Suki Smaglik

Health and Science

Central Wyoming College

Suzanne M. (Suki) Smaglik is a Professor of Earth & Physical Sciences at Central Wyoming College, in Fremont Co. Wyoming. She is advisor for the Earth, Energy & Environment (E^3) Program, that has areas of concentration in traditional geology, environmental science, energy science & engineering and geographic information systems. She teaches Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology, Earth System Science, Earth Science for Educators, Geology of the Yellowstone-Teton Region, Geology of Wyoming, Geologic Excursions, Introductory Chemistry, General Chemistry, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, and Physical Science of Educators, though not all at once.  Suki enjoys helping others understand their environment, and the geologic history of their landscape, by leading both credit and non-credit regional field trips.  Engaging students in undergraduate research, her current projects include the microbial community in the hot springs of Thermopolis, and the landscape development of Table Mountain, south of Lander. She is currently serving as a Councilor-at-Large on the NAGT Board.

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Activities (4)

Introduction to Mineral Identification part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
The 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.

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Wind River Eco-Challenge: A Virtual Excursion Exercise for Introducing Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Courses: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 ...

Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities: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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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:Enhance Your Teaching: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? ...

Conference Presentation (1)

Sustaining Student Enthusiasm for Research Beyond the Classroom Introduction part of Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Great strides have been made in recent years to integrate research into the undergraduate classroom, especially in the early undergraduate and community college years. Bringing research experiences to students in ...