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.

  • Statement from the Dean on Racial Injustice

    The call for social justice that has swept across our nation and the world over this past week demands that we listen, learn, and do more to “shine the light that reveals the dust” and to do the hard work of building a better world not just this week but for years to come. It is my fervent hope that our community will rise to the occasion and live up to our motto, Be the Answer.

  • Coronavirus shown against world map and trend lines, illustration by chakisatelier/Adobe Stock

    Responding to COVID-19 with Research and Analysis

    Members of the Pardee RAND community are actively contributing to the COVID-19 response by sharing their expertise and searching for solutions to coronavirus-related challenges on local, state, national, and global levels.

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    Student Helps Develop Method to Detect Subversive Social Media Campaigns

    Mar 16, 2020

    The U.S. has a capability gap in detecting malign or subversive information campaigns in time to respond before they influence large audiences. Krystyna Marcinek (cohort '17) helped develop a novel method to detect these efforts.

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    Alum, in WSJ: It’s Dangerous to Test Only the Sick

    Mar 16, 2020

    In the Wall Street Journal, Neeraj Sood (cohort '99) writes: "President Trump says 1.4 million tests for the novel coronavirus will become available this week. That’s welcome news. But officials are about to make a mistake. The president said testing will be limited to people who believe they may be infected."

  • A staff member cleans and disinfects a display window to protect guests from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, March 17, 2020. Photo by Ann Wang/Reuters

    In JAMA, Alum Explores Taiwan's Response to COVID-19

    Mar 16, 2020

    Jason Wang (cohort '01) was the lead author of "Response to COVID-19 in Taiwan: Big Data Analytics, New Technology, and Proactive Testing," a viewpoint coauthored with Prof. Robert Brook and published in JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • University of California, Berkeley Professors Lisa Wymore and Greg Niemeyer look at the Zoom screen showing students in their online Collaborative Innovation course in Berkeley, California, U.S., March 12, 2020, photo by Nathan Frandino/Reuters

    Coronavirus Forces Colleges Online. Profs Ask: Will Learning Ever Be the Same?

    Mar 16, 2020

    Colleges and universities have turned to online courses to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But distance learning may also hold promise as a long-term strategy to help make higher education more accessible and affordable, write Professors Charles Goldman and Rita Karam.

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    Pardee RAND Responds to the Coronavirus Outbreak

    Mar 13, 2020

    In response to the emerging COVID-19 outbreak, the school and RAND are taking numerous proactive measures in response to guidelines from the CDC as well as state and local public health agencies.

  • Alum Coauthors Report Recommending Cyberdeterrence Strategies

    Mar 13, 2020

    As a member of the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, Samantha Ravich (cohort '92) coauthored a report that "proposes a strategy of layered cyberdeterrence" and makes 80 recommendations to implement the strategy. She also participated in a Q&A panel at the launch event.

  • Nurses Becky Barton and Jess White help nurse Jeff Gates take off protective gear after interacting with a patient at a drive-through testing site for coronavirus, flu and RSV, currently by appointment for employees at UW Medical Center Northwest in Seattle, Washington, March 9, 2020, photo by Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

    Prof: COVID-19 Offers a Stress Test for a U.S. Health Care System Already Under Stress

    Mar 12, 2020

    There are many things hospitals and health systems could be doing in the coming weeks to best prepare for the advancing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Prof. Christopher Nelson says evaluating their surge response plans will be critical.

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    Alum Examines Effects of Limiting Payments to Hospitals for Out-of-Network Care

    Mar 12, 2020

    There is growing interest among U.S. policymakers to use out-of-network payment limits to curb surprise medical bills and as a tool to control rising health care costs. Alum Erin Duffy (cohort '15) examines how such limits might affect negotiated in-network prices and total payments for hospital care?

  • CDC staff support the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) response in the their Emergency Operations Center in Atlanta, Georgia, March 10, 2020, photo by James Gathany/CDC/Reuters

    Faculty: Estimates of COVID-19's Fatality Rate Might Change. And Then Change Again.

    Mar 11, 2020

    With infections of the new coronavirus confirmed in countries around the world, people are following the daily tally of COVID-19 cases, wondering exactly how lethal this new disease is. But Pardee RAND professors Sarah Nowak and Raffaele Vardavas say the truth is, it's hard to know.

  • Frank and Marcia Carlucci

    Gift from Carlucci Family Anchors Pardee RAND Campaign

    Mar 11, 2020

    A $10 million gift from the family of Frank and Marcia Carlucci — a combination of current and planned giving — will endow scholarships, support the dean's priorities, and provide a title to the role of Pardee RAND dean.

  • On Antarctic Expedition, Alum Discovers... Herself

    Mar 10, 2020

    Some people may dream of the opportunity to take an exotic Antarctic cruise. Others may dream of the opportunity to increase their self-awareness and leadership skills through a year-long training program. By participating in Homeward Bound’s fourth cohort in 2019, alum Zhimin Mao (cohort ’11) was able to do both.

  • A U.S. Army soldier on a route clearance mission in Wardak province, Afghanistan, August 13, 2013, photo by Spc. Chenee Brooks/U.S. Army

    Student Helps Compare Army's Suicide Rate to the General Population's

    Mar 10, 2020

    The U.S. Army has typically compared its suicide rate with that of the general population while adjusting for age, gender, and yearly differences. But student Steven Davenport and RAND colleagues find there are additional factors related to suicide that should be considered: race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and marital status.

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    Alum Evaluates Prescription Opioid Misuse Across Age Groups

    Mar 5, 2020

    Alum Bradley Stein and RAND colleagues found that adults 50 and older comprised approximately 25% of all individuals reporting past-year prescription opioid misuse. Physicians continue to be a direct source of prescription opioids for misuse, particularly for older adults.

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    Student Helps Analyze the Cyber Threat from Drones

    Mar 5, 2020

    Unmanned aerial systems—drones—have become more common, more readily available, and more sophisticated. And they have new capabilities, such as increased data collection and autonomous behavior. Student Jalal Awan and RAND colleagues found that drones' cybersecurity implications demand a coherent strategy.

  • Sitka Visit Focuses on Future Externship, Landslide Research

    Mar 4, 2020

    Students Gabriela Alvarado (cohort '19), Max Izenberg ('18), and Sara Turner ('15) visited Sitka, Alaska, in February with the Dean and faculty members. Alvarado met with local leaders to plan a community-partnered externship, while Izenberg and Turner took part in a research workshop on landslide early warning systems.

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    Student Helps Evaluate Impact of L.A. County Moral Injury Conference

    Mar 4, 2020

    In May 2019, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America hosted a three-day conference, "Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery." Student Rebecca deGuttry and RAND colleagues evaluated the reach and impact of the conference and its goals to deepen knowledge about moral injury and effective recovery strategies and to strengthen collaborative connections.

  • Last Week Tonight Cites Alumni Research on Medicare for All

    Feb 20, 2020

    Two studies by Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Kenneth Thorpe ('80), which both aimed to estimate the cost of Medicare for All, made a surprising appearance in a chart featured on John Oliver's late-night comedy-news program Last Week Tonight. The studies were originally cited in the New York Times last April. Liu was also quoted on the topic recently in Teen Vogue.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia, in Moscow, Russia, February 5, 2020, photo by Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via Reuters

    Student: How to Understand and Respond to Russian Subversion

    Feb 18, 2020

    Russia's interests motivate different forms of subversion to influence domestic politics in the United States and elsewhere, according to student Krystyna Marcinek and colleagues. Capabilities vary across countries and activities, and the effectiveness of such efforts remains largely unknown. Despite these challenges, there are ways to deter and respond to Russian subversion.

  • Students Recommend an 'Olympian Feat': Green Infrastructure in Los Angeles

    Feb 11, 2020

    Los Angeles has an opportunity to reinvent itself by harnessing the collective spirit of Olympics development, climate activism, and Measure W funding. Students Noah Johnson (cohort '18), Karishma Patel ('17), and Jarrett Catlin ('18) write that no single project can address all LA's environmental needs, but many diverse projects could provide an opportunity for synergies and to create a new “city feel,” the way palm trees, traffic, and movie-touting billboards do now.

  • Spc. Jack Buckwalter, a mental health specialist, provides triage to a soldier during a behavioral health assessment.

    Student Identifies Factors for Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for U.S. Army Personnel

    Feb 10, 2020

    In support of Army efforts to provide the highest-quality behavioral health care possible, Student Sujeong Park and RAND researchers identified factors associated with improved outcomes for soldiers who receive Army behavioral health specialty care.