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UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center at The University of New Orleans that collaborates with Louisiana communities including the City of New Orleans and its surrounding parishes. This blog details CHART's activities.
By Tara Lambeth on 11/14/2015 7:20 AM

On November 14th, UNO-CHART participated in the Mayor's Office of Community Engagement Resilient Neighborhoods Summit, held at Dillard University. The summit included sessions on community leadership, housing, and community resilience in the morning, and a resource fair in the afternoon. At the resource fair, CHART gave out information on disaster preparedness, community continuity, and risk literacy.

By Tara Lambeth on 10/30/2015 11:35 AM

CHART held an outreach meeting in Terrebonne Parish on October 27th to present mitigation recommendations for a repetitive loss area in the parish. The meeting was attended by parish officials and local residents. At the meeting, the project team was able to get feedback on the repetitive loss area analysis, hazard mitigation recommendations, and other issues that concern residents regarding flooding. 

By Tara Lambeth on 10/30/2015 11:27 AM

CHART Director Dr. Monica Farris attended a workshop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from October 26-28, 2015. The workshop brought social and physical scientists together to discuss coastal resilience issues. Dr. Farris participated in a field trip that investigated local flooding issues, and moderated a workshop session.

By Tara Lambeth on 10/14/2015 11:18 AM
CHART's Assistant Director, Tara Lambeth, attended a technical workshop in Baton Rouge entitled "Social and ecosystem science technical synthesis workshop." The workshop, funded by Louisiana Sea Grant's community resilience project, brought subject matter experts together to discuss the advantages and challenges of ecosystem restoration options that can be used to build community resilience.
By Tara Lambeth on 10/12/2015 11:14 AM
UNO-CHART Director Dr. Monica Farris, Assistant Director Tara Lambeth, and Associate Faculty Member Dr. Pam Jenkins attended and helped facilitate three workshops held by the state's Office of Community Development in Plaquemines Parish, Terrebonne Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish. The workshops were meant to present, discuss and receive feedback from residents on resilience measures the state is including in their application to HUD's National Disaster Resilience Competition.
By Tara Lambeth on 9/8/2015 8:46 AM

CHART Faculty Associate Pamela Jenkins participated in a research article panel at Loyola University on September 8th. The panel was made up of the contributors to a special edition of American Behavioral Scientist, which explored longer term disaster recovery in the United States through the lens of Hurricane Katrina. Jenkins' article, co-authored by Tara Lambeth, Kimberly Mosby, and Bethany Brown, looked at the role of local New Orleans nonprofit agencies in disaster, and how those local nonprofits can become a part of the disaster management process.

By Tara Lambeth on 8/29/2015 6:42 AM

CHART faculty associate Dr. John Kiefer was quoted in the CBS News Article Could 2016 presidential candidates handle a Katrina? on August 29, 2015. Dr. Kiefer's comments were featured in the section on Bobby Jindal. Kiefer commended Governor Jindal for his presence after the disaster, and for the improvements in the hurricane protection system made since the storm. However, Dr. Kiefer said Governor Jindal could have improved the recovery by investing more in social services. 

By Tara Lambeth on 8/26/2015 6:34 AM

Urban League of Greater New Orleans held Rise Katrina 10, a Katrina Commemorative Conference, at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans from August 26 to August 28, 2015. The event was open to the public, and featured the release of the publication the State of Black New Orleans, which looks at changes in economics, workforce, health, housing, education, criminal justice, the environment and civic engagement in the ten years following Hurricane Katrina. The conference also featured panels on health, higher education, and the environment. CHART, as members of the Environmental Working Group for the conference, contributed to the environment chapter of the publication, as well as the questions asked during the panels on the environment. More information on the conference can be found at the Rise Katrina 10 website

By Tara Lambeth on 8/21/2015 6:28 AM

LSU-SDMI and UNO-CHART partnered to provide an overview of response and recovery lessons learned since Katrina. The work was presented during a Walmart sponsored event entitled Thought Leader Discussions on Disaster Preparedness, held Friday, August 21st at Gallier Hall. The report analyzes changes in preparedness, public-private partnerships, technology, and the global response to disaster since Katrina. It also delves into the heroes that helped respond and recover after Katrina and other disasters. The report can be found here.

By Tara Lambeth on 8/17/2015 6:25 AM

CHART faculty associate Dr. Pamela Jenkins won the Cooper R. Mackin Medallion at UNO's fall convocation. The medallion is well-deserved, and is awarded to a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions in support of the University's mission.

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