Pardee RAND News & Events

Pardee RAND Graduate School students, alumni, and faculty are often in the news, writing blogs, publishing research, speaking at events, and more. Other pages (student blog posts, alumni news, faculty blog posts, featured research) provide filtered views of Pardee RAND news and announcements; here we present a complete compilation of ALL the news that's fit to share.

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    Independent Evaluation of the New York State 1115 Waiver Amendment: The Children's Design

    Aug 6, 2021

    In this interim evaluation of the New York State Medicaid program's Children's Design, students Annie Chen, Gabriela Alvarado, and Ingrid Estrada-Darley worked with RAND researchers to identify facilitators of, and barriers to, its implementation; describe and delineate baseline trends in outcomes of interest; and assess the feasibility of identifying comparison groups for analyses that will contribute to a summative evaluation of the program.

  • People walk past a COVID-19 vaccination center near the Santa Fe International Bridge, in El Paso, Texas, May 7, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Removing Barriers to Vaccination for Black Americans

    Aug 6, 2021

    To improve Black Americans' confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, health care organizations and the public health system need to become more trustworthy. Research by Priya Gandhi (cohort '20) and colleagues finds that honesty about historical and ongoing discrimination and working with communities to provide equitable, accessible care could help.

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    Platforms Should Use Algorithms to Help Users Help Themselves

    Jul 20, 2021

    Social media users generate massive volumes of content, which then spreads at extraordinary speeds. Yet platforms generally rely on a slow process of human moderation to remove prohibited content. Student Hilary Reininger and Prof. Christopher Paul ask, What if moderation could happen before the content is even posted?

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    Indonesian Fires and Haze

    Jul 20, 2021

    Fires in Indonesia contribute to severe air pollution that causes public health, environmental, and economic degradation across Indonesia and across equatorial Asia. Alexandra Huttinger (cohort '17) examines the drivers of fire activity in Indonesia and what some the health impacts of air pollution exposure may be.

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    Can Novel 'Swift-Certain-Fair' Programs Work Outside of Pioneering Jurisdictions?

    Jul 20, 2021

    South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program requires individuals charged or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to avoid alcohol and submit to frequent testing. Alum Gregory Midgette (cohort '09) and Prof. Beau Kilmer say this successful program appears to be making a difference in Montana as well.

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    School Leaders' Role in Selecting Instructional Materials

    Jul 19, 2021

    School leaders' perceptions of instructional materials influence their decisions about how to support teachers' material use. Ashley Woo (cohort '18) explores what the selection process for instructional materials looks like, and what role—if any—school leaders play.

  • A patient recieves a vaccination at a COVID-19 caccination clinic at Bethlehem Baptist Church in McKeesport, Allegheny County. <a href="">Photo</a> by Dan Zampogna / <a href="">CC BY 2.0</a>

    Vulnerability, Inequity, and COVID-19: A Portrait of the Pandemic in Allegheny County

    Jul 19, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities. Student Pedro Nascimento de Lima (cohort '19), alum Jordan Fischbach ('04), and RAND colleagues developed an interactive tool that shows how rates of testing, cases, and deaths, and the ability to practice social distancing, has differed across neighborhoods and populations in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County.

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    Assessing Health Services and Primary Care Research

    Jul 19, 2021

    Nabeel Qureshi (cohort '18) contributed to a review of federally-funded health services and primary care research, making recommendations for maximizing outcomes and future investments to better serve the needs of a complex and rapidly changing U.S. health care system.

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    Cannabis Legalization and Social Equity: Opportunities, Puzzles, and Trade-Offs

    Jul 16, 2021

    Michelle Priest (cohort '19), Prof. Beau Kilmer, and colleagues describe some of the opportunities as well as some major puzzles and trade-offs surrounding the use of cannabis policy to advance social equity.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, May 15, 2017, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    North Korean Nuclear Weapons Pose an Existential Threat to China

    Jul 13, 2021

    Despite the current border closures between their two countries, China and North Korea remain resolutely pledged to a “blood-alliance.” But alum Bruce Bennett and student Diana Myers argue this partnership has vastly different implications depending on which side of the border you consider.

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    Job-Related Stress Threatens the Teacher Supply

    Jun 15, 2021

    Nearly one in four teachers overall, and almost half of Black teachers in particular, said that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–21 school year, according to research by Ashley Woo (cohort '18). That's compared to one in six before the pandemic. They reported frequent stress and symptoms of depression more than the general population.

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    Marquis Honored with Endowed Scholarship

    Jun 14, 2021

    At Dean Susan Marquis's final Board of Governors meeting, Board chair Jim Lovelace and RAND president and CEO Michael Rich honored her by announcing the establishment of a $1 million scholarship endowment, the Susan L. Marquis Endowed Scholarship, to support future Pardee RAND students.

  • Twelve Alumni Present Career Talks

    Jun 14, 2021

    Alumni near and far shared their experiences with current students this spring through interactive Career Services webinars and discussions, taking advantage of one silver lining of our virtual world.

  • Q&A with "Audio Storyteller" Sinduja Srinivasan

    Jun 11, 2021

    Alum Sinduja Srinivasan now works for FiveThirtyEight as a podcast producer and describes herself on LinkedIn as an Audio Storyteller, but she started her career as a United Nations researcher. She credits Pardee RAND for preparing her for both careers, and for her career pivot.

  • In-Person Activities Gradually Resume

    Jun 10, 2021

    Once Los Angeles began easing its COVID-19 restrictions this spring, Pardee RAND took careful, tentative steps toward in-person and on-campus activities. One course resumed in-person meetings in the courtyard, and faculty and staff organized several fun outdoor events for students.

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    What Parents Think About Kids Returning to Classrooms

    Jun 10, 2021

    As of May 2021, 84 percent of parents surveyed plan to send their children to school in person in the fall. Black and Hispanic parents are the most hesitant. Two-thirds of parents want to keep COVID-19 school safety measures in place, finds Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19).

  • Student Podcast Explores Future Technology and Policy Scenarios

    Jun 9, 2021

    Students in Pardee RAND's Tech + Narrative Lab are exploring the implications of emerging technology through a podcast set in 2030. Using a future lens, they consider decisions being made today.

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    Has COVID-19 Led to Divergent and Inequitable Pathways in Education?

    May 27, 2021

    Remote schooling is associated with fewer instructional opportunities and potentially poorer student outcomes compared with in-person schooling. Nevertheless, Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) finds that many schools will continue to offer a remote option after the pandemic has passed.

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    From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business

    May 25, 2021

    When the situation in North Korea becomes conducive to foreign investment and development, what might it take to kick-start the country's economy? Students Diana Myers and Noah Johnson explored this question with professors Krishna Kumar and Troy Smith.

  • A Chinese meteorological department worker burns catalyst for cloud seeding and snowmaking to end drought in Beijing, China, February 17, 2009, photo by Oriental Image via Reuters

    What Are the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering?

    May 25, 2021

    Geoengineering, the intentional manipulation of an environmental process on Earth to counteract the effects of climate change, could introduce geopolitical risks. David DeSmet (cohort '19) and colleagues ask whether existing international governance mechanisms can manage these risks.