UNITED KINGDOM SCIENTIST VISITS SOUTHERN MISS'
CENTER FOR HIGHER LEARNING AT STENNIS SPACE CENTER
-- Lord Julian Hunt, a prominent climate physics scientist from
the United Kingdom, recently presented a seminar at The University
of Southern Mississippi's Center of Higher Learning at the John
C. Stennis Space Center. In addition to speaking about natural disaster
forecasting, Lord Hunt discussed possible collaborative research
efforts with scientists at Stennis Space Center. The visit, held
March 28, also included a reception held in Lord Hunt's honor.
A former director
of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office, Lord Hunt has also
served as chairman of the Scientific Program Committee for the European
Research Community for Flow, Turbulence and Combustion and as president
of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. In recognition
of his outstanding scientific and political contributions, Lord
Hunt was made a baron in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II.
seminar, Lord Hunt explained how science has contributed toward
mitigating the devastating effects of natural disasters, such as
the dynamics of hurricanes and volcanic eruptions. He further reviewed
ways in which research and knowledge have been applied more effectively
to improve forecasts and warnings of hurricanes, storms, heat waves,
floods and volcano hazards.
Lord Hunt emphasized
that there is a continued reluctance internationally to utilize
information that is freely available. He also added that there are
some scientists who communicate their predictions both informally
One of the
successful examples he highlighted in his presentation was the 30
percent reduction over the decade in the errors for predicting the
location of tropical cyclones up to five days in advance. Lord Hunt
pointed out that in many countries, the insurance industry is now
supporting research into natural disasters. Scientists, he said,
should pay greater attention to research on phenomenon relating
to natural disasters.
afternoon, Lord Hunt participated in a discussion about potential
collaborative research projects with the Center of Higher Learning
(Dr. Shahr Sajjadi), the Naval Research Laboratory (Dr. Todd Holland)
and Arizona State University (Dr. Joe Fernando). Later that evening,
a reception in Lord Hunt's honor was held at the residence of Dr.
Peter Ranelli, director of the Center of Higher Learning. Guests
included Dr. Tim Hudson, Southern Miss Gulf Coast provost, Dr. Robert
Lochhead, dean of Southern Miss's College of Science and Technology,
and Rear Admiral Thomas Donaldson of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography
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.