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Venue:Wolfe University Center (WUC) Ballrooms, BBC

Jane Smiley, author of Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Thousand Acres, will receive the 2017 Lawrence Sanders Award in Fiction. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 30th at 8pm at Biscayne Bay Campus’s Wolfe University Center Ballroom (2nd floor, Room 244). This event is free and open to the public, but requires a ticket. Tickets can be reserved by going to http://2017lawrencesandersaward.eventbrite.com.

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Venue:Naples Botanical Garden- Kapnick Hall, 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, FL 34112

FIU biologist and entrepreneur Brian Machovina, will discuss his research on ecology and food security, including the effects of meat consumption by humans on the environment. His work has been featured in various journals, including PNAS, Nature and Science. He has also presented his work at TEDxFIU in 2014.