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Pardee RAND Graduate School and Southwestern Law School to Offer Public Policy and Law Certificate Programs — Dec. 16, 2010

book cover: Handbook of Medical Sociology, 6th edition

Beginning in the fall of 2011, qualified students from PRGS can take courses in law at Southwestern Law School leading to a Certificate in Legal Studies. Qualified students from Southwestern can take courses at PRGS leading to a Certificate in Public Policy. The non-degree programs are intended to provide students with a basic knowledge of law and public policy, and an understanding of the tools and frameworks relevant to each field.

PRGS Faculty Members Edit the Handbook of Medical Sociology — Oct. 28, 2010

book cover: Handbook of Medical Sociology, 6th edition

PRGS faculty members Chloe E. Bird and Allen M. Fremont are editors of the new edition of the Handbook of Medical Sociology. Composed entirely of specially commissioned chapters by some of the outstanding scholars in medical sociology, this sixth edition reflects important changes in the study of health and illness.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Information Sessions — Oct. 23 and Nov. 6, 2010

The Pardee RAND Graduate School information sessions will provide an overview of the Ph.D. in policy analysis, the admissions process, and our degree requirements. In addition, attendees will have an opportunity to hear current students describe their experiences and share their own perspectives on the program. Information sessions are scheduled for October 9 (registration is closed) and November 6, 2010 at PRGS in Santa Monica (RAND Headquarters) and October 23, 2010, at both RAND's Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. offices. Details and RSVP instructions can be found in the following links.

Research of Former PRGS Student Informs California Education Policy — Oct. 1, 2010

Ashlesha Datar

The dissertation research of PRGS graduate and current RAND economist Ashlesha Datar played a role in passing a California law last month that would require students to turn five before starting kindergarten. California State Senator Joe Simitian sponsored the bill citing the social and academic benefits to children who start kindergarten at an older age, demonstrated by a 2005 RAND research brief authored by Datar, based on her dissertation.

African First Ladies Meet Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Discuss PRGS Fellowship — Sept. 22, 2010

Cora Neumann of RAND Corporation; Madam Penehupifo Pohamba, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; Madam 'Mathato Sebonoang Mosisili, First Lady of the Kingdom of Lesotho; Madam Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone; former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush; and Ross Anthony of RAND Corporation

The first ladies of three African nations—Lesotho, Namibia, and Sierra Leone—met with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush on the sidelines of the sixth annual Clinton Global Initiative forum. They discussed various efforts to support the work of the African first ladies, including a new RAND Corporation African First Ladies Fellowship that aims to help first ladies and their staff develop skills for managing an effective first lady's office and learn practical policy-analysis techniques.

Pardee RAND Graduate School 2010 Commencement — Jun. 17, 2010

PRGS Commencement 2010 – click for larger image

On June 12, 2010, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the commencement address, culminating the 40th anniversary celebration of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. During his address, Mullen congratulated the graduates, encouraging them to use their education to lead the changes of the future. A total of 33 doctoral degrees and 30 master's degrees were awarded during the ceremony, which was attended by more than 300 people.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Celebrates 40th Anniversary — Jun. 10, 2010

PRGS will celebrate its 40th anniversary June 11 and 12, culminating with a commencement address by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Founded in 1970 as one of the original eight graduate programs in public policy, the school was the only program specializing in the doctorate degree and the only one based at a research organization. A total of 28 doctoral degrees and 13 master's degrees will be awarded during commencement this year. Mullen will speak about how RAND graduates' analysis can make a real-world impact on national security during a time of great change.

Associate Policy Analyst Meena Fernandes Published in "Education for All" (EFA) Report — Feb. 2010

Meena Fernandes' article, "Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases," is included in a report prepared by the World Bank for the Ninth High-Level Group Meeting on EFA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 23-24. This year's meeting is jointly hosted by UNESCO, the Government of Ethiopia, and the African Union, and will focus on school health programs.

PRGS Student Myong-Hyun Go Wins APPAM Poster Session Award — Jan. 26, 2010

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) seeks to reward and encourage excellence in research by new and emerging scholars as represented among the poster sessions delivered at the Annual Fall Research Conference. Go was recognized for his poster, "Effective Smoking Cessation Programs for Adolescent Smokers in School."

PRGS Student Kenneth Grosselin Receives USAFA Research Award — Jan. 19, 2010

Second Lieutenant Kenneth Grosselin, a PRGS student, received one of the U.S. Air Force Academy Research Awards on Friday, January 15, 2010. Located at the Air Force Academy, the Institute for National Security Studies presents the Major General Robert E. Linhard Outstanding INSS Researcher Award each year to one of today's rising strategic thinkers whose work best represents General Linhard's legacy of strategic vision and active mentorship in building strategic leaders. The award consists of a plaque and a $2,000 INSS research grant.

PRGS Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary — Jan. 18, 2010

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Since 1970, PRGS has encouraged great minds to think outside the box, using policy analysis to not only identify problems but to work on fixing the world's most vexing challenges. Our intent has always been to enable fellows to apply what they've learned at PRGS—to become leaders, to pursue careers that position them to make a difference and to be the answer.

PRGS Alum Jack Riley Becomes RAND VP and Director of NSRD — Jan. 11, 2010

PRGS alum and national security researcher Jack Riley has been appointed vice president and director of the RAND National Security Research Division, RAND Corporation President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today. The division conducts research and analysis for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, defense and intelligence agencies, allied foreign governments and foundations. "National security is one of the fields for which RAND is best known for providing nonpartisan, evidence-based public policy analysis," Thomson said. "Jack Riley's deep experience in research leadership across a broad range of policy issues will be especially valuable as he takes on this new assignment."

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