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Thank you for supporting the Alumni Impact Fund (AIF), which helps RAND researchers expand the impact of their research and analysis. Gifts to the fund from RAND alumni and friends are pooled—together we met our goal of raising $125,000 by December 31, 2019!

From the RAA President

  • Natalie W. Crawford

    Issue 82 of the Alumni Bulletin: January 2020

    In the latest issue of the Alumni Bulletin: The AIF Campaign sets a new record; alumnus featured in film "Midway"; Zwick Award extends research in support of underserved Pittsburgh communities; carrying forward the Wolf family legacy; and more.

Alumni Association News

  • An F-14 Tomcat (left) launches as four F/A-18 Hornets wait to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the Adriatic Sea, February 23, 1999, photo by PO1 Benjamin D. Olvey/U.S. Navy

    Alumnus Featured in Film "Midway"

    Jan 15, 2020

    Lt. Commander Richard (Dick) Best, who worked at RAND for almost three decades, is the main character in the movie "Midway." The film, which opened in theaters in November 2019, is based on the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent Battle of Midway during World War II.

  • A street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, photo by peeterv/Getty Images

    Zwick Award Recipients Announced

    Jan 15, 2020

    Researchers Tamara Dubowitz and Wendy Troxel have been selected to receive Zwick Impact Award funding to extend the reach of their research in support of underserved Pittsburgh communities.

  • Theresa and Charles Wolf, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

    Carrying Forward the Wolf Family Legacy

    Jan 15, 2020

    The late Charles Wolf, Jr. was an economist who spent more than 60 years at RAND and was the founding dean of what is now the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He and his wife, Theresa, were longtime philanthropic supporters of the school. Tim Wolf, their son, plans to carry on the family commitment.

The Latest from the RAND Blog

  • People in New York City react after hearing of the death of Osama bin Laden, photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton/U.S. Marine Corps Photo

    The Politics of Man-Hunting and the Illusion of Victory

    Jan 22, 2020

    Captures and strikes are important accomplishments and the countless nameless professionals who carry them out deserve the credit for executing them. But leaders are charged with something larger and should be judged by a higher standard: namely, seeing beyond the illusion and producing actual strategic victories.

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    Artificial Intelligence and the Manufacturing of Reality

    Jan 20, 2020

    Humans carry flaws in deciding what is or is not real. The internet and other technologies have made it easier to weaponize and exploit these flaws. And artificial intelligence will likely be used to exploit these weaknesses at an unprecedented scale, speed, and level of effectiveness.

  • A burning gum tree is felled to stop it from falling on a car in Corbago, as bushfires continue in New South Wales, Australia, January 5, 2020, photo by Tracey Nearmy/Reuters

    Australia's Fires: Respond Now, but Also Measure Toll on People for the Future

    Jan 20, 2020

    As an Australian, Melissa Finucane has watched with anguish as massive bushfires devastated wide swaths of her home country. As a researcher who studies community resilience, she can't help but think of how much blood, sweat, tears, and money will be required to recover.

  • Gulbahar Jelilova, an ethnic Uighur activist from Kazakhstan, poses for a photograph in Istanbul, Turkey, November 16, 2018, photo by Murad Sezer/Reuters

    How Washington Could Make Beijing Listen on Xinjiang

    Jan 17, 2020

    In autonomous Xinjiang, at least one million ethnic Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities have been incarcerated by the Chinese government. What can the United States and its allies do to help defuse this humanitarian crisis?

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