News and Events
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.
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.
"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
Dolmseth 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
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
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
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 WhoData.org in the
Black Pearl neighborhood.
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
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.
Graham Hayes, UNO-PLUS student and Intern with WhoData.org 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.
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."
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.
Michelle M. Thompson, Ph.D. was nominated for a First Year Advocate Award
Each 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.
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.
InnovateUNO Winner 2014, March 2014
1st Place went to presenter Alexander Dolmseth, Faculty Sponsor: Michelle Thompson.
Client: Dabne Whitmore, Historic Faubourg Treme Neighborhood Association.
"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."
PLUS 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
Whodata.org, 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
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 Whodata.org
Students from the University of New Orleans Department of Planning and Urban Studies
(UNO PLUS) are collaborating with neighborhood Organizations and Whodata.org to help
New Orleans residents' fight blight.
Read more >>
Talk on Homeownership after the Foreclosure Crisis
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
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
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
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.