Alumni News & Announcements

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2014

    Pardee RAND students Jodi Liu and Deborah Lai (cohorts '12 and '08) and professor Jeanne Ringel, and alum/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) offer a series of proposals that would substitute lower-cost treatments for higher cost interventions and that promote greater patient safety could save the U.S. health care system $13 to $22 billion per year.

  • Bruce Bennett Discusses North Korea on Reddit.com

    Nov 14, 2013

    To shed some light on Kim Jong-un's possible motivations—and to discuss what might happen if the North Korean government suddenly collapsed the way East Germany's did—Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) took part in a question and answer session on Reddit.com.

  • Robust Decision Making Enables Colorado River Planners to Ensure Water Reliability

    Nov 5, 2013

    Pardee RAND student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), professors/alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and professors Rob Lempert and Debra Knopman worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate the resiliency of the Colorado River system over the next 50 years.

  • Applying Robust Decision Making: Planning for Water and Flood Risk Management

    Nov 5, 2013

    Robust Decision Making is used in a wide range of applications, most critically in water and flood risk management. Here, Pardee RAND professors Robert Lempert and David Groves (cohort '01) discuss two key projects where RAND applied RDM to look at potential futures: the Colorado River Basin, and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Using RDM Strategies for the California Water Plan Update

    Nov 1, 2013

    This report describes a proof-of-concept analysis using Robust Decision Making to evaluate water resource management response packages for California's Central Valley under future uncertainty for the California Water Plan Update 2013.

  • Mark Schuster Elected to the Institute of Medicine

    Oct 25, 2013

    Pardee RAND alum Dr. Mark Schuster (cohort '91) has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. He is an adjunct researcher at RAND and the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Chief of General Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Health Policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital.

  • Preparing for North Korean Regime Collapse

    Oct 16, 2013

    The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. Pardee RAND alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.

  • PRGS Announces 300th Graduate

    Aug 6, 2013

    Congratulations to Jim Burgdorf (cohort '06), the 300th graduate of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Burgdorf's dissertation examined whether bundling health insurance with employment distorts labor market choices. He is now a staff researcher in Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego.

  • Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    Jul 23, 2013

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement, according to research by PRGS alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), professor Trey Miller, and student Megan Clifford (cohort '09). Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

  • North Korea Could Fall Faster Than We Think

    Jun 2, 2013

    The United States, South Korea and their allies would be well advised to factor in the possibility that North Korea could collapse in a fit of revolt and economic decay at any time, just as East Germany did, writes PRGS alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Enhancing Security Cooperation at the Korea-U.S. Summit

    May 7, 2013

    The U.S.-South Korean Extended Deterrence Policy Committee was setup to deter North Korean threats, writes PRGS alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). The upcoming summit should ratify the progress of this effort, reassuring both the Korean and U.S. people that these threats are being managed.

  • Price Shopping in Consumer-Directed Health Plans

    Apr 17, 2013

    Based on insurance claims for nine common outpatient services in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), PRGS alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and colleagues found no evidence that those with lower expected medical expenses engaged in more price shopping. Consumers did not engage in more price shopping before reaching the CDHP deductible, either.

  • Media Conference Call on Escalating Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    Apr 9, 2013

    RAND Asia experts Bruce Bennett (PRGS alum, cohort '75), Andrew Scobell and David Shlapak hosted a news media conference call to discuss the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. Media Relations Officer Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • Efforts to Reform Physician Payment: Tying Payment to Performance

    Feb 14, 2013

    PRGS professor and alum Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89) testified before Congress. Among her conclusions: "Revising physician payment is a daunting challenge, but one that is absolutely necessary. Performance-based payment reform is vital to driving improvements in health care delivery."

  • In Brief: Jordan R. Fischbach on Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast

    Feb 6, 2013

    In this video, Jordan Fischbach discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • 25 Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2013

    Given the size of the U.S. annual “health care spend”—$2.7 trillion—summing up the savings associated with very minor cost-saving policy changes is likely to achieve significant aggregate savings, writes PRGS alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), acting director of RAND Health and assistant dean for academic affairs at PRGS.

  • Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast: Lessons from Louisiana for Federal Policy

    Jan 23, 2013

    In this January 2013 Congressional Briefing, PRGS professor and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • PRGS Celebrates the Life and Legacy of James Q. Wilson

    Jan 21, 2013

    James Q. Wilson, a longtime board member, bestowed upon the Pardee RAND Graduate School his papers and books. To honor him, PRGS unveiled the James Q. Wilson Collection in RAND's library, and RAND celebrated his legacy with a policy forum discussion. PRGS alum Angela Hawken (cohort '98) participated in the panel.

  • Wu Discusses Findings of "What's On the Menu?"

    Jan 7, 2013

    PRGS alum Helen Wu (cohort '07) discusses a RAND study that looked at over 300,000 menu items in 245 restaurants. The study, which started as Wu's dissertation research and is the largest ever on chain restaurant nutrition, found that 96 percent of restaurant items exceeded USDA recommendations.

  • Ostwald Helps Develop Tool to Support Local Disaster Preparedness Planning

    Nov 1, 2012

    PRGS alumnus Jordan Ostwald (cohort '08) worked with RAND colleagues to develop a disaster preparedness planning tool. As municipalities dig out from Sandy and plan for the future, this could prove quite helpful.

  • PRGS Team Develops Model to Assess Flood Risk in Coastal Louisiana

    Oct 10, 2012

    In an excellent example of how PRGS helps RAND innovate to make a difference in the world, an all-PRGS team developed a model to assess flood risk in coastal Louisiana: Professor (and alum) Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), Professor David Ortiz, students David Johnson (cohort '08) and Matthew Hoover (cohort '09), and alumni Ben Bryant (cohort '05) and Jordan Ostwald (cohort '08).

  • Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    Sep 28, 2012

    State financing of higher education is under stress as countries all over the world struggle with fiscal pressures. PRGS professor Charles A. Goldman, student Megan Clifford (cohort '09) and alumna Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) review a number of cost-sharing policies that can be adopted and how they may affect access to and the quality of education.

  • Schuster Examines Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities in Pre-Teens

    Aug 24, 2012

    Interventions that address potentially detrimental consequences of low socioeconomic status and adverse school environments among pre-adolescent Latino and black children may help reduce racial and ethnic differences in child health, according to research by PRGS alumnus Mark Schuster (cohort '91).

  • Alumni Interview: Donna Farley Discusses Her PRGS, RAND Career

    Jun 27, 2012

    After 14 years as senior researcher at RAND Health, PRGS alumna Donna Farley (cohort '89) retired in September 2010. She recently spoke with Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at PRGS, and reflected upon her experiences both as a PRGS student and a RAND researcher.

  • Albrecht Honored with Inaugural Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 25, 2012

    Mark J. Albrecht (cohort ’73) is the inaugural recipient of the Pardee RAND Alumni Leadership Award. The award was given on Friday, June 22, 2012, at the Celebratory Dinner during Commencement Weekend.