Heat Street reports that dishonorably discharged Missouri assistant communications professor Melissa Click has hired out at a basketball school in Spokane.  It's not a tenure-line hire, and the coverage does not report if her family will also be moving to Washington State, or if the list of academic two-body separations has just grown.

The university website describes her work thus:  "Melissa A. Click's research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy."  I've expressed skepticism of such potted social science previously.  The folks at The Daily Caller have also had their fun.

But in her coauthored "Saving Food: Food Preservation as Alternative Food Activism," published in Environmental Communication, there's concrete evidence for my skepticism.  In three-plus pages of literature review, there's little by way of identifying hypotheses, let alone providing ways by which previous research fails to test them adequately; the method section is a description of the surveys administered, and the six pages of results do nothing by way of empirically validating the various claims survey respondents made.  Nonetheless, the paper gives the authors cause to offer a policy implication.
Future work should interrogate the impact of gender, race, and class on food preservation and its practitioners. Future studies should also examine the growing efforts to make food preservation, canning specifically, more communal. Yes We Can in San Francisco and Canning Across America are interesting examples. The use of the World Wide Web to spread information about food preservation, particularlythrough blogs, is another fruitful avenue for study.
I've always been skeptical about this use of "interrogate," and I was educated to understand that in order to torture the data to elicit a confession, you might want to know a few tools of statistical inference.

But if it's food-blogging you want, here you are!

Four quarts of Roma tomatoes put up, 15 September 2013.  The first batch for this year is up as of late last night.  Interrogate that.

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