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.

  • U.S. Navy LTJG Mike Gibson instructs the Ethiopian National Defense Force engineers on daily operations for engineering teams in Fiche, Ethiopia, December 19, 2012

    Defense Institution Building in Africa

    Jan 4, 2016

    Effective defense institution building (DIB) requires close coordination at every level. Improved coordination, planning, and implementation should enable DIB to advance U.S. defense objectives in Africa more effectively, according to research by alum Chaoling Feng (cohort '09) and RAND colleagues.

  • Doctor consulting with female patient

    Examining Employer, Insurer, and Industry Perspectives on Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research

    Jan 4, 2016

    Alum Robert Dubois (cohort '87) teamed up with profs Tom Concannon and Dmitry Khodyakov to examine what three key stakeholder groups think about the comparative effectiveness research done by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and what the institute can do to increase stakeholder awareness and interest.

  • Actor Charlie Sheen on the set of the NBC Today show in New York City, November 17, 2015

    Charlie Sheen and the Enduring Stigma Attached to HIV

    Dec 29, 2015

    HIV-related stigma and discrimination remains pervasive despite strides that have been made in fighting the disease, writes Prof. Sarah MacCarthy. Charlie Sheen reported paying more than $10 million in bribes to keep his HIV status secret before going public recently to put an end to the extortion.

  • Participants are seen in silhouette as they look at a screen showing a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 8, 2015

    Paris Gets the (Decision) Science Right

    Dec 18, 2015

    The framework for the Paris negotiations is in sync with what science tells us about how to make effective public policy decisions. This alone makes them historic and may provide a model for both local and global action on more than climate alone, writes Prof. Steven Popper.

  • The slogan "1.5 Degrees" is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, France, December 11, 2015

    Professors Discuss the Paris Climate Change Accord

    Dec 17, 2015

    More than 20 years after world leaders first tried hammering out an accord to tackle climate change, negotiators from 195 nations at the COP21 summit in Paris adopted a agreement that is being hailed as "historic, durable, and ambitious." Professors Robert Lempert and Debra Knopman discuss the agreement and what comes next.

  • Environmentalists hold a banner which reads in part, "For the Climate," near the Eiffel Tower during the World Climate Change Conference 2015

    COP21: Ambition and Momentum

    Dec 17, 2015

    Negotiators in Paris last week achieved a historic breakthrough by adopting a fundamentally different, and likely more effective, institutional framework to address climate change, write alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Prof. Rob Lempert. The framework builds on two concepts missing from past attempts to forge a global treaty: voluntary participation and adaptive policymaking.

  • Two administrators examining a document

    A Getting To Outcomes® Guide to Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement for Community Service Organizations

    Dec 17, 2015

    Developed as a supplement to the original GTO manual, a guide by professor Sarah Hunter and student Christina Y. Huang (cohort '10) offers practical step-by-step guidance for community service organizations (CSOs) conducting continuous quality improvement (CQI),

  • Financial system representation

    The National Security Implications of Virtual Currency

    Dec 16, 2015

    Could a non-state actor deploy a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, to disrupt sovereignty and increase their political or economic power? How might a government or organization successfully disrupt such a deployment? A report by student David Manheim (cohort '12) and professors Joshua Baron and Cynthia Dion-Schwartz examines these questions.

  • Paramedics pushing a patient on a gurney into a hospital

    Saving Lives After Tragedy

    Dec 14, 2015

    Natural and man-made mass-casualty incidents are a growing threat, writes Prof. Chris Nelson. Evaluating successes and shortcomings after each crisis can contribute to the design and implementation of robust and resilient response systems and ensure the best possible outcomes for individuals and impacted communities.

  • 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.