WASHINGTON -- Doctoral departments that have finally figured out just what the National Research Council's controversial evaluation of their programs means, and how to read the numbers, will need to check the data again. On Thursday, the council is issuing revised rankings, based on four "substantive" errors in some of the categories used to evaluate programs.
Several years working on a Ph.D. in the back corner of a chemistry lab or lost in a library’s stacks can make anyone a little detached from reality. So it's not surprising that when graduate students emerge from their years of close study on a topic, their dissertation titles can be a little unwieldy to the average graduation attendee or website visitor.
Paging through the 2011 graduation guide at Emory, one encounters the following dissertation titles: