For those who wonder why these various ethics-related posts get bundled into this blog, I should explain that I believe instruction & enlightenment with regard to research integrity is as important as assistance with preparing grant applications and manuscripts. Many blogs cover nothing but bioethics, so I’m trying to stick to the major NIH findings to remind you all that real consequences result from intended or unintended ethical lapses (& you’ll have to indulge my preoccupation with academic health centers that welcome funding from the tobacco industry). Anyway, without further ado, the latest sad set of findings from an increasingly busy DHHS Office of Research Integrity:
Rebecca Uzelmeier (formerly known as Rebecca Marcus), Michigan State University: Based on the report of an investigation by MSU and additional information obtained by the ORI during its oversight review, ORI found that Rebecca Uzelmeier, former doctoral student, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU, committed misconduct in science by intentionally and knowingly fabricating and falsifying data in research supported by NIEHS, granted R01 ES02520. … Ms. Uzelmeier’s actions caused the withdrawal of a manuscript that had been submitted for publication, the withdrawal of her mentor’s PHS grant application, and her dismissal from graduate school.