Gina Erickson will defend her dissertation "Homogamy in the New Marriage Regime," Wed. Jan. 25, 915 Soc Sci Bldg. The public portion of the defense will be 9:00-9:30 am. Her advisors are Profs. Ann Meier and Ross Macmillan (Policy Analysis and Public Management, Bocconi University, Italy; Sociology, UMN, 2000-2007). In anticipation of a successful defense, the graduate program is planning a small celebration for Gina, to be held at 11:00 am. Snacks and beverages will be provided. All current department members are welcome to attend.