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.

  • Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    Feb 20, 2015

    John Oliver's “Jeff the Diseased Lung,” a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral, writes alumnus/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85). Meanwhile, research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

  • Singer Describes Research for Annals of Internal Medicine

    Feb 9, 2015

    Despite national efforts to improve end-of-life care, proxy reports of pain and other alarming symptoms in the last year of life increased from 1998 to 2010. Adam Singer (cohort '11) describes his research, which was published in the February issue, in a video as well as author Q&A.

  • U.S.-India Relations: Will the Obama-Modi Personal Chemistry Suffice?

    Feb 3, 2015

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India has generated generally positive reactions from analysts, writes Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort '14). These judgments will be reinforced if the leaders' current chemistry changes Indo-U.S. policy for the better.

  • Growth Versus Equality: Striking the Right Balance

    Jan 30, 2015

    There's a difficult trade-off between income equality and the growth that comes from successful innovation. But one doesn't have to overwhelm the other.

  • Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization That Support Innovation

    Jan 27, 2015

    As lawmakers consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that in meeting their objectives they do not create unnecessary obstacles to the productive innovations being explored at schools, such as personalized learning.

  • Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jan 21, 2015

    In this January 2015 Congressional Briefing, Professor Beau Kilmer and RAND researcher Jonathan Caulkins present an overview of their new report, Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions.

  • Cost of College in the United States

    Jan 16, 2015

    For middle- to lower-income families in the U.S., in particular, the costs associated with attending a four-year university are becoming nearly impossible to bear, notes Marlon Graf (cohort '12). More and more students are ending up with significant debt after graduating from college, putting financial pressure on them at the outset of their professional careers.

  • Domestic Violence as a Way of Life: The Reality for Papua New Guinea's Women

    Dec 31, 2014

    Violence against women is a persistent problem around the world. That's particularly true of Papua New Guinea, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), where abuse of women by domestic partners, gang members, and members of law enforcement is widespread, drawing comparisons to conditions in conflict zones.

  • Donald B. and Susan F. Rice Support Pardee RAND's 'Be the Answer' Campaign with $1 Million Gift

    Dec 19, 2014

    Longtime RAND supporters Donald B. and Susan F. Rice, for the third time, have established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Their most recent gift of $1 million was generously donated as part of Pardee RAND's Be the Answer campaign, which Don Rice chairs and which has thus far raised in excess of $19 million.

  • 'Product of Mexico': Why Have Corporate/Social Responsibility Programs Failed?

    Dec 12, 2014

    The Fair Food Program has been a leader in using cooperation, visibility, and accountability to meet the needs of workers, growers, and buyers. Dean Susan Marquis asks, Can it be a model for addressing these critical issues in Mexico as well?

  • Proceedings of the U.S.–Japan Alliance Conference Series

    Dec 5, 2014

    In a series of three conferences held at RAND in late 2014, U.S. and Japanese experts explored the challenges for the U.S.-Japan alliance. Pardee RAND founding dean Charles Wolf moderated the discussions, which included several faculty members.

  • 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.

  • Fall 2014 Issue of Findings Features School Changes

    Dec 2, 2014

    The latest alumni newsletter highlights new ... students, alumni, jobs, scholarships, Board of Governors members, alumni committee members, and much more, including a new effort to reimagine Pardee RAND itself.

  • 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.