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 Awards Funding for Internships

    Apr 20, 2015

    It is always exciting to see our students put their knowledge to work outside of RAND and experience what it's like to work in organizations in their fields of interest. To that end, Pardee RAND is happy to announce funding for three external fellowships.

  • Robert Ross Presents Keynote Address at 9th L.A. Policy Symposium

    Apr 10, 2015

    With a theme of "Social Determinants of Health: Nonmedical Interventions That Affect Population Health," the 9th Annual L.A. Policy Symposium featured a keynote speech by California Endowment president and CEO Robert Ross, as well as panel discussions on the impacts of socioeconomic, political, physical, and environmental factors on population health.

  • Building Urban Resilience: A Look at Challenges Facing the Pittsburgh Region Today and Tomorrow

    Apr 8, 2015

    RAND's Board of Trustees joined RAND donors and partners, as well as local Pittsburgh civic and community leaders, to discuss urban resilience efforts; Prof. Anita Chandra was one of the featured speakers. Pittsburgh is at the forefront of municipalities considering how to develop resilience as a framework for managing change.

  • Sleep Problems Prevalent for Military Members Post-Deployment

    Apr 6, 2015

    Improving the quality and quantity of U.S. military members' sleep following deployment could help reduce other health problems, including depression and PTSD. However, a lack of consistent and transparent sleep-related policies may impede efforts to promote sleep health among service members, according to research by Jeremy Kurz (cohort '12), Prof. Regina Shih, and colleagues.

  • South Korea's Missile-Defense System Decision: Q&A with Bruce Bennett

    Apr 3, 2015

    Chinese pressure on South Korea not to allow deployment of a terminal high-altitude air defense (THAAD) defense missile system has become a major regional security issue. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) answers a Q&A on what might it mean if the U.S. deploys it anyway.

  • Demands and Requirements for Ultra-Light Tactical Mobility

    Apr 2, 2015

    Vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles, as well as pack animals, are informally classified by the U.S. Army as ultra-light tactical mobility (UTM). Although UTM can potentially increase operational flexibility, Jon Wong (cohort '12) and colleagues suggest that as the Army plans for future use it should consider likely impact, risks and threats, and emerging technologies in its investment decisions.

  • What's at Stake in Nigeria's Elections

    Mar 27, 2015

    Next to ethnic and religious predilections, security is by far the biggest issue for Nigerians in Saturday's election, writes Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12). For more than 50 years, since Nigeria's independence from British rule, its military has played an important role in peacekeeping across the continent. Paradoxically, the country has struggled with an insurgency within its own borders.

  • The Likely Effects of Price Increases at Military Commissaries

    Mar 27, 2015

    Commissaries run by the U.S. Department of Defense save service members and eligible family members an average of more than 30 percent compared to civilian marketplaces and are seen as an important benefit of service. Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and Prof. Craig Bond examine how price increases might affect their use.

  • Visions of Law Enforcement Technology in the Period 2024-2034

    Mar 16, 2015

    Mikhail Zaydman (cohort '12) helped run the Law Enforcement Futuring Workshop, which identified ten possible future scenarios and 30 high-priority technology needs for law enforcement based on consideration of current and future trends in society, technology, and law enforcement.

  • Assessing the Feasibility of Analysing Foreign Funding of Islamic Institutions

    Mar 13, 2015

    The Netherlands Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) asked RAND Europe to assess the feasibility of conducting a full analysis of the size, scope and potential influence of foreign funding to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands. Pardee RAND student Gursel Aliyev (cohort '13) helped work on this project as part of his on-the-job training with RAND.

  • UK and Europe Are Behind the Times for Single Mothers and Their Children

    Mar 11, 2015

    Single parents head 10.4 percent of households with children across Europe — 20.4 percent in the UK — and the socioeconomic gap between single- and two-parent households continues to grow. Accessible and flexible work policies are needed to improve employment conditions for single parents, especially mothers.

  • Mental Health Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

    Mar 10, 2015

    Depression is the leading cause of disability throughout the world and is especially prevalent among low-income African countries, where 75 percent of the people who suffer from mental illness do not have easy access to the mental health care they need, writes Mahlet A. Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • Substantial Productivity Growth in U.S. Hospitals from 2002 to 2011

    Mar 10, 2015

    In a study of U.S. hospitals treating Medicare patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia, findings by Pardee RAND alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and RAND colleagues suggest that productivity in U.S. health care could be higher than previous studies had indicated.

  • Progress After Ferguson? Good Ideas Need Good Implementation

    Mar 9, 2015

    President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing has done a great service by providing dozens of sound recommendations—good ideas that could help avoid another Ferguson. Now we need good implementation to go along with them.

  • For Ukraine, the Battle to Bolster a Crashing Economy Is as Dire as Combat in the East

    Mar 9, 2015

    Ukraine's struggle to keep afloat economically has been daunting, as its parliament has fallen into disarray and failed to enact major economic reforms. Ukrainian lawmakers could help by dealing better with the national budget but their recent deliberations inspired little public confidence, writes Olena Bogdan (cohort '12).

  • Europe Must Spend More on Arms to Deter Putin

    Mar 3, 2015

    Demonstrations in Greece and elsewhere suggest that the European public may have little sympathy for governments not devoting most efforts to domestic discontent and foreign indebtedness, writes Professor Steven Popper. But the longtime downward trends in European defense spending matter now that Russia has chosen to flex its military might, diminished though it may be.

  • Is Geographic Clustering Driving Political Polarization?

    Mar 3, 2015

    The ideological gap separating the Republican and Democratic parties in Congress has grown dramatically wider in recent decades, write Alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson. An analysis of the presidential vote in congressional districts over the last 60 years finds that the degree to which most districts are different from the “average” district has grown, supporting the theory that polarization stems from geographic clustering.

  • Future of Coastal Flooding

    Feb 25, 2015

    President Obama's executive order that directs federal agencies to plan and build for higher flood levels as they construct new projects in flood-prone regions will affect hundreds of billions of dollars of future public works projects. In an ideal world, write Pardee RAND faculty Debra Knopman and Rob Lempert, and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), planners would estimate the benefits and costs for each project, taking into account everything from the details of the local landscape to the potential for adaptive responses over time.

  • Mitigating the Impact of Ebola in Potential Hot Zones

    Feb 23, 2015

    The experiences of African countries that successfully contained Ebola early can be informative for government officials, international organizations, and aid agencies seeking to capture the underlying factors that affect countries' resilience to such outbreaks and can help them prepare for high-risk scenarios, according to research by students Shira Efron (cohort '11) and Bill Gelfeld (cohort '14) and professor Melinda Moore.

  • Last Week Tonight's Jeff the Diseased Lung Is No Joke

    Feb 20, 2015

    John Oliver's “Jeff the Diseased Lung,” a cross between a warning label on cigarette packs in Australia and the Marlboro Man, has gone viral, writes alumnus/professor Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85). Meanwhile, research shows cigarettes are responsible for even more premature deaths than previously thought.

  • Reauthorizing ESEA: Key Issues and Federal Oversight Are Up for Debate

    Feb 18, 2015

    In this February 2015 Congressional Briefing, Professor Laura Hamilton and other RAND Education experts discuss the limitations of current accountability policies and how a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act could promote more effective policies.

  • Are Changing Constituencies Driving Rising Polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives?

    Feb 17, 2015

    Long-term geographical clustering of voters is responsible for roughly 30 percent of the increase in polarization in the U.S. House of Representatives between the 93rd and 112th Congresses, according to research by alum Jesse Sussell (cohort '10) and former RAND president James Thomson.

  • Individual Empowerment: Global Societal Trends to 2030

    Feb 16, 2015

    Marlon Graf (cohort '12), Prof. Dmitry Khodyakov, and colleagues analyzed how human development, grassroots movements and access to the internet and social media are likely to empower citizens in Europe and beyond, forming a significant societal challenge for the EU in the coming decades.

  • Learning While Doing: Applying Lessons Learned During Public Health Emergencies

    Feb 13, 2015

    Response efforts to the 2014 Ebola outbreak highlighted both strengths and weaknesses. Pardee RAND students and faculty have created a tool that may help inform and guide ongoing efforts in the midst of similar public health emergencies, rather than after the fact.

  • Assessing Options for Public Health Emergency Planning and Response

    Feb 9, 2015

    When public health emergencies arise, policymakers must assess and compare interventions to determine the best way forward. Using Ebola as an example, Pardee RAND students Margaret Chamberlin (cohort '14) and Shira Efron (cohort '11), along with Prof. Melinda Moore, developed a simple, practical, proof-of-concept tool that may fill gaps in a decisionmaker's ability to systematically assess options in a public health emergency.