The Commencement 2012 issue of Findings
includes information about the Dean's speech (and links to all the speeches), photos of alumni and graduates, and featured news about alumni and PRGS events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does Pay for Performance Work in Health Care? — Apr. 12, 2012
Medical pay-for-performance plans may improve patient outcomes, according to research by PRGS alum John Peabody (cohort '91) published last year in the journal Health Affairs. However, the improved performance may be as much due to careful measurement as to incentives.
Alumnus Encourages Culture of Islamic Entrepreneurship — Mar. 23, 2012
"There has never been a more opportune time to reinvigorate the age-old values of knowledge and innovation with a new set of interactions between East and the West," writes PRGS alumnus Athar Osama (cohort '99) in a New Straits Times commentary.
Arguden Publishes Book on Governance and Strategic Leadership — Mar. 15, 2012
Yilmaz Arguden (cohort '80), chairman of ARGE Consulting in Turkey, recently published Keys to Governance: Strategic Leadership for Quality of Life. He and his book were featured in Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News
PRGS Selects New Academic Regalia — Mar. 13, 2012
After several weeks of researching, acquiring samples and polling our community (and a brief fashion show to boot!), PRGS is proud to announce our official custom academic regalia. Many prominent schools design their own distinctive regalia for their alumni in academic appointments to wear in commencement ceremonies, and PRGS is now part of that distinguished group.
Raube Visits Campus for Breakfast Talk about Life After PRGS — Mar. 1, 2012
Kristi Raube (cohort '87) visited PRGS on March 1 to have breakfast with several students and talk about her career path as a self-described "reluctant academic." The Office of Career Services encourages alumni to come back and share insights into their experiences since graduating from PRGS.
Maui's "Smart Grid" Pilot Project Led by Jay Griffin — Feb. 15, 2012
PRGS alum Jay Griffin (cohort '04) heads the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and is leading a "smart grid" pilot project with some Maui homeowners to reduce their electricity usage and costs. KHON2-TV interviewed him about the project. Be the Answer!
Groves, Fishbach 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!
David Maxwell-Jolly Named First COO of California Health Benefit Exchange — Jan. 25, 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.