News and Events

Marla Nelson on President Obama's Overtime Proposal

On Monday, July 6, 2015, Marla Nelson, associate professor of planning and urban studies, was interviewed live on WWL 870 AM by Angela Hill about President Obama's plan to expand overtime for millions of listeners.

Listen here

Scholarship for Outstanding Service Learning

PLUS student Derreck Deason received the Michael Mizell-Nelson Outstanding Service Learning Scholar Award for exceptional academic community-based research and service to the New Orleans community. 

Award announcement

Katrina@10 News

There is a brief story announcing the Katrina@10 summit in the New Orleans Advocate.  Planning and Urban Studies/UNO will be running some announcements on 89.9 WWNO (NPR) promoting the event starting on March 16, 2015.

Katrina@10 Story

 "Proud Privateers" Award

Dr. Michelle Thompson was honored on March 12, 2015 at the inaugural UNO "Proud Privateers" recognition banquet.  The University of New Orleans Student Government honored "individuals who have significantly improved the University experience of members of Student Government.

Innovate UNO Privateer Choice Award 2015

Congratulations to the UNO PLUS students who presented at Innovate UNO. Derreck Deason received the Privateer Choice Award.  Tori Berliner and Derrick Deason, Philip Gilmore with Bryant Dixon tied for 3rd place.  Alex privateer awardDolmseth received 5th place honors.  Michelle Thompson served as the Mentor and Research Advisor for Team WhoData and the UNO PLUS undergraduate and graduate students.

Learn more about Innovate UNO


American Planning Association Conference "Sustainable Seattle"

The APA will be holding their annual conference in Seattle, Washington, April 18-21, 2015.  It's a can't miss experience for planning faculty and staff.  Early Registration ends February 19th.  On Saturday, April 18th, they will be holding a seminar on launching your career.

Conference Flyer | Seminar Flyer

Katrina@10 Film Series

On Thursday, March 26 at 9:30 a.m. there will be a showing of the film "Can't Stop the Water," by Director and Producer Rebecca Ferris and Chief Albert Naquin.

A Safe and Just Region?  Assessing New Orleans 10 years after Katrina

On Friday, March 27, an interdisciplinary summit will explore and assess the New Orleans region 10 years after Katrina.  Four sessions will explore the region's resilience and change over the last ten years.  The event will take place in the UNO ballroom.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  For more details please check out the Katrina@10 page.

Derreck Deason appointed to URISA Vanguard Cabinet

URISA is pleased to announce the 2015 members of its Vanguard Cabinet.  The VC is a URISA initiative to engage young GIS practitioners, increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community.  The VC is an advisory board who represent the young membership of the organization.  The Cabinet's mission is to collaborate with URISA's Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals.

Read more about Derreck and the URISA cabinet

WhoData News

On January 21st at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Success Center,  The Service learning and Institutional Community Engagement Office and Student of the UNO Applied Geographic Information Systems course will demonstrate how neighborhood data can be turned into maps.  FIG Students will be introduced to key concepts in service learning and actively participation in a public participation GIS mapping project with in the Black Pearl neighborhood. 

A Slice of flyer | FIG information

Talk on World Heritage Site

On Thursday, November 20th, the Jean Brainard Boebel Chair in Historic Preservation and the UNO Departments of Anthropology and Planning and Urban Studies present:  "Poverty Point World Heritage Site:  'New Name, Same Amazing Place'" A Talk by Dr. Diana Greenlee, Poverty Point Station Archaeologist, 165 Milneburg Hall, 2:00 pm

Boebel Chair talk flyer


On November 19, 2014, WhoData will present GIS DAY: Discovering the World through GIS at The Cove at UNO.  There will also be presentations from the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation, USACE, New Orleans District, NASA,  and more.

GIS Day flyer

Graham Hayes, UNO-PLUS student and Intern with in the News.

Graham Hayes, led a public participation Geographic Information System data collection event Monday, September 8, 2014.  The event was part of a series of workshops help as part of the Urban & Regional Information System Association (URISA) GIS-PRO conference that was help in New Orleans.  Over 400 GIS professionals from around the world attended, as well as members from the community.

MURP Alum Melissa Ehlinger (2010) appointed Interim CEO of the New Orleans Alliance.

Melissa Ehlinger has been an integral part of crafting the organization's overall economic development strategy and has overseen day-to-day business attraction and retention functions.  She has led implementation of Prosperity NOLA, the city's five-year plan for economic development, including management of five Industry Councils of business and education leaders from across the city.

Congratulations Melissa!

UNO-PLUS Faculty in the News

Renia Ehrenfeucht, Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies was included in the 89.9 WWNO story "Old and New Strategies Needed to Manage Water in New Orleans." 

Read the story

Marla Nelson, Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies was included in the Fox 8 story "New Orleans is on a Roll, but 9th Ward Stymied After Katrina. 

Watch the clip

Michelle M. Thompson, Ph.D. was nominated for a First Year Advocate Award

Thompson Fos PicEach year, one faculty and one staff member from the University of New Orleans is selected. Nominations as well as the winners are presented at the New Student Convocation, held every August. The winners' names are engraved on a plaque that hangs in our Student Success Center, 1st floor of the Privateer Enrollment Center to recognize their exemplary work and dedication.

Dr. Thompson is shown here with Dr. Fos.

Read more about the award


UNO's Planning and Urban Studies Department Completes Mapping and Analysis of Treme

More information on Treme Mapping and Analysis

MURP Student Receives USAID/OFDA Graduate Student Fellowship in Humanitarian Shelton and Settlements Jennifer Pepson, A MURP student, was awarded the 2014 USAID/OFDA Graduate Student Fellowship in Humanitarian Shelter and Settlements in support of her research thesis..  The USAID/OFDA Fellowship supports graduate students in the fields of architecture and urban planning in their thesis or final project research to increase awareness of the humanitarian shelter and settlements sector, enhance leadership in the field, and improve disaster response programming.

Jennifer is the first student from UNO to have been awarded the fellowship.  She plans to use this opportunity to research how urban planning principles can be further integrated into humanitarian responses in post-disaster contexts to support the reconstruction of more resilient and sustainable communities.  As a part of her research, Jennifer intends to travel to Haiti this summer to explore successful neighborhood-level reconstruction efforts.  In the fall, Jennifer will travel to Washington, DC to present her work to humanitarian and development agency representatives.

Congratulations Jennifer!

InnovateUNO Winner 2014, March 2014

1st Place went to presenter Alexander Dolmseth, Faculty Sponsor: Michelle Thompson.  Client:  Dabne Whitmore, Historic Faubourg Treme Neighborhood Association. 

More information on InnovateUNO

"Looking Back at the Future of Treme: Using GIS and Smartphone Applications to Evaluate Historic Property Conditions and Landuse for Expanding Community and Economic Development."


March 2013

Josh BaerPLUS Student Josh Baer Takes First Place in Innovate UNO Research Competition

Joshua Baer, a planning and urban studies major who works with the University's Merritt E. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute and the nonprofit Bike Easy program to study bicycling traffic in New Orleans, won "Overall Best" oral presentation for his research presentation "Bicycle Incidents in New Orleans." PLUS professor Dr. Michelle Thompson is the research project sponsor and advisor. Read more here.

The Whodata Inaugural Newsletter is Available for Download, the New Orleans community mapping project, has released an in-depth newsletter featuring full-color maps, comprehensive information on the organization, and an overview of past and current projects. It is available for download here. Please be patient in downloading, as this is a large PDF

MSUS Student Wins ASPA Section on Transportation Policy and Administration Student Paper Award

MSUS student Romain Cheynet is the winner of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Transportation Policy & Administration's Student Paper Award for his paper, "Access, Uses and Perceptions of Neighborhood Open Space: A Case Study of the New Orleans East Carrollton Area."  The Student Paper Award is awarded, on a competitive basis, to a student for a paper written on transportation policy or administration. Mr. Cheynet will be awarded a $100 cash prize for his excellent paper and will be honored at a reception sponsored by the Merritt C Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute on March 15th at Manning's Restaurant.

LIHTC Policy Report Released for CLTs

Associate Professor Marla Nelson and MURP graduate Elizabeth Sorce released a report for the National CLT Network, Supporting Permanently Affordable Housing in the Low-income Housing Tax Credit Program: An Analysis of State Qualified Allocation Plans. The report builds on the spring 2012 practicum project completed by MURP students Rachel Beasley, Brad Dodson, Kendra Home, Mark Kreitz, Michael LoStocco, Mike Madej, Leah Puffer and Elizabeth Sorce.

University of New Orleans Students Collaborate on

December 2012

Students from the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies (UNO PLUS) are collaborating with neighborhood Organizations and to help New Orleans residents' fight blight.

Talk on Homeownership after the Foreclosure Crisis

November 2012

Susan Saegert, Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center will give a talk “Occupying Home: Doing Homeownership After the Foreclosure Crisis”. View the flyer here.

MURP Alumnus Selected for Inaugural Strong Cities Strong Communities Fellowship

October 2012

MURP graduate Cole Judge (Fall 2010) was among seventeen fellows selected for the Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2) Fellowship program. The fellowship program, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, places highly qualified fellows in the seven SC2 pilot communities for a period of two years with the aim of building local capacity and supporting the development of transformative local plans and projects. Ms. Judge is a fellow at the Downtown Fresno Partnership in Fresno, CA.

Lakeview Civic Improvement Association Report Available

July 2012

In September 2011 volunteers from the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association (LCIA) began taking inventory of street conditions in the Lakeview area of New Orleans, LA. Their report "Assessing Street Conditions through Volunteer Spatial Mapping in Lakeview" is available on our ScholarWorks site. Read More >>

MURP Student Report on Commercial Corridor Revitalization Programs

July 2012

University of New Orleans graduate student Alena Anderson has compiled a report on existing Commercial Corridor Revitalization Programs (CCRPs) in New Orleans. CCRPs are programs that support economic development along commercial corridors, also known as main streets. Anderson’s report was funded by the Foundation for Louisiana and produced with Michelle Thompson.