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The riverrun Teaching Fellowship was given to Eleanor Gold, for her Science Fiction syllabus. She is a fourth-year PhD student whose dissertation examines contemporary literature and culture through a posthumanist lens, where she focuses on encounters with “non-charismatic life” and what that might mean for conservation practice and posthuman ethics.
Associate Chair of English, Stacy Hubbard, sat down with Associate Professor Ruth Mack to find out more about her teaching interests and her current research.
Several Journalism students are finalists for National College Media Awards: Lisa Khoury, former Spectrum managing editor, for her piece Animal Heights; Chad Cooper, current senior photo editor for his spot news photo; and Brian Keschinger, former creative director, for his Spectrum cover of Khalil Mack. Aaron Mansfield is also nominated for a Pinnacle award from College Media Association for sports column writing.

Winners will be announced in Philadelphia in early November.
Jody Kleinberg Biehl received the Honor Roll Award for her work with The Spectrum, UB’s student newspaper. The award is given by the National College Media Association which selects one college media advisor each year to honor. The award will be given at a reception for college newspaper advisers on November 2 in Philadelphia.
Andrew McConnell Stott, professor of English and dean of undergraduate education, will celebrate the U.S. publication of his new book, “The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature’s Greatest Monsters,” with a reading and book signing at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Talking Leaves … Books, 3158 Main St., Buffalo.

The book looks at the time Byron; his doctor, John Polidori; the Shelleys; and Mary Shelley’s step-sister, Claire Clairmont, spent together in Lake Geneva in the spring of 1816, and the far-reaching emotional and literary effects of the gathering.

The book launch is free of charge and open to the public. Those wishing to have a copy of the book signed by Stott are expected to purchase it from Talking Leaves.

Stott, who also serves as director of the Honors College, is the author of “The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi,” which won the Royal Society of Literature Prize and the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, and was a Guardian Best Book of the Year. “The Poet and the Vampyre” is his first book to be published in America.

In 2011, Stott was named a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.