An acquaintance who is an academic researcher posted a summary of his latest study on Twitter, in limerick form, and then a challenge was issued by his colleague (my cousin, a psychology professor): “Could we all please announce our new research in limericks?”
I’m an ethnographer/folklore researcher but also the IRB administrator/research compliance officer at my institution, so it was complicated to summarize all that in one stanza. But here’s my attempt at the limerick-abstract challenge:
My research has ground to a halt Since the virus began its assault. But what feels even worse is The chorus of curses: "This ban is the IRB's fault!" For you see, human subject protection's My job, and this deadly infection's Made research compliance A risk-riddled science. "Remote methods only"?—objections Grow loud from professors hell-bent On promotion, and provosts' intent To re-open. Price paid: Lives, and risks poorly weighed. What DOES it mean, now, to "consent"?