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RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final

RIKEN Makes Verdict on Two Problematic Stem Cell Papers Final | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Judgment of misconduct by lead author Haruko Obokata will stand; she now faces disciplinary procedures.

TOKYO—RIKEN has decided against reopening an investigation into two stem cell papers that concluded that the lead author, Haruko Obokata of RIKEN's Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, engaged in research misconduct. The institute has yet to decide whether Obokata will be punished. (...) by Dennis Normile, ScienceInsider, May 8 2014

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Former U.S. Research Fraud Chief Speaks Out on Resignation, 'Frustrations'

Former U.S. Research Fraud Chief Speaks Out on Resignation, 'Frustrations' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

David Wright's fiery resignation letter last month drew national attention.

Last month, David Wright, the director of the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI), which keeps watch on fraud in federally funded biomedical research, quit in frustration after 2 years. His resignation letter was a scathing critique of what he called the “dysfunctional” bureaucracy at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). After it was obtained and published by ScienceInsider, it drew national attention to an office that often labors in obscurity. Wright, 68, has since returned to Michigan, where he is a professor emeritus at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He spoke with ScienceInsider earlier this week about his reasons for leaving. The interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 4 April 2014

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From fraudsters to fudgers: research integrity is on trial

From fraudsters to fudgers: research integrity is on trial | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Bad behaviour is omnipresent in science. It encompasses everything from outright scientific fraud, such as falsifying data, to other misconducts like cherry-picking data, favourable-looking images and graphs, and drawing conclusions that are not backed up by the actual facts. Overall, it matters more serious than keeping a sloppy lab notebook that no-one else can follow. This raises the deeper question: what drives scientists to behave in such a way? Typically considered quite clever people, why would a researcher behave in a way when, theoretically, one of the backbones of science – results’ replicability – is bound to get you in the end? And that is just one of the watchmen: university colleagues and journal editors must be duped too.(...) - Euroscientist, April 30th, 2014

 

 

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Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature. (...) -By YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE, The New York Times, April 26, 2013

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