Contributors
Contributors
Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.
Contributors
Contributors

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.

Meet some of the people featured in the December 2020 issue of The Scientist.

scientific fraud
Timeline: When Bad Research Changes Public Health Strategy
Timeline: When Bad Research Changes Public Health Strategy
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2020
Illinois-based Surgisphere Corporation had a brief moment in the limelight this year following its infamous study of hydroxychloroquine. But the impact of the company’s deception reverberated across world.
The Surgisphere Scandal: What Went Wrong?
The Surgisphere Scandal: What Went Wrong?
Catherine Offord | Oct 1, 2020
The high-profile retractions of two COVID-19 studies stunned the scientific community earlier this year and prompted calls for reviews of how science is conducted, published, and acted upon. The warning signs had been there all along.
MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
MeTooSTEM Leader Admits to Faking Twitter Account
Amanda Heidt | Aug 4, 2020
BethAnn McLaughlin will step away from the organization after confirming allegations that she posed as @Sciencing_Bi, a fabricated queer indigenous researcher and victim of sexual harassment.
Special Report
Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Surgisphere Sows Confusion About Another Unproven COVID-19 Drug
Catherine Offord | Jun 16, 2020
The company behind a now-discredited study on hydroxychloroquine also posted a report that has been cited by Latin American governments recommending ivermectin as a possible coronavirus treatment. Clinicians there say the effects have been extremely damaging.
Paper Used in Creationist Teaching Retracted After 30 Years
Paper Used in Creationist Teaching Retracted After 30 Years
Ashley Yeager | Nov 11, 2019
Criticism of the paper first surfaced in 1994, and its author was accused of scientific misconduct.
University College London Geneticist Cleared of Wrongdoing
University College London Geneticist Cleared of Wrongdoing
Jef Akst | Dec 5, 2018
A second investigation by the school concludes that David Latchman, also the head of Birkbeck, University of London, was not involved in the image manipulation found in papers he coauthored.
University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers
University of Edinburgh Demands Retraction of Researcher’s Papers
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 23, 2018
Cell biologist Irina Stancheva was dismissed in June 2017 after a scientific misconduct investigation.
Retractions Damage Scientists’ Reputations: Study
Retractions Damage Scientists’ Reputations: Study
Aggie Mika | Sep 8, 2017
Authors of rescinded papers see a 10 percent to 20 percent decline in citation rates for their other publications. 
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
The Past and Present of Research Integrity in China
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 1, 2017
Several initiatives aim to improve research integrity in the country, but recent high-profile cases of misconduct highlight a lingering problem.
Duke Sued for Millions over Fraudulent Data
Duke Sued for Millions over Fraudulent Data
Jef Akst | Sep 6, 2016
A lawsuit claims that Duke University and biologist Erin Potts-Kant used bad data in projects funded by dozens of government grants.
More Retractions for Cancer Researcher
More Retractions for Cancer Researcher
Tanya Lewis | Jun 22, 2016
An institutional investigation has found evidence of image manipulation in two studies coauthored by Bharat Aggarwal.
Fraudulent Paper Pulled
Fraudulent Paper Pulled
Bob Grant | Jan 5, 2016
Nature retracts a study six years after an investigation found that the protein structures it reported were fabricated.
Speaking of Science 2015
Speaking of Science 2015
Bob Grant | Dec 30, 2015
A year’s worth of noteworthy quotes
The Top 10 Retractions of 2015
The Top 10 Retractions of 2015
Retraction Watch | Dec 22, 2015
A look at this year’s most memorable retractions
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
John R. Thomas Jr. | Dec 1, 2015
Warning signs that scandal might be brewing in your lab
 
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2015
May 2015's selection of notable quotes
HIV Scientist Pleads Guilty to Fraud
HIV Scientist Pleads Guilty to Fraud
Bob Grant | Feb 26, 2015
A former Iowa State University researcher faces up to 10 years in prison for faking data involving a study of an HIV vaccine.
Speaking of Science
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Sep 1, 2014
September 2014's selection of notable quotes
Gene Therapy Researcher Faked Data
Gene Therapy Researcher Faked Data
Bob Grant | Apr 25, 2014
A former postdoc in a prominent gene therapy lab is branded a fraud by the US government more than three years after having a slew of papers retracted from various journals.