Alumni News & Announcements

  • Obesity May Be 'Socially Contagious'

    Jan 25, 2018

    Alum Ashlesha Datar (cohort '99) and Prof. Nancy Nicosia found that people who move to a high-obesity area are more likely to become overweight or obese. This may be due, in part, to “social contagion.” Living in a community where obesity is more common may make inactivity, poor diet, and being overweight or obese more socially acceptable.

  • Jerusalem Embassy Move Sparks Turkey-Israel War of Words

    Jan 2, 2018

    President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has exacerbated tensions between Turkey and Israel, writes Prof. Shira Efron (alum, cohort '11). Economic interests had provided incentives for thawing relations in June 2016, but separating economic interests from political differences is harder today given the mistrust between Ankara and Jerusalem.

  • Fall 2017 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Dec 13, 2017

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features the creative results of a Tech Lab pilot. Other articles highlight "Pardee RANDroid," the school's new robot; a student-published newspaper; Dean Marquis' book, I Am Not A Tractor!; APPAM presentations, and more.

  • Promising Approaches to Army Institutional Change

    Dec 5, 2017

    The U.S. Army faces challenges including behavioral health issues, misconduct, and adjustment to changing demographics. Student Adeyemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) and alum Ben Batorsky (cohort' 12) found that long-term solutions will require changes in Army culture and climate. Such changes are difficult, but promising strategies do exist.

  • Drones Could Deliver Change to Africa

    Nov 17, 2017

    Drones have potential on the African continent to transform urban and rural infrastructure and enhance agricultural productivity, writes Prof. Shira Efron (alum, cohort '11). But deployment of drones in Africa still faces technological, economic, social, and legal and regulatory challenges.

  • U.S. Health System Should Prepare for Future Alzheimer's Treatments

    Nov 15, 2017

    Advanced clinical trials are underway for at least 10 promising therapies for Alzheimer's disease. But alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) found that the U.S. health care system lacks the capacity to rapidly move a treatment from approval into wide clinical use. Millions of people could miss out on transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.

  • Twenty Pardee RANDites Present at APPAM in Chicago

    Nov 10, 2017

    Alumni, students and faculty converged on Chicago for APPAM's 39th annual fall research conference November 2–4. The theme of the conference was Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions.

  • How Safe Should Autonomous Vehicles Be Before They're Introduced to Market?

    Nov 7, 2017

    Prof Nidhi Kalra and alum David G. Groves (cohort '01) developed a model to compare 500 different scenarios of autonomous vehicle introduction, adoption, and improvement. The research shows that putting autonomous vehicles on the road sooner, allowing them to improve quicker, could save hundreds of thousands of lives over time.

  • Alum Weatherford Authors California LAO Report

    Nov 1, 2017

    An almost $800 million tax incentive program meant to lure companies to California could hurt small businesses and should be canceled, according to alum Brian Weatherford (cohort '04) with the state's non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office.

  • Thorpe: Getting Value Right in Health Care Matters

    Oct 24, 2017

    Value in health care isn’t the same as value in any other sector, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80). Getting it right requires a long-term view and an understanding of the direct and in-direct costs that define that value.

  • Evaluating Iowa's Proposed Stopgap Measure

    Oct 16, 2017

    To stabilize the state's individual health insurance market, Iowa proposed the Iowa Stopgap Measure (ISM). Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and colleagues say ISM modifications would increase the federal deficit, but decrease federal spending per enrollee.

  • Yager: Trump Can't Win This Jobs Competition

    Oct 11, 2017

    Because the administration began with an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent—a rate already close to the level considered to be full employment—there is relatively little room for improvement, writes alum Loren Yager (cohort '87), former chief economist of the Government Accountability Office.

  • Alum Says California's Pensions Are Crowding Out Services

    Oct 5, 2017

    “Pension costs have crowded out and will likely to continue to crowd out resources needed for public assistance, welfare, recreation and libraries, health, public works, other social services, and in some cases, public safety,” writes alum Joe Nation (cohort '85) in a new report from the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

  • Alum Suggests Giving "Planetary Patriotism" a Try

    Sep 29, 2017

    Every American president, whether using the term or not, is going to put “America first.” Alum Tad Daley (cohort '86) asks, Can we now begin to envision a future United Nations that puts humanity first?

  • Savings from a Single-Payer Health System Would Not Be Automatic

    Sep 26, 2017

    Polls have shown increasing public support for a single-payer system in the U.S., writes alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12). Yet there is no agreement on how to set up and pay for a single-payer system or even how much it would cost.

  • Data Reveal Learning Crisis that Threatens Development Around the World

    Sep 22, 2017

    The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) reports that 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not reaching minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics. Alum Silvia Montoya (cohort' 06), director of UIS, says the problems stem from lack of access, low student retention, and poor classroom quality.

  • Dubois Warns VA about Decision to Follow ICER Formulary

    Sep 22, 2017

    In a Health Affairs blog post, alum Robert Dubois (cohort '85), chief science officer of the National Pharmaceutical Council, cautioned the Veterans Administration over its decision to use drug assessments by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

  • Beyond Strategic Patience with North Korea: What Comes Next?

    Sep 8, 2017

    North Korea says that nuclear weapons are essential to regime survival. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says the United States should figure out how to persuade the North Korean regime that it is less likely to survive by posing a nuclear threat than by cooperating with the international community.

  • Dardia to Represent Alumni on Board of Governors

    Sep 5, 2017

    Michael Dardia (cohort '89) will join the Pardee RAND Board of Governors in November as the new alumni representative. He recently participated in a Q&A session with the School's new development officer.

  • Tensions Between North Korea and the U.S.

    Aug 16, 2017

    Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75), along with RAND experts, Andrew Scobell and J.D. Williams, hosted a conference call with news media discussing the rising tensions between North Korea and the United States. RAND Senior Media Relations Officer Khorshied Samad moderated the call.

  • Extending Marketplace Tax Credits Would Make Coverage More Affordable for Middle-Income Adults

    Jul 27, 2017

    Paying for health care coverage is a challenge for Americans facing rising premiums, deductibles, and copayments. Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Prof. Christine Eibner say the ACA's tax credits that make marketplace insurance more affordable for lower-income individuals should be extended to middle-income adults aged 50–64.

  • Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza

    Jul 26, 2017

    The Israel Defense Force had to evolve to meet an adaptive and determined hybrid adversary during its wars in Gaza. Student Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15) and alum/prof Shira Efron (cohort '11) found that the U.S. Army and the joint force can learn from the IDF's challenge of balancing intense international legal public scrutiny and the hard operational realities of urban warfare.

  • Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Its Water

    Jul 18, 2017

    Pittsburgh is struggling to improve its aging water system. Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) and alum/professor Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) review the history and recent developments related to the use of lead pipes and the policy options for lead remediation currently being weighed by local decisionmakers.

  • North Korea's Continuous Provocations

    Jul 17, 2017

    In this July 17th, 2017 congressional briefing, alum Bruce W. Bennett (cohort '75), Senior International/Defense Researcher at RAND, discusses North Korea's nuclear missile programs, its changing relationship with China, and implications for U.S. policy.

  • Characterizing National Exposures to Infrastructure from Natural Disasters

    Jul 12, 2017

    Data and methods documentation for an analysis of how infrastructure systems - roads, the electric grid, ports, telecommunications networks, refineries, and others - are vulnerable to disruption from natural disasters.