaching Award by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) for excellence and dedication in the field of teaching environmental geology and related subjects.

AAPG is the largest professional geological society in the world with more than 31,000 members representing 116 countries.

"I am grateful to the association for honoring me with this prestigious award and I appreciate their continuing support," said Sarkar. "I will continue my efforts to work hard to promote the cause of education in environmental sciences in the Southwest Texas region."

The award is the first teaching award Sarkar has received in his career in education. At UTSA, he has received the 2006 President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement, the 2005 San Antonio Business Journal "40 Under 40" Award, the 2005 Southern Branch of the American Society of Agronomy's Early Career in Research Award and the 2004 Association of Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin's Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

As director of the Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory over the last seven years, Sarkar has trained 20 graduate students and post-doctoral associates, published two books, authored 70 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and generated more than $2 million in research grants. His latest edited book, "Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry," was published by Elsevier in 2007.

Serving more than 5,000 students enrolled in nine undergraduate degree programs and 15 graduate programs, the UTSA College of Sciences is poised to prepare the next generation of scientists for careers in business, technology and academia. The college houses six departments: biology, chemistry, computer science, geological sciences, mathematics, and physics and astronomy.

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