PRGS Alumni News

  • 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.

  • 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.

 

 

Groves, Fishbach Contribute to Louisiana's Coastal Master Plan — Feb. 2, 2012

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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!

David Maxwell-Jolly Named First COO of California Health Benefit Exchange — Jan. 25, 2012

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PRGS alumnus David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort '77) was recently appointed first chief operating officer of California's Health Benefit Exchange, where he will have considerable influence over the state's implementation of U.S. health care reform. Another example of PRGS alumni working to Be the Answer!

Wounds Heal, Trauma Lingers, says Brad Stein — Jan. 9, 2012

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Trauma "affects people in all communities of all ages exposed to all kinds of traumatic events, from man-made scenarios like a terrorist attack, to natural disasters," according to PRGS Alum Bradley Stein, a psychologist at RAND specializing in trauma, quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the anniversary of the 2011 Tuscon shooting.

Milwaukee County Executive Chooses Amber Moreen as Chief of Staff— Dec. 30, 2011

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele named policy analyst Amber Moreen, a 2006 alumna of PRGS, as his chief of staff. According to the Miwaukee Business Times, "Abele said the appointment of Moreen stems from his desire to make research and analysis the cornerstone for decision-making in county government."

Brooks on Brooks: Through Little Effort, Great Reward — Dec. 2, 2011

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In a recent New York Times op-ed examining the role of bailouts in the European Union financial crisis, columnist David Brooks referenced PRGS alum and current American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks's Wall Street Journal article critiquing the Occupy Wall Street movement's take on income inequality and what makes a fair economic system.

Eric Larson Is a Keynote Speaker at RAND Foreign Policy Conference — Nov. 21, 2011

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On November 29, former PRGS student Eric Larson (cohort '89), now a senior social scientist at RAND, will be addressing the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at a public event on "Narratives and Strategic Communications in Foreign Policy."

Richard Bowman Involved with Public School Reform in Albuquerque — Nov. 4, 2011

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PRGS graduate Richard Bowman (cohort '06) is now a fellow with Harvard University's Strategic Data Project, a national initiative to provide data analysis to education leaders in order to boost student achievement. Bowman, a former teacher, is working with the Albuquerque Public Schools on how to measure student performance. In two articles in the October 11 Albuquerque Journal, Bowman comments on a pilot program to provide merit pay for teachers as well as on the implementation of a new state mandate to assign letter grades A-F to New Mexico schools.

Riley, Larson, and Wasserman Among Coauthors of New RAND Book on 9/11 — Jul. 26, 2011

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A new collection of essays by experts from the RAND Corporation examines America in the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, focusing a critical eye on the nation's subsequent actions and outlining changes in strategy needed to improve efforts against jihadist groups. Three PRGS alumni and current RAND staff—vice president K. Jack Riley, senior policy researcher Eric V. Larson, and PRGS assistant dean Jeffrey Wasserman—each authored chapters in the book, as did several PRGS faculty.

Angela Hawken Coauthors New Book on Drugs and Drug Policy — Jul. 7, 2011

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The Economist has favorably reviewed Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know, saying it successfully sorts drug use and treatment myths from facts to the benefit of substance abusers, their loved ones, and professional stakeholders. Mark Kleiman of UCLA coauthored the book along with Jonathan Caulkins of RAND and Carnegie Mellon University, and PRGS alumnus Angela Hawken ('98 cohort), now an associate professor at Pepperdine University.

Mark J. Albrecht Is Authority on U.S. Space Program — Jul. 6, 2011

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In light of NASA's final shuttle launch early this month there has been much speculation as to the future of the U.S. space program. Chairman of U.S. Space and PRGS alumnus Mark J. Albrecht ('73 cohort) shared his perspective in a recent commentary in The Washington Times.

Neeraj Sood Leads PRGS/RAND Research Effort that Yields World Bank Publication — Jun. 22, 2011

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PRGS alumnus Connor Spreng led a World Bank/International Finance Corporation project assessing how governments and the private health sector are working together in forty-five African countries. He was also the lead author of the resulting publication, Healthy Partnerships: How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in Africa. PRGS alumnus Neeraj Sood, now on faculty at PRGS as well as at the University of Southern California, served as the PI for the RAND component of this study.

Michael Dardia Authored Only Analysis of California's Redevelopment Program — Jan. 30, 2011

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Governor Jerry Brown's first budget entails a plan to abolish California's redevelopment agencies in order to reclaim their share of the state's annual $5 billion in property taxes. The only review of the value of these agencies in their 65 years of existence was completed by 1994 PRGS alumnus Michael Dardia.

Ashlesha Datar's Research Informs California Education Policy — Oct. 1, 2010

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The dissertation research of PRGS graduate and current RAND economist Ashlesha Datar played a role in passing a California law last month that would require students to turn five before starting kindergarten. California State Senator Joe Simitian sponsored the bill citing the social and academic benefits to children who start kindergarten at an older age, demonstrated by a 2005 RAND research brief authored by Datar, based on her dissertation.

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