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Campus Highlights

Zara Abdurahaman presents a poster at APPAM, photo courtesy of APPAM

Student Zara Abdurahaman ('21) presents a poster at APPAM

APPAM Conference Features Two Dozen Pardee RANDites

The annual fall conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, held last month in Atlanta, featured the research of two dozen students, alumni, faculty, and RAND colleagues. Three student Admissions Ambassadors—Zara Abdurahaman ('21), Heather Gomez-Bendaña ('19), and Lucas Greer ('20)—also represented Pardee RAND at the APPAM career and grad fair. More »

Exposing Barriers to Mental Health Care Treatment

Student Samantha Pérez Dávila ('21) acted as a "secret shopper" for a RAND study, calling and supervising calls in Spanish and English to try to schedule behavioral health services. More »

Infrastructure Equity for the 2028 L.A. Olympics

Student Cristian Cardenas ('22) helped to guide a dialogue about building resilient communities through equity-centered infrastructure investments, to help the LA28 Games have a positive, enduring legacy. More »

Crime-Free Housing Policies' Unintended Consequences

Recent grad Max Griswold ('18) and a team of students and RAND colleagues found that crime-free housing policies harm low-income minority groups but do not appear to create meaningful benefits for communities. More »

Faculty Focus

Robert Lempert, Steven Popper, Edmundo Molina Pérez, Pedro Nascimento de Lima, Nihar Chhattiawala, and James Syme, photo courtesy of Rob Lempert

Robert Lempert, Steven Popper, Edmundo Molina-Pérez ('11), Pedro Nascimento de Lima ('19), Nihar Chhattiawala ('20), and James Syme ('18)

Pardee RAND Plays Leading Role at DMDU Society Meeting

Eight professors, alumni, and students presented research at the tenth annual meeting of the Society for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty (DMDU) in Delft, Netherlands. Professors Robert Lempert, Pedro Nascimento de Lima, and Steven Popper also played key roles: Lempert helped to organize the event, Popper is the DMDU Society's finance chair, and Nascimento de Lima—who is also a Pardee RAND alum ('19)—is its membership chair. More »

Climate Change and Conflict in the Middle East

Professors Flannery Dolan, Jeffrey Martini, Michelle Miro, Benjamin Sacks, Karen Sudkamp, and Mark Toukan mentored six students while examining the role a changing climate plays in regional stability and how to mitigate potential threats arising from it. More »

Toolkit Supports Community-Police Dialogue

Professors Dionne Barnes-Proby and Samuel Peterson, with alum Alexandra Mendoza-Graf ('16) and student Danielle Sobol ('20), developed a guide for systematically promoting and sustaining long-term relationship-building efforts. More »

Alumni Impact

Diana Gehlhaus talks on a RAND panel, screenshot from YouTube video

Diana Gehlhaus ('15) talks on a RAND panel.

Gehlhaus Discusses DoD’s Tech Talent Shortfall

A RAND panel discussion examined how the Department of Defense can address its need for more technical talent. Diana Gehlhaus ('15), a research fellow at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and senior adviser for talent in DoD’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, was a featured panelist. Watch »

MIT, San Diego Evaluate Rent Subsidies for Seniors

Ricardo Basurto-Dávila ('03) leads San Diego County's Office of Evaluation, Performance and Analytics, which will work with MIT to design a data-based randomized evaluation of a pilot to keep low-income seniors from becoming homeless. More »

Deep Dive into Long COVID and Workers’ Comp

Bogdan Savych ('02) joined a podcast to discuss the lasting effects and lingering cases of Long COVID. He is investigating whether the workplace is responsible, who should pay, and who decides how much a claim is worth. Listen »

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