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

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Dr. Carol O'Donnell



Dr. Carol O’Donnell is the Senior Executive and Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), an organization of the Smithsonian Institution dedicated to transforming K-12 Education through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. In her role at the Smithsonian (a non-profit with quasi-governmental status), Carol serves as the US representative on the Global Council of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP), an appointment by the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and she serves on the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on School Connectivity: Hybrid Learning. Carol also represents the Smithsonian on the Subcommittee on Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM), which advises and assists the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) of the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President. In her role on the Program Committee for the International Dialogue on STEM Education, Carol co-authored the position paper on “STEM Education for Sustainable Development” (http://bit.ly/3a3ObkS). Prior to joining the Smithsonian, Carol was a group leader at the US Department of Education, supporting States’ and districts’ implementation of ESEA programs; she also oversaw the Cognition and Student Learning research grant program of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

Carol is the winner of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Graduate Research Excellence Award; National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity “Unsung Hero Award;” and the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award. She was honored to receive on behalf of SSEC the Smithsonian Innovation in Education Award for their work on the “Smithsonian Science for Global Goals” project. Dr O’Donnell is the Principal Investigator on an NSF INCLUDES and DRK-12 planning grant award for SSEC’s work in “Building Networks and Enhancing Diversity in the K-12 STEM Teaching Workforce” and PI of the grant “Integrating Inclusive/Universal Design and Accessibility Strategies into K-12 STEM Classrooms.” A former K-12 teacher and curriculum developer, Dr. O’Donnell is still in the classroom today, serving on the part-time faculty of the Physics Department at The George Washington University, where she earned her doctorate. Her TedX talk demonstrates her passion for integrating digital and physical interactions in science classrooms.

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