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Updated March 26, 2015

Wagner recognized by library association

Published December 4, 2014

Librarian A. Ben Wagner has received the 2014 Member Merit Award from the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

The award recognizes Wagner’s significant contributions to the chapter over the years, and honors his record of distinguished service and achievement in the association.

Stoss recognized by environmental group

Published October 23, 2014

Associate librarian Fred Stoss received the 2014 Environmental Excellence Award in the NGO/Education category from the Rochester-based Center for Environmental Initiatives (CEI).

Stoss was recognized for “consistently and tirelessly working on behalf of the environment by taking active roles as participant and leader in numerous key initiatives over his career. He has a unique ability to ferret out research articles and then synthesize the information into insightful analysis.”

Earlier this year he received the first Friend of the Biblioteca Nacional Aruba (BNA, National Library of Aruba) Award for his work with the BNA in green education programming and for helping to create the library’s Caribbean Energy, Environmental and Sustainability Program.

Stoss has been a dedicated environmental researcher and advocate since his student days.

He has more than 100 articles and more than 100 professional presentations in the areas of environmental science and library science to his credit, and has been cited as a climate leader in the United States by the Climate Reality Project, which is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.

Stoss has planned, written and presented many programs on sustainability for the American Library Association, and has served on the editorial and advisory boards of the Book Industry Environmental Council, Blackwell’s Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases (CABI) and Electronic Green Journal.

Durand recognized by minority bar association

Published September 18, 2014

Henry J. Durand Jr., former senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education and executive director of Cora P. Maloney College, is the recipient of the Education Award from the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for his efforts to help minority students succeed scholastically.

He will receive the award at the bar association’s 32nd annual Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Sept. 18.

Durand stepped down from his administrative positions at UB earlier this year to take a full-time appointment as a clinical associate professor in the Graduate School of Education.

Stott launches new book

Published September 4, 2014

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.