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.

  • Small Ideas for Saving Big Health Care Dollars

    Mar 1, 2016

    Student Jodi Liu (cohort '12), alum Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) and RAND Health colleagues identified more than a dozen small ideas that, combined, could save the U.S. health care system a total of up to $26 billion a year. An interactive calculator lets users combine different small ideas and view projected savings.

  • Crude Economics, Crude Politics: Who Wins and Who Loses with Cheap Oil?

    Feb 26, 2016

    Prof. Charles Wolf asks, What is the outlook for oil prices? And how can we assess the balance between positive effects on national security and negative effects on the national economy?

  • At the 2016 Oscars, Transgender Health Issues Are in the Spotlight

    Feb 26, 2016

    By inviting “The Danish Girl” to Hollywood's most prestigious awards party, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is helping to shine a spotlight on transgender issues — and reflecting a larger cultural moment at the same time, writes Prof. Sarah MacCarthy.

  • Syrian Refugees: Humanitarian and Security Perspectives

    Feb 25, 2016

    The U.S. and other Western countries have vowed to admit more Syrian refugees, but terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Cologne, and Jakarta are fueling community anxieties. In this RAND Policy Circle briefing, Prof. Ben Connable and other experts address what countries are doing to help abate the humanitarian crisis and ongoing efforts to counter the terrorist threat.

  • Turn the Page on Chronic Disease

    Feb 24, 2016

    The U.S. requires a new strategy for improving the health and longevity of Americans, writes alum Kenneth Thorpe (cohort '80). In particular, our leaders need to focus on reforms aimed at combating chronic diseases through prevention, medical innovation and improved access to care.

  • Why Engineers Need to Be Thinking About Climate Change

    Feb 22, 2016

    As sea levels rise and extreme weather events become more common, evacuation routes in coastal areas will become more important. Prof. Kenneth Kuhn says transportation engineers need to be more proactive as they try to anticipate damage to pavement, bridges, and culverts.

  • How You Can Be Cybersecurity's Strongest Asset

    Feb 18, 2016

    Technology is thoroughly embedded within the average person's life but security is not emphasized to the general user, writes Prof. Lillian Ablon. Teaching the importance of security early on and continually bringing awareness to the public could help temper technology-based attacks.

  • Know Zika to Fight Zika

    Feb 12, 2016

    Scientists across universities, governments, and industry are doubling down to gain a better understanding of the Zika virus and develop the diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic tools needed to combat it. In the meantime, writes Prof. Melinda Moore, the public must be actively engaged.

  • Developing a Strategic Program for Chilean Health Information Technology

    Feb 11, 2016

    As part of an effort to assist in developing a strategic program to foster the development of the health information technology (health IT) sector, student Fernando Hoces de la Guardia (cohort '13) and RAND colleagues assessed the current state of health IT in Chile, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the coming years.

  • China's Naval Modernization: Where Is It Headed?

    Feb 10, 2016

    The PLA Navy is expanding its capabilities and operations to reduce vulnerabilities in China's near seas, but also to aggressively support its expanding global ambitions and challenge U.S. leadership in Asia, according to Prof. Timothy Heath.

  • Fixing Judicial Recusals

    Feb 10, 2016

    If judges or justices own stock in the company of a litigant, they must recuse themselves from hearing the case. While these recusals help ensure impartiality at the level of the individual judge, writes Prof. James Anderson, what effect do they have on the pool of judges that hear cases involving publicly held corporations?

  • The Zika Virus: What We Know So Far

    Feb 9, 2016

    The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to brain damage in infants, is emerging as a public health priority. In this Call with the Experts, Prof. Melinda Moore answers questions about Zika and what can be done to prevent its spread.

  • Should We Fear an AI Arms Race?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Prof. William Welser notes that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others have signed a letter calling for a ban on the application of artificial intelligence to advanced weapons systems. AI weapons are not without risks, Welser writes, but the benefits are substantial and the risks can be mitigated with more moderate regulation than a ban.

  • U.S. Military Service Members May Volunteer to Extend Tours if Offered Incentives

    Feb 8, 2016

    Most U.S. military service members would be unwilling to voluntarily extend overseas tours of duty, but some might agree to do so if offered financial incentives, according to a report coauthored by student Julia Pollak (cohort '12) and several Pardee RAND faculty.

  • North Korea Rocket Launch: Why Did Kim Fire a Missile Now?

    Feb 8, 2016

    Kim Jong-un is probably seeking clear successes before his important Seventh Party Congress in May, when he wants to appear to be the all-powerful leader of North Korea, writes Prof. (and alum) Bruce Bennett (cohort '75).

  • Algorithm Identifies Costs, Outcomes of Falls Based on Medicare Data

    Feb 4, 2016

    Pardee RAND student Sung-Bou Kim (cohort '09) and colleagues developed an algorithm that uses Medicare data to identify and analyze various types of fall-related outcomes, including episodes of care, injuries, and associated costs. Furthermore, the algorithm can be applied and adopted in other fall-related studies with relative ease.

  • A Unique Identifier Could Protect Patient Privacy

    Feb 3, 2016

    The policy debate about unique patient identifier numbers should determine the best approach for reconciling two goals: optimizing the privacy and security of health information and making record matching as close to perfect as is practical, writes Prof. Michael Greenberg.

  • L.A.'s Homelessness Crisis

    Feb 2, 2016

    About 26,000 men, women, and children are homeless in the city of Los Angeles. In this Events @ RAND Podcast, Prof. Joan Tucker and other experts address what local governments, the private sector, and foundations are doing to address this crisis, especially as strong El Niño storms are expected this winter and spring.

  • Are Children Learning? Two Initiatives to Monitor and Help Achieve SDG 4

    Feb 2, 2016

    In a new blog post for the Global Partnership for Education, alum Silvia Montoya (cohort '10) says "we need robust data on who is and isn't learning and why" and describes two initiatives that will help provide it. ‪

  • Policy Options for Better Service Outcomes from the Future Electric Grid

    Jan 29, 2016

    At a Cazier Initiative symposium, participants scoped important policy questions related to the electric power system. The meeting brought together multiple stakeholder perspectives on the challenges, solutions, and implementation barriers associated with building a more robust, resilient, affordable, and clean grid.

  • Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Consume Edibles and Vaporize

    Jan 28, 2016

    People who use marijuana for medical purposes are much more likely to vaporize or consume edible forms of the drug than recreational users. They are also more likely to report daily or near-daily use and consume more grams per day, according to research by student Ervant Maksabedian and professor Rosalie Pacula.

  • Europe's New Ghetto

    Jan 27, 2016

    Katia Vlachos (cohort '98) writes in the Huffington Post, "By closing the Schengen door on Greece, its EU partners will effectively turn it into the EU's refugee camp — Europe's very own ghetto — and all that when the country's economy is on the brink of collapse and barely able to support its own population."

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Wargame

    Jan 26, 2016

    Some famous historical wargames offer a compelling narrative of what wargames can be at their best and worst, but they cannot illustrate the full range of contemporary wargaming that leaders should strive to achieve, writes Elizabeth Bartels (cohort '15). A better understanding of how wargames can be helpful — or backfire — is critical.

  • A Promising Approach for Expanding Health Insurance to Nigeria's Informal Sector

    Jan 22, 2016

    The Kwara Community Health Insurance program in Nigeria provides a remarkable proof-of-concept and template for addressing the challenge of providing risk protection for the poor in the developing world, writes student Yemi Okunogbe (cohort '13).

  • What to Do About Informal Employment in Developing Countries

    Jan 22, 2016

    The staying power of informal employment in developing countries is a concern, because informal employees (e.g., day laborers) tend to receive lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer legal protections. Prof. Shanthi Nataraj asks, How can policymakers improve conditions for informal workers?