Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication

Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-04-13.

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: A15070043                                                                        Page 1of1

                 NSF OIG received notification that a University 1 conducted an inquiry into allegations of
         research misconduct and had determined an investigation was warranted. Specifically, the
         University received allegations alleging that a faculty member (Subject)2 used questionable
         methods to analyze data, conducted experiments without keeping appropriate documentation,
         used questionable cell culture practices, submitted a misleading abstract, submitted questionable
         data in a grant application, and inappropriately submitted a paper without allowing all authors to
         review the paper. NSF-funded research was implicated in the allegation. 3 Subsequently, we
         referred the investigation to the University.

                The University's investigation committee conducted an investigation and found no
         evidence for the allegations of research misconduct. It found that many of the allegations
         stemmed from communication breakdowns or disagreements between the Subject and his lab
         members or dealt with internal lab practices. It also established that the Subject had relied on
         members.of his lab to maintain lab records, but that, in response to the investigation, the Subject
         would begin maintaining his own records.

                  We concurred with the results of the University's investigation. We sent the Subject a
         letter reminding him about his responsibilities regarding maintaining appropriate lab records.
         Accordingly, this case is closed.

NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)