Accusations of Falsifying Data

TitleAccusations of Falsifying Data
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsDuBois, JM
Corporate AuthorsUnited States, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of Research Integrity
Date Published10/2013
PublisherUnited States, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity
Publication LanguageEnglish
KeywordsBIOLOGY , CHEMISTRY , data management , Employer/Employee , Employer/Employee Relationships , MEDICINE , Misconduct , SCIENCE , Scientific , Supervisor/Trainee Relationships
AbstractRichard is a young Associate Professor of biochemistry who has recently hired a PhD student, Allen, who has fallen on hard times to work in his lab. As the months progress, Allen becomes more and more hostile to work with, and in response to repeated reprimands from Richard produces a data set which fits Richard's hypotheses a little too perfectly. When Richard confronts Allen about this, Allen leaves the lab in a huff and later shows Richard a letter he has written to the Dean of Academic Affairs accusing Richard of requiring him to falsify data, and that much of the data Richard has published in the last two years was faked. How should Richard respond?
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