March & April In Review

Carol O'Donnell Delivers a Keynote

Director of SSEC Dr. Carol O’Donnell delivered the keynote address for the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP) Science Education Programme (SEP) Global Council meeting held in Rabat, Morocco on March 17th. Her keynote, which focused on the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project (a collaboration of the SSEC and IAP), discussed Science Education and Scientific Literacy for Global Goals. Scientists and science educators from around the world attended the council meeting.  

Children excitedly study colorful chemistry beakers in science class


The Smithsonian Science Education Center and WUSA9-TV has teamed up to support local middle school students and teachers in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC areas as they educate students ages 11-13 on environmental issues and support local action taking. SSEC’s Director, Dr. Carol O’Donnell, was interviewed by WUSA9-TV on CBS and she discussed how SSEC will provide free professional development to teachers and free instructional materials using SSEC's Environmental Justice! community research guide. WUSA9-TV media coverage began on Monday, March 27th.  

SSEC Director Carol O’Donnell provides live remarks on WUSA9


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Johnny McInerney
Executive Assistant

Johnny is the Executive Assistant to Smithsonian Science Education Center Director Dr. Carol O’Donnell. He was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder graduating Summa Cum Laude in Policial Science with a minor in Sociology. In 2018 he jumped onto the re-election campaign in Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, and after a successful campaign worked as a staff assistant in the Member’s legislative office on Capitol Hill in Washington. After two and a half years he transitioned roles to become the scheduler for a Congressman of Southern New Jersey. While on the Hill, He was elected to a board membership of the LGBT Congressional Staff Association as the 2021 Director of Community Service and Engagement. After he departed the Hill, he worked for a think tank for just under a year before he found himself lucky enough to take this incredible opportunity with the Smithsonian. He is passionate about a lot of things: food, film, roller coasters, oil painting, video games, pets, and people…just to name a few!