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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.

CURA and Hennepin County Receive NACO Achievement Award

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August 26, 2009

CURA and Hennepin County recently received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACO) for the Hennepin-University Partnership. Begun in 1970, the annual Achievement Award Program is a non-competitive awards program that recognizes innovative county government programs.

Art with Purpose: Juxtaposition + Kwanzaa Community Church + CURA = Art with Purpose

May 15, 2009

by Peggy Rader, University of Minnesota

Start with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), a center at the University that has been involved in Northside projects since 1968. Add Juxtaposition, a youth arts program founded on the Northside in 1996. Mix in the support of Kwanzaa Community Church, just up the street from Juxta’s space on Emerson Avenue North.

CURA Hosts Symposium on Neighborhood Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis

May 12, 2009

On May 12, 2009, NNIP and the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) co-hosted a Symposium on Neighborhood Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis. During the meeting, local practitioners had the opportunity to share real, detailed examples of programs and policies that mitigate the devastating effects of the foreclosure crisis on households and neighborhoods. NNIP and CURA are grateful to the Family Housing Fund and the Annie E. Casey Foundation for their support of the day.

CURA Names New Director

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April 22, 2009

Professor Edward Goetz from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has been named the new director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), effective June 2009. This appointment follows an internal search process to fill the position after professor Tom Scott stepped down as part of a phased retirement. As CURA director, Goetz will provide administrative oversight and strategic leadership to CURA activities.

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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