Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harvard psychologist, accused last year of research misconduct, resigns to pursue "exciting opportunities in the private sector"

The story and the resignation letter can be accessed here:

Here is Harvard's press statement, released by the University last August, when the scandal broke:

Harvard has always taken seriously its obligation to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. The University has rigorous systems in place to evaluate concerns about scientific work by Harvard faculty members. Those procedures were employed in Dr. Hauser’s situation. As a result of that process, and in accordance with standard practice, Harvard has taken steps to ensure that the scientific record is corrected in relation to three articles co-authored by Dr. Hauser.

While Dr. Hauser (or in one instance, his colleague) were directed to explain the issues with these articles to the academic journals that published those papers, the University has also welcomed specific questions from the editors involved. We will continue to assist the editors in this process. In these types of cases, Harvard follows federal requirements for investigating alleged research misconduct and reports its findings, as required, to the appropriate federal funding agencies, which conduct their own review. At the conclusion of the federal investigatory process, in cases where the government concludes scientific misconduct occurred, the federal agency makes those findings publicly available.

Dr. Hauser is the author of Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong. As such, he is considered "a heavy hitter."

Research integrity is a big deal, as the Harvard press release points out. Universities receiving federal research funds must file a report each year with the Office of Research Integrity of the Department of Health and Human Services: And it is the subject of many tomes:

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