Alumni News & Announcements

  • Spring 2015 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Jun 3, 2015

    The latest issue of Findings features our inaugural Brown Faculty-in-Residence, seven new alumni jobs, five new alumni, two visiting alumni, eight event photos, and countless news.

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    Improving Care for Chronic Conditions

    Jun 3, 2015

    Unless chronic conditions are managed effectively and efficiently, health care costs in the coming decades will be staggering. Alumni Todi Mengistu and Lisa Klautzer (both cohort '07) worked with professor Soeren Mattke and other RAND colleagues to conduct an assessment of chronic care management programs to document the current range services, identify best practices and trends, and examine factors that limit program optimization.

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    Early Marketplace Enrollees Were Older and Used More Medication

    May 29, 2015

    Prescription data on more than one million Marketplace patients shows that those who enrolled earlier were older and used more medication than later enrollees. However, Marketplace enrollees as a whole had lower average drug spending than the employer-sponsored comparison group.

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    Online Training Can Teach Psychotherapists Evidence-Based Treatments

    May 5, 2015

    Psychotherapy treatments can lag years behind what research has shown to be effective because there simply are not enough clinicians trained in new methods. But Pardee RAND alum Brad Stein (cohort '97) and colleagues find that e-learning can be as successful as in-person instruction for teaching psychotherapists how to use newer evidence-based treatments.

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    Have Beyond Yellow Ribbon Programs Met Their Goals?

    May 4, 2015

    Beyond Yellow Ribbon funding supports programs intended to provide critical outreach services to personnel returning from deployments and ease their transition into civilian life. An assessment by Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Laura Werber, looking at 13 such programs, can help stakeholders and congressional policymakers as they consider future BYR allocations.

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    South Korea's Missile-Defense System Decision: Q&A with Bruce Bennett

    Apr 3, 2015

    Chinese pressure on South Korea not to allow deployment of a terminal high-altitude air defense (THAAD) defense missile system has become a major regional security issue. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) answers a Q&A on what might it mean if the U.S. deploys it anyway.

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    Training Cyber Warriors: Lessons from Defense Language Training

    Mar 16, 2015

    To ensure the U.S. Department of Defense has sufficient numbers of skilled cyber workers, it may need to develop additional training approaches as it plans for broader recruiting and workforce management. Examining how DoD handles foreign language training yields lessons that could be applied to cyber training.

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    Substantial Productivity Growth in U.S. Hospitals from 2002 to 2011

    Mar 10, 2015

    In a study of U.S. hospitals treating Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, findings by Pardee RAND alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and RAND colleagues suggest that productivity in U.S. health care could be higher than previous studies had indicated.

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    Is Geographic Clustering Driving Political Polarization?

    Mar 3, 2015

    The ideological gap separating the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress has grown dramatically wider in recent decades, write Alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson. An analysis of the presidential vote in congressional districts over the last 60 years finds that the degree to which most districts are different from the “average” district has grown, supporting the theory that polarization stems from geographic clustering.

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    Future of Coastal Flooding

    Feb 25, 2015

    President Obama's executive order that directs federal agencies to plan and build for higher flood levels as they construct new projects in flood-prone regions will affect hundreds of billions of dollars of future public works projects. In an ideal world, write Pardee RAND faculty Debra Knopman and Rob Lempert, and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), planners would estimate the benefits and costs for each project, taking into account everything from the details of the local landscape to the potential for adaptive responses over time.

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    Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    Feb 20, 2015

    John Oliver's “Jeff the Diseased Lung,” a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral, writes alumnus/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85). Meanwhile, research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

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    Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    Feb 17, 2015

    Long-term geographical clustering of voters is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives between the 93rd and 112th Congresses, according to research by alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson.

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    Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Jan 26, 2015

    Pardee RAND alumni, faculty, and students present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making (RDM) is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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    New Approach to Quality-Based Incentives Avoids Undesired Effects on Health Care Providers Who Care for Disadvantaged Patients

    Jan 9, 2015

    Changing health care pay-for-performance programs to account for differences among providers in their patient characteristics can make the incentive schemes more equitable and avoid a redistribution of resources away from providers who care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients, according to research by Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89).

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    Transforming an Urban School System

    Nov 20, 2014

    New Haven Public Schools is one of many urban districts working hard to address dropout rates, lagging test scores, and economic barriers, which put college out of reach for students. The district has made progress, but there is still room for improvement.

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    Improving Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education Through Technology

    Nov 17, 2014

    Technology may afford new opportunities to improve early childhood education outcomes by empowering families to become better educators at home, and strengthening the connection and communication between school and home.

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    Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    Nov 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and professor Rafiq Dossani find that, for children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

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    Identifying an Adequate Technology Infrastructure for Early Childhood Education

    Oct 20, 2014

    Infrastructure (devices, software, and connectivity) should support technology's potential to improve learning and build digital literacy among young kids. But Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani show that many factors make “adequate infrastructure” a moving target, such as the myriad of choices on the market.

  • Pardee RAND Experts Discuss Extended Absence of Kim Jong-un

    Oct 9, 2014

    Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and Professor Andrew Scobell hosted a media conference call on Thursday, October 9 to discuss the extended absence of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the regional implications of a sudden change in North Korea's government, and China's role in the region. Media relations officer Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

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    Moving Beyond Screen Time: Appropriate Technology Use for Young Children

    Oct 8, 2014

    Appropriate technology use by young kids has traditionally focused on a single, blunt measure: “screen time.” But technology and patterns of use have changed, write Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugerty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani. A more comprehensive definition should also consider what technology and content kids use, how they use it, and why.

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    Identifying Goals for Technology Use in Early Childhood Education

    Sep 22, 2014

    Technology use among young children is increasingly a fact of life. Establishing a clear set of goals that are broadly accepted by stakeholders is critical to planning for the successful integration of technology into early childhood education, according to research by Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives field guidance at the October 8 Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang August 31, 2014

    What Does North Korea Want?

    Sep 18, 2014

    Currently, three U.S. citizens — Matthew Todd Miller, Jeffrey Fowle, and Kenneth Bae — are being detained in North Korea. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says it is likely that North Korea wants someone like a former U.S. president to come to North Korea instead of U.S. Ambassador Bob King, whose visits were cancelled.

  • Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers carry parachutes for drop training during a military drill west of Tokyo, July 8, 2013

    Why Japan's Military Shift Is Necessary for South Korea

    Jul 7, 2014

    With its collective self-defense policy, Japan assumes its responsibilities to support the defense of South Korea and regional security in general, an appropriate action given the economic and other interdependencies of the regional countries, writes Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

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    Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    For the Conversations at RAND series, Professor and Alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and two regional experts discuss ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

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    Maxwell-Jolly Receives Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2014

    To honor his significant contributions to the advancement of health reform and coverage expansion over a 31-year career with the State of California, David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort ’77) received the second Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Leadership Award on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Commencement Weekend Celebratory Dinner.