The Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Newsletter — Winter 2021 | Web version

Winter 2021

Findings

Message from the Dean

Susan Marquis

By now all of you should have heard the news that I'll be stepping down and leaving RAND at the end of the summer — but enough about me (well, after you read the article below). The real news is the wonderful student community we've developed at Pardee Commons — our feature below — thanks to the continued generosity of Fred Pardee. Other excellent news: the 10-year reaccreditation we received earlier this month. I'm also proud to share the terrific activities the school and RAND have developed surrounding diversity, both internally and in conjunction with the Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University Initiative.

I would also be remiss if I didn't congratulate our students for all their research, and thank our alumni for helping interview applicants for Cohort ’21. We also have an impressive number of new alumni jobs and some exciting recent and upcoming events — though, unfortunately, Commencement is not among them... until next year!

In sum, this is another packed issue of Findings. What, you thought a year of global pandemic would slow us down? Think again!

Susan

Susan Marquis
Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean, Pardee RAND Graduate School

PS: if you haven't already done so, I also encourage you to read the 2019-20 Dean’s Report and get nostalgic watching our Campus Tour video.

Pardee Commons Enriches Student Life

Several of the residents of Pardee Commons

Even in a Ph.D. program, student life is about more than academics. That's why Pardee RAND is so excited to announce the development of Pardee Commons, a new rent-subsidized student housing community close to campus. Fred Pardee's $10 million gift “enables us to create a new type of Pardee RAND community, providing a mutually supportive social and academic environment.” More »

Susan Marquis at the March 2020 Board of Governors meeting

Dean Announces Leadership Transition

After transforming the Pardee RAND Graduate School and serving for nearly 13 years as the school’s fourth dean, Susan Marquis has announced she will be stepping down at the end of the summer, leaving the school and RAND for her next endeavor. More »

Graduation cap on American flag

WASC Reaffirms Accreditation

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission reaffirmed Pardee RAND's accreditation for 10 years, approving our programmatic changes and vision for the school moving forward. More »

Paper illustration of profiles of people of different colors

Groups, Activities Highlight Diversity

Pardee RAND celebrated Black History Month and Cesar Chavez Day with two "Dean's Movie Night" features, while RAND's Magnetic Workplace initiative and Employee Resource Groups hosted several as activities for BHM, the Lunar New Year, and Women's History Month. More »

Graduation cap on American flag

School Helps Lead Local Initiative

Pardee RAND is proud to celebrate its first anniversary as a local leader in the Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative, partnering with the Southern California Association of Governments to grow the public sector talent pipeline. More »

Student Publications

AEP Website

As a key member of the American Educator Panels research team, Melissa Kay Diliberti Cohort '18 published FIVE reports and journal articles in the last three months on topics including teacher stress, COVID-19 course adaptation, and remote learning.

Hannah Acheson-Field Cohort '18 and Noah Johnson '18: Compensation and Benefits for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workers: A Comparison of the Federal Government and the Private Sector, a RAND research report

Hamad Al-Ibrahim Cohort '18 and Joan Chang '18: A Comparison of National and International Approaches to COVID-19-Related Measures, a RAND research report

Jay Balagna Cohort '20: "Another Record-Breaking Fire Season Shows the Need for a Comprehensive Strategy," a commentary for United Press International, and "Climate Change Migration: Developing a Security Strategy for All," a commentary for The National Interest

Michael Gaines Cohort '17 and alum Jon Wong '12: Equipping the 21st Century Marine Corps: Alternative Equipping Strategies for Task-Organized Units, a RAND research report

Priya Gandhi Cohort '20: What Contributes to COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities, and How Can It Be Addressed? a RAND research report

Kyle Haak Cohort '19 and alum Jordan Fischbach '04: Chesapeake Bay Model Inventory and Selection Tool (MIST), a RAND research tool

Eugeniu Han Cohort '15 and alum Gulrez Shah Azhar '14: Clinical Interventions for Adults with Comorbid Alcohol Use and Depressive Disorders: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis, a RAND research report

Max Izenberg Cohort '18: Local Communities Need a Voice in How to 'Build Back Better', a commentary for the The RAND Blog

Nabeel Qureshi Cohort '18 and alum Jodi Liu '12: Impact of Policy Options for Reducing Hospital Prices Paid by Private Health Plans, a RAND research report

Jamie Ryan Cohort '17 and alum Cheryl Damberg '89: Association of Primary and Specialty Care Integration on Physician Communication and Cancer Screening in Safety-Net Clinics, in Preventing Chronic Disease

James Syme Cohort '18, with alumni David Groves '01 and Edmundo Molina-Perez '11: Water Planning for the Uncertain Future: An Interactive Guide to the Use of Methods for Decisionmaking Under Deep Uncertainty (DMDU) for U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Water Resources Planning, a RAND Tool

Syme, Groves, and Molina-Perez also collaborated with Alejandro Becerra-Ornelas '17 on Planificación De Infraestructura Hídrica Para El Futuro Incierto En América Latina: Un Enfoque Eficiente En Costos Y Tiempo Para Tomar Decisiones Robustas De Infraestructura, Con Un Estudio De Caso En Mendoza, Argentina, a report for the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

Keren Zhu Cohort '17: “Build Back Better” Requires Going Beyond Hard Infrastructure , a commentary for PA Times

Explore all student publications and blog posts.

Alumni News

Video interview

Alumni Ambassadors Play Pivotal Role

Alumni Ambassadors are key to our admissions process. This year, 36 alumni helped to interview applicants and provided personal feedback to the admissions committee, while also providing applicants a unique perspective on Pardee RAND. It's easy to get involved — we hope you'll consider doing so next year!

Commencement 2018

Commencement Postponed to 2022

Hoping to have an in-person celebration, Pardee RAND had already postponed the planned 2020 Commencement and Alumni Weekend twice because of the pandemic. Knowing that a virtual ceremony would not be as meaningful to our graduates, the school has opted to wait until June 17-18, 2022. More »

Congratulations
on your new job or career milestone

Olena Bogdan

Olena Bogdan
Cohort '12

Olena is now an economist at the World Bank.

Stephanie Chan-McNatt

Stephanie Chan-McNatt
Cohort '07

Stephanie is now a senior research analyst at the Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) within the U.S. Department of Labor.

Robert Dubois

Robert Dubois
Cohort '85

Robert has been named interim president and CEO of the National Pharmaceutical Council, while continuing to serve as NPC's chief science officer.

Meena Fernandes

Meena Fernandes
Cohort '05

Meena is now a policy analyst with the European Parliament Research Service.

Ted Harshberger

Ted Harshberger
Cohort '86

Formerly vice president of RAND Project Air Force, Ted and is now vice president, Studies and Analysis, in Enterprise Operations at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

Leslie Mullins

Leslie Mullins
Cohort '12

Leslie is now deputy director of the Crime and Justice Institute.

Ben Mundell

Ben Mundell
Cohort '07

Ben is now a resident physician and assistant professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic.

Mustafa Oguz

Mustafa Oguz
Cohort '86

Mustafa is now a senior manager with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Scott Pace

Scott Pace
Cohort '85

Previously executive secretary of the National Space Council, Scott has returned to George Washington University where he is director of the Space Policy Institute.

Jeffrey Peterson

Jeffrey Peterson
Cohort '02

Jeffrey was appointed director of the Character Integration Advisory Group (CIAG), at the United States Military Academy. More »

Ashley Pierson

Ashley Pierson
Cohort '09

Ashley was recently promoted to leader of applied research and evaluation at Education Northwest.

Zhen Wang

Zhen (Frank) Wang
Cohort '05

Zhen is now a full professor of Health Services Research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Jessica Yeats

Jessica Yeats
Cohort '10

Jessica is now a technical program manager at Anduril Industries in Chicago.

Henu Zhao

Henu Zhao
Cohort '07

Henu is now a health policy associate at Acumen, LLC.

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Alumni Research & Commentary

Aziza Arifkhanova Cohort '12 was the lead author of "Estimating costs of hospitalizations associated with opioid use disorder or opioid misuse at a large, urban safety-net hospital—Denver, Colorado, 2017," in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Nono Ayivi-Guedehoussou Cohort '09 coauthored "Invitations, Incentives, and Conditions: A Randomized Evaluation of Demand-Side Interventions for Health Screenings in Armenia," published by the World Bank.

Charles Bennett Cohort '87 was the lead author of "Consequences to patients, clinicians, and manufacturers when very serious adverse drug reactions are identified (1997–2019): A qualitative analysis from the Southern Network on Adverse Reactions (SONAR)," in The Lancet's EClinical Medicine.

Anne Boustead Cohort '11 authored "The Tools at Hand: Surveillance Innovations and the Shifting Role of Federal Law Enforcement in Drug Control," in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

Clay Chun Cohort '89 authored the book Yalu River 1950–51: The Chinese spring the trap on MacArthur, part of Osprey Publishing's Campaign series.

Moira Inkelas Cohort '95 was the lead author of "Differences in Implementation Outcomes of a Shared Decision-Making Program for Men with Prostate Cancer between an Academic Medical Center and County Health Care System," published in Medical Decision Making.

Anga Timilsina Cohort '01 coauthored "Tackling Corruption in Governments’ COVID-19 Health Responses," for the International Monetary Fund's Public Financial Management Blog.

Yuna Huh Wong Cohort '00 coauthored "Is the Department of Defense Making Enough Progress in Wargaming?" published in War on the Rocks.

Read more Alumni news, research, and commentary online!

Recent & Upcoming Events

Melissa Diliberti presents her research at the inaugural Student Research Showcase

Virtual Showcase to Highlight Student Research

At the second annual event Research Showcase on April 21, students will share their current research and proposals. Because this year's event will be virtual, Career Services hopes the showcase will reach an audience far beyond the Los Angeles area. More »

Reed, Hodgson Discuss Election Security

Reed, Hodgson Discuss Election Security

Record high U.S. election turnout in November 2020 was matched with record low confidence in vote's accuracy. Pardee RAND convened a virtual discussion on the future of election security, featuring Harper Reed and Quentin Hodgson. More »

Pardee RAND Events

Join us on March 25 as Dean Marquis moderates A Disarming Mission, a RAND Remote Briefing with William Perry and Tom Collina.

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