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.

  • Motorcycle and cars on a highway

    Using Cost-Effectiveness Analysis to Prioritize Spending on Traffic Safety

    Dec 14, 2015

    In deciding how to allocate funds targeting traffic safety, policymakers must determine the appropriate trade-off between cost-effectiveness and equity among states. A new tool developed by student Ben Batorsky (cohort '12) and Prof. Jeanne Ringel helps determine the most cost-effective interventions to reduce motor vehicle crash-related injuries and deaths.

  • Professional chefs pick out their ingredients for the Superfoods Cook-off

    Traditional Grains Project Holds 2015 Superfoods Cook-Off Contest

    Dec 14, 2015

    To increase interest in millet and sorghum, the Pardee Initiative and ACET for Africa held a Superfoods Cookery Contest in Kampala, Uganda, on December 11. Professional chefs created and prepared 27 recipes in a competition similar to the TV show America's Top Chef.

  • Smart phone in woman's hand.

    Electronic Surveillance of Mobile Devices for Law Enforcement

    Dec 10, 2015

    Mobile phones collect and retain enormous amounts of information that can be useful in criminal investigations. However, state and local law enforcement face substantial challenges when accessing these data, according to research by professors Edward Balkovich and Don Prosnitz, student Anne Boustead (cohort '11), and alum Steven C. Isley (cohort '10).

  • Coleman Moshi, during a hike up to the first base camp of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Africa Succeeds in Meeting Many Long-Term U.N. Development Goals

    Dec 7, 2015

    Africa's great strides toward meeting the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals are a compelling reminder of the continent's potential to create a more prosperous and sustainable environment for its people, writes Pardee RAND student Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro prepares to hike to her platoon's defensive position during patrol week of Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Geiger, N.C. in Oct. 2013

    Integrating Women into the Marine Corps Infantry

    Dec 3, 2015

    The gender integration experiences of foreign militaries — as well as U.S. civilian police and fire departments — can provide valuable lessons for the U.S. Marine Corps as it considers making more opportunities available to women, according to research by Prof. Agnes Gereben Schaefer and student Jonathan P. Wong (cohort '12).

  • Kid with skateboard sitting on the curb with friends and family in the background

    Health Implications of Social Networks for Children Living in Public Housing

    Dec 3, 2015

    Research by alum Susan Burkhauser (cohort '09) and professors Heather Schwartz, David Kennedy, and Harold Green, social networks are significantly associated with alcohol consumption among teens living in public housing and with mental distress among girls, underscoring the potential importance of networks for the health of vulnerable children.

  • Fall Issue of Findings Highlights Pardee RAND's Legacy

    Dec 2, 2015

    With features on Charles Wolf, Harold Brown, and Harry Rowen, "This issue of Findings highlights the specific blessing we have in the school's history and legacy," remarks Dean Susan Marquis. Other news includes the new cohort, APPAM 2015 presentations, and lots of alumni news.

  • The bones of a bowhead whale, a food source and cultural icon of the native Inupiat peoples who have lived in Alaska for centuries

    It's Getting Harder and Harder to Live on Top of the World

    Nov 30, 2015

    In September, a relatively new kind of storm, made possible due to larger swaths of ice-free Arctic Ocean, battered Barrow, Alaska, washing away chunks of coastline, threatening businesses, houses, and the freshwater supply. Student Timothy Smith (cohort '13) writes that while mitigation efforts are necessary on a macro level, adaptation measures are needed now for such Arctic communities.

  • Honduran boys helped by Feed My Starving Children

    Peer Nutrition Counseling Reduces Food Insecurity Among HIV+ Hondurans

    Nov 24, 2015

    A peer-delivered nutritional counseling intervention for Hondurans living with HIV was associated with improvements in dietary quality and reduced food insecurity among a population of diverse nutritional statuses, according to research by alum Kartika Palar (cohort '06), student Melissa Felician (cohort '13), and professors Kathryn Derose and Bing Han. The authors suggest that future research should examine if such an intervention can improve adherence among people on ART.

  • The famous In-N-Out Burger at the corner of Gayley and Le Conte in Westwood, Los Angeles near the UCLA campus, designed by Kanner Architects

    Neighborhood Food Environment Minimally Affects Obesity in L.A.

    Nov 19, 2015

    In Los Angeles, the number of fast-food restaurants in a 3.0-mile radius is positively associated with fast-food consumption, and the number of convenience stores in a walkable, 0.25-mile radius distance is negatively associated with obesity, according to research by alum Ricardo Basurto-Davila (cohort '03), student Nelly Mejia-Gonzalez (cohort '11), and professor Roland Sturm.

  • Donald Rice, Richard Danzig, Paul Kaminski, Harold Brown, Michael Rich, and James Thomson at One Night with RAND, November 11, 2015

    Harold and Colene Brown Endow Faculty Chair at Pardee RAND Graduate School

    Nov 18, 2015

    The Harold and Colene Brown Faculty Chair will enable exceptional RAND researchers and faculty to be in residence at the school each year, allowing them to work on independent research and provide mentorship and guidance to students.

  • Shira Efron presenting at a Pardee Initiative lunch on May 21, 2015

    Could Drones Help Control Agricultural Pests and Promote Food Security?

    Nov 11, 2015

    With support from the Pardee Initiative, Shira Efron's dissertation explored whether unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, can help improve food security in Africa by controlling pests such as the tsetse fly and red-billed quelea.

  • U.S. Marines receive a safety brief before they conduct live-fire drills during Trident Juncture 2015 in Almeria, Spain, October 27, 2015

    Building Interoperability for European Defense

    Nov 9, 2015

    To make the most out of declining defense budgets, the U.S. needs to engage European forces to build interoperability that would enable joint operations to deter and defeat potential adversaries, even with little advance notice. But building interoperable units has often proved difficult even among the friendliest of nations, write student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) and Prof. Chris Pernin.

  • Over 5,000 weapons confiscated from criminals in Los Angeles County and collected through a gun buyback program were  melted and reformed as steel in Rancho Cucamonga, California, July 2013

    Gun Violence: Where Is the Research That Might Save Lives?

    Nov 5, 2015

    Gun violence is an important public health problem that accounts for more than 33,000 deaths each year in the United States but in 1996, Congress stripped the CDC of funding for any research that could be associated with gun control advocacy. The lack of CDC funding has deterred researchers, writes Prof. (and alum) Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85).

  • Student taking a standardized test

    Standardized Tests Can Be Smarter

    Nov 2, 2015

    Capping the amount of time students spend testing is a reasonable response to unchecked growth. However, a better response would be to systematically review testing programs, focusing on tests that offer the most value, write Profs. Laura Hamilton and Brian Stecher.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after an announcement by the Federal Reserve, October 28, 2015

    Zero Interest, Greater Inequality?

    Nov 2, 2015

    Low interest rates mandated by the Federal Reserve may have had and possibly continue to have adverse effects on income inequality. Those who argue for continuing near-zero short-term interest rate policy should be cognizant of this, writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • USS Lassen conducts exercises with Korean and Turkish navy ships

    How Will China Respond to Future U.S. Freedom of Navigation Ops?

    Oct 29, 2015

    On October 27, the USS Lassen carried out the first freedom of navigation patrol to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. In assessing China's potential response to follow-on operations, the extremes of either complete inaction or a military attack can be ruled out, writes Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • Cigarette butts in a public ashtray

    Sniping: Homeless Youths' High-Risk Smoking Practice

    Oct 29, 2015

    Any intervention to help homeless youth quit smoking must also address “sniping,” writes Prof. Joan Tucker. This high-risk activity involves scavenging cigarette butts and filters to make a “new” cigarette.

  • Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller gives a tour of the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, October 21, 2015

    When Public Trust in Corporations Is Shaken

    Oct 28, 2015

    The Volkswagen scandal comes at a time when the public's trust in both the automotive industry and tech companies is at risk. The level of public trust in an individual organization could end up burnishing — or infecting — an entire industry or new technology.

  • The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, Germany, March, 5, 2013

    How to Overcome the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    Oct 22, 2015

    The warnings and promises of artificial intelligence aren't new, but advances in technology make them more pressing.

  • College student discussing assignment with tutor

    The Shared Savings Model: An Innovative Way to Attack Rapidly Rising College Costs

    Oct 22, 2015

    The challenge facing policymakers is how to lessen the college cost pressure felt by families while incentivizing institutions to innovate to reduce cost and improve quality. What if cost savings from increased productivity were quantified and a portion returned to institutions?

  • Malware phishing data concept

    Social Engineering Explained: The Human Element in Cyberattacks

    Oct 20, 2015

    The human element is the most unpredictable factor in cybersecurity. A social engineer aims to make people do what they want or give the social engineer information, often without the person considering the negative consequences.

  • A young student sitting outside in a school corridor

    Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

    Oct 14, 2015

    Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.

  • Bob Shiller speaks at Charles Wolf Jr. Endowed Lecture

    Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Robert Shiller Speaks at Pardee RAND

    Oct 13, 2015

    Pardee RAND welcomed American Nobel laureate and economist Robert “Bob” Shiller as part of the Charles Wolf, Jr., Endowed Lecture Series. Shiller was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, together with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, for their empirical analysis of asset prices.

  • Charles Wolf with current and former RAND presidents

    Reflections on the Career of Charles Wolf, Jr.

    Oct 13, 2015

    A collection of essays celebrates the 60-year career of Pardee RAND founding dean Charles Wolf, Jr., who has distinguished himself as a scholar, leader, educator, and philanthropist. The essays were written by his colleagues and students, sponsors who commissioned some of his best work, and RAND trustees and advisors. The reflections note the breadth of his work and the reach of his work's influence.