Madeleine Jacobs: Ten Lessons Learned From a Lifetime of Science

Update: Thank you to everyone who came to Ms Jacob’s talk! I hope you all learned as much as I did! 20150311_151350



WISC is pleased to announce that we are hosting Madeleine Jacobs, current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, formerly Executive Director/CEO of the American Chemical Society, for a lecture on science culture with Q&A to follow.

Date: Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM, Garden Room, Faculty House,  Morningside Campus (Entrance on W 116th between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Drive)



Drawing on nearly 45 years as a communicator of science and chemistry, Madeleine Jacobs describes what she has learned about work and life. This talk is about how to build a satisfying career while balancing a demanding professional life with a personal life and staying true to one’s core values. Be prepared to nod with recognition, laugh, and even cry, from her first tip, “Never do anything just to please your mother,” to Lesson Number 10, “Experiment!”

Abbreviated Jacobs Biography: 

Madeleine Jacobs has been Executive Director and CEO of the American Chemical Society since 2004. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society, with more than 161,000 members worldwide. Jacobs served for 10 years as Managing Editor (1993-95) and Editor-in-Chief (1995-2003) of ACS’s weekly newsmagazine, Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN), where she also worked early in her career (1969-72).  She has also worked at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (1972-74), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1974-79), and the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex, where she was chief science writer (1979-87) and director of the Office of Public Affairs (1987-93).

Jacobs received a B.S. in chemistry with honors and distinction from George Washington University in 1968. She completed a year of graduate study in organic chemistry at the University of Maryland in 1969.

Jacobs has received a number of awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences Women’s History Month Award (2002), the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences (2003), the American Crystallographic Association Public Service Award (2004), and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) President’s Award (2010). She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. In 2012, Jacobs was chosen as one of 100 Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by STEMconnector™.

Jacobs retired in mid-February 2015 from ACS. She became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents on March 1, 2015.


Organizer: Caroline Patenode, WISC Co-President