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.

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    More Than Green: Leveraging Green Bonds to Invest in Greater Climate Resilience

    Nov 24, 2021

    The significance of green bonds may depend not only on having a lot of them, write Karishma Patel (cohort '17) and Prof. Michelle Miro, but also on carefully developing, investing, and tracking projects against the larger goal of climate resilience.

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    The Growing Green Bond Market Could Plateau. How Can It Grow Further?

    Nov 23, 2021

    If green bonds are a viable tool to reduce emissions and adapt infrastructure to the effects of climate change, David Catt (cohort '16) and Nihar Chhatiawala ('20) ask, how can governments encourage the issuance, sales, and growth in the share of green bonds in the total bond market?

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    Green Bonds Can Leave Issuers in the Red

    Nov 22, 2021

    To achieve the Biden administration's blueprint for solar energy and focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, green bonds may be worth considering. But Brian Wong (cohort '20) suggests that, like any other financing instrument, they may be best considered through a cost-benefit lens.

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    Developing a Pipeline of Diverse Talent into the Public Sector

    Nov 16, 2021

    Research by student Luke Irwin and Prof. Charles Goldman finds that public-sector agencies, schools, and community organizations could attract more diverse and talented workers by articulating leadership commitment to recruiting from underrepresented groups, communicating the benefits of public-sector careers, and improving awareness of jobs and internships.

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    Watch Recordings of Our Virtual Admissions Events

    Nov 10, 2021

    Is Pardee RAND right for you? Are you right for Pardee RAND? We held a series of interactive admissions webinars this fall, many of which were recorded; request links and learn more!

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    Malaria Vaccine May Not Eliminate Need to Combat Counterfeit Medicines

    Nov 8, 2021

    The newly announced malaria vaccine could be a critical tool to combat the tremendous socioeconomic burden malaria causes. But Professors Krishna Kumar, Todd Richmond, and Samantha McBirney argue that global achievements in reducing malaria cases and deaths in the past decades may be in danger of significant reversal if the problem of counterfeiting continues.

  • RAND, Pardee RAND Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Community Ofrenda

    Nov 2, 2021

    To commemorate Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, RAND’s Latinx y Más employee resource group invited staff and students to contribute to an inaugural community ofrenda—an altar or offering to honor the departed—that they built in the Santa Monica office.

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    Married Moms Aren't Striking Workers, but They Are Saying the Same Thing

    Nov 1, 2021

    If we are in the middle of a labor shortage, recruiting people back into the labor force is key to sustaining a recovery. Prof. Kathryn Edwards says the historic work choices of married mothers reveal a lot about what might lure people back into the workforce, especially when—even if they want the income—there are competing forces at play.

  • Five Faculty Win Awards for Mentoring

    Oct 27, 2021

    RAND recently recognized five Pardee RAND faculty members — one of whom is also an alum — for their valuable contributions in mentoring junior researchers and advising colleagues.

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    Hackathon Challenges Students to Use Big Data to Promote Equity

    Sep 24, 2021

    COVID-19 hit vulnerable communities especially hard. To identify promising policy solutions for a more equitable recovery from the pandemic — and engage aspiring young activists — Pardee RAND students will work with undergraduates from Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, and Spelman in a three-week virtual hackathon sponsored by the Tech + Narrative Lab and RAND's NextGen Initiative.

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    Policy Analysis for Improving the Performance of Large Social Systems

    Sep 16, 2021

    The fields of systems and policy analysis have helped to make the world more stable, secure, and prosperous by informing and improving decision-making in areas of public policy. Tim McDonald (cohort '16) considers how the scholarship and practice of policy analysis can contribute to addressing contemporary system challenges.

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    The Guilt I Carry Over 9/11 Drives Me to Help Others

    Sep 13, 2021

    Alum and U.S. military veteran Jonathan Wong (cohort '12) reflects on how the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have influenced how he has lived his life since that day.

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    Hurricane Ida Is Part of a Cycle of Disasters—Mitigating Their Impact Means Building Back Better

    Sep 13, 2021

    Building back better means focusing on recovery that not only restores damage from a disaster but also reduces future risk. To meet that goal today, Jay Balagna (cohort '20) says we need to look at the ways our disaster preparedness and response systems actually create risk themselves, by reinforcing things like wealth inequality, systemic discrimination, or access to crucial services.

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    The Compounding Effects of Racism: Q&A with James Anderson, Rachel Perera, and Heather Gomez-Bendaña

    Sep 10, 2021

    Students Rachel Perera and Heather Gomez-Bendaña are working with RAND colleague James Anderson to create an interactive tool that illustrates how the effects of bias compound over time. Their aim is to improve understanding of how seemingly small disparities can add up to create significant inequality.

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    Tech Assets Might Help Make Public Health Data More Equity-Centered

    Sep 9, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified broad societal inequities and trained a spotlight on the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. public health system. Tara Blagg (cohort '19) and professors Doug Yeung and Chris Nelson ask, what would more equity-centered, tech-engaged public health data look like?

  • School Weaves Four Threads Through Program

    Sep 7, 2021

    Pardee RAND has launched the most recent element of the program's redesign: the addition of ethics, communication, global perspectives, and social justice and racial equity threads to further strengthen an already tight-knit program.

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    Applications Are Now Being Accepted for Fall 2022

    Sep 1, 2021

    The Pardee RAND application period for 2022 is now open. Completed applications must be received by January 6, 2022. Learn more about the online application process, and apply today!

  • Dean's Report to Board of Governors

    Sep 1, 2021

    In her report to the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors, Dean Susan Marquis shares information about the 2020 cohort, recent graduates, new initiatives, the school's recent reaccreditation, fundraising, and more.

  • ‘Federal Service Is Incredibly Fulfilling’: Q&A with Alum David Howell

    Aug 31, 2021

    Looking at the career of alum David Howell (cohort '03), it might seem like he was helping the United States prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic since he graduated. He spoke with us about his experience in the federal government, working on pandemic preparedness and response, and more.

  • Cohort '20 Externs Share “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”

    Aug 31, 2021

    The six members of Pardee RAND's inaugural Community-Partnered Policy and Action cohort completed their first externships this summer, three in Sitka and three in Los Angeles. Each shared glowing reflections on their experiences.