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.

  • Pardee RAND Hosts Inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence

    Apr 18, 2016

    Paul De Martini is visiting Pardee RAND as the inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence. De Martini is an ICF fellow and part of the CalTech faculty as an expert in smart grids, power grid modernization, and power distribution—the future of energy in the United States.

  • Reframing the 'Free College' Debate

    Apr 14, 2016

    Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow, writes Diana Carew (cohort '15). Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what's really wrong with higher education in America—and a missed chance to help young Americans regain lost competitiveness in the workforce.

  • Ten Years After the Safe Port Act, Are America's Ports Secure?

    Apr 6, 2016

    The economic importance and visibility of America's ports make them attractive terrorism targets, writes Prof. Henry Willis. Port security has improved, but many of the threats that motivated the Safe Ports Act in 2006 remain, and new dangers have emerged, including cyber threats.

  • A New Tool to Assess the Costs and Effectiveness of Traffic Crash Interventions

    Apr 4, 2016

    Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Prof. Jeanne Ringel writes that an online tool she developed with student Ben Batorsky (cohort '12) and RAND colleagues can help policymakers understand the available evidence-based interventions that can help prevent crash injuries and deaths, what they will cost, and how effective they will be in their state.

  • The Police Could Be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car

    Apr 4, 2016

    As self-driving cars become widespread, one of the biggest issues will be the rules under which public infrastructures and public safety officers may be empowered to override how autonomous vehicles are controlled, writes Prof. Martin Libicki.

  • Inciting Peace

    Mar 30, 2016

    Malicious ideas, ideologies, and narratives (such as those promoted by ISIS) cannot just be eliminated — they need to be replaced, writes Prof. Christopher Paul.

  • The Democratization of Space

    Mar 28, 2016

    A new economic model for outer space must account for lower barriers to entry and the involvement of more and more stakeholders, such as developing countries and start-ups, writes Prof. Bill Welser.

  • After Decades of Conflict, Learning to Reap the Benefits of Taxes in Northern Uganda

    Mar 17, 2016

    The post-conflict regions of northern Uganda need more health care, legal services, psychological support, and counseling. A women's community organization is trying to get Ugandans to pay taxes while teaching them how to get the local government to spend tax money on improving public services, writes student Mahlet Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Lloyd S. Shapley, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Dies at 92

    Mar 14, 2016

    Nobel laureate Lloyd S. Shapley, the former RAND Corporation researcher and game theory expert on whom Pardee RAND conferred an honorary degree in 2014, died Saturday.

  • Alum Discusses U.S. Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse Problem

    Mar 9, 2016

    Alum Bradley D. Stein (cohort '97) is interviewed by CCTV about drug addiction and drug abuse in America.

  • How to Fix Guantanamo's Broken Justice

    Mar 7, 2016

    Replacing military judges with federal judges would expedite the process of resolving the Guantánamo cases in ways that would reflect better on the credibility and legitimacy of the U.S. justice system, while serving the interests of Congress, the president, survivors, and victims' families, writes alum Jack Riley (cohort '88).

  • Winter Issue of Findings Features Many New Alumni Positions

    Mar 3, 2016

    Twelve Pardee RAND alumni have started new jobs or roles as since the last issue of Findings hit the web. This issue also features some exciting OJT work, lots of reports and commentaries, three alumni who recently visited campus, and a Q&A with the alumni representative to the Board of Governors.

  • Wardynski Offers Leadership Perspectives in Local TV Interview

    Mar 2, 2016

    In a 30-minute feature interview with WHNT-TV News, alum Casey Wardynski (cohort '97) describes his role as superintendent of Huntsville, AL, schools: "The superintendent’s job is a hard job, and we expect superintendents to do hard things. … My job is to look after the needs of kids, the next generation, the future of Huntsville and the future of the country. That’s my job."

  • Observations from Guantanamo

    Mar 1, 2016

    In this Call with the Experts, Alum Jack Riley (cohort '88) discusses the likelihood of Guantanamo Bay detention camp closing before the end of President Obama's term, as well as recommendations on how to fairly and transparently expedite the trials.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Mar 1, 2016

    Student Jodi Liu (cohort '12), alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) and RAND Health colleagues identified more than a dozen small ideas that, combined, could save the U.S. health care system a total of up to $26 billion a year. An interactive calculator lets users combine different small ideas and view projected savings.

  • Crude Economics, Crude Politics: Who Wins and Who Loses with Cheap Oil?

    Feb 26, 2016

    Prof. Charles Wolf asks, What is the outlook for oil prices? And how can we assess the balance between positive effects on national security and negative effects on the national economy?

  • At the 2016 Oscars, Transgender Health Issues Are in the Spotlight

    Feb 26, 2016

    By inviting “The Danish Girl” to Hollywood's most prestigious awards party, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is helping to shine a spotlight on transgender issues — and reflecting a larger cultural moment at the same time, writes Prof. Sarah MacCarthy.

  • Syrian Refugees: Humanitarian and Security Perspectives

    Feb 25, 2016

    The U.S. and other Western countries have vowed to admit more Syrian refugees, but terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, and Jakarta are fueling community anxieties. In this RAND Policy Circle briefing, Prof. Ben Connable and other experts address what countries are doing to help abate the humanitarian crisis and ongoing efforts to counter the terrorist threat.

  • Turn the Page on Chronic Disease

    Feb 24, 2016

    The U.S. requires a new strategy for improving the health and longevity of Americans, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80). In particular, our leaders need to focus on reforms aimed at combating chronic diseases through prevention, medical innovation and improved access to care.

  • Why Engineers Need to Be Thinking About Climate Change

    Feb 22, 2016

    As sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more common, evacuation routes in coastal areas will become more important. Prof. Kenneth Kuhn says transportation engineers need to be more proactive as they try to anticipate damage to pavement, bridges, and culverts.

  • How You Can Be Cybersecurity's Strongest Asset

    Feb 18, 2016

    Technology is thoroughly embedded within the average person's life but security is not emphasized to the general user, writes Prof. Lillian Ablon. Teaching the importance of security early on and continually bringing awareness to the public could help temper technology-based attacks.

  • Know Zika to Fight Zika

    Feb 12, 2016

    Scientists across universities, governments, and industry are doubling down to gain a better understanding of the Zika virus and develop the diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic tools needed to combat it. In the meantime, writes Prof. Melinda Moore, the public must be actively engaged.

  • China's Naval Modernization: Where Is It Headed?

    Feb 10, 2016

    The PLA Navy is expanding its capabilities and operations to reduce vulnerabilities in China's near seas, but also to aggressively support its expanding global ambitions and challenge U.S. leadership in Asia, according to Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • 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?

  • The Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

    Feb 9, 2016

    The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to brain damage in infants, is emerging as a public health priority. In this Call with the Experts, Prof. Melinda Moore answers questions about Zika and what can be done to prevent its spread.