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2012-2013 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

April 30, 2012

CURA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants:

Chunying Xie Awarded CURA Dissertation Research Grant

April 30, 2012

Chunying Xie, a doctoral student in the Department of Economics in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, was awarded the 2012 CURA Dissertation Research Grant. The grant provides one year of support to a Ph.D. candidate in good academic standing at the Univer­sity of Minnesota for the purpose of completing dissertation research on a significant issue or topic related to urban areas in the upper Midwest region.

Ed Goetz Receives Best Paper Award

April 26, 2012

Edward Goetz, CURA director and Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs faculty member, received the 2011 “Best Paper” award from the Journal of Urban Affairs for his article “Where Have All the Towers Gone?” Goetz received the award in April at the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Pittsburgh.

U of M and MPR Team up on Sustainable Planning Project

February 20, 2012

Minnesota Public Radio's Ground Level blog will host online discussions of the Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan beginning February 20. The project—known to locals as the Resilient Region project—aims to meet the needs of Central Minnesota through the creation of a community-led comprehensive plan for social, economic and land use vitality. The blog kicks off with a discussion about economic engines and the balance of economic and environmental vitality.

Neeraj Mehta Named Director of Community-Based Research

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January 27, 2012

CURA is pleased to announce that Neeraj Mehta has been named director of community-based research. Mehta has a strong background in community-based work, most recently as a program officer at Nexus Community Partners. Prior to that, he worked as program manager with Project for Pride in Living, and as program and strategic development director with the Sanctuary Community Development Corporation.

Competition for the 2012-2013 Faculty Interactive Research Program

January 27, 2012

CURA invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

CURA DIssertation Research Grant Competition

January 27, 2012

CURA invites applications for its Dissertation Research Grant. The grant provides one year of financial support to doctoral students engaged in dissertation research on urban issues. Recipients must be registered doctoral students at the University of Minnesota. Recipients must have passed the preliminary exam stage and have approved dissertation proposals by March 1, 2012.

NPCR Renamed the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

December 14, 2011

Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR) has been renamed the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program in honor of NPCR’s longtime director, Kris Nelson, who passed away in June. Nelson created NPCR in 1993, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Since then, the program has supported engaged research projects in community organizations across the Twin Cities.

Jay Clark Wins VISION Award

September 21, 2011

Jay Clark program director for CURA's Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO), was the recipient of the VISION award, presented by Validating and Inspiring Successful Initiatives for Outreach and Network (V.I.S.I.O.N.) on September 10 at the organization's annual event honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations in service and leadership in the Hmong community. Clark was given the award in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to strengthen the Hmong community.

In Memoriam: Kris Nelson

June 17, 2011

We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our dear colleague and friend Kris Nelson, who passed away in his sleep on the morning of Friday, June 17, 2011.

Tom Scott Receives 2011 President’s Award for Outstanding Service

May 11, 2011

Thomas M. Scott, professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science and director emeritus of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), is a 2011 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service. The award is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff member. Recipients of the award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Moin Syed and Steve Yussen Awarded Faculty Interactive Research Program Grants

May 4, 2011

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs is pleased to announce Moin Syed (Psychology) and Steve Yussen (Institute of Child Development) as the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants.

Ann Masten Named 2011–2012 Fesler-Lampert Chair

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April 25, 2011

Ann Masten, Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the Institute of Child Development, has been named the 2011–2012 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs is one of four endowed chairs made possible through the generosity and vision of David and Elizabeth Fesler. The endowment is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching through the appointment of distinguished, broadly learned scholars to endowed faculty positions at the University of Minnesota.

Edward Goetz Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

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April 1, 2011

Edward Goetz, director of CURA and professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, has received an award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. The award recognizes faculty members for excellence in instruction; instructional program development; intellectual distinction; advising and mentoring; and involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development.

Will Craig Named UCGIS Fellow

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February 4, 2011

William J. Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), has been named a fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), a consortium of more than 70 U.S. universities that focus on research and education related to geographic information systems (GIS). Craig was honored along with six other newly named fellows in a ceremony held on February 4 in Washington, D.C., as part of the UCGIS annual winter meeting.

Esther Wattenberg Interviewed about Child Mortality Panel

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November 23, 2010

Esther Wattenberg, Policy and Program Coordinator in Family and Child Welfare at CURA, was recently featured on Minnesota Public Radio website talking about her work on the Minnesota Child Mortality Review Panel, a state-mandated group that looks at child deaths that are attributed to maltreatment. The full story and audio from the interview area available on the MPR website.

Community Engagement and Evaluation for the Twin Cities Sustainable Communities Program

November 9, 2010

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) has been tapped to provide community engagement and evaluation for a $5 million federal grant that supports planning along the Twin Cities region’s growing network of transit corridors. The grant will help the Met Council and other stakeholders build on existing regional planning efforts to advance transit- and pedestrian-friendly development, provide access to jobs and housing, and promote environmental preservation and energy efficiency.

Kris Nelson Earns Outstanding Community Service Award

Kris Nelson, director of neighborhood programs, CURA

April 20, 2010

Kris Nelson, director of neighborhood programs at CURA, was presented with the University’s Outstanding Staff Community Service Award at a reception on April 20 at the Campus Club. The award is given by the Office of Public Engagement to a staff member who has made an extraordinary, significant contribution to the betterment of society.

Will Craig to be Inducted into URISA’s GIS Hall of Fame

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September 15, 2009

William Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, will be inducted into the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Hall of Fame during the 47th Annual Conference in Anaheim of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) at the end of September. URISA established the GIS Hall of Fame in 2005 to recognize and honor the most esteemed leaders of the geospatial community.

Former U of M College of Liberal Arts Dean and CURA Founder Fred Lukermann passes away

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September 3, 2009

Fred Lukermann, University of Minnesota geography professor and former dean of the College of Liberal Arts, passed away on September 1, 2009 from injuries he suffered in a fall outside his home. He was 87. A Minneapolis native, Lukermann graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1940 and entered the University of Minnesota the following fall. After U.S. Army service, he returned to the University, earning his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

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