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.

  • Syrian refugee children in the Ketermaya refugee camp, outside Beirut, Lebanon on June 1, 2014, photo by Dominic Chavez/World Bank

    New Solutions Are Urgently Needed for Displaced Populations

    Aug 26, 2021

    Among the 80 million people who are displaced globally are 30 million refugees. They are living in limbo without full citizenship rights, and their host countries are experiencing ever-greater political and economic strains. Research by Hardika Dayalani (cohort '18) and colleagues highlights the critical need to find both durable and interim solutions.

  • Faculty Leaders Program Proves Virtually Unstoppable

    Aug 25, 2021

    Fifteen professors from institutions across the United States gained policy research skills and personal mentoring over a three-week period this summer, thanks to Pardee RAND’s reimagined, virtual, and professionally enriching Faculty Leaders Program.

  • People wearing virtual reality headsets watch films at a newly opened VR cinema by Er Dong Pictures in Beijing, China, March 27, 2019, photo by Lin Hui/Beijing Youth Daily/Reuters

    China Is Organizing the VR Industry. The United States Could Do the Same

    Aug 23, 2021

    Given the potential value of virtual reality (VR) as a tool—and the increasing competition from China—the United States could focus more energy on advancing VR in a coordinated fashion. Otherwise, Will Shumate (cohort '20) and Prof. Timothy Marler write, America risks missing an opportunity to excel internationally with a valuable and broadly applicable emerging technology.

  • A student uses a tablet at a socially-distanced desk during a hybrid learning day at the Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria, Virginia, March 2, 2021, photo by Tom Brenner/Reuters

    U.S. School Districts Are Expanding Their Services Beyond Academics

    Aug 23, 2021

    Analysis by Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) of American School District Panel survey data found that during the pandemic, the percentage of districts offering weekend meals to eligible students nearly tripled. Nine of ten districts offered summer programs. More mental health services and computing devices will be provided to students in 2021–2022. But most academic programs won't change.

  • Students return to school wearing masks at Wilder Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky, August 11, 2021, photo by Amira Karaoud/Reuters

    How Concerned Are Parents About the Safety of In-Person Instruction?

    Aug 18, 2021

    A new survey details parents' responses concerning school hesitancy and preferences for COVID-19 safety practices in U.S. schools. Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) and colleagues fielded the survey July 16–29, just as the delta variant greatly increased the number of cases nationwide.

  • Firefighters knock down hot spots while protecting a rail bridge from the Dixie Fire near the town of Quincy, California, August 5, 2021, photo by Fred Greaves/Reuters

    Climate Change Is Only One Driver of Explosive Wildfire Season—Don't Forget Land Management

    Aug 16, 2021

    The fire seasons that have been scorching huge areas and wiping entire towns from the map appear to be the future. Jay Balagna (cohort '20) says that accepting that wildland fires are a part of our environment and working to live with fires rather than continuously fighting against them may be the most responsible path forward.

  • A teacher checks a student's work as students return to school when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 8, 2021, photo by Hannah Beier/Reuters

    The K–12 Pandemic Staffing and Budget Crises Have Not Panned Out—Yet

    Aug 16, 2021

    As the pandemic increased stress on educators, many indicated they planned to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–2021 school year. Districts have also had budget concerns, knowing federal aid will expire. Neither of these crises has come to pass, according to research by Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19), but they still could.

  • Nancy Staudt, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Staudt Named Fifth Dean of Pardee RAND

    Aug 11, 2021

    Pardee RAND Graduate School is pleased to announce that Nancy Staudt has been named the incoming Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Vice President, Innovation at RAND, succeeding Dean Susan Marquis. Staudt will join the school and RAND on October 11.

  • Caregiver playing with a young boy with special needs, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Independent Evaluation of the New York State 1115 Waiver Amendment: The Children's Design

    Aug 6, 2021

    In this interim evaluation of the New York State Medicaid program's Children's Design, students Annie Chen, Gabriela Alvarado, and Ingrid Estrada-Darley worked with RAND researchers to identify facilitators of, and barriers to, its implementation; describe and delineate baseline trends in outcomes of interest; and assess the feasibility of identifying comparison groups for analyses that will contribute to a summative evaluation of the program.

  • People walk past a COVID-19 vaccination center near the Santa Fe International Bridge, in El Paso, Texas, May 7, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Removing Barriers to Vaccination for Black Americans

    Aug 6, 2021

    To improve Black Americans' confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, health care organizations and the public health system need to become more trustworthy. Research by Priya Gandhi (cohort '20) and colleagues finds that honesty about historical and ongoing discrimination and working with communities to provide equitable, accessible care could help.

  • Woman using smartphone with social network icons, photo by Vladimir Vladimirov/Getty Images

    Platforms Should Use Algorithms to Help Users Help Themselves

    Jul 20, 2021

    Social media users generate massive volumes of content, which then spreads at extraordinary speeds. Yet platforms generally rely on a slow process of human moderation to remove prohibited content. Student Hilary Reininger and Prof. Christopher Paul ask, What if moderation could happen before the content is even posted?

  • Forest fire, several hectares of pine trees burned during the dry season in June 2013 in Tele-Samosir Lake Toba (Danau Toba) North Sumatra (Sumatera Utara) Indonesia, photo by Ares/Adobe Stock

    Indonesian Fires and Haze

    Jul 20, 2021

    Fires in Indonesia contribute to severe air pollution that causes public health, environmental, and economic degradation across Indonesia and across equatorial Asia. Alexandra Huttinger (cohort '17) examines the drivers of fire activity in Indonesia and what some the health impacts of air pollution exposure may be.

  • Close up of a police car at a nighttime traffic stop, photo by RichLegg/Getty Images

    Can Novel 'Swift-Certain-Fair' Programs Work Outside of Pioneering Jurisdictions?

    Jul 20, 2021

    South Dakota's 24/7 Sobriety Program requires individuals charged or convicted of alcohol-involved offenses to avoid alcohol and submit to frequent testing. Alum Gregory Midgette (cohort '09) and Prof. Beau Kilmer say this successful program appears to be making a difference in Montana as well.

  • Principal answers questions during orientation, photo by SDI Productions/Adobe Stock

    School Leaders' Role in Selecting Instructional Materials

    Jul 19, 2021

    School leaders' perceptions of instructional materials influence their decisions about how to support teachers' material use. Ashley Woo (cohort '18) explores what the selection process for instructional materials looks like, and what role—if any—school leaders play.

  • A patient recieves a vaccination at a COVID-19 caccination clinic at Bethlehem Baptist Church in McKeesport, Allegheny County. <a href="">Photo</a> by Dan Zampogna / <a href="">CC BY 2.0</a>

    Vulnerability, Inequity, and COVID-19: A Portrait of the Pandemic in Allegheny County

    Jul 19, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities. Student Pedro Nascimento de Lima (cohort '19), alum Jordan Fischbach ('04), and RAND colleagues developed an interactive tool that shows how rates of testing, cases, and deaths, and the ability to practice social distancing, has differed across neighborhoods and populations in Pennsylvania's Allegheny County.

  • Two female medical staff members looking at a laptop, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Assessing Health Services and Primary Care Research

    Jul 19, 2021

    Nabeel Qureshi (cohort '18) contributed to a review of federally-funded health services and primary care research, making recommendations for maximizing outcomes and future investments to better serve the needs of a complex and rapidly changing U.S. health care system.

  • Cannabis leaf, photo by underworld/Adobe Stock

    Cannabis Legalization and Social Equity: Opportunities, Puzzles, and Trade-Offs

    Jul 16, 2021

    Michelle Priest (cohort '19), Prof. Beau Kilmer, and colleagues describe some of the opportunities as well as some major puzzles and trade-offs surrounding the use of cannabis policy to advance social equity.

  • Flooding on the Louisiana Gulf Coast after Hurricane Delta. Photo by EC4 / Getty Images

    Assessing Racial Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery

    Jul 15, 2021

    Disasters have the potential to exacerbate preexisting racial inequities. To help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency meet their commitments to reduce social inequities, Joan Chang (cohort '18) and RAND colleagues suggest that frameworks, indicators, and metrics are needed for tracking progress.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects a long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 in an undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency, May 15, 2017, photo by KCNA via Reuters

    North Korean Nuclear Weapons Pose an Existential Threat to China

    Jul 13, 2021

    Despite the current border closures between their two countries, China and North Korea remain resolutely pledged to a “blood-alliance.” But alum Bruce Bennett and student Diana Myers argue this partnership has vastly different implications depending on which side of the border you consider.

  • A stressed teacher sitting at her desk looking at a laptop, photo by Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock

    Job-Related Stress Threatens the Teacher Supply

    Jun 15, 2021

    Nearly one in four teachers overall, and almost half of Black teachers in particular, said that they were likely to leave their jobs by the end of the 2020–21 school year, according to research by Ashley Woo (cohort '18). That's compared to one in six before the pandemic. They reported frequent stress and symptoms of depression more than the general population.