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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.