May & June in Review

2023 Nobel Prize Summit: The Smithsonian Science Education Center conducted a 2- hour session on “Trust in Science” featuring the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project at the 2023 Nobel Prize Summit. This Summit was hosted by the Nobel Foundation and the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and was held May 24-26, 2023, in Washington, DC, both virtually and in-person. The session was facilitated by Smithsonian Science Education Center Director Carol O’Donnell and included remarks from Smithsonian Science Education Center Acting Manager for Global Goals series Heidi Gibson on using student-gathered, community level data to drive truth, trust, and hope. The panel discussion “The Role of Transdisciplinary Education in The Development of an Evidence-Based Worldview” included a lively discussion about the future and aims of education between Andreas Schleicher from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Anita Krishnamurthi, from the Afterschool Alliance, Ann Friedman from Planet Word, and Saul Perlmutter from the University of California, Berkeley. This session has been viewed over 4.5k times.

Carol O’Donnell provides remarks at a podium.

Smithsonian Science Education Center Director Dr. Carol O’Donnell gave a live interview for WUSA9’s “Great Day Washington.” O’Donnell discussed the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s past partnership with WUSA9 and detailed how Smithsonian Science Education Center serves as an outreach arm for K-12 formal STEAM Education for the Smithsonian, demonstrating that the Smithsonian Institution includes not only museums, research centers, a zoo, and libraries, but also education centers. O’Donnell also discussed the variety of ways in which Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) can provide solutions for pressing global issues surrounding environmental science and sustainability. Prior to this segment, WUSA9 recently filmed and featured Smithsonian Science Education Center staff members engaging with students and teachers in the DMV area to learn more about their environmental science projects. https://www.wusa9.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-daywashington/the-smithsonian-science-education-center-brings-steam-resources-to-schoolsacross-us/65-cbdf58fc-9404-495c-a5b5-54f7dd6a6a74

Carol O’Donnell gives a live interview on WUSA9 Great Day Washington

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Johnny McInerney
Executive Assistant



Johnny McInerney is the Executive Office Manager for the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Johnny was born and raised in Golden, Colorado – right where Denver hits the Rockies. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder (sko’ Buffs!) graduating Summa Cum Laude in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. In 2018, he jumped onto the re-election campaign on Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, and after a successful campaign was fortunate to have Rep. Perlmutter offer him the Staff Assistant position in his legislative office on Capitol Hill here in Washington, DC. After two and a half years Johnny transitioned roles to become the Scheduler for Congressman Donald Norcross of Southern New Jersey. While on the Hill, Johnny 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, Johnny worked for a think tank downtown for just under a year before he found himself lucky enough to take this incredible opportunity with the Smithsonian. 

Johnny is passionate about a lot of things: food, film, roller coasters, oil painting, video games, pets, and people…just to name a few!