Skip to comments.Report: Government agency refuses to discipline scientists caught cooking the books
Posted on 02/13/2017 9:15:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
And Democrats wonder why there are so many skeptics when it comes to conclusions reached by government scientists?
The inspector general for the National Science Foundation issued a report showing that at least 23 scientists applying for taxpayer-funded grants either plagiarized the text or manipulated data but were not barred from receiving grant money in the future.
Washington Free Beacon:
The inspector general for the National Science Foundation identified at least 23 instances of plagiarism in proposals, NSF-funded research, and agency publications in 2015 and 2016. It found at least eight instances of data manipulation and fabrication in those years. NSF officials disregarded recommended sanctions against some of the scientists and academics implicated in those findings. Though many were temporarily barred from receiving additional federal funding, nearly all will be eligible for taxpayer support and official roles in NSF-funded research in the future.
In one investigation that concluded in Nov. 2015, the IG found that an NSF-supported researcher had "knowingly plagiarized text into five NSF proposals."
"These actions were a significant departure from the standards of the research community, and therefore constituted research misconduct," according to a report on the investigation's findings.
The IG recommended to NSF that the agency officially classify the plagiarism as research misconduct, require the researcher to undergo "a course in proper research methods," certify that all research over the subsequent three years was not plagiarized, and bar the researcher from serving as an NSF consultant, advisor, or peer-reviewer.
The NSF accepted most of the recommendations, but it chose not to bar the researcher from working for NSF in an official capacity, as the IG had proposed. The researcher would be free to continue advising, consulting, and peer-reviewing taxpayer-funded research.
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In another investigation, which concluded in Aug. 2016, the IG found that a university professor supported by an NSF grant "falsified the status of a total of seven manuscripts in four NSF annual grant reports and four NSF proposals" and "engaged in a total of twelve acts of research misconduct in a continuous pattern spanning several years."
"The professor's fabrication of data and falsification of manuscripts' status were intentional acts, fit a pattern of research misconduct, and were a significant departure from accepted practices," the IG concluded.
That’s because a bloated, out of control government is based on deceit. That’s its life blood.
“Yup. The actual, factual numbers clearly point to no anthropogenic causation for climate change. Since my work here is done I think I’m going to change jobs and become a roofer”
Said no scientist ever.
These anti-science “scientists” should be b***h-slapped with their dissertations and with their fraudulent data...before being arrested for fraud. These liars should be identified, arrested, fired and shunned by society. What integrity-free idiots. Their political views took precedence over their integrity...or lack thereof.
Disciplined? Hells Bells, they are rewarded!..................
Another agency for the axe.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition.
Plagiarism and perjury are similar in that both involve elements of motive and intent.
In the arena of 'man-made global warming' which is now called 'Climate Change' or with a scientific flair as 'anthropomorphic climate change' (AGW), scientific misconduct is very real and should be actionable as conspiracy to defraud in relation to government contracts.
Soft monies, grants, are the life blood for academic institutions in a publish or perish atmosphere. Here is where you run into trouble. Many grant proposals are driven by government agencies. The agency is going to get the result(s) it want or the university loses the grant monies. So, it is hired guns for sale deals.
Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
2001 was the year US Forest Service perpetrated the lynx hair hoax. I believe there was a transfer and promotion in that case.
No more grants and shut it down.
Yep, a lot of that happens and I would bet it has grown since my days in academia.
I was a PhD in a science department where one colleague was on a ‘team’ writing about global warming effects. He was using data on the breakup of ice in parts of the Bering Sea that were claimed as permafrost.
I researched the finding and found a periodical calling out a breakup of the ice in the same area in 1933.
I was hated for it. It was all about getting the grant.
They should be black-listed from any scientific associations, forever!!
God Bless You! And for being on the side of what is right!!
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