New MFI report details how far businesses move

Most relocating businesses stay local, report shows

Large business relocations may draw splashy headlines and bring jobs and revenue to a city, but a new data analysis shows that such moves are much rarer – and less beneficial – than thought.

Findings detailed in the latest quarterly report from UCI’s Metropolitan Futures Initiative reveal that only a third of company relocations in Southern California cross city borders, just 6 percent cross county borders, and nearly a quarter are to sites less than half a mile away.

Department changes name to Urban Planning and Public Policy

July 2017

The Department of Planning, Policy and Design has been renamed to the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy to better reflect the research fields and degree programs the department offers. The name change was finalized after a lengthy vetting process within the School of Social Ecology and across the UC Irvine campus.

The new name will create a more inclusive intellectual home for current and future faculty, students and alumni.

Crowded conditions on airplanes induce stress, and sometimes altercations

June 2017

A record 234 million people are expected to fly this summer -- crammed into aluminum cylinders with uncomfortable seats and a host of strangers. The crowded conditions on commercial airplane flights contribute to stress that can lead to altercations and dysfunctional behavior, according to Dan Stokols, Chancellor's professor emeritus.

"People are like cattle being squished together, to get as many people on that plane," Stokols told the Washington Post. "And so tempers can flare. It’s a situation where people feel vulnerable."