Rob Latham, who helped create the Science Fiction Studies program at the University of California-Riverside, has been dismissed despite holding tenure from the organization. An investigation into Latham began when he was accused of sexual harassment by a graduate student. The resulting investigation argued “strongly against a finding of sexual harassment,” however the university elected to remove Latham.
Melissa Conway, who has been the director of the Eaton Collection at the University of California Riverside since 2001, announced her retirement at the beginning of the year. During her tenure, she revived the Eaton Science Fiction Conference, established the Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award in Science Fiction, and increased their holdings by 40%, including the acquisition of Bruce Pelz’s fanzine collection and Jay Kay Klein’s photography collection.
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The University of California-Riverside is looking for an Associate Librarian or Librarian to fill the new position of Jay Kay and Doris Klein Science Fiction Librarian in Special Collections & University Archives, which was recently endowed by a grant from the estate of Jay Kay Klein. The position will be responsible for all aspects of the development, stewardship, and promotion of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The application period runs through January 26, 2015, but applicants are advised to submit their materials by January 19.
University of California-Riverside has announced the launch of its Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies this fall. The program will explore links between science fiction studies, science and technology studies, and technoculture studies. The program will begin as a doctorate, but will eventually add an undergraduate program.