Pardee RANDites Converge on Denver for APPAM Fall Conference

November 14, 2019

Denver was the place to be in early November, especially for the nearly 40 Pardee RAND students, alumni, faculty, and staff who attended the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, "Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence."

It was also a great place to connect and reconnect, as 44 Pardee RANDites, RAND researchers, and "friends of Pardee RAND" attended the school's annual APPAM reception on November 8.

Photos by Kate Lee/RAND Corporation

Rachel Perera and the other recipients of APPAM's Equity and Inclusion Fellowship

Courtesy APPAM

Several of the panels and discussions were also replete with students, alumni, and faculty.

For the panel Substance Abuse and Crime, alum Anne Boustead ('11) presented her paper, "The Impact of Marijuana Outlet Density on DUI Arrests and Substance-Related Fatal Accidents." Student Sujeong Park ('15) presented a paper she wrote with Prof. David Powell, "Growth of Illicit Drug Markets and Its Effects on Crime Rates." And alum Gabriel Weinberger ('13) presented his paper, "Does Community Supervision Lead to More Substance Use Treatment Engagement? a Case Study from Los Angeles."

Another Pardee RAND-filled event was a Super Session called Cannabis Policy: The Plot Thickens. Alum Greg Midgette ('09) presented his research, "Local Policy Influence on Recreational Cannabis Market Activity: Evidence from Oregon and Washington"; Prof. Beau Kilmer served as one of the session's moderators; and Prof. Rosalie Pacula also presented a paper, "The Development of New Measures of Cannabis Market Exposure: A Case Study in Colorado."

Pardee RAND associate dean Rachel Swanger and alum Michael Shires ('90) led the inaugural meeting of — and helped launch — Policy Analysts of the Coastal and Inter-Mountain West. (Swanger and Prof. Kilmer also served on the Program Committee for the conference.)

In additional to these events, several alumni, students, and faculty did double and even triple duty, participating in multiple panels.

Many other Pardee RANDites also attended and participated in the conference.

And although they didn't present research, two other important Pardee RANDites in attendance were alum Alison Jacknowitz ('99) and Lauren Davis ('15). Both are APPAM leaders: Jacknowitz is chair of the Institutional Representatives Committee and member of the Policy Council, and Davis is the student representative on the Policy Council.

— Monica Hertzman