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 to Hold Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 18, 2016

    Pardee RAND Graduate School is pleased to announce its biennial Commencement Weekend will be held Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, 2016. All alumni are encouraged to attend. More information will be available soon.

  • 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.

  • Building Interoperability for European Defense

    Nov 9, 2015

    To make the most out of declining defense budgets, the U.S. needs to engage European forces to build interoperability that would enable joint operations to deter and defeat potential adversaries, even with little advance notice. But building interoperable units has often proved difficult even among the friendliest of nations, write student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) and Prof. Chris Pernin.

  • Gun Violence: Where Is the Research That Might Save Lives?

    Nov 5, 2015

    Gun violence is an important public health problem that accounts for more than 33,000 deaths each year in the United States but in 1996, Congress stripped the CDC of funding for any research that could be associated with gun control advocacy. The lack of CDC funding has deterred researchers, writes Prof. (and alum) Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85).

  • Standardized Tests Can Be Smarter

    Nov 2, 2015

    Capping the amount of time students spend testing is a reasonable response to unchecked growth. However, a better response would be to systematically review testing programs, focusing on tests that offer the most value, write Profs. Laura Hamilton and Brian Stecher.

  • Bringing Traditional Grains Back to the African Dinner Table

    Nov 2, 2015

    Although they are more nutritious and well-adapted to Africa's agro-ecological conditions, traditional grains have been losing market share to new grains—especially maize, rice and wheat. A joint initiative of Pardee RAND and the African Centre for Economic Transformation is exploring ways to bring sorghum and millet back to the dinner table, including a Superfoods Cookery Contest.

  • Zero Interest, Greater Inequality?

    Nov 2, 2015

    Low interest rates mandated by the Federal Reserve may have had and possibly continue to have adverse effects on income inequality. Those who argue for continuing near-zero short-term interest rate policy should be cognizant of this, writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • How Will China Respond to Future U.S. Freedom of Navigation Ops?

    Oct 29, 2015

    On October 27, the USS Lassen carried out the first freedom of navigation patrol to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. In assessing China's potential response to follow-on operations, the extremes of either complete inaction or a military attack can be ruled out, writes Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • Sniping: Homeless Youths' High-Risk Smoking Practice

    Oct 29, 2015

    Any intervention to help homeless youth quit smoking must also address “sniping,” writes Prof. Joan Tucker. This high-risk activity involves scavenging cigarette butts and filters to make a “new” cigarette.

  • When Public Trust in Corporations Is Shaken

    Oct 28, 2015

    The Volkswagen scandal comes at a time when the public's trust in both the automotive industry and tech companies is at risk. The level of public trust in an individual organization could end up burnishing — or infecting — an entire industry or new technology.

  • How to Overcome the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    Oct 22, 2015

    The warnings and promises of artificial intelligence aren't new, but advances in technology make them more pressing.

  • The Shared Savings Model: An Innovative Way to Attack Rapidly Rising College Costs

    Oct 22, 2015

    The challenge facing policymakers is how to lessen the college cost pressure felt by families while incentivizing institutions to innovate to reduce cost and improve quality. What if cost savings from increased productivity were quantified and a portion returned to institutions?

  • Social Engineering Explained: The Human Element in Cyberattacks

    Oct 20, 2015

    The human element is the most unpredictable factor in cybersecurity. A social engineer aims to make people do what they want or give the social engineer information, often without the person considering the negative consequences.

  • Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

    Oct 14, 2015

    Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.

  • Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Robert Shiller Speaks at Pardee RAND

    Oct 13, 2015

    Pardee RAND welcomed American Nobel laureate and economist Robert Shiller as part of the Charles Wolf, Jr., Endowed Lecture Series. Shiller was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, together with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, for their empirical analysis of asset prices.

  • Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Robert Shiller Speaks at Pardee RAND

    Oct 13, 2015

    Pardee RAND welcomed American Nobel laureate and economist Robert “Bob” Shiller as part of the Charles Wolf, Jr., Endowed Lecture Series. Shiller was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, together with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, for their empirical analysis of asset prices.

  • Education Policy: Challenges in Implementing New Standards and Assessments

    Oct 8, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of educators and policy experts, including Prof. Laura Hamilton, discuss Pennsylvania's approach to standards and assessment, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.

  • Do Young 'Elites' Favor Income Redistribution?

    Oct 8, 2015

    Young “elites” — employed Americans who are 40 or younger, with high household incomes and graduate degrees — and especially Democratic elites have a strong preference for income redistribution.

  • Bridging the Global Age Gap

    Oct 8, 2015

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers hope for balancing the world's rapidly aging with its jobless youth. As long-term care for the elderly becomes a pressing need in many developed countries, services such as monitoring and reminding people to take their medications could be provided remotely from countries with an abundance of younger workers.

  • Tools for Coping with a Military Spouse's Drinking

    Oct 5, 2015

    Partners Connect, a research study and web program, aims to help military spouses concerned about a loved one's drinking. Spouses can access free online communication tools and tips for taking care of themselves and their spouses.

  • In Latin America, Breaking the Cycle of Intimate-Partner Abuse One Handwritten Letter at a Time

    Sep 30, 2015

    Latin America has one of the highest rates of intimate-partner violence in the world, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), but a series of high-profile cases, including the murder of a journalist by her policeman husband, have propelled intimate-partner violence to the fore of Bolivia's public agenda.

  • California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    California has implemented numerous policy changes to cope with a record-breaking, four-year drought. In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of experts—including Professor (and alum) David Groves (cohort '01)—discuss what government agencies can do to better manage water resources, what methods are most effective at encouraging citizens to use water wisely, and how leaders can better plan for future climate crises.

  • Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Sep 29, 2015

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model, write Alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and Prof. Trey Miller.

  • China's Currency

    Sep 28, 2015

    Much of the worry in the United States and elsewhere about China's currency “manipulation” is overblown because a less restricted yuan would more likely be overvalued than undervalued, thereby adversely affecting Chinese trade and exports, writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • The U.S.-China Summit Is More Significant for Xi Jinping Than Obama

    Sep 24, 2015

    The Xi-Obama summit will provide the opportunity to discuss contentious issues like cybersecurity and the South China Sea, as well as other issues, such as climate change and economic cooperation. For Xi, writes Prof. Howard Shatz, the visit underscores the tremendous importance of messaging to a Chinese audience the narrative of a continued stable and robust partnership with the country that matters most to China politically and economically.