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Welcome to 2013, to our twenty-first year, and to our revamped, all-digital edition of the Alumni Bulletin. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the issue on your monitors, tablets, smartphones, and other devices, and appreciate the many advantages of online communications.
Alumni News and Events
In this video, Alan Kay shows a brief demonstration of the RAND tablet, a graphical computer input device developed at The RAND Corporation in the 1960s. The RAND tablet featured a 10-inch by 10-inch active tablet area and is believed to be the first such graphic device that is digital and relatively low-cost.
The United States Air Force Academy has selected Senior Fellow Natalie Crawford as this year's recipient of the Thomas D. White National Defense Award, citing her long-term support of the Academy and her instrumental role in establishing an important and enduring relationship between RAND and the Academy.
The Latest from the RAND Blog
If the “user pays” idea is worth saving, the United States needs a different calculation, writes Liisa Ecola. Some states are looking at mileage fees. With mileage fees, you pay based on the number of miles you drive, rather than the number of gallons of gas used.
Perhaps most tragic of all are the disasters that are wholly preventable: the deaths, maimings, and crushed livelihoods that result from human callousness or indifference, writes Jonah Blank.
The lesson here is not that countries should act for the sake of maintaining credibility but that they should act when they believe it serves their interests and might make a difference, writes Dalia Dassa Kaye.
Neither Ahmadinejad nor Mashaei will be the political “messiahs” many religious and secular Iranians long for, writes Alireza Nader. Much like Khatami and the reformists, figures like Ahmadinejad are willing to challenge the system only to a limited degree.