The Pardee RAND Graduate School Alumni Newsletter — Spring 2019 | Web version

Spring 2019


Message from the Dean

Susan Marquis

Well look at that! Summer is here once again. The days are longer and there's at least the hope of finding a bit of a slower pace by the time we hit July and August. If you find yourself by the beach or a pool, or are flying your way to a much-anticipated summer vacation, we have just the book to keep you company. Each year, we send our incoming students a summer reading list to set the stage and get all of us thinking. We invite you to peruse our list and join the discussion. Take a look, grab a book, and let us know what you think.

Happy summer!

Susan Marquis

Inaugural Brunch Honors Donors, Scholars

David Barclay and Sangita Baxi

Dean Susan Marquis and RAND president and CEO Michael Rich hosted an inaugural brunch in May to recognize scholarship and dissertation award recipients and to celebrate the philanthropic supporters whose generosity has helped make their education possible. More »

Public Interest Tech University Network

University Network Advances Public Interest Technology

Pardee RAND is proud to be a charter member of the Public Interest Technology University Network, a partnership of 21 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. More »

Dave Baiocchi and Angel O'Mahony

Academic Transitions, New Positions

Pardee RAND recently announced three faculty transitions. Angel O'Mahony is the new assistant dean for academic affairs, Tepring Piquado is the new inclusion, diversity, and equity advisor (IDEA), and Dave Baiocchi is a second-year advisor who will help the school develop mentoring programs. More »

Brown Faculty Chair Malcolm Williams jogs on the beach with two students

Professors Reflect on Brown Faculty Chair Residencies

Jeffrey Wasserman, Malcolm Williams, and Tepring Piquado each spent a month in residence at Pardee RAND this academic year, meeting with and mentoring students both in academic settings and through social activities. They reflected on their experiences afterwards. More »

A graduate thanks Gery Ryan at Commencement 2016

Students, Alumni Appreciate Ryan

Gery Ryan stepped down in March after more than five years as assistant dean for academic affairs. Students and alumni were quick to express their appreciation for his support of their academic careers and progress. (They are also glad Ryan will continue to teach several courses and offer snacks to office visitors.) More »

Student Publications

Contaminated water in a glass

Jalal Awan Cohort '17, David Catt '16, and Alexandra Huttinger '17, with professors Michelle Miro and Miriam Marlier and support from the Cazier Initiative, researched and wrote a series of commentaries for the RAND Blog suggesting innovative solutions to Southern California water problems:

Sohaela Amiri Cohort '16: "Building a Capacity Framework for U.S. City Diplomacy" in USC Center on Public Diplomacy

David Catt Cohort '16 and alum Daniel Waxman '10, with several RAND colleagues: Updating the Costs of Compliance for California's Hospital Seismic Safety Standards, a RAND Report

Emilio Chavez-Herrerias Cohort '14: Principal Pipelines: A Feasible, Affordable, and Effective Way for Districts to Improve Schools, a RAND Report

Steven Davenport Cohort '15, Shawn Smith '17, and Mahlet Tebeka '17: News in a Digital Age: Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms, the latest RAND Report on the topic of Truth Decay

Erin Duffy Cohort '15: "Addressing Surprise Medical Bills Without Raising the Cost of Health Care," in The Hill

Nabeel Shariq Qureshi Cohort '18: Perspectives of Physicians in Small Rural Practices on the Medicare Quality Payment Program, a RAND Report

James Syme Cohort '18 and alum David Groves '01: Decision Support Tool for the San Francisco Bay-Delta Levees Investment Strategy, an interactive RAND Tool and User Guide

Explore all student publications and blog posts.

Alumni News

Jeremy Ghez

Ghez Named Top Professor

Poets & Quants named Jeremy Ghez Cohort '06 one of the "2019 Best 40 Under 40 Professors" in the business school category. Ghez teaches at HEC-Paris. More »

Nelly Mejia

Mejia Featured in CDC Videos

Nelly Mejia Cohort '11 was featured as part of the "I Am CDC" campaign. In her two videos (one in English and the other in Spanish) she explains her background and work as an economist for the Centers for Disease Control. More »

on your new job or career milestone

Meg Blume-Kohout

Meg Blume-Kohout
Cohort '04

Meg is now a tenure track professor of economics at Gettysburg College, with a focus on quantitative modeling and applied econometrics.

Michael Dardia

Michael Dardia
Cohort '89

Michael is now an independent consultant with DM Financial Consulting and an adjunct assistant professor at NYU's Robert Wagner Graduate School.

Marlon Graf

Marlon Graf
Cohort '12

Marlon is now an associate research economist at Precision Health Economics.

Abigail Haddad

Abigail Haddad
Cohort '09

Abigail is now a data scientist with the Department of Defense IT and Business System Reform Team in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Lauren Kendrick

Lauren Kendrick
Cohort '08

Lauren is now an associate data scientist at KPMG.

Eduardo Marquez Peña

Eduardo Marquez Peña
Cohort '12

Eduardo is now a research associate with CIDE, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, in Mexico.

Jorge Muñoz

Jorge Muñoz
Cohort '97

Jorge's appointment as Controller at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) was renewed through July 2024.

Conrad Schmidt

Conrad Schmidt
Cohort '92

Conrad is now head of HLabs, the enterprise-wide R&D and product development group at Heidrick & Struggles.

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Evan Bloom Cohort '09, Jordan Fischbach '04, David Groves '01, and Edmundo Molina-Perez '11: "Robust Decision Making (RDM): Application to Water Planning and Climate Policy," Chapter 7 in Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty: From Theory to Practice, edited by Prof. Steven Popper and published by Springer

Jodi Liu Cohort '12 and Kenneth Thorpe '80 were both cited by the New York Times in an article and interactive feature seeking expert analysis to answer the question, "Would 'Medicare for All' Save Billions or Cost Billions?"

Arash Naeim Cohort '99: "Implementing a Population-Based Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Program," in the journal Clinical Breast Cancer

David Schulker Cohort '07: Improving Gender Diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard: Identifying Barriers to Female Retention, a RAND Report

Commentary & Interviews

Mark Albrecht Cohort '73: "Lessons From the Moonshot That Never Was," a Q&A on the Planetary Radio podcast (the interview begins at minute 21:00)

Jamie Gayton Cohort '06: the commentaries "Military financial literacy improving, but it needs to start sooner," on Fox Business, and "What we can learn about being on a team from our fallen heroes," also on Fox Business

Claire O'Hanlon Cohort '13: "What Can State Regulators And Lawmakers Do When Federal Antitrust Enforcement Fails To Prevent Health Care Consolidation?" a commentary in Health Affairs

Joel Shapiro Cohort '99: "McDonald's $300 million deal officially makes it the king of A.I. and fast food — here's why the move was pure genius," a commentary on

Katia Vlachos Cohort '98: "5 Things You Need to Know to Survive and Thrive After a Divorce," a Q&A in ThriveGlobal

Read more Alumni news, research, and commentary online!

Newest Alum

Yan Wang

Yan Wang
Cohort '14

Dissertation: Understanding Home and Community-Based Services: An Evaluation of Medicaid's Balancing Incentive Program. She is now a health economist with Amgen.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Arthur Brooks speaks at Pardee RAND

Alum Visits for Book Talk

The problem in American public life today isn't excessive anger, said alum Arthur Brooks Cohort '96, at his book talk last month; it's a culture of contempt. His book Love Your Enemies explores how we can find love in our hearts — not just civility and tolerance — for those with whom we disagree. More »

Blockchain panel

Career Services Sponsors Blockchain Panel

In April a panel of experts discussed what's next for, and what people need to know about, blockchain. Professor Sale Lilly moderated the discussion. The evening concluded with a networking reception and "chili feast" for students, alumni, and RAND staff. More »

Pardee RAND Events

Come reunite with alumni from all eras at the annual RAND & Pardee RAND Alumni Summer Reunion in Santa Monica on June 20.

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