SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE
IN SOUTHERN MISS PHYSICS COMPETITION
- High school physics students will put their theories to the test
in a competition sponsored by The University of Southern Mississippi
five South Mississippi high schools - Hancock, Harrison Central,
Picayune, St. Stanislaus and Vancleave - are participating in the
annual event, hosted by the Southern Miss Department of Physics
two parts, the competition consists of written examinations that
test teams' understanding of physics theory. From there, it's all
downhill as teams try to calculate the precise distance a ball will
travel when rolled down a ramp in the competition's hands-on portion.
competition gives students the chance to test their knowledge of
physics, and it's a chance for them to see what we do here at Southern
Miss," said Dr. Joe Whitehead, associate professor and chair
of the department.
rules, written proposals for the "projectile launch" had
to be calculated and turned in at least one week before the actual
contest. Nine teams of three members each worked on the written
solutions, which count for 70 percent of each team's score. Each
high school will field two teams, except for Picayune, which is
There are three
restrictions to this event: Any angle may be used between 0-15 degrees
and 35 degrees; Any release height may be used between 40 centimeters
and 100 centimeters. On the day of the competition, all adjustments
and measurements must be performed within a 10-minute time period.
take this object and roll it down an incline," Whitehead said.
"They've already predicted how far from the plane the ball
already sent us their written proposals weeks in advance. Then,
according to their calculations, they'll place a marker at the location
they think it will land and we measure how close they are."
the Mississippi NASA space grant consortium, the contest will award
individual trophies for the examination portion as well as the "projectile
launch" portion. Each participant will receive a T-shirt and
certificate. The competition starts at 8 a.m. in the Bobby Chain
Technology Building, room 106.
allows different types of students to show their strengths, Whitehead
said. "We switched from a traditional lab type of test of several
solutions to an actual test where you prove something using physics
concepts," he said. "They take concepts and manipulate
them and use them in real-life situations."
that students who did not perform as well on the written examinations
in the past often excelled in the applications portion, and vice
way it gives all students a chance to do well," Whitehead said.
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.