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.

  • Women network with representatives from Lockheed Martin at the Military Spouse Career Forum and Fair, April 2014

    Advancing the Careers of Military Spouses

    Jan 27, 2015

    Military spouses face challenges related to military life that can make it difficult for them to maintain and develop careers. The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) scholarship is one program designed to help them, but only one in five eligible spouses reported using it, according to research by Pardee RAND student Sarah Evans (cohort '12) and professor Esther Friedman.

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    Recommendations for ESEA Reauthorization That Support Innovation

    Jan 27, 2015

    As lawmakers consider the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that in meeting their objectives they do not create unnecessary obstacles to the productive innovations being explored at schools, such as personalized learning.

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    Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Jan 26, 2015

    Pardee RAND alumni, faculty, and students present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making (RDM) is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Lunch on a busy workday: a hamburger and soda

    How Does Location Affect the Type of Meal You're Having?

    Jan 23, 2015

    When examining the eating behaviors of more than 200 adults in five U.S. cities, research by Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and professors Bing Han and Deborah Cohen showed associations between where people eat and the kind of eating they are doing (e.g., meal, snack, beverage only). Results suggest that the characteristics of a place are important to individual eating behaviors.

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    Insights About Marijuana Legalization in the United States

    Jan 21, 2015

    In this January 2015 Congressional Briefing, Professor Beau Kilmer and RAND researcher Jonathan Caulkins present an overview of their new report, Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions.

  • College students taking notes in a classroom

    Cost of College in the United States

    Jan 16, 2015

    For middle- to lower-income families in the U.S., in particular, the costs associated with attending a four-year university are becoming nearly impossible to bear, notes Marlon Graf (cohort '12). More and more students are ending up with significant debt after graduating from college, putting financial pressure on them at the outset of their professional careers.

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    The Adoption of New Smart-Grid Technologies

    Jan 15, 2015

    A smart grid for the United States could have large-scale benefits. Professors Christopher Guo and Craig Bond note that there are technological, economic, and regulatory barriers, but new policies or changes to policy could help overcome them.

  • A doctor looks distracted while talking to a patient

    New Approach to Quality-Based Incentives Avoids Undesired Effects on Health Care Providers Who Care for Disadvantaged Patients

    Jan 9, 2015

    Changing health care pay-for-performance programs to account for differences among providers in their patient characteristics can make the incentive schemes more equitable and avoid a redistribution of resources away from providers who care for socioeconomically disadvantaged patients, according to research by Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89).

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    A Look at Health Care Spending in Vermont As It Weighs Reform

    Jan 8, 2015

    Most Vermont residents receive more in health benefits than they pay for directly or through taxes. Those with lower incomes pay less for health care than those with higher-incomes but there is much variation, something legislators may wish to review as they consider implementing universal health coverage, according to research by student Jodi Liu and professors Christine Eibner, Sarah A. Nowak, and Chapin White.

  • A survivor of sexual violence, waiting to be seen at the Antenatal Clinic in Port Morseby, Papua New Guinea

    Domestic Violence as a Way of Life: The Reality for Papua New Guinea's Women

    Dec 31, 2014

    Violence against women is a persistent problem around the world. That's particularly true of Papua New Guinea, writes Mahal Woldetsadik (cohort '13), where abuse of women by domestic partners, gang members, and members of law enforcement is widespread, drawing comparisons to conditions in conflict zones.

  • Don and Susan Rice at RAND's Politics Aside 2014

    Donald B. and Susan F. Rice Support Pardee RAND's 'Be the Answer' Campaign with $1 Million Gift

    Dec 19, 2014

    Longtime RAND supporters Donald B. and Susan F. Rice, for the third time, have established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Their most recent gift of $1 million was generously donated as part of Pardee RAND's Be the Answer campaign, which Don Rice chairs and which has thus far raised in excess of $19 million.

  • Farm workers sort tomatoes at a ranch in Mexico

    'Product of Mexico': Why Have Corporate/Social Responsibility Programs Failed?

    Dec 12, 2014

    The Fair Food Program has been a leader in using cooperation, visibility, and accountability to meet the needs of workers, growers, and buyers. Dean Susan Marquis asks, Can it be a model for addressing these critical issues in Mexico as well?

  • President Barack Obama, left, and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, during their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013

    Proceedings of the U.S.–Japan Alliance Conference Series

    Dec 5, 2014

    In a series of three conferences held at RAND in late 2014, U.S. and Japanese experts explored the challenges for the U.S.-Japan alliance. Pardee RAND founding dean Charles Wolf moderated the discussions, which included several faculty members.

  • The Mariannhill landfill site in Durban, South Africa

    In South Africa, Bold Investments Turn Trash into Treasure

    Dec 3, 2014

    In South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, Julia Pollak (cohort '12) explains, investments made over the past 20 years have created a dump with a difference. Rather than being a blight on the neighborhood of Mariannhill, the state-of-the-art Mariannhill Landfill Conservancy is an asset.

  • Lawrence Livermore Science and Technology deputy director Greg Suski and RAND's Susan Marquis sign a memorandum of understanding to expand the use of high-performance computing in decision analysis and policymaking, November 21, 2014

    RAND's Collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab Shows How High-Performance Computing Could Revolutionize Decisionmaking

    Nov 25, 2014

    With the support of Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis, RAND has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center to explore how high-performance computing could enable near-real-time policy and decision analysis through the use of complex, at-scale models.

  • Members of the the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance hold posters during a voting session on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, July 4, 2012

    ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

    Nov 25, 2014

    The EU has embarked on negotiations with the U.S. on the TTIP, which shares some of ACTA's goals. This time, though, the European Commission is seeking to make the talks more transparent by publishing a series of position papers on key issues very early on in the process. This is a step in the right direction toward an agreement that will have economic benefits for a net-exporting region of intellectual property such as the EU, notes Pardee RAND student Marlon Graf (cohort '12).

  • In Remembrance: Kakha Bendukidze, Pardee RAND Governor

    Nov 14, 2014

    Kakha Bendukidze helped to connect aspiring public policy candidates from the former Soviet republics with Pardee RAND. The businessman, political reformer and statesman in the nation of Georgia, a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee RAND Graduate School, passed away on November 13, 2014

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    Equity in Competency Education Demands Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential

    Nov 14, 2014

    Competency-based education approaches are designed to foster equity by preventing students from falling behind or staying behind. However, research coauthored by Pardee RAND student Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11) finds that, in practice, poorly implemented competency-based programs could create inequity in opportunities and in outcomes.

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    Tool Can Help Multinational Companies Assess Risk of Bribery When Doing Business in Foreign Countries

    Nov 11, 2014

    Corruption can hinder global business investment — particularly in emerging markets — but multinational companies often have difficulty assessing the business bribery risk in other countries. A new tool called the TRACE Matrix, developed by Pardee RAND student Clinton Saloga (cohort '11) and professors Jeremy N.V. Miles, Nick Burger, and Elvira Loredo, can help.

  • Advertisement from 1957 for "America's Independent Electric Light and Power Companies" showing an autonomous car

    The Social, Environmental, and Policy Implications of Driverless Cars

    Nov 5, 2014

    Self-driving cars are in the news, on the road, and, potentially, the future of driving. Pardee RAND professor James Anderson and Allen Biehler, a distinguished service professor of transportation systems and policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, led a discussion about the potential benefits and drawbacks of driverless cars.

  • Three preschool children using a tablet on the floor

    Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    Nov 4, 2014

    Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05) and professor Rafiq Dossani find that, for children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

  • A kindergarten teacher with children at the computer

    Early Childhood Educators and Technology

    Nov 3, 2014

    Early childhood education (ECE) providers are in a position to help ensure that technology is used effectively. A Pardee RAND trifecta — student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Rafiq Dossani — finds that while there are obstacles, there are also courses of action that might be helpful in creating ECE providers who can ensure appropriate, intentional, and productive use of technology among young kids.

  • Pardee RAND doctoral candidates Nelly Mejia and Crystal Huang with RAND senior economist Peter Glick

    Pardee Initiative Contributes to S4YE, Solutions for Youth Employment

    Oct 30, 2014

    Through the Pardee Initiative, professor Peter Glick and students Haijing (Crystal) Huang and Nelly Mejia are working with RAND colleagues and alum David Robalino, director of the Labor Markets and Youth team with the Social Protection unit of the World Bank, on S4YE, a collaboration looking at issues of youth unemployment in developing nations and worldwide.

  • Luncheon with donors Lynda and Stewart Resnick

    Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    Oct 22, 2014

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

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    Identifying an Adequate Technology Infrastructure for Early Childhood Education

    Oct 20, 2014

    Infrastructure (devices, software, and connectivity) should support technology's potential to improve learning and build digital literacy among young kids. But Pardee RAND alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), student Cameron Wright (cohort '12), and professor Rafiq Dossani show that many factors make “adequate infrastructure” a moving target, such as the myriad of choices on the market.