Native American Heritage Month 2014: Nancy B. Jackson
Nancy Jackson is a Seneca and her grandfather is from the Cattaraugus reservation in upstate New York. She is presently Franklin Fellow from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, and has Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Before becoming a Franklin Fellow she started and supported the ISN/CTR Chemical Security Engagement program at Sandia, working primarily in the Middle East and Southeast Asia with chemists and chemical engineers training in chemical safety and security.
While at Sandia she spent two years as the tribal government liaison for Sandia (a part time position while doing energy research) and represented Sandia at local, state, and national Native American events. Nancy also identified tribal colleges to join the Science and Technology Alliance, a STEM program for underrepresented minorities. She worked to support tribal college presidents as they expanded their science programs and hired tribal college students during summers for Sandia.
Nancy did energy research at Sandia for 10 years mostly focusing on developing fuels from alternative sources. She has worked with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) for the past 20 years, first supporting their science fair and next being a judge at the National Conference Graduate Poster and Presentation sessions.
Nancy is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and was President of ACS in 2011 during the International Year of Chemistry. She is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as recipient of their Science and Diplomacy 2012 Award. She also was awarded the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional of the Year Award in 2005.