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; here we present a compilation of all the news that's fit to share.

  • Lessons from Northern Uganda: Post-Conflict Integration of 'Children Born of War'

    Apr 12, 2017

    Children conceived as a result of sexual violence during armed conflict face socioeconomic marginalization, family rejection, stigmatization, and violence. Mahlet Woldetsadik (cohort '13) examines ways societies can address the unique needs of the thousands of "children born of war."

  • Rocky Road Ahead Likely for U.S.-China Relations

    Apr 11, 2017

    The first summit with President Trump and China's President Xi Jinping downplayed contentious issues like Taiwan and the South China Sea. But the differences run deep, writes professor Timothy Heath, and frustration is palpable on both sides. Moreover, the competition for international leadership continues.

  • Five Dead-Ends — and One Risky Opportunity — When Trump and Xi Talk North Korea

    Apr 10, 2017

    Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) writes that, among President Trump's options, proposing a deal that gives the North Korean elite an alternative to its murderous and unstable leader could be the safest and most realistic way to sheath North Korean nuclear weapons and safeguard the American people.

  • How California Is Trying to Keep Autonomous Vehicle Development on Track

    Apr 10, 2017

    California's Department of Motor Vehicles recently proposed new regulations governing the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Professor Nidhi Kalra asks, will this help retain the state's status as a testing and deployment ground for the technology, and will it make California safer?

  • RAND Annual Report Features 'The Pardee RAND Advantage'

    Apr 4, 2017

    The 2016 RAND Annual Report includes 10 pages about Pardee RAND students, research, innovation, courses, and more. Featured student projects include the Food-Energy-Water Index, investing in traffic safety, women in the Marine Corps infantry, virtual currency, and identifying disease hot-spots.

  • Alum Vilamovska Receives Award for Service to Poland

    Apr 3, 2017

    Anna-Marie Vilamovska (cohort '05) is one of the youngest recipients of Poland's Commander Cross of the Order of Merit, which was bestowed upon her in December for her contributions to the development of Polish-Bulgarian cooperation.

  • Just Right: Combatting Childhood Obesity Through Portion Size

    Mar 27, 2017

    Single-serving guidelines can help kids avoid eating too much when eating out. Student Cameron Wright (cohort '12) and professor Deborah Cohen created this infographic summarizing right-sized portions for kids.

  • Murder, Missiles, and Messages from North Korea

    Mar 24, 2017

    Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile on February 12 — one day before Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was murdered in Malaysia — and four more on March 6. Alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75) asks, What would lead North Korea to carry out these provocations?

  • Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    Mar 22, 2017

    Student Nicholas Broten (cohort '15) coauthored an ongoing assessment of employment and wages in energy and advanced manufacturing industries in the Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia region. The report captures trends about which counties might have greater demand for educating or employing local talent in STEM careers.

  • Why China Will Not Unify with Taiwan by 2020

    Mar 21, 2017

    The prospects for peaceful unification of China and Taiwan continue to dim. Nothing Beijing has tried to woo or coerce Taiwan has worked. For those determined to compel Taiwan's unification, military subjugation remains a last option. But it would only worsen China's security environment, writes professor Timothy Heath.

  • Testing the Scenario Hypothesis via an Experimental Comparison

    Mar 16, 2017

    Alumni Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) and Zhimin Mao (cohort '11), along with professor Robert Lempert and other RAND researchers, undertook an experimental comparison of scenarios and forecasts to see which was most useful in a complex decision environment. The results offer lessons for designing decision support tools.

  • Five Myths About American Obesity

    Mar 13, 2017

    Two in three Americans are overweight or obese. There are popular theories about what's causing the obesity epidemic but research does not support them. What is clear, write alum Ruopeng An (cohort '08) and professor Roland Sturm, is that most U.S. adults eat too many calories.

  • On 'Hidden Figures' and Being the Only Woman in the Room

    Mar 12, 2017

    A new film tells the true story of talented women who experienced racial and gender discrimination at NASA in the early 1960s. Like many women, they gained acceptance over time by being great at what they do. Dean Susan Marquis writes that women at RAND have also been pioneers in their fields and are familiar with being the only woman in the room.

  • Winter 2017 Alumni Newsletter Available Online

    Mar 10, 2017

    Pardee RAND's alumni newsletter features articles about the Charles Wolf memorial, our distinguished visiting professors, a new tech lab and design studio, an upcoming APPAM student conference, and more.

  • Alumni Evaluate the Jinan City Water Ecological Development Implementation Plan

    Mar 9, 2017

    Alumni David Groves (cohort '01) and Zhimin Mao (cohort '11) as well as professors Debra Knopman and Nidhi Kalra, evaluated potential effects of demand and climate uncertainties on investments recently undertaken by the Jinan Municipal Water Resources Bureau according to the Jinan City Water Ecological Development Implementation Plan, and assessed the potential of new investments and management strategies to help Jinan meet its long-term water resources goals.

  • Death by Nerve Gas: Two Arrests, Many Questions in Attack in Malaysia

    Mar 7, 2017

    Details about the murder of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother are still being uncovered. If a firm connection to North Korea can be made, others in the region should react strongly. writes alum Bruce Bennett (cohort '75). Otherwise, Kim may conclude that further provocations are worth it.

  • Innovation in the Bay Area: Q&A with Nidhi Kalra

    Mar 7, 2017

    Profesor Nidhi Kalra discusses what Silicon Valley startups and policy researchers have in common, whether test-driving autonomous vehicles could really prove their safety, and more.

  • Assessing the Needs of Massachusetts' Veterans

    Mar 7, 2017

    Student Erin Duffy (cohort '15) and fellow researchers assessed the needs of Massachusetts veterans to help inform state investments in services and guide efforts to remedy barriers to access.

  • Four Alumni Visit to Discuss Careers

    Mar 6, 2017

    Thanks to the efforts of the Career Services Advisory Committee, four alumni — Loren Yager (cohort '87), Ying Liu ('04), Eric Jesse ('08), and Jon Wong ('12) — visited Pardee RAND during the winter quarter to discuss their varied careers.

  • Distinguished Visiting Professors Inspire Students

    Mar 6, 2017

    Winter Quarter brought three dynamic minds to Pardee RAND — NYU's Paul Light, Harvard's Martin Feldstein, and Stanford's Alain Enthoven — as well as discussions of government reform and its effects, income growth and distribution, and systems analysis and design.

  • U.S.-Japan Defense Relations Under Trump

    Mar 3, 2017

    U.S.–Japan relations appear to be stabilizing after a successful visit by Defense Secretary James Mattis to Tokyo that reaffirmed the alliance, followed by an equally successful visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the U.S. Next, asks prof. Scott Harold, will the Trump administration articulate goals for the region?

  • What Data Is the Government Keeping About You?

    Mar 1, 2017

    Governments are amassing a wealth of data on citizens, a trend that will continue as technology advances. But with no reliable way to ensure that the data is accurate, notes professor Brian Jackson, risks abound. In the criminal justice system, for example, poor quality data could affect individual freedoms and employability.

  • What It Takes to Deter Russian Aggression in the Baltics

    Mar 1, 2017

    The United States and NATO face several challenges in deterring Russia in the Baltics. Solving these is vital to achieving core U.S. objectives in Europe. The first step, says professor David Shlapak, is to ensure that NATO can stay in the game and deny Moscow an easy strategic victory.

  • School Introduces Design Studio and a Tech Lab

    Feb 27, 2017

    As Pardee RAND continues to expand and reimagine the curriculum, two exciting initiatives are currently underway. The winter session saw the pilot of our first design studio course, and the spring will see the launch of a Tech Lab to serve as a hub of innovation and experimentation for both students and faculty.

  • Uncertainty and Complexity: Biomass Can Help on the Path to Deep Decarbonization

    Feb 24, 2017

    While biomass will almost certainly never become the dominant fuel for the electricity sector in the United States, it is still worth including as part of a menu of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, write student Sara Turner (cohort '15) and prof. Aimee Curtright.