Alumni News & Announcements

  • Now's the Time to Act on Guantanamo

    Apr 16, 2018

    Most of the 41 terror suspects who remain confined at Guantanamo Bay are unlikely to be released from custody any time soon. Alum Jack Riley (cohort '88) says moving their trials from U.S. military to U.S. federal judges could give detainees their long-denied day in court and possibly help deliver judicial closure to the families of terror victims.

  • Arthur Brooks to Step Down from AEI

    Apr 12, 2018

    After 10 years as president of the American Enterprise Institute, alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) will be leaving his post in mid-2019. He sat down for an interview on the Modern Conservative/Washington Examiner podcast to discuss what's next.

  • Thorpe Applauds Reduction in Drug Prices

    Apr 11, 2018

    In an Orlando Sentinel commentary, alum Ken Thorpe (cohort '80), chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, says the FDA commissioner's efforts to eliminate unnecessary delays in the drug-approval process are paying dividends, driving down drug costs for average Americans.

  • Alum Montoya Explains the Need for Effective Education Management Information Systems

    Apr 10, 2018

    Silvia Montoya (cohort '06), director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), writes: "It may sound dry and dusty, but an education management information system lies at the very heart of efforts to monitor progress towards the world’s education goals."

  • Alum Ghez on Hidden Impact of the Populist Wave

    Apr 10, 2018

    "Most institutions don’t disappear, they just become irrelevant," says alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06). This is the challenge the EU faces, but he adds, “The EU is at its best when it’s able to take care of vulnerable populations, contain populist waves, and bring countries together.”

  • How the U.S. Air Force Could Retain More Female Officers

    Apr 10, 2018

    Women are underrepresented among the Air Force's senior leadership compared with their representation among the lower ranks. Alum Stefan Zavislan (cohort '14) helped conduct focus groups with female officers, which identified key retention factors and potential ways to improve Air Force policies and programs to address female officer retention.

  • Alum, Prof Argue "We Need Open Policy Analysis"

    Apr 6, 2018

    Alum Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (cohort '13) and Prof. Sean Grant write that policy analysis should adopt the transparent, open, and reproducible research practices espoused in related disciplines and recommend how key stakeholders in evidence-based policy can make open policy analysis the norm.

  • Sood Examines Financial Burden of Healthcare Utilization in Consumer-Directed Health Plans (CDHP)

    Apr 6, 2018

    Using commercial claims data from 2011 through 2013, alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) found that CDHP enrollment led to a significant increase in financial burden associated with healthcare utilization, especially for those with lower incomes and those with chronic conditions.

  • Alum Bennett on Preparing for U.S.-North Korea Talks

    Apr 5, 2018

    Upon returning from his 114th trip to the Korean Peninsula, alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) offered his analysis of recent developments in North Korea and suggested strategies for putting pressure on Kim Jong-un at the negotiating table.

  • How Do Calorie Labels Affect Consumers?

    Mar 28, 2018

    In standard restaurant settings, displaying the calorie content on restaurant menus slightly reduced the amount ordered without affecting consumer satisfaction, according to research by alum Helen Wu (cohort '07), students Crystal Huang ('13) and Cameron Wright ('12), and Prof. Roland Sturm.

  • Understanding and Shaping the Ongoing Korea Crisis

    Mar 26, 2018

    Upon return from his latest trip to the Korean Peninsula, alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) offered RAND and Pardee RAND alumni and supporters his analysis of the recent appearance of a détente between North and South Korea. He also explained U.S. options for shaping the ongoing crisis and suggest new opportunities to pressure North Korea toward denuclearization.

  • Alum Robalino on "How to Create Jobs Fast"

    Mar 26, 2018

    When it comes to accelerating job creation, writes alum David Robalino (cohort '95) of the World Bank Jobs Group, the answer has often been public works programs and wage subsidies. Instead, he says, policymakers should consider programs that support the provision of social services and offer capital subsidies or matching grants to existing or potential providers.

  • Alum Assesses U.S. Strategy toward Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

    Mar 22, 2018

    Alum Samantha Ravich (cohort '92) is the principal investigator on two projects at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. She warns that the U.S. government is inadequately structured to properly and comprehensively detect, evaluate, and address cyber-enabled economic threats.

  • After Brexit: Economic Prospects for the UK, EU, and U.S.

    Mar 20, 2018

    The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union in March, 2019, but there is uncertainty about whether the break will be "soft," "hard," or even final. At this RAND/Pardee RAND Alumni Association event in RAND's Washington office, Ambassador Charles Ries and RAND senior economist Howard Shatz discussed Brexit options and how they could impact U.S. economic, foreign policy, and security interests.

  • Winter 2018 Issue of Findings Now Online

    Mar 16, 2018

    With details about Commencement Weekend; features on alumni Mark Schuster and Josh Weed; photos from the APPAM regional conference, the holiday party, and the inaugural ping pong tournament organized by Brown Faculty Chairs; and much more, the winter issue of our quarterly newsletter continues Pardee RAND's goal of informing and entertaining alumni.

  • Q&A with Mark Schuster, Founding Dean of Kaiser Med School

    Mar 15, 2018

    Alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91) says he sees many similarities between the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, where he is the founding dean, and Pardee RAND: "The school is innovating and reinventing public policy graduate education much like we are reinventing medical education." He also shares how Pardee RAND has influenced his career.

  • Gaza on the Brink

    Mar 9, 2018

    The combined risk of violence and pandemic in Gaza makes this small coastal enclave a ticking time bomb, writes Prof. Shira Efron (alum, cohort '11). While neither Israel nor the U.S. has the solutions to all of Gaza's water and health woes, the United States' decision to withhold funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency could only make things worse.

  • Giving Spotlight: Josh and Kristin Weed Continue Family Tradition

    Mar 6, 2018

    For alum Josh Weed (cohort '01) and his wife Kristin, giving back to Pardee RAND is a family affair. They have a strong sense of giving back to the school, and are regular donors. They also attend commencement whenever possible, and Josh conducts alumni interviews with applicants to school.

  • Ready, Set, College

    Mar 5, 2018

    With at least $1 billion going toward developmental education, writes alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), states and colleges have started to rethink their approaches to reform. But it may be too soon for states to put into place broad “one size fits all” policies. In the meantime, should states do nothing?

  • Alum Discusses His JAMA Paper on Diagnostic Error

    Feb 27, 2018

    The Institute of Medicine described diagnostic error as the next frontier in patient safety. However, alum Daniel Waxman (cohort '10) found the rate of cardiovascular misdiagnoses hasn't changed much since 2007. "If we want to do better, we will need to do something qualitatively different from what we have done in the past," he says.

  • Designing and Implementing Corequisite Models of Developmental Education

    Feb 23, 2018

    Alum Lindsey Daugherty (cohort '05) and students Diana Gehlhaus Carew ('15) and Alexandra Mendoza-Graf ('16) examined the implementation of integrated reading and writing corequisites—a reform to developmental education that accelerates students into college-level courses, while providing academic support—in Texas community colleges.

  • Robalino Asks, How Much Does It Cost to Create a Job?

    Feb 16, 2018

    Alum David Robalino (cohort '95) writes, "Creating more and better jobs is central to [his] work at the World Bank and a shared goal for virtually all countries—developed and developing alike. But oftentimes the policy debate turns to the cost and effectiveness of programs and projects in creating jobs." And that cost can be much higher than people realize.

  • Alum Discusses Addressing Healthcare Spending

    Feb 15, 2018

    Robert Dubois (cohort '85) is chief science officer and executive vice president, National Pharmaceutical Council. In a video interview, he says his goal is to "get to a point where we can spend our healthcare resources more wisely so that patients get the care they need and we all get the type of innovation that we really want."

  • How Surveillance Intermediaries Affect Small And Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies

    Feb 8, 2018

    Alum Anne Boustead (cohort '11) explored how efforts by companies to resist government requests for consumer information may disproportionately affect small and mid-sized law enforcement agencies. She found that small departments face obstacles to using commercially collected information that do not occur in the context of larger departments.

  • Alum Discusses Effects of America's Opioid Crisis

    Feb 1, 2018

    In a video segment on Clemson News Now, Lu Shi (cohort '03) and two colleagues from Clemson's department of public health sciences talked about the opioid epidemic and how it affects the young, old, and unborn children.