Cutting edge research on cities: Introducing UC Irvine's Metropolitan Futures Initiative

July 2016

John Hipp, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) and, Research Fellow Kevin Kane, were interviewed on The City Square, a radio show hosted by the Association of California Cities, Orange County. They discussed MFI’s recently released research on regional growth and development.

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Pictured, from left to right: Kevin Kane, Brian Lochrie and John Hipp

Conventions show evidence of voter dissatisfaction

July 2016

Peter Ditto, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, was quoted in the Orange County Register's "Conventions show evidence of voter dissatisfaction."

From the Orange County Register:

“People seem to have a diminishing belief that our governmental institutions can effectively solve problems any more,” he said. “The two sides of the aisle can’t get anything done because they despise each other, and negotiation and compromise with a hated other side has become tantamount to treason.

“The American people just don’t know who to trust right now, but they are pretty damn sure it isn’t the bozos in Washington, D.C.”

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Moms working outside of the home: Good for the kids?

July 2016

The research of Wendy Goldberg, Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and her colleagues, was referenced in Psychology Today.

From Psychology Today:

It turns out – according to a systematic review by researchers at the University of California-Irvine  – that children of mothers who return to work while the children are infants and toddlers fare the same behaviorally and in school achievement compared to children whose mothers stay home. The review looked at 69 studies over a period of 50 years that included data about children’s school performance and behavioral problems.

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What went on at the hospital that 'experimented' on child patients?

July 2016

Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Social Ecology, was quoted in BBC Magazine about the use of a sodium amytal, also known as a "truth serum," on child patients at a psychiatric hospital in the 1960s and 70s.

From BBC Magazine:

"It is not a truth serum," says Professor Elizabeth Loftus, an expert in memory from the University of California, Irvine. "When it comes to the recovery of pristine, accurate, allegedly repressed memories, it's a danger.

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Spit personality

July 2016

Douglas Granger, Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, studies saliva and has found that it contains a wealth of information.  A fraction of a drop of spit can be used to measure stress, decipher relationship dynamics, predict heart trouble and even help football players train more effectively, he says: “Laced with hormones, enzymes, DNA and other substances, it can reveal almost everything found in a blood test, but without the needles.” It is also a convenient way to collect DNA, check for drug or alcohol use, identify various aliments and improve athletic performance.

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Photo credit: Steve Zylius, UCI

 

 

 

Metropolitan Futures quarterly reports released

July 2016

Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) quarterly reports reveal a majority of jobs and job growth continue to exist outside traditional downtown venues. They also show that employment surges and declines, known as business churning, has a positive impact on some areas and a negative impact on others.

The reports are Detecting Job Density Over Time, which shares insights on employment concentration in Southern California, and Understanding Business Churning Dynamics & Their Spatial Variation, which sheds light on the effect of business churning across the Southland based on industrial composition, business climate and other socio-economic factors.

Charles Jock qualifies for Rio

July 2016

Charles Jock '12  has qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 800 meters. Jock was running second to last with 200-meters to go but came around the corner with a burst of speed to finish third with a time of 1:45.48. He is the first UCI
track and field alumnus to earn an Olympics' berth since Steve Scott, a '78 Social Ecology grad, qualified in 1988. Scott was also an Olympian in 1980 and 1984.

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The social dilemma of autonomous vehicles

July 2016

Azim Shariff, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior, and his colleagues, conducted a series of surveys, on autonomous vehicles and accidents. The researchers found that the participants in the survey agree that if the vehicle was going to be involved in an accident, the passengers in the vehicle might have to be sacrificed in order to save others. The respondents also said that they would prefer to not ride in such vehicles.

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