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.

  • Statement from the Dean on Racial Injustice

    The call for social justice that has swept across our nation and the world over this past week demands that we listen, learn, and do more to “shine the light that reveals the dust” and to do the hard work of building a better world not just this week but for years to come. It is my fervent hope that our community will rise to the occasion and live up to our motto, Be the Answer.

  • Coronavirus shown against world map and trend lines, illustration by chakisatelier/Adobe Stock

    Responding to COVID-19 with Research and Analysis

    Members of the Pardee RAND community are actively contributing to the COVID-19 response by sharing their expertise and searching for solutions to coronavirus-related challenges on local, state, national, and global levels.

  • People take part in the celebrations for the National Liberation Day near the Arch of Reunification in the city of Pyongyang, North Korea, August 14, 2005, photo by Yuri Maltsev/Reuters

    From Hermit Kingdom to Open for Business

    May 25, 2021

    When the situation in North Korea becomes conducive to foreign investment and development, what might it take to kick-start the country's economy? Students Diana Myers and Noah Johnson explored this question with professors Krishna Kumar and Troy Smith.

  • A healthcare worker holds syringes with COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination center, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021, photo by Jose Luis Gonzalez/Reuters

    Will the United States Declare Freedom from COVID-19 Too Soon?

    May 21, 2021

    Pardee RAND students Lawrence Baker and Pedro Lima, and professors Jeanne Ringel and Rafael Vardavas, used their COVID-19 model to analyze what could happen with COVID-19 deaths in the United States if restrictions all go away on July 4. Here's what they saw: Fully reopening the economy before Biden's vaccination target was met doubled the average number of COVID-19 deaths between Independence Day and the end of the year.

  • Student puts together molecular model during online school. lesson, photo by lithiumphoto/Adobe Stock

    Urban and Rural Districts Show Strong Divide During the Pandemic

    May 11, 2021

    As of February 2021, only 17 percent of urban school districts—compared with 42 percent of rural districts—were offering fully in-person instruction. Students Melissa Kay Diliberti and Lisa Berdie worked with colleagues to consider the implications of this disparity.

  • Moviegoers buy concessions before the movie Godzilla vs. Kong on the reopening day of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, March 31, 2021, photo by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

    Stress-Testing California's COVID-19 Reopening Strategy

    May 10, 2021

    States' reopening plans vary widely. With a revised RAND decision support tool and using California as an example, students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker, along with Pardee RAND faculty, tested alternative plans. The best strategies did not prematurely relax measures like indoor mask-wearing; began with a high level of caution; were tied to vaccination rates; and made changes gradually.

  • Pardee RAND Externship Students Discuss Work in Sitka

    May 7, 2021

    Students Jalal Awan and Keren Zhu are in Sitka for six week externships at the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Food Co-op, respectively. They visited local public radio station KCAW for an interview about their experience.

  • Teacher wearing a face mask works with students with disabilities in classroom, photo by Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

    The American Rescue Plan Is a Chance to Support Students with Disabilities. Here Are Some Investments Worth Considering

    May 5, 2021

    National surveys of K–12 teachers provide insight into challenges for effectively educating students with disabilities during the pandemic and beyond. Understanding these challenges can help identify important funding options to address gaps.

  • People pose for a photo after being vaccinated at the FEMA-supported COVID-19 vaccination site at Valencia State College in Orlando, Florida, photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/Sipa USA/Reuters

    Messaging Strategies to Mitigate COVID-19

    Apr 30, 2021

    Public health officials are trying to convince a majority of Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19, while also promoting other disease-mitigating measures such as mask-wearing. Christine Chen (cohort '15) and colleagues consider what messaging strategies might help this effort.

  • Network illustrations depicting online conspiracy theories, images by miakievy and Cecilia Escudero/Getty Images

    Machine Learning Can Detect Online Conspiracy Theories

    Apr 29, 2021

    As social media platforms work to prevent malicious or harmful uses of their services, an improved model of machine-learning technology can detect and understand conspiracy theory language. Insights from this modeling effort can help counter the effects of online conspiracies.

  • Cynthia Gonzalez, director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream

    Q&A with Cynthia Gonzalez

    Apr 28, 2021

    The director of Pardee RAND Graduate School's Community-Partnered Policy and Action stream talks about her passion and insights for the school and why it is time for a new approach to community well-being.

  • Manhattan beach pier closed for safety to avoid gathering of many people in one place because of COVID-19 pandemic, photo by martin-dm/Getty Images

    Seeking COVID-19 Exit Strategies for Reopening California

    Apr 27, 2021

    Students Pedro Lima and Lawrence Baker (cohort '19) worked with Pardee RAND faculty using simulation models and the Robust Decision Making (RDM) approach to stress-test California's reopening strategy and other alternatives. They found that adaptive plans that respond aggressively to initial outbreaks are required to control the pandemic.

  • Super Typhoon Noru photographed by ISS astronaut Randy Bresnick above the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on August 1, 2017, photo courtesy of NASA

    Responsible Space Behavior for the New Space Era

    Apr 26, 2021

    The early space domain was dominated by two superpowers. Today, the world has more than 60 spacefaring nations, multiple commercial space operators, and a global economy that is inextricably linked to space. Student Katie Feistel and her colleagues in the RAND Space Enterprise Initiative say now is the time to develop responsible space norms.

  • An elderly black woman doing gardening at an outdoor table, surrounded by green plants. Photo by SolStock / Getty Images

    Societal Impact of Research Funding for Women's Health

    Apr 22, 2021

    An examination of the impact of increased funding for research on Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias in women, conducted by students Annie Chen and Hamad Al-Ibrahim, and alum Denise Quigley, showed that small investments in women's health research can yield large gains, including benefits above investing in general research.

  • Empty beds in a hospital ward, photo by  onurdongel/Getty Images

    Reducing Hospital Spending: Three Policy Options

    Apr 21, 2021

    Alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), student Nabeel Qureshi ('18), and colleagues summarize the spending impact of policy options to reduce hospital prices paid by private health plans, outlining design choices and effectiveness levels for each approach.

  • Still from a documentary by a North Korean TV station, titled “The efforts and sacrifices (of the Chairman of the North Korean State Affairs Committee, Kim Jong-un) for the people in 2020,” broadcast February 1, 2021, photo by KCTV via / Latin America News Agency/Reuters

    COVID-19 Exacerbates North Korea's Bad Choices

    Apr 20, 2021

    Recently, Kim Jong-un admitted that North Korea is facing a dire situation. It was surprising that he would admit circumstances which at face value suggest major failures on his part. Alum Bruce Bennett asks, Why is Kim admitting that such circumstances are developing in the North now?

  • A teacher and student wearing face masks talk to each other using sign language, photo by Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

    How Are Teachers Educating Students with Disabilities During the Pandemic?

    Apr 8, 2021

    Students Katie Feistel and Heather Gomez-Bendana examined how remote and hybrid learning can present particular challenges to students with disabilities (SWD) and their teachers. Nearly two in five teachers said that their schools offered alternative instructional arrangements for SWD during the pandemic, but this was less common in majority non-White and high-poverty schools.

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

    Mar 31, 2021

    The Faculty Leaders Program is a 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 and stipends to 12–16 selected faculty to participate in the policy analysis summer program, which will be held virtually this year.

  • Pardee Commons Enriches Student Life

    Mar 18, 2021

    Even in a Ph.D. program, student life is about more than academics. That's why Pardee RAND is so excited to announce the development of Pardee Commons, a new rent-subsidized student housing community close to campus.

  • People walk down the street at a camp for displaced people while Hurricane Matthew approaches in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, October 3, 2016, photo by Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

    Climate Change Migration: Developing a Security Strategy for All

    Mar 15, 2021

    Over the past decade, an average of 21.5 million people annually have been forced to move due to the impacts of extreme weather. Jay Balagna (cohort '20) and colleagues argue that building an understanding of the intersection between climate change, migration, and security is crucial and should take into account that many who face the most direct impacts of climate change are already among the most vulnerable.

  • The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River on the border of Arizona and Nevada, photo by stryjek / Adobe Stock

    Water Planning for the Uncertain Future

    Mar 8, 2021

    James Syme (cohort '18) and alumni David Groves ('01) and Edmundo Molina-Perez ('11) conducted seven case studies focusing on the western United States and Mexico to develop an interactive tool that provides information about decisionmaking under deep uncertainty (DMDU) methods—specifically, Robust Decision Making (RDM).

  • WASC Reaffirms Accreditation through 2030

    Mar 8, 2021

    The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission reaffirmed Pardee RAND's accreditation for 10 years, approving our programmatic changes and vision for the school moving forward.