PRGS News and Featured Dissertations, 2011 & prior

Milwaukee County Executive Chooses 2006 Alum as Chief of Staff— Dec. 30, 2011

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele named policy analyst Amber Moreen, a 2006 alumna of PRGS, as his chief of staff. According to the Miwaukee Business Times, "Abele said the appointment of Moreen stems from his desire to make research and analysis the cornerstone for decision-making in county government."

Heed Film Lessons on Outbreak — Dec 29, 2011

To assure the health security of the United States, we must be capable of stopping anything a terrorist or Mother Nature might throw at us. Wholesale cuts to public health are taking us farther from that goal, writes PRGS professor Art Kellermann and a colleague in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution commentary.

Brooks on Brooks: Through Little Effort, Great Reward — Dec. 2, 2011

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In a recent New York Times op-ed examining the role of bailouts in the European Union financial crisis, columnist David Brooks referenced PRGS alum and current American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks's Wall Street Journal article critiquing the Occupy Wall Street movement's take on income inequality and what makes a fair economic system.

How the Economy is Affecting Drug and Alcohol Use — Dec. 1, 2011

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Rosalie Pacula, codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and PRGS professor, recently visited London to deliver the second annual public lecture in memory of Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran, two well-respected drug treatment pioneers who died in 2006. The lecture is jointly organized by Knowledge-Action-Change and the Centre for Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Pacula's lecture, "Substance Use and Recessions: Insights from Economic Analyses of Alcohol and How Drug Use Differs," examined how the current economic climate affects substance use and treatment rates.

Save Money — Hire Police — Nov. 22, 2011

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The high cost of crime to society suggests that adding police officers may give large cities a sizable return on their investments, write PRGS professors and criminal justice experts Greg Ridgeway and Paul Heaton in a Los Angeles Times commentary.

PRGS Grad is a Keynote Speaker at RAND Foreign Policy Conference — Nov. 21, 2011

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On November 29, former PRGS student Eric Larson (cohort '89), now a senior social scientist at RAND, will be addressing the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at a public event on "Narratives and Strategic Communications in Foreign Policy."

Former PRGS Student's Research on the Relationship Between Natural Disasters and Terrorism is Published — Nov. 14, 2011

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RAND economist Claude Berrebi worked with PRGS graduate Jordan Ostwald (cohort '08) to publish his dissertation research as an article in the special December issue of Public Choice, "Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Terrorism: Do Natural Disasters Incite Terror?" Their working paper was also discussed in FierceHomelandSecurity last month.

PRGS Student Works with RAND Europe to Evaluate Social Science Research — Nov. 9, 2011

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In the September issue of Research Evaluation, PRGS Ph.D. candidate Lisa Klautzer (cohort '07) was the primary author of a paper reporting the findings of a project conducted by RAND Europe for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project examined whether methods typically used to assess the impacts from health research could be employed to determine the effects of social science research, particularly on public policy and the policy environment. RAND Europe director Jennifer Rubin, RAND Europe president Jonathan Grant, and RAND Europe research leader Steven Wooding were coauthors of the report.

PRGS Grad Involved with Public School Reform in Albuquerque — Nov. 4, 2011

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PRGS graduate Richard Bowman (cohort '06) is now a fellow with Harvard University's Strategic Data Project, a national initiative to provide data analysis to education leaders in order to boost student achievement. Bowman, a former teacher, is working with the Albuquerque Public Schools on how to measure student performance. In two articles in the October 11 Albuquerque Journal, Bowman comments on a pilot program to provide merit pay for teachers as well as on the implementation of a new state mandate to assign letter grades A-F to New Mexico schools.

New RAND Report Derived from PRGS Student's Research on New Orleans Flood Damage — Oct. 31, 2011

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PRGS graduate Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), recently authored a research brief addressing one of New Orleans' most critical challenges: how to make the city more resilient and less vulnerable to future flood damages. Six years after Hurricane Katrina, Fischbach asserts that while nonstructural measures—like incentives for improved construction and land use policies—can cost-effectively make New Orleans less vulnerable to storm surge, additional wetlands restoration and ongoing levee upgrades will be needed to reduce likely future damage from the most extreme storms.

PRGS Faculty and Students Author New Report on Health and Wellbeing in Mexico — Oct. 26, 2011

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According to a new RAND report, Mexican citizens are living longer and overall have experienced an improvement in the quality of life compared to that of prior generations. However, the demographic transition in Mexico combined with the lack of formal sources of income in retirement place many older persons in a state of financial insecurity. PRGS professor Emma Aguila authored the report along with PRGS students Claudia Diaz, Mary Manqing Fu, Ashley Pierson, and with the research support of Caroline Tassot.

Join PRGS at APPAM's Annual Conference — Oct. 11, 2011

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PRGS will be hosting a reception from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on November 4, the second day of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management's 2011 fall conference in Washington, D.C., which this year will focus on "Seeking Solutions to Complex Policy and Management Problems." Fellow alumni, current students, and industry professionals will be in attendance. RSVP by Thursday, October 27 to Kristina Wallace at (310) 393-0411, ext. 6472 or kwallace@rand.org.

Michael Rich named president and CEO of RAND — Oct. 4, 2011

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Michael D. Rich, currently the executive vice president of the RAND Corporation, has been selected as the organization's new president and chief executive officer. Rich will become RAND's fifth president and CEO on Nov. 1, 2011. He succeeds James A. Thomson, who has led RAND since 1989 and announced his decision to step down in April 2011.

PRGS Policymaker Training Program in the News — Sep. 12, 2011

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A profile of the PRGS African First Ladies Program was posted today in the UK's Financial Times online. In describing the impetus for the initiative, program codirector Gery Ryan asks, "Why aren't first ladies more powerful and influential entities? Because they are leaders without authority. We want to help them lead."

PRGS Alums Among Coauthors of New RAND Book on 9/11 — Jul. 26, 2011

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A new collection of essays by experts from the RAND Corporation examines America in the decade since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, focusing a critical eye on the nation's subsequent actions and outlining changes in strategy needed to improve efforts against jihadist groups. Three PRGS alumni and current RAND staff—vice president K. Jack Riley, senior policy researcher Eric V. Larson, and PRGS assistant dean Jeffrey Wasserman—each authored chapters in the book, as did several PRGS faculty.

PRGS Accredited for Next 10 Years — Jul. 18, 2011

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School has been reaccredited for 10 years by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Ten years is the longest possible term for reaccreditation, with most schools receiving reaccreditation for anywhere from seven to ten years. PRGS will provide an interim report in 2016 and will formally begin the next reaccreditation cycle in 2020.

PRGS Alum Coauthors New Book on Drugs and Drug Policy — Jul. 7, 2011

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The Economist has favorably reviewed Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know, saying it successfully sorts drug use and treatment myths from facts to the benefit of substance abusers, their loved ones, and professional stakeholders. Mark Kleiman of UCLA coauthored the book along with Jonathan Caulkins of RAND and Carnegie Mellon University, and PRGS alumnus Angela Hawken ('98 cohort), now an associate professor at Pepperdine University.

PRGS Alumnus Authority on U.S. Space Program — Jul. 6, 2011

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In light of NASA's final shuttle launch early this month there has been much speculation as to the future of the U.S. space program. Chairman of U.S. Space and PRGS alumnus Mark J. Albrecht ('73 cohort) shared his perspective in a recent commentary in The Washington Times.

PRGS Faculty and Former PRGS Student on Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military— Jul. 5, 2011

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RAND researcher and PRGS professor Lisa S. Meredith was the lead author of a new monograph, to which Sarah J. Gaillot ('05 cohort) also contributed when she was at PRGS, which sought to address how though many programs are available to encourage and support psychological resilience among service members and families, little is known about their effectiveness. The authors' focused literature review identifies evidence-informed factors for promoting psychological resilience and a basis for evaluating military resilience programs.

PRGS Student Joins Editorial Board of Policy Journal — Jun. 29, 2011

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Russell Lundberg has been named managing editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis under editors-in-chief Beau Kilmer, codirector of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, and Mark Kleiman of the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

PRGS and RAND Research Effort Yields World Bank Publication — Jun. 22, 2011

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PRGS alumnus Connor Spreng led a World Bank/International Finance Corporation project assessing how governments and the private health sector are working together in forty-five African countries. He was also the lead author of the resulting publication, Healthy Partnerships: How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in Africa. PRGS alumnus Neeraj Sood, now on faculty at PRGS as well as at the University of Southern California, served as the PI for the RAND component of this study.

PRGS Student Comments on DNA Analysis — Apr. 29, 2011

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Carl Matthies, a PRGS Ph.D. candidate and former Los Angeles Police Department criminalist, was quoted in an Investor's Business Daily article on crime analysis. The piece focused on LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's use of a 2010 RAND study in support of his claim that there is much room for improvement in U.S. DNA profiling technology and procedures when compared with results achieved by the U.K.

PRGS Student Wins 2010 EPA STAR Fellowship — Feb. 9, 2011

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The EPA awarded a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) dissertation fellowship to Eileen Hlavka, a fourth year doctoral candidate at PRGS. The fellowship will be used to support her dissertation research which uses Bayesian text analysis to measure research on renewable energy technology and assesses whether that research is driven by energy policies.

RAND Military Health Study Wins Award — Feb. 8, 2011

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AcademyHealth gave its 2011 Health Services Research Impact Award to the research team that produced the seminal report, "The Invisible Wounds of War." This 2008 study was the first to comprehensively demonstrate the extent of post-deployment psychological and cognitive disorders among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, galvanizing policy activity at both the Federal level and among veterans groups nationwise. PRGS student Claudia Diaz was part of the project team recognized with this award.

PRGS Student Quoted in News — Feb. 2, 2011

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Sean O'Neill, a PRGS Ph.D. candidate currently working on his dissertation in health care quality improvement, was asked by Reuters Health to comment on a study in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The JAMA study indicated that for-profit hospices are choosing cheaper patients in order to make more money from their Medicare reimbursements, and cited a paper O'Neill wrote in 2008 with Karl Lorenz (RAND/VA/UCLA) and Susan Ettner (UCLA).

PRGS Alumnus Authored Only Analysis of California's Redevelopment Program — Jan. 30, 2011

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Governor Jerry Brown's first budget entails a plan to abolish California's redevelopment agencies in order to reclaim their share of the state's annual $5 billion in property taxes. The only review of the value of these agencies in their 65 years of existence was completed by 1994 PRGS alumnus Michael Dardia.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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 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."

PRGS Alum Jack Riley Becomes RAND VP and Director of NSRD — Nov. 18, 2009

Effective January 15, 2010, K. Jack Riley will be promoted to vice president and director of RAND's National Security Research Division and director of the National Defense Research Institute, the federally-funded research and development center that RAND operates for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

PRGS Fellow Teams with RAND Researcher on Dietary Salt Study — Sep. 11, 2009

PRGS doctoral fellow, Kartika Palar, along with Roland Sturm, co-authored an important study, "Potential Societal Savings From Reduced Sodium Consumption in the U.S. Adult Population". The article, which appeared in American Journal of Health Promotion provided an estimate of the effect on hypertension prevalence, direct medical costs, and quality of life years (QALYs) saved by reductions in sodium consumption.

Member of the PRGS Board of Governors, Robert Spinrad, dies at 77 — Sep. 9, 2009

Robert Spinrad, member of the PRGS Board of Governors and retired Vice President of Technology Strategy for the Xerox Corporation, died in Palo Alto, California, at the age of 77. He was a computer designer who did innovative work in automation of scientific research at Brookhaven National Laboratory. While at Brookhaven, he wrote a cover article on laboratory automation that appeared in the October 6, 1967, issue of Science magazine.

PRGS Alums Partner on Healthcare Commentary — Aug. 29, 2009

Elizabeth A. McGlynn and Jeffery Wasserman, both PRGS alums, co-wrote a commentary on the Health-Care debate. The commentary appeared in the The Tennessean and discussed the ferocity of the national debate over health care and the rhetoric that all but replaced reality. The impression of the article is that all sides of the issues seem to want anything but the facts, which is not getting the essential and important information out to the public and policy makers.

PRGS Fellow Appointed to Argentinean Advisory Council — Aug. 26, 2009

Silvia Montoya, PhD Candidate at PRGS, has been appointed to the Advisory Council for Strategic Planning for the Province of Cordoba in her native Argentina. The new organization is made up of nine prominent citizens from diverse backgrounds. Known as COPEC, it has obtained funding from the UN Development Program to support its activities. The provincial governor, Juan Schiaretti, presided over a formal launching ceremony with his cabinet at the end of August.

PRGS Alum Co-Authors Health Care Commentary — Aug. 24, 2009

PRGS Alum, Neeraj Sood, along with Dana Goldman, co-authored an important commentary, "Fix the Healthcare System (and Fight the Recession, Too)". The article, which appeared in CNN.com discussed a little-known proposition in the health care debate that states that properly controlled health care spending could generate economic growth equal to 1 percent of gross domestic product.

Co-Ops: A Very Tall Order; Commentary by PRGS Alum Elizabeth A. McGlynn — Aug. 20, 2009

Cooperatives are a very tall order: a new type of organization, never before tested on a large scale, meant to fix the apparently intractable problems of high and rising costs, barriers to access and poor quality care. Proponents can point to the impressive example of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound. But how that unique organization might get replicated thousands of times over, so that all of the U.S. is served by the new, improved approach, is hard to reckon as discussed in this new commentary by PRGS alum Elizabeth A. McGlynn.

PRGS Fellow Teams with RAND Researchers on Qatar Labor Market Article— Aug. 10, 2009

PRGS fellow Jeffery Tanner joined with RAND researchers Claude Berrebi and Francisco Martorell to coauthor an article for the Summer 2009 issue of The Middle East Journal titled "Qatar's Labor Markets at a Crucial Crossroad." The article discusses the challenges faced by policymakers trying to deal with the rapid growth of the Qatari ecomony when the native labor force is lacking in the basic necessary skills, requiring the country to rely heavily on imported foreign labor. This is seen as a serious threat to the nation's economic independance and long-term viability. The article provides a detailed assessment of the economic and demographic situation, challenges, and possible policy options.

PRGS Board of Governors Member Awarded Medal of Freedom by President Obama— Jul. 31, 2009

It is with great pride that PRGS announces that a member of the PRGS Board of Governors, member of the RAND Health Board of Advisers, and former RAND Trustee, Joe Greer has been selected by President Obama to receive the Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian award from our nation’s government. The recipient, Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, Jr, is a physician and the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Florida International University School of Medicine, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Humanities, Health and Society. Another PRGS Board of Governors member, James Q. Wilson, previously received the Medal of Freedom.

PRGS 2009 Defense Seminar Brochure— Jul. 13, 2009

PRGS 2009 Defense Seminar Brochure“New Security Challenges,” an intensive weeklong program offered by the Pardee RAND Graduate School, equips participants with both an understanding of the most critical current policy challenges and the most up-to-date analytical techniques for addressing them. The program aims to give participants both knowledge and tools they can employ upon their return to their organizations. This brochure describes the 2009 program, course offerings, and faculty.

PRGS Alum Discusses Healthcare Reform — Jul. 7, 2009

Kenneth Thorpe (PRGS Alum '85), Robert W. Woodruff Professor & Chair Department of Health Policy, Emory University shared his thoughts on how to reform health care in this interview that aired on CNN Video.

PRGS Fellows Attend PMBC Summer Program — Jun. 9, 2009

PRGS Fellows Sarah Gaillot and Meena Fernandes attended the Pittsburgh Mind-Body Summer Institute (PMBC) for a course on “Behavioral Medicine Interventions” that was held May 26-30, 2009. PMBC offers an annual summer institute to provide basic training to junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in mind-body science and health and the topic alternates each summer. The 2010 Summer Institute will be on “Basic Pathways Linking Behavior and Disease.” Sarah and Meena were part of a team from RAND that also included Associated Behavioral Scientist Christine Vaughan.

Matthew Solomon (PRGS Alum) Study Featured in HealthDay News — May 1, 2009

Rising co-pays may be forcing the chronically ill from seeking potentially lifesaving medications according to a study by Matthew Solomon (PRGS Alum), a medical resident at Stanford University School of Medicine. His report, featured in the April 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, goes on to say that the problem is likely to get worse as the economy unravels.

PRGS Policy Insight — Apr. 29, 2009

PRGS is pleased to announce volume 3, issue 2 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: "Improving Patient Safety: Addressing Patient Harm Arising from Medical Errors "

PRGS Fellow to Attend ICPSR Summer Program — Apr. 1, 2009

Silvia Montoya, PRGS Continuing Fellow, will be attending the Hierarchical Linear Models course in June at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. She was awarded a fee-waiver to attend the course in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1963, the ICPSR Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as the preeminent forum for basic and advanced training in the methodologies and technologies of social science research.

Larry Picus (PRGS Alum) Featured in ABC News Article on LAUSD Class Size — Mar. 31, 2009

One of the big worries of the California budget crisis is schools being forced to increase class sizes. The Los Angeles Unified School District is already making plans for that. High schools will be the hardest hit. In an article and video on the Los Angeles ABC News web site, Professor Larry Picus (PRGS Alum) of the USC Rossier School of Education says that the move could undo the gains the state has seen in test scores of the last several years.

PRGS Fellow Provides Commentary on Congressional Approval of AmeriCorps Expansion — Mar. 25, 2009

The Senate should pass bills expanding AmeriCorps and other national service programs, writes PRGS continuing fellow Diana Epstein in a commentary that appeared in the online edition of the Santa Monica Daily Press. The bills provide greater volunteer opportunities, public service activities, and careers. "Americans are ready to serve," Epstein wrote. "Applications to AmeriCorps in February were triple the number they were over the same month last year." Epstein is currently completing her dissertation on "Evaluating the Long-term Impacts of AmeriCorps Service on Participants".

PRGS Fellow awarded 2009 Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award — Mar. 2, 2009

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Meena Fernandes, PRGS Fellow, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award of the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB). The selection was based on her paper, The Role of School Physical Activity Programs in Child Obesity Trajectory, co-authored with Roland Sturm, Senior Economist and PRGS Faculty.

Pictured are Chloe Bird, RAND Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist and PRGS faculty, congratulating Meena Fernandes on receiving the 2009 Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award.

The Judy K. Black Early Career Research Award recognizes early-career health behavior research that is innovative and rigorous, and makes an important contribution to science or practice. The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at the AAHB conference.

PRGS Policy Insight — Feb. 29, 2009

PRGS is pleased to announce volume 3, issue 1 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: "Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers in the United States: Business Practices and Investor Understanding"

Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies — Feb. 23, 2009

PRGS Professor Chloe Bird's book, "Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choices and Social Policies," was recently reviewed in the March 2009 issue of CHOICE Reviews Online and both the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. The book focuses on gender differences in health and aims to reshape the research agenda with regard to differences between men's and women's health.

Arthur Brooks (PRGS alumni) heads the American Enterprise Institute — Jan. 30, 2009

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.

PRGS Fellow and Alumni contribute to article on China and India education and health — Jan. 9, 2009

PRGS alumni, Sai Ma and Neeraj Sood and PRGS Fellow, Ying Liu contributed to the article "Asian Exchange: China and India Trade Lessons in Education and Health" that appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of RAND Review. The article was picked up by the USC US-China Institute in their January 8, 2009 issue of the US-China Today Daily Update. Key to the article is since China and India account for more than 40 percent of the world population, the health policy choices of these two countries not only will affect their citizens but also could give policymakers around the world ideas for coping with their own health care challenges.

PRGS Fellow awarded Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Award — Jan. 9, 2009

Meg Blume-Kohout, PRGS Fellow, has been awarded a Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Award in the amount of $20,000. Her dissertation proposal, "Assessing the Impact of Federal R&D Funding on Pharmaceutical Innovation " was selected by a panel of reviewers as one of the fifteen best submissions from among a very competitive pool of more than one hundred proposals.

Alcohol Environments and Disparities in Exposure Associated with Adolescent Drinking in California — Jan. 6, 2009

An article on the sociodemographic disparities in alcohol environments and their relationship with adolescent drinking co-authored by PRGS alumnus Khoa Truong '07 and Professor Roland Sturm was published by the American Journal of Public Health, and has been picked up by internet news sites in the United States. Truong and Sturm found that alcohol outlets are concentrated in disadvantaged neighborhoods and can contribute to adolescent drinking.

Regulatory Reform on Both Sides of the Atlantic — Aug. 15, 2006

In a Washington Post "Think Tank Town" online commentary, PRGS Dean John Graham notes, "Lessening the differences in regulations between the United States and the European Union can benefit both the American and European economies."

Former Swedish PM Addresses PRGS at Commencement — Jun. 24, 2006

Commencement speaker Carl Bildt, a diplomat and former prime minister of Sweden, told graduates at the PRGS Commencement ceremony yesterday that his experience working in Bosnia and elsewhere has shown that building stable states in troubled parts of the world requires more resources and more time than most people believe.

How Does Discrimination Affect Health Care Utilization? — May 25, 2006

Despite improvements in medical technology and increased availability of health care, blacks have continued to suffer excess mortality for a number of common health conditions. An analysis of data from the Commonwealth Fund 2001 Health Care Quality Survey focuses on key measures of perceived discrimination as well as measures of health care utilization.

Evaluating the Benefits of Drug Treatment for Nonviolent Offenders — May 22, 2006

PRGS alumna Angela Hawken, now an assistant professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, helped to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, which mandates drug treatment for nonviolent offenders. She was recently interviewed on NPR about the study's results.

Three Steps to Reduce World Oil Prices — May 19, 2006

In a Washington Times commentary, PRGS Dean John Graham notes, "The pain of $3-a-gallon gasoline is causing angry American motorists to demand that the federal government ‘do something.' But Congress and the White House need to be careful to avoid hasty actions that may look good at first but make things worse in the long run."

Improving Strategies for Long-Term Water Resource Planning — Mar. 9, 2006

Ensuring sufficient, high-quality water supplies for California over the next several decades will be a great challenge for water resource managers. An analytic method called Robust Decision Making may be a valuable tool for long-term water planning.

PRGS Names New Dean — Oct. 17, 2005

John D. Graham, a senior official in the White House Office of Management and Budget and a former Harvard University professor, was recently appointed dean of the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Technology's Impact on Policymaking — Jul. 1, 2005

Policymakers increasingly rely on information-age data sources, especially to help them track fast-changing, international events, but many still prefer intelligence analysis conveyed through one-on-one briefings.

Case Studies Help Efforts to Fix Failing Schools — Apr. 15, 2005

New Zealand's experience with failing schools and intervention strategies for underperforming schools in California can be applied to other national and international efforts, including education reform in the Emirate of Qatar.

Advance Efforts Can Reduce Damage of Chemical Terrorism — Apr. 1, 2005

Response to a chemical attack could be improved by implementing policies and providing equipment and training to the right individuals. A case study focusing on Los Angeles shows how planning now can save lives and reduce injuries in the future.

Reorganization of U.S. Government Would Improve Efficiency — Oct. 12, 2004

The U.S. government could be more effective and efficient by organizing agencies based on their missions and functions, and then developing structural improvements and policies tailored to individual agency needs, according to a book edited by former PRGS Dean Robert Klitgaard and Professor Paul Light.