News and Events

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 SettlementsJennifer 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."



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.


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.