University research

What passes for research these days?

While exploring the titles of grant titles for the "New Faculty Research Grant" at EMU, I was amazed by the titles of some research projects that received grants.  (Note: I received the same grant in 2009 and have a great deal of respect for the research committee and provost decisions.  Yet, these projects left me shaking my head.)

Here are some titles I found particularly difficult to understand:
"Early Modern Pornographies"
"Community & Culture: Creating a Plan for Washtenaw County"
"Improving Student Achievement Through an Afterschool Knitting Program"
"Contingency Management for Smoking Cessation Among Sorority Members"
"Gathering the Gossips"

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