News and Events
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.
New Orleans Futures: UNO-PLUS Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series
On September 10, 2014, The UNO Department of Planning and Urban Studies (UNO-PLUS)
will kick off its alumni lunchtime lecture series New Orleans Futures featuring Ethan Ellestad (MURP 2012) Coordinator, Music and Culture Coalition of
New Orleans (MaCCNO).
This is a great networking opportunity to learn about what our alums are doing and
hear their perspectives on key issues facing the region.
The brown bag talk will take place from 12:00-1:00 pm in 351 Milneburg Hall and is
open to all UNO-PLUS students, faculty and alumni. We hope to see you there.
More information on Ethan Ellestad's lecture.
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.
More information on Melissa Ehlinger.
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
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."
GIS Day, November 2013
November 20th marked the celebration of the first annual national Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) day. This networking event was sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of
the Urban & Regional Information Systems Association in cooperation with ESRI and
the University of New Orleans.
Allen Square, chief information officer for the City of New Orleans, spoke on harnessing
the powers of GIS to help implement innovative strategies for the city. LA-URISA received
a signed proclamation from the Governor's office stating November 20th as GIS Day
in the State of Louisiana.
Students were invited to participate in a poster presentation contest with the winner
receiving a cash prize of $100. Three great entries were submitted. The winner was
Ross Reahard, a geology graduate student at UNO.
University of New Orleans Launches GIS @ UNO, For more information click here.
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.