The Future of Chemistry
Is in Your Hands
After you finish your studies, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, many of you will find jobs at companies or institu- tions with diverse international interests.
In fact, in today’s expanding global marketplace,
fewer and fewer organizations have only narrow
domestic interests. My job with Sandia national
laboratories, for example, routinely takes me to the
Middle east, Southeast asia, and north africa to discuss chemical safety
and security with colleagues in professional societies and academia.
Given the trend in globalization, in addition to obtaining academic
grounding in the chemical sciences, another key to success is learning as
much as you can about other cultures and languages. I took only a year
of french in college and didn’t use it for a long time. But when I recently
went to Morocco on business, it was remarkable how much came back
to me and how much people appreciated the few words I tried to say in
I encourage you to expand your horizons, take some cross-cultural
classes, and seek opportunities to study and do collaborative research in
other countries. one such opportunity is through the national Science
foundation-funded program run by the aCS office of International
activities. this (or any other opportunity to live or work overseas) will
pay off for you for the rest of your life.
there is also a very important event taking place this year in which
I hope you will participate: the International year of Chemistry, or IyC
2011. an initiative of the International union of pure and applied
Chemistry and the united nations educational, Scientific and Cultural
organization, IyC 2011 is designed to increase public appreciation and
interest in the central sciences and enhance international cooperation.
Communicating science to the public, a major goal of IyC 2011, is
something we must all make a priority. professional scientific organizations like aCS have tremendous resources and expertise that are focused
on public communication. We must continue to tweak and refine these
assets to find the best way of reaching the various publics whose understanding and support we seek.
as students of chemistry, the future of chemistry will be in your
hands. the challenges your generation will face regarding environmental issues and sustainable energy will require many smart and dedicated
chemists to develop solutions. addressing these challenges will take
science and research, and an ability to advise the public on the technical options and challenges. the pursuit and advancement of science
research, and chemistry in particular, will help improve the lives of all
our planet’s inhabitants.
Best of luck in your studies and future endeavors.
nancy B. Jackson is President of the ACS and manager of the International
Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia National
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