Darlene Smalley

Program Director, DuPont Planetarium
at the
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

University of South Carolina Aiken

Email: DarleneS@usca.edu
Phone: 803-641-2842

 
Education
  • B.S. Geosciences, Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa: Penn State University, 1979
  • Graduate work (30 hours) University of Arizona, USC Aiken, and Clemson University in Hydrogeology, Ecology, and Science Education
ecohike
Teaching Experience
  • 2004 – Present: Program Director, DuPont Planetarium
  • 1999 – Present: Student Programs Specialist, Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
  • 1993 – 2001: Teacher, Christian Academy of South Aiken
  • 1982 – 1983: Hydrogeologist, Leggette, Brashears, & Graham, Inc. in Wilton, CT
  • 1980 – 1982: Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey in Tucson, AZ & Harrisburg, PA
  • 1980 – 1982: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ
  • 1979: Science and Math Teacher, Fenster School in Tucson, AZ
  • 1979: Field Geologist, W. R. Grace Co. in Craig, CO
  • 1978 – 1979: Geology Lab Instructor, Penn State University in State College, PA
  • 1977: Geology Lab Technician, PA Department of Transportation in Harrisburg, PA  

One of my small ecohike groups is pictured to the left. An ecohike is a popular student program offered by the RPSEC each fall and spring.  Students learn about the ecology of the Sandhills Region of South Carolina duringa two-hour, guided walk in Hitchcock Woods.

Conference Presentations (selected):

  • Smalley, D. and Regelski, J. (2014) Using Magnetic Atom Models to Decode the Periodic Table. Presented at the South Carolina Science Council state conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Smalley, D. and Hutchens, J. (2013) Making Astronomy Fun and Interdisciplinary. Presented at the National Science Teachers Association regional conference, Charlotte, NC.
  • Smalley, D. (2013) An Interactive Planetarium Show about the International Space Station. Presented at the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium (LIPS), Sanford, FL.
  • Smalley, D. (2013) Under the Sea. Presented at the South Carolina Science Council regional conference, Aiken, SC.
  • Smalley, D. and Senn, G. (2012) Sizes and Scales of Heavenly Bodies. Presented at the Carolina Association of Planetarium Educators annual conference, Greenville, SC.
  • Smalley, D. (2011) Kinesthetic Activities to Teach Challenging Topics. Presented at the National Conference of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Baltimore, MD.
  • Smalley, D. (2011) Using Modified Scales to Explain Weight, Mass and Gravity. Presented at the South Eastern Planetarium Association annual conference, Young Harris, GA.
  • Smalley, D. and Wilson, P. (2010) Astronomical Tools from Paper Plates. Presented at the South Eastern Planetarium Association conference, Kingsport, TN.
  • Smalley, D. (2009) Making Interdisciplinary Connections. Presented at the South Eastern Planetarium Association annual conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Smalley, D. (2009) Earth Science in an Egg Box. Presented at the South Carolina Science Council state conference, Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Senn, G. and Smalley, D. (2008) Celestial Navigation. Presented at the Carolina Association of Planetarium Educators annual conference, Rosman, NC.

The photo to the left is of a place where my fields of interest can be explored: Astronomy, Earth Science, Ecology, Geography. It was taken along a trail on Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The beautiful flowers in bloom are rhododendron.

astro camp dome
Original Shows Developed for the DuPont Planetarium:
  • Engineering the International Space Station
  • To the Moon and Beyond
  • Mission to Mars
  • Dark Shadows
  • Ancient Skylore
  • Star Stories
  • Cruising the Constellations  

Pictured to the left are astronomy campers and two student helpers by the RPSEC Observatory.

 



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