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.

  • ISIS and Dirty Bombs

    Jun 3, 2016

    There has been growing concern that terrorists might use radiological sources to create a Radiological Dispersal Device (RDD). Prof. Gregory Jones explains that calculations have shown that an attack would be unlikely to produce radioactive contamination sufficient to kill or even injure anyone, but there would be psychological and economic effects.

  • RAND's Lillian Ablon Presents 'Lessons from a Hacker'

    Jun 1, 2016

    Prof. Lillian Ablon, a cybersecurity and emerging technologies researcher, spoke at a RAND Policy Circle Conversation on the world's expanding cyber vulnerability, those who are out there to take advantage of those vulnerabilities, as well as consumer attitudes toward breaches.

  • Good (Fast) Food as a Vehicle for Social Change

    Jun 1, 2016

    Neighborhood by neighborhood, a few dozen jobs at a time, two celebrity chefs are tackling complex and persistent public policy problems. They could succeed in their own way in communities where generations of government programs and charity have had limited impact, writes Dean Susan Marquis.

  • Why Has Obama Lifted the Arms Sales Ban on Vietnam?

    May 25, 2016

    The lifting of the Vietnam arms embargo needs to be understood as part of the long process of normalizing relations with a former U.S. enemy and building toward a more cooperative, economically dynamic, and strategic future-oriented relationship, writes Prof. Scott Harold.

  • Did We Improve Veterans Health Care? It's Unclear

    May 24, 2016

    The Veterans Choice program was designed to expedite veterans' access to health care and relieve pressure on the VA system. Before making the program permanent, writes Prof. Susan Hosek, the VA should better understand its effectiveness.

  • 5 Things That Should Happen When Obama Visits Hiroshima

    May 23, 2016

    On May 27, President Barack Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city of Hiroshima. As Prof. Scott Harold writes, the visit is a sign of respect and friendship between the American and Japanese people, and should make the two countries' ties even stronger.

  • Want Better Health Coverage? Change Your ZIP Code

    May 22, 2016

    Medicare's reliance on private contractors to run the program exacerbates the nation's health disparities by denying Americans in certain states access to life-saving medical advances, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80).

  • Making the 'Gap Year' More Inclusive and Purposeful

    May 19, 2016

    High schools and universities should work together, with the support of policymakers, to develop programs that would provide a wider spectrum of U.S. students with the opportunity to take a purposeful gap year—and enter college with some real-world adult experience behind them, writes Prof. Louay Constant.

  • How Can Gaming Help Test Your Theory?

    May 18, 2016

    The act of designing a game will force you to articulate your theory or to be more specific about it, writes Yuna Wong (cohort '00). It will also require you to operationalize your variables and theoretical constructs of interest into a specific context, and prompt you to anticipate the ways in which it may play out in that scenario.

  • Behind North Korea's Bid for a 'Peace Treaty'

    May 18, 2016

    By insisting on a peace treaty with America, North Korea is probably seeking war, writes professor and alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). Its leaders likely hope a treaty would lead to a withdrawal of U.S. forces from South Korea, setting the stage for an invasion by the North.

  • The Hidden Costs of Pension Plan Reform

    May 18, 2016

    While there are many policy options that may decrease pension liabilities for Chicago and cities and states in similar situations, writes Prof. Jim Hosek, some options being considered may also have serious consequences for the public sector workforce, now and in the future.

  • Partitioning Iraq: Make a Detailed Case, or Cease and Desist

    May 16, 2016

    The mostly non-Iraqi voices who want to divide the country into three ethno-sectarian cantonments—Shi'a, Sunni, and Kurd—owe the Iraqi people extensive, detailed clarification. If neither the Iraqi Arab polity nor Iraq's most powerful political factions seek three-way partition, writes Prof. Ben Connable, then the case should be closed.

  • What Are the Public Health Consequences of Legalizing Marijuana?

    May 16, 2016

    Legalizing and allowing profit-maximizing firms to produce, sell, and advertise recreational marijuana would likely increase marijuana consumption. Prof. Beau Kilmer considers how this increased consumption would influence the use of other substances.

  • Alum Offers a Sobering Look at the Opioid Epidemic

    May 13, 2016

    Opioid overdoses were the greatest cause of accidental death in America in 2014. Alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) participated in a panel discussion at RAND that addressed the epidemic, including societal attitudes toward pain and addiction, poor understanding of the mechanics of addiction itself, economic drivers, legal responses, and treatment approaches.

  • Interactive Map Highlights Research Related to Global Human Progress

    May 13, 2016

    Through the Pardee Initiative, Pardee RAND students and RAND researchers conduct extensive work and write about global human development efforts in more than 75 countries around the world. An interactive map allows users to learn more about—and more easily access—that research.

  • Helping Pittsburgh Stay on the Cutting Edge of Education Innovation

    May 8, 2016

    Local organizations, educators, and leaders are creating remarkable learning experiences for Pittsburgh's young people, and other cities around the country are striving to replicate their innovations, write professors John Pane and Laura Hamilton.

  • Expo Line Could Enhance Wellbeing in Santa Monica

    May 6, 2016

    On May 20, the long-awaited Metro Expo Line will begin service to Santa Monica. Viewing urban mobility as a key component of community wellbeing may be an instructive way to assess the impact of Expo and other infrastructure efforts, writes Prof. Doug Yeung.

  • Friends if We Must: Russia and China in the Arctic

    May 6, 2016

    Russia's rebalancing toward China is particularly important in the Arctic, a region in which Russia has great ambitions but also struggles with major vulnerabilities. Student Timothy Smith (cohort '13) says Russia needs China as an investor, as a technological partner, and as a key consumer of energy to support its flagging, energy-dependent economy.

  • Iraq Reconciliation Requires American Help

    May 5, 2016

    It is time for the United States to step in and take the lead on the crucial process of reconciling the Sunnis with their government in order to bolster the tactical fight against ISIL and to ensure Iraq does not further destabilize, writes Prof. Ben Connable.

  • Out of Line: How to Better Protect Airports from Terrorist Attacks

    May 2, 2016

    In airport security, it's not the size of a potential terrorist bomb that matters most, it's where it detonates. Fortunately, new technologies may present opportunities to get travelers out of line and keep them safe, writes Prof. Henry Willis.

  • What Makes Stakeholders Want to Become Involved in Research?

    May 2, 2016

    Involving stakeholders in comparative-effectiveness research is important, write professors Thomas Concannon and Dmitry Khodyakov. But competing demands for their time can make this a challenge. Why do stakeholders get involved in this research, or not?

  • Strong Winds Ahead for Cloud Computing: Can Data Localization Threaten Future Growth?

    Apr 29, 2016

    A growing number of constraints have been imposed around the world on information in the cloud, fueling concerns that the Internet—the economic engine of the information age—may become hopelessly fragmented, according to students Marlon Graf, Jakub Hlávka, and Bonnie Triezenberg.

  • Students Organize Mental Health Awareness Day with RAND Health

    Apr 28, 2016

    More than 50 students participated in activities including yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and art therapy at Pardee RAND's inaugural mental health day.

  • Pardee RAND Hosts Inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence

    Apr 25, 2016

    Power grid expert Paul De Martini visited Pardee RAND as the inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence. An ICF fellow, and CalTech professor, De Martini presented a seminar on "The Evolving Distribution Grid" and met with Pardee RAND faculty and students during his weeklong stay.

  • Congested Space Is a Serious Problem Solved by Hard Work, Not Hysteria

    Apr 24, 2016

    Humans are in space to stay, and over time, more and more actors will populate the stage. Space debris and collision risk is real, but it certainly is not a crisis, writes alum Mark Albrecht (cohort '73).