Groundbreaking for the Mathias Lab, by Hofmeister, Richard K, 1987, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center's new laboratory, named in honor of Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. who championed legislation to protect the Chesapeake Bay from over development and pollution during his more than 20 years in Congress. The photo shows (from l.) David Challinor, Assistant Secretary for Research, Dean Anderson, Undersecretary, Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (with a shovel of dirt), and David Correll, director of SERC..