Cooks' award

R. Graham Cooks of Purdue University, is the recipient of the 2013 Dreyfus Prize in the Chemical Sciences, awarded this year in the area of chemical instrumentation. Cooks will receive a medal, citation and $250,000. Cooks work in the field of mass spectrometry has become critical in the research and development endeavors of almost every pharmaceutical and biotechnology company at some level. Recently his team has developed miniature, battery-powered MS instruments that could be used in remote locations as well as opening up this kind of analytical testing in healthcare, homeland security and the military and food safety.