Pardee RAND Alumni News

  • Substantial Productivity Growth in U.S. Hospitals from 2002 to 2011

    Mar 10, 2015

    In a study of U.S. hospitals treating Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, findings by Pardee RAND alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and RAND colleagues suggest that productivity in U.S. health care could be higher than previous studies had indicated.

  • Future of Coastal Flooding

    Feb 25, 2015

    President Obama's executive order that directs federal agencies to plan and build for higher flood levels as they construct new projects in flood-prone regions will affect hundreds of billions of dollars of future public works projects. In an ideal world, write Pardee RAND faculty Debra Knopman and Rob Lempert, and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), planners would estimate the benefits and costs for each project, taking into account everything from the details of the local landscape to the potential for adaptive responses over time.

  • Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    Feb 20, 2015

    John Oliver's “Jeff the Diseased Lung,” a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral, writes alumnus/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85). Meanwhile, research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

  • Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    Feb 17, 2015

    Long-term geographical clustering of voters is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives between the 93rd and 112th Congresses, according to research by alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson.

  • Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Jan 26, 2015

    Pardee RAND alumni, faculty, and students present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making (RDM) is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

  • New Approach to Quality-Based Incentives Avoids Undesired Effects on Health Care Providers Who Care for Disadvantaged Patients

    Jan 9, 2015

    Changing health care pay-for-performance programs to account for differences among providers in their patient characteristics can make the incentive schemes more equitable and avoid a redistribution of resources away from providers who care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients, according to research by Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89).

  • Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    Nov 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and professor Rafiq Dossani find that, for children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

  • Identifying an Adequate Technology Infrastructure for Early Childhood Education

    Oct 20, 2014

    Infrastructure (devices, software, and connectivity) should support technology's potential to improve learning and build digital literacy among young kids. But Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani show that many factors make “adequate infrastructure” a moving target, such as the myriad of choices on the market.

  • Pardee RAND Experts Discuss Extended Absence of Kim Jong-un

    Oct 9, 2014

    Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and Professor Andrew Scobell hosted a media conference call on Thursday, October 9 to discuss the extended absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the regional implications of a sudden change in North Korea's government, and China's role in the region. Media relations officer Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • Moving Beyond Screen Time: Appropriate Technology Use for Young Children

    Oct 8, 2014

    Appropriate technology use by young kids has traditionally focused on a single, blunt measure: “screen time.” But technology and patterns of use have changed, write Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugerty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani. A more comprehensive definition should also consider what technology and content kids use, how they use it, and why.

  • Identifying Goals for Technology Use in Early Childhood Education

    Sep 22, 2014

    Technology use among young children is increasingly a fact of life. Establishing a clear set of goals that are broadly accepted by stakeholders is critical to planning for the successful integration of technology into early childhood education, according to research by Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani.

  • What Does North Korea Want?

    Sep 18, 2014

    Currently, three U.S. citizens — Matthew Todd Miller, Jeffrey Fowle, and Kenneth Bae — are being detained in North Korea. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says it is likely that North Korea wants someone like a former U.S. president to come to North Korea instead of U.S. Ambassador Bob King, whose visits were cancelled.

  • Why Japan's Military Shift Is Necessary for South Korea

    Jul 7, 2014

    With its collective self-defense policy, Japan assumes its responsibilities to support the defense of South Korea and regional security in general, an appropriate action given the economic and other interdependencies of the regional countries, writes Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    For the Conversations at RAND series, Professor and Alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and two regional experts discuss ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

  • Maxwell-Jolly Receives Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2014

    To honor his significant contributions to the advancement of health reform and coverage expansion over a 31-year career with the State of California, David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort ’77) received the second Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Leadership Award on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Commencement Weekend Celebratory Dinner.

  • High and Dry? From the Rockies to the Sierra, Water Managers Gauge Implications of Climate Change

    Apr 1, 2014

    Case studies by Pardee RAND alumni/faculty David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), looking at the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, show how water managers can factor climate change — and the uncertainty surrounding it — into their long-term plans.

  • Pardee RAND Researchers Develop Framework for Change Through Accountability

    Feb 12, 2014

    To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."

  • Analyzing Global Societal Trends and their Impact on the EU

    Feb 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12), alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) and colleagues in RAND Europe suggest that the EU needs to invest in citizens, prepare for a new growth paradigm, and reinvent government to ensure that Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2014

    Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.

  • Bruce Bennett Discusses North Korea on Reddit.com

    Nov 14, 2013

    To shed some light on Kim Jong-un's possible motivations—and to discuss what might happen if the North Korean government suddenly collapsed the way East Germany's did—Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) took part in a question and answer session on Reddit.com.

  • Robust Decision Making Enables Colorado River Planners to Ensure Water Reliability

    Nov 5, 2013

    Pardee RAND student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), professors/alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and professors Rob Lempert and Debra Knopman worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate the resiliency of the Colorado River system over the next 50 years.

  • Applying Robust Decision Making: Planning for Water and Flood Risk Management

    Nov 5, 2013

    Robust Decision Making is used in a wide range of applications, most critically in water and flood risk management. Here, Pardee RAND professors Robert Lempert and David Groves (cohort '01) discuss two key projects where RAND applied RDM to look at potential futures: the Colorado River Basin, and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Mark Schuster Elected to the Institute of Medicine

    Oct 25, 2013

    Pardee RAND alum Dr. Mark Schuster (cohort '91) has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. He is an adjunct researcher at RAND and the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.

  • Preparing for North Korean Regime Collapse

    Oct 16, 2013

    The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.

  • PRGS Announces 300th Graduate

    Aug 6, 2013

    Congratulations to Jim Burgdorf (cohort '06), the 300th graduate of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Burgdorf's dissertation examined whether bundling health insurance with employment distorts labor market choices. He is now a staff researcher in Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego.