Pardee RAND Graduate School Findings Alumni Newsletter, Spring-Summer 2012 – View in Browser

PRGS Alumni Newsletter, Findings


Welcome to the Commencement Issue of Findings, the online newsletter for PRGS alumni.

Message from the Dean

Around Campus
    Commencement photos! ~ Student papers take media by storm ~ Angrisani receives teaching award

Catching Up with Alumni
    Albrecht wins inaugural PRGS alumni award ~ Wardynski, McGlynn earn top honors ~ more . . .

    L.A. Policy Symposium ~ D.C. Alumni Event ~ International Development Speakers ~ Commencement!

Did You Know?

Message from the Dean

Susan L. Marquis

If I may repeat what I said at Commencement last weekend...

The role of PRGS is to complement the heart and passion and intelligence you bring to the school, to provide you with a set of tools and experience that reaches beyond academics to the real world with its very real problems. What we teach is not the end point. It is a resource you draw upon as you develop an understanding, start the unraveling, and begin taking on the insecurity, instability, and inequity of the world we live in.

Look around you, live in this world, and find those things that matter to you, to your community, and to the people who are doing the work, living their lives, and feeling the effects of governance and policy. And then use the analytic tools you have and the evidence you gather to identify what matters. When this knowledge is combined with your heart, you will be the answer to the challenges in our communities and the world.

It was terrific to see our alumni, friends, families, and supporters. Congratulations to our graduates!

Susan Marquis

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Around Campus


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Clockwise from top left: Dean Marquis addresses the graduates; Brian Weatherford, Brooke Stearns Lawson, and Jeff Tanner; graduates file in; honorary degree recipients Francis Fukuyama and Robert Zoellick; Mark Albrecht and his family; PRGS alumni; Fukuyama receives honorary degree; graduates prepare to Be the Answer; Elizabeth Brown addresses her classmates.

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Students Publish Papers and Take Media by Storm

Huddleson Teaching Award Presented to New PRGS Prof

Marco Angrisani

Marco Angrisani, a RAND associate economist who taught Advanced Econometrics II this year, is the recipient of the Edwin E. and Mary T. Huddleson Outstanding Teacher Award; Christina Huang (cohort '10) received the Teaching Assistant award.

One of Marco's students, Nono Ayivi Guedehoussou (cohort ’09), in recommending him for the award, noted, "Marco was always prepared for his classes. Students could definitely see that he spent hours making his lectures clear and concise. He was also available for questions during his office hours. He was very amenable to writing on the board and deriving proofs so that we could better understand his materials. Also, all datasets used as examples were provided so we could replicate the analysis that was done. I got so much out of AEII that I am sure I will refer back to my class notes given their clarity and completeness. Great teacher!"

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Catching Up with Alumni

Albrecht Receives Inaugural PRGS Alumni Leadership Award

Mark Albrecht

Mark Albrecht (cohort '73) received the inaugural Alumni Leadership Award during Commencement Weekend. The award was designed to recognize prominent alumni who show passion, leadership, and discipline in their careers, and who make important contributions to public service. Mark has been a leading figure in the American space program for more than 20 years, as executive secretary of the National Space Council, president of Lockheed Martin's International Launch Services company, and chairman of the board of USSpace, LLC.

PRGS Alumna and Board Member Samantha Ravich (cohort '92) presented the award to Mark at the Friday night dinner.

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Wardynski Named Alabama School Superintendent of the Year

Casey Wardynski

Casey Wardynski (cohort '97) retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 and is now serving as superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, Huntsville, AL. He hit the ground running and was selected as Alabama Outstanding Superintendent of the Year in 2012!

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McGlynn Receives AcademyHealth's Distinguished Investigator Award

Beth McGlynn

AcademyHealth's Distinguished Investigator Award recognizes investigators who have made significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research through scholarship and teaching, advancement of science and methods, and leadership. Beth McGlynn (cohort '83), Director of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research, is the most recent recipient of this prestigious award.

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Wasserman Interviews Farley About Her RAND Career

Donna Farley

After 14 years as senior researcher at RAND Health, Donna Farley (cohort '89) retired in September 2010. Although she still serves as an adjunct RAND staff member, Donna has made time for herself to smell the proverbial (and literal) roses. She recently spoke with Jeffrey Wasserman (cohort '85), Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at PRGS, and reflected upon her experiences both as a PRGS student and a RAND researcher.

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Our Newest Alumni

2012 PhDs, photo by Diane Baldwin

Our 2012 graduates include Richard Bowman, Elizabeth Brown, Myles Collins, Claudia Diaz, Diana Dunham-Scott, John Fei, Adam Gailey, Sarah Gaillot, Kenneth Grosselin, Jianhui Hu, Alexis Huynh, Florencia Jaureguiberry, Ryan Keefe, Aaron Martin, Carl Matthies, Benjamin Mundell, Sean O'Neill, Jordan Ostwald, Sarah Outcault, K. Kartika Palar, Chung Pham, Brooke Stearns Lawson, Jeffery Tanner, and Brian Weatherford. (Not pictured: Brandon Dues, Thomas Edison, Emre Erkut, Eric Jesse, Ki-Tae Park, David Schulker, Yuyan Shi, Farrukh Suvankulov, and Zhen Wang.)

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Share Your News!

For even more news about these and others alumni, go to the new PRGS Alumni News page. You can also use the online form to submit your updates!

Recent Events

Sixth Annual Los Angeles Policy Symposium

More than 100 people joined us April 13 at the 6th Annual PRGS-UCLA-USC-Pepperdine Los Angeles Policy Symposium at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters. The keynote speaker was Dr. Jonathan Fielding (Director, LA County Department of Public Health), and the event also included student presentations and panel discussions on Health, International Development, and Domestic Economic Development.

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IDSS Presents. . .

UCLA professor and renowned futurist Jared Diamond was the guest speaker at the PRGS International Development Speaker Series on April 23; his topic was "The Fundamental Problems Facing Japan Today." Other speakers this semester included Dean Karlan, president and founder of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA); Anne Krueger, professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and Deborah Derrick from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Alumni Gather for 2012 Commencement

(from l to r): Rick Fallon, Michael Beltramo, Florencia Jaureguiberry, Hui Wang, Mark Albrecht, Loren Yager, Edmund Conrow, Jeffrey Wasserman, Yilmaz Argüden, Samantha Ravich, John Fei, Bryce Mason, Diana Epstein, Yang Lu, Brian Weatherford, Bruce Wetzel, Ben Mundell, Sarah Gaillot, Richard Bowman, Claudia Diaz, Kateryna Fonkych, Lindsay Daugherty, Sara Hajiamiri, and Chung Pham.

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PRGS Alumni and RAND Alumni Socialize in DC

RAND's Washington office hosted a gathering of PRGS and RAND alumni on May 1. View a photo album of selected photos, on PRGS's Facebook page.

Did You Know...

The Alumni Section of Has New Content

We're revamping the Alumni section of our website to make it more useful for you. We now have a page focusing on Alumni news, an archive of Findings newsletters, a form to enable you to keep in touch, and of course Commencement news and archives. Have a suggestion for the site? Let us know!

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