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Auburn University partners with Intelligence and Security Academy to train public officials in data security

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Training offered by the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University will provide public officials in Alabama and throughout the country with the resources needed to secure data and protect the interests of community governments and businesses.

Center director Don-Terry Veal said governments and businesses have operated under a heightened awareness of intelligence and security since the events of 9/11, and the need to secure data and information and protect resources is essential for the urban and rural communities within Alabama and across the United States.

Through the center, an agency of University Outreach, Auburn University recognized this need and collaborated with the Intelligence and Security Academy to provide current or upcoming managers, policy makers, law enforcement officers, military personnel and internet technology professionals with the proper tools to deal with security and intelligence issues and new threats.

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Auburn professor: Safe food equals a safe Fourth

AUBURN UNIVERSITY—The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and many Americans are making plans for a cookout with family and friends. To help ensure the Fourth is a safe and carefree holiday for all, Pat Curtis, director of the Food Systems Initiative at Auburn University, is offering tips and advice for grilling and food safety.

“The three main things to remember while preparing food or grilling are don’t cross-contaminate, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold and cook food thoroughly,” Curtis said.

Don’t cross-contaminate

A mistake many people make while grilling is using the same plate and utensils when the meat and poultry is raw and afterward when it is cooked, without washing in between, said Curtis. Instead, after placing the raw meat on the grill, immediately wash the plate and utensil with soapy water or get a new plate for the cooked meats when ready. Also, if you touched the raw meat you should wash your hands for 20 seconds with soapy water.

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Auburn University’s fashion program earns top rankings

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University is ranked among the best fashion design, merchandising and management schools in the region and country in 2014, according to a website devoted to researching fashion schools for students seeking information about programs and careers.

Nationally, www.fashion-schools.org lists Auburn as the fifth best school for fashion management, sixth for fashion merchandising and 12th for fashion design. In the South –  which the website defines as Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas – Auburn is the number one school for fashion merchandising and the number two school for fashion design.

No university in the Southeastern Conference is ranked higher than Auburn nationally or regionally. The University of Georgia is the only conference rival that comes close, finishing second in the list of Top 15 fashion merchandising schools in the South.

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Future trees at Toomer’s Corner will grow in a high-tech environment

High-tech environment for future trees at Toomer’s CornerAUBURN UNIVERSITY – Although the exact species of trees that will replace Auburn’s famed oaks has yet to be determined, the literal foundation for their survival is nearing completion at Toomer’s Corner. The future oaks – scheduled for planting in early 2015 – will grow in a high-tech environment that will maximize their chances of living many years.

Construction crews have installed a modular, underground structural system known as Silva Cells, which are designed to support large tree growth while reducing soil compaction and providing stormwater management. The project in Samford Park is the first in Alabama to use Silva Cell technology.

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Internships help immunize college graduates against underemployment

Commencement 2014AUBURN UNIVERSITY – That low-paying internship you worked in college may have a bigger impact on your future employment than you realize.

A recent study found that those who are underemployed, or have accepted a job beneath their skill set, receive 15-30 percent fewer interview requests than job seekers who became ‘adequately’ employed after graduation. However, college internship experience obtained by job seekers reduces the negative effects of underemployment substantially.

The authors of the study, Auburn University’s Alan Seals, the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse’s John Nunley and Adam Pugh and the University of Pennsylvania’s Nicholas Romero, submitted resumes to 2,000 online job postings in seven cities – Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Portland – across job categories including banking, financial services, insurance, management, marketing and sales.

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Cooperative Extension marks 100th anniversary May 8

Cooperative Extension System marks 100th anniversaryAUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will celebrate the 100th anniversary Thursday, May 8, of the legislation that established the network of cooperative extension systems across the United States.

Cited by many historians as one of the most far-reaching educational acts in history, the legislation known as the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 provided the basis for ACES as Alabama’s oldest and largest educational outreach agency, as well as similar Extension programs in every state in the nation.

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