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.

  • A Syrian refugee carries his son through a rainstorm at the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, November 27, 2015

    Syrian Refugees: Humanitarian and Security Perspectives

    Feb 25, 2016

    The U.S. and other Western countries have vowed to admit more Syrian refugees, but terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, and Jakarta are fueling community anxieties. In this RAND Policy Circle briefing, Prof. Ben Connable and other experts address what countries are doing to help abate the humanitarian crisis and ongoing efforts to counter the terrorist threat.

  • Cars stranded in flood waters from Hurricane Irene in lower Manhattan, August 28, 2011

    Why Engineers Need to Be Thinking About Climate Change

    Feb 22, 2016

    As sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more common, evacuation routes in coastal areas will become more important. Prof. Kenneth Kuhn says transportation engineers need to be more proactive as they try to anticipate damage to pavement, bridges, and culverts.

  • Group of friends holding their smart phones

    How You Can Be Cybersecurity's Strongest Asset

    Feb 18, 2016

    Technology is thoroughly embedded within the average person's life but security is not emphasized to the general user, writes Prof. Lillian Ablon. Teaching the importance of security early on and continually bringing awareness to the public could help temper technology-based attacks.

  • A scientist displays Aedes aegypti mosquitoes inside the International IAEA's insect pest control laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, February 10, 2016

    Know Zika to Fight Zika

    Feb 12, 2016

    Scientists across universities, governments, and industry are doubling down to gain a better understanding of the Zika virus and develop the diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic tools needed to combat it. In the meantime, writes Prof. Melinda Moore, the public must be actively engaged.

  • View of Santiago, Chile with the Andes mountain range in the background

    Developing a Strategic Program for Chilean Health Information Technology

    Feb 11, 2016

    As part of an effort to assist in developing a strategic program to foster the development of the health information technology (health IT) sector, student Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (cohort '13) and RAND colleagues assessed the current state of health IT in Chile, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the coming years.

  • The Chinese Luyang II-class guided missile destroyer Jinan and other ships in formation during a passing exercise, November 7, 2015

    China's Naval Modernization: Where Is It Headed?

    Feb 10, 2016

    The PLA Navy is expanding its capabilities and operations to reduce vulnerabilities in China's near seas, but also to aggressively support its expanding global ambitions and challenge U.S. leadership in Asia, according to Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • The facade of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

    Fixing Judicial Recusals

    Feb 10, 2016

    If judges or justices own stock in the company of a litigant, they must recuse themselves from hearing the case. While these recusals help ensure impartiality at the level of the individual judge, writes Prof. James Anderson, what effect do they have on the pool of judges that hear cases involving publicly held corporations?

  • Colombian women listen as a health worker distributes information how to prevent the spread of the Zika virus in Bogota, Colombia January 31, 2016

    The Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

    Feb 9, 2016

    The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to brain damage in infants, is emerging as a public health priority. In this Call with the Experts, Prof. Melinda Moore answers questions about Zika and what can be done to prevent its spread.

  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Legged Squad Support System can relieve troops of their 100-pound equipment load, take voice commands, and maneuver around obstacles, in addition to numerous other tasks in the field

    Should We Fear an AI Arms Race?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Prof. William Welser notes that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others have signed a letter calling for a ban on the application of artificial intelligence to advanced weapons systems. AI weapons are not without risks, Welser writes, but the benefits are substantial and the risks can be mitigated with more moderate regulation than a ban.

  • Marine Corps sergeant relays commands during a tactical exercise to recover aircraft and personnel at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, January 25, 2016

    U.S. Military Service Members May Volunteer to Extend Tours if Offered Incentives

    Feb 8, 2016

    Most U.S. military service members would be unwilling to voluntarily extend overseas tours of duty, but some might agree to do so if offered financial incentives, according to a report coauthored by student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and several Pardee RAND faculty.

  • A North Korean long-range rocket is launched at the Sohae launch site in North Korea, February 7, 2016

    North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Kim Jong-un is probably seeking clear successes before his important Seventh Party Congress in May, when he wants to appear to be the all-powerful leader of North Korea, writes Prof. (and alum) Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Senior man with injured leg on snow

    Algorithm Identifies Costs, Outcomes of Falls Based on Medicare Data

    Feb 4, 2016

    Pardee RAND student Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09) and colleagues developed an algorithm that uses Medicare data to identify and analyze various types of fall-related outcomes, including episodes of care, injuries, and associated costs. Furthermore, the algorithm can be applied and adopted in other fall-related studies with relative ease.

  • A doctor typing on a computer keyboard

    A Unique Identifier Could Protect Patient Privacy

    Feb 3, 2016

    The policy debate about unique patient identifier numbers should determine the best approach for reconciling two goals: optimizing the privacy and security of health information and making record matching as close to perfect as is practical, writes Prof. Michael Greenberg.

  • Homeless man sitting on a bench in Los Angeles

    L.A.'s Homelessness Crisis

    Feb 2, 2016

    About 26,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the city of Los Angeles. In this Events @ RAND Podcast, Prof. Joan Tucker and other experts address what local governments, the private sector, and foundations are doing to address this crisis, especially as strong El NiƱo storms are expected this winter and spring.

  • High voltage power lines

    Policy Options for Better Service Outcomes from the Future Electric Grid

    Jan 29, 2016

    At a Cazier Initiative symposium, participants scoped important policy questions related to the electric power system. The meeting brought together multiple stakeholder perspectives on the challenges, solutions, and implementation barriers associated with building a more robust, resilient, affordable, and clean grid.

  • Man vaping while lying down

    Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

    Jan 28, 2016

    People who use marijuana for medical purposes are much more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational users. They are also more likely to report daily or near-daily use and consume more grams per day, according to research by student Ervant Maksabedian and professor Rosalie Pacula.

  • Members of the 183d Air Operations Group conduct simulated battle operations during exercise Virtual Flag, December 2015

    Getting the Most Out of Your Wargame

    Jan 26, 2016

    Some famous historical wargames offer a compelling narrative of what wargames can be at their best and worst, but they cannot illustrate the full range of contemporary wargaming that leaders should strive to achieve, writes Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15). A better understanding of how wargames can be helpful — or backfire — is critical.

  • A mother and son in Nigeria

    A Promising Approach for Expanding Health Insurance to Nigeria's Informal Sector

    Jan 22, 2016

    The Kwara Community Health Insurance program in Nigeria provides a remarkable proof-of-concept and template for addressing the challenge of providing risk protection for the poor in the developing world, writes student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13).

  • A laborer lifts a basket of crushed bricks at a construction site in Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 22, 2014

    What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    Jan 22, 2016

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. Prof. Shanthi Nataraj asks, How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?

  • Department of Homeland Security researchers work at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, April 28, 2010

    A Framework for Programming and Budgeting for Cybersecurity

    Jan 20, 2016

    When defending an organization, cybersecurity professionals must choose from a large set of defensive measures while operating with a limited set of resources. Profs. John Davis and Martin Libicki examine the menu of actions for defending against an attack and how defenders might navigate the selection process.

  • People wearing masks walk in front of a statue of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong on a hazy day in Shanghai, December 26, 2013

    China Has Done More About Pollution Than You Think (But It Must Do More)

    Jan 18, 2016

    It is not obvious from recent headlines, writes student Min Mao (cohort '11), but China's central and local governments have done more to curb the nation's air pollution over the past two years than casual observers may realize.

  • Phillip Ratner leads a creative workshop

    School Welcomes Phillip Ratner as Artist in Residence

    Jan 18, 2016

    To encourage a collaborative and creative environment, Pardee RAND welcomed sculptor Phillip Ratner for a week-long residency in January. Ratner had an open studio and organized daily arts workshops for students, staff, and faculty.

  • Syrian refugee children who crossed into Jordanian territory with their families, January 14, 2016

    Battered by War, Syrian Refugee Kids Need to Be Taught

    Jan 15, 2016

    More than 700,000 Syrian refugee children are not receiving formal education. Management of the Syrian refugee education crisis must take a longer view that recognizes the protracted nature of the problem, writes Prof. Louay Constant.

  • An individual running on a treadmill

    Understanding the Relationship Between Incentive Design and Participation in U.S. Workplace Wellness Programs

    Jan 14, 2016

    Students Ben Batorsky (cohort '12) and Crystal Huang (cohort '13) worked with three professors to understand how employer characteristics relate to the use of incentives to promote participation in wellness programs. They also explored the relationship between incentive type and participation rates.

  • A man with his children in a doctor's waiting room

    Modifying the ACA's Family Subsidy Rules to Help Ensure Affordability

    Jan 12, 2016

    The ACA encourages workers to retain employer coverage by restricting their eligibility for marketplace subsidies. Modifying the policy could help 700,000 people gain coverage and lower spending for 1.6 million who are insured but face high health care costs, writes Prof. Sarah Nowak.