“I’m seeing women gain power in the scientific community.”

Nancy Jackson

In her role with the Chemical Security Engagement program of the U.S. Department of State, Nancy Jackson travels throughout Asia and the Middle East, and she is seeing a big change happening: women chemists are thriving. In most parts of the Middle East, she says, there are more women studying chemistry than men. She talks about the increasing role women are playing in science internationally.

Nancy B. Jackson is manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Along with the U.S. Department of State, Jackson developed 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. In 2011 Jackson was elected president of the American Chemical Society. In 2005 she was recipient of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional of the Year award. She is a research associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering of the University of New Mexico. She has a B.S. in chemistry from George Washington University, which honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005, and has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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