Wow … ORI hardly ever gets someone on plagiarism. I wonder what Columbia does/did about the degree itself.
Notice is hereby given that ORI has taken final action in the following case:
Based on the findings of an investigation by Columbia University and additional analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, ORI found that Bengu Sezen, PhD, former graduate student, Department of Chemistry, engaged in misconduct in science in research funded by R01GM60326.
Specifically, ORI made 21 findings of scientific misconduct against Dr. Sezen based on evidence that she knowingly and intentionally falsified and fabricated, and in one instance plagiarized, data reported in 3 papers and her doctoral thesis.
The following administrative actions have been implemented for a period of 5 years, beginning on November 4, 2010:
(1) Dr. Sezen is debarred from eligibility for any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the US Government and from eligibility or involvement in nonprocurement programs of the US Government…; and
(2) Dr. Sezen is prohibited from serving in any advisory capacity to the US PHS, including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.