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.
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.
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.
Martin Wachs, Director of the Transportation, Space, and Technology program, received the 2010 Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lectureship Award, which recognizes the career contributions and achievements of an individual in areas covered by the Board's Technical Activities Division.
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.
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.
One of RAND Europe's senior advisors, Professor Martin Roland CBE, has accepted the position of professor of health services research within the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine with immediate effect. Roland, a leading health services researcher in the United Kingdom, joined RAND Europe as a special advisor to help develop its health policy research programme.
Ellen Nolte, formerly senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, has joined RAND Europe as the new director of the health and healthcare team. Nolte also is an honorary senior research fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.
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 President and CEO James A. Thomson announced today.