The Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Newsletter — Summer 2017 | Web version

Summer 2017


Message from the Dean

Susan Marquis

This summer, while anticipating the arrival of Cohort '17, we've been delighted to have new members of the graduate school's staff and Board join us as we move from "reimagining" to initial implementation of the redesigned Pardee RAND Graduate School.

First in the door, Chandra Luczak joined our development team to work with alumni and help you to stay connected to Pardee RAND. In an interview below, she introduces us to Michael Dardia (cohort '89), incoming member of the school's Board of Governors. Michael began his public service career as one of the earliest members of the Public Policy Institute of California—the brain child of several Pardee RAND alumni. He later served as deputy director of New York City's Office of Management and Budget and is currently vice president for finance at New York Public Library.

Most recently, Dan Grunfeld joined the school as Executive Vice Dean after many years of service on our Board. Like Michael, Dan has an extraordinary record of public service, including as CEO and President of Public Counsel. His belief in the importance of RAND's work, and in Pardee RAND's ability to educate our graduates to thrive in a rapidly changing world, are invaluable as we build the school our world needs.

I could go on... Instead, dive into this issue of Findings and discover more about Dan, Michael, Chandra, and the doings and accomplishments of our students and you, our alumni.

Susan Marquis

Pardee RAND Rolls Out Policy Design Studios

Professor Osonde Osoba leads a policy studio

A “studio” is normally thought of as a space where visual or performance artists work—a place for designing and making. But it's also a place for integrating knowledge, tools, and skills within an atmosphere of experimentation, speculation, and imagination. And, this fall, it will be part of the required Pardee RAND curriculum. More »

Vice Dean

Grunfeld Joins as Executive Vice Dean

Longtime supporter Daniel Grunfeld has joined Pardee RAND to develop a new network of institutional partners and philanthropic support to advance the school's reimagined design and vision for the future. More »

Michael Dardia and the Board of Governors

Dardia to Represent Alumni on Board

Michael Dardia (Cohort '89), the incoming alumni representative on Pardee RAND's Board of Governors, participated in a Q&A session with the School's new development officer. More »

Professor Jennifer Kavanagh teaches a course, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

New Electives Offered in '17-18

Each spring a call goes out to all researchers at RAND for new and innovative courses for the next academic year. This year, more than twenty proposals were submitted. Based on input from students and faculty, seven new electives were developed. More »

The Broadway Mural (1981) by John Valadez, photo by Panic Studio LA

Art for (SM)Art's Sake

The Los Angeles Times recently featured RAND and its impressive art collection — on loan from various donors, notably Peter Norton — but there's much more to art at RAND (and Pardee RAND) than the contemporary pieces on display. More »

Student Publications

Michele Abbott Cohort '14 and professor/alum Jordan Fischbach Cohort '04: Informing Pittsburgh's Options to Address Lead in Water, a RAND perspective

Gulrez Shah Azhar Cohort '14: "Another Casualty of Climate Change: Peace," a commentary for Project Syndicate

Elizabeth Bartels Cohort '15 and professor/alum Shira Efron Cohort '11: From Cast Lead to Protective Edge: Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza, a RAND report

Olena Bogdan Cohort '12 and professor Ed Keating: The Effects of Travel and Tourism on California's Economy: A Labor Market–Focused Analysis, a RAND report

Uzaib Saya Cohort '16 and professors Craig Bond, Nicholas Burger and Anita Chandra: Resilience Dividend Valuation Model: Framework Development and Initial Case Studies, a RAND report

Benjamin Smith Cohort '15 and professors Nicholas Burger and Aimee Curtright: "Getting (Solar) Electricity Pricing Right," in The Energy Collective

Christina Steiner Cohort '09 and professors Doug Yeung, Chaitra Hardison, and Lawrence Hanser: Recruiting Policies and Practices for Women in the Military: Views from the Field, RAND report

Mahlet Woldetsadik Cohort '13: "A Colombian Survivor's Crusade to Strengthen Punishment for Acid Attacks," in The RAND Blog

Explore all student publications and blog posts.

Alumni News

on your new job or career milestone

Alisher Akhmedjonov

Alisher Akhmedjonov
Cohort '06

Alisher is now academic dean with the California University of Management and Sciences, Virginia Campus.

Frederick Beddingfield

Frederick Beddingfield
Cohort '96

Frederick, the CEO of Sienna Pharmaceuticals, successfully took his company public through a NASDAQ IPO.

Sam Bozzette

Sam Bozzette
Cohort '91

Sam is now vice president and chief scientist at Premier Inc., responsible for both the scientific and commercial aspects of Premier's research program.

Carolinda Douglass

Carolinda Douglass
Cohort '89

Carolinda was honored for 20 years of service to Northern Illinois University. She was also recently named inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at NIU.

Chaoling Feng

Chaoling Feng
Cohort '09

Chaoling is now a researcher with Truven Health Analytics, part of IBM Watson Health.

Jamie Gayton

Jamie Gayton
Cohort '06

Jamie is now director of corporate strategy and policy at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union.

Fernando Hoces de la Guardia

Fernando Hoces de la Guardia
Cohort '13

Fernando is now a post-graduate fellow in the Catalysts Program of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences.

Steve Kiser

Steve Kiser
Cohort '01

Steve is now senior program manager at CUBIC Global Defense.

SungHo Lee

SungHo Lee
Cohort '00

SungHo is now a research fellow with the Korea Development Institute (KDI).

Brian Maue

Brian Maue
Cohort '03

Brian is now a deputy with the AFwerX Innovation Hub, part of the Air Force Civilian Service.

Scott Pace

Scott Pace
Cohort '85

Scott was selected to be executive secretary of the National Space Council.

Lu Shi

Lu Shi
Cohort '03

Lu received tenure and is now an associate professor at Clemson University.

Mikhail Zaydman

Mikhail Zaydman
Cohort '12

Mikhail is now a data scientist at Stabilitas in Seattle.

Feng Zeng

Feng Zeng
Cohort '98

Feng is now director of health economics and outcomes research and real-world evidence at La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company.


Sung-Ho Ahn Cohort '92

Sung-Ho is now managing director at the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC).

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Research & Commentary

Benjamin Bryant Cohort '05: "Uncertainty Assessment in Ecosystem Services Analyses: Seven Challenges and Practical Responses" in the journal Ecosystem Services

Chris Conover Cohort '74: "Fixing The 3 Biggest Flaws In Obamacare's Medicaid Expansion," a three-part commentary in Forbes

Ashlesha Datar Cohort '99: "Entrenched Obesity in Childhood: Findings from a National Cohort Study," in the journal Annals of Epidemiology

Myong-Hyun Go Cohort '04: "Moon's North Korea Policy: Reengaging North Korea to Regain Strategic Initiative," an issue brief published by The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

D. Phuong (Phoenix) Do Cohort '00: "Black-White Metropolitan Segregation and Self-rated Health: Investigating the Role of Neighborhood Poverty," in the journal Social Science & Medicine

Jeff Luck Cohort '91: "Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations and Their Effect on Prenatal Care Utilization Among Medicaid Enrollees," in the Maternal and Child Health Journal

Arnab Mukherji Cohort '01 and Neeraj Sood Cohort '99: "Financial Risk Protection from Social Health Insurance," in the Journal of Health Economics

Ben Mundell Cohort '07: "Direct Medical Costs of Accidental Falls for Adults with Transfemoral Amputations," in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International

Anna Slomovic Cohort '86: "eHealth and Privacy in U.S. Employer Wellness Programs," a chapter in Under Observation: The Interplay Between eHealth and Surveillance

Sinduja Srinivasan Cohort '09: "Do High School STEM Courses Prepare Non-College Bound Youth for Jobs in the STEM Economy?" in the journal Education Economics

Read more Alumni news, research, and commentary online!

Newest Alumni

Aziza Arifkhanova

Aziza Arifkhanova
Cohort '12

Dissertation: The Impact of Nurse Practitioner Scope-of-Practice Regulations in Primary Care. Aziza will be working for the Center for Disease Control as a prevention effectiveness fellow in Denver.

Chris Carson

Chris Carson
Cohort '14

Dissertation: I Hear What You're Saying: Analysis of USAF Rated Officer Comments from the 2015 Military Career Decisions Survey. Chris is returning to the Air Force Academy as a math instructor and instructor pilot.

Congratulations and welcome to the Pardee RAND Alumni Association!

Recent & Upcoming Events

Fourteen Faculty Leaders Visit Pardee RAND in July

2017 Faculty Leaders

At its fifth annual Faculty Leaders Program, the School welcomed 14 faculty members from colleges and universities serving diverse student populations. Several students, faculty, and alumni worked with the participants during the one-week course. More »

As the program's Keynote Speaker, UCLA's Keith Norris discussed the role of mentoring to increase diversity. Watch »

Alumni Dine with Dean in D.C. and Santa Monica

Dean Marquis shared her vision for the school, progress of the redesign efforts, a few features of the program to be rolled out (see above), and fielded questions from the alumni who joined her in Washington in June and in Santa Monica in August.

D.C.-area alumni included David An (Cohort '10), Liz Brown ('05), Diana Epstein ('05), Chaoling Feng ('09), Jamie Gayton ('06), Matthew Hoover ('09), David Howell ('03), Chris McLaren ('05), Gary Parish ('75), David Schill ('06), Anna Slomovic ('86), and Kay Sullivan Faith ('08).

Los Angeles-area alumni included Sara Amiri (Cohort '05), Myles Collins ('05), Cheryl Damberg ('89), Lindsay Daugherty ('05), Mary Anne Doyle ('87), Beth Katz ('10), Eric Larson ('89), Jodi Liu ('12), Amber Moreen ('02), Jordan Ostwald ('08), and Mollie Rudnick ('11).

Pardee RAND Events

November 2–4 is the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago. Pardee RAND plans to host a reception for students, faculty, and alumni. Details will be emailed in October.

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