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February 25, 2011

Applications: CURA summer 2011 Community Based Research programs (NPCR, CAP, CMV)

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is inviting proposals for the summer 2011 semester for three of it's Community Based Research programs: Neighborhood Partnerships for Community Research (NPCR), Community Assistantship Program (CAP) and Communiversity (CMV).

These community research projects typically place students in part-time research assistantships for one semester or over the summer. Students are selected by and report to the community organization. Organizations define and direct their research projects.

The goals of these programs are to:

1) enhance the capacity of community-based groups in Minnesota to meet their goals by giving them an opportunity to accomplish relevant applied research;

2) provide students and faculty with useful community-based applied research and learning opportunities.

The deadline for project proposals is March 15th, 2011. Approved projects will run from May 30th to August 28th, 2011.

Please follow the link below to find out more or to apply.


Jeff Corn
CURA Community Program Coordinator
(612) 625-0744

Award: Will Craig Named UCGIS Fellow

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. According to the organization's website, the title of Fellow is bestowed on "a geographic information scientist, engineer, or practitioner of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of geographic information science and technology."

Craig was one of the early pioneers in GIS as Project Director (1973-1975) and Systems Director (1974-1977) of the Minnesota Land Management Information System at the University of Minnesota. Along with CGIS (the Canadian Geographic Information System) and New York's LUNR (Land Use and Natural Resources Inventory System), MLMIS was one the world's first operational GIS. MLMIS was a research and development project, fully developed and transferred to the state of Minnesota in 1977.

Contact person: William Craig

For more information visit: http://www.cura.advantagelabs.com/news/will-craig-named-ucgis-fellow

Competition: 2011-2012 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2011-2012 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

The endowment will generate approximately $40,000 to support, for one year, the research activities of a University of Minnesota faculty member for work on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota.

For more information visit: http://www.cura.umn.edu/Programs/FL-Chair/chairapp.php

February 24, 2011

Event: CURA Showcase: Students present research in 7 minutes or less

CURA Showcase: CURA students present research projects and share their findings in 7 minutes or less!
Friday, February 25th, 2011, 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Humphrey Center, Wilkins Room
301 19th Ave So, Mpls, MN 55455
(Directions and parking)

The event will conclude with time for coffee, networking and a chance to dig deeper into the research.

Presentations include:
Social Media Use by Nonprofits - Kristin Cici
Land Stewardship in Washington County - Alex Liebman
Access to fresh Produce on the Northside - Sarah Swingley
Land Use Change of Farmland - Colin Cureton
Designing a Greenhouse - Molly Eagen

RSVP online

Director: Edward G. Goetz
Associate Director: William J. Craig

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is an applied research and technical assistance center that connects the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all.

For more information: 612-625-1551; E-mail: cura@umn.edu; www.cura.umn.edu

Conference: Engaged STEM Learning

Engaged STEM Learning: From Promising to Pervasive Practices, sponsored in partnership with Project Kaleidoscope, will help campuses adapt, scale up, and sustain effective practices in STEM teaching and learning. The conference is designed for participants who wish to support and advance faculty and institutional leadership in STEM reform, broaden student participation and success in STEM fields, better assess engaged STEM learning, and connect the revitalization of STEM learning with ongoing campus work in Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP).

March 24-26, 2011
Miami, Florida

Learn more about this conference online.
Registration required.
For more information, please call 202.387.3760 or write to network@aacu.org.