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Released April 19, 2004

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10

Released April 24, 2003THAMES ANNOUNCES NEW INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AWARDS

HATTIESBURG - President Shelby F. Thames announced today the creation of the Distinguished Professor for Innovations in Teaching Awards at The University of Southern Mississippi.

"Teaching is our reason for being," Dr. Thames said. "Our number one goal at Southern Miss is to provide our students with the best education possible, and we do that through one-on-one, classroom, and small-group teaching. These Distinguished Professor Innovations in Teaching Awards give us the opportunity to reward the best of the best."

The Distinguished Professor Innovations in Teaching Awards bring with them $5,000 and will be given to one outstanding professor in each of the five colleges (Arts and Letters, Business and Economic Development, Education and Psychology, Health, and Science and Technology) and one for the Gulf Coast operations.

The $5,000 award will be allocated as a $2,500 stipend given to the professor and $2,500 to his or her department, which will be used to assist that professor in teaching endeavors.

The selection criteria for the award and selection of the award winner will be determined within each college. "It will be the responsibility of the incoming deans of each of the colleges to implement this award within their areas," Hattiesburg Provost Jay Grimes said.

Awards will be made next spring and will be used in the 2005 Fiscal Year.

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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