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Released April 19, 2004



LONG BEACH - Dr. Denise von Herrmann has been named interim academic dean of The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast, replacing Dr. Joe Hill, who retired from the position last summer.

Dr. von Herrmann came to Southern Miss in 1997 as assistant professor of political science and was appointed chair of the Division of Arts and Sciences in 2001. She earned her doctorate of philosophy in political science and public policy from the University of Alabama. Before coming to Southern Miss, she spent four years as an assistant professor at DeKalb College, Ga., and several years as an educator at the community college level.

"The faculty at Southern Miss Gulf Coast was very supportive of Dr. von Herrmann's application selection," said Dr. Tim Hudson, Southern Miss Gulf Coast provost. "She is a proven leader, a good scholar and an able administrator. She will serve our campus well during these challenging times."

A native of Atlanta, Ga., von Herrmann is the author of five books or book chapters and two scholarly articles dealing with gaming policy, and has brought $262,000 worth of externally funded research to Southern Miss. She has served as president of the Mississippi Political Science Association, is a Rotarian, and is a member of the Coast Chamber Class of Leadership Gulf Coast. Dr. von Herrmann currently lives in Wiggins with her husband, Ben, and their two children.

"Southern Miss has so many opportunities on the Gulf Coast," Dr. von Herrmann said. "I am very excited to be working with Southern Miss's administration in this new role with our outstanding faculty and students." Von WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10

OCEAN SPRINGS -- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on Wednesday, March 10.

He will present a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at 7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.

Admission to the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003 photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer questions and sign his books during the reception following his slide show.

The registration fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL. Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks. Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees of skill.

"The beginners will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."

Ulrich said participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.

Topics include a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition, use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography, techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide etiquette, the photography business and marketing.

Ulrich grew up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with nature photography for the past 29 years.

His library of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana Outdoors and Life.

He has published six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.

"Tom earns his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural behavior."

The GCRL is home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the laboratory at (228) 872-4200.


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