Monthly Archives: February 2017

Graduate psychology students present at Langsdale Library’s RED Talks

Langsdale Library hosts a series called RED Talks (Research Engagement Day) where faculty and students have an opportunity to present their research to the UB community. On Feb. 28, three applied psychology graduate students participated in the latest RED Talks event. Tannaz Rahman gave a talk on “Learning and conservation at the National Aquarium,” Stephen Shaul discussed “Mediational effects of distress intolerance between PTSD symptomology and reactive aggression” and Charles Thornton presented on “Adolescent bullying associated with adult professional development.” Faculty from across the University also gave presentations.

View past RED Talks presentations at

M.S. in Applied Psychology student Tannaz Rahman

M.S. in Applied Psychology student Stephen Shaul


M.S. in Applied Psychology student Charles Thornton

M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts News

Liz Bamford, M.F.A. ’13, who writes under the pseudonym Vivian Shaw, has landed a book deal with leading science fiction and fantasy publisher, Orbit. The first book in her new three-book series about the adventures of Dr. Greta Helsing is titled Strange Practice and is scheduled for release in July of 2017.

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Lecturer D. Watkins, M.F.A. ’14, has been named among Richtopia’s list of the top 200 most influential authors in the world.

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This week’s M.F.A.-sponsored reading event with 100-year old poet Henry Morgenthau III received a great write-up by the Baltimore Jewish Times. The reading was a kickoff to celebrate Morgenthau’s debut collection of poems, A Sunday in Purgatory, published by UB’s Passager Books.

Read the articlebalt-jwsh-times_170223.

Learn more about Passager Books.

Read more about Morgenthau and Passager Books in The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post.

Christine Lincoln, M.F.A. ‘11, had her story, “What’s Necessary to Remember When Telling a Story,” published in the winter 2016 issue of The Paris Review, a literary magazine featuring original writing, art and in-depth interviews with famous writers.

Read an excerpt here.

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Assoc. Prof. Kendra Kopelke on showcasing writers over 50

In a new piece for Erickson Living’s Tribune, associate professor and director of the M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts program, Kendra Kopelke, talks about supporting and publishing the works of senior writers.


In 1990, Kopelke was inspired to help launch Passager, a UB-affiliated journal dedicated to writers over 50, because of the impact that her older students had on her as a young professor. “Working with older writers who had so much passion and wisdom changed my life,” Kopelke told the Tribune.  “Being as young and naïve as I was, they opened my eyes and taught me so many things as a writer. Here I was, their teacher, and I think I was doing the lion’s share of the learning.”

Passager is still going strong today and because of its success, Kopelke and coeditor Mary Azrael added a book publishing arm in 2005 called Passager Books. Passager Books produces anthologies, poetry collections, short fiction and memoirs by authors whose work has appeared in the journal, including the new book A Sunday in Purgatory by centennial poet Henry Morgenthau III. The M.F.A. program will host a special reading with Morgenthau on Monday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the UB Student Center.

Read the Tribune article.

Learn more about Assoc. Prof. Kopelke.