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.

  • Externships Start in Sitka and Los Angeles

    Oct 30, 2020

    This August, Pardee RAND launched the first pilots of our community-partnered externships — virtually in Los Angeles and in-person in Sitka, Alaska. Six students —three for each location—participated in the two partnerships.

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    How Can Green Infrastructure Help to Manage Rainfall in an Urban Watershed?

    Oct 29, 2020

    Cities across the United States are struggling to effectively manage stormwater. A study by Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and David Catt ('16) shows how the challenges of increasing volumes of stormwater in a complex urban environment can be addressed by a mix of solutions.

  • Illustration of smart transportation, people and vehicles moving in city streets using sensors, photo by elenabsl/Adobe Stock

    When Can Automated Vehicles Be Considered Safe Enough?

    Oct 29, 2020

    Establishing whether automated vehicles are acceptably safe is not straightforward, and continual technology development adds complication. Luke Irwin (cohort '16) helped to analyze the best approaches to assess AV safety and improve communication about safety, both of which are important for building and sustaining public trust.

  • Record-Breaking Cohort Begins Atypical Year

    Oct 28, 2020

    With 33 members, Cohort '20 is the largest class of new students in the school’s history, the first to be admitted to the school’s three new academic streams and enter the fully-redesigned program.

  • Traffic barriers with a sign reading "Road Closed High Water" on the roadside near Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Jordan Fischbach / RAND Corporation

    Managing Heavy Rainfall with Green Infrastructure

    Oct 26, 2020

    Alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), student David Catt ('16) and colleagues evaluated Pittsburgh's Negley Run watershed to explore how eco-friendly stormwater infrastructure could reduce flooding and provide positive economic benefits in areas that face urgent flood risk.

  • Events, Activities Focus on Equity

    Oct 14, 2020

    Pardee RAND faculty, staff, and students organized numerous programs and workshops this summer and fall to raise awareness of inequity and explore policy solutions.

  • Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Huerta hoists two children from their rooftop into a Coast Guard rescue helicopter after flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA, August 29, 2005, photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard

    HSOAC Hosts Seminar Series on Improving Equity in Disaster Policy

    Oct 7, 2020

    Natural and biological hazards, and critically the human response to these hazards, have the potential not only to exacerbate existing population inequities but also to create them. To better understand the equity implications of disaster policies, the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center invited several experts to share their knowledge. Max Izenberg (cohort '18) summarizes the event.

  • United States Treasury check for stimulus package to ease the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    School Provides Students Coronavirus Emergency Relief Funding

    Oct 1, 2020

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School has been approved for $29,269 from the U.S. Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call with officials and public representatives of the region of Dagestan amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia May 18, 2020, photo by Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

    How Russia Targets U.S. Elections

    Oct 1, 2020

    In this campaign season, Russia might try to manipulate U.S. voters through social media as it did in 2016, and new technologies have made these efforts easier. Russia's tactics aim to polarize Americans, create distrust, and paralyze the political process. Student Hilary Reininger ('16) and colleagues ask, what is the best defense against them?

  • A teacher showing a globe to her online elementary students, photo by ake1150sb/Getty Images

    Schools Weren't Prepared for a Crisis Like COVID-19

    Sep 29, 2020

    Before COVID-19, less than half of U.S. public schools had a written plan for dealing with a pandemic and only 38 states had publicly available school health emergency plans, according to research by Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) and RAND colleagues. How did schools' preparation affect their transitions to remote learning and principals' confidence in student achievement?

  • Policy Streams Welcome New Leaders

    Sep 24, 2020

    The school hired Cynthia Gonzalez as the new director of our Community-Partnered Policy and Action academic stream and the Community Partner program; named Phil Armour director of the Research, Analysis, and Design stream; and hired staff for the Tech + Narrative Lab.

  • Boston Public School teacher Princess Bryant teaches her kindergarten class via video-conference from her apartment after schools were closed for the remainder of the school year because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 28, 2020, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    The Digital Divide and COVID-19

    Sep 24, 2020

    Findings from a survey of U.S. teachers reveal how limited home internet access has been a barrier to providing instruction amid pandemic-related school closures. Student Melissa Diliberti (cohort '19) and colleagues find the problem is particularly acute among high-poverty schools.

  • The game box cover for Hedgemony, design by Rick Penn-Kraus/RAND Corporation

    Hedgemony: A Game of Strategic Choices

    Sep 22, 2020

    Alum Yuna Wong (cohort '00) helped to develop this tabletop military strategy game in which players represent the United States, its allies, and its key competitors. They must use “hedging” strategies and decide how to best manage their resources and forces.

  • Hackathon Explores Ethics of COVID-19 Dashboards

    Sep 11, 2020

    This summer, working with the COVID Alliance, Pardee RAND's Tech + Narrative Lab (TNL) built on its previous policy hackathon experience and explored the ethics of data dashboards.

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    Had We Planned Better for a Pandemic, We Might Be More Free Today

    Sep 4, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has made Americans less free, confining us to our homes, and separating us from the people we love and things we value doing. Tim McDonald (cohort '16) and professor Robert Lempert say this COVID-19 experience may help people to learn the importance of planning to preserving and expanding freedom in an interconnected and complex world.

  • Shearon Roberts at Pardee RAND's Faculty Leaders Program in July 2018, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Pardee RAND's Faculty Leaders Program: Shaping the Future of Public Policy

    Sep 3, 2020

    To be effective, public policy needs to reflect the aspirations, lives, and perspectives of the people it serves. The Pardee RAND Graduate School seeks to build diversity in public policy by engaging faculty leaders from U.S. colleges and universities committed to serving students of color.

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    Chinese Views of Big Data Analytics

    Sep 1, 2020

    Chinese primary-source materials indicate that China is aggressively working toward becoming a global leader in big data analytics as part of its plan to achieve great power status. Lindsey Polley (cohort '16) and colleagues find that Beijing is already using big data analytics to survey the country's domestic population and enhance its military capabilities.

  • Elementary classroom of diverse bright children listening attentively to their teacher giving lesson, photo by gorodenkoff/AdobeStock

    How Instructional Materials Are Used and Supported in U.S. K–12 Classrooms

    Aug 31, 2020

    If a curriculum is well-aligned with state standards, it can help teachers deliver instruction that leads to students’ mastery of those standards. Ashley Woo (cohort '18) and colleagues examine what supports teachers are offered to use standards-aligned curricula and how use and support vary among teachers in states and schools with different poverty levels.

  • A missile is seen launched during a military drill in North Korea, May 10, 2019, photo by Korean Central News Agency via Reuters

    Alum: In North Korea, The U.S. Could Take the Lead

    Aug 17, 2020

    North Korea is hurting: its economy is stagnant and it is having trouble feeding even its elites because of the UN/U.S. sanctions designed to pressure North Korean toward denuclearization. Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says a combined carrot and stick approach may help overcome some of North Korea's reluctance to negotiate the future of its nuclear weapons program.

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    COVID-19 Mobile Surveillance Tools Raise Privacy Concerns

    Jul 30, 2020

    Mobile phone tools and data sources for COVID-19 tracking are beneficial, but they also have the potential for harm, according to research by students Hardika Dayalani (cohort '18) and Katie Feistel ('19). As public health agencies consider using mobile surveillance tools, they will need to address privacy concerns.