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.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Dole Urges Graduates to Use Storytelling to Advance Policy

    Jun 24, 2014

    Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.

  • Water Management and Climate Resilience in Pittsburgh: Building a Research Agenda

    Jun 24, 2014

    For the Conversations at RAND series, Professor and Alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and two regional experts discuss ways to strengthen Pittsburgh's water management system, create sustainable solutions to environmental challenges, and better manage long-term uncertainty.

  • Pardee RAND Holds Biennial Commencement Weekend

    Jun 21, 2014

    Pardee RAND Graduate School's Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 21, featured a keynote address by Sen. Elizabeth Dole, graduate address by Jack Clift (cohort '06), and remarks by RAND president Michael Rich and Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.

  • Cazier Gift to Pardee RAND Graduate School Launches Environmental and Energy Sustainability Initiative

    Jun 20, 2014

    A $5 million gift from engineer and philanthropist John M. Cazier will turbocharge research in environmental and energy sustainability at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

  • Commencement Weekend Policy Dialogue on Criminal Justice

    Jun 20, 2014

    In this podcast, recorded during the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s 2014 commencement weekend, Susan L. Marquis, the school’s dean, moderates a policy discussion on criminal justice with a panel of experts.

  • Maxwell-Jolly Receives Alumni Leadership Award

    Jun 20, 2014

    To honor his significant contributions to the advancement of health reform and coverage expansion over a 31-year career with the State of California, David Maxwell-Jolly (cohort ’77) received the second Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Leadership Award on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the Commencement Weekend Celebratory Dinner.

  • Jeremy R. Azrael Scholarship Supports Students from Former Soviet States

    Jun 19, 2014

    Jeremy Azrael was an expert on the Russian economy who devoted his career to promoting better understanding between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. A scholarship in his name supports a first-year Pardee RAND Graduate School student from a former Soviet state.

  • Iran's Interests in Afghanistan Provide Opportunities for Cooperation with United States

    Jun 19, 2014

    U.S.-Iranian relations have been strained but both countries want to see a stable Afghanistan free of Taliban control. In the event of a nuclear deal, Iran and the U.S. can work together to counter narcotics trafficking and resolve water disputes between the neighboring nations, according to analysis by Pardee RAND student Ahmad Rahmani (cohort '08).

  • Hackers Wanted: An Examination of the Cybersecurity Labor Market

    Jun 18, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and colleagues examined the current status of the labor market for cybersecurity professionals — with an emphasis on their being employed to defend the United States. They determined that the difficulty in finding qualified cybersecurity candidates is likely to solve itself, as the supply of cyberprofessionals currently in the educational pipeline increases, and the market reaches a stable, long-run equilibrium.

  • Will U.S. Air Power Work in Iraq?

    Jun 18, 2014

    There are many key questions regarding deployment of U.S. air power to Iraq to halt the progress of the Islamic State. Professor Karl Mueller asks, how effective would it be? Would it cause a lot of civilian casualties? Is air power alone enough to achieve U.S. objectives?

  • Four Approaches to Improve Higher Education in India Through Policies

    Jun 12, 2014

    In India, university enrollment has grown from 10 to 23 million from 2000 to 2013, and so has interest in improving access and quality. A review by student Megan Clifford (cohort '09) of research on higher-education policies on affirmative action, financial aid, private education, and vocational education identifies gaps in research on improving access and quality.

  • First Steps Toward Addressing DR Congo's Rape Crisis

    Jun 11, 2014

    A recent effort to begin to address atrocities against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen short of advocates' hopes for justice for rape victims, writes Pardee RAND student Mahlet Woletsadik (cohort '13). The initiative focused on criminal prosecution of offenders, a strategy that failed to consider the weak infrastructure of the nation’s judicial system, left the needs of victims unmet and did little to address the issue of prevention.

  • An Outbreak of Outbreaks

    Jun 11, 2014

    Lately, stories about outbreaks seem to be spreading faster than the diseases themselves, writes Professor Melinda Moore. An outbreak of measles in Ohio is just part of an 18-year high of U.S. cases. Meanwhile, polio continues to circulate in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, while spreading to other countries.

  • Insurance and Incentives: A Dual Approach to Try to Improve Maternal Health in Nigeria

    Jun 10, 2014

    Less than 5% of Nigerians have insurance; two-thirds of all health care costs are paid out of pocket. When people must pay out of pocket for health care at the point of service, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in The RAND Blog, this restricts access, excludes the poorest and most vulnerable, and leads to delays in patients seeking help.

  • Israeli, Saudi, and Iranian Responses in the Days After a Deal With Iran: What Are the U.S. Options?

    Jun 4, 2014

    In this June 2014 Congressional Briefing, Professor Lynn Davis moderated as a panel of Middle East experts discussed concerns about Iran of two key U.S. partners; the internal dynamics and motivations of the Iranian government; and U.S. policy options to craft a sustainable nuclear agreement with Iran.

  • The European Democracy Paradox

    May 21, 2014

    While social media and other tools have enhanced opportunities to participate in the political process, these new drivers do not seem to translate easily into offline political participation, writes Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12) in The RAND Blog.

  • Climate Change, Uncertainty Cast Clouds on Malawi's Food Policies

    May 20, 2014

    Malawi has the highest per capita maize consumption in Africa, but it may need to consider alternatives, taking into greater consideration weather, climate change and water needs, writes Pardee RAND student Tobi Oluwatola (cohort '12) for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative.

  • Let's Regulate Food Like We Do Alcohol

    May 19, 2014

    To help people avoid overeating, Professor Deborah Cohen says the kinds of policies effective in controlling alcohol consumption should be applied to food—standardizing portion sizes, limiting impulse marketing and reducing the convenience and salience of foods most closely associated with obesity and chronic diseases.

  • Debris Poses Increased Threat to Exploration

    May 16, 2014

    Every satellite launch and maneuver is carefully coordinated because some orbits are strewn with the space-based equivalent of blown tires, abandoned vehicles, loose gravel and, of course, other traffic. Earth's orbit is littered with hundreds of thousands of debris objects, write Professors Bill Welser and Dave Baiocchi.

  • Media Call on Armed Aerial Drones and U.S. Security

    May 16, 2014

    Professor Lynn Davis, director of RAND's Washington office and senior political scientist, hosted a news media conference call to discuss armed aerial drones and U.S. security. Davis discussed issues such as how dangerous proliferation of drones may be, whether drones are transformative weapons, and how the U.S. can help shape a set of international norms that could discourage misuse by others.

  • Fighting Fires From Above

    May 15, 2014

    A newly deployed airborne firefighting resource is helping the United States Forest Service (USFS) battle wildfires, while at the same time providing valuable lessons on the utility and cost effectiveness of water-dropping scooper aircraft, writes Professor Edward Keating.

  • What Drives the Market for Orphan Drugs?

    May 14, 2014

    The 1983 Orphan Drug Act appears to be successful in promoting development of new treatments for relatively rare conditions. But an unintended consequence of its success is the high cost of specialty drugs, writes Pardee RAND professor Susan Gates.

  • In South Africa, Hard Choices on Housing

    May 7, 2014

    South Africans go to the polls today, marking 20 years since apartheid ended and the country's first democratic elections brought the African National Congress (ANC) to power. But while much has changed, writes Pardee RAND student Julia Pollak (cohort '12), many challenges remain, including the developing nation's dire need for housing.

  • India Votes — and What It Might Mean for the United States

    May 5, 2014

    If elected, Modi could turn out to be the politician that India's Congress accuses him of being, focusing on an internal agenda that discourages foreign engagement. Professor Rafiq Dossani says the U.S. would no doubt prefer that he follow the economic course he charted in Gujarat.

  • Book Review: America's Poor and the Great Recession

    May 2, 2014

    While U.S. absolute poverty has increased sharply since the start of the Great Recession, it was, despite historic ups and downs, at roughly the same level in 2007 as in 1980. Until the day comes when grand poverty bargains can be struck, Pardee RAND student Eric Apaydin (cohort '11) says this book, by a former Pardee RAND dean, has much to say in current policy debates.