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.

  • Opt-In, Opt-Out; Why Not Forced Choice?

    Oct 8, 2013

    By default, browsers generally are set to automatically allow online tracking, but there may be a better way to make sure consumers decide whether or not they want to allow advertisers to sniff at their digital footprints, writes PRGS student Steven Isley (cohort '10).

  • Assessing China's Foreign Aid and Government-Sponsored Investment Activities

    Sep 18, 2013

    With the world's second largest economy, China has the capacity to engage in substantial programs of development assistance and government investment in any and all of the emerging-market countries. PRGS students Xiao Wang (cohort '08) and Eric Warner (cohort '10), as well as professor Charles Wolf Jr., assessed the scale, trends, and composition of these programs in 93 countries in six regions.

  • To Stop Prisons' Revolving Door

    Sep 16, 2013

    If California wants to reduce its prison population, it needs to address recidivism, and the best way to do this is through education and job training, writes PRGS professor Lois Davis. Cutting education and vocational training may seem like a tempting way to plug short-term budget gaps, but it actually ends up costing the system more over time.

  • U.S. Debt Could Reduce U.S. Global Influence in the Future

    Sep 16, 2013

    The United States still has the economic muscle to shape important aspects of the international environment, but high government debt in the future may undermine its economic instruments of power and its ability to influence global conditions through nonmilitary means, according to research by PRGS student Zhimin Mao (cohort '11).

  • What to Do About 'Futile' Critical Care

    Sep 13, 2013

    There are times when no amount of care, however cutting-edge it is, will save a patient. In these instances, writes PRGS professor Neil Wenger, further critical care is said to be “futile.” This type of treatment is not uncommon in intensive care units, and that raises some uncomfortable questions.

  • Modeling Industry Transformation and the Political Sustainability of Emission Control Policies

    Sep 9, 2013

    Limiting climate change will require transformation of energy and other systems. A report by PRGS student Steven Isley (cohort '10) and professors Robert Lempert, Steven Popper, and Rafaele Vardavas offers an RDM-based model designed to compare the long-term sustainability of alternative carbon emission reduction policies.

  • The Desirability of 'Free' C-27s for the U.S. Forest Service

    Sep 6, 2013

    Although we believe that a scooper-centric firefighting aircraft portfolio for initial attack would still be preferred, Air Force-provided 1,850-gallon C-27Js could be a cost-effective component of the retardant-bearing portion of the Forest Service's airborne firefighting arsenal, write PRGS professor Edward Keating and colleague Daniel Norton.

  • For Pardee RAND Graduate School, a $3.6 Million Gift

    Sep 4, 2013

    Frederick S. Pardee, a former RAND researcher, contributed $3.6 million to support the Pardee RAND Graduate School and to create its Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress. His generous gift will seed projects that help those in developing countries.

  • Translating Policy Into Action to Build Community Resilience

    Sep 4, 2013

    The philosophy and motivation surrounding community resilience has strongly resonated with community leaders but there remains a divide between how experts articulate resilience policy and how that policy translates to on-the-ground implementation. Building Community Resilience: An Online Training, by Pardee RAND professors Anita Chandra and Joie Acosta, addresses that tension.

  • Surprise! Now What?

    Aug 27, 2013

    Who is best prepared for responding to surprise: a Navy SEAL, an NFL coach, or a Fortune 500 CEO? The answer, according to Pardee RAND student D. Steven Fox (cohort '09) and professor Dave Baiocchi, is that all three professions have something to teach us: The NFL coach is an expert in pre-planning; the SEAL is great under pressure; and a good CEO has become an expert in responding to strategic threats.

  • Surprise: Q and A with Dave Baiocchi and D. Steven Fox

    Aug 14, 2013

    Dealing with surprises is an important part of many professions, according to a new book by Pardee RAND student Steven Fox (cohort '09) and professor Dave Baiocci. The NFL coach prepares by developing a comprehensive response plan for anything that could happen during the game while the Navy SEALs rely on a looser framework that helps them stay alive and achieve their mission objective.

  • Online Training for Building Resilient Communities

    Aug 13, 2013

    PRGS professors Anita Chandra and Joie Acosta have developed an easy-to-use, self-guided online training that shows organizations and communities how to strengthen their resilience, helping them recover and learn from disaster—both natural and man-made.

  • PRGS Announces 300th Graduate

    Aug 6, 2013

    Congratulations to Jim Burgdorf (cohort '06), the 300th graduate of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Burgdorf's dissertation examined whether bundling health insurance with employment distorts labor market choices. He is now a staff researcher in Family and Preventive Medicine at UC San Diego.

  • Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    Jul 23, 2013

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement, according to research by PRGS alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), professor Trey Miller, and student Megan Clifford (cohort '09). Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

  • Charting the Course for a New Air Force Inspection System

    Jul 11, 2013

    PRGS student Elizabeth Wilke (cohort '07) and colleagues collected data on the U.S. Air Force inspection system and identified effective inspection and information collection practices that the USAF might emulate.

  • Gender-Specific Approaches Needed for Women's Health

    Jun 27, 2013

    Listen in on this panel discussion featuring Pardee RAND professor Chloe E. Bird on women's health, heart health, gender-based disparities in health care, and the need for gender-specific approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

  • North Korea Could Fall Faster Than We Think

    Jun 2, 2013

    The United States, South Korea and their allies would be well advised to factor in the possibility that North Korea could collapse in a fit of revolt and economic decay at any time, just as East Germany did, writes PRGS alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Research Is a Fundamental Component of Suicide Prevention

    May 24, 2013

    "There's no better way to honor the men and women who have died by suicide — and the families and friends they left behind — than to ensure that the country is doing all it can to avoid future premature deaths," PRGS professor Rajeev Ramchand wrote two years ago. He says this message is even more important this year.

  • Bruce Bennett Interviewed on U.S.-China Relations

    May 22, 2013

    PRGS alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75), a senior defense analyst at RAND, discusses relations between the U.S. and China.

  • Enhancing Security Cooperation at the Korea-U.S. Summit

    May 7, 2013

    The U.S.-South Korean Extended Deterrence Policy Committee was setup to deter North Korean threats, writes PRGS alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). The upcoming summit should ratify the progress of this effort, reassuring both the Korean and U.S. people that these threats are being managed.

  • Dean's Report Informs Board of Governors about School's Progress

    May 1, 2013

    In her report to the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors for fiscal year 2012, Dean Susan Marquis shares information about the new cohort, commencement weekend activities, recent graduates, alumni highlights, events, dissertation awards, the year in fundraising, curriculum updates, and more.

  • Can Catholic Colleges Block Free Condom Distribution?

    Apr 22, 2013

    If this issue were to be decided on the basis of public health benefits, the outcome would be clear: Condoms indisputably prevent both unintended pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections, writes PRGS professor Chloe Bird.

  • Boston Marathon Bombings Highlight Need to Measure Investment in Homeland Security

    Apr 18, 2013

    In recent years — especially following the economic downturn — states, counties, and cities have looked for ways to reduce costs and maintain basic policing services, leading many to question what the investment in counterterrorism and homeland security has achieved for their jurisdiction, writes PRGS professor Lois Davis.

  • Planning for Superstorms, Wildfires, and Deep Uncertainty

    Apr 18, 2013

    The path to climate change preparedness should start at the intersection of resilience and robustness — that is, building resilient communities with the individuals and organizations within those communities making robust decisions, ones designed to work well over a wide range of ever-changing conditions, write PRGS professors Rob Lempert and Anita Chandra.

  • Price Shopping in Consumer-Directed Health Plans

    Apr 17, 2013

    Based on insurance claims for nine common outpatient services in consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), PRGS alum Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) and colleagues found no evidence that those with lower expected medical expenses engaged in more price shopping. Consumers did not engage in more price shopping before reaching the CDHP deductible, either.