News and Events

Faculty and Graduate Student News

Katy Sullivan, UNO-PLUS, MURP student and Marla Nelson, UNO-PLUS Faculty Member are participating in  the "Short Term Rentals:  What Works for New Orleans" and Informational Forum, Tuesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm in 129 Kirschman Hall.

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Graduate Student News

Nick Sorrels, MURP student prepared the 2015 Report on the State of Affordable Housing in Louisiana for the Louisiana Housing Alliance. 

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Michelle Thompson invited to Citizen Science Forum at the White House

University of New Orleans faculty member Michelle Thompson will participate in a citizen science forum at the White House on Wednesday, September 30.  Thompson, an associate professor of planning and urban studies, will be among the scientists, innovators, community organizers, philanthropists, and government officials taking part in "Open Science and Innovation:  Of the People, By the People, For the People."  The forum will be live-streamed from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST.

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Marla Nelson in Wired

Friday, August 28:  Marla Nelson, Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies was quoted in the Wired story "How New Orleans Built a Bustling Tech Hub in Katrina's Wake"

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WhoData News and UNO are mentioned in the White House Presidential Fellows story about how data and technology made a different in New Orleans recovery/rebuilding.

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Michelle M. Thompson, Ph.D. was nominated for 2015 First Year Advocate Award

Michelle Thompson, Ph.D. Each year, one faculty and one staff member from the University of New Orleans are selected.  Nominations as well as the winners are presented at the New Student Convocation, held every August.  The award is based upon student nominations and faculty/staff reviews of the service and support given to UNO students in the prior academic year.


Marla Nelson's Report on Low Wages and Working Poverty in New Orleans

The report by Marla Nelson can be accessed at The New Orleans at Ten Collection - Persistent Low Wages in New Orlean's Economic Resurgence:  Policies for Improving Earnings for the Working Poor. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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. 
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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.

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

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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."