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.

  • To Increase Diversity in Tech, We Need to Rethink What 'Tech' Is

    Nov 17, 2016

    The tech sector is a driving force for high-skill, high-wage job creation in the United States, but too few women and minorities reap the gains. Rethinking what defines today's tech jobs, along with greater investment in public-private partnerships, could go a long way toward bridging the diversity gap, writes student Diana Gehlhaus Carew (cohort '15).

  • Evaluating Policy Options to Increase Primary Care in Washington State

    Nov 15, 2016

    Xiaoyu Nie (cohort '14), Simon Hollands (cohort '15) and fellow RAND researchers evaluated several policy options under consideration by the Washington State legislature to address a possible shortage of primary care physicians.

  • Students Advise Big Blue Bus as Part of Client-Oriented Policy Analysis Course

    Nov 7, 2016

    Julia Pollak (cohort '12), Andrew Cady and Jakub Hlavka (both cohort '14) helped to optimize local transit connectivity by developing a robust set of performance measures for first- and last-mile bus services to the seven new Expo Light Rail stations on L.A.'s Westside.

  • Pardee RAND Partners with Eisenhower Fellows Program

    Oct 28, 2016

    In conjunction with Eisenhower Fellowships’ inaugural Africa Program, EF sent eight Fellows to Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California for three days of intensive skill-building, leadership training and transformative knowledge development, October 24-26, 2016.

  • A Collaborative Approach to Behavioral Health Care for Veterans and Their Families

    Oct 20, 2016

    Student Olena Bogdan (cohort '12), professor Terri Tanielian, and RAND colleagues evaluated the Unified Behavioral Health Center for Military Veterans and Their Families, a new model of behavioral health care that provides colocated and coordinated care for veterans and their families.

  • The Hot Spots of the World

    Oct 13, 2016

    Scarcity of food, energy, and water endangers the lives of millions. So Pardee RAND professors and students created a tool with the potential to help make aid initiatives more effective.

  • CERP Projects in Afghanistan Proved Effective

    Oct 13, 2016

    Projects under the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan ranged from rehabilitating a local well to hydro dam and reservoir restoration. The ability of the U.S. military to provide humanitarian relief and reconstruction services enhanced the operational effectiveness of U.S. forces there, according to research by student Kathleen Loa (cohort '12), professor Daniel Egel, and RAND colleagues.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

    Oct 7, 2016

    Using mindfulness meditation to treat chronic pain improves pain symptoms, depression, and quality of life, according to a study by students Eric Apaydin and Benjamin Colaiaco (both cohort '11) and professors Susanne Hempel and Sydne Newberry. More research is necessary, however, to determine the degree of effectiveness.

  • Evaluating Meditation Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress

    Oct 7, 2016

    Meditation appears to be effective in treating PTSD and depression symptoms, but more research is necessary, according to a systematic review by students Benjamin Colaiaco and Eric Apaydin (both cohort '11) and professor Susanne Hempel.

  • Announcing the 2016-17 Dissertation Awards

    Oct 6, 2016

    The Dean and the Dissertation Award Selection Committee recently announced the Pardee RAND Dissertation Award recipients for academic year 2016-17. Thanks to the School's generous supporters and friends, Pardee RAND was able to provide 26 awards totaling nearly $350,000 across a range of important policy topics.

  • How to Rethink Data Privacy

    Oct 5, 2016

    Society benefits from the exchange of large-scale data in many ways. Anonymization is the usual mechanism for addressing the privacy of data subjects. Unfortunately, according to professors Osonde Osoba and John Davis, anonymization is broken.

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    Oct 5, 2016

    Alum Daniel A. Waxman (cohort '10) and student Xiaoyu Nie (cohort '14) evaluated a fall prevention intervention but found no significant reduction in costs or emergency room visits.

  • Security Sector Reform in Ukraine

    Oct 5, 2016

    The 2014 Maidan revolution created an opportunity for change in a system that had resisted it for 25 years. Jakub Hlavka and Andriy Bega (both cohort '14) contributed to a report that found the Ukrainian security establishment has progressed since then, but its efforts have been insufficient to address the threats now facing the nation.

  • How to Be Safer in the Arctic

    Oct 3, 2016

    The Arctic is more accessible than it once was, but it's still a formidable place to travel. An emergency involving a cruise ship or a downed plane could stress the search-and-rescue system. But modest investments and planning measures can make a big difference, write alum Timothy Smith (cohort '13) and prof. Abbie Tingstad.

  • Workers' Compensation Reforms Helped Replace Wages and Offset Earnings Losses After the Great Recession

    Sep 27, 2016

    California workers' compensation law is likely succeeding in providing additional benefits for permanently disabled workers, and has helped to offset the impact of the Great Recession, according to research by alum Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11).

  • Estimating the Impacts of the Trump and Clinton Health Plans

    Sep 23, 2016

    An analysis by Prof. Christine Eibner of the proposed health care plans of the two major parties' presidential candidates estimated the likely effects of each policy relative to the ACA in 2018 on the number of people covered, consumer out-of-pocket spending, and the federal deficit.

  • Physicians with Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Have Capacity to Treat More Patients

    Sep 20, 2016

    Many American physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat individuals addicted to opioids are prescribing substantially below the patient limits allowed by law, according to research by alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97). More than 20 percent of waivered physicians treated only three or fewer patients.

  • How to Prevent Drones Colliding in Crowded Skies

    Sep 14, 2016

    The federal government should work with private firms to develop drone traffic management systems and test drone designs, write professors Kenneth Kuhn, William Welser, and Jia Xu. This could help stimulate the development of drone aviation. It could also help modernize the air traffic control system.

  • Central Bank Perversity: The Downside to Aggressive Monetary Policy

    Sep 13, 2016

    Aggressive monetary policy has negative effects on retirees, on income inequality, and on market stability—both domestically and globally—writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • Your Questions About Marijuana Legalization, Answered

    Sep 13, 2016

    At least five states will vote on legal recreational marijuana this November. Drug policy expert and Pardee RAND professor Beau Kilmer hosted an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit to shed light on this and other issues.

  • The Precarious State of Syrian Refugee Women, Children in Lebanon

    Sep 13, 2016

    While the gendered impact of political conflict on women and children has been well-documented in other conflicts, much less is known about the effect the Syrian civil war is having on women and children displaced by the conflict, writes Mahlet Atakilt Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Which Countries Could Become Disease Hot Spots?

    Sep 12, 2016

    Identifying and focusing on vulnerable countries that could become hot spots for infectious disease could help in the fight against future outbreaks. Students Bill Gelfeld (cohort '14) and Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) teamed up with professors Melinda Moore and Chris Paul to do just that.

  • Summer 2016 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Sep 8, 2016

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about our successful Be the Answer campaign, new courses for the new school year, CoCom efforts to support students, our latest Brown Faculty Fellow, and more.

  • Little Research Exists on UK Service Leavers’ Transition to Civilian Life

    Sep 8, 2016

    The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) supports families of UK Service leavers as they transition to civilian life. Research by Brent Anderson (cohort '14) and Prof. Agnes Schafer found that to help the FiMT, more research is needed in the areas of family engagement, family breakdown, housing and spousal employment.

  • Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching: Interim Report on Student Outcomes

    Sep 7, 2016

    Through 2013-2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative had a limited impact. But the recent upward trajectory in student outcomes suggests that reforms implemented as part of the study might be on the way to having a positive effect, according to research by Gabriel Weinberger (cohort '13) and professor Italo Gutierrez.