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(Retraction Watch)   Not news: Scientist fakes data, gets it published in scientific journal. Fark: 172 times   ( divider line
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4090 clicks; posted to Geek » on 02 Jul 2012 at 6:55 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-02 07:16:49 PM  
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LordZorch: On a good day you can get it made part of the IPCC report.....

Engineers are not scientists. But they're awfully cute when they pretend to be.
2012-07-02 07:13:57 PM  
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born_yesterday: CSB: When I was a grad student, the P.I. in the lab next to ours came under investigation for data fabrication. He had been fabricating data for grants, and it had worked; he was flush with funding. He was given two weeks, and his postdocs left up shiat creek, having to find new positions immediately or be deported.

I found out that this PI had another tenure-track position less than a month later. It was apparently not in the university's interest to report him, since they might have to return the grant money they had already received as overhead...and the new university apparently valued his funding more than they did his lack of ethics.

That was pretty much the nail in the coffin of any dream I had of going into academia. If an utter piece of shiat like that can be a success in every definition of the term (other than, you know, actually researching cancer), while honest hard-working scientists are told "they don't quite have what it takes", then fark the lot of them.

I have a similar story: A former masters student in my old lab faked his controls. Three of us picked up different parts of his project and we all had problems. We got together and repeated his masters work and proved his controls were faked and that his research generated lot of false positives. The worst part was our P.I. was going through tenure review at the time and we had to keep our mouths shut for a couple of months in case she went completely off the rails when she found out (which she did).

The guy should have had his degree pulled, but our P.I. refused to believe he faked the controls and bought his story that it was a "mistake". The guy was off doing his Ph.D. by this point and I had contacts in his new faculty, so I let it be known what happened. Somehow he flunked his comprehensive exams. Twice. He now works as a lab tech washing glassware and starting cultures, which is too bad really since it's a waste of his photoshop skills.....
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