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.

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    Marquis Honored with Endowed Scholarship

    Jun 14, 2021

    At Dean Susan Marquis's final Board of Governors meeting, Board chair Jim Lovelace and RAND president and CEO Michael Rich honored her by announcing the establishment of a $1 million scholarship endowment, the Susan L. Marquis Endowed Scholarship, to support future Pardee RAND students.

  • Twelve Alumni Present Career Talks

    Jun 14, 2021

    Alumni near and far shared their experiences with current students this spring through interactive Career Services webinars and discussions, taking advantage of one silver lining of our virtual world.

  • Q&A with "Audio Storyteller" Sinduja Srinivasan

    Jun 11, 2021

    Alum Sinduja Srinivasan now works for FiveThirtyEight as a podcast producer and describes herself on LinkedIn as an Audio Storyteller, but she started her career as a United Nations researcher. She credits Pardee RAND for preparing her for both careers, and for her career pivot.

  • In-Person Activities Gradually Resume

    Jun 10, 2021

    Once Los Angeles began easing its COVID-19 restrictions this spring, Pardee RAND took careful, tentative steps toward in-person and on-campus activities. One course resumed in-person meetings in the courtyard, and faculty and staff organized several fun outdoor events for students.

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    What Parents Think About Kids Returning to Classrooms

    Jun 10, 2021

    As of May 2021, 84 percent of parents surveyed plan to send their children to school in person in the fall. Black and Hispanic parents are the most hesitant. Two-thirds of parents want to keep COVID-19 school safety measures in place, finds Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19).

  • Student Podcast Explores Future Technology and Policy Scenarios

    Jun 9, 2021

    Students in Pardee RAND's Tech + Narrative Lab are exploring the implications of emerging technology through a podcast set in 2030. Using a future lens, they consider decisions being made today.

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    Has COVID-19 Led to Divergent and Inequitable Pathways in Education?

    May 27, 2021

    Remote schooling is associated with fewer instructional opportunities and potentially poorer student outcomes compared with in-person schooling. Nevertheless, Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) finds that many schools will continue to offer a remote option after the pandemic has passed.

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    What Are the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering?

    May 25, 2021

    Geoengineering, the intentional manipulation of an environmental process on Earth to counteract the effects of climate change, could introduce geopolitical risks. David DeSmet (cohort '19) and colleagues ask whether existing international governance mechanisms can manage these risks.

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    From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business

    May 25, 2021

    When the situation in North Korea becomes conducive to foreign investment and development, what might it take to kick-start the country's economy? Students Diana Myers and Noah Johnson explored this question with professors Krishna Kumar and Troy Smith.

  • A healthcare worker holds syringes with COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Will the United States Declare Freedom from COVID-19 Too Soon?

    May 21, 2021

    Pardee RAND students Lawrence Baker and Pedro Lima, and professors Jeanne Ringel and Rafael Vardavas, used their COVID-19 model to analyze what could happen with COVID-19 deaths in the United States if restrictions all go away on July 4. Here's what they saw: Fully reopening the economy before Biden's vaccination target was met doubled the average number of COVID-19 deaths between Independence Day and the end of the year.

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    Urban and Rural Districts Show Strong Divide During the Pandemic

    May 11, 2021

    As of February 2021, only 17 percent of urban school districts—compared with 42 percent of rural districts—were offering fully in-person instruction. Students Melissa Kay Diliberti and Lisa Berdie worked with colleagues to consider the implications of this disparity.

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    Stress-Testing California's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy

    May 10, 2021

    States' reopening plans vary widely. With a revised RAND decision support tool and using California as an example, students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker, along with Pardee RAND faculty, tested alternative plans. The best strategies did not prematurely relax measures like indoor mask-wearing; began with a high level of caution; were tied to vaccination rates; and made changes gradually.

  • Pardee RAND Externship Students Discuss Work in Sitka

    May 7, 2021

    Students Jalal Awan and Keren Zhu are in Sitka for six week externships at the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Food Co-op, respectively. They visited local public radio station KCAW for an interview about their experience.

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    The American Rescue Plan Is a Chance to Support Students with Disabilities. Here Are Some Investments Worth Considering

    May 5, 2021

    National surveys of K–12 teachers provide insight into challenges for effectively educating students with disabilities during the pandemic and beyond. Understanding these challenges can help identify important funding options to address gaps.

  • People pose for a photo after being vaccinated at the FEMA-supported COVID-19 vaccination site at Valencia State College in Orlando, Florida, photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/Sipa USA/Reuters

    Messaging Strategies to Mitigate COVID-19

    Apr 30, 2021

    Public health officials are trying to convince a majority of Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, while also promoting other disease-mitigating measures such as mask-wearing. Christine Chen (cohort '15) and colleagues consider what messaging strategies might help this effort.

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    Machine Learning Can Detect Online Conspiracy Theories

    Apr 29, 2021

    As social media platforms work to prevent malicious or harmful uses of their services, an improved model of machine-learning technology can detect and understand conspiracy theory language. Insights from this modeling effort can help counter the effects of online conspiracies.

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    Q&A with Cynthia Gonzalez

    Apr 28, 2021

    The director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream talks about her passion and insights for the school and why it is time for a new approach to community well-being.

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    Seeking COVID-19 Exit Strategies for Reopening California

    Apr 27, 2021

    Students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker (cohort '19) worked with Pardee RAND faculty using simulation models and the Robust Decision Making (RDM) approach to stress-test California's reopening strategy and other alternatives. They found that adaptive plans that respond aggressively to initial outbreaks are required to control the pandemic.

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    Responsible Space Behavior for the New Space Era

    Apr 26, 2021

    The early space domain was dominated by two superpowers. Today, the world has more than 60 spacefaring nations, multiple commercial space operators, and a global economy that is inextricably linked to space. Student Katie Feistel and her colleagues in the RAND Space Enterprise Initiative say now is the time to develop responsible space norms.

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    Societal Impact of Research Funding for Women's Health

    Apr 22, 2021

    An examination of the impact of increased funding for research on Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias in women, conducted by students Annie Chen and Hamad Al-Ibrahim, and alum Denise Quigley, showed that small investments in women's health research can yield large gains, including benefits above investing in general research.