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.

  • Opposing red and blue ropes pulling on a stethoscope

    Drama over Health Care Continues

    Apr 11, 2017

    In this Call with the Experts, Prof Christine Eibner discusses the Affordable Care Act, what policymakers should consider, and changes that the current administration could make.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago estate after a bilateral meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017

    Rocky Road Ahead Likely for U.S.-China Relations

    Apr 11, 2017

    The first summit with President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping downplayed contentious issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea. But the differences run deep, writes professor Timothy Heath, and frustration is palpable on both sides. Moreover, the competition for international leadership continues.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with China's President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 7, 2017

    Five Dead-Ends — and One Risky Opportunity — When Trump and Xi Talk North Korea

    Apr 10, 2017

    Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) writes that, among President Trump's options, proposing a deal that gives the North Korean elite an alternative to its murderous and unstable leader could be the safest and most realistic way to sheath North Korean nuclear weapons and safeguard the American people.

  • An autonomous version of Acura's RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD navigates around a dummy at carmaker Honda's testing grounds at the GoMentum Station autonomous vehicle test facility in Concord, California June 1, 2016

    How California Is Trying to Keep Autonomous Vehicle Development on Track

    Apr 10, 2017

    California's Department of Motor Vehicles recently proposed new regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Professor Nidhi Kalra asks, will this help retain the state's status as a testing and deployment ground for the technology, and will it make California safer?

  • Regional APPAM Conference in April to Feature a Record 18 Students

    Apr 10, 2017

    At APPAM's 2017 California Regional Student Conference, 18 Pardee RAND students will present their research across a wide variety of policy areas.

  • Prisoners after a graduation ceremony from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California, April 20, 2015

    Why Prison Education Matters

    Apr 6, 2017

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, Prof Lois Davis and a panel of experts discuss the costs and benefits of using education to stop the prison revolving door, and the effectiveness of programs like The Last Mile, which prepares inmates for reentry by providing them with marketable skills.

  • RAND Annual Report Features 'The Pardee RAND Advantage'

    Apr 4, 2017

    The 2016 RAND Annual Report includes 10 pages about Pardee RAND students, research, innovation, courses, and more. Featured student projects include the Food-Energy-Water Index, investing in traffic safety, women in the Marine Corps infantry, virtual currency, and identifying disease hot-spots.

  • Bulgarian president Rossen Plevneliev, alum Anna-Marie Vilamovska, and the Polish Ambassador to Bulgaria, H.E. Krzystof Krajewski

    Alum Vilamovska Receives Award for Service to Poland

    Apr 3, 2017

    Anna-Marie Vilamovska (cohort '05) is one of the youngest recipients of Poland's Commander Cross of the Order of Merit, which was bestowed upon her in December for her contributions to the development of Polish-Bulgarian cooperation.

  • Girl pointing to her meal choice on a restaurant menu

    Just Right: Combatting Childhood Obesity Through Portion Size

    Mar 27, 2017

    Single-serving guidelines can help kids avoid eating too much when eating out. Student Cameron Wright (cohort '12) and professor Deborah Cohen created this infographic summarizing right-sized portions for kids.

  • U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attend a meeting with congressional leaders to discuss trade deals at the White House in Washington, February 2, 2017

    Strategic Consequences of U.S. Withdrawal from TPP

    Mar 27, 2017

    America's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership has exacerbated doubts about U.S. international leadership and America's role in Asia. Professor Timothy Heath says future trade agreements could face similar fates until they do a better job outlining how domestic workers can prosper.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the KPA

    Murder, Missiles, and Messages from North Korea

    Mar 24, 2017

    Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile on February 12 — one day before Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered in Malaysia — and four more on March 6. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) asks, What would lead North Korea to carry out these provocations?

  • An oil and gas worker operates a drilling rig

    Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    Mar 22, 2017

    Student Nicholas Broten (cohort '15) coauthored an ongoing assessment of employment and wages in energy and advanced manufacturing industries in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia region. The report captures trends about which counties might have greater demand for educating or employing local talent in STEM careers.

  • Soldiers drive a CM33 Clouded Leopard infantry fighting vehicle during the annual Han Kuang military drill simulating the PLA invading the island, in southern Taiwan, August 25, 2016

    Why China Will Not Unify with Taiwan by 2020

    Mar 21, 2017

    The prospects for peaceful unification of China and Taiwan continue to dim. Nothing Beijing has tried to woo or coerce Taiwan has worked. For those determined to compel Taiwan's unification, military subjugation remains a last option. But it would only worsen China's security environment, writes professor Timothy Heath.

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    Testing the Scenario Hypothesis via an Experimental Comparison

    Mar 16, 2017

    Alumni Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Zhimin Mao (cohort '11), along with professor Robert Lempert and other RAND researchers, undertook an experimental comparison of scenarios and forecasts to see which was most useful in a complex decision environment. The results offer lessons for designing decision support tools.

  • People serving themselves at a restaurant buffet

    Five Myths About American Obesity

    Mar 13, 2017

    Two in three Americans are overweight or obese. There are popular theories about what's causing the obesity epidemic but research does not support them. What is clear, write alum Ruopeng An (cohort '08) and professor Roland Sturm, is that most U.S. adults eat too many calories.

  • U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, November 24, 2015

    On 'Hidden Figures' and Being the Only Woman in the Room

    Mar 12, 2017

    A new film tells the true story of talented women who experienced racial and gender discrimination at NASA in the early 1960s. Like many women, they gained acceptance over time by being great at what they do. Dean Susan Marquis writes that women at RAND have also been pioneers in their fields and are familiar with being the only woman in the room.

  • Winter 2017 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Mar 10, 2017

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about the Charles Wolf memorial, our distinguished visiting professors, a new tech lab and design studio, an upcoming APPAM student conference, and more.

  •  Baotu Spring in Jinan City, Shandong, China

    Alumni Evaluate the Jinan City Water Ecological Development Implementation Plan

    Mar 9, 2017

    Alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Zhimin Mao (cohort '11) as well as professors Debra Knopman and Nidhi Kalra, evaluated potential effects of demand and climate uncertainties on investments recently undertaken by the Jinan Municipal Water Resources Bureau according to the Jinan City Water Ecological Development Implementation Plan, and assessed the potential of new investments and management strategies to help Jinan meet its long-term water resources goals.

  • North Korean ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol speaks during a news conference regarding the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, February 20, 2017

    Death by Nerve Gas: Two Arrests, Many Questions in Attack in Malaysia

    Mar 7, 2017

    Details about the murder of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother are still being uncovered. If a firm connection to North Korea can be made, others in the region should react strongly. writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). Otherwise, Kim may conclude that further provocations are worth it.

  • An aerial view of Foster City, California, April 19, 2009

    Innovation in the Bay Area: Q&A with Nidhi Kalra

    Mar 7, 2017

    Profesor Nidhi Kalra discusses what Silicon Valley startups and policy researchers have in common, whether test-driving autonomous vehicles could really prove their safety, and more.

  • Soldier reunited with his daughter on a sunny day

    Assessing the Needs of Massachusetts' Veterans

    Mar 7, 2017

    As part of the overarching Massachusetts Veterans project, student Erin Duffy (cohort '15) worked with professor Terri Tanielian and other researchers to assess the needs of the state's veterans to help inform investments in services and guide efforts to remedy barriers to access.

  • Four Alumni Visit to Discuss Careers

    Mar 6, 2017

    Thanks to the efforts of the Career Services Advisory Committee, four alumni — Loren Yager (cohort '87), Ying Liu ('04), Eric Jesse ('08), and Jon Wong ('12) — visited Pardee RAND during the winter quarter to discuss their varied careers.

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    Distinguished Visiting Professors Inspire Students

    Mar 6, 2017

    Winter Quarter brought three dynamic minds to Pardee RAND — NYU's Paul Light, Harvard's Martin Feldstein, and Stanford's Alain Enthoven — as well as discussions of government reform and its effects, income growth and distribution, and systems analysis and design.

  • U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, Japan, February 3, 2017

    U.S.-Japan Defense Relations Under Trump

    Mar 3, 2017

    U.S.–Japan relations appear to be stabilizing after a successful visit by Defense Secretary James Mattis to Tokyo that reaffirmed the alliance, followed by an equally successful visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the U.S. Next, asks prof. Scott Harold, will the Trump administration articulate goals for the region?

  • A man being interviewed by police in dark interrogation room

    What Data Is the Government Keeping About You?

    Mar 1, 2017

    Governments are amassing a wealth of data on citizens, a trend that will continue as technology advances. But with no reliable way to ensure that the data is accurate, notes professor Brian Jackson, risks abound. In the criminal justice system, for example, poor quality data could affect individual freedoms and employability.