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.

  • 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.

  • Mitigating India's Climate-Change Misery

    Oct 11, 2018

    Despite years of dire forecasts, the international community has been unable to halt the steady climb in global temperatures and, as student Gulrez Shah Azhar (cohort '14) writes, it is the world's poorest who are paying the heaviest toll. As heat-related risks intensify, those living on the margins—in India and elsewhere—will need help to cope effectively.

  • North Korea's Actions Speak Louder Than Its Words

    Oct 11, 2018

    Kim Jong Un has regularly promised to denuclearize, writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75), but he's been all talk. And this year, North Korea has probably built five to nine more nuclear weapons. There are steps that could make a difference if taken before the North Korean nuclear weapon threat grows any further.

  • How to Solve the Water Crisis in Gaza

    Sep 26, 2018

    Gaza has long had water and sanitation challenges, but today it's in a state of emergency. Research by alumni Shira Efron (cohort '11) and Jordan Fischbach ('04), student Rouslan Karimov ('15), and Prof. Melinda Moore finds that the crisis could be resolved through infrastructure investment, but political complications and other barriers remain.

  • Join Us at an Admissions Event this Fall

    Sep 24, 2018

    Is Pardee RAND right for you? Are you right for Pardee RAND? Do you want to learn more? Attend an admissions event and get the inside scoop from current students, faculty, alumni, and our dean of admissions.

  • Fred Pardee’s $3 Million Gift Aims to Strengthen School’s Global Impact

    Sep 17, 2018

    A $3 million pledge from Frederick Pardee will expand the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress, integrate its efforts with the school's redesign, and help the school institutionalize a focus on global issues.

  • OJT Project Leads to Decade of Research Collaboration

    Sep 7, 2018

    For more than a decade, alum Kartika Palar (cohort '06) and professor Kathryn Derose have been working together to reduce food insecurity among people with HIV. Student Gabriela Armenta ('15) recently joined them on a novel project in the Dominican Republic.

  • Alumni Evaluate Health Care Payment Reform Pilot

    Aug 31, 2018

    California's Global Payment Program seeks to improve health care for the state's uninsured by providing funds for both traditional and non-traditional services, settings, and providers. Alumni Jodi Liu (cohort '12) and Denise Quigley ('91) conducted a mid-point evaluation that found broad improvement.

  • How Can Workers' Compensation Systems Promote Occupational Safety and Health?

    Aug 31, 2018

    Student Nicolas Broten (cohort '15) helped assess the challenges that workers' compensation stakeholder groups have identified, as well as which policy options and research efforts are most important for reforming workers' compensation policy to promote the well-being of workers.

  • A Better Way to Think About Scooters

    Aug 28, 2018

    Unleashed in Santa Monica last September, Bird and its competitors are now in more than 30 American cities—and are being met with new regulations and increased law enforcement. Student Tim McDonald (cohort '16) and Prof. Rob Lempert write that, if officials rely only on 20th-century tools to integrate these 21st-century scooters into their cities, they will miss a big opportunity.

  • Tech Lab Pilot Game Encourages Political Discourse

    Aug 24, 2018

    New alum Claire O'Hanlon (cohort '13) created ControVersus as part of Pardee RAND's initial Tech Lab Pilot. The multiplayer card game helps people talk about politics and understand each other in a fun, nonjudgmental format. Her new website offers the game as a free download.

  • Keeping Artificial Intelligence Accountable to Humans

    Aug 20, 2018

    Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are often only as intelligent—and as fair—as the data used to train them. Prof. Osonde Osoba explains that, for AI that can free humans from bias instead of reinforcing bias, experts and regulators will need to think more deeply not only about what AI can do, but what it should do—and then teach it how.

  • Understanding the Impact of the Elimination of the Individual Mandate Penalty

    Aug 10, 2018

    Starting in 2019, the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty will be eliminated, effectively ending the law's requirement that most people have health insurance. Profs. Christine Eibner and Sarah Nowak write that, while declines in coverage and increases in premiums are likely, the magnitudes of these effects are highly uncertain.

  • Potential Benefits for Most New Yorkers but No Free Lunch: Tough Decisions for Single-Payer Health Care in New York

    Aug 6, 2018

    A single-payer plan in New York would shift health-care spending to the state instead of private insurers, writes alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12). As with any far-reaching legislation, there are trade-offs and it is important that policymakers consider the impact of the single-payer plan in totality.

  • New York's Proposed Single-Payer Plan Could Expand Coverage Without More Spending

    Aug 1, 2018

    The New York Health Act could provide insurance to all New York State residents without increasing overall spending if administrative costs are reduced and growth in provider payment rates is restrained, according to research by alum Jodi Liu (cohort '12), student Jamie Ryan ('17), and professors Christine Eibner, Sarah Nowak, and Chapin White. New taxes, instead of premiums and out-of-pocket payments, would finance the program.

  • Downloadable Guns and Other 3-D Printing Security Threats

    Jul 31, 2018

    Americans may soon be able to legally access blueprints for 3D-printed guns. But the growing opposition to them shows that potential security threats do not have to be inevitable, write student Luke Irwin (cohort '16) and professors Troy Smith and Trevor Johnston. The security challenges inherent in 3D printing could be addressed, while the development of industry norms can still be shaped.

  • Building Resilience in an Urban Coastal Environment

    Jul 31, 2018

    Research by alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) examines the potential effects of climate change and sea level rise on flood risk, ecosystems, and water quality in New York City's Jamaica Bay, and how flood risk can be reduced while also improving water quality, restoring habitat, and improving resilience to extreme weather events.

  • Suggestions to Help EPA Successfully Implement Retrospective Reviews

    Jul 19, 2018

    The EPA's interest in including a systematic retrospective review element in new regulation has the potential to provide a transparent and well-structured method for assessing which decisions worked well and which didn't, writes Prof. Benjamin Miller. If successful, it could serve as a role model for other regulatory agencies.

  • Developing a Manual for Cultural Analysis

    Jul 9, 2018

    Drawing from cognitive and evolutionary anthropology traditions, the authors describe a set of tools capable of dealing with cultural data at various emergent levels. Many techniques are known in the published literature, but this is the first time they have been organized into a single manual structured around a formally theorized notion of culture.

  • Findings Highlights Commencement 2018

    Jun 28, 2018

    The Commencement issue of Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter includes articles about our biennial celebration, an interview with the Alumni Leadership Award recipient, and a spotlight on alumni donors Jeffrey Wasserman and Ted Harshberger.

  • Giving Spotlight: Alumni Jeffrey Wasserman and Ted Harshberger

    Jun 25, 2018

    Ted Harshberger (cohort '86) and Jeffrey Wasserman ('85) have long — and strong — ties not only to Pardee RAND but to the RAND Corporation itself. Ted is the Vice President and Director of Project AIR FORCE, and Jeffrey is the Vice President and Director of RAND Health. So it is no surprise that — when it comes time to support their alma mater and their company — Jeffrey and Ted don't hesitate.

  • Students Honor Selvin, Smith, and Armour with Huddleson Teaching Awards

    Jun 20, 2018

    For two years running, Professors Molly Selvin and Troy Smith received the Huddleson Teaching Award for excellence in teaching an elective and a core course (respectively). In 2017, Professor Phil Armour also received the award for teaching an elective. All three received their awards at the 2018 Pardee RAND Graduate School Commencement Ceremony.

  • Politics in India—Not Business as Usual

    Jun 19, 2018

    India's ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has suffered recent, self-inflicted electoral setbacks, writes Prof. Rafiq Dossani. But it is still the best-organized and richest political party in the country. Can opposing alliances defeat the BJP?

  • Q&A with Alumni Leadership Award Winner Sharon Arnold

    Jun 18, 2018

    Sharon Arnold (cohort '85) received Pardee RAND's fourth Alumni Leadership Award during Commencement Weekend 2018. She sat down for a Q&A about her experience at the School and how her time at RAND has influenced her career, and also spoke at the Celebratory Dinner on Friday, June 15.