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

Summer 2019


Message from the Dean

Susan Marquis

Summer 2019 has come to a close. I hope it brought you some relaxation with family and friends. Here at Pardee RAND — even as we supported our students through qualifying exams, hosted Pardee RAND and RAND alumni, and carried off the seventh iteration of our Faculty Leaders Program — we were able to travel to California wine country, the lakeshores of the Midwest, the great American west, and Cape Cod’s seashore... and appreciate all Los Angeles has to offer.

As summer travels come to an end, the energy is building at Pardee RAND. Our new students, the 2019 Cohort, will soon arrive to launch our new academic year. They’ll be greeted by faculty and dive into Bootcamp with a first immersion into the complex problem of homelessness. Our newest students will also meet current students, including those featured in this issue of Findings — students who spent their summer leading the way at APPAM, mentoring young women in wargames, and setting the climate study and policy agenda through the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Welcome to the 2019 Cohort — get unpacked and then get to know your fellow students and those who have come before you. They are remarkable people.

Susan Marquis

Major Gift from Soledad O’Brien Supports Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Soledad O'Brien at a Pardee RAND Board of Governors meeting

"When you invest in education, you change people's lives," says Soledad O'Brien of the Pardee RAND scholarship she recently endowed in memory of her parents. The Edward and Estela O'Brien Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Award (IDEA) will support two underrepresented minority students or first-generation college graduates in each cohort. More »

Student David Catt, Professors Robert Lempert and Ben Preston, and Student Karishma Patel in Nepal

Students, Faculty Visit Nepal for IPCC Working Conference

Students David Catt Cohort '16 and Karishma Patel '17 traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal, this summer with professors Robert Lempert and Ben Preston to attend the Second Lead Author Meeting for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II. Catt and Patel are chapter scientists for the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report, due out in 2021. More »

Bill Gelfeld, Juliana Chen, Sujeong Park, Christine Chen, PhuongGiang Nguyen, and Etienne Rosas at APPAM International Conference in Barcelona

APPAM Conferences Bring Attendees to Barcelona, Denver

Students Christine Chen Cohort '15, Juliana Chen-Peraza '15, PhuongGiang Nguyen '14, Sujeong Park '15, and Etienne Rosas '14 attended the APPAM International conference this past July in Barcelona, as did alum Bill Gelfeld '14. In November, even more students and alumni will travel to Denver to participate in the 2019 APPAM Fall Conference. More »

Ellie Bartels and colleagues at the Girl Security event

Bartels Helps Organize Wargame for Teen Girls

Student Ellie Bartels Cohort '15 and three colleagues who call themselves RAND's "Dames of Wargames" designed and ran a wargame this summer for teen members of Girl Security, an organization that engages and empowers the next generation of women in national security. The event was featured on NPR and in RAND Review. More »

Prof. Ben Boudreaux teaches an ethics course

New Streams, New Courses, New Academic Program

This summer, Pardee RAND launched its three policy engagement streams and updated its program requirements for Cohort '20, developed new courses to meet these requirements, and — as always — worked with students and faculty to create exciting new electives for the coming calendar year. More »

Student Publications

Margaret Chamberlin Cohort '14 and Nima Shahidinia Cohort '16: Review and Evaluation of the Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Homelessness Grant Formulas, a RAND research report

Steve Davenport Cohort '15, alum Greg Midgette Cohort '09, and professor Beau Kilmer: What America's Users Spend on Illegal Drugs, 2006–2016, a RAND research report

Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez Cohort '13: Ethics in Scientific Research: An Examination of Ethical Principles and Emerging Topics, a RAND research report

Eugeniu Han Cohort '15: The Future of the Russian Military: Russia's Ground Combat Capabilities and Implications for U.S.-Russia Competition, a RAND research report

Dung Huynh Cohort '16: "Searching for Signs of Doi Moi in North Korea," a commentary for 38 North

Luke Irwin Cohort '16: Algorithmic Equity: A Framework for Social Applications, a RAND research report

Bilyana Lilly Cohort '16: Operationalizing Cyberspace as a Military Domain: Lessons for NATO, a RAND perspective

Rachel Perera Cohort '16: Supporting Students with High-Incidence Disabilities in U.S. Schools: National Findings from the American Educator Panels, a RAND research report

Explore all student publications and blog posts.

In Remembrance: Wolf, Romero, Unger, Spencer

Artist and benefactor Theresa VandeWint Wolf passed away August 1. The widow of Pardee RAND founding dean Charles Wolf, and a supporter of the school in her own right, Wolf is remembered fondly by faculty, alumni, staff, and students. A public memorial service is planned for September 27 in Los Angeles. More »

Philip Romero Cohort '83, passed away August 24. Romero served as chief economist and deputy cabinet secretary for former California Gov. Pete Wilson and was the former business school dean at the University of Oregon. A memorial is planned for October 5 in Hillsboro, Oregon. More »

Eric Unger Cohort '04, passed away last September. Unger was a career officer in the U.S. Air Force, a former professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology, and most recently division chief of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base. More »

Pardee RAND also mourns the passing of William Spencer Cohort '88. More »

Alumni News

Save the Date! Commencement Weekend is June 11-13


Join us for Pardee RAND's 50th anniversary and our biennial Alumni Weekend and Commencement Celebration in June 2020! Invitations and details will be sent in the spring, but for now we hope you will save the date.

Additionally, nominations for the fifth biennial Alumni Leadership Award are now being accepted.

on your new job or career milestone

Shmuel Abramzon

Shmuel Abramzon
Cohort '10

Shmuel is now a senior deputy to the chief economist at Israel's Ministry of Finance.

Ruopeng An

Ruopeng An
Cohort '08

Ruopeng is now a tenure-track assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

Arthur Brooks

Arthur Brooks
Cohort '96

Arthur is now professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Samantha Ravich

Susan Burkhauser
Cohort '09

Susan is now a researcher at American Institutes for Research in Austin, Texas.

Samantha Ravich

Samantha Ravich
Cohort '92

Samantha was appointed to the Board of Directors of International Game Technology (IGT).

Neeraj Sood

Neeraj Sood
Cohort '99

Neeraj is now vice dean for faculty affairs and research at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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Interviews & Podcasts

Go Myong-hyun on Arirang

South Korea's Arirang TV interviewed Myong-hyun Go Cohort '04 multiple times this summer. He was also quoted in the Financial Times and South China Morning Post. Go's Arirang interviews included:

Bruce Bennett Cohort '75, on Arirang, about the Trump-Kim meeting at the Korean DMZ

Gordon Bitko Cohort '02, on the GovCast podcast, about the intersection of technology and national security

Hugh Levaux Cohort '94, by Outsourcing Pharma, about the changes and innovations he's witnessed in his 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry

Greg Midgette Cohort '09, on BBC World Update, about findings from his report on illegal drug spending (note: his segment of the broadcast begins at 36:30)

Bogdan Savych Cohort '02, on the Legal Talk Network podcast, about his latest workers compensation research

Michael Shires Cohort '90, on KCAL (CBS-LA), about ICE raids

Bradley Stein Cohort '97, on CGTN TV, about America's opioid crisis

Xiaohui Zhuo Cohort '04, by Medical Research, about his research team's results on increased medical spending on antidiabetic drugs

Research & Commentary

Erin Duffy Cohort '15 authored "Influence of Out-of-Network Payment Standards on Insurer-Provider Bargaining: California's Experience," published in the American Journal of Managed Care. This extension of her dissertation research was widely cited in health media outlets, and Erin was interviewed by Medical Research.

Sai Ma Cohort '02 coauthored "Insurers' Perspectives on MA Value-Based Insurance Design Model," a qualitative study of Medicare Advantage insurers who participated in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services model test, published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Silvia Montoya Cohort '06 summarized her report Meeting Commitments: Are Countries On Track to Achieve SDG 4? in the commentary "'Business as usual' will not achieve global education goals," published by European Sting.

Arnab Mukherji Cohort '01 coauthored "Economic inequality and loss of commons: Evidence from India," published in the journal World Development.

Jesse Sussell Cohort '10 was the lead author of "Understanding Price Growth in the Market for Targeted Oncology Therapies," a 19-year retrospective study investigating trends in prices, patient counts, and revenues, published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

Read more Alumni news, research, and commentary online!

Newest Alumni

Gulrez Shah Azhar

Gulrez Shah Azhar
Cohort '14

Dissertation: Indian Summer: Three Essays on Heatwave Vulnerability, Estimation, and Adaption. Gulrez is now a senior fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) in Seattle.

Erin Duffy

Erin Duffy
Cohort '15

Dissertation: Three Essays in Health Policy and Economics. Erin is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Southern California's Schaeffer Center and an adjunct researcher at RAND.

Simon Hollands

Simon Hollands
Cohort '15

Dissertation: Prescribing Under the Influence: Three Studies of Pharmaceutical Promotion and Second-Generation Antipsychotic Drugs. Simon is now a data scientist at FAIR in Santa Monica.

John Speed Meyers

John Speed Meyers
Cohort '15

Dissertation: The Mainland Strikes Debate and U.S. Military Strategy Towards China: Historical Cases, Interviews, and a Scenario-Based Survey of American National Security Elites. John is now a data scientist with In-Q-Tel Labs in Arlington, VA.

Ashley Muchow

Ashley Muchow
Cohort '13

Dissertation: Three Essays on Minority and Immigrant Outcomes in a New Era of U.S. Immigration Enforcement. Ashley is now an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Xiaoyu Nie

Xiaoyu Nie
Cohort '14

Dissertation: Evaluation and Management Visits in Outpatient Settings: Exploring Influencing Factors on Billing Patterns. Xiaoyu is now an associate with the Analysis Group, an economic, financial, and strategy consulting firm.

Congratulations and welcome to the Pardee RAND Alumni Association!

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