Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Albrecht Participates in Panel on Future of NASA

    Oct 26, 2016

    At a Rice University panel discussion on space policy, alum Mark Albrecht (cohort '73) said the private sector's advances are "creating confidence problems in NASA. And I think this is going to be a huge new challenge for the space agency."

  • Fulton Talks with Students During Career Development Lunch

    Oct 21, 2016

    Alum Brent Fulton (cohort ’01) returned to Pardee RAND on October 18 as part of the Career Development program. He discussed his role as associate director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

  • CCOs Improve Prenatal Care for Medicaid Beneficiaries, Luck Says

    Oct 20, 2016

    Oregon's coordinated care organizations increased the timely initiation of prenatal care and decreased health disparities, according to research by alum Jeff Luck (cohort '91), an associate professor at Oregon State University.

  • CVD Prevention Important in Breast Cancer Patients

    Oct 14, 2016

    Mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major competing risk in women with early-stage breast cancer, according to findings by alum Geoffrey Anderson (cohort '83) and University of Toronto colleagues, published in JAMA Cardiology.

  • Dean Dines with Alumni in Boston and Berkeley

    Oct 14, 2016

    Dean Marquis met with five alumni (including Jenn Walters, cohort '11) in Berkeley, and five others in Boston, during her trips this fall. Make sure the Development Office knows how to reach you so we can invite you to dinners and other events in your area!

  • Andreyeva Examines Health Impact of Government Food Programs

    Oct 13, 2016

    Participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) assistance program have increased their purchase of healthy food items since the program's revision in 2009, according to research by alum Tatiana Andreyeva (cohort '01) published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

  • Q&A with Thorpe on NCDs in India

    Oct 11, 2016

    Alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80), chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Diseases, discussed the economic and overall burden of non-communicable diseases and low expenditure on public health in India.

  • Johnson Participates in Multihazard Research Program

    Oct 7, 2016

    Alum David R. Johnson (cohort '08), an assistant professor at Purdue University with joint appointments in political science and industrial engineering, is a member of the NSF-funded Network Coordination Office for the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 5, 2016

    Alum Daniel A. Waxman (cohort '10) and student Xiaoyu Nie (cohort '14) evaluated a fall prevention intervention but found no significant reduction in costs or emergency room visits.

  • How to Be Safer in the Arctic

    Oct 3, 2016

    The Arctic is more accessible than it once was, but it's still a formidable place to travel. An emergency involving a cruise ship or a downed plane could stress the search-and-rescue system. But modest investments and planning measures can make a big difference, write alum Timothy Smith (cohort '13) and prof. Abbie Tingstad.

  • Workers' Compensation Reforms Helped Replace Wages and Offset Earnings Losses After the Great Recession

    Sep 27, 2016

    California workers' compensation law is likely succeeding in providing additional benefits for permanently disabled workers, and has helped to offset the impact of the Great Recession, according to research by alum Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11).

  • Physicians with Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Have Capacity to Treat More Patients

    Sep 20, 2016

    Many American physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat individuals addicted to opioids are prescribing substantially below the patient limits allowed by law, according to research by alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97). More than 20 percent of waivered physicians treated only three or fewer patients.

  • Lang Develops Optimization Formulas for Rapid Response Operations

    Sep 16, 2016

    To help humanitarian organizations and the military respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, alum Thomas Lang (cohort '03), now at LMI, developed formulas to optimize the prepositioning of rapid response materiel. His research was published in Advances in Operations Research.

  • Summer 2016 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 8, 2016

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about our successful Be the Answer campaign, new courses for the new school year, CoCom efforts to support students, our latest Brown Faculty Fellow, and more.

  • Zanini Quantifies Cost of Excess Management

    Sep 6, 2016

    According to research by alum Michele Zanini (cohort '96) published in the Harvard Business Review, "bureaucracy creates a significant drag on productivity and organizational resilience and innovation" and costs the United States $3 trillion per year.

  • Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Aug 25, 2016

    Alum David Groves (cohort '01) and Prof. Rob Lempert, along with researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, tested five different water management portfolios such as conservation, groundwater and seawater desalination, and water reuse, against thousands of scenarios reflecting uncertainty about future climate change and development patterns.

  • How Effective Are Military Academy Admission Standards?

    Jul 22, 2016

    Rigorous analyses by Susan Burkhauser and Mustafa Oguz (both cohort '09) of the selection processes for the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point show that the academies' processes predict students' future success as officers.

  • Afghan Government Support for Local Police Program Is Shaky

    Jul 21, 2016

    Established by U.S. and NATO special operations forces, the Afghan Local Police program was designed to become part of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI). Research by Brian Gordon (cohort '12) indicates the MOI has made progress in logistics, personnel management, and training activities, but faces serious gaps in its ability to sustain the program.

  • Quality of Care in VA Health System Compares Well to Other Health Settings

    Jul 18, 2016

    The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care to patients, with some exceptions, according to research by student Claire E. O'Hanlon (cohort '13), alum Christina Y. Huang (cohort '10), and professors Peter S. Hussey and Courtney A. Gidengil.

  • U.S. Department of Defense Experiences with Substituting Government Employees for Military Personnel

    Jul 14, 2016

    There is considerable opportunity to identify positions suitable for military-to-civilian conversion, but there are numerous impediments to authorizing and executing military-to-civilian conversions, according to research by (then-students) Julia Pollak and Brian Gordon (both cohort '12), and professors Jennifer Lewis and Ed Keating.

  • Current and Future Exposure of Infrastructure in the United States to Natural Hazards

    Jul 12, 2016

    Infrastructure in some areas of the country currently faces disproportionate exposure to natural hazards, and this exposure is likely to increase in the future as a result of climate change, according to research by professor Henry Willis, alumni Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), and students Lauren Kendrick and Katie Loa (both cohort '12).

  • Commencement Issue of Findings Features New Alumni

    Jul 7, 2016

    Eight students joined the ranks of Pardee RAND alumni since the last issue of Findings went to press; they and 37 others (a total of 45 Ph.D. grads and 46 additional M.Phil. recipients) are celebrated in this Commencement issue of our quarterly alumni newsletter.

  • Don't Learn the Wrong Lessons from Rapid Acquisition

    Jun 23, 2016

    Rapid acquisition practices that worked during recent wars may not easily translate to peacetime endeavors. Enthusiasm for rapid acquisition must be tempered by an understanding of the circumstances that made it work and the downsides that were accepted in wartime, writes alum Jon Wong (cohort '12).

  • Rep. John Lewis Speaks at Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 20, 2016

    Civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis gave the keynote address at the Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement on Saturday, June 18. Also honored were Warren Olney, Carolyn Meyers, Joseph Newhouse, and Arthur Brooks.

  • Rep. John Lewis Speaks at Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 20, 2016

    Civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis gave the keynote address at the Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement on Saturday, June 18. Also honored were Warren Olney, Carolyn Meyers, Joseph Newhouse, and Arthur Brooks.