- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2003

Madeleine Jacobs is now the head chemist at the American Chemical Society, a Washington trade group for 160,000 scientists.

Mrs. Jacobs, 57, was promoted to executive director and chief executive officer, in charge of the society’s in-house publications, database research services to members and 1,900 employees.

She has spent the past 10 years at the association as the editor in chief of the main weekly magazine, Chemical & Engineering News, while managing a department of 75 employees.

“I was asked in one of my interviews how I would handle the responsibility change and I told them I have the confidence to work with a lot of talented people here to meet the everyday challenges,” such as competing with other scientific societies, she said.

Mrs. Jacobs said she plans to market the society to chemists “as their main base for scientific information.”

Nina McClelland, ACS board chairman, said the board picked Mrs. Jacobs out of 250 applicants because of her background and passion for chemistry.

Mrs. Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and honorary doctorate of science from George Washington University.

She served as a reporter for Chemical & Engineering News from 1969 to 1972.

“Madeleine will do an excellent job promoting our society because she is highly qualified, capable and extremely popular with our members,” Ms. McClelland said. The board will announce a 2004-06 agenda for the society in January, when Mrs. Jacobs assumes her new role.

Before she joined the society, Mrs. Jacobs was the public affairs director for the Smithsonian Institution.

“I thought that was my dream job until I came here,” she said, adding that she decided at age 13 to become a chemist.

Mrs. Jacobs lives in Gaithersburg with her husband, Joseph.

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