Carol O'Donnell Named Director, Smithsonian Science Education Center

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  • Dr. Carol O'Donnell is named Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) effective August 24, 2015. Dr. O'Donnell was previously at the U.S. Department of Education where her duties included overseeing the Mathematics and Science Partnership program. Most recently she was Group Leader in the Office of State Support, which worked with programs such as Elementary and Secondary Education Acts Titles I, II, and II, School Improvement Grants, and Race to the Top. Prior to that she worked on a study on science learning at The George Washington University and developed science curricula at NSRC for eleven years.
  • O'Donnell received the bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, master's degree from Mississippi State University, and doctorate from The George Washington University. She taught science in Virginia public schools and teaches astronomy in the George Washington University Physics Department.


  • National Science Resources Center
  • Smithsonian Science Education Center


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • SSEC was founded thirty years ago as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) with the mission to transform the learning and teaching of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world.
  • SI Email Announcement, August 6, 2015, "Carol O'Donnell Named Director of Smithsonian Science Education Center," by Claudine Brown. Smithsonian Institution Archives

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


August 24, 2015


  • Women
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  • Science
  • Study and teaching
  • Education, Elementary
  • Science--Study and teaching

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