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.

  • Pardee RAND Celebrates 50 Years of Policy Impact

    Fifty years ago, RAND led the charge for a new approach to public policy and the new field of policy analysis. This year, Pardee RAND Graduate School is celebrating 50 years of education and impact, and once again leading the way in redefining the field of policy analysis.

  • Quarterly Newsletter Highlights Golden Anniversary

    Mar 27, 2020

    Pardee RAND is proud of its 50 years of policy impact, as well as its research contributions to the current coronavirus crisis. The school's newsletter features updates on how the school is responding to current challenges, cool student and alumni research trips to Alaska and Antarctica, and an exciting student research showcase, among other news.

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    Alum: A Few Hints of Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Mar 27, 2020

    Alum Loren Yager (cohort '87) writes, "There is no question that this is a world-changing event and that all the social distancing and other preparatory measures need to be taken as quickly and seriously as possible. But at the same time, we also need to see that there are some faint reasons for hope as we try to come to grips with the need to hunker down for months in our homes."

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    Alum: FY21 USMC Budget Indicates Institutional Inertia

    Mar 26, 2020

    The Grim Reaper is a 700 foot tall series of hills at Camp Pendleton that Marine recruits must summit to graduate from boot camp, writes alum Jon Wong (cohort '12). As the Marine Corps attempts to transform itself from a second land army and counterinsurgency force to operate within contested maritime spaces, the recently released FY21 budget request suggests that it will need to climb its own Grim Reaper to get there.

  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer meet with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to wrap up work on coronavirus economic aid legislation, Washington, D.C., March 20, 2020, photo by Mary F. Calvert/Reuters

    The Economic Wallop of COVID-19: Q&A with Faculty Experts

    Mar 26, 2020

    As Washington continues to weigh economic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are insights from Pardee RAND professors Jennifer Kavanagh, Debra Knopman, Krishna Kumar, and Howard Shatz on how aid money might be best allocated, how this crisis compares to the 2008 recession, what business communities can do right now, and more.

  • Virtual Preview Day Welcomes Admitted Students

    Mar 24, 2020

    In lieu of the normal in-person Preview Weekend, Pardee RAND hosted a Virtual Preview Day on Friday. More than three-fourths of our admitted students attended from locations around the world, as did many current students, staff, and faculty. With video sharing and real-time Q&A sessions, it was a rousing success.

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    Alum: Social Distancing Could Ultimately Teach Us How to Be Less Lonely

    Mar 23, 2020

    Alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) writes, "While public health officials are no doubt correct that social distancing is necessary, as a social scientist I would add that it is a necessary evil. Enormous amounts of scholarship have shown that social connectedness is central to well-being and good mental health."

  • A man wears a mask while walking past the New York Stock Exchange in New York City, March 17, 2020, photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters

    The Social Distancing Economy: Q&A with Pardee RAND Faculty and RAND Experts

    Mar 18, 2020

    Congress and the White House are weighing economic policies to help people acutely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Here are insights from Pardee RAND professors Kathryn Edwards, Debra Knopman, Krishna Kumar, Benjamin Miller, Howard Shatz, and Jonathan Welburn on what might be effective in terms of fiscal policy, stimulus spending, and emergency relief to affected workers.

  • TNL Workshop Explores Learning via Improv

    Mar 18, 2020

    At a Tech & Narrative Lab-sponsored workshop on March 10, students learned that improv isn't just about comedy; it is about how to deal with uncertainty and improve your ability to convey information.

  • A man wearing a face mask looks at his phone at Dulles International Airport in Dulles, Virginia, March 12, 2020, photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    Truth Decay in the Coronavirus Moment: Q&A with Prof. Jennifer Kavanagh

    Mar 17, 2020

    Prof. Jennifer Kavanagh, who wrote the RAND book Truth Decay about the diminishing role that facts play in making important public policy decisions, calls the unfolding situation with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 a worst-case scenario.

  • Distinguished Visitor Strongin Presents Lecture Series

    Mar 17, 2020

    Goldman Sachs partner Steve Strongin enlightened and enlivened Pardee RAND as a Distinguished Visitor-in-Residence from January 27 through March 12. Strongin is head of Goldman's Global Investment Research division, which provides original, fundamental insights and analysis for clients in the equity, fixed income, currency and commodities markets.

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    Student Helps Develop Method to Detect Subversive Social Media Campaigns

    Mar 16, 2020

    The U.S. has a capability gap in detecting malign or subversive information campaigns in time to respond before they influence large audiences. Student Krystyna Marcinek helped develop a novel method to detect these efforts.

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    Alum, in WSJ: It’s Dangerous to Test Only the Sick

    Mar 16, 2020

    In the Wall Street Journal, Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) writes: "President Trump says 1.4 million tests for the novel coronavirus will become available this week. That’s welcome news. But officials are about to make a mistake. The president said testing will be limited to people who believe they may be infected."

  • A staff member cleans and disinfects a display window to protect guests from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, March 17, 2020. Photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    In JAMA, Alum Explores Taiwan's Response to COVID-19

    Mar 16, 2020

    Jason Wang (cohort '01) was the lead author of "Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan: Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing," a viewpoint coauthored with Prof. Robert Brook and published in JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • University of California, Berkeley Professors Lisa Wymore and Greg Niemeyer look at the Zoom screen showing students in their online Collaborative Innovation course in Berkeley, California, U.S., March 12, 2020, photo by Nathan Frandino/Reuters

    Coronavirus Forces Colleges Online. Profs Ask: Will Learning Ever Be the Same?

    Mar 16, 2020

    Colleges and universities have turned to online courses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But distance learning may also hold promise as a long-term strategy to help make higher education more accessible and affordable, write Professors Charles Goldman and Rita Karam.

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    Pardee RAND Responds to the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Mar 13, 2020

    In response to the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, the school and RAND are taking numerous proactive measures in response to guidelines from the CDC as well as state and local public health agencies.

  • Nurses Becky Barton and Jess White help nurse Jeff Gates take off protective gear after interacting with a patient at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

    Prof: COVID-19 Offers a Stress Test for a U.S. Health Care System Already Under Stress

    Mar 12, 2020

    There are many things hospitals and health systems could be doing in the coming weeks to best prepare for the advancing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Prof. Christopher Nelson says evaluating their surge response plans will be critical.

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    Alum Examines Effects of Limiting Payments to Hospitals for Out-of-Network Care

    Mar 12, 2020

    There is growing interest among U.S. policymakers to use out-of-network payment limits to curb surprise medical bills and as a tool to control rising health care costs. Alum Erin Duffy (cohort '15) examines how such limits might affect negotiated in-network prices and total payments for hospital care?

  • CDC staff support the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) response in the their Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, March 10, 2020, photo by James Gathany/CDC/Reuters

    Faculty: Estimates of COVID-19's Fatality Rate Might Change. And Then Change Again.

    Mar 11, 2020

    With infections of the new coronavirus confirmed in countries around the world, people are following the daily tally of COVID-19 cases, wondering exactly how lethal this new disease is. But Pardee RAND professors Sarah Nowak and Raffaele Vardavas say the truth is, it's hard to know.

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    Gift from Carlucci Family Anchors Pardee RAND Campaign

    Mar 11, 2020

    A $10 million gift from the family of Frank and Marcia Carlucci — a combination of current and planned giving — will endow scholarships, support the dean's priorities, and provide a title to the role of Pardee RAND dean.

  • On Antarctic Expedition, Alum Discovers... Herself

    Mar 10, 2020

    Some people may dream of the opportunity to take an exotic Antarctic cruise. Others may dream of the opportunity to increase their self-awareness and leadership skills through a year-long training program. By participating in Homeward Bound’s fourth cohort in 2019, alum Zhimin Mao (cohort ’11) was able to do both.