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The 237th Commencement
Oskar Eustis Will Speak at Graduate School Convocation May 29
Oskar Eustis, chair of the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, will deliver “In and of the World,” the Graduate School Commencement address, at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, on Lincoln Field. Luk Chong Yeung, a doctoral candidate in physics, will present the student address titled “Our Miracle Year.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Oskar Eustis, chair of the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium, will deliver an address titled “In and of the World” at the Graduate School Ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 2005, on Lincoln Field. Luk Chong Yeung, a doctoral candidate in physics, will present the student address titled “Our Miracle Year.”
Eustis, who in 2001 received an honorary doctor of fine arts from Brown University, became the new artistic director of New York City’s Public Theater earlier this year following a decade as artistic director of Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company. He also has been director, dramaturg and artistic director for theaters elsewhere, including the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Yeung, whose thesis advisor is Professor of Physics Leon N. Cooper, received her B.S. in interdisciplinary molecular science from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1999, and her Sc.M in physics from Brown University in 2001. While pursuing her doctorate, Yeung was part of a research team that created a theoretical model that may shed light on a brain science mystery: What happens to cells when humans learn and remember? Yeung and her colleagues created a concept that hinges on calcium control. Their model appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Karen A. Newman will preside over her final Commencement as dean of the Graduate School. When she accepted the Graduate School post in 2002, Newman said she would serve for only three years, and then would return fulltime to teaching and research. She begins a sabbatical in the fall, heading to France to begin a new research project on the reception of Shakespeare in France. In the 2006-07 academic year, she will return to the departments of English and Comparative Literature. Provost Robert J. Zimmer has formed a committee to identify a new dean.
In all, the University will confer approximately 475 graduate degrees during the 2005 Commencement Ceremony – approximately 150 doctorates and approximately 325 master’s degrees.