Phil Howson has defended his doctoral thesis "A phonetic examination of rhotics: gestural representation accounts for phonological behaviour". The committee was comprised of Alexei Kochetov (supervisor), Philip J. Monahan, Peter Jurgec, Nathan Sanders, Anabela Rato (Spanish & Portuguese Dept.), and Khalil Iskarous (USC, Dept. Linguistics).
In related news, Phil has accepted a post-doctoral research position at the University of Oregon, working with supervisor Melissa Redford.
Congratulations to Phil on these two pieces of good news!