Baker appointed to Smithsonian Council


Dr. David Baker

Dr. David Baker, Margaret Clark Morgan executive director of the Center for the History of Psychology and professor of psychology at The University of Akron, has been appointed to the 10-member Smithsonian Affiliations Advisory Council.
The council represents the Smithsonian Institution's 170 affiliates, a select group of museums and cultural, educational and arts organizations that share the Smithsonian's resources with the world. Smithsonian Affiliates benefit from artifact loans, resource identification assistance, education and performing arts programs, expert speakers, teacher workshops, museum staff career development and technical assistance.

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Baker is honored to be part of the council. "The reputation that accompanies the tagline, 'Smithsonian Affiliate,' is one of engagement — one that The University of Akron's Center for the History of Psychology strives to uphold," says Baker. "As a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations Advisory Council, I am eager to work with my colleagues from around the country to promote, foster and support the work of bringing the nation's treasures to a wider public."
"We are delighted to have Dr. David Baker serve on the Smithsonian Affiliations Advisory Council," says Harold Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations. "David is one of the few who can claim to have built an exemplary  museum from scratch, and will enhance our program from both an academic and hands-on perspective." 

About the Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex of 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park, as well as research facilities. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at nearly 137 million, including more than 126 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History. Through the Smithsonian Affiliations program, the institution shares its vast collections and expertise with museum-goers around the country. There are 170 affiliates in 40 states, Puerto Rico and Panama. 

About The Center for the History of Psychology (CHP)

Established in 1965 as the Archives of the History of American Psychology (AHAP), the Center for the History of Psychology has grown to include a Museum of Psychology in its new facility opened August 2010. The CHP preserves and promotes the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. An affiliate of the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, CHP houses the largest collection of its kind in the world, including artifacts, media, tests, books and a manuscript collection featuring the papers of more than 740 psychologists. 

About The University of Akron

The University of Akron is the public research university for Northeast Ohio. The Princeton Review listed UA among the"Best in the Midwest" in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges: Region-by-Region. Nearly 30,000 students are enrolled in UA's 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and law degree programs and 100 certificate programs at sites in Summit, Wayne, Medina, Cuyahoga and Holmes counties. For more information, visit

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