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.

  • Pardee RAND Celebrates 50 Years of Policy Impact

    Fifty years ago, RAND led the charge for a new approach to public policy and the new field of policy analysis. This year, Pardee RAND Graduate School is celebrating 50 years of education and impact, and once again leading the way in redefining the field of policy analysis.

  • A U.S. Army soldier on a route clearance mission in Wardak province, Afghanistan, August 13, 2013, photo by Spc. Chenee Brooks/U.S. Army

    Student Helps Compare Army's Suicide Rate to the General Population's

    Mar 10, 2020

    The U.S. Army has typically compared its suicide rate with that of the general population while adjusting for age, gender, and yearly differences. But student Steven Davenport and RAND colleagues find there are additional factors related to suicide that should be considered: race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and marital status.

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    Alum Evaluates Prescription Opioid Misuse Across Age Groups

    Mar 5, 2020

    Alum Bradley Stein and RAND colleagues found that adults 50 and older comprised approximately 25% of all individuals reporting past-year prescription opioid misuse. Physicians continue to be a direct source of prescription opioids for misuse, particularly for older adults.

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    Student Helps Analyze the Cyber Threat from Drones

    Mar 5, 2020

    Unmanned aerial systems—drones—have become more common, more readily available, and more sophisticated. And they have new capabilities, such as increased data collection and autonomous behavior. Student Jalal Awan and RAND colleagues found that drones' cybersecurity implications demand a coherent strategy.

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    Student Helps Evaluate Impact of L.A. County Moral Injury Conference

    Mar 4, 2020

    In May 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America hosted a three-day conference, "Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery." Student Rebecca deGuttry and RAND colleagues evaluated the reach and impact of the conference and its goals to deepen knowledge about moral injury and effective recovery strategies and to strengthen collaborative connections.

  • Last Week Tonight Cites Alumni Research on Medicare for All

    Feb 20, 2020

    Two studies by Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Kenneth Thorpe ('80), which both aimed to estimate the cost of Medicare for All, made a surprising appearance in a chart featured on John Oliver's late-night comedy-news program Last Week Tonight. The studies were originally cited in the New York Times last April. Liu was also quoted on the topic recently in Teen Vogue.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia, in Moscow, Russia, February 5, 2020, photo by Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via Reuters

    Student: How to Understand and Respond to Russian Subversion

    Feb 18, 2020

    Russia's interests motivate different forms of subversion to influence domestic politics in the United States and elsewhere, according to student Krystyna Marcinek and colleagues. Capabilities vary across countries and activities, and the effectiveness of such efforts remains largely unknown. Despite these challenges, there are ways to deter and respond to Russian subversion.

  • Students Recommend an 'Olympian Feat': Green Infrastructure in Los Angeles

    Feb 11, 2020

    Los Angeles has an opportunity to reinvent itself by harnessing the collective spirit of Olympics development, climate activism, and Measure W funding. Students Noah Johnson (cohort '18), Karishma Patel ('17), and Jarrett Catlin ('18) write that no single project can address all LA's environmental needs, but many diverse projects could provide an opportunity for synergies and to create a new “city feel,” the way palm trees, traffic, and movie-touting billboards do now.

  • Spc. Jack Buckwalter, a mental health specialist, provides triage to a soldier during a behavioral health assessment.

    Student Identifies Factors for Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for U.S. Army Personnel

    Feb 10, 2020

    In support of Army efforts to provide the highest-quality behavioral health care possible, Student Sujeong Park and RAND researchers identified factors associated with improved outcomes for soldiers who receive Army behavioral health specialty care.

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    Los Angeles River Revitalization: Students Encourage Taking Inspiration from Near and Far

    Feb 4, 2020

    Currently a predominantly concrete channel running through the city, the Los Angeles River has great potential to revitalize Los Angeles's water resources, landscape, and identity. Students Keren Zhu (cohort '17), J. Luke Irwin ('16), and Stephanie Tanverakul ('18), along with Prof. Timothy Gulden, explain that creating a new vision for the river presents a complex challenge for policymakers, engineers, and urban planners.

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    More Than Stormwater: Students Explore Multiple Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Los Angeles Communities

    Jan 29, 2020

    California faces shortages in water supply amidst droughts, wildfires, and other natural disasters worsened by climate change. Students Joan Chang (cohort '18), Pau Alonso Garcia ('18), and Jonathan Lamb ('17) argue that taking a systems thinking approach, in particular applying a systems framework, is essential to addressing complex problems for the sustainability of water resources that affect individuals, communities, and broader populations.

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    What Are the Characteristics of High-Performing Health Systems?

    Jan 28, 2020

    Alum Cheryl Damberg and fellow RAND researchers identified a list of characteristics of high-performing health systems as part of an ongoing effort to discover how and why some U.S. health systems are high performing and others are not.

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    Student Examines Systemic Risk in the Broad Economy

    Jan 21, 2020

    After the 2008 financial crisis, research and policy focused on the risk that heavily interconnected networks could fuel the spread of economic crises—a problem known as systemic risk. Research coauthored by student Krystyna Marcinek (cohort '17) considers systemic risk in other sectors like technology, telecommunications, and health care.

  • Airport trading cards, photos by Airports Council International-North America; design by Katherine Wu/RAND Corporation

    Students Examine U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Financing

    Jan 14, 2020

    Passenger air travel is at an all-time high, and demand for it is expected to rise. Students Moon Kim and Diogo Prosdocimi supported research that examined whether current levels of spending under existing federal policies will be sufficient to enable commercial airports to make the infrastructure investments needed to meet that demand.

  • Jonathan Wong's tattoo of a bar code with USMC, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Ink Tank: Research Gets Under the Skin of Some Pardee RANDites

    Jan 10, 2020

    Pardee RAND alum Jon Wong (cohort '12), student Hardika Dayalani ('18) and Prof. Robert Bozick explain how their tattoos reflect their research on the problems Marines face, migration-related issues, and the changing needs of the labor force.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this undated photo released on December 28, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    Alum: North Korea Is Selling Political Deception

    Jan 3, 2020

    Why did Kim Jong-un substitute releasing the North Korean Workers' Party Plenary report instead of his traditional New Year's address? Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says that as with many things in North Korea, we do not know, forcing us to speculate.

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    Alum: Where Science Says to Spend Any U.S. Opioid Settlement Money

    Dec 19, 2019

    A global settlement with pharmaceutical companies has started to appear more and more likely. But alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) says even with billions of dollars, the settlement resources won't be unlimited. To avoid mistakes made in the tobacco master settlement agreement, any opioid funds must be carefully allocated.

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    Student Research: How Well Is DoD Positioned for AI?

    Dec 17, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Defense has articulated an ambitious vision and strategy for artificial intelligence. But if it wants to get the maximum benefit from AI-enhanced systems, writes Diana Gelhaus Carew (cohort '15) and colleagues, it will need to improve its posture along multiple dimensions.

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    Minding the Gaps: US Military Strategy Toward China

    Dec 11, 2019

    The U.S. national security community continues to consider the proper military response to China's ongoing military modernization efforts, but many aspects of the debate remain unresolved. Alum John Speed Meyers argues that, if analysts writing on US military strategy toward China want to improve the public debate, these analytical gaps must be filled.

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    The Next Generation Initiative: Faculty Leaders Program in Policy Research and Analysis

    Dec 10, 2019

    The Faculty Leaders Program, a professional development program for faculty who work with students or in disciplines underrepresented in public policy, is now accepting applications. Part of the Pardee RAND Graduate School's Next Generation Initiative, the program awards fellowships to 12–15 selected faculty to participate in a week-long policy analysis summer program.

  • Students Alex Mendoza-Graf, Ashley Woo, and Sohaela Amiri hold photos of their relatives at Commencement, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Three Students Create Pardee RAND Legacies

    Dec 10, 2019

    Students Alexandra Mendoza-Graf (Cohort '16), Ashley Woo ('18), and Sohaela Amiri ('16) didn't have far to look when they decided to pursue a Ph.D. in policy analysis. While forging their own paths, they are also following in the footsteps of relatives who also happen to be Pardee RAND alumni: Marlon Graf ('12), Jonathan Wong ('12), and Sara Amiri Cohort ('05).