Category Archives: Research

Academic researchers and their ideas.


U. of Alaska at Fairbanks Could Face Federal Fines for Musk-Ox Deaths

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accused the University of Alaska at Fairbanks of possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at a university research station, the Associated Press reported. The federal agency’s complaint says the university failed to provide adequate veterinary care, notice that the animals were losing weight, or seek veterinary treatment for them. The animals died or were euthanized from August 2010 to February 2011.

The univers…


National Geographic Channel Pulls TV Series That Archaeologists Criticized

National Geographic Channel said this week that it would indefinitely pull a planned television series called Nazi War Diggers, after the show drew heated criticism from archaeologists and others, The New York Times reported.

National Geographic Channel International had commissioned four episodes of the program, which involved the excavation of sites along the Eastern Front of World War II. It was to have been broadcast around the world, except in the United States.

The presidents of several ar…


Morgan State U. Professor Is Convicted of Grant Fraud

Manoj Kumar Jha, a professor at Morgan State University, was convicted on Tuesday of defrauding the National Science Foundation of research funds, according to reports by the Associated Press and the U.S. attorney’s office in Baltimore.

According to testimony during the trial, held in federal court in Baltimore, Mr. Jha received $200,000 in grant funds for a highway project, but prosecutors said he converted the money to personal use. He was convicted on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and th…


Boston College Oral-History Project Leads to Arrest in Murder Investigation

Interviews from a Boston College oral-history project that became embroiled in a murder investigation have led to the arrest of an alleged former Irish Republican Army leader in Northern Ireland.

Ivor Bell, now 77, was charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Jean McConville, a widowed mother of 10 who was abducted and killed in 1972, allegedly for being an informer for the British Army.

Boston College’s Belfast Project collected interviews with former members of the IRA and other paramili…


New Center at Stanford U. Takes On the Credibility Problem in Science

A new center whose mission is to find out whether efforts to replicate scientific studies actually make science more credible will open this month at Stanford University.

One of the Meta-Research Innovation Center’s founders is John P.A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford best known for his 2005 bombshell paper, “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” Dr. Ioannidis told The Economist that he doesn’t want to “take for granted any type of met…


SUNY to Merge Nanoscale and Technology Campuses as New Institute

The State University of New York’s governing board on Wednesday approved the merger of the system’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, in Albany, and the SUNY Institute of Technology, in Utica-Rome, according to news reports.

Planners say the new institution, to be known as the SUNY Institute of Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology, will create an alternative within the New York system to elite institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will draw studen…


U. of Wisconsin Is Fined $35,000 in Settlement of Animal-Welfare Inquiry

The University of Wisconsin at Madison will pay a $35,286 fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture that resolves an investigation into alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act, the university said on Monday.

The university said the investigation involved alleged violations from 2007 to 2013 and resulted in seven citations. Two of those violations directly affected animal welfare, and one of those animals recovered, according to the university.

The university said …


Director of Research Integrity Resigns, Citing Frustration With Bureaucracy

The director of the federal Office of Research Integrity, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for monitoring alleged research misconduct, has resigned, citing what he called the “stifling” nature of the federal bureaucracy, Science magazine has reported.

In his resignation letter, David E. Wright said that working with the research community and the “brilliant scientist-investigators” in his office had been a highlight of his career. But he said such wo…


Former Researcher at UC-Irvine Pleads Guilty to Conflict of Interest

A former computer scientist at the University of California at Irvine pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a single felony charge stemming from accusations that he had received secret payments from Japanese companies that financed his academic research, according to the Voice of OC, a nonprofit news agency that covers Orange County, Calif.

The researcher, Tatsuya Suda, was initially charged last year with six felony counts of conflict of interest.

By pleading guilty, Mr. Suda avoided the maximum sente…


Publishers Withdraw More Than 120 Fake, Computer-Generated Papers

Two academic publishers are removing from their subscription services more than 120 papers that a French researcher found were computer-generated nonsense, Nature News reports.

Sixteen of the papers appeared in publications by Springer, and more than 100 were published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

The fraudulent papers were identified by Cyril Labbé, a computer scientist at Joseph Fourier University, in Grenoble, France. He developed a way to detect manuscripts produ…