Alumni News & Findings

PRGS alumni at 2016 Commencement

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Since its inception in 1970, the Pardee RAND Graduate School has graduated more than 300 PhDs. Our alumni have gone on to a wide range of jobs in government, business, non-profit institutions, and academia.

Pardee RAND organizes alumni activities and encourages alumni to let us know of their achievements and whereabouts. This page provides a brief glimpse at some recent events and news.

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Alumni News

  • Drones Could Deliver Change to Africa

    Nov 17, 2017

    Drones have potential on the African continent to transform urban and rural infrastructure and enhance agricultural productivity, writes alum Shira Efron (cohort '11). But deployment of drones in Africa still faces technological, economic, social, and legal and regulatory challenges.

  • U.S. Health System Should Prepare for Future Alzheimer's Treatments

    Nov 15, 2017

    Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 promising therapies for Alzheimer's disease. But alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) found that the U.S. health care system lacks the capacity to rapidly move a treatment from approval into wide clinical use. Millions of people could miss out on transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.

  • Alum Weatherford Authors California LAO Report

    Nov 1, 2017

    An almost $800 million tax incentive program meant to lure companies to California could hurt small businesses and should be canceled, according to alum Brian Weatherford (cohort '04) with the state's non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

  • Thorpe: Getting Value Right in Health Care Matters

    Oct 24, 2017

    Value in health care isn’t the same as value in any other sector, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80). Getting it right requires a long-term view and an understanding of the direct and in-direct costs that define that value.

  • Evaluating Iowa's Proposed Stopgap Measure

    Oct 16, 2017

    To stabilize the state's individual health insurance market, Iowa proposed the Iowa Stopgap Measure (ISM). Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and colleagues say ISM modifications would increase the federal deficit, but decrease federal spending per enrollee.

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