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.

  • Pardee RAND Hosts Inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence

    Apr 26, 2016

    Power grid expert Paul De Martini visited Pardee RAND as the inaugural Cazier Practitioner in Residence. An ICF fellow, and CalTech professor, De Martini presented a seminar on "The Evolving Distribution Grid" and met with Pardee RAND faculty and students during his weeklong stay.

  • Food-Energy-Water Index Aids Understanding of Human Development

    Apr 25, 2016

    The interactive Pardee RAND Food-Energy-Water Index allows those interested in improving development to understand the dominant sources of insecurity in a nation and identify cases where many sources of insecurity are interrelated.

  • Congested Space Is a Serious Problem Solved by Hard Work, Not Hysteria

    Apr 25, 2016

    Humans are in space to stay, and over time, more and more actors will populate the stage. Space debris and collision risk is real, but it certainly is not a crisis, writes alum Mark Albrecht (cohort '73).

  • Study Finds Most Military Families Are Resilient in Face of Deployment

    Apr 22, 2016

    Although service members, spouses, and their children experience frequent deployments to combat zones throughout the world, Prof. Sarah Meadows writes that a recent study of more than 2,700 military families found that they generally fare well and adapt effectively to the stresses of deployment.

  • Xi's Purge of the Military Prepares the Chinese Army for Confrontation

    Apr 21, 2016

    Prof. Michael Chase writes that Xi Jinping is relying on an unprecedented anti-corruption campaign, echoing Mao Zedong's dictum that “the party commands the gun,” and implementing a sweeping reorganization of the PLA to ensure his personal dominance over the military and to strengthen its ability to deter or win future wars.

  • RAND Corporation Appoints Special Advisor on Israel with the Center for Middle East Public Policy

    Apr 21, 2016

    Alum Shira Efron (cohort '11) has been named a special advisor on Israel at the RAND Corporation Center for Middle East Public Policy, to continue to develop relationships with Israeli institutions and attract support for further Israel-related public policy research.

  • Regulating Drone Airspace Using 'Smart Markets'

    Apr 19, 2016

    Commercially operated autonomous drones may be on the horizon, especially since Google and Amazon have announced plans to start drone-based parcel delivery in 2017. A policy problem is likely to follow, write student David Manheim (cohort '12) and professors John Raffensperger and Jia Xu.

  • Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military Health System

    Apr 18, 2016

    Among service members diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the majority of cases are concussions. Understanding the characteristics of service members with these injuries and their treatment patterns can inform the delivery of high-quality care, according to student Ben Batorsky and RAND colleagues.

  • Reframing the 'Free College' Debate

    Apr 14, 2016

    Free college may make for a terrific sound bite on the campaign trail, but it rings hollow, writes Diana Carew (cohort '15). Framing the future of college as a debate about whether it should be free is a lost opportunity to discuss what's really wrong with higher education in America—and a missed chance to help young Americans regain lost competitiveness in the workforce.

  • Ten Years After the Safe Port Act, Are America's Ports Secure?

    Apr 6, 2016

    The economic importance and visibility of America's ports make them attractive terrorism targets, writes Prof. Henry Willis. Port security has improved, but many of the threats that motivated the Safe Ports Act in 2006 remain, and new dangers have emerged, including cyber threats.

  • A New Tool to Assess the Costs and Effectiveness of Traffic Crash Interventions

    Apr 4, 2016

    Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the United States. Prof. Jeanne Ringel writes that an online tool she developed with student Ben Batorsky (cohort '12) and RAND colleagues can help policymakers understand the available evidence-based interventions that can help prevent crash injuries and deaths, what they will cost, and how effective they will be in their state.

  • The Police Could Be Controlling Your Self-Driving Car

    Apr 4, 2016

    As self-driving cars become widespread, one of the biggest issues will be the rules under which public infrastructures and public safety officers may be empowered to override how autonomous vehicles are controlled, writes Prof. Martin Libicki.

  • Inciting Peace

    Mar 30, 2016

    Malicious ideas, ideologies, and narratives (such as those promoted by ISIS) cannot just be eliminated — they need to be replaced, writes Prof. Christopher Paul.

  • The Democratization of Space

    Mar 28, 2016

    A new economic model for outer space must account for lower barriers to entry and the involvement of more and more stakeholders, such as developing countries and start-ups, writes Prof. Bill Welser.

  • Calculating the Gross Regional Product of the Kurdistan Region — Iraq

    Mar 22, 2016

    The annual calculation of the gross regional product (GRP) is a critical indicator as the Kurdistan Regional Government seeks to develop comprehensive and reliable statistics on the Kurdistan Region — Iraq (KRI) as it charts a course toward peace and prosperity. Alum Shmuel Abramzon (cohort '10), student Nelly Mejia (cohort '11), and several professors worked together to develop that calculation.

  • The RAND Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM)

    Mar 22, 2016

    Students Jodi L. Liu and Mikhail Zaydman (both cohort '12) worked with professors Chapin White, Sarah Nowak and Peter Hussey to develop the Health Care Payment and Delivery Simulation Model (PADSIM) to more effectively analyze the impacts of current and future reforms to provider payment policy.

  • After Decades of Conflict, Learning to Reap the Benefits of Taxes in Northern Uganda

    Mar 17, 2016

    The post-conflict regions of northern Uganda need more health care, legal services, psychological support, and counseling. A women's community organization is trying to get Ugandans to pay taxes while teaching them how to get the local government to spend tax money on improving public services, writes student Mahlet Woldetsadik (cohort '13).

  • 2015 Dean's Report

    Mar 15, 2016

    In her report to the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, Susan Marquis shares news about the 2015 cohort, graduates, alumni, events, dissertation awards, fundraising, curriculum, and more.

  • Lloyd S. Shapley, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Dies at 92

    Mar 14, 2016

    Nobel laureate Lloyd S. Shapley, the former RAND Corporation researcher and game theory expert on whom Pardee RAND conferred an honorary degree in 2014, died Saturday.

  • Alum Discusses U.S. Drug Addiction and Drug Abuse Problem

    Mar 9, 2016

    Alum Bradley D. Stein (cohort '97) is interviewed by CCTV about drug addiction and drug abuse in America.

  • How to Fix Guantanamo's Broken Justice

    Mar 7, 2016

    Replacing military judges with federal judges would expedite the process of resolving the Guantánamo cases in ways that would reflect better on the credibility and legitimacy of the U.S. justice system, while serving the interests of Congress, the president, survivors, and victims' families, writes alum Jack Riley (cohort '88).

  • Winter Issue of Findings Features Many New Alumni Positions

    Mar 3, 2016

    Twelve Pardee RAND alumni have started new jobs or roles as since the last issue of Findings hit the web. This issue also features some exciting OJT work, lots of reports and commentaries, three alumni who recently visited campus, and a Q&A with the alumni representative to the Board of Governors.

  • Wardynski Offers Leadership Perspectives in Local TV Interview

    Mar 2, 2016

    In a 30-minute feature interview with WHNT-TV News, alum Casey Wardynski (cohort '97) describes his role as superintendent of Huntsville, AL, schools: "The superintendent’s job is a hard job, and we expect superintendents to do hard things. … My job is to look after the needs of kids, the next generation, the future of Huntsville and the future of the country. That’s my job."

  • Analysis to Support Louisiana's Flood Risk and Resilience Program and Application to the National Disaster Resilience Competition

    Mar 1, 2016

    Pardee RAND alumni David Groves (cohort '01), Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04), and David R. Johnson (cohort '08) helped Louisiana develop an application for the Natural Disaster Resilience Competition. The team performed a quantitative analysis of flood risk reduction under different amounts of flood mitigation investment in three Louisiana parishes.

  • Observations from Guantanamo

    Mar 1, 2016

    In this Call with the Experts, Alum Jack Riley (cohort '88) discusses the likelihood of Guantanamo Bay detention camp closing before the end of President Obama's term, as well as recommendations on how to fairly and transparently expedite the trials.