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In Memoriam: Barbara Lukermann

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March 23, 2009

It is with deep sadness that we report the loss of our dear colleague and friend Barbara Lukermann, who passed away on Monday, March 23, at her home in Falcon Heights. Barbara fought a hard battle against cancer for the last 6 months. Barbara was much loved for her devotion to her community and to her students. From 1982 to 2008, Barbara was a senior research associate at CURA and a senior fellow and faculty member in the Humphrey Institute’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program. She also chaired the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission, was a board member of the St.

Scott McConnell Named 2008–2009 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

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July 21, 2008

Scott McConnell, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and director of community engagement at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED), has been named the 2008–2009 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. McConnell’s appointment was made by the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, Gail Dubrow, based on recommendations from CURA’s nominating committee.

CURA, 1000 Friends of Minnesota, and Humphrey Institute Launch Community Growth Options

February 11, 2008

The McKnight Foundation recently awarded two complementary grants to project partners 1000 Friends of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs to fund Community Growth Options, a joint project to help Minnesota communities address the challenges of rapid growth.

University Fellowship Will Honor Twin Cities Housing Advocate Charles Krusell

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December 19, 2007

The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota are pleased to announce a new fellowship honoring Charles R. Krusell, a Twin Cities pioneer in urban renewal and city development. The Charles R. Krusell Fellowship in Community Development will provide scholarship funds for University of Minnesota graduate students enrolled in urban and regional planning and public policy programs.

Community Assistantship Program Receives Blandin and McKnight Foundation Grants

December 15, 2007

The Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which provides student research assistance to communities in Greater Minnesota, was recently awarded grants from the Blandin Foundation and McKnight Foundation. These grants, totaling $75,000, provide much-needed financial support for the program, as well as several new opportunities.

U of M Minneapolis Area Neighborhood Impact Report Wins Planning Award

October 16, 2007

The U of M Area Neighborhood Impact Report, published by the Office of University Relations and prepared with assistance from CURA, earned a Merit Award for Outstanding Planning or Urban Design Project, Program, or Tool at the 2007 Conference of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Assotiation.

Will Craig Receives Outstanding Service Award

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September 27, 2007

CURA associate director Will Craig received an Oustanding Service Award from the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC). The award was presented at the NSGIC annual conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Streamlining to Make Local Government/University Collaboration Easier

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August 15, 2007

In late 2004, Hennepin County, Minnesota's largest local unit of government with 22% of the state’s population, and the University of Minnesota, the state’s premier research institution, initiated an effort to capture value for both organizations through a more strategic collaboration—connecting the two organizations where mutual benefit can be found. The Hennepin-University Partnership builds from existing and historical collaboration towards a sustained and productive relationship that benefits both entities.

Susan Galatowitsch Named 2007-2008 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

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June 5, 2007

Susan Galatowitsch, professor of restoration ecology in the Department of Horticultural Science, has been named the 2007–2008 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. Galatowitsch’s appointment, announced this past May, was made by the vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, Gail Dubrow, based on recommendations from CURA’s nominating committee.

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