Lunch and Learn at the Smithsonian Institution Staff Picnic

Editor's Note: This post was written with the assistance of Patti Marohn. 

Under the encouragement of Douglas Herman of the National Museum of the American Indian, scholars across the Smithsonian presented the results of their research at the SI Staff Picnic on July 7, 2016. Example posters displayed at the Research Scholars’ Tent included the Smithsonian Science Education Center, who presented the results of its five-year, $30 million research study of its Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) model, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute presented posters from Qiongyu Huang, Peter Leimgruber, and Benjamin Robb on mule deer movement in Utah tracked though GPS collars and from Jared Stabach on releasing the scimitar-horned oryx to the Ouadi Rimé-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve in Chad.

Smithsonian Libraries shared how the large collection is aided by unique identification numbers. Richard Naples describes how the ORCID, or the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, helps research information flow and is useful to differentiate authors with the same or similar names. Freer-Sackler library resources are also being used to edit Wikipedia content about India’s Mughal Dynasty.

Laurie Penland, of the Smithsonian Scientific Diving Program, shared the underwater research efforts of the Smithsonian Institution.


Other posters included:

Smithsonian National Collections Program

National Museum of African American History and Culture/Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute/Museum Support Center

Freer-Sackler Galleries

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Office of the Under Secretary for Science

Related Tags

About the Author

Dr. Carol O'Donnell



As Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), Carol is responsible for all operational activities and planning for the unit, including building awareness for P-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of P-12 teachers and school leaders; and, overseeing all research and curricular resource development, philanthropic development, and administration. With nearly a decade of experience at the U.S. Department of Education and 20+ years of science teaching in K-16 classrooms, Carol has expertise in education policy, professional development, cognition and student learning, curriculum development, and education research.

Carol earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Pittsburgh, her Master of Science in Geosciences from Mississippi State, and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on science education from The George Washington University (GWU). Carol began her career as a K-8 teacher and is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of GWU's Physics Department. Read more