Auburn University Food Systems Institute

  • 2014 Entrepreneur Conference

    Nick Pihakis of Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q knows the food business, and he knows what it takes to be a food entrepreneur. But he is the first to admit he
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  • AUFSI Receives IACET Accreditation

    The Auburn University Food Systems Institute (AUFSI) has been accredited as an authorized provider by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), the largest accrediting organization in the
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  • Virtual Chicken!

    The classic Virtual Chicken is now online! The video, slide shows and classroom experiments are here!
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  • HACCP for Haiti

    A group of students collaborating during AUFSI Director Dr. Patricia Curtis' to bring HAACP training to Haiti. Quality Certification Services, an accredited certification organization in the U.S. with worldwide reach,
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  • Tailgate Tips

    Don’t let foodborne illness ruin your game day experience. Follow these tips from the U-S Department of Agriculture before you tailgate.
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  • The Great Exchange

    Exchange of ideas among different countries is nothing new. But as our U.S. society becomes more global and we routinely interact with other cultures, the need for direct international exposure
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  • Green Asphalt

    Why should a chicken or beef processor talk to an Auburn University asphalt engineer? Think water. And parking lots. The vast parking lots common in the industry typically are made
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  • Smart Paper

    Imagine packaging that tells a retailer or customer that food is spoiling. Even better, imagine packaging that tells the retailer the contents are tainted by Salmonella, E. Coli or Listeria.
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  • Faculty Spotlight
Christy Bratcher

Bratcher receives prestigious faculty award

Dr. Christy Bratcher, an AUFSI core faculty member and assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, is one of 16 faculty members being recognized for outstanding academic achievement with the 2013 Faculty Awards. Presented by Timothy Boosinger, provost and vice president for academic affairs, the awards are the highest honors the university can give to faculty. All recipients will be honored at a ceremony later this month.

Bratcher is receiving the Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award along with two other faculty members...

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Norbert Wilson

Wilson new chair of committee representing black agricultural economists

Norbert Wilson, an associate professor of agricultural economics at Auburn, was selected chair of the Committee on the Opportunity and Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics during the joint annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society held recently in Washington, D.C. The association established the committee in 1980 to promote the welfare of black agricultural economists by representing their interests and by engaging in activities that encourage their professional advancement.

Director’s Message

Pat Curtis

AUFSI achieved a landmark this last year when the group moved from being an “initiative” to an “institute.” But what does that mean?

First, a little background. “Initiatives” are a relatively new animal on campus, organized around a specific interest or a strategic commitment to a particular topic. If the initiative is successful (and this can be measured in various ways), the initiative is formalized as a center or an institute. And AUFSI has been successful in various areas, from bringing in some $11 million in extramural funding to bringing together Working Groups of faculty from different disciplines to getting the Virtual Food Systems Training Consortium. We’re also working to create a Virtual Food Entrepreneur Center.

According to the Centers and Institutes Policy passed by the Auburn University Board of Trustees in 1990, a center or an institute represents a well-defined area of instruction, research, or outreach and involves...

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