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.

  • Water tank in M'bwetu Village, Malawai

    Examining the Food-Energy-Water and Conflict Nexus

    Jan 31, 2018

    Student Michele Abbott (cohort '14) used the Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Index to identify a positive, significant correlation between FEW security and political stability, and reviewed the evidence for how each of these three types of resource insecurities affects political and social stability.

  • People serving themselves from a buffet of food

    Obesity May Be 'Socially Contagious'

    Jan 25, 2018

    Alum Ashlesha Datar (cohort '99) and Prof. Nancy Nicosia found that people who move to a high-obesity area are more likely to become overweight or obese. This may be due, in part, to “social contagion.” Living in a community where obesity is more common may make inactivity, poor diet, and being overweight or obese more socially acceptable.

  • Torn American flag waving in the wind on a cloudy day

    The Diminishing Role of Facts in American Public Life

    Jan 17, 2018

    Prof. Jennifer Kavanagh and RAND president Michael Rich write that, without agreement about objective facts and a common understanding of and respect for data and analytical interpretations of those data, it becomes nearly impossible to have the types of meaningful policy debates that form the foundation of democracy.

  • A teacher reading with a student

    Principals Generally Satisfied with Teach For America Corps Members

    Jan 17, 2018

    Students Amanda Edelman (cohort '13) and Rachel Perera ('16) surveyed principals about Teach For America corps members at their schools. The responses were mostly positive, but the principals did express concern with corps members' classroom management skills and limited two-year commitment.

  • The Colorado Aqueduct near the Iron Mountain Pumping Plant in Earp, California, April 16, 2015

    How Federal Policy Could Help Water and Wastewater Utilities

    Jan 16, 2018

    The federal government could address the root causes of infrastructure problems more effectively than just spending money with the hope that it might do some good, write student David Catt (cohort '16) and Prof. Debra Knopman. A better approach might be to devote scarce resources to fixing what actually isn't working well in the nation's approach to managing, funding and financing infrastructure.

  • Prospective candidates waiting for a job interview

    How to Incentivize Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders

    Jan 15, 2018

    People with criminal records are marginalized in the labor market. Student Lisa Jonsson (cohort '14) and colleagues examine policies that might incentivize employers to hire them. Some options include tax credits and replacement guarantees if an ex-offender proves to be unsuitable once hired.

  • Government agents tracking cybercrime

    How the Pentagon Should Deter Cyber Attacks

    Jan 10, 2018

    As cyber aggression gets worse and more brazen, writes Prof. Christopher Paul, the U.S. must figure out how to deter foreign actors in cyberspace as effectively as it does in nuclear and conventional warfare. He proposes five steps the Pentagon can take.

  • Conceptual image of human voice

    Fake Voices Will Become Worryingly Accurate

    Jan 8, 2018

    New technology can convincingly fake the human voice and create security nightmares, writes Prof. Bill Welser. Considering the widespread distrust of the media, institutions and expert gatekeepers, audio fakery could be more than disruptive. It could start wars.

  • Rates of currencies are displayed at a currency exchange in Warsaw, Poland, on June 24, 2016, the day after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union

    Why Political Risks May Dampen World Economies in 2018

    Jan 7, 2018

    The world economy has reached its strongest point since the global financial crisis a decade ago, writes Prof. Howard Shatz. But rising political risks may cloud prospects in 2018 and perhaps beyond.

  • American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians in a village during the Vietnam War in October 1967 in Vietnam

    Book Review: 'Eye Corps: Coming of Age at the DMZ'

    Jan 5, 2018

    In reviewing a book his mentor wrote about coming of age in Vietnam, Executive Vice Dean Dan Grunfeld says the story is "powerful, thoughtful and engaging. ... The hard and expensive lessons of Walker's youth led to a big-hearted life, full of wisdom and generosity that touched so many."

  • Forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad stand in the al-Khafsa area on the western bank of the Euphrates River, Syria, March 9, 2017

    Where Is Assad Getting His Fighters from?

    Jan 4, 2018

    The Assad regime's defense against insurgents in Syria's ongoing civil war is being provided by forces imported from Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as Lebanon and Iraq, writes Prof. Colin Clarke. Most of these fighters are being trained and equipped by Iran. Could this network of foreign fighters help Iran establish a greater presence beyond the Middle East?

  • Demonstrators wave Turkish and Palestinian flags during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 10, 2017

    Jerusalem Embassy Move Sparks Turkey-Israel War of Words

    Jan 2, 2018

    President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has exacerbated tensions between Turkey and Israel, writes Prof. Shira Efron (alum, cohort '11). Economic interests had provided incentives for thawing relations in June 2016, but separating economic interests from political differences is harder today given the mistrust between Ankara and Jerusalem.

  • A food label in Chile indicates that a product has an excessive quantity of salt, sugar, calories, and fat

    What the World Can Learn from Chile's Obesity-Control Strategies

    Dec 30, 2017

    Nearly 30 years into the ongoing global epidemic of obesity and chronic diseases, Chile has taken the lead in identifying and implementing obesity-control strategies that could prove to be the beginning of the end of the epidemic, writes Prof. Deborah Cohen. The country's success on this front can serve as a lesson plan other countries could follow.

  • Bedding on the ground near Venice beach

    L.A. County Homelessness Program Also Saves Government Money

    Dec 27, 2017

    Los Angeles County's Housing for Health program launched a permanent housing program for people experiencing homelessness. Student Melody Harvey and Profs. Sarah Hunter and Matthew Cefalu found that, for every $1 invested in the program, L.A. County saved $1.20 in reduced health care and social service costs.

  • People displaced by drought in Somalia arrive at the Dolo Ado camp in neighboring Ethiopia and queue to be registered by the aid agencies running the camp

    Moving Countries, Seeking Refuge from Climate Change

    Dec 19, 2017

    By the middle of this century, experts estimate that climate change is likely to displace between 150 and 300 million people. Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort '14) says it is daunting to envision such large flows of people, but that is why the global community should start doing so now.

  • Pardee RAND Party Celebrates the Season

    Dec 18, 2017

    Students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered for a fun evening in December to celebrate the holidays (and end of exams).

  • Large container of ripe tomatoes in front of tractors

    Justice for Florida Farmworkers: Q&A with Dean Susan Marquis

    Dec 15, 2017

    In her new book, Dean Susan Marquis takes readers inside the fight in Florida tomato fields. She traces the history and victories of a grassroots group of farmworkers and community leaders who wrested better wages and working conditions from major tomato growers and their corporate buyers.

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    Fall 2017 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Dec 13, 2017

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features the creative results of a Tech Lab pilot. Other articles highlight "Pardee RANDroid," the school's new robot; a student-published newspaper; Dean Marquis' book, I Am Not A Tractor!; APPAM presentations, and more.

  • Book cover of I Am Not a Tractor! How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won

    Dean's Book Delves into Florida Fields' Transformation

    Dec 11, 2017

    In I Am Not a Tractor!, Dean Susan Marquis celebrates the courage of Florida farmworkers and community leaders who transformed one of the worst agricultural situations in the United States into one of the best.

  • Pardee Times Provides Outlet for Student Creativity

    Dec 8, 2017

    Pardee RAND students launched a new student publication last year that is written, edited, operated, and distributed entirely by students. Pardee Times has published three editions since February 2017.

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    Tech Lab Pilot Designed Solutions to Improve Civil Discourse

    Dec 7, 2017

    A key element within the blueprint of Pardee RAND for 2020 is the development of a technology lab. Nine students participated in a pilot exploring how technology can improve civil discourse. Their experience will also help inform design efforts for a full-scale lab.

  • Knights Brigade Soldiers take the oath of reenlistment in the courtyard of the Burg Lichtenberg castle in Kusel, Germany, April 1, 2016

    Promising Approaches to Army Institutional Change

    Dec 5, 2017

    The U.S. Army faces challenges including behavioral health issues, misconduct, and adjustment to changing demographics. Student Adeyemi Okunogbe (cohort '13) and alum Ben Batorsky (cohort' 12) found that long-term solutions will require changes in Army culture and climate. Such changes are difficult, but promising strategies do exist.

  • Homeless person sleeping on the ground, with a cardboard sign asking for a home in the foreground

    Housing People Experiencing Homelessness May Save Money

    Dec 5, 2017

    Housing for Health provides permanent supportive housing to people in Los Angeles County with complex medical and behavioral health issues. Student Melody Harvey (cohort '12) found that, after one year, participants reported dramatic reductions in use of public services, such as emergency medical care, resulting in a net cost savings of 20 percent.

  • Alum Zhimin Mao (cohort '11) uses the Pardee RANDroid to present from Washington, D.C.

    Pardee RANDroid Takes a Spin on Campus

    Dec 1, 2017

    Rolling down the halls of the school, the new Pardee RAND robot, nicknamed Pardee RANDroid, can cause quite the stir. At just over five feet tall, the robot gives its remote users a visibility and presence far surpassing a videoconferencing screen.

  • Smoke trails are seen as rockets are launched towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip July 12, 2014

    Is Iron Dome a Poisoned Chalice? Strategic Risks from Tactical Success

    Nov 29, 2017

    While Iron Dome's past success in defending Israel makes it a tempting solution to future challenges, it does have shortcomings. Student Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15) says this becomes even more serious when considering using the system in Korea, where the threat posed is substantially greater, and the targeted terrain substantially harder to defend.