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.

  • Accountability in Cyberspace: The Problem of Attribution

    Jan 14, 2019

    The attribution of a malicious cyber incident consists of identifying the responsible party behind the activity. In this video, professors Jair Aguirre, Ben Boudreaux, and John Davis recommend creating an independent, international cyber attribution consortium tasked with investigating and publicly attributing major cyber attacks.

  • Does the U.S. Face an AI Ethics Gap?

    Jan 11, 2019

    The view that the United States is in an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race suggests an AI ethics gap. Prof. Benjamin Boudreaux says the U.S. may face a higher ethical hurdle than its adversaries when developing and deploying AI in military contexts. But, he adds, the gap could be a source of U.S. strength in building international partnerships.

  • North Korea's Expanding Nuclear Program Drives a Complex Set of Problems

    Jan 11, 2019

    North Korean provocations and threats have created an unstable environment on the Korean Peninsula. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) and colleagues say the U.S. and its allies must attend to four interconnected problems. Failure to prepare will increase the chance of miscalculation and constrain options to reduce the likelihood or gravity of future conflicts.

  • Book Review: The Heart of War—Misadventures in the Pentagon

    Jan 8, 2019

    Alum Jonathan Wong (cohort '12) thinks both Washington insiders and the general public may be inspired by Kathleen McCinnis's The Heart of War. The novel prompts readers to think more realistically about the Pentagon and its role in policymaking.

  • Pardee RAND Reimagines the Future of Public Policy Problem Solving

    Jan 7, 2019

    The Pardee RAND Graduate School is taking a new approach to public policy education. Three new streams of study and action will better align with today's policy needs. Faculty and students will shift the focus from coming up with solutions to actually implementing them.

  • The Next Generation Initiative: Faculty Leaders Program in Policy Research and Analysis

    Dec 20, 2018

    The Faculty Leaders Program is accepting applications for the July 2019 professional development program for faculty who work with students or in disciplines underrepresented in public policy. Part of the Pardee RAND Graduate School's Next Generation Initiative, the program awards fellowships to 12–15 selected faculty to participate in a week-long policy analysis summer program.

  • Challenges to the Integration of Syrian Refugees

    Dec 18, 2018

    The successful resettlement of Syrian refugees is dependent on political commitment coupled with public support and community engagement, according to research by student Gabriela Armenta (cohort '15) and alum Mahal Woldetsadik ('13). Social and economic policies to address the crisis require a combined effort in planning, implementing, monitoring, and assessing initiatives, and sharing data with stakeholders.

  • Can Innovative Financing by the Public and Private Sectors Build on Momentum in Energy Efficiency Improvements for Affordable Multifamily Housing?

    Dec 12, 2018

    Nearly one in three American households in 2015 reported difficulty paying their energy bills or sustaining adequate home heating and cooling. Student Lisa Jonsson (cohort '14) and Prof. Aimee Curtright find that emerging models of energy services and financing show promise and could identify creative ways to increase access to funding that could preserve and improve home affordability for millions of Americans.

  • When Cyber Attacks Occur, Who Should Investigate?

    Dec 6, 2018

    Data breaches and cyberattacks cross geopolitical boundaries, targeting individuals, corporations and governments. Professors John Davis, Ben Boudreaux, and Jair Aguirre argue that creating a global body with a narrow focus on investigating and assigning responsibility for cyberattacks could be the first step to creating a digital world with accountability.

  • Students Compete in (and Win!) Hackathons

    Dec 6, 2018

    Sometimes described as "invention festivals," hackathons are multi-day events in which people collaborate intensively in an effort to solve a specific problem. Many hackathons involve technology — the word being a portmanteau of "hack" and "marathon" — but teams also include designers, subject-matter experts, and others. With the launch of the Tech and Narrative Lab, Pardee RAND has taken a leap into this area by hosting its own internal events and encouraging student participation in regional competitions.

  • Fall 2018 Alumni Newsletter Highlights Hackathons, New Cohort

    Dec 6, 2018

    Pardee RAND's latest cohort arrived this fall for a two-week bootcamp that included a policy analysis immersion, one of the newest elements of the school's redesign. The Tech & Narrative Lab also broadened student horizons through an opioid hackathon, and Career Services engaged dozens of alumni through a series of new activities.

  • New Career Services Events Increase Alumni Engagement

    Dec 6, 2018

    Many of Pardee RAND's career-focused events would not be possible without alumni participation. Nearly two dozen alumni helped mentor and network with students through exciting new activities this fall.

  • Opening Up the 5.9 GHz Frequency Band for WiFi Use Could Result in Significant Economic Benefits

    Nov 29, 2018

    Few empirically driven estimates explore how WiFi contributes to the economy. Students Diana Gehlhaus Carew, Nicholas Martin, and Jesse Lastunen (all cohort '15) filled this gap by estimating the potential economic value of opening the 5.9 GHz frequency band.

  • Why North Korea Sanctions Relief Is Inappropriate at This Time

    Nov 26, 2018

    In early 2018, Kim Jong Un signaled that he was ready to negotiate with the United States on abandoning North Korea's nuclear weapons. But since then, Pyongyang hasn't taken steps to denuclearize. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says the DPRK's actions speak louder than its words.

  • Celebrating the Career of Alum Jeffrey Wasserman

    Nov 26, 2018

    RAND Vice President Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85) retired in October after 33 years of service to RAND and 13 years teaching and leading at Pardee RAND Graduate School — but first we threw him a big party.

  • Building a Pipeline of Wargaming Talent: A Two-Track Solution

    Nov 15, 2018

    On issues ranging from potential conflicts with Russia to the future of transportation and logistics, writes student Ellie Bartels (cohort '15) writes, senior Department of Defense leaders have increasingly turned to wargames to imagine the future of war and make long-term investments to confront the challenges ahead.

  • Pardee RAND Well Represented at APPAM DC Conference

    Nov 14, 2018

    Two students presented posters; one student and six alumni presented papers during panel discussions, and 3 professors participated in panels at the annual APPAM Fall Conference. Additionally, two alumni and a professor received "40 for 40 Fellowships" to attend.

  • Evaluation of Los Angeles County's Mental Health Community Engagement Campaign

    Nov 14, 2018

    A community engagement campaign sought to increase awareness of mental health access as a civil rights issue and to increase civic engagement. Student Lauren Davis (cohort '15) and colleagues found that youth who took part showed increased supportive and understanding attitudes toward mental illness, and empowerment and mobilization toward activism around mental health issues.

  • Pardee RAND Receives STEM Designation

    Nov 12, 2018

    Thanks to the school's new designation, international students who receive a Pardee RAND Ph.D. may now be eligible to work in the U.S. for three years before needing an H-1B visa. The Department of Homeland Security allows F-1 visa students who receive STEM degrees to apply for a 24-month extension of their visa.

  • Evaluating Savings Associated with LA County's Mental Health Programs

    Oct 30, 2018

    Los Angeles used its Mental Health Services Act funds to expand access to Full Service Partnership programs. Student Gulrez Azhar (cohort '14) and colleagues estimated that, over a five-year period, program outcomes were associated with $82.9 million cost savings, a 24 percent reduction in government spending.

  • Universities Are Improving Training of Future School Principals

    Oct 30, 2018

    Student Rachel Perera worked with Prof. Susan Gates and RAND colleagues to evaluate the University Principal Preparation Initiative, in which seven universities are beginning to change their principal preparation programs to better reflect the real-world demands of the job.

  • Committed to Improving Health Care Policy: Q&A with Jodi Liu

    Oct 23, 2018

    Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), an associate policy researcher at RAND, studies how to deliver high-quality care and how to pay for it. She discusses her assessment of a single-payer health care proposal in New York State and the supply-and-demand challenges that might arise if an Alzheimer's treatment became available.

  • School Welcomes Visiting Scholars from Coalition of Immokalee Workers

    Oct 19, 2018

    Pardee RAND was excited to welcome two visiting scholars in October, CIW co-founders Greg Asbed, a MacArthur "genius grant" awardee, and Steve Hitov, a long-time social justice lawyer. Their residency included several discussions of labor rights and worker-driven social responsibility.

  • A Threat to Immigrant Health Care with Potential Consequences for All

    Oct 12, 2018

    The proposed changes to the “public charge” rule could jeopardize decades of progress towards improved health care access and health for immigrants and U.S. citizens. Prof. Kathryn Pitkin Derose says negative effects may include worse health outcomes, increased use of emergency rooms, and increased prevalence of communicable diseases.

  • Alum: In Opioid Policy, One Size Does Not Fit All

    Oct 12, 2018

    Congress is addressing the opioid epidemic through new legislation intended to increase access to treatment using medications such as methadone and buprenorphine. Alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) says further investments may be required to make counseling more available, increase Medicaid reimbursement for drug treatment, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health treatment.