Time for a little Humor!

Research can be parodied, if nothing else. Today we'll visit this idea based on an opera presentation in 2002 from Improbable Research: http://improbable.com/. Improbable research awards the Ig Noble prizes each year in a variety of categories. Consider:

2007: LINGUISTICS: Juan Manuel Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, of Universitat de Barcelona, for showing that rats sometimes cannot tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards and a person speaking Dutch backwards.
REFERENCE: "Effects of Backward Speech and Speaker Variability in Language Discrimination by Rats," Juan M. Toro, Josep B. Trobalon and Núria Sebastián-Gallés, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol. 31, no. 1, January 2005, pp 95-100.

2006: ACOUSTICS: D. Lynn Halpern (of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and Brandeis University, and Northwestern University), Randolph Blake (of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University) and James Hillenbrand (of Western Michigan University and Northwestern University) for conducting experiments to learn why people dislike the sound of fingernails scraping on a blackboard.
REFERENCE: "Psychoacoustics of a Chilling Sound," D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand,  Perception and Psychophysics, vol. 39,1986, pp. 77-80.

Or their new technology reviews for laryngectomies: BV vowels

So, today we will pause to consider the frustrations of grant writing as presented in the opera,
Il Destino click here-> pipette

Well give a light reading through (enough for each singer to pronounce his aria and provide an interpretation) with the following cast assignments (don't take them personally):

  1. Alfredo - DKP
  2. Wu Li - Chi-hsin Chen
  3. Kathy - Kristin Baar
  4. Nicolette - Sophia Souto
  5. Adriana (Act 2, Scene 2) - Dima Barrios-Beltran
  6. Stephano - Traci Nagle
  7. Primary Reviewer (stand in for Alfredo, Act III) - Yi-Fang Chiu
  8. Grants Assistant - Terrin Tamati
  9. Erminio - Bonnie Lorenzen

Should be 1/2 hour of learning through humor.