Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Feb 16, 2017

    Many of the occupations with the most career opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates, such as those in health care and technology. Alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) says community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs, and offer an environment that is supportive of displaced and dissatisfied workers.

  • Assessment of the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project

    Feb 15, 2017

    Student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Laura Werber joined forces with RAND colleagues to assess DoD's AcqDemo, finding several aspects of the program that are performing well but also areas that could be improved.

  • How to Counter Transnational Criminal Networks

    Jan 27, 2017

    Transnational criminal networks have expanded their global reach. In some cases, they have even converged with terrorist groups. Research by alum Gregory Midgette (cohort '09) and RAND colleagues examines how these networks threaten U.S. interests and what can be done to combat them.

  • Helping Soldiers Use Army Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in Civilian Jobs

    Jan 24, 2017

    Some veterans struggle to find jobs after they leave the Army. Alum Michael Shanley (cohort '79) helped to identify a broad range of high-quality civilian jobs that match Army KSAs.

  • Oregon's Options for Financing Health Care

    Jan 19, 2017

    Federal health care reform had just begun in 2013 when Oregon authorized a study to improve how the state pays for health care. A comparison of the projected impacts and feasibility of four options—developed by alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), professors Chapin White and Christine Eibner, and several RAND colleagues—can help Oregon's stakeholders choose the option that best suits their needs.

  • Trump Should Confront Kim Over ICBM Tests

    Jan 6, 2017

    Whether successful or not, an ICBM test by North Korea would be very much against U.S. interests and President-elect Trump should act to counter it as early as possible. A turn to the basics of deterrence would be the path most likely to succeed, writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Approaching Future Offsets

    Dec 21, 2016

    Grand strategy, acquisitions, and technological considerations may shape the debate about the future of the U.S. military for some time to come. Only where all three elements align are future offsets likely to succeed, writes alum Yuna Huh Wong (cohort '00).

  • Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System

    Dec 20, 2016

    New technologies for capturing and sharing data have begun to transform the way providers practice medicine in the United States. Expanding these technologies to behavioral health care could enhance the delivery of services and improve outcomes for millions of Americans, writes alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97).

  • Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    Dec 10, 2016

    How much return is the United States getting for spending over 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care? Not nearly enough, says professor and alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), vice president and director of RAND Health. The health care debate should focus on improving population health and ensuring the country is getting the biggest bang for its bucks.

  • One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Nov 30, 2016

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college, according to research by alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05).

  • Nation Says U.S. Public Pension Systems Short Nearly $6 Trillion

    Nov 28, 2016

    Joe Nation (cohort '85), a professor of the Practice of Public Policy at Stanford and director of the interactive website U.S. Pension Tracker, estimates total United States public pension debt in June 2015 at $5.599 trillion, a 16 percent increase over 2014.

  • Thorpe Says Schools Can End America’s Health Crisis

    Nov 18, 2016

    Schools are uniquely situated to whip kids into shape, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80), chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease. Children spend most days at school — and typically have at least one meal there. So teachers and administrators could provide students with the resources to stay healthy.

  • Ghez: U.S. Tech Giants Might Not Dominate the World After All

    Nov 17, 2016

    In Forbes, alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) writes that Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are each trying to impose the most long-lasting business model that will lock in consumers for an extended period of time. But they are not infallible.

  • Montoya Seeks Deeds, Not Words, to Help Countries Measure Learning

    Nov 17, 2016

    Looking at Sustainable Development Indicators, alum Silvia Montoya (cohort '06), director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, says the good news is that education is among the areas in best shape. But there is still work to be done when it comes to learning outcomes.

  • Brooks Says Donald Trump Filled the Dignity Deficit

    Nov 10, 2016

    "Tuesday’s election results stunned pollsters and pundits. But to observers who have been watching deeper trends across America, the outcome was hardly incomprehensible," writes alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) in the Wall Street Journal.

  • Mukherji Mentors Team in 2016 Global Business Challenge

    Nov 8, 2016

    A team of students from the Indian Institute of Management–Bangalore, mentored by Arnab Mukherji (cohort '01), a professor at IIM-B, won second place in a graduate business case competition to design sustainable solutions to global health problems.

  • Hill Successfully Challenges Election Selfie Ban

    Nov 7, 2016

    Colorado state senator Owen Hill (cohort '03) filed suit in October against the state's ban on taking "ballot selfies," and a U.S. district court judge ruled in his favor on November 5. "There is something special about highlighting to people, 'Here’s who I voted for, I’m proud of it,'" Hill said.

  • Romero Suggests a Novel Way to Fund Health Insurance: Revenue Bonds

    Nov 4, 2016

    Health reformers talk of 'bending the cost curve': cutting medical inflation, which has long been several times overall inflation. ... If you can’t bend the cost curve, bend the curve on the cost of funding. Financing techniques can fund health care without deficits, writes alum Philip Romero (cohort '83) in the Portland Business Journal.

  • 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.