Alumni News & Announcements

  • African American soldier sitting in a chair, holding a prescription

    Preventing, Identifying, and Treating Prescription Drug Misuse Among Service Members

    Jan 4, 2017

    Prescription drug misuse is of critical concern for the military because of its potential impact on the health and well-being of personnel, military readiness, and associated health care costs. Alumni Janice Blanchard (cohort '98) and Jennifer Walters (cohort '11) worked with RAND colleagues to offer ideas for addressing the problem.

  • RAND Celebrates Alum Rick Fallon's Career

    Jan 4, 2017

    Pardee RAND alum Rick Fallon (cohort '75) retired from RAND in January 2017 after two decades of service. As CFO and VP of Finance & Administration, Fallon worked on critical business decisions, performance measures, and initiatives that have increased the agility of RAND's operations.

  • The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008

    Approaching Future Offsets

    Dec 21, 2016

    Grand strategy, acquisitions, and technological considerations may shape the debate about the future of the U.S. military for some time to come. Only where all three elements align are future offsets likely to succeed, writes alum Yuna Huh Wong (cohort '00).

  • Digital Tablet with stethoscope and brain scan

    Toward a Learning Behavioral Health Care System

    Dec 20, 2016

    New technologies for capturing and sharing data have begun to transform the way providers practice medicine in the United States. Expanding these technologies to behavioral health care could enhance the delivery of services and improve outcomes for millions of Americans, writes alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97).

  • People work out at an outdoor exercise area at Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx, New York City, September 13, 2012

    Putting Health into the Health Care Debate

    Dec 10, 2016

    How much return is the United States getting for spending over 17 percent of its gross domestic product on health care? Not nearly enough, says professor and alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), vice president and director of RAND Health. The health care debate should focus on improving population health and ensuring the country is getting the biggest bang for its bucks.

  • Two students in their graduation robes walking up steps

    One-Stop Social Services Efforts May Improve Community College Outcomes

    Nov 30, 2016

    Students participating in programs that provide a comprehensive range of support services are more likely to persist in attending community college, according to research by alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05).

  • Fulton Talks with Students During Career Development Lunch

    Oct 21, 2016

    Alum Brent Fulton (cohort ’01) returned to Pardee RAND on October 18 as part of the Career Development program. He discussed his role as associate director of the Nicholas C. Petris Center on Health Care Markets and Consumer Welfare at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health.

  • Dean Dines with Alumni in Boston and Berkeley

    Oct 14, 2016

    Dean Marquis met with five alumni (including Jenn Walters, cohort '11) in Berkeley, and five others in Boston, during her trips this fall. Make sure the Development Office knows how to reach you so we can invite you to dinners and other events in your area!

  • Home health worker speaking with elderly woman in her home

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 5, 2016

    Alum Daniel A. Waxman (cohort '10) and student Xiaoyu Nie (cohort '14) evaluated a fall prevention intervention but found no significant reduction in costs or emergency room visits.

  • Sailors and members of the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station clear ice from the hatch of the Seawolf-class submarine USS Connecticut in the Arctic Ocean, March 19, 2011

    How to Be Safer in the Arctic

    Oct 3, 2016

    The Arctic is more accessible than it once was, but it's still a formidable place to travel. An emergency involving a cruise ship or a downed plane could stress the search-and-rescue system. But modest investments and planning measures can make a big difference, write alum Timothy Smith (cohort '13) and prof. Abbie Tingstad.

  • A worker lying injured on the ground

    Workers' Compensation Reforms Helped Replace Wages and Offset Earnings Losses After the Great Recession

    Sep 27, 2016

    California workers' compensation law is likely succeeding in providing additional benefits for permanently disabled workers, and has helped to offset the impact of the Great Recession, according to research by alum Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11).

  • Doctor discussing a prescription with a patient

    Physicians with Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Have Capacity to Treat More Patients

    Sep 20, 2016

    Many American physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat individuals addicted to opioids are prescribing substantially below the patient limits allowed by law, according to research by alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97). More than 20 percent of waivered physicians treated only three or fewer patients.

  • Health worker giving an elderly woman a glass of water in bed

    Targeting Palliative and End-of-Life Care

    Sep 12, 2016

    Pursuing effective models for palliative care and focusing on patients with cancer, dementia, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may improve outcomes.

  • Summer 2016 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 8, 2016

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about our successful Be the Answer campaign, new courses for the new school year, CoCom efforts to support students, our latest Brown Faculty Fellow, and more.

  • The Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona was built to provide hydroelectricity and flow regulation from the upper Colorado River Basin to the lower

    Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Aug 25, 2016

    Alum David Groves (cohort '01) and Prof. Rob Lempert, along with researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, tested five different water management portfolios such as conservation, groundwater and seawater desalination, and water reuse, against thousands of scenarios reflecting uncertainty about future climate change and development patterns.

  • Cadets of the Air Force Academy Class of 2003 celebrate at graduation ceremonies on May 28, 2003 as the Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead

    How Effective Are Military Academy Admission Standards?

    Jul 22, 2016

    Rigorous analyses by Susan Burkhauser and Mustafa Oguz (both cohort '09) of the selection processes for the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point show that the academies' processes predict students' future success as officers.

  • An Afghan Local Police recruit receives his certificate of completion on graduation day in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, September 26, 2013

    Afghan Government Support for Local Police Program Is Shaky

    Jul 21, 2016

    Established by U.S. and NATO special operations forces, the Afghan Local Police program was designed to become part of the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOI). Research by Brian Gordon (cohort '12) indicates the MOI has made progress in logistics, personnel management, and training activities, but faces serious gaps in its ability to sustain the program.

  • Person in wheelchair getting physical therapy

    Quality of Care in VA Health System Compares Well to Other Health Settings

    Jul 18, 2016

    The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other health care systems on providing safe and effective care to patients, with some exceptions, according to research by student Claire E. O'Hanlon (cohort '13), alum Christina Y. Huang (cohort '10), and professors Peter S. Hussey and Courtney A. Gidengil.

  • Business handshake

    U.S. Department of Defense Experiences with Substituting Government Employees for Military Personnel

    Jul 14, 2016

    There is considerable opportunity to identify positions suitable for military-to-civilian conversion, but there are numerous impediments to authorizing and executing military-to-civilian conversions, according to research by (then-students) Julia Pollak and Brian Gordon (both cohort '12), and professors Jennifer Lewis and Ed Keating.

  • An aerial photo of a flood-affected area of northern Colorado along the Big Thompson River which has been declared a federal disaster area in September 2013

    Climate Change May Increase Future Exposure of U.S. Infrastructure to Natural Hazards

    Jul 12, 2016

    Exposure to natural hazards such as flooding, drought, and wildfires is projected to be larger and more uncertain in the future due to the effects of sea level rise and changes in temperature and precipitation patterns.

  • Commencement Issue of Findings Features New Alumni

    Jul 7, 2016

    Eight students joined the ranks of Pardee RAND alumni since the last issue of Findings went to press; they and 37 others (a total of 45 Ph.D. grads and 46 additional M.Phil. recipients) are celebrated in this Commencement issue of our quarterly alumni newsletter.

  • U.S. troops train Afghan soldiers to operate equipment in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, January 2014

    Don't Learn the Wrong Lessons from Rapid Acquisition

    Jun 23, 2016

    Rapid acquisition practices that worked during recent wars may not easily translate to peacetime endeavors. Enthusiasm for rapid acquisition must be tempered by an understanding of the circumstances that made it work and the downsides that were accepted in wartime, writes alum Jon Wong (cohort '12).

  • Rep. John Lewis speaks at the 2016 Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement.

    Rep. John Lewis Speaks at Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 20, 2016

    Civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis gave the keynote address at the Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement on Saturday, June 18. Also honored were Warren Olney, Carolyn Meyers, Joseph Newhouse, and Arthur Brooks.

  • Arthur Brooks accepts Alumni Leadership Award from Dean Susan Marquis

    Brooks Receives Third Biennial Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2016

    Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) received the Pardee RAND Alumni Leadership Award during the 2016 Commencement Weekend in June.

  • IAEA experts at Fukushima

    Technological Lessons from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Accident

    Jun 1, 2016

    To improve responses to future radiological or nuclear contingencies, alum Sarah Evans (cohort '12) and professors Cynthia Dion-Schwartz, Scott Harold, and Lloyd Thrall draw lessons from the accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant. They analyze how technologies were used successfully to counter radioactive contamination and identify capability gaps that could be redressed through novel technologies or improved use of existing technologies.