'31 March 1998 Memorandum To: File : ;7v--$9,~020006 ? , d Subject: Resolution of ~ l l z i b n s On 18 February 1998, the Investigations Section received an anonymous allegation regarding NSF grantee,- an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at- - In addition to questioning the scientific merit of his work (a matter that we did not examine, as it referred not to any crime or misconduct, but to program management issues), the complainant asserted that -as using grant funds to pay his wife to work on his NSF grants and even though she is not qualified to do so. The complainant also alleged tha was using grant funds - to pay for his wife to accompany him on both grant - 4 - We contacted- Vice Provost for Research, who had also received these allegations and had been charged with investigating t h e m b e h a l f of the University. She said that a d already examined the allegations, and had found them to be .without merit. Specifically, she said that a review of travel paid from- grant funds indicated no payments from NSF funds for Mrs, travel. She had taken two trips, which were paid by ,funds and from an NIH grant, both of which were for work related presentations, also said that Mrs. -was hired and supervised not by- butf by- C the Chair of the Department of to ' Biochemistry and Biophysics. in which she described Mrs. s- said that had provided a letter a "highly ski e techniciann who "has provided invaluable technical support to his laboratory for many yearsn despite her lack of formal scientific training. The letter also indicated t h a ~ l p h a reviewed d all travel paid from any funds allocated to -and' that there had been only the two reimbursements for Mrs. m described above, Neither were from NSF grant funds, copies of the travel records referenced above, as well as a copy of er. Based on our review of these documents, as well as our we agree that the allegations of improper use of NSF grant funds are unfounded. For this reason, this case is closed,
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 1998-03-31.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)