Nancy B. Jackson
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Nancy B. Jackson
Nancy B. Jackson
Nancy Jackson 2011 International Year of Chemistry.jpg
Born (1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 63)
Alma materGeorge Washington University, University of Texas at Austin
AwardsAAAS Award for Science Diplomacy, (2012)[1]
Scientific career
FieldsAlternative fuels, safety
InstitutionsSandia National Laboratories

Nancy B. Jackson (born March 1, 1956) is an American chemist. She has done energy research on heterogeneous catalysis and the development of alternative fuels.[2] She also works in the field of chemical nonproliferation, educating chemical professionals on the importance of safe and secure chemical practice in research, teaching and business, in an effort to prevent the misuse of chemicals as "weapons, poisons, explosives or environmental pollutants".[2][3] She was the first implementer in developing the international Chemical Security Engagement Program.[1][4][5] She is active in promoting diversity in STEM fields.[6] She was president of the American Chemical Society in 2011, leading the organization during the International Year of Chemistry.[3][7] In 2012, she was honored with the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy.[1]

Early life and education

Jackson was born March 1, 1956 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to a Seneca father and a Caucasian mother. Both of her parents were ministers, and both of her grandmothers held master's degrees.[8] One of her grandfathers came from the Cattaraugus Reservation in upstate New York.[6]

Jackson initially studied political science at university, but became increasingly interested in science.[8] She received a B.S. in chemistry from George Washington University in 1979.[9] After working briefly in the education department of the American Chemical Society she decided to return to school at the University of Texas at Austin. She received an M.S. in chemical engineering in 1986 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1990, working in the area of catalysis.[9]


Jackson joined the Catalysis and Chemical Technologies department of the Energy and Environment sector at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1991.[9] There she worked as an energy researcher for many years, focusing on alternative energy sources such as solar fuel.[2] She has studied heterogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on identifying catalysts that can enable production of liquid fuels from non-petroleum sources.[10] In addition, she became an associate research professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering of the University of New Mexico in 1999.[9]

Jackson was manager of the Chemical and Biological Imaging, Sensing and Analysis Department at Sandia from 2000-2004.[9] Her work involved chemical imaging techniques including fluorescent and infrared imaging, point infrared spectroscopy, and analysis of hyperspectral images and materials. Applications included imaging of DNA microarrays, analysis of polymeric materials, and examination of the structure-property relationships of heterogeneous catalytic materials.[11]

She was Deputy Director of the International Security Center at Sandia from 2004-2006.[9] In 2007, she became founder and manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia.[9][12] Jackson was the first implementer to work with the U.S. Department of State to develop the Chemical Security Engagement Program, an international program to raise awareness about chemical safety and security among chemical professionals throughout Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. As part of her work she has traveled extensively in these areas.[13][14]

Jackson is active in encouraging diversity in STEM. She is Seneca, and is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She has served as a tribal government liaison for Sandia, and worked with tribal colleges in developing the Science and Technology Alliance, a STEM program for underrepresented minorities.[6] She is also an active advocate for women in STEM fields.[15][16][17]

Jackson is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected in 2009 to the presidential succession of the American Chemical Society, serving as president-elect in 2010, president during the United Nation's International Year of Chemistry in 2011,[18] and immediate past president in 2012.[3] During the three-year period following her election, she focused on expanding international collaboration, visiting more than 20 countries on five continents to meet with chemists and chemical engineers, many of them women.[19]

In 2012, she received the AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy[20] "for her ongoing commitment to international science cooperation to prevent the theft and diversion of chemicals through the establishment of the Chemical Security Engagement Program and for developing, nurturing, and advancing careers of scientists worldwide, with a special emphasis on women scientists in the Middle East and Southeast Asia."[1]

In 2014, she became the 174th Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.[19]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ a b c d e "AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy: Recipients". AAAS Advancing Science, Serving Society. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, President ACS, Distinguished Speaker Series". Rochester Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "2014-15 Sylvia M. Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry Nancy B. Jackson". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Nancy Jackson". Launch. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "Dr. Nancy Jackson". Franklin Fellows Alumni. U. S. Department of State.
  6. ^ a b c "Native American Heritage Month 2014: Nancy B. Jackson". U. S. Department of State. November 1, 2014. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b Raber, Linda R. (November 18, 2009). "Nancy Jackson Wins ACS Presidential Race". Chemical & Engineering News. Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ a b Jackson, Nancy. "Dr. Nancy Jackson - Chemist" (PDF). SACNAS Biography Project. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "ACS Elections: Candidates' Election Statements And Backgrounds For President-Elect: Nancy B. Jackson". Chemical & Engineering News. 87 (36): 75-76. 2009. doi:10.1021/cen-v087n036.p075. Retrieved 2009.
  10. ^ "Nancy Jackson Senior Member of Technical Staff Sandia National Laboratories Albuquerque, NM". Profiles of Chemists. Career Cornerstone Center. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Visualizing Chemistry: The Progress and Promise of Advanced Chemical Imaging. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press. 2006. p. 200. Retrieved 2015.
  12. ^ Catalysis Science Program, Committee on the Review of the Basic Energy Sciences, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council (2009-03-09). Catalysis for Energy:: Fundamental Science and Long-Term Impacts of the U.S. Department of Energy Basic Energy Science Catalysis Science Program. National Academies Press. p. 102. ISBN 9780309177467. Retrieved 2009.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ a b "I'm seeing women gain power in the scientific community". Chemical Heritage Foundation. Archived from the original on July 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Meet the Fellows". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Coyle, Joan (December 1, 2011). "Women Chemists Committee announces inaugural Rising Star Award and winners". ACS News Release. American Chemical Society. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ Krapfl, Mike (December 13, 2011). "Iowa State researcher among the first class of women rising stars of chemistry". Iowa State University. Retrieved 2015.
  17. ^ Johnson, Sandra K. "Women in tech: Meet the trailblazers of STEM equality". Power More. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ Jackson, Nancy B. (January 3, 2011). "Welcome To The International Year Of Chemistry!". Chemical & Engineering News. 89 (1): 2-4. doi:10.1021/cen-v089n001.p002. Retrieved 2015.
  19. ^ a b "Franklin Fellows Alumni". U. S. Department of State. Retrieved 2015.
  20. ^ a b c Pinholster, Ginger (18 December 2012). "Nancy B. Jackson, Chemical Security Leader, Wins 2012 AAAS Award for Science Diplomacy". AAAS Advancing Science, Serving Society. American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2015.
  21. ^ Pillitteri, Abigail; Rousseaux, Charles (June 27, 2011). "They Have Chemistry DOE researchers among those recognized as world's most distinguished". SC News. Retrieved 2015.
  22. ^ Nehmer, Matthew (April 8, 2004). "GW PRESIDENT STEPHEN JOEL TRACHTENBERG AND THE GW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF 68th ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS". George Washington University Office of University Relations. Retrieved 2015.

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