Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Fall 2016 Findings Features New Look, New Students

    Dec 5, 2016

    In our quarterly alumni newsletter, we feature our new cohort, a new design, and a look back at the life of our beloved founding dean, who passed away in October.

  • 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 27, 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 17, 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 16, 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 16, 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 9, 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 7, 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 6, 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 3, 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 25, 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 20, 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 19, 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 13, 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 13, 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 12, 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 10, 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.

  • Johnson Participates in Multihazard Research Program

    Oct 6, 2016

    Alum David R. Johnson (cohort '08), an assistant professor at Purdue University with joint appointments in political science and industrial engineering, is a member of the NSF-funded Network Coordination Office for the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 5, 2016

    Alum Daniel A. Waxman (cohort '10) and student Xiaoyu Nie (cohort '14) evaluated a fall prevention intervention but found no significant reduction in costs or emergency room visits.

  • How to Be Safer in the Arctic

    Oct 3, 2016

    The Arctic is more accessible than it once was, but it's still a formidable place to travel. An emergency involving a cruise ship or a downed plane could stress the search-and-rescue system. But modest investments and planning measures can make a big difference, write alum Timothy Smith (cohort '13) and prof. Abbie Tingstad.

  • Workers' Compensation Reforms Helped Replace Wages and Offset Earnings Losses After the Great Recession

    Sep 27, 2016

    California workers' compensation law is likely succeeding in providing additional benefits for permanently disabled workers, and has helped to offset the impact of the Great Recession, according to research by alum Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11).

  • Physicians with Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Have Capacity to Treat More Patients

    Sep 20, 2016

    Many American physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat individuals addicted to opioids are prescribing substantially below the patient limits allowed by law, according to research by alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97). More than 20 percent of waivered physicians treated only three or fewer patients.

  • Lang Develops Optimization Formulas for Rapid Response Operations

    Sep 15, 2016

    To help humanitarian organizations and the military respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, alum Thomas Lang (cohort '03), now at LMI, developed formulas to optimize the prepositioning of rapid response materiel. His research was published in Advances in Operations Research.

  • Summer 2016 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 8, 2016

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about our successful Be the Answer campaign, new courses for the new school year, CoCom efforts to support students, our latest Brown Faculty Fellow, and more.

  • Zanini Quantifies Cost of Excess Management

    Sep 5, 2016

    According to research by alum Michele Zanini (cohort '96) published in the Harvard Business Review, "bureaucracy creates a significant drag on productivity and organizational resilience and innovation" and costs the United States $3 trillion per year.