WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2011 — To assist with coverage of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, will issue a comment from ACS President Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D., immediately after the official announcement in Stockholm. Jackson will comment on how the research honored in the award impacts everyday life. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the chemistry prize, plans the announcement just after 5:45 a.m. United States Eastern Time on Oct. 5. Jackson and ACS 2011President-Elect Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., will be available for telephone interviews beginning at 6:15 a.m. Journalists are encouraged to schedule an interview in advance by contacting the ACS Office of Public Affairs (above) by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4. Journalists with early deadlines on Oct. 5 also can request placement on a priority list for distribution of Jackson’s comment.
Many past winners of the chemistry prize were ACS members and authors of research papers published in ACS’ suite of 41 peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D., is 2011 President of the American Chemical Society and manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department at Sandia National Laboratories, which assists the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies in solving problems related to international chemical security. Jackson is a National Affiliate of the National Academies where she has served on several boards and chaired studies. She is a Research Associate Professor, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department, University of New Mexico. Jackson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, University of Texas at Austin.
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri, Ph.D., is 2011 President-Elect of the American Chemical Society and will serve as president in 2012. The William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he is former assistant director of the National Science Foundation for Science and Engineering Education and internationally noted for leadership in promoting excellence in science education. The Encyclopedia Britannica cites him as the “dean of lecture demonstrators in America.” Shakhashiri‘s scholarly publications, including the multi-volume series, Chemical Demonstrations: A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry, are models of learning and instruction that have been translated into several languages.