Alumni News & Announcements

  • A doctor in a protective suit taking a nasal swab from a person to test for possible coronavirus infection, photo by Zstock/Adobe Stock

    Alum: "It’s Dangerous to Test Only the Sick"

    Apr 6, 2020

    Neeraj Sood (cohort '96), participates in USC's "Price Talks: Policy in a Pandemic," a virtual series examining policy challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic. USC recorded his 30-minute lunchtime Zoom presentation on the public health infrastructure.

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    Alum Coordinating UCLA Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Therapies

    Apr 3, 2020

    Alum Arash Naeim (cohort '99), chief medical officer for clinical research for UCLA Health, is co-chairing a clinical research task force that is coordinating tests of the anti-viral drug remdesivir and other therapies against COVID-19.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observes the firing of suspected missiles in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 22, 2020, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    Alum and Student: North Korea Is Denying COVID-19

    Apr 2, 2020

    According to North Korean authorities, North Korea has not yet suffered any cases of COVID-19. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and student Diana Myers ('19) say that is very surprising, given that North Korea is a neighbor and extensive trading partner of China, where the disease initially flourished. There are signs that the absence of COVID-19 cases in North Korea is yet another North Korean deception.

  • Close up of medical technician working on bacterial culture and drug resistance of pathogens in laboratory, photo by analysis121980/Adobe Stock

    Alum: Antibiotic-Resistant Bugs Emerge as Enemy in the COVID-19 Fight

    Apr 1, 2020

    Alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80), professor of health policy at Emory University, says a subset of COVID-19 patients must fight an even more terrifying enemy. Doctors are increasingly watching in horror as drug-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," invade patients' weakened bodies and send them into fatal septic shock.

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    Alum Estimates Economic Benefits of California's Stay-at-Home Policy

    Apr 1, 2020

    Joe Nation (cohort '85), a professor of the practice of public policy at Stanford University, calculated the net cost of the state's stay-at-home order. "National and state leaders who claim to be putting the economy first are in fact putting it last. Saving lives also saves the economy," he found.

  • Alum, Student Examine Software Acquisition Workforce Initiative for the Department of Defense

    Mar 31, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Defense seeks to advance the ability of its software acquisition workforce to rapidly and reliably deliver complex software-dependent capabilities. Bonnie Triezenberg (cohort '14) and Lindsey Polley ('16) ask, what competencies are needed for an effective software acquisition workforce?

  • An employee checks the temperature of a man at the entrance of a supermarket, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, Milan, Italy March 23, 2020, photo by Daniele Mascolo/Reuters

    Alum Shares Lessons from Italy’s Response to Coronavirus

    Mar 30, 2020

    Alum Michele Zanini (cohort '96) coauthored a Harvard Business Review article "to help U.S. and European policymakers at all levels learn from Italy’s mistakes so they can recognize and address the unprecedented challenges presented by the rapidly expanding crisis."

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    Hospitals, Insurers Brace for Coronavirus Financial Fallout: Alum Quoted

    Mar 27, 2020

    Alum Jeff Luck (cohort '91), an associate professor of health management at Oregon State University, says providers might press the federal government to increase reimbursements “to ease the pain" if treating Medicare patients for COVID-19 becomes a big financial burden.

  • Quarterly Newsletter Highlights Golden Anniversary

    Mar 27, 2020

    Pardee RAND is proud of its 50 years of policy impact, as well as its research contributions to the current coronavirus crisis. The school's newsletter features updates on how the school is responding to current challenges, cool student and alumni research trips to Alaska and Antarctica, and an exciting student research showcase, among other news.

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    Alum: A Few Hints of Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Mar 27, 2020

    Alum Loren Yager (cohort '87) writes, "There is no question that this is a world-changing event and that all the social distancing and other preparatory measures need to be taken as quickly and seriously as possible. But at the same time, we also need to see that there are some faint reasons for hope as we try to come to grips with the need to hunker down for months in our homes."

  • A Marine fires a Javelin during Operation Lava Viper at Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, May 27, 2015, photo by Cpl. Ricky Gomez/U.S. Marine Corps

    Alum: FY21 USMC Budget Indicates Institutional Inertia

    Mar 26, 2020

    The Grim Reaper is a 700 foot tall series of hills at Camp Pendleton that Marine recruits must summit to graduate from boot camp, writes alum Jon Wong (cohort '12). As the Marine Corps attempts to transform itself from a second land army and counterinsurgency force to operate within contested maritime spaces, the recently released FY21 budget request suggests that it will need to climb its own Grim Reaper to get there.

  • A Palestinian worker sanitizes the hands of a customer at a supermarket in Gaza City, March 8, 2020. Picture taken March 8, 2020, photo by Mohammed Salem/Reuters

    Alum Discusses Gaza's Coronavirus Challenges

    Mar 26, 2020

    In a podcast interview, Shira Efron (cohort '11) explains, "What we take for granted in the developed world you just can't do in Gaza. Gaza does not have enough water — it's not just that the water is not clean, which we know it's not — but it doesn't have enough water not only for drinking and cooking, but also hygiene and sanitation."

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    Alum: Is Covid-19 as Deadly as They Say?

    Mar 26, 2020

    Alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) contributed to a Wall Street Journal commentary that examines epidemiological data from a number of groups and argues that "projections of the death toll could plausibly be orders of magnitude too high."

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    Alum: Social Distancing Could Ultimately Teach Us How to Be Less Lonely

    Mar 23, 2020

    Alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, "While public health officials are no doubt correct that social distancing is necessary, as a social scientist I would add that it is a necessary evil. Enormous amounts of scholarship have shown that social connectedness is central to well-being and good mental health."

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    Alum, in WSJ: It’s Dangerous to Test Only the Sick

    Mar 16, 2020

    In the Wall Street Journal, Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) writes: "President Trump says 1.4 million tests for the novel coronavirus will become available this week. That’s welcome news. But officials are about to make a mistake. The president said testing will be limited to people who believe they may be infected."

  • A staff member cleans and disinfects a display window to protect guests from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, March 17, 2020. Photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    In JAMA, Alum Explores Taiwan's Response to COVID-19

    Mar 16, 2020

    Jason Wang (cohort '01) was the lead author of "Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan: Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing," a viewpoint coauthored with Prof. Robert Brook and published in JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • Alum Coauthors Report Recommending Cyberdeterrence Strategies

    Mar 13, 2020

    As a member of the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, Samantha Ravich (cohort '92) coauthored a report that "proposes a strategy of layered cyberdeterrence" and makes 80 recommendations to implement the strategy. She also participated in a Q&A panel at the launch event.

  • Doctor with digital tablet talking with a patient in a hospital bed, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Alum Examines Effects of Limiting Payments to Hospitals for Out-of-Network Care

    Mar 12, 2020

    There is growing interest among U.S. policymakers to use out-of-network payment limits to curb surprise medical bills and as a tool to control rising health care costs. Alum Erin Duffy (cohort '15) examines how such limits might affect negotiated in-network prices and total payments for hospital care?

  • On Antarctic Expedition, Alum Discovers... Herself

    Mar 10, 2020

    Some people may dream of the opportunity to take an exotic Antarctic cruise. Others may dream of the opportunity to increase their self-awareness and leadership skills through a year-long training program. By participating in Homeward Bound’s fourth cohort in 2019, alum Zhimin Mao (cohort ’11) was able to do both.

  • Last Week Tonight Cites Alumni Research on Medicare for All

    Feb 20, 2020

    Two studies by Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Kenneth Thorpe ('80), which both aimed to estimate the cost of Medicare for All, made a surprising appearance in a chart featured on John Oliver's late-night comedy-news program Last Week Tonight. The studies were originally cited in the New York Times last April. Liu was also quoted on the topic recently in Teen Vogue.