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.

  • Santa Monica's Wellbeing Project

    Sep 29, 2017

    Prof Anita Chandra and Santa Monica city officials discuss the Wellbeing Project, which aimed to evaluate overall community wellbeing and incorporate these results into city planning and governance.

  • Public Cord Blood Banks Provide Benefits Despite Drop in Use

    Sep 29, 2017

    U.S. umbilical cord blood banks are a valuable resource for patients and the research community. Research by student Jakub Hlavka (cohort '14) indicates their benefits far outweigh their costs and they should continue to receive federal support. Stakeholders could work together to strengthen the industry and improve the genetic diversity and quality of the national inventory.

  • Community Citizen Science Could Transform Science and Society

    Sep 27, 2017

    Community citizen science involves public participation in research to support interventional activities or policy change. Students Amanda F. Edelman and Therese Jones (both cohort '13) find that there is disagreement over current standards of practice, but if successful, citizen science could improve communities, science, and decisionmaking.

  • Savings from a Single-Payer Health System Would Not Be Automatic

    Sep 26, 2017

    Polls have shown increasing public support for a single-payer system in the U.S., writes alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12). Yet there is no agreement on how to set up and pay for a single-payer system or even how much it would cost.

  • Do Americans Expect Too Much from Health Insurance?

    Sep 23, 2017

    Americans expect affordable coverage for pre-existing conditions, access to routine services, and for the health care system to protect them from financial risk from accidents or illness. As a product designed primarily for risk protection, insurance may not be the most efficient or affordable approach to achieving these objectives, write professors Christine Eibner and Katherine Grace Carman.

  • Repealing or Replacing ACA Would Result in More Uninsured Veterans and Stress on VA Health System

    Sep 14, 2017

    Recent congressional proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of uninsured nonelderly veterans and further increase demand for VA health care. The effects would vary across states, according to research by student Mimi Shen (cohort '16), but the largest impacts would be felt in states that expanded Medicaid.

  • Joint Military Exercises Distract from Complex Russia-Belarus Relationship

    Sep 13, 2017

    Analysts and military leaders have concerns that Russia will use the Zapad 2017 exercise in Belarus as a smokescreen to put personnel and equipment in place, and keep it there. But student Bilyana Lilly (cohort '16) argues that the deep ties and history of cooperation between the two states make the chances of that happening unlikely.

  • Beyond Strategic Patience with North Korea: What Comes Next?

    Sep 8, 2017

    North Korea says that nuclear weapons are essential to regime survival. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says the United States should figure out how to persuade the North Korean regime that it is less likely to survive by posing a nuclear threat than by cooperating with the international community.

  • Pardee RAND Rolls Out Policy Design Studios

    Sep 6, 2017

    A “studio,” normally thought of as a space where visual or performance artists work, is also a place for integrating knowledge, tools, and skills within an atmosphere of experimentation. Because policies must be imagined, designed, and understood within the context of social systems, Pardee RAND is integrating studios into the core curriculum this fall.

  • Dardia to Represent Alumni on Board of Governors

    Sep 5, 2017

    Michael Dardia (cohort '89) will join the Pardee RAND Board of Governors in November as the new alumni representative. He recently participated in a Q&A session with the School's new development officer.

  • Campaign for Fair Food Makes a Real Difference

    Aug 25, 2017

    The Fair Food Program protects farmworkers while providing corporations with transparency in their supply chains and tremendous brand protection, writes Dean Susan Marquis. It has been widely recognized for improving agricultural working conditions and for changing the culture of America's farm fields.

  • What Emerging Research Says About the Promise of Personalized Learning

    Aug 16, 2017

    Personalized learning holds promise as an innovation that can lead to improved educational outcomes for students. But Prof. John Pane writes that implementers should have modest expectations for the magnitude of the benefits, and patience for the full benefits to emerge.

  • Tensions Between North Korea and the U.S.

    Aug 16, 2017

    Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75), along with RAND experts, Andrew Scobell and J.D. Williams, hosted a conference call with news media discussing the rising tensions between North Korea and the United States. RAND Senior Media Relations Officer Khorshied Samad moderated the call.

  • Another Casualty of Climate Change: Peace

    Aug 15, 2017

    Student Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort ' 14) says the connection between human conflict and climate change is no mere coincidence. Drought, temperature and tensions rise in tandem, with the implicit threat of violent conflict not far behind.

  • Pardee RAND Welcomes Executive Vice Dean

    Aug 15, 2017

    Daniel Grunfeld joined Pardee RAND on August 14 as Executive Vice Dean for Strategy and Partnerships. In this new position, he will work closely with Dean Susan Marquis and others to help direct the school’s strategic direction, including developing a new network of institutional partners and philanthropic support to advance the school’s reimagined design and vision for the future.

  • School Hosts Fifth Annual Faculty Leaders Program

    Aug 10, 2017

    Pardee RAND held its fifth annual Faculty Leaders Program, a professional development workshop to encourage diversity in the next generation of policy analysts and leaders, July 24–28. The School welcomed 14 faculty members from colleges and universities that serve students who are traditionally underrepresented in public policy.

  • Extending Marketplace Tax Credits Would Make Coverage More Affordable for Middle-Income Adults

    Jul 27, 2017

    Paying for health care coverage is a challenge for Americans facing rising premiums, deductibles, and copayments. Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Prof. Christine Eibner say the ACA's tax credits that make marketplace insurance more affordable for lower-income individuals should be extended to middle-income adults aged 50–64.

  • Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza

    Jul 26, 2017

    The Israel Defense Force had to evolve to meet an adaptive and determined hybrid adversary during its wars in Gaza. Student Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15) and alum/prof Shira Efron (cohort '11) found that the U.S. Army and the joint force can learn from the IDF's challenge of balancing intense international legal public scrutiny and the hard operational realities of urban warfare.

  • Norris Discusses Increasing Diversity in the 21st Century: The Role of Mentoring

    Jul 25, 2017

    Dr. Keith Norris, an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, discussed the role of mentoring to increase diversity in the field of biomedical and health research. He was the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program.

  • Getting (Solar) Electricity Pricing Right

    Jul 24, 2017

    For many U.S. homeowners, an investment in rooftop solar is becoming a cost-competitive alternative to purchasing grid electricity. But student Benjamin Smith (cohort '15) and professors Nick Burger and Aimee Curtright note that, as demand soars, states are struggling to adapt a 20th-century electrical grid to 21st-century supply and demand, leading to confusion and cost uncertainty.

  • Should California Drop Criminal Penalties for Drug Possession?

    Jul 20, 2017

    Californians have a lot to consider when it comes to decriminalizing possession. But professor Beau Kilmer sayd now is the time for a rigorous discussion about removing criminal penalties for drug possession, rather than rushing to judgment in the heat of a future election season.

  • Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Its Water

    Jul 18, 2017

    Pittsburgh is struggling to improve its aging water system. Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) and alum/professor Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) review the history and recent developments related to the use of lead pipes and the policy options for lead remediation currently being weighed by local decisionmakers.

  • A Colombian Survivor's Crusade to Strengthen Punishment for Acid Attacks

    Jul 17, 2017

    Acid attacks—one of the most extreme forms of violence against women and girls—have devastating, lifelong consequences for survivors. Student Mahlet Woldetsadik (cohort '13) writes that governments can, like Colombia, impose tougher punishments on attackers and support programs to build survivors' self-confidence.

  • North Korea's Continuous Provocations

    Jul 17, 2017

    In this July 17th, 2017 congressional briefing, alum Bruce W. Bennett (cohort '75), Senior International/Defense Researcher at RAND, discusses North Korea's nuclear missile programs, its changing relationship with China, and implications for U.S. policy.

  • The Terrorist Diaspora

    Jul 13, 2017

    An overview of the testimony presented by Prof Colin Clarke before the House Homeland Security Committee Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States on July 13, 2017.