Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • In Brief: Jordan R. Fischbach on Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast

    Feb 6, 2013

    In this video, Jordan Fischbach discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • 25 Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2013

    Given the size of the U.S. annual “health care spend”—$2.7 trillion—summing up the savings associated with very minor cost-saving policy changes is likely to achieve significant aggregate savings, writes PRGS alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), acting director of RAND Health and assistant dean for academic affairs at PRGS.

  • Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast: Lessons from Louisiana for Federal Policy

    Jan 23, 2013

    In this January 2013 Congressional Briefing, PRGS professor and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • PRGS Celebrates the Life and Legacy of James Q. Wilson

    Jan 21, 2013

    James Q. Wilson, a longtime board member, bestowed upon the Pardee RAND Graduate School his papers and books. To honor him, PRGS unveiled the James Q. Wilson Collection in RAND's library, and RAND celebrated his legacy with a policy forum discussion. PRGS alum Angela Hawken (cohort '98) participated in the panel.

  • Wu Discusses Findings of "What's On the Menu?"

    Jan 7, 2013

    PRGS alum Helen Wu (cohort '07) discusses a RAND study that looked at over 300,000 menu items in 245 restaurants. The study, which started as Wu's dissertation research and is the largest ever on chain restaurant nutrition, found that 96 percent of restaurant items exceeded USDA recommendations.

  • Ostwald Helps Develop Tool to Support Local Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Nov 1, 2012

    PRGS alumnus Jordan Ostwald (cohort '08) worked with RAND colleagues to develop a disaster preparedness planning tool. As municipalities dig out from Sandy and plan for the future, this could prove quite helpful.

  • Samantha Ravich Presents Strata Conference + Hadoop World Keynote

    Oct 25, 2012

    PRGS alum Samantha Ravich (cohort '92) asks, are we really winning the information revolution? Ravich is a member of the National Commission for the Review of R&D Programs in the Intelligence Community.

  • PRGS Team Develops Model to Assess Flood Risk in Coastal Louisiana

    Oct 10, 2012

    In an excellent example of how PRGS helps RAND innovate to make a difference in the world, an all-PRGS team developed a model to assess flood risk in coastal Louisiana: Professor (and alum) Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), Professor David Ortiz, students David Johnson (cohort '08) and Matthew Hoover (cohort '09), and alumni Ben Bryant (cohort '05) and Jordan Ostwald (cohort '08).

  • Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    Sep 28, 2012

    State financing of higher education is under stress as countries all over the world struggle with fiscal pressures. PRGS professor Charles A. Goldman, student Megan Clifford (cohort '09) and alumna Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) review a number of cost-sharing policies that can be adopted and how they may affect access to and the quality of education.

  • Schuster Examines Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities in Pre-Teens

    Aug 24, 2012

    Interventions that address potentially detrimental consequences of low socioeconomic status and adverse school environments among pre-adolescent Latino and black children may help reduce racial and ethnic differences in child health, according to research by PRGS alumnus Mark Schuster (cohort '91).

  • PRGS Experts Weigh In on Affordable Care Act Decision

    Jun 28, 2012

    PRGS Alum Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89) and Professors Christine Eibner and Arthur Kellermann are among the RAND experts reacting to what is likely the most significant health care-related court decision of the U.S.

  • Alumni Interview: Donna Farley Discusses Her PRGS, RAND Career

    Jun 27, 2012

    After 14 years as senior researcher at RAND Health, PRGS alumna Donna Farley (cohort '89) retired in September 2010. She recently spoke with Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at PRGS, and reflected upon her experiences both as a PRGS student and a RAND researcher.

  • Alumna Beth McGlynn Receives AcademyHealth's Distinguished Investigator Award

    Jun 25, 2012

    PRGS alumna Elizabeth McGlynn (cohort '83) has been honored with AcademyHealth's 2012 Distinguished Investigator Award. Her extensive research on health care quality has had an enormous impact on how experts evaluate health care reform.

  • Bringing Sustainability to the Louisiana Coast

    Jun 5, 2012

    PRGS professor/alum David Groves (cohort '01) describes RAND's role in helping to develop a plan to guide Louisiana's coastal investments, help its coastal citizens plan for the future, and create a sustainable coast.

  • Albrecht Honored with PRGS Alumni Leadership Award

    May 21, 2012

    Mark J. Albrecht (cohort ’73) is the inaugural recipient of the PRGS Alumni Leadership Award. The award will be given on Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Celebratory Dinner during Commencement Weekend.

  • Does Junk Food in Schools Increase Childhood Obesity?

    Apr 30, 2012

    Despite growing concern that junk food availability in schools has contributed to the childhood obesity epidemic, research by PRGS alumna Ashlesha Datar (cohort '99) shows that the availability does not significantly increase BMI or obesity among a group of fifth-graders.

  • Professor Contributes Thoughtful Commentary to Marijuana Legalization Debate

    Apr 20, 2012

    Being honest about the uncertainties involved is the price of admission to any serious discussion about marijuana legalization, writes PRGS professor Beau Kilmer in the Wall Street Journal. Kilmer and PRGS alumna Angela Hawken (cohort '98) are co-authors of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know.

  • Creating Resilient Coastal Communities

    Feb 28, 2012

    In this Resilient Communities podcast, PRGS professor and alum Jordan R. Fischbach (cohort '04) discusses research that has helped the city of New Orleans address the challenge of reducing flood risk and is relevant to many other coastal communities that are concerned with water resources, infrastructure planning, rising sea levels, and flooding.

  • Alumni Contribute to Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan

    Feb 2, 2012

    Alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) were key members of the RAND team that developed a hurricane flood risk model and a planning tool to assess Louisiana's coastal restoration projects. Be the Answer!

  • California's Water Challenges

    Oct 25, 2011

    David Groves discusses an innovative approach to dealing with the many challenges that may contribute to sustainable and affordable solutions of long term water supplies in California.