AT SOUTHERN MISS LAB
OFFERS HANDS-ON COLLEGE CREDIT
The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
is looking for college students and classroom teachers who are interested
in marine biology and are not faint of heart.
is open for the laboratory's summer field program, a 10-week, two-term
college program of courses for undergraduates, graduate students
and classroom teachers.
have a great time, but the coursework is intellectually and physically
intense," said Dawne Hard, summer program coordinator at the
GCRL. "Classes run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday,
and students take only one class per term. That is all they can
manage with the full schedule of field trips, laboratory work, classroom
instruction and assignments. They always manage time for sun and
fun, though, especially on weekends."
Hard said students
may earn up to 12-semester hours credit. Courses range from the
basics of marine biology to courses on sharks, marine mammals, barrier
island ecology, plants, aquaculture, invertebrates, law and policy,
and coastal ecology for teachers. In addition, the program's courses
of independent study match a student with a Southern Miss researcher
at the lab.
Hard said opportunities
are also available for minority scholarships for Mississippi residents
and summer internships in environmental science for undergraduate
and graduate students.
GCRL has offered
college courses on the northern Gulf of Mexico's environments and
resources for more than half a century. Colleges and universities
in Mississippi and 19 other states are affiliated with the program.
students are our largest group, but students from institutions in
the Mississippi valley region are a close second," Hard said.
"Wisconsin and Tennessee universities regularly give Southern
Miss competition for the 'most students' designation."
are offered May 12-23, June 30-July 18, and July 21-Aug. 1. The
first 5-week term is May 26-June 27; second term is June 30-Aug.
contact Hard at (228) 872-4223, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.coms.usm.edu.
Registration forms are also available on the Web.
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.