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.

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    Decision Support Tool for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Levees Investment Strategy

    Mar 7, 2019

    The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta faces complex and varied flood risks. Possible investments to mitigate these risks are numerous, and they will affect Delta risks differently. A decision support tool developed by alum David Groves (cohort '01) and student James Syme ('18) aided the Delta Stewardship Council in developing a Delta Levees Investment Strategy.

  • Kathryn Bouskill, a social scientist at RAND, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    What the Speed of Life Means for Security and Society

    Mar 6, 2019

    Dozens of technologies with the power to transform human life, from 3D printing to cognitive implants, could become as ordinary as a cellphone by 2040. Prof. Casey Bouskill says society will have to adapt, on the fly, in ways it never has. The speed of life itself could pose a security challenge.

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    Rural Physicians' Perspectives on the Medicare Quality Payment Program

    Mar 5, 2019

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently launched its Quality Payment Program (QPP), which changes how physicians are paid under Medicare. Student Nabeel Qureshi (cohort '18) and colleagues interviewed rural physicians to determine if their practices could successfully participate and how the program could be modified to support small rural practices.

  • Findings Highlights Importance of Leadership

    Mar 5, 2019

    The winter issue of our quarterly newsletter features students and alumni holding lead roles in APPAM, the school taking the lead in reinventing the policy Ph.D., and a new leadership team in Pardee RAND's Development office. Also: a new course in engaging communities in research, and hands-on research exploring the benefits of local air quality data.

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    Course Examines How to Engage Communities in Research

    Mar 4, 2019

    In many research fields, involving community members not only improves the quality of the research but also can increase its ability to result in local change and policy action. A new course this winter helped students acquire the skills to conduct this research.

  • Can Hyperlocal Air Quality Data Improve Policy?

    Mar 1, 2019

    A Tech and Narrative Lab project funded by the Cazier Initiative has brought together a team of Pardee RAND students, faculty, and RAND staff to explore whether having access to easily intelligible localized air quality data promotes better policy and personal decisions.

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    Developments in Development: Meet Our Team

    Feb 27, 2019

    Pardee RAND has an exciting—and excited—new team in the Development Office. In anticipation of Pardee RAND’s 50th anniversary in 2020, the launch of a major fundraising campaign, and the official inauguration of the school’s redesigned curriculum, the team has been hard at work laying all the fundamental pieces in place.

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    The Promise and Perils of AI: Q&A with Douglas Yeung

    Feb 27, 2019

    Prof. Douglas Yeung, a social psychologist at RAND, discusses how any technology reflects the values, norms, and biases of its creators. Bias in artificial intelligence could have unintended consequences. He also warns that cyber attackers could deliberately introduce bias into AI systems.

  • Skyline of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, illustration by Malte Muller

    Resilience and Adaptation Strategies Can Address the Impacts of Climate Change

    Feb 26, 2019

    Climate change is already generating storms, heat waves, and droughts beyond historical norms and local governments need to do more to prepare. A decisionmaking framework developed by Pardee RAND faculty, including alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), allows communities to stress-test ideas, weigh the trade-offs, and plan for a range of possible futures.

  • Young Asian woman looking at an eye scanner image, photo by Photographer is my life/Getty Images

    Biology, in the Language of the People

    Feb 21, 2019

    As technology and the ability to gather ever-growing amounts of data move further into the realms of biology and human performance, Prof. Tim Marler writes, communication and transparency become increasingly important. Scientists should consider whether they are using the words, examples, and models that connect with a broad audience most effectively.

  • President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    Engagement with North Korea: Small Steps May Matter More Than Big Ones

    Feb 21, 2019

    Kim Jong-Un has said he wants North Korea to become a normal country. Heejin Kim (cohort '18) and Prof. Rafiq Dossani say that agreeing to a series of short-term measures could reveal his truthfulness as much as large measures could. This could also pave the way to eventually achieving the larger goals.

  • Coast to Coast, Alumni Dine with Dean

    Feb 8, 2019

    Dean Susan Marquis, our "Foodie-in-Chief," loves grabbing a meal with alumni (and off-site students) when she travels. In this quarter alone, she's hosted events in Palo Alto and Berkeley, CA, and in Washington, D.C.

  • Distinguished Visitor Michael Phillips at Pardee RAND, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    WSJ Reporter Spends Week at Pardee RAND as Distinguished Visitor

    Feb 8, 2019

    Pardee RAND welcomed the Wall Street Journal's Michael Phillips as a distinguished visitors this January. Students, faculty, and RAND staff had ample opportunities to interact with and learn from him.

  • Rachel Perera, Rachel Swanger, and Lauren Davis

    Students, Alumni Hold Leadership Roles in APPAM

    Jan 24, 2019

    Following the election and appointment this month of two students to the APPAM Policy Council and Student Activities Committee (SAC), four members of the Pardee RAND community now have leadership roles in the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

  • Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence hold a bilateral meeting in Singapore, November 14, 2018

    Vietnam's Defense Policy of 'No' Quietly Saves Room for 'Yes'

    Jan 21, 2019

    Rising U.S.-China tensions over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea have pressured other states, particularly within Southeast Asia, to choose sides. Student Dung Huynh (cohort '16) says that Vietnam in the last few years has played a delicate balancing act.

  • Jair Aguirre and John Davis discuss cyber attribution

    Promoting Accountability in Cyberspace

    Jan 14, 2019

    The attribution of a malicious cyber incident consists of identifying the responsible party behind the activity. Professors Jair Aguirre, Ben Boudreaux, and John Davis recommend creating an independent, international cyber attribution consortium tasked with investigating and publicly attributing major cyber attacks.

  • Benjamin Boudreaux discusses cyber attribution

    Accountability in Cyberspace: The Problem of Attribution

    Jan 14, 2019

    The attribution of a malicious cyber incident consists of identifying the responsible party behind the activity. In this video, professors Jair Aguirre, Ben Boudreaux, and John Davis recommend creating an independent, international cyber attribution consortium tasked with investigating and publicly attributing major cyber attacks.

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    Does the United States Face an AI Ethics Gap?

    Jan 11, 2019

    The view that the United States is in an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race suggests an AI ethics gap. Prof. Benjamin Boudreaux says the U.S. may face a higher ethical hurdle than its adversaries when developing and deploying AI in military contexts. But, he adds, the gap could be a source of U.S. strength in building international partnerships.

  • South Korean soldiers conduct a pass in review during a military parade to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the South Korean-U.S. alliance in Seoul, South Korea, October 1, 2013

    North Korea's Expanding Nuclear Program Drives a Complex Set of Problems

    Jan 11, 2019

    North Korean provocations and threats have created an unstable environment on the Korean Peninsula. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and colleagues say the U.S. and its allies must attend to four interconnected problems. Failure to prepare will increase the chance of miscalculation and constrain options to reduce the likelihood or gravity of future conflicts.

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    Holistic Representation Can Reduce Incarceration and Save Taxpayer Dollars

    Jan 11, 2019

    Alum Maya Buenaventura (cohort '14) and Prof. James Anderson found that a public defense model that seeks to address the underlying challenges and needs of poor offenders prevented more than 1 million days of incarceration over 10 years, without reducing public safety.

  • Aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

    Book Review: The Heart of War—Misadventures in the Pentagon

    Jan 8, 2019

    Alum Jonathan Wong (cohort '12) thinks both Washington insiders and the general public may be inspired by Kathleen McCinnis's The Heart of War. The novel prompts readers to think more realistically about the Pentagon and its role in policymaking.

  • Pardee RAND students shared their Tech Lab Pilot projects during a 2017 open house

    Pardee RAND Reimagines the Future of Public Policy Problem Solving

    Jan 7, 2019

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School is taking a new approach to public policy education. Three new streams of study and action will better align with today's policy needs. Faculty and students will shift the focus from coming up with solutions to actually implementing them.

  • Kathryn Derose at St. Augustine by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, California

    Faith-Based Organizations Promote Well-Being in Underserved Communities

    Jan 4, 2019

    Prof. Kathryn Derose, a senior policy researcher at RAND and an Episcopal deacon, works with Latino and African-American churches to address health issues in their communities. Her research has shown the power of the pulpit to fight health disparities, counter stigma, and encourage healthy living.

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing regarding the company's use and protection of user data on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2018

    Data Breaches Could Cause Users to Opt Out of Sharing Personal Data. Then What?

    Dec 28, 2018

    As tech-based systems have become all but indispensable, many institutions might assume user data will be reliable, meaningful and, most of all, plentiful. Prof. Doug Yeung asks, what if this data became unreliable, meaningless, or even scarce?

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    Estimating Future Water Demand for San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District

    Dec 28, 2018

    Water resources management is becoming increasingly challenging in Southern California. Alum David Groves (cohort '01) and student David Catt ('16) evaluated the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District’s first step in a comprehensive effort to assess its demand projections.