Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Rep. John Lewis to Speak at Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 18, 2016

    Pardee RAND Graduate School is pleased to announce its biennial Commencement Weekend will be held Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, featuring a keynote address by the civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis. All alumni are encouraged to attend.

  • 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).

  • Brooks to Receive Third Biennial Leadership Award

    May 19, 2016

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Wardynski Offers Leadership Perspectives in Local TV Interview

    Mar 2, 2016

    In a 30-minute feature interview with WHNT-TV News, alum Casey Wardynski (cohort '97) describes his role as superintendent of Huntsville, AL, schools: "The superintendent’s job is a hard job, and we expect superintendents to do hard things. … My job is to look after the needs of kids, the next generation, the future of Huntsville and the future of the country. That’s my job."

  • Analysis to Support Louisiana's Flood Risk and Resilience Program and Application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition

    Mar 1, 2016

    Pardee RAND alumni David Groves (cohort '01), Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and David R. Johnson (cohort '08) helped Louisiana develop an application for the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition. The team performed a quantitative analysis of flood risk reduction under different amounts of flood mitigation investment in three Louisiana parishes.

  • Observations from Guantanamo

    Mar 1, 2016

    In this Call with the Experts, Alum Jack Riley (cohort '88) discusses the likelihood of Guantanamo Bay detention camp closing before the end of President Obama's term, as well as recommendations on how to fairly and transparently expedite the trials.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Mar 1, 2016

    Student Jodi Liu (cohort '12), alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) and RAND Health colleagues identified more than a dozen small ideas that, combined, could save the U.S. health care system a total of up to $26 billion a year. An interactive calculator lets users combine different small ideas and view projected savings.

  • Turn the Page on Chronic Disease

    Feb 24, 2016

    The U.S. requires a new strategy for improving the health and longevity of Americans, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80). In particular, our leaders need to focus on reforms aimed at combating chronic diseases through prevention, medical innovation and improved access to care.

  • Lang Presents Supply Chain Research at Two Conferences

    Feb 22, 2016

    Tom Lang (cohort '09) presented a paper, "Quantifying Variability Impacts Upon Supply Chain Performance," at the Winter Simulation Conference in December and will be sharing "Improving Precision and Reliability in the Department of Defense Supply Chain" at the 2016 Western Decision Sciences Institute Annual Conference in Las Vegas this April.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Kim Jong-un is probably seeking clear successes before his important Seventh Party Congress in May, when he wants to appear to be the all-powerful leader of North Korea, writes Prof. (and alum) Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Are Children Learning? Two Initiatives to Monitor and Help Achieve SDG 4

    Feb 2, 2016

    In a new blog post for the Global Partnership for Education, alum Silvia Montoya (cohort '10) says "we need robust data on who is and isn't learning and why" and describes two initiatives that will help provide it. ‪

  • Europe's New Ghetto

    Jan 27, 2016

    Katia Vlachos (cohort '98) writes in the Huffington Post, "By closing the Schengen door on Greece, its EU partners will effectively turn it into the EU's refugee camp — Europe's very own ghetto — and all that when the country's economy is on the brink of collapse and barely able to support its own population."

  • Power Ballin': Behavioral Economics and the Largest Lottery

    Jan 12, 2016

    Despite his understanding of probability, Evan Bloom (cohort '09) got caught up in the Powerball jackpot. His blog post on evanometrica.com explains how FOMO — fear of missing out — helped him rationalize his decision to join a lotto pool.

  • To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death

    Jan 11, 2016

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, in a New York Times commentary, "The secret is not simply a resolution to stop wasting time, however. It is to find a systematic way to raise the scarcity of time to our consciousness."

  • Defense Institution Building in Africa

    Jan 4, 2016

    Effective defense institution building (DIB) requires close coordination at every level. Improved coordination, planning, and implementation should enable DIB to advance U.S. defense objectives in Africa more effectively, according to research by alum Chaoling Feng (cohort '09) and RAND colleagues.

  • COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris last week achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change, write alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Prof. Rob Lempert. The framework builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.