Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brooks Receives Third Biennial Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2016

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) received the Pardee RAND Alumni Leadership Award during the 2016 Commencement Weekend in June.

  • 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.

  • Technological Lessons from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident

    Jun 1, 2016

    To improve responses to future radiological or nuclear contingencies, alum Sarah Evans (cohort '12) and professors Cynthia Dion-Schwartz, Scott Harold, and Lloyd Thrall draw lessons from the accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. They analyze how technologies were used successfully to counter radioactive contamination and identify capability gaps that could be redressed through novel technologies or improved use of existing technologies.

  • Healthcare funding options needed in India

    May 25, 2016

    Providing every citizen access to healthcare is the dream of all governments. Indeed, the sustainable development of every nation depends upon the health of its population. While India can boast of rapid economic development, its unfinished public health agenda is still worrying, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80).

  • Middle School Intervention Program Leads to Long-Term BMI Reduction

    May 23, 2016

    A five-week obesity prevention program helped obese seventh grade students lose weight over a long-term period, according to research by alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91) and RAND colleagues. The average reduction in body mass index two years later when they entered high school translated into about nine pounds lower bodyweight.

  • Want Better Health Coverage? Change Your ZIP Code

    May 23, 2016

    Medicare's reliance on private contractors to run the program exacerbates the nation's health disparities by denying Americans in certain states access to life-saving medical advances, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80).

  • How to Get Americans Moving Again

    May 20, 2016

    In a New York Times commentary, Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, "Mobility is more than just a metaphor for getting ahead. In America, it has been a solution to economic and social barriers."

  • How Can Gaming Help Test Your Theory?

    May 18, 2016

    The act of designing a game will force you to articulate your theory or to be more specific about it, writes Yuna Wong (cohort '00). It will also require you to operationalize your variables and theoretical constructs of interest into a specific context, and prompt you to anticipate the ways in which it may play out in that scenario.

  • Behind North Korea's Bid for a 'Peace Treaty'

    May 18, 2016

    By insisting on a peace treaty with America, North Korea is probably seeking war, writes professor and alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). Its leaders likely hope a treaty would lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea, setting the stage for an invasion by the North.

  • Alum Offers a Sobering Look at the Opioid Epidemic

    May 13, 2016

    Opioid overdoses were the greatest cause of accidental death in America in 2014. Alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) participated in a panel discussion at RAND that addressed the epidemic, including societal attitudes toward pain and addiction, poor understanding of the mechanics of addiction itself, economic drivers, legal responses, and treatment approaches.

  • Congested Space Is a Serious Problem Solved by Hard Work, Not Hysteria

    Apr 25, 2016

    Humans are in space to stay, and over time, more and more actors will populate the stage. Space debris and collision risk is real, but it certainly is not a crisis, writes alum Mark Albrecht (cohort '73).

  • RAND Corporation Appoints Special Advisor on Israel with the Center for Middle East Public Policy

    Apr 21, 2016

    Alum Shira Efron (cohort '11) has been named a special advisor on Israel at the RAND Corporation Center for Middle East Public Policy, to continue to develop relationships with Israeli institutions and attract support for further Israel-related public policy research.

  • Calculating the Gross Regional Product of the Kurdistan Region — Iraq

    Mar 22, 2016

    The annual calculation of the gross regional product (GRP) is a critical indicator as the Kurdistan Regional Government seeks to develop comprehensive and reliable statistics on the Kurdistan Region — Iraq (KRI) as it charts a course toward peace and prosperity. Alum Shmuel Abramzon (cohort '10), student Nelly Mejia (cohort '11), and several professors worked together to develop that calculation.

  • Dardia Named VP for Finance at New York Public Library

    Mar 18, 2016

    The New York Public Library announced this week that they've named alum Michael Dardia (cohort '89) to be their new vice president for finance and assistant treasurer. Dardia was previously co-director for research at the New York Citizens' Budget Commission.

  • Alum Discusses U.S. Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse Problem

    Mar 9, 2016

    Alum Bradley D. Stein (cohort '97) is interviewed by CCTV about drug addiction and drug abuse in America.

  • How to Fix Guantanamo's Broken Justice

    Mar 7, 2016

    Replacing military judges with federal judges would expedite the process of resolving the Guantánamo cases in ways that would reflect better on the credibility and legitimacy of the U.S. justice system, while serving the interests of Congress, the president, survivors, and victims' families, writes alum Jack Riley (cohort '88).

  • Winter Issue of Findings Features Many New Alumni Positions

    Mar 3, 2016

    Twelve Pardee RAND alumni have started new jobs or roles as since the last issue of Findings hit the web. This issue also features some exciting OJT work, lots of reports and commentaries, three alumni who recently visited campus, and a Q&A with the alumni representative to the Board of Governors.