Suki Smaglik

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Central Wyoming College

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Activities (4)

Introduction to Mineral Identification part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
"How do I start?" Students are often stymied when faced with a box of minerals to identify. Although we give a careful lecture and demonstration, they still don't know where to start once the box is on the table. The following exercise uses an inquiry-based approached to overcome the fear of tackling mineral identification. Few instructions are given and students discover for themselves how to approach identification. This activity is followed by a standard lecture on the physical properties of minerals and a traditional mineral identification lab.

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Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique organisms. This activity begins with a field exploration, then includes DNA extraction and preparation for sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene, genomic determination of resulting sequences andstatistically analyzing the resulting sequence data.

Wind River Eco-Challenge: A Virtual Excursion Exercise for Introducing Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This classroom activity simulates an eco-challenge course in the Wind River Mountains, which are close to our campus. Our goal is that students approach their recreational adventures more prepared than they would with out having done this exercise.

Navigation Unit part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a hands-on activity designed to teach basic land navigation skills using compass, GPS units and topographic maps. This unit relies heavily on math skills.

Courses (3)

GEOL 1470 Environmental Geology part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Courses
Environmental geology is the study of the interactions between humans and their geologic environment: rocks, water, air, soil, life. Humans are impacted by Earth processes, and by their activities have an impact on Earth. This introductory-level course will use physical geologic principles (rocks, minerals and plate tectonics) as a foundation for the study of these environmental interactions. This course will explore issues relating to these interactions: natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, storms; natural resources including water, soil and energy; climate change; human population; pollution and environmental policies. Laboratory exercises will apply geologic principles to environmental problems. Prerequisites: MATH 1000 and ENGL 1010, or above. Field Trip required. 4 cr. (3 lect., 3 lab)

Geologic Field Excursion part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Courses
Field excursions will be taken to study the geology of specific areas such as the Black Hills, Central Colorado, Death Valley, Colorado Plateau, Hawaii, Central America, or others. Topics will include rock types, tectonics, geologic time, stratigraphy and surface processes.

The Earth: Its Physical Environment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Covering topics in Earth Science including geology, astronomy, oceanography and meteorology, this course is directed toward K-8 pre-service teachers. It is also open to any non-science majors as a lab science elective, but cannot be used toward a degree in natural science. Lab and lecture are integrated around current topics, and when offered in summer, is held in conjunction with a required non-majors mathematics course in problem solving.

Essays (3)

Geoscience Community College Programs of Societal Relevance and Importance in the Wind River Basin and Range part of Integrate:Workshops:Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences:Essays
Suzanne M (Suki) Smaglik, Health & Science, Central Wyoming College Central Wyoming College, Fremont County, WY, is in a unique situation: being within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation ...

How do we prepare the next generation of geoscientists in this technology-driven world? We need to attract them in the first place. part of SAGE 2YC:Workforce, Transfer, and Careers:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
First of all, we need to have geoscience students in our classrooms in order to start to prepare them. Therefore, we need to start young. Kids love rocks; some collect rocks from the time they can crawl. The question we might ask is: Why does this interest stop rather than expand? Only a few of us who discovered our connection to Earth at a young age become geologists. We need to make it known that being a geoscientist is a good career. Geoscientists with an emphasis on environmental issues will always be employable, from field technicians to industry consultants. We have spent nearly two centuries despoiling North American resources. Problems related to resource extraction will take at least another century to set right. It is geoscientists who will be leading the way.

Suzanne (Suki) Smaglik part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Chemistry & Geology, Central Wyoming College Personal Home Page What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? ...

Other Contributions (5)

Earth, Energy, Environment (E^3), Central Wyoming College part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Curricula & Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Suzanne M (Suki) Smaglik, Central Wyoming College. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a associates degree. ...

Environmental Science and Leadership, Central Wyoming College part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Curricula & Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Suzanne M (Suki) Smaglik, Central Wyoming College. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a associates degree. ...

Environment, Health & Safety - Environmental Technician, Central Wyoming College part of Building Strong Geoscience Departments:Curricula & Programs:Curriculum Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Suzanne M (Suki) Smaglik, Central Wyoming College. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a associates degree. ...

Supporting Minority Students at Central Wyoming College part of Integrate:Programs:Supporting Minority Students
Central Wyoming College is small (2000), rural community college situated with in the boundaries of Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR). The WRIR is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapahoe tribes. The central campus resides in Riverton, with outreach centers in Lander and Jackson. We offer several geoscience transfer degrees (AS) as well as applied degrees (AAS), credentials and certificates. Many of our programs have been recently up dated to include a focus on workforce development. The geosciences programs are housed with in the Science department of the Health & Science Division, which also offers programs in biological and physical sciences, nursing and allied health. Our applied programs stem from a community need for trained workers in the oil and gas industry, and are guided by a community advisory board. Our transfer degrees are oriented to resource and environmental issues. One environmental degree collaborates with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), one of the largest employers in Lander. The number of students choosing one of our programs varies from 30 to three. We are making an effort to increase our recruiting efforts this year. AS - Earth, Energy, Environment - program options: Earth (traditional geology), Energy (oil and gas engineering), Environment (hydrology and environmental geology) and Geographic Information Systems. AS - Environmental Science and Leadership - includes a one-semester NOLS course AAS - Environmental Health and Safety - Environmental Technician Credentials and certificates: Environmental Technician, Water Quality Technician, Health & Safety Technician, Remediation Technician, GIS Technician

GEOL 1470: Environmental Geology at Central Wyoming College part of Math You Need:Implementations
Implementor(s): Suki Smaglik Click here to visit my site Enrollment: 15 Anticipated Start Date: September 6, 2011 (Semester) Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience The math prerequisite for this ...

Events and Communities

The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education Workshop 2010

Geology and Human Health Participants

Affective Domain 2007 Participants

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants

Energy Workshop 2009 Participants

Climate Change

Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry Workshop Participants 2011

Teaching Environmental Geology 2012

CE Problem Solving Journal Club 2012

Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers

InTeGrate Broadening Access Workshop

Cutting Edge 2014 Undergrad Research