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.

  • Caring for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Why Gender Matters

    Feb 27, 2014

    High-quality routine care for both cardiovascular disease and diabetes is at least as relevant to women's health and survival as it is to men's. Yet evidence suggests that women continue to face gaps in even low-cost, routine aspects of care, writes Professor Chloe Bird.

  • Brooks Argues Conservatives Need Social Justice Agenda

    Feb 24, 2014

    AEI president and Pardee RAND alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) believes that conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own. In one recent commentary he argues, "The fact that many Americans continue to suffer years after the technical end of the Great Recession should offend any sense of plain justice." Columnists in the New York Times and Washington Post each discussed his call for a social justice agenda.

  • What to Make of P-TECH Schools

    Feb 21, 2014

    There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But Professor Rafiq Dossani says the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

  • Quick Takes: Do Workplace Wellness Programs Make Business Sense?

    Feb 20, 2014

    The press and trade publications strongly endorse workplace wellness programs as a good investment for employers. Soeren Mattke, a physician and Pardee RAND professor, explains why his work tells a different story.

  • Correctional Education: How Effective Is It and What Can We Do to Make It Better?

    Feb 18, 2014

    In this February 2014 Congressional Briefing, Professor Lois M. Davis shares results from her RAND study on correctional education, conducted for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and funded under the Second Chance Act of 2007.

  • Professor Muses, Are We Smarter than the Dinosaurs?

    Feb 17, 2014

    "Are we smarter than the dinosaurs?" asked Pardee RAND professor Bill Welser, director of RAND's Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, as he began his presentation at the 2013 TEDx Manhattan Beach conference in November. If the dinosaurs had the "tools and technologies we have today, [they] would have fared better, right?" Welser is not so sure.

  • How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

    Feb 15, 2014

    Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system, write Professors Brian Stecher and Laura Hamilton.

  • Ryu Receives Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

    Feb 13, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Youngbok Ryu (cohort '11) was recently named a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies. The fellowship program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

  • Pardee RAND Researchers Develop Framework for Change Through Accountability

    Feb 12, 2014

    To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."

  • Wal-Mart Chooses Fairness, Giving Farmworkers a Boost

    Feb 6, 2014

    The recent commitment by Wal-Mart Stores to the Fair Food Program is a transformational moment in the decades-long struggle for fair treatment of agricultural workers in America but the decision is hardly the last human-rights battle to be won on behalf of this long-oppressed work force, writes Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.

  • Analyzing Global Societal Trends and their Impact on the EU

    Feb 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12), alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) and colleagues in RAND Europe suggest that the EU needs to invest in citizens, prepare for a new growth paradigm, and reinvent government to ensure that Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.

  • Happy 80th Birthday, 'GDP' — Is It Not Time to Retire?

    Feb 1, 2014

    While there are merits to using GDP, it is clear that it fails to measure several important potential externalities to economic growth, such as environmental damage, poor working conditions, or violations of privacy rights, writes Professor Stijn Hoorens.

  • Iraq Picture May Not Be as Bleak as It Seems

    Jan 30, 2014

    Over the past month, al Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made a concerted effort to seize the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. Professor Ben Connable says the attacks have received a lot of attention, but ISIS does not represent a majority of Iraqi Sunni in Anbar. Many Sunni Anbari leaders continue to reject al Qaeda.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2014

    Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.

  • With Self-Driving Cars, Promise Outweighs Peril

    Jan 29, 2014

    The promise of autonomous vehicles is finally near to being realized and the substantial benefits to society in terms of safety, mobility, and fuel economy cannot be ignored. It is not too early for policy makers to begin to think about the challenges that lie ahead, writes Professor James Anderson.

  • U.S. Needs to Improve Community-Based Drug, Alcohol Prevention

    Jan 28, 2014

    As familiar as Americans are with the problems of youth drug and alcohol abuse, we are not identifying all the potential solutions, write Professors Joie Acosta and Rosalie Pacula. While observers criticize overemphasis in U.S. policy on enforcement and scant resources devoted to treatment, the focus on these approaches often ignores a key piece of the puzzle: prevention.

  • Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

    Jan 27, 2014

    Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.

  • Michelle Obama Shouldn't Be the Only One Fighting Obesity

    Jan 16, 2014

    To identify the policies that will make a big fat dent in obesity rates, we first need an accurate diagnosis: Americans are overweight and obese because they are inundated with too much food. Professor Deborah Cohen says the use of impulse marketing strategies has skyrocketed, with invitations to indulge at every turn.

  • The Feds' Role After Legalization

    Jan 14, 2014

    Since Colorado and Washington allow profit-maximizing firms to grow and sell marijuana, there is concern they will use advertising to promote consumption by heavy users. With help from the federal government, the states will be better positioned to head off the negative consequences associated with commercialization, writes Professor Beau Kilmer.

  • Ask Me Anything: Deborah Cohen on How to End the Obesity Epidemic

    Jan 8, 2014

    Perhaps the most common New Year's resolution is improving our eating habits. According to Dr. Deborah Cohen, who hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday, that's much easier said than done.

  • Support for Implementing Home Visiting Under the Affordable Care Act

    Jan 8, 2014

    One groundbreaking provision of the Affordable Care Act is its funding for home visiting programs that match the parents of young children with trained specialists who provide information, social support, parental skill instruction, and more, write Professors Rebecca Kilburn and Sarah Hunter.

  • India Embraces MOOCs, but What if It Is a 'Lousy Product'?

    Jan 7, 2014

    One hundred engineering colleges around India will rely heavily on virtual instruction under a new program. Professor Rafiq Dossani raises some issues surrounding online education that could help get the most from the investment.

  • Self-Driving Vehicles Offer Potential Benefits, Policy Challenges for Lawmakers

    Jan 6, 2014

    Student Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12) contributed to research that shows self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society but raise several policy challenges. Among these challenges are the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology.

  • Five Myths About Obesity

    Dec 27, 2013

    Although the obesity epidemic has generated a lot of attention and calls for solutions, it also has served up its share of myths and misunderstandings. Pardee RAND faculty Deb Cohen illustrates some important policy implications.

  • Faculty member Ed Keating: Investing in Firefighting

    Dec 23, 2013

    A 2012 RAND report advised the U.S. Forest Service to transition to scooper aircraft; in this commentary, he evaluates the changes that have happened since the recommendation.