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.

  • Maternal Deaths: Turning the Tide in a Nigerian State

    Apr 16, 2014

    Bold and innovative approaches are being developed in different parts of the African continent in the quest to reduce maternal mortality, writes Pardee RAND student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) in this inaugural blog for the Pardee Global Human Progress Initiative. A noteworthy example of these innovative approaches is the Abiye Safe Motherhood program in Ondo State, Nigeria.

  • Sending Prisoners to College Will Save You Money

    Apr 11, 2014

    Correctional education works for states because it saves money and shrinks prison populations, write Professors Lois Davis and Jennifer Steele. It works for prisoners, the public, law enforcement, and the judicial system because educated prisoners are less likely to return to their criminal ways once released.

  • High and Dry? From the Rockies to the Sierra, Water Managers Gauge Implications of Climate Change

    Apr 1, 2014

    Case studies by Pardee RAND alumni/faculty David Groves (cohort '01) and Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and student Evan Bloom (cohort '09), looking at the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, show how water managers can factor climate change — and the uncertainty surrounding it — into their long-term plans.

  • Instead of Promoting STEM Education Indiscriminately, Try This

    Mar 31, 2014

    With all the evidence demonstrating the importance of STEM education for success in the 21st century, well-intentioned policymakers may be tempted to indiscriminately promote all STEM curricula, across all levels of education, writes Pardee RAND professor Rafiq Dossani. But unpacking what STEM really means reveals the need for a more nuanced approach.

  • Assessing and Addressing Women's Health and Health Care

    Mar 28, 2014

    Women make up a majority of the U.S. population. Yet research policies and practices often treat women's health and health care as special topics or minority issues, writes Professor Chloe Bird. The resulting knowledge gaps hamstring efforts to improve women's health care and outcomes even for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women.

  • Restaurant Standards Could Curb Fat America

    Mar 26, 2014

    Given the high prevalence of obesity and chronic diseases and their enormous societal burden, every restaurant, including fast food outlets, should offer healthier meal options and discourage over-consumption, writes Professor Deborah Cohen.

  • Obesity Epidemic: Standardized Portion Sizes in Restaurants Could Help Solve Public Health Crisis

    Mar 22, 2014

    Ideally, restaurant food should be tailored and sold the way clothing is, so people can get the exact amount that is appropriate for their bodies. Professor Deborah Cohen says such sizing options should be required in all dining establishments to give people the option of consuming meals that fit.

  • Four Issues That RUSA's Plans for Research Universities Ought To Address

    Mar 18, 2014

    The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, or National Higher Education Mission, is the key implementing initiative of the Indian government's 12th Five Year Plan for higher education. Professor Rafiq Dossani says it promotes three policy priorities in higher education: equity, expansion, and excellence.

  • Realizing the Potential of 'My Brother's Keeper'

    Mar 16, 2014

    The White House has mobilized an impressive coalition to address a critical national challenge, and used the power of research evidence to begin to structure the initiative. Professors Rebecca Kilburn and Lois Davis write that by drawing more lessons from research, the initiative can further bolster its chance to build strong and lasting ladders of opportunity and success for boys and young men of color.

  • Physicians' Concerns About Electronic Health Records: Implications and Steps Towards Solutions

    Mar 11, 2014

    If practicing physicians are correct, the current state of EHR technology has introduced several impediments to providing patient care, undermining physician professional satisfaction. Professor Mark Friedberg notes, many of these problems also should be of great concern to patients.

  • Hard Drugs Demand Solid Understanding

    Mar 8, 2014

    Due to budget concerns the federal government just shut down a critical data source that provides insights into abuse, dependence on, and spending on heroin and other hard drugs like crack and methamphetamine, writes Professor Beau Kilmer. How can we make sensible decisions about treatment funding without knowing how many people are suffering from dependence on drugs and whether the number is rising or falling?

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Harvard's Calestous Juma, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity.

  • Caring for Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes, Why Gender Matters

    Feb 27, 2014

    High-quality routine care for both cardiovascular disease and diabetes is at least as relevant to women's health and survival as it is to men's. Yet evidence suggests that women continue to face gaps in even low-cost, routine aspects of care, writes Professor Chloe Bird.

  • Brooks Argues Conservatives Need Social Justice Agenda

    Feb 24, 2014

    AEI president and Pardee RAND alum Arthur Brooks (cohort '96) believes that conservatives need a social justice agenda of their own. In one recent commentary he argues, "The fact that many Americans continue to suffer years after the technical end of the Great Recession should offend any sense of plain justice." Columnists in the New York Times and Washington Post each discussed his call for a social justice agenda.

  • What to Make of P-TECH Schools

    Feb 21, 2014

    There is no doubting the viability of STEM skills in the 21st century job market and the long-term benefits of going to college. But Professor Rafiq Dossani says the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) program could be promising for two reasons that have nothing to do with technology.

  • Quick Takes: Do Workplace Wellness Programs Make Business Sense?

    Feb 20, 2014

    The press and trade publications strongly endorse workplace wellness programs as a good investment for employers. Soeren Mattke, a physician and Pardee RAND professor, explains why his work tells a different story.

  • Correctional Education: How Effective Is It and What Can We Do to Make It Better?

    Feb 18, 2014

    In this February 2014 Congressional Briefing, Professor Lois M. Davis shares results from her RAND study on correctional education, conducted for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and funded under the Second Chance Act of 2007.

  • Professor Muses, Are We Smarter than the Dinosaurs?

    Feb 17, 2014

    "Are we smarter than the dinosaurs?" asked Pardee RAND professor Bill Welser, director of RAND's Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, as he began his presentation at the 2013 TEDx Manhattan Beach conference in November. If the dinosaurs had the "tools and technologies we have today, [they] would have fared better, right?" Welser is not so sure.

  • How to Assess 21st Century Competencies: 12 Key Lessons

    Feb 15, 2014

    Assessing competencies such as creativity and global awareness can provide educators with a broader set of indicators they can use to inform instruction and set goals with students. However, evidence about the effects of testing suggests that caution and careful planning is warranted when developing a new assessment system, write Professors Brian Stecher and Laura Hamilton.

  • Ryu Receives Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

    Feb 13, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Youngbok Ryu (cohort '11) was recently named a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at The National Academies. The fellowship program provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.

  • Pardee RAND Researchers Develop Framework for Change Through Accountability

    Feb 12, 2014

    To prioritize the goals, actions, and initiatives in the Department of Defense Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, 2012–2017, Pardee RAND student Abigail Haddad (cohort '09), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Nelson Lim developed a "Framework for Change Through Accountability."

  • Wal-Mart Chooses Fairness, Giving Farmworkers a Boost

    Feb 6, 2014

    The recent commitment by Wal-Mart Stores to the Fair Food Program is a transformational moment in the decades-long struggle for fair treatment of agricultural workers in America but the decision is hardly the last human-rights battle to be won on behalf of this long-oppressed work force, writes Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis.

  • Analyzing Global Societal Trends and their Impact on the EU

    Feb 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12), alum Jeremy Ghez (cohort '06) and colleagues in RAND Europe suggest that the EU needs to invest in citizens, prepare for a new growth paradigm, and reinvent government to ensure that Europe is resilient in the face of global societal trends in the next two decades.

  • Happy 80th Birthday, 'GDP' — Is It Not Time to Retire?

    Feb 1, 2014

    While there are merits to using GDP, it is clear that it fails to measure several important potential externalities to economic growth, such as environmental damage, poor working conditions, or violations of privacy rights, writes Professor Stijn Hoorens.

  • Iraq Picture May Not Be as Bleak as It Seems

    Jan 30, 2014

    Over the past month, al Qaeda affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made a concerted effort to seize the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallujah. Professor Ben Connable says the attacks have received a lot of attention, but ISIS does not represent a majority of Iraqi Sunni in Anbar. Many Sunni Anbari leaders continue to reject al Qaeda.