Pardee RAND News & Events

Pardee RAND Graduate School students, alumni, and faculty are often in the news, writing blogs, publishing research, speaking at events, and more. Other pages (student blog posts, alumni news, faculty blog posts, featured research) provide filtered views of Pardee RAND news; here we present a compilation of all the news that's fit to share.

  • In South Africa, Bold Investments Turn Trash into Treasure

    Dec 3, 2014

    In South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Julia Pollak (cohort '12) explains, investments made over the past 20 years have created a dump with a difference. Rather than being a blight on the neighborhood of Mariannhill, the state-of-the-art Mariannhill Landfill Conservancy is an asset.

  • RAND's Collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab Shows How High-Performance Computing Could Revolutionize Decisionmaking

    Nov 25, 2014

    With the support of Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, RAND has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center to explore how high-performance computing could enable near-real-time policy and decision analysis through the use of complex, at-scale models.

  • ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

    Nov 25, 2014

    The EU has embarked on negotiations with the U.S. on the TTIP, which shares some of ACTA's goals. This time, though, the European Commission is seeking to make the talks more transparent by publishing a series of position papers on key issues very early on in the process. This is a step in the right direction toward an agreement that will have economic benefits for a net-exporting region of intellectual property such as the EU, notes Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12).

  • In Remembrance: Kakha Bendukidze, Pardee RAND Governor

    Nov 14, 2014

    Kakha Bendukidze helped to connect aspiring public policy candidates from the former Soviet republics with Pardee RAND. The businessman, political reformer and statesman in the nation of Georgia, a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, passed away on November 13, 2014

  • The Social, Environmental, and Policy Implications of Driverless Cars

    Nov 5, 2014

    Self-driving cars are in the news, on the road, and, potentially, the future of driving. Pardee RAND professor James Anderson and Allen Biehler, a distinguished service professor of transportation systems and policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, led a discussion about the potential benefits and drawbacks of driverless cars.

  • 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.

  • Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    Oct 22, 2014

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

  • Solutions for Youth Employment: New Coalition Takes on Pervasive, Persistent Global Problem

    Oct 17, 2014

    Youth unemployment is a pervasive and persistent worldwide scourge: 75 million youth are unemployed now and that rate is expected to rise. RAND joined the World Bank, Accenture, International Youth Foundation, and others to form Solutions for Youth Employment, a unique coalition that acts to increase youth opportunities for productive employment.

  • The Legacy of John M. Cazier

    Oct 14, 2014

    John M. Cazier, engineer and philanthropist, friend and valued stakeholder of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, died on August 24 after a brief illness. He was 89, and leaves a legacy at the Pardee RAND Graduate School for initiatives and research in environmental and energy sustainability.

  • The Health Needs of Syrian Women in and around the Za'atari Refugee Camp

    Oct 13, 2014

    The Syrian conflict has been the main contributor to the largest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide—and the problem can be expected to get worse as the fighting continues. Student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13) notes that, while small steps are being taken to try and meet the needs of women refugees, more needs to be done.

  • 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.

  • RAND Joins Coalition to Tackle Youth Unemployment

    Oct 9, 2014

    The RAND Corporation has joined the World Bank and other corporate and civil society leaders to establish Solutions for Youth Employment, a global coalition that acts to address the pervasive challenges of youth employment.

  • Ebola Outbreak: Putting the Public Back in Public Health

    Oct 9, 2014

    Medical and public health systems are crucial to controlling the transmission of Ebola and treating patients. But the public's role in becoming aware and engaged, both in West Africa and the United States, cannot be overstated, writes Professor Melinda Moore.

  • Cazier Initiative for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

    Oct 6, 2014

    The Cazier Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative is turbocharging research in environmental and energy sustainability at Pardee RAND to generate new concepts, tools, and methods to improve public policy and the commercial sector.

  • The Realities of Silicon Valley's Lack of Workforce Diversity

    Oct 2, 2014

    Major Silicon Valley tech firms have released statistics indicating their workforces are largely made up of white men, write Professors Lawrence Hanser and Nelson Lim. Corporate America is on the receiving end of a complex chain of social and educational factors that continue to leave minorities behind in terms of college graduation.

  • Graphic Warning Labels on Cigarettes Are Scary, but Do They Work?

    Sep 30, 2014

    “Graphic warning labels” pair gruesome images with warnings about the dangers of smoking, covering anywhere from 30 to 80 percent of cigarette pack “faces” (the front and back). Professor Deborah Scharf asks, do they prevent people from starting to smoke or cause current smokers to quit?

  • Using Education to Stop the Prison Revolving Door

    Sep 30, 2014

    Providing education and vocational training to inmates is a cost effective way to reduce recidivism rates and thus shrink prison populations and ease the strain on prison budgets. Education is far less expensive than incarceration, writes Professor Lois Davis.

  • How the Poor Can Take Charge to Improve Their Housing

    Sep 19, 2014

    Public housing projects have been controversial for decades in countries around the world. But an informal settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, could serve as a guide for other countries experimenting with community-driven development, an alternative approach to public housing, writes Julia Pollak (cohort '12).

  • 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.

  • In Ferguson's Wake, How a Data-Driven Approach Can Improve Police-Community Relations

    Sep 16, 2014

    Pardee RAND's Keith Henry says community leaders and police departments have a responsibility to their citizens to address questions about their policing practices, such as: What are the most significant areas of concern? How severe are the problems? What are the most effective solutions?

  • The State of Washington and Its Focus on Rehabilitation

    Sep 16, 2014

    Professor Lois Davis says California can learn a great deal from the state of Washington, which has implemented a series of reforms focused on rehabilitation—on diverting offenders to treatment and other options and making serving time in prison the last option.

  • RAND Experts Discuss President Obama's Speech Announcing ISIS Strategy

    Sep 11, 2014

    Professor Ben Connable and RAND researchers Dalia Dassa Kaye and Christopher Chivvis hosted a media conference call on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 to discuss the President Obama's speech announcing his strategy to address the regional and global threat of ISIS. Media relations manager Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • Hackerazzi: How Naked Celebrities Might Make the Cloud Safer

    Sep 8, 2014

    Despite data breach after data breach that lays bare the personal information of millions of people, leading to only incremental changes by the hacked company, it seems it only takes a handful of celebrity nude selfies to bring issues like cloud security and multi-factor authentication to the fore causing immediate changes, writes Professor Lillian Ablon.

  • Technology Summit for Victim Service Providers

    Sep 8, 2014

    Professor Nelson Lim and RAND colleagues brought together two communities — victim service providers and technology innovators — for a national one-day summit at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley to discuss leveraging technology so victims of crime can quickly and effectively obtain the help they need.

  • If You Want Ex-Cons to Be 'Productive Members of Society,' Ban the Box

    Sep 5, 2014

    When an inmate is released, you often hear Americans say that he's “paid his debt” and can now become “a productive member of society.” But, Professor Lois Davis writes, the reality is ex-cons pay for their crimes long after sentences end. On the outside, the stigma of incarceration makes it extremely difficult to land a job.