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GSAS Newsletter June 22, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Research and Honors

Literature that Flourished Despite Dictatorship

Nathalie Batraville (French) is studying Haitian literature during the regime of François “Papa Doc” Duvalier, which extended from 1957 to 1971. Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc”, who took over on his father’s death, were dictators who... » read more

Fracture Toughness, or If You Drop a Smartphone....

If you drop a smart phone, the glass screen has a nasty way of cracking when it hits the floor. The glass itself might be strong enough to withstand the impact, but invisible structural flaws weaken its resistance to fracture. Wen Chen (Engineering... » read more

Inside Islam: Research on Two Mosque Communities

Elisabeth Becker (Sociology) is studying Muslim communities in London and Berlin, where she is currently doing research. Her dissertation will be an in-depth ethnographic study, and, to accomplish it, she has immersed herself in the life of the... » read more

Alumni Spotlight

Eve Blau Awarded Victor Adler State Prize of the Republic of Austria

Eve Blau (PhD 1978, History of Art) was awarded the Victor Adler State Prize of the Republic of Austria (Victor Adler-Staatspreis für Geschichte sozialer Bewegungen 2015) by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy.... » read more

Alexander Thomson won the 2015 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award

Alexander Thomson (PhD 2013, Computer Science) has won the 2015 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award for his study, titled “Deterministic Transaction Execution in Distributed Database Systems,” advised by Daniel Abadi.... » read more

Eugene Douglass won the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools’ (NAGS) Dissertation Award for 2014-2015

Eugene Douglass (PhD 2014, Chemistry) has won the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools’ (NAGS) Dissertation Award for 2014-2015. Founded in 1975, NAGS is one of four regional affiliates of the Council of Graduate Schools (... » read more

Commencement Day dawned cool and bright: perfect weather for a spectacular event.  Hundreds of graduating students in academic regalia nibbled breakfast in the courtyard of HGS, then assembled on Cross Campus for a procession to Old Campus, accompanied by the chiming of bells from Harkness tower, fanfares from heraldic trumpets, and festive music from the Yale Band. Dean Lynn Cooley presented the students to President Peter Salovey, who conferred the degrees en masse (PhDs in Latin) at the University ceremony. Then graduates, with their friends and families, went to Woolsey Hall and Luce Hall, where they were called up by name to receive diplomas, handshakes, and hugs. A reception followed at HGS. December and May degrees awarded: PhD: 411; MPhil:384; MA: 257; MAS:3; MS: 214