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.

  • USS Lassen conducts exercises with Korean and Turkish navy ships

    How Will China Respond to Future U.S. Freedom of Navigation Ops?

    Oct 29, 2015

    On October 27, the USS Lassen carried out the first freedom of navigation patrol to challenge China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. In assessing China's potential response to follow-on operations, the extremes of either complete inaction or a military attack can be ruled out, writes Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • Cigarette butts in a public ashtray

    Sniping: Homeless Youths' High-Risk Smoking Practice

    Oct 29, 2015

    Any intervention to help homeless youth quit smoking must also address “sniping,” writes Prof. Joan Tucker. This high-risk activity involves scavenging cigarette butts and filters to make a “new” cigarette.

  • Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller gives a tour of the VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, October 21, 2015

    When Public Trust in Corporations Is Shaken

    Oct 28, 2015

    The Volkswagen scandal comes at a time when the public's trust in both the automotive industry and tech companies is at risk. The level of public trust in an individual organization could end up burnishing — or infecting — an entire industry or new technology.

  • The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover, Germany, March, 5, 2013

    How to Overcome the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    Oct 22, 2015

    The warnings and promises of artificial intelligence aren't new, but advances in technology make them more pressing.

  • College student discussing assignment with tutor

    The Shared Savings Model: An Innovative Way to Attack Rapidly Rising College Costs

    Oct 22, 2015

    The challenge facing policymakers is how to lessen the college cost pressure felt by families while incentivizing institutions to innovate to reduce cost and improve quality. What if cost savings from increased productivity were quantified and a portion returned to institutions?

  • Malware phishing data concept

    Social Engineering Explained: The Human Element in Cyberattacks

    Oct 20, 2015

    The human element is the most unpredictable factor in cybersecurity. A social engineer aims to make people do what they want or give the social engineer information, often without the person considering the negative consequences.

  • A young student sitting outside in a school corridor

    Rethinking Student Discipline and Zero Tolerance

    Oct 14, 2015

    Restorative practices are an alternative to zero-tolerance school discipline policies. Rather than mandating prescribed punishments for specific misbehaviors, this more tailored approach aims to empower students.

  • Bob Shiller speaks at Charles Wolf Jr. Endowed Lecture

    Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Robert Shiller Speaks at Pardee RAND

    Oct 13, 2015

    Pardee RAND welcomed American Nobel laureate and economist Robert “Bob” Shiller as part of the Charles Wolf, Jr., Endowed Lecture Series. Shiller was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, together with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen of the University of Chicago, for their empirical analysis of asset prices.

  • Charles Wolf with current and former RAND presidents

    Reflections on the Career of Charles Wolf, Jr.

    Oct 13, 2015

    A collection of essays celebrates the 60-year career of Pardee RAND founding dean Charles Wolf, Jr., who has distinguished himself as a scholar, leader, educator, and philanthropist. The essays were written by his colleagues and students, sponsors who commissioned some of his best work, and RAND trustees and advisors. The reflections note the breadth of his work and the reach of his work's influence.

  • Boy taking a standardized test

    Education Policy: Challenges in Implementing New Standards and Assessments

    Oct 8, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of educators and policy experts, including Prof. Laura Hamilton, discuss Pennsylvania's approach to standards and assessment, what challenges remain, and what the future holds.

  • Colleagues discussing ideas

    Do Young 'Elites' Favor Income Redistribution?

    Oct 8, 2015

    Young “elites” — employed Americans who are 40 or younger, with high household incomes and graduate degrees — and especially Democratic elites have a strong preference for income redistribution.

  • Woman using a digital tablet with an elderly man

    Bridging the Global Age Gap

    Oct 8, 2015

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership offers hope for balancing the world's rapidly aging with its jobless youth. As long-term care for the elderly becomes a pressing need in many developed countries, services such as monitoring and reminding people to take their medications could be provided remotely from countries with an abundance of younger workers.

  • Young man drinking vodka

    Tools for Coping with a Military Spouse's Drinking

    Oct 5, 2015

    Partners Connect, a research study and web program, aims to help military spouses concerned about a loved one's drinking. Spouses can access free online communication tools and tips for taking care of themselves and their spouses.

  • Citizens of Cochabamba sign cards as part of the Cartas de Mujeres Bolivia campaign

    In Latin America, Breaking the Cycle of Intimate-Partner Abuse One Handwritten Letter at a Time

    Sep 30, 2015

    Latin America has one of the highest rates of intimate-partner violence in the world, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), but a series of high-profile cases, including the murder of a journalist by her policeman husband, have propelled intimate-partner violence to the fore of Bolivia's public agenda.

  • Shasta Lake is 100 feet below its normal levels January 23, 2014

    California's Drought and Water Policy

    Sep 30, 2015

    California has implemented numerous policy changes to cope with a record-breaking, four-year drought. In this Events @ RAND podcast, a panel of experts—including Professor (and alum) David Groves (cohort '01)—discuss what government agencies can do to better manage water resources, what methods are most effective at encouraging citizens to use water wisely, and how leaders can better plan for future climate crises.

  • Woman using a laptop at her kitchen table

    Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Sep 29, 2015

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model, write Alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and Prof. Trey Miller.

  • Investors watch stock information at a brokerage house in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, August 25, 2015

    China's Currency

    Sep 28, 2015

    Much of the worry in the United States and elsewhere about China's currency “manipulation” is overblown because a less restricted yuan would more likely be overvalued than undervalued, thereby adversely affecting Chinese trade and exports, writes Prof. Charles Wolf.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Boeing in Everett, Washington, September 23, 2015

    The U.S.-China Summit Is More Significant for Xi Jinping Than Obama

    Sep 24, 2015

    The Xi-Obama summit will provide the opportunity to discuss contentious issues like cybersecurity and the South China Sea, as well as other issues, such as climate change and economic cooperation. For Xi, writes Prof. Howard Shatz, the visit underscores the tremendous importance of messaging to a Chinese audience the narrative of a continued stable and robust partnership with the country that matters most to China politically and economically.

  • A teacher helping a student in class

    Principals Express Satisfaction with Teach For America Teachers

    Sep 24, 2015

    A majority of school principals are satisfied with teachers provided to their campuses through the Teach For America (TFA) program, according to research by Pardee RAND students Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), Amanda Edelman (cohort '13), and Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11). Principals with more experience rated TFA corps members more highly. Principals who are TFA alumni, along with those at charter schools, were similarly satisfied overall but rated corps members' abilities lower in specific areas.

  • Paul C. Light

    Pardee RAND Graduate School Names Paul C. Light First Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Sep 23, 2015

    Paul C. Light is an international leader in the field of public policy and public service. As the first-ever Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he will teach a class, lead a seminar, and participate in events.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan arrive at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, September 22, 2015

    Xi's Visit Exposes Mismatch in U.S and Chinese Expectations

    Sep 23, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping's U.S. visit this week appears to face serious headwinds. Contrasting U.S. and Chinese priorities will likely lead to disappointment on both sides, writes Prof. Timothy Heath

  • Soldiers rehearse weapons skills while attending the Cultural Support training course at Fort Bragg, N.C.

    The Changing Face of America's Front Lines: Women in Special Operations and Combat Roles

    Sep 21, 2015

    In this Events @ RAND podcast, author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, and RAND expert John Winkler discuss how a pioneering team of women who served alongside Rangers and SEALS in Afghanistan in 2011 helped pave the way for women's roles in the military, as well as the issues that remain.

  • The KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft takes off on its maiden flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, December 28, 2014

    Lessons from the Past for the Future of the KC-46A

    Sep 16, 2015

    Analysis suggests that fixed-price contracts have not successfully reduced costs to the DoD associated with developing complex weapon systems. This has implications for the Air Force, given the importance of the ongoing KC-46A program, writes Prof. Mark Lorell and colleagues.

  • A senior man receives a consultation from his doctor

    Charging Older Adults Higher Premiums Could Cost Taxpayers

    Sep 15, 2015

    Under the Affordable Care Act, older adults cannot be charged more than three times as much as 21- to 24-year-olds for the same plan. Changing this rule to 5-to-1 may not be a cost-effective way to encourage enrollment among the young and healthy, writes Prof. Christine Eibner.

  • A billboard of Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen behind soldiers of the People's Liberation Army at a military base in Beijing, August 22, 2015

    Xi in Command: Downsizing and Reorganizing the People's Liberation Army

    Sep 14, 2015

    Chinese President Xi Jinping recently announced that China would reduce the number of troops in its army by 300,000. But that is only a first step in a more ambitious reform and reorganization plan, writes Prof. Michael Chase.