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Current Issue: June 2, 2003
Volume 38, Number 21

Enke earns prestigious J. Calvin Giddings Award

By Steve Carr

Enke has been with the UNM Chemistry Department since 1994. Photo by Steve Carr.

Chemistry Professor Chris Enke has received the 2003
J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education from the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Sponsored by the Dekker Foundation, 21 individuals have been selected to receive the award since its inception in 1983. It is the top award emphasizing higher education for analytical chemists and recognizes Enke as one of the best analytical chemistry educators of all time in the U.S.

“I’ve been involved with education and teaching for a long time,” Enke said. “I’ve loved teaching all my life and it’s wonderful to be recognized with an award for the job I’ve done. There are a lot of people in the analytical division of the ACS that I’ve worked with for decades. It’s like being honored by my friends and peers. I’m very pleased.”

Criteria for the award include enhancing the personal and professional development of students in the study of analytical chemistry in a variety of ways including: authorship of an influential textbook for an analytical chemistry course; design and implementation of a successful new approach to teaching and analytical chemistry; stimulation through teaching or research mentorship of a significant number of students to become analytical chemists; development and publication of innovative experiments; design of improved equipment for teaching labs; and publication of widely quoted articles on teaching analytical chemistry.

“This award is given annually to an individual who has made unique contributions in the field of education in analytical chemistry,” said J. David Pinkston, chair, ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. “Chris’ nomination was especially strong noting extraordinary contributions as an author of influential textbooks, a mentor to literally hundreds, an innovative thinker, and above all, a devoted educator.”

Enke’s career in education spans more than four decades including teaching stints at Princeton University (1959-66), Michigan State (1966-94) and UNM (1994-present). Enke has received numerous awards including two previous ACS awards for Chemical Instrumentation and Computers in Chemistry, and the Distinguished Faculty Award (Michigan State).

He has written 15 books, including his latest, “The Art and Science of Chemical Analysis.”

Enke has taught nearly 70 Ph.D. students and was the inventor of the triple quadrupole mass spectrometer, which was recognized with the ASMS Award for Distinguished Contributions to Mass Spectrometry. Enke also has nine patents to his credit.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Principia College (Illinois) and his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois.