I'm no Jay Leno, but this headline from the usually not especially interesting catch-all MU Info e-mail sent out weekly to all University of Missouri-Columbia faculty, staff and students was a bit troubling:
Adults Who as Children were Exposed to Their Mothers Being Battered by an Intimate Partner for Research Study
If that headline doesn't send mixed messages, I don't know what does.
I will not divulge the name of the investigator on this one, who most likely was not the author of that headline, but here's the other curious part.
"Participants will receive a Wal-mart gift card."
Of course, I probably shouldn't talk. Once I participated in a discussion about neighborhood quality-of-life in return for a Shop N Save gift card. At least I never had to donate (sell) my plasma -- yet! I have donated blood without remuneration, but only once so far in life. It was a bit frustrating experience, and then a few weeks later that blood collection agency I visited went out of business. I should probably give it a try again though.