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.

  • Fixing Judicial Recusals

    Feb 10, 2016

    If judges or justices own stock in the company of a litigant, they must recuse themselves from hearing the case. While these recusals help ensure impartiality at the level of the individual judge, writes Prof. James Anderson, what effect do they have on the pool of judges that hear cases involving publicly held corporations?

  • Should We Fear an AI Arms Race?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Prof. William Welser notes that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others have signed a letter calling for a ban on the application of artificial intelligence to advanced weapons systems. AI weapons are not without risks, Welser writes, but the benefits are substantial and the risks can be mitigated with more moderate regulation than a ban.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    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).

  • A Unique Identifier Could Protect Patient Privacy

    Feb 3, 2016

    The policy debate about unique patient identifier numbers should determine the best approach for reconciling two goals: optimizing the privacy and security of health information and making record matching as close to perfect as is practical, writes Prof. Michael Greenberg.

  • Are Children Learning? Two Initiatives to Monitor and Help Achieve SDG 4

    Feb 2, 2016

    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. ‪

  • Europe's New Ghetto

    Jan 27, 2016

    Katia Vlachos (cohort '98) writes in the Huffington Post, "By closing the Schengen door on Greece, its EU partners will effectively turn it into the EU's refugee camp — Europe's very own ghetto — and all that when the country's economy is on the brink of collapse and barely able to support its own population."

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Wargame

    Jan 26, 2016

    Some famous historical wargames offer a compelling narrative of what wargames can be at their best and worst, but they cannot illustrate the full range of contemporary wargaming that leaders should strive to achieve, writes Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15). A better understanding of how wargames can be helpful — or backfire — is critical.

  • A Promising Approach for Expanding Health Insurance to Nigeria's Informal Sector

    Jan 22, 2016

    The Kwara Community Health Insurance program in Nigeria provides a remarkable proof-of-concept and template for addressing the challenge of providing risk protection for the poor in the developing world, writes student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13).

  • What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    Jan 22, 2016

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. Prof. Shanthi Nataraj asks, How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?

  • China Has Done More About Pollution Than You Think (But It Must Do More)

    Jan 18, 2016

    It is not obvious from recent headlines, writes student Min Mao (cohort '11), but China's central and local governments have done more to curb the nation's air pollution over the past two years than casual observers may realize.

  • School Welcomes Phillip Ratner as Artist in Residence

    Jan 18, 2016

    To encourage a collaborative and creative environment, Pardee RAND welcomed sculptor Phillip Ratner for a week-long residency in January. Ratner had an open studio and organized daily arts workshops for students, staff, and faculty.

  • Battered by War, Syrian Refugee Kids Need to Be Taught

    Jan 15, 2016

    More than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are not receiving formal education. Management of the Syrian refugee education crisis must take a longer view that recognizes the protracted nature of the problem, writes Prof. Louay Constant.

  • Modifying the ACA's Family Subsidy Rules to Help Ensure Affordability

    Jan 12, 2016

    The ACA encourages workers to retain employer coverage by restricting their eligibility for marketplace subsidies. Modifying the policy could help 700,000 people gain coverage and lower spending for 1.6 million who are insured but face high health care costs, writes Prof. Sarah Nowak.

  • To Be Happier, Start Thinking More About Your Death

    Jan 11, 2016

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, in a New York Times commentary, "The secret is not simply a resolution to stop wasting time, however. It is to find a systematic way to raise the scarcity of time to our consciousness."

  • Charlie Sheen and the Enduring Stigma Attached to HIV

    Dec 29, 2015

    HIV-related stigma and discrimination remains pervasive despite strides that have been made in fighting the disease, writes Prof. Sarah MacCarthy. Charlie Sheen reported paying more than $10 million in bribes to keep his HIV status secret before going public recently to put an end to the extortion.

  • Paris Gets the (Decision) Science Right

    Dec 18, 2015

    The framework for the Paris negotiations is in sync with what science tells us about how to make effective public policy decisions. This alone makes them historic and may provide a model for both local and global action on more than climate alone, writes Prof. Steven Popper.

  • COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris last week achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change, write alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Prof. Rob Lempert. The framework builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.

  • Saving Lives After Tragedy

    Dec 14, 2015

    Natural and man-made mass-casualty incidents are a growing threat, writes Prof. Chris Nelson. Evaluating successes and shortcomings after each crisis can contribute to the design and implementation of robust and resilient response systems and ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals and impacted communities.

  • Traditional Grains Project Holds 2015 Superfoods Cook-Off Contest

    Dec 14, 2015

    To increase interest in millet and sorghum, the Pardee Initiative and ACET for Africa held a Superfoods Cookery Contest in Kampala, Uganda, on December 11. Professional chefs created and prepared 27 recipes in a competition similar to the TV show America's Top Chef.

  • Anticipating Your Next Battle in Business and Beyond

    Dec 9, 2015

    Alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06), a professor at HEC Paris, reminds us—whether or not you're a manager—that "thinking about the future isn't a luxury."

  • Africa Succeeds in Meeting Many Long-Term U.N. Development Goals

    Dec 7, 2015

    Africa's great strides toward meeting the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are a compelling reminder of the continent's potential to create a more prosperous and sustainable environment for its people, writes Pardee RAND student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Fall Issue of Findings Highlights Pardee RAND's Legacy

    Dec 2, 2015

    With features on Charles Wolf, Harold Brown, and Harry Rowen, "This issue of Findings highlights the specific blessing we have in the school's history and legacy," remarks Dean Susan Marquis. Other news includes the new cohort, APPAM 2015 presentations, and lots of alumni news.

  • It's Getting Harder and Harder to Live on Top of the World

    Nov 30, 2015

    In September, a relatively new kind of storm, made possible due to larger swaths of ice-free Arctic Ocean, battered Barrow, Alaska, washing away chunks of coastline, threatening businesses, houses, and the freshwater supply. Student Timothy Smith (cohort '13) writes that while mitigation efforts are necessary on a macro level, adaptation measures are needed now for such Arctic communities.

  • Choose to Be Grateful. It Will Make You Happier.

    Nov 23, 2015

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes in his New York Times column, "Evidence suggests that we can actively choose to practice gratitude — and that doing so raises our happiness."

  • Harold and Colene Brown Endow Faculty Chair at Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Nov 18, 2015

    The Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chair will enable exceptional RAND researchers and faculty to be in residence at the school each year, allowing them to work on independent research and provide mentorship and guidance to students.