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PRGS Policy Insight — Dec. 29, 2008

PRGS is pleased to announce volume 2, issue 5 of Policy Insight. Published on a bimonthly basis, each issue will highlight a major public policy challenge in the USA or the world, along with analysis by PRGS fellows and faculty that will help policy makers address these challenges. This issue: "Getting America Back on Track: U.S. Public Policy on Railroads"

PRGS students conducting research on use of EDAR shelters in Los Angeles area — Dec. 10, 2008

A portable shelter the EDAR (Everyone Deserves a Roof) has been distributed to homeless shelters in Los Angeles County. This mobile, single-person shelter, is the brainchild of Peter Samuelson, a philanthropist and film producer. Subsequent to the trial distribution, PRGS students interviewed users and representatives of shelters and missions to assess how the units might fit into a system of comprehensive care for the homeless.

PRGS graduate announces Los Angeles County dropped from child support collection watch list — Dec. 10, 2008

David Maxwell-Jolly, PRGS alumnus and Director of California's Department of Child Support Services told L.A. County supervisors that his office was removing the county's department from the child support collection watch list, effective immediately. Since 1998, Maxwell-Jolly said, the state had been forced to pay fines as high as $200 million for each year it failed to automate and connect county child support case management systems.

PRGS graduate appointed by Governer Schwarzenegger — Nov. 21, 2008

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his appointment of David G. Maxwell-Jolly, Ph.D. and graduate of the Pardee Graduate School, as the director for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). "His knowledge of health care and public policy will be a great asset to the department during these challenging fiscal times," said Governor Schwarzenegger. DHCS' mission is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians.

PRGS Doctoral Fellow Ryan Keefe's research awarded "3 best" — Nov. 10, 2008

"The Benefits and Costs of New Fuels and Engines for Light-Duty Vehicles in the United States," published in Risk Analysis, was chosen as one of the three best papers of the year for that publication. The research, co-authored by PRGS Fellow Jay Griffin, will be recognized December 9 at the annual Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) meeting. The meeting brings together nearly 1,000 international scientists and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines who share an interest in risk analysis.

Dr. Francis Fukuyama's observations on capitalism appear in Newsweek — Oct. 13, 2008

Rand Graduate School board member Francis Fukuyama published an article entitled, "The Fall of America, Inc." in the issue dated October 13, 2008.

Susan L. Marquis Selected as Fourth Dean of RAND Graduate School — Oct. 6, 2008

Susan L. Marquis, a former senior Pentagon official and government management expert, will become the new dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Dr. Marquis currently is a member of the advisory council of the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and is currently serving on the school's Task Force on the Changing Nature of Public Service. She will assume the position January 2009.

PRGS Fellow's paper widely mentioned in national media — updated! — Sep. 25, 2008

PRGS Fellow Meena Fernandes' recently published paper has been cited by several media, including the September 23rd issue of the New York Times and the Sept. 3rd issue of the Los Angeles Times. Her paper is titled "The Effect of Soft Drink Availability in Elementary Schools on Consumption" and is published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. PRGS Professor Roland Sturm was her advisor on this work.

PRGS graduate tapped for AEI leadership position — Jul. 21, 2008

Arthur C. Brooks has been selected as the 11th president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. AEI, founded in 1943, is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics, and social welfare. Dr. Brooks' PRGS dissertation, Arts, Markets, and Governments - A Study in Cultural Policy Analysis, was submitted 7/11/98.

2008 Washington Defense Security Course — Jul. 3, 2008

PRGS is hosting the 2008 Washington Defense Security course in October. Since its inception in 2000, "New Security Challenges," an intensive weeklong program offered by the Pardee RAND Graduate School, has equipped participants with both an understanding of the most critical current policy challenges and the most up-to-date analytical techniques for addressing them.

PRGS incoming fellow presents research to international symposium — Jul. 3, 2008

Matthew Schneider presented his research at the 2008 International Symposium of Forecasting on June 24 in Nice, France. Matthew, who enters his PRGS Ph.D. program this August, presented, "Reanalyzing M3 Competition Data Using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) Curves."

Graduate fellowship awarded from the Federal Highway Administration — Jun. 28, 2008

Brian A. Weatherford has been awarded an Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. The purpose of the fellowship program is to attract qualified students to the fields of transportation education and research and to broaden the scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community. Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit, including class standing, transportation work experience, and the applicant's proposed plan of study. As part of the fellowship, Brian will receive funding toward attending the Transportation Research Board annual meeting in January in Washington D.C.

Francis Fukuyama delivers PRGS commencement address — Jun. 21, 2008

Dr. Fukuyama wearing PRGS commencement robes

Fukuyama was the featured speaker at the Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement ceremony. In his speech, "Is the United States Ready for a Post-American World?" Fukuyama noted that the world has changed dramatically since the Cold War and the post-Cold War era, and that U.S. foreign policy must move beyond a reliance on military strength alone.

Publication supported by PRGS fellow receives praise — May 14, 2008

A book review of "Making Liberia Safe: Transformation of the National Security Sector" appears in the May/June 2008 issue of Foreign Affairs, a journal published by the Council on Foreign Relations. PRGS fellow Brooke K. Stearns is a co-author.

Dr. Argüden receives Distinguished Citizenship Award — May 2, 2008

Dr. Yilmaz Argüden, graduate of PRGS (1980) and Chairman of ARGE Consulting and Rothschild-Turkey, received The Distinguished Citizenship Award from Gen. Brent Scowcroft, Chairman of ATC (American-Turkish Council) and Ferit Şahenk, Chairman of TAIK (Turkish-US Business Council) for his innovative leadership in promoting Turkey in North America.

PRGS graduate runs for California State Senate — Apr. 24, 2008

PRGS graduate Joe Nation is running for a California State Senate seat. He received his doctorate degree in public policy analysis, then earned a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

PRGS Fellow co-authors World Bank Working Paper on SARS Type Economic Effects — Feb. 13, 2008

PRGS Fellow Arin Dutta is co-author of "On SARS Type Economic Effects during Infectious Disease Outbreaks," along with Milan Brahmbhatt, World Bank Lead Economist in the East Asia and Pacific Region.

PRGS Fellow Recognized as 2007 Air Force Cadet of the Year — Jan. 4, 2008

One of our own PRGS Fellows, 2nd Lt. Brandon Dues, was honored by Air Force officials as the 2007 Cadet of the Year in a ceremony January 3 at the Pentagon. The Cadet of the Year Award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program as reported in Air Force Link.


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