James P. Smith, who holds the Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies at RAND, has been elected for membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Escarce is a senior natural scientist at RAND and has been a member of the RAND Health staff for more than a decade. His research on various health care issues has been published in top ranking health services and economics journals. Current projects include an assessment the effects of Medicare's payment methods on care of seniors, and factors of coronary heart disease development.
Michael D. Rich, a member of the RAND Corporation's senior leadership team for two decades, has been selected president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit and nonpartisan research institution, according to Paul H. Kaminski, chairman of the RAND Board of Trustees.
Recent proposed reforms to the Stafford Act (improving disaster recovery capability) and the National Disaster Recovery Framework (a guide to cooperation between federal agencies) cluster around five key areas where RAND has relevant studies offering additional insight and context.
Nearly a dozen current and former first ladies joined RAND, the U.S. Dept. of State's African Women Entrepreneurship Program and the Corporate Council on Africa to promote women's leadership and economic empowerment across Africa. Now in its third year, the RAND African First Ladies Initiative partners with first ladies, supporting their efforts to become champions of change in their own countries on issues related to Millennium Development Goals.
In a week-long series, "Life in 9/12 America," Patt Morrison is interviewing RAND experts on the topics of their chapters in The Long Shadow of 9/11: America's Response to Terrorism on 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.
Natalie Crawford, Senior Fellow at the RAND Corporation, will be presented with an Air Force Association (AFA) Lifetime Achievement Award during the National Aerospace Awards ceremony at the AFA's 2011 Air and Space Conference on September 19, 2011.
Paul Shekelle has received this year's Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, the highest honor for a Veterans Affairs health services researcher. He has more than 20 years invested in healthcare research in the greater Los Angeles VA system.
The American Association for Public Opinion Research presented RAND with the 2011 Policy Impact Award to honor survey research that had a clear impact on informing the decision to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Fund-raising professional Naveena Ponnusamy has been named executive director of development at the RAND Corporation, officials announced today. She will oversee RAND's institutional and programmatic fund-raising objectives.
Robert Brook, RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Services, and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA, has been named one of the 50 most influential physician executives in 2011 by Modern Healthcare.
James A. Thomson, who has served as president and CEO of the nonprofit RAND Corporation for more than two decades, announced today that he will step down from his post in the fall. A search for his successor will begin immediately.
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.
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.