Kristi Raube (cohort '87) visited PRGS on March 1 to have breakfast with several students and talk about her career path as a self-described "reluctant academic." The Office of Career Services encourages alumni to come back and share insights into their experiences since graduating from PRGS.
In this Resilient Communities podcast, PRGS professor and alum Jordan R. Fischbach (cohort '04) discusses research that has helped the city of New Orleans address the challenge of reducing flood risk and is relevant to many other coastal communities that are concerned with water resources, infrastructure planning, rising sea levels, and flooding.
Principals new to their school face a variety of challenges that can influence their likelihood of improving their schools' performance and their likelihood of remaining the principal. PRGS student Susan Burkhauser (cohort '09) and her RAND coauthors present research on first-year principals' experiences, actions, working conditions, and outcomes. The research is intended to inform efforts to promote school improvement and principal retention.
PRGS alum Jay Griffin (cohort '04) heads the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and is leading a "smart grid" pilot project with some Maui homeowners to reduce their electricity usage and costs. KHON2-TV interviewed him about the project.
Martin Wachs, who teaches the Transportation Planning elective at PRGS, was one of the four transportation experts presenting their views on federal transport funding during a recent panel discussion in Philadelphia.
Each fall, the Washington Experience offers 4-6 PRGS students a better understanding of the federal government policymaking environment and culture through extended exposure to, and interaction with, members of the federal government and related organizations in Washington, D.C.
PRGS Professor Laura Hamilton discusses what has been learned in the ten years since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law in January 2002, including recommendations for addressing key limitations as Congress considers reauthorization.
Help Spread the Word about PRGS on Facebook — Jan. 24, 2012
PRGS is working hard to make our Facebook page an interactive online community for PRGS students, faculty, and alumni. Show your PRGS pride – if you're not already a fan, "like" our Facebook page so you can keep up with what we're doing, and encourage your classmates and colleagues to do so, too.
Exploring the Causes of Childhood Obesity — Jan. 18, 2012
Exposure to fast-food restaurants and convenience stores is thought to encourage overconsumption and obesity, but empirical evidence remains limited. PRGS student Ruopeng An (cohort '08) and advisor Roland Sturm examine the relationship between school and residential food environment and diet among California youth, in an article published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Trauma "affects people in all communities of all ages exposed to all kinds of traumatic events, from man-made scenarios like a terrorist attack, to natural disasters," according to PRGS Alum Bradley Stein, a psychologist at RAND specializing in trauma, quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on the anniversary of the 2011 Tuscon shooting.