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January

February

Les Standiford, has been chosen as the 2012 recipient of the FIU Faculty Torch Award. Les will receive this Saturday, March 3, at the FIU Torch Awards ceremony held that evening. Professor Standiford will be the only FIU faculty member so recognized, and will join there a group of 10 or 11 distinguished alumni, one from each college, who will also receive these awards. Professor Standiford is only the 10th faculty member at FIU to receive a Torch Award, and thus joins, truly, a very elite band.

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Lynne Barrett's book, Magpies, has been chosen to receive the Gold Medal in General Fiction in the 2011 Florida Book Awards. Prof. Barrett will be going to Tallahassee on March 21st to receive the medal in the Florida Heritage Month Awards Ceremony, after a luncheon at the Governor's Mansion. Please see the attached press release for further information.

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March

The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at FIU presented world-renowned Chilean author, Isabel Allende, with the third annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction on Monday, March 5 at the Biscayne Bay Campus. The award recognizes fiction writers whose work combines literary excellence with popular appeal. Her 19 books — fiction, nonfiction, memoir — have sold more than 57 million copies.

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April

FIU creative writing professor John Dufresne has been named a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. Dufresne is one of 181 scholars, artists and scientists in the U.S. and Canada selected for the prestigious award. “It’s quite a thrill to have been given this fellowship and recognition,� Dufresne said. “It feels like a validation of the work I’ve been doing over the years. It’s a surprise and a great feeling. I still consider myself an apprentice.

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July

Be inspired at the FIU Writers Conference 2012.

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September

The School of Environment, Arts and Society (SEAS) is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with a screening of Cuban America Tuesday, Oct. 2., at the WUC Mary Ann Wolfe Theater on the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For 50 ...

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FIU grad Dennis Lehane MFA ’01 has a new novel titled Live by Night coming out on Oct. 2 – and NPR has an exclusive first read (and listen). Lehane, an alumnus of the university’s Creative Writing Program, is a Massachusetts native whose work has been adapted into awards-friendly films. The event is a short and sweet feature for his upcoming novel. All are welcome to attend.

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Rob Prescott figures he’s heard all the snide remarks made about the jobs that English majors (who don’t plan on being teachers) can expect — from asking customers if they want fries with that to comments like, “At least you’ll be able to answer the phone.”

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Science Confirms the Obvious: Literature is Good for Your Brain- Popular Science

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Author Debra Dean will be hosting a book launch party for her book "The Mirrored World," Thursday Sept 6th, 2012 at 8pm.

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October

Turn-It-In the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced that it reached a milestone of 20 million graded papers in its award-winning GradeMark tool on Oct. 4, 2012. To celebrate the milestone, Turnitin has awarded a prize to professor Tania Lopez and made a donation.

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November

FIU’s Project Gateways is already making an impact when it comes to student retention and passing rates. The collaborative project, Opening the Gateway: The High Tech High Touch Initiative, is designed to help students, especially Hispanics, by focusing on issues specific to them.

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Butler Waugh, one of FIU’s four founding fathers, passed away Nov. 7. He was 78. An English professor by trade, being a published author was a familiar concept to Waugh. But authoring an entire university was an unexpected career turn.

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Writers Conference in the news!

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