Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2014-12-05.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)

                                                    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                     OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                       OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                               CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

Case Number: A13080081                                                                     Page 1 of 1

                 The Subject1 was the primary author on a publication that was the topic of a blog
         discussion of apparently fabricated figures. The publication cited NSF support. A university
         investigation established that the Subject knowingly fabricated the images; the Subject denied
         doing so. The university recommended expulsion of the Subject without his graduate degree,
         and the Subject left the university. Although the publication acknowledges NSF support, a
         separate analysis by the university concluded that no federal funds were used to support the
         published research. The absence of NSF support removes our direct jurisdiction as a matter of
         research misconduct. We note that the conclusions of the university report, and the finding of
         research misconduct by the Subject, have been publicly disclosed.

                   This case is closed with no further action taken.

NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)