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 Celebrates 50 Years of Policy Impact

    Fifty years ago, RAND led the charge for a new approach to public policy and the new field of policy analysis. This year, Pardee RAND Graduate School is celebrating 50 years of education and impact, and once again leading the way in redefining the field of policy analysis.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony for newly appointed foreign ambassadors to Russia, in Moscow, Russia, February 5, 2020, photo by Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via Reuters

    Student: How to Understand and Respond to Russian Subversion

    Feb 18, 2020

    Russia's interests motivate different forms of subversion to influence domestic politics in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to student Krystyna Marcinek and colleagues. Capabilities vary across countries and activities, and the effectiveness of such efforts remains largely unknown. Despite these challenges, there are ways to deter and respond to Russian subversion.

  • Students Recommend an 'Olympian Feat': Green Infrastructure in Los Angeles

    Feb 11, 2020

    Los Angeles has an opportunity to reinvent itself by harnessing the collective spirit of Olympics development, climate activism, and Measure W funding. Students Noah Johnson (cohort '18), Karishma Patel ('17), and Jarrett Catlin ('18) write that no single project can address all LA's environmental needs, but many diverse projects could provide an opportunity for synergies and to create a new “city feel,” the way palm trees, traffic, and movie-touting billboards do now.

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    Student Identifies Factors for Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes for U.S. Army Personnel

    Feb 10, 2020

    In support of Army efforts to provide the highest-quality behavioral health care possible, Student Sujeong Park and RAND researchers identified factors associated with improved outcomes for soldiers who receive Army behavioral health specialty care.

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    Los Angeles River Revitalization: Students Encourage Taking Inspiration from Near and Far

    Feb 4, 2020

    Currently a predominantly concrete channel running through the city, the Los Angeles River has great potential to revitalize Los Angeles's water resources, landscape, and identity. Students Keren Zhu (cohort '17), J. Luke Irwin ('16), and Stephanie Tanverakul ('18), along with Prof. Timothy Gulden, explain that creating a new vision for the river presents a complex challenge for policymakers, engineers, and urban planners.

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    More Than Stormwater: Students Explore Multiple Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Los Angeles Communities

    Jan 29, 2020

    California faces shortages in water supply amidst droughts, wildfires, and other natural disasters worsened by climate change. Students Joan Chang (cohort '18), Pau Alonso Garcia ('18), and Jonathan Lamb ('17) argue that taking a systems thinking approach, in particular applying a systems framework, is essential to addressing complex problems for the sustainability of water resources that affect individuals, communities, and broader populations.

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    Student Examines Systemic Risk in the Broad Economy

    Jan 21, 2020

    After the 2008 financial crisis, research and policy focused on the risk that heavily interconnected networks could fuel the spread of economic crises—a problem known as systemic risk. Research coauthored by student Krystyna Marcinek (cohort '17) considers systemic risk in other sectors like technology, telecommunications, and health care.

  • Airport trading cards, photos by Airports Council International-North America; design by Katherine Wu/RAND Corporation

    Students Examine U.S. Airport Infrastructure Funding and Financing

    Jan 14, 2020

    Passenger air travel is at an all-time high, and demand for it is expected to rise. Students Moon Kim and Diogo Prosdocimi supported research that examined whether current levels of spending under existing federal policies will be sufficient to enable commercial airports to make the infrastructure investments needed to meet that demand.

  • Jonathan Wong's tattoo of a bar code with USMC, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Ink Tank: Research Gets Under the Skin of Some Pardee RANDites

    Jan 10, 2020

    Pardee RAND alum Jon Wong (cohort '12), student Hardika Dayalani ('18) and Prof. Robert Bozick explain how their tattoos reflect their research on the problems Marines face, migration-related issues, and the changing needs of the labor force.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in this undated photo released on December 28, 2019, photo by KCNA/Reuters

    Alum: North Korea Is Selling Political Deception

    Jan 3, 2020

    Why did Kim Jong-un substitute releasing the North Korean Workers' Party Plenary report instead of his traditional New Year's address? Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) says that as with many things in North Korea, we do not know, forcing us to speculate.

  • Pardee RAND Celebrates 50 Years of Policy Impact

    Jan 2, 2020

    Fifty years ago, RAND led the charge for a new approach to public policy and the new field of policy analysis. This year, Pardee RAND Graduate School is celebrating 50 years of education and impact, and once again leading the way in redefining the field of policy analysis.

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    Alum: Where Science Says to Spend Any U.S. Opioid Settlement Money

    Dec 19, 2019

    A global settlement with pharmaceutical companies has started to appear more and more likely. But alum Bradley Stein (cohort '97) says even with billions of dollars, the settlement resources won't be unlimited. To avoid mistakes made in the tobacco master settlement agreement, any opioid funds must be carefully allocated.

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    Student Research: How Well Is DoD Positioned for AI?

    Dec 17, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Defense has articulated an ambitious vision and strategy for artificial intelligence. But if it wants to get the maximum benefit from AI-enhanced systems, writes Diana Gelhaus Carew (cohort '15) and colleagues, it will need to improve its posture along multiple dimensions.

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

    Dec 10, 2019

    The Faculty Leaders Program, a professional development program for faculty who work with students or in disciplines underrepresented in public policy, is now accepting applications. 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.

  • Students Alex Mendoza-Graf, Ashley Woo, and Sohaela Amiri hold photos of their relatives at Commencement, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Three Students Create Pardee RAND Legacies

    Dec 10, 2019

    Students Alexandra Mendoza-Graf (Cohort '16), Ashley Woo ('18), and Sohaela Amiri ('16) didn't have far to look when they decided to pursue a Ph.D. in policy analysis. While forging their own paths, they are also following in the footsteps of relatives who also happen to be Pardee RAND alumni: Marlon Graf ('12), Jonathan Wong ('12), and Sara Amiri Cohort ('05).

  • CGSR director Brad Roberts talks with a postdoctoral research fellow and Pardee RAND student Pau Alonso Garcia-Bode (cohort '18), photo courtesy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

    LLNL Externships, Events Provide Experiential Learning

    Dec 9, 2019

    Through a partnership with the Center for Global Security Research (CGSR) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, four students have had the chance to hold externships, conduct research, and participate in global security conferences and events.

  • Noah Johnson presents some of his team's findings from the Dark Web Hackathon, photo by Todd Richmond/RAND Corporation

    Hackathon Lets Students Explore Dark Web

    Dec 4, 2019

    Ten students worked on teams for three weeks this fall to use machine learning and analyze data from cryptomarkets — what one team called a "craigslist for illegal things" — stored on RAND's Dark Web Observatory.

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    Career Services Talks Feature Six Alumni

    Nov 25, 2019

    A record number of alumni presented career talks this quarter, but the Career Services team is working hard to break that record in the near future.

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    Student-Prof Commentary: City Diplomacy Has Been on the Rise. Policies Are Finally Catching Up

    Nov 22, 2019

    Cities are not signing international treaties, nor do they have embassies around the world, write Sohaela Amiri (cohort '16) and Professor Rafiq Dossani. But cities can engage in all kinds of negotiations, reach agreements, and influence world politics. The State Department could tap into this power to further enhance U.S. diplomacy, global image, and influence.

  • Jennifer Bailey, VP of Apple Pay at Apple, speaks about the Apple Card during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, March 25, 2019, photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters

    Professor Ponders, Did No One Audit the Apple Card Algorithm?

    Nov 21, 2019

    Complex, opaque technologies like AI, machine learning and other algorithm systems provide significant benefits to society, writes Professor Osonde Osoba. They help speed up complex decisions, enable wider access to services, and in many cases make better decisions than humans. But those benefits do not obviate the need for accountability and transparency.

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    Alumni Help Plan 50th Anniversary

    Nov 18, 2019

    Eighteen terrific alumni are joining Jeffrey Wasserman (Cohort '85) on a task force to help plan activities and events to celebrate Pardee RAND's 50th anniversary throughout 2020.

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    Student-Alumni Research Finds Unintended Consequences of Policies that Punish Pregnant Women for Substance Use

    Nov 13, 2019

    Joshua Russell-Fritch (cohort '16), alum Bradley Stein ('97), and RAND colleagues found that state policies that punish pregnant women for illicit substance use are associated with higher rates of infants being born with opioid withdrawal.

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    Student Helps Create Database of Web Tools to Fight Disinformation Online

    Nov 12, 2019

    Hilary Reininger (cohort '16) and RAND researchers created a database of web tools that aim to fight the spread of disinformation. These include fact-checking tools, bot detectors, media literacy applications, and more.

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    Student-Alum Research Finds Australia Is Not Prepared to Deliver an Alzheimer's Treatment

    Nov 11, 2019

    As in other countries, the Australian health care system has limited capacity to rapidly move a future treatment for Alzheimer's disease from approval into wide clinical use. Sangita Baxi (cohort '17) and Jodi Liu ('12) find that could leave thousands of older people without access to transformative care if such a breakthrough occurs.

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    Economic Experiments for Global Impact

    Oct 23, 2019

    Implementing effective solutions for global socioeconomic development and poverty alleviation is a daunting challenge. However, RAND has seen over its decades of work in this area that data-based decisions can improve the welfare of the world's most vulnerable populations.

  • TNL director Todd Richmond describes the lab to the Pardee RAND Board of Governors in 2018, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Tech Leaders Join Advisory Group

    Oct 23, 2019

    To help guide the development of Pardee RAND's Tech & Narrative Lab, director Todd Richmond and Pardee RAND dean Susan Marquis have assembled a veritable who's who of tech policy leaders to serve on the lab's new Advisory Group.