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Stimulus money went to California erectile dysfunction study

UC-San Fran spent $1.2 million in taxpayer money for sexual history, erectile dysfunction studies

• May 14, 2012 3:51 pm

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The University of California-San Francisco spent $1.2 million in stimulus funds on studies on erectile dysfunction in overweight men, as well as studies on accuracy in the reporting of sexual history, NBC Bay Area reports:

The Investigative Unit looked closely at the federal government's decision to spend nearly $1.5 million dollars of taxpayer money, money that came here to California. Grant number 1R01HD056950-01A2 was among the thousands of grants funded, receiving $1.2 million dollars. This grant studied how to improve the accuracy of how people responded to questions about their sexual history. […]

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit discovered that for $1.2 million dollars, taxpayers funded a study that included 200 videotaped interviews at $6000 per interview. Kovaleski asked Sheehy to justify the spending. "I think the average person is going to look at $1.2 million dollars to interview 200 people and say Wow!" Sheehy defended the study. "I understand people could look at it and have issues but this is research," he said.

Kovaleski then asked about jobs. "How many jobs did this $1.26 million dollars create?" "Well I can't really say," Sheehy said. "There were eleven researchers hired on the job, two consultants. Well I can't say. This has not been evaluated for job creation."