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Food Entrepreneur Conference to feature Auburn University experts on operating food businesses

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – An upcoming conference in Prattville will provide expert tips and guidance for current and prospective entrepreneurs in all aspects of the food business.

The second annual Food Entrepreneur Conference, Feb. 27-28 at the Prattville Marriott, is coordinated by the Auburn University Food Systems Institute and will include experts from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Auburn Fisheries Business Institute and the Small Business Development Center speaking on topics ranging from writing a business plan and finding financing to product marketing and navigating a maze of regulations.

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Raptor Center holding ‘Whoo Loves You?’ Valentine auction to name rescued screech owl

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University is holding a ‘Whoo Loves You’ Valentine auction for the opportunity to name a rescued Eastern screech owl. The auction is open through Feb. 13.AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Southeastern Raptor Center asks, “Whoo Loves You?” by offering a unique Valentine gift package for auction.

In addition to the opportunity to name its newest resident, an Eastern screech owl, the Valentine’s Day gift package will include a private tour of the education center to meet raptor center residents including Nova, Spirit and Tiger along with a photo and certificate.

The auction is open now and will close Feb. 13. To bid, go to

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Auburn University selects ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ as 2014-15 Common Book

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has selected “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope” for its 2014-15 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program.

In the New York Times bestseller by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, Kamkwamba chronicles his experiences growing up in a small village in Malawi, Africa. He shares African folklore, insights into local and national government, details about cultural customs and the harsh realities of famine. Kamkwamba will be on the Auburn campus Sept. 9 to speak about those experiences.

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Auburn University’s Vodyanoy named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The National Academy of Inventors has named Vitaly Vodyanoy, a professor of physiology and director of the biosensor laboratory in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, as one of the association’s 2013 fellows. Representing 94 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions, the 143 new fellows collectively hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.

Vodyanoy is probably best known for his creation of an advanced illumination system that greatly enhances the resolution power of the light microscope. Licensed to CytoViva Inc., microscopes with his illumination system are being sold worldwide and have found a niche in nanomedicine research where they can visualize nanoparticles that cannot be seen with a typical light microscope. The technology won the prestigious R&D Magazine 100 Awards in 2006 and 2007, the Nano 50 Award in 2007 and currently is enabling researchers in biomedical and other fields to advance their science and find solutions to health, environmental and other problems.

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Whistleblower tour bringing Eric Ben-Artzi to campus to speak on Deutsche Bank

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – A former executive whose revelations touched off a major fraud investigation of one of the world’s largest banks will speak at Auburn University on Monday, January 27, as part of a program on whistleblowers in government and business.

Eric Ben-Artzi, the quantative risk analyst who reported possible securities violations at Deutsche Bank in 2011 leading to a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, will speak at 7 p.m. in Lowder Hall Room 113-A. His visit is sponsored by the Government Accountability Project’s Whistleblower Tour and the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. There is no charge for the public event.

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Aubie wins eighth UCA Mascot National Championship

DSC_9040Auburn University mascot Aubie was awarded the Universal Cheerleaders Association National Championship for an unprecedented eighth time in a competition held in Orlando, Fla.

“Aubie continues to set the example for the model mascot program in the country,” said Corey Edwards, director of the Office of Student Involvement. “The competition is based around the production of a skit. Although there are rules for the number and size of props being used as well as a strict time requirement, it is completely up in the air after that.”

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