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Two faculty members appointed as Holders of Eberly Chairs

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17 October 2018

 

Squire J. Booker and Runze Li have been appointed as Holders of Eberly Chairs, one of the highest honors awarded to faculty members in the Eberly College of Science. The endowment was created in 1986 in each of the college’s seven departments thanks to a generous commitment from the Eberly Family Charitable Trust to enhance the college’s missions of education, research, and service.

Squire Booker.
Squire Booker.
Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and molecular biology and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been appointed as Holder of the Eberly Distinguished Chair in Science. Booker’s main research interests include deciphering the molecular details by which enzymes—a special class of proteins—catalyze reactions in the cell. He then uses the insight gained to manipulate these reactions for various objectives, ranging from the production of biofuels to the development of antibacterial agents.

 

 

Runze Li.
Runze Li.
Runze Li, Verne M. Willaman Professor of Statistics, has been appointed as Holder of the Eberly Family Chair in Statistics. Li’s research involves several fields of statistics, including high-dimensional data analysis, variable selection, and longitudinal data analysis. Li also studies various statistical applications such as design and modeling for behavioral science, computer experiments, genetic-data analysis, and brain-image analysis.