SERC Scientist Tuck Hines and Senator Mathias, by Strauss, Richard, June 1, 1989, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, On a tour of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's (SERC) new Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory, SERC scientist Tuck Hines shows Senator Mathias a tank for Chesapeake blue crabs. The opening of the new laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD, was celebrated on June 1, 1989. The laboratory was named for Sen. "Mac" Mathias, former U.S. Senator from Maryland (1968-1986), who championed legislation to protect the Chesapeake Bay from over-development and pollution..