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American Chemical Society Chief to Present Earth Day Talk

Senior chemistry majors from area institutions to receive honors from ACS

Bethlehem, Pa., April 21, 2008—In honor of Earth Day, Madeline Jacobs, the executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society will address the Lehigh Valley Section of the ACS and other interested parties on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 in Dana Lecture Hall at Moravian College.  Jacobs will present “Improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry.” Prior to her talk, top senior chemistry majors from area colleges in the section will be honored.  Earlier in the day, from 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. in the Collier Hall of Sciences lobby, there will be an undergraduate chemistry research poster session featuring the work of students from the colleges in the section, which includes Monroe, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Warren Counties.

Moravian College student Lisa Morkowchuk, a senior chemistry major from Germansville, Pa. will receive a ACS award along with students from Albright College, Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, East Stroudsburg University, Kutztown University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and Muhlenberg College.

As executive director and CEO of the ACS, Jacobs has worked closely with the ACS Board of Directors, volunteers and members, and the Society’s nearly 2,000 employees to help reinvent ACS and prepare it to serve its members and the chemical profession during a time of radical change in the chemical enterprise.  She is working closely with other organizations around the world to enhance ACS collaboration in the chemical sciences. Before being named CEO, Jacobs served for eight and a half years as editor-in-chief of Chemical & Engineering News magazine, the weekly newsmagazine of the chemical world published by ACS, and two years as managing editor. She has held other senior management positions in a wide variety of scientific and educational organizations including the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Jacobs received a Bachelor’s Degree of science in chemistry from George Washington University, a Master’s Degree in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, and an honorary Doctor of Science from George Washington University.  She has received many major honors, including the Smithsonian Institution Secretary’s Gold Medal and the New York Academy of Sciences Women History Month Award, as well as more than three dozen awards for outstanding science writing from national organizations. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the ACS Board of Directors and the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, and a founding member of the Board of the Rosalind Franklin Society, dedicated to promoting women in the sciences.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.