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.

  • PRGS commencement

    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.

  • College students pass out free condoms at a health fair

    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.

  • A cloud of smoke envelopes the street after a bomb explodes at the Boston Marathon

    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.

  • houses destroyed by Hurricane Sandy

    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.

  • Gery Ryan Named Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

    Apr 12, 2013

    PRGS professor and RAND researcher Gery Ryan has joined the PRGS staff as assistant dean for academic affairs, replacing Jeffrey Wasserman, who stepped down upon his appointment as vice president of RAND and director of RAND Health.

  • War memorial in Pyongyang, North Korea

    Media Conference Call on Escalating Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

    Apr 9, 2013

    RAND Asia experts Bruce Bennett (PRGS alum, cohort '75), Andrew Scobell and David Shlapak hosted a news media conference call to discuss the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. Media Relations Officer Joe Dougherty moderated the call.

  • paying for gas at pump

    Professor Provides Energy Expertise on Wall Street Journal Panel

    Mar 29, 2013

    PRGS professor Keith Crane is part of the Wall Street Journal's "Experts: Energy" panel. This week he answered two questions: "How will the U.S. oil boom change the markets and geopolitics?" and "Should there be a price on carbon emissions, and if so, what’s the best way to do it?"

  • marijuana leaf

    Estimating Marijuana Consumption in Washington State

    Mar 20, 2013

    On TVW's The Impact news show, drug policy expert and PRGS professor Beau Kilmer speaks about being a part of the team selected by the state of Washington to provide research and analysis to regulators on the issues surrounding marijuana legalization. The interview with Kilmer starts at 3:30 and runs until 10:30.

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    An Energy-Independent United States

    Mar 20, 2013

    Energy expert and Pardee RAND professor Keith Crane discusses shifts in U.S. energy markets, their economic implications and effects on gasoline and electricity prices, and how these developments might affect climate change.

  • fruits and vegetables

    Discounts on Healthy Foods Can Improve Diet Quality; First Result from a National Program

    Mar 19, 2013

    Lowering the costs of healthy foods in supermarkets increases the amount of fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods that people eat, while also appearing to reduce consumption of nutritionally less-desirable foods, according to research by PRGS professor Roland Sturm and student Ruopeng An (cohort '08).

  • Harold Brown Faculty Fellowship Supports Research on Shale and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Feb 28, 2013

    PRGS professor Nick Burger has been awarded our first-ever Harold Brown Faculty Fellowship, to conduct research with students Kun Gu and Zhimin Mao (both cohort '11). The team will estimate the greenhouse gas implications of abundant U.S. shale gas resources.

  • Woman helping man off bed, walker in front of him

    Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for the Seriously Ill

    Feb 26, 2013

    Karl Lorenz, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, discusses how to improve palliative care training for health practitioners and better engage patients in the health care decisionmaking process.

  • preschool boy and girl being creative

    Media Conference Call on Early Childhood Development

    Feb 19, 2013

    In this media conference call, Professors Rebecca Kilburn, Lynn Karoly, and Anita Chandra, as well as other RAND experts on early childhood development and education, explain the importance of early childhood development in laying the foundation for success later in life, as well as the potential for high-quality programs to yield a return on investment for society at large.

  • Cambodian garment factory workers travel home from work in Kampong Chhnang province, north of Phnom Penh

    Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation Building

    Feb 18, 2013

    PRGS student Todi Mengistu (cohort '07) contributed to RAND's latest report on nation building. The report finds that the benefits of nation-building interventions have exceeded the costs, and the interventions do not need to be transformative to achieve their main objectives.

  • Efforts to Reform Physician Payment: Tying Payment to Performance

    Feb 14, 2013

    PRGS professor and alum Cheryl Damberg (cohort '89) testified before Congress. Among her conclusions: "Revising physician payment is a daunting challenge, but one that is absolutely necessary. Performance-based payment reform is vital to driving improvements in health care delivery."

  • California Should Collect Physician Identifiers from Hospitals

    Feb 7, 2013

    PRGS student Nicole Schmidt (cohort '09) worked with RAND Health colleagues to explore the possibility of adding physician identifiers to the California hospital discharge data set. Their research found that physician-identified data could be useful to a variety of stakeholders without posing a substantial burden to hospitals.

  • father and son shopping for produce

    Eliminating Food Deserts

    Feb 6, 2013

    Can building a grocery store in a "food desert" change food purchasing and reduce health disparities in the U.S.? Pardee RAND professor Tamara Dubowitz introduces an innovative new RAND project that may provide answers.

  • Jordan Fischbach

    In Brief: Jordan R. Fischbach on Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast

    Feb 6, 2013

    In this video, Jordan Fischbach discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • gas compressor plant piping

    Estimating Regional Air-Quality Damages from Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction in Pennsylvania

    Jan 31, 2013

    Pardee RAND professor Aimee Curtright describes research she conducted with students Aviva Litovitz (cohort '08) and Shmuel Abramzon (cohort '10) that provides a first-order estimate of air emissions, and the monetary value of the associated damages, from the extraction of shale gas in Pennsylvania.

  • An ocean gas rig emits plumes of smoke

    Evaluating State Department Support for the Global Methane Initiative

    Jan 31, 2013

    According to research by PRGS student Yashodhara Rana (cohort '09) and colleagues, total U.S. government funding for the Global Methane Initiative, a voluntary international partnership that promotes methane recovery and reuse activities in developing and transition economies, was approximately $54 million between fiscal years 2006 and 2010, with most coming from the Department of State (52 percent) and a large share from the EPA (37 percent).

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    James Q. Wilson Collection: A Research Archive

    Jan 31, 2013

    The James Q. Wilson Collection includes nearly 1,400 books from his personal collection and an archival collection of approximately 20 linear feet of papers that RAND Knowledge Services has cataloged for the benefit of the research community. A finding aid is available to help researchers explore the collection.

  • U.S. currency, pills, syringes, stethoscope

    25 Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Jan 30, 2013

    Given the size of the U.S. annual “health care spend”—$2.7 trillion—summing up the savings associated with very minor cost-saving policy changes is likely to achieve significant aggregate savings, writes PRGS alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), acting director of RAND Health and assistant dean for academic affairs at PRGS.

  • Congressional Briefing Podcast

    Adapting to Climate Change on the Coast: Lessons from Louisiana for Federal Policy

    Jan 23, 2013

    In this January 2013 Congressional Briefing, PRGS professor and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) discusses how RAND helped Louisiana develop its 2012 Coastal Master Plan and key lessons that can make other communities more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

  • Yesh Atid on Election Night

    When Winning Means Losing: Israel After the Election

    Jan 23, 2013

    It is not clear whether or to what extent Netanyahu will abandon his traditional coalition partners on the right and turn toward the fragmented political center. However, such a turn may be necessary, writes Pardee RAND student Shira Efron (cohort '11).