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CURA News & Notes

Call for Community Mapping Project Proposals

January 8, 2013

Announcing an opportunity to work with a group of University of Minnesota students during the Spring 2013 semester on community-initiated mapping projects. The students are graduate and undergraduate students in geography, GIS, urban studies, and planning. Projects begin in early February 2013 and will be completed by mid-May 2013. 

If you would like to apply, simply complete this web form.

Competition for the 2013-2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

December 15, 2012

CURA is pleased to announce the competition for the 2013–2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

Competition for the 2013-2014 Faculty Interactive Research Program

November 28, 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.

Request for Proposals: Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014

November 15, 2012

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting proposals from cities and counties to be the community partner for 2013–2014.

CURA, IonE, and City of Minnetonka Launch Resilient Communities Project

September 14, 2012

CURA is partnering with the Institute on the Environment and the City of Minnetonka to launch the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), an ambitious pilot effort to better connect University of Minnesota resources with communities in Minnesota interested in sustainability. The initiative will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by Minnetonka.

Twin Cities 2050: Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities Region

August 9, 2012

Last week, a group of leaders met with other community, business and government leaders to discuss the future of the Twin Cities region.

2012 Metropolitan Research Grant Recipients Named

August 8, 2012

CURA and the University Metropolitan Consortium are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Metropolitan Research Grant Program awards: 

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

Photo of Neeraj Mehta

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

Phot of Ann Masten

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.

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