Volume 84 Issue 45 | pp. 18-22
Issue Date: November 6, 2006

Research Misconduct

Federal agencies handle fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism allegations differently, but all take claims seriously
Department: Government & Policy

On June 28, Eric T. Poehlman, a research professor at the University of Vermont, was sentenced to serve 366 days in jail for fabricating and falsifying a decade's worth of data on aging, menopause, and obesity. Poehlman's jail term marks the first time an academic scientist has been incarcerated for research misconduct.

Poehlman has admitted to using fraudulent data in 10 scientific papers and in 17 grant applications, which resulted in nearly $3 million in . . .

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