Alumni News & Announcements

  • Blockchain concept, photo by AlfazetChronicles/Getty Images

    Blockchain: The Second Decade

    Apr 9, 2019

    Blockchain, which was invented in 2008, is now in its second decade. To help students and alumni understand the implications of this disruptive technology, Career Services welcomes four experts in a discussion of potential commercial and regulatory approaches.

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    Decision Support Tool for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Levees Investment Strategy

    Mar 7, 2019

    The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta faces complex and varied flood risks. Possible investments to mitigate these risks are numerous, and they will affect Delta risks differently. A decision support tool developed by alum David Groves (cohort '01) and student James Syme ('18) aided the Delta Stewardship Council in developing a Delta Levees Investment Strategy.

  • Findings Highlights Importance of Leadership

    Mar 5, 2019

    The winter issue of our quarterly newsletter features students and alumni holding lead roles in APPAM, the school taking the lead in reinventing the policy Ph.D., and a new leadership team in Pardee RAND's Development office. Also: a new course in engaging communities in research, and hands-on research exploring the benefits of local air quality data.

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    Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change

    Feb 26, 2019

    Climate change is already generating storms, heat waves, and droughts beyond historical norms and local governments need to do more to prepare. A decisionmaking framework developed by Pardee RAND faculty, including alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), allows communities to stress-test ideas, weigh the trade-offs, and plan for a range of possible futures.

  • Coast to Coast, Alumni Dine with Dean

    Feb 8, 2019

    Dean Susan Marquis, our "Foodie-in-Chief," loves grabbing a meal with alumni (and off-site students) when she travels. In this quarter alone, she's hosted events in Palo Alto and Berkeley, CA, and in Washington, D.C.

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    Students, Alumni Hold Leadership Roles in APPAM

    Jan 24, 2019

    Following the election and appointment this month of two students to the APPAM Policy Council and Student Activities Committee (SAC), four members of the Pardee RAND community now have leadership roles in the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

  • South Korean soldiers conduct a pass in review during a military parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the South Korean-U.S. alliance in Seoul, South Korea, October 1, 2013

    North Korea's Expanding Nuclear Program Drives a Complex Set of Problems

    Jan 11, 2019

    North Korean provocations and threats have created an unstable environment on the Korean Peninsula. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and colleagues say the U.S. and its allies must attend to four interconnected problems. Failure to prepare will increase the chance of miscalculation and constrain options to reduce the likelihood or gravity of future conflicts.

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    Holistic Representation Can Reduce Incarceration and Save Taxpayer Dollars

    Jan 11, 2019

    Alum Maya Buenaventura (cohort '14) and Prof. James Anderson found that a public defense model that seeks to address the underlying challenges and needs of poor offenders prevented more than 1 million days of incarceration over 10 years, without reducing public safety.

  • Aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

    Book Review: The Heart of War—Misadventures in the Pentagon

    Jan 8, 2019

    Alum Jonathan Wong (cohort '12) thinks both Washington insiders and the general public may be inspired by Kathleen McCinnis's The Heart of War. The novel prompts readers to think more realistically about the Pentagon and its role in policymaking.

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    Estimating Future Water Demand for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

    Dec 28, 2018

    Water resources management is becoming increasingly challenging in Southern California. Alum David Groves (cohort '01) and student David Catt ('16) evaluated the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District’s first step in a comprehensive effort to assess its demand projections.

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    Expanding Enrollment Without the Individual Mandate

    Dec 27, 2018

    Recent changes to the Affordable Care Act, including the elimination of the individual mandate penalty, may reduce enrollment in the individual market. But research by alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Prof. Christine Eibner finds that, even with these changes, options exist for increasing health coverage.

  • Italian MP Marietta Tidei talks with students at a school for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, Turkey

    Challenges to the Integration of Syrian Refugees

    Dec 18, 2018

    The successful resettlement of Syrian refugees is dependent on political commitment coupled with public support and community engagement, according to research by student Gabriela Armenta (cohort '15) and alum Mahal Woldetsadik ('13). Social and economic policies to address the crisis require a combined effort in planning, implementing, monitoring, and assessing initiatives, and sharing data with stakeholders.

  • Close up portrait of a African American woman holding a baby girl

    The Welcome Baby Program: An Implementation and Outcomes Evaluation

    Dec 11, 2018

    Findings from an evaluation of First 5 LA's Welcome Baby universal home visiting program showed significant variation across sites, but generally positive responses from participants. Melissa Felician (cohort '13), Maya Buenaventura ('14), and Lauren Davis ('15) contributed to the evaluation.

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    Fall 2018 Alumni Newsletter Highlights Hackathons, New Cohort

    Dec 6, 2018

    Pardee RAND's latest cohort arrived this fall for a two-week bootcamp that included a policy analysis immersion, one of the newest elements of the school's redesign. The Tech & Narrative Lab also broadened student horizons through an opioid hackathon, and Career Services engaged dozens of alumni through a series of new activities.

  • New Career Services Events Increase Alumni Engagement

    Dec 6, 2018

    Many of Pardee RAND's career-focused events would not be possible without alumni participation. Nearly two dozen alumni helped mentor and network with students through exciting new activities this fall.

  • Remembering Grace Carter (Cohort '70)

    Nov 30, 2018

    One of our first alumni, Grace M. Carter passed away November 8. A senior policy analyst in RAND’s Santa Monica office until 1998, a member of the original cohort at the RAND Graduate Institute (now Pardee RAND), and among the first students to receive a Ph.D. from the school, she also mentored many Pardee RAND students.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leads the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon in this undated photo released on November 16, 2018

    Why North Korea Sanctions Relief Is Inappropriate at This Time

    Nov 26, 2018

    In early 2018, Kim Jong Un signaled that he was ready to negotiate with the United States on abandoning North Korea's nuclear weapons. But since then, Pyongyang hasn't taken steps to denuclearize. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says the DPRK's actions speak louder than its words.

  • Celebrating the Career of Alum Jeffrey Wasserman

    Nov 26, 2018

    RAND Vice President Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) retired in October after 33 years of service to RAND and 13 years teaching and leading at Pardee RAND Graduate School — but first we threw him a big party.

  • Pardee RAND Well Represented at APPAM DC Conference

    Nov 14, 2018

    Two students presented posters; one student and six alumni presented papers during panel discussions, and 3 professors participated in panels at the annual APPAM Fall Conference. Additionally, two alumni and a professor received "40 for 40 Fellowships" to attend.

  • Remembering Meredith Kilgore

    Nov 14, 2018

    Alum Meredith Lamar Kilgore (cohort '98) passed away on October 17. He had a long career in health care and health care policy and was most recently the chair of the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and director of the Program in Outcomes Research in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

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    Committed to Improving Health Care Policy: Q&A with Jodi Liu

    Oct 23, 2018

    Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), an associate policy researcher at RAND, studies how to deliver high-quality care and how to pay for it. She discusses her assessment of a single-payer health care proposal in New York State and the supply-and-demand challenges that might arise if an Alzheimer's treatment became available.

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    Alum: In Opioid Policy, One Size Does Not Fit All

    Oct 12, 2018

    Congress is addressing the opioid epidemic through new legislation intended to increase access to treatment using medications such as methadone and buprenorphine. Alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) says further investments may be required to make counseling more available, increase Medicaid reimbursement for drug treatment, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un walk at the Capella Hotel on the island of Sentosa, Singapore, June 12, 2018

    North Korea's Actions Speak Louder Than Its Words

    Oct 11, 2018

    Kim Jong Un has regularly promised to denuclearize, writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75), but he's been all talk. And this year, North Korea has probably built five to nine more nuclear weapons. There are steps that could make a difference if taken before the North Korean nuclear weapon threat grows any further.

  • A Palestinian woman drags a cart loaded with water containers after filling them from a public tap in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, February 28, 2017

    How to Solve the Water Crisis in Gaza

    Sep 26, 2018

    Gaza has long had water and sanitation challenges, but today it's in a state of emergency. Research by alumni Shira Efron (cohort '11) and Jordan Fischbach ('04), student Rouslan Karimov ('15), and Prof. Melinda Moore finds that the crisis could be resolved through infrastructure investment, but political complications and other barriers remain.

  • ProMeSA efforts in the Dominican Republic

    OJT Project Leads to Decade of Research Collaboration

    Sep 7, 2018

    For more than a decade, alum Kartika Palar (cohort '06) and professor Kathryn Derose have been working together to reduce food insecurity among people with HIV. Student Gabriela Armenta ('15) recently joined them on a novel project in the Dominican Republic.