Squire J. Booker, an associate professor of chemistry and an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Pennsylvania State University, was awarded an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award from the American Chemical Society. Booker, chairman of the ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee and a member of the ASBMB Today editorial advisory board, received a prize of $5,000 and an unrestricted research grant.
“This is a completely unexpected blessing,” Booker said.
Booker’s many accolades include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, bestowed in 2004 by then-President Bush, and the 2002 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. His lab has garnered international attention recently for elucidating a mechanism by which bacteria evade entire classes of commonly used antibiotics.