PhD student admits misconduct

An Indiana University student researching the molecular physiology of diabetes admitted to a string of misconduct -- falsifying data in two papers, a successful grant application to the National Institutes of Health, and her defended PhD thesis. Image by Tomomarusan via WikimediaThe Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announced the misconduct finding this week in the linkurl:Federal Register.;http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8386.htm Emily Horvath, who got her PhD from Indiana University

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Apr 14, 2010
An Indiana University student researching the molecular physiology of diabetes admitted to a string of misconduct -- falsifying data in two papers, a successful grant application to the National Institutes of Health, and her defended PhD thesis.
Image by Tomomarusan via Wikimedia
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) announced the misconduct finding this week in the linkurl:Federal Register.;http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-8386.htm Emily Horvath, who got her PhD from Indiana University in December of 2008, admitted to falsifying data during her time as a grad student at the school, where she was mentored by cellular physiologist linkurl:Jeffrey Elmendorf.;http://www.medicine.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=4879 According to the Federal Register, Horvath said she falsified original data in order to reduce the magnitude of errors within groups, thereby increasing the statistical power of the findings. Research misconduct cases don't get too much more open-and-shut than this: The entire investigation took about three months, from discovering her malfeasance to the ORI issuing the...
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