Science education and chemists building a better future tops ACS President’s NPR talks, May 16 & May 23

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2011 — American Chemical Society (ACS) President Nancy B. Jackson, Ph.D., will be the featured guest in a two-part NPR series on the nationally syndicated program “The Best of Our Knowledge,” that begins today and will air over the next two weeks.

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In honor of the International Year of Chemistry 2011, Jackson’s conversation with show host Glenn Busby will focus on the essential role chemists and science education play in creating a vigorous economy and healthy communities. Jackson will discuss:

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  • How chemistry, while often misunderstood, lies at the center of scientific discovery, engineering advances, and many of our most important solutions to critical issues.
  • How science education and mentoring the next generation of innovators is vital to our future.
  • How chemistry ambassadors provide important services to their communities and local schools.
  • Activities of the U.N.-designated International Year of Chemistry that illustrate how important chemistry is in day-to-day life: Providing clean water, renewable energy sources and creating essential medicines and new materials.

Tune in to hear Jackson on “The Best of Our Knowledge,” Mondays, May 16 and 23, at 8 p.m. EDT, on the WAMC NPR network in northeastern U.S. or listen in via the Web:

Her programs will be featured again on the WAMC network and the URL above on Fridays, May 20 and 27, 3 p.m. EDT.

These programs will also be carried by NPR affiliate radio stations nationwide on Wednesdays, May 18 and 25. For times, check your local NPR affiliate for “The Best of Our Knowledge.”


ACS President Nancy Jackson, Ph.D., will be the
featured speaker in a two-part NPR series for the
International Year of Chemistry.