"Darleen Opfer has excelled as a teacher, working with policymakers, and in academia, where she has explored education policy and school improvement," said RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson.
The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership honored Admiral Thad W. Allen with its Exemplary Leadership Award, which is given to a person who demonstrates exemplary leadership and a commitment to the Johnson Institute's core values of ethics, accountability, and responsibility.
Paul Baran, who helped develop the building blocks of the Internet during the 1960s while working as a researcher at the RAND Corporation, died March 26 at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., from complications relating to lung cancer. He was 84.
The AcademyHealth Board of Directors gives the Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award to recognize research that has had a significant impact on health and health care. This year, RAND's Invisible Wounds of War
study and Terri Tanielian were named winners.
"Johanna Zmud's vision, experience, and energy will help expand RAND's reach and help us improve transportation, space, and technology policy in the United States and around the world," said Debra Knopman, vice president of the RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment division, which includes the Transportation, Space, and Technology program.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced that RAND Corporation Senior Fellow, Natalie W. Crawford, was recognized as a 2011 AIAA Fellow.
RAND was asked by the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy in order to inform discussions about the possible repeal of the law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
The Arc, a proposed high-speed transportation infrastructure corridor linking urban centers within and between the West Bank and Gaza, won two major prizes at the 2010 World Architecture Festival held in Barcelona November 3-5, 2010.
The RAND Corporation was selected as a 2010 recipient of the Good Government Award from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. The League encourages citizen participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.
The first ladies of Lesotho, Namibia, and Sierra Leone met with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush to discuss efforts to support their work, including a new RAND Corporation fellowship that aims to help first ladies and their staff develop skills for managing an effective office and learn practical policy-analysis techniques.
The Los Angeles Times has published a series of articles and developed a database that include value-added statistical estimates of the effectiveness of individual teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District based on analyses of student test scores. Although the Times has sought to be clear on this point, some readers of the coverage have inferred that the RAND Corporation did these analyses. That inference is wrong; RAND was not involved in the Times' analysis or reporting.
RAND was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal
as one of the "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles" for 2010, and ranked third among the eleven large organizations recognized.
The world's increasingly complex problems require bold leaders who can be objective and build relationships with others, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. Mullen was the featured speaker June 12 at the Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement ceremony.
The Pardee RAND Graduate School, the policy analysis doctoral program based at the RAND Corporation, celebrates its 40th anniversary June 11 and 12, culminating with a commencement address by Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Dr. Arthur Kellermann, one of the nation's leading public health and emergency medicine researchers, has been appointed to the RAND Corporation's Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis.
National security researcher Jack Riley has been appointed vice president and director of the RAND National Security Research Division. Riley has been with RAND for eleven years and associate director of NSRD since 2007.
Barbara Barrett, an international business and aviation attorney who has served as U.S. ambassador to Finland, has been elected to the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees.
Veteran fund-raising professional Michael Brennan has joined the RAND Corporation as executive director of development. Brennan, who will be based at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters, will oversee RAND's institutional and programmatic fund-raising efforts.
Early RAND consultant Oliver Williamson shared the Nobel Prize in Economics with Elinor Ostrom. Oliver was a RAND consultant during the sixties.
Four leaders with backgrounds in government service and private enterprise have been elected to the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees: former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt, Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton, former Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig and semiconductor executive Hector Ruiz.
The RAND Corporation announced today that it has revised the suggested retail pricing on all RAND e-books to $9.95 each. RAND e-books are available through a wide variety of wholesale and retail partners.
Former government and business leader Andrew Weiss has been named executive director of the RAND Business Leaders Forum and the director of the RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia, RAND Corporation President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.
Bruce Nardulli, a senior political scientist with the RAND Corporation, has been named the new director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today. Nardulli will begin his duties July 1. The current director, Richard Darilek, will return to RAND's Washington, D.C., office in August.
Jeremy R. Azrael, a leading expert on the Russian economy and a longtime political scientist at RAND, died March 19. Azrael was best known for establishing and leading a semi-annual economic forum following the end of the Soviet Union to bring together Russian, European and American executives and political leaders for regular exchanges in Moscow and New York.
Mexican entrepreneur and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú has been elected to the RAND Corporation Board of Trustees, and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci has been elected "trustee emeritus."