DAY TO HIGHLIGHT FACULTY RESEARCH EFFORTS
- The University of Southern Mississippi will highlight the research
activities of its faculty members with a special day of presentations
and recognitions Thursday during LETTERS Day (Lives Enriched Through
Their Endeavors: Research and Scholarship).
to presentations during the day, the annual Research, Scholarly
and Creative Activity Awards (RSCAA) will be handed out in a separate
event. Five awards will be given - two in basic research, two in
applied research and one for creative activities.
is an inaugural event to recognize the innovative activities of
university faculty, says Dr. Angie Dvorak, vice president for research
and economic development.
to make this celebration an annual event where the university community
can recognize outstanding scholars, researchers and innovators,"
she said. "It takes world-class faculty and staff to be a world-class
institution of higher learning, and LETTERS Day is a tribute to
those individuals at Southern Miss."
Dr. Anita Davis,
assistant professor of music education and chair of the University
Research Council adds, "The intention with this event really
is to highlight the core of what we do here."
recipients of RSCAA awards will make presentations about their research
from 1-3 p.m. in Joseph Greene Hall, Room 303. The lectures are
open to the university community and the general public.
of presentations includes these individuals and presentations:
" 1 p.m.,
Dr. Michael Forster, associate professor and director of the Southern
Miss School of Social Work, will speak on "Social Work on Wheels:
Community-Based Applied Social Work Research."
p.m., Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor and chair of the Southern Miss
Department of Psychology, will present "The Relative Roles
of Mothers and Peers in the Emergence of Novel Behaviors in Dolphin
p.m., Dr. Jiu Ding, professor of mathematics, will present "Statistical
Study of Chaos."
seven recipients of faculty summer research grants in 2002 will
be in the Student Union Lobby from 1-4 p.m. giving poster sessions
of their projects. These faculty members are Dr. David Beckett,
associate professor of biology; Dr. David Butler, assistant professor
of economic development; Dr. Douglas Chambers, assistant professor
of history; Dr. Muriel Azria-Evans, assistant professor in the School
of Family and Consumer Sciences; Dr. Jeffrey Kaufmann, assistant
professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; Dr. Carl
Qualls, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Len Trevino, associate
professor of international business.
For more information
about LETTERS Day, contact Davis at (601) 266-6575.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- 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.
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
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
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."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.