Alumni News & Announcements

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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.

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    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.

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    What Are the Characteristics of High-Performing Health Systems?

    Jan 28, 2020

    Alum Cheryl Damberg and fellow RAND researchers identified a list of characteristics of high-performing health systems as part of an ongoing effort to discover how and why some U.S. health systems are high performing and others are not.

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    Alum: Thinking Machines Will Change Future Warfare

    Jan 27, 2020

    Until now, deterrence has been about humans trying to dissuade other humans from doing something. But what if the thinking is done by AI and autonomous systems? A wargame led by alum Yuna Wong (cohort '00) explored what happens to deterrence when decisions can be made at machine speeds and when states can put fewer human lives at risk.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this undated photo released on December 28, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    Alum: North Korea Is Selling Political Deception

    Jan 3, 2020

    Why did Kim Jong-un substitute releasing the North Korean Workers' Party Plenary report instead of his traditional New Year's address? Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says that as with many things in North Korea, we do not know, forcing us to speculate.

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    Alum: Where Science Says to Spend Any U.S. Opioid Settlement Money

    Dec 19, 2019

    A global settlement with pharmaceutical companies has started to appear more and more likely. But alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) says even with billions of dollars, the settlement resources won't be unlimited. To avoid mistakes made in the tobacco master settlement agreement, any opioid funds must be carefully allocated.

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    Alum: Using an Integrated Systems-Based Approach to Address the U.S. Opioid Crisis

    Dec 17, 2019

    Alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) presented testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 17, 2019. In this video he summarizes his expert recommendations.

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    Minding the Gaps: US Military Strategy Toward China

    Dec 11, 2019

    The U.S. national security community continues to consider the proper military response to China's ongoing military modernization efforts, but many aspects of the debate remain unresolved. Alum John Speed Meyers argues that, if analysts writing on US military strategy toward China want to improve the public debate, these analytical gaps must be filled.

  • Students Alex Mendoza-Graf, Ashley Woo, and Sohaela Amiri hold photos of their relatives at Commencement, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Three Students Create Pardee RAND Legacies

    Dec 10, 2019

    Students Alexandra Mendoza-Graf (Cohort '16), Ashley Woo ('18), and Sohaela Amiri ('16) didn't have far to look when they decided to pursue a Ph.D. in policy analysis. While forging their own paths, they are also following in the footsteps of relatives who also happen to be Pardee RAND alumni: Marlon Graf ('12), Jonathan Wong ('12), and Sara Amiri Cohort ('05).