Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Europe's New Ghetto

    Jan 27, 2016

    Katia Vlachos (cohort '98) writes in the Huffington Post, "By closing the Schengen door on Greece, its EU partners will effectively turn it into the EU's refugee camp — Europe's very own ghetto — and all that when the country's economy is on the brink of collapse and barely able to support its own population."

  • Power Ballin': Behavioral Economics and the Largest Lottery

    Jan 12, 2016

    Despite his understanding of probability, Evan Bloom (cohort '09) got caught up in the Powerball jackpot. His blog post on evanometrica.com explains how FOMO — fear of missing out — helped him rationalize his decision to join a lotto pool.

  • To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death

    Jan 11, 2016

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, in a New York Times commentary, "The secret is not simply a resolution to stop wasting time, however. It is to find a systematic way to raise the scarcity of time to our consciousness."

  • Defense Institution Building in Africa

    Jan 4, 2016

    Effective defense institution building (DIB) requires close coordination at every level. Improved coordination, planning, and implementation should enable DIB to advance U.S. defense objectives in Africa more effectively, according to research by alum Chaoling Feng (cohort '09) and RAND colleagues.

  • COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris last week achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change, write alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Prof. Rob Lempert. The framework builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.

  • Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices for Law Enforcement

    Dec 10, 2015

    Mobile phones collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations. However, state and local law enforcement face substantial challenges when accessing these data, according to research by professors Edward Balkovich and Don Prosnitz, student Anne Boustead (cohort '11), and alum Steven C. Isley (cohort '10).

  • Anticipating Your Next Battle in Business and Beyond

    Dec 9, 2015

    Alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06), a professor at HEC Paris, reminds us—whether or not you're a manager—that "thinking about the future isn't a luxury."

  • Health Implications of Social Networks for Children Living in Public Housing

    Dec 3, 2015

    Research by alum Susan Burkhauser (cohort '09) and professors Heather Schwartz, David Kennedy, and Harold Green, social networks are significantly associated with alcohol consumption among teens living in public housing and with mental distress among girls, underscoring the potential importance of networks for the health of vulnerable children.

  • Fall Issue of Findings Highlights Pardee RAND's Legacy

    Dec 2, 2015

    With features on Charles Wolf, Harold Brown, and Harry Rowen, "This issue of Findings highlights the specific blessing we have in the school's history and legacy," remarks Dean Susan Marquis. Other news includes the new cohort, APPAM 2015 presentations, and lots of alumni news.

  • Peer Nutrition Counseling Reduces Food Insecurity Among HIV+ Hondurans

    Nov 24, 2015

    A peer-delivered nutritional counseling intervention for Hondurans living with HIV was associated with improvements in dietary quality and reduced food insecurity among a population of diverse nutritional statuses, according to research by alum Kartika Palar (cohort '06), student Melissa Felician (cohort '13), and professors Kathryn Derose and Bing Han. The authors suggest that future research should examine if such an intervention can improve adherence among people on ART.

  • Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

    Nov 23, 2015

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes in his New York Times column, "Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness."

  • Neighborhood Food Environment Minimally Affects Obesity in L.A.

    Nov 19, 2015

    In Los Angeles, the number of fast-food restaurants in a 3.0-mile radius is positively associated with fast-food consumption, and the number of convenience stores in a walkable, 0.25-mile radius distance is negatively associated with obesity, according to research by alum Ricardo Basurto-Davila (cohort '03), student Nelly Mejia-Gonzalez (cohort '11), and professor Roland Sturm.

  • Gun Violence: Where Is the Research That Might Save Lives?

    Nov 5, 2015

    Gun violence is an important public health problem that accounts for more than 33,000 deaths each year in the United States but in 1996, Congress stripped the CDC of funding for any research that could be associated with gun control advocacy. The lack of CDC funding has deterred researchers, writes Prof. (and alum) Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85).

  • Institutions: Revive Universities of the Muslim World

    Oct 29, 2015

    Athar Osama (cohort '06) published a report on science at Muslim universities and writes in Nature, "To become beacons in society, OIC universities need to revitalize their teaching methods and meld science with liberal arts such as history and philosophy."

  • California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    California has implemented numerous policy changes to cope with a record-breaking, four-year drought. In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of experts—including Professor (and alum) David Groves (cohort '01)—discuss what government agencies can do to better manage water resources, what methods are most effective at encouraging citizens to use water wisely, and how leaders can better plan for future climate crises.

  • Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Sep 29, 2015

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model, write Alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and Prof. Trey Miller.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    In a pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program, Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), Abdul Ahad Tariq (cohort '10), and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

  • Summer 2015 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 4, 2015

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about Charles Wolf's 60 years at RAND, new courses for the new school year, a Pardee Initiative effort to bring traditional grains back to the dinner table, and more.

  • Analyzing Unmet Health Care Needs in Teens and Affects on Adult Outcomes

    Sep 4, 2015

    Reported unmet health care need in adolescence is common and is an independent predictor of poor adult health, according to a an article coauthored by alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91). Strategies to reduce unmet adolescent need should address health engagement and care quality, as well as cost barriers to accessing services.

  • Why Kim Jong Un Fears South Korean Propaganda

    Aug 28, 2015

    While the latest confrontation between North and South Korea appears to be ending peacefully, it provides insight into future North Korean provocations. Words as weapons can work when they are aimed at North Korea's internal politics and backed up by a strong South Korean response supported by the U.S., writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '76).

  • The Effect of Attending Full-Day Kindergarten on English Learner Students

    Jul 23, 2015

    Research by alum Alison Jacknowitz (cohort '99) and Prof. Jill Cannon published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management finds that English learners in Los Angeles benefitted from full-day kindergarten for reading and retention outcomes.

  • In the Interest of Justice

    Jun 26, 2015

    As the line between criminal justice and national security continues to blur, alum K. Jack Riley (cohort '88) offers three principles that can help young criminology practitioners and scholars.

  • Physician Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine Increase Access to Effective Treatment Options

    Jun 9, 2015

    The increased number and geographic distribution of physicians obtaining waivers to prescribe buprenorphine has widened potential access to effective treatment for those with addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, according to research by alum Brad Stein (cohort '97) and RAND colleagues.

  • The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Jun 8, 2015

    What are the net costs and benefits to Israelis and Palestinians if the current impasse endures over the next ten years, relative to several alternative trajectories that the conflict could take? Student Shira Efron (cohort '11), alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97), and professors Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, and Craig Bond contributed to this groundbreaking research.

  • Are Airport Security Screeners Looking for the Wrong Things?

    Jun 4, 2015

    An investigation revealed that the TSA has failed in contraband testing, at a 95 percent rate. This shouldn't be perceived as an indictment of TSA workers. writes alum Jack Riley (cohort '88), but it may be an indictment of the particular assignments they've been given.