In memoriam: The federal government should never leave whistleblowers to their own fates against much more powerful employers.

“In 1998, an Alaska Airlines mechanic named John Liotine, who worked in the Alaska Airlines maintenance center in Oakland, California, told the Federal Aviation Administration that supervisors were approving records of maintenance that they were not allowed to approve or that indicated work had been completed when, in fact, it had not.” (Wikipedia: Alaska Airlines […]

Comment to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, 115th Congress

1. It is important to obtain accurate assessments of the actual amount of research misconduct Members of Congress, especially members of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, should be urged to reconsider the quality of the data being relied upon for the number of research misconduct findings. In an article published in Science Magazine […]

U.S. Supreme Court Petition re Judicial Oversight

    A pdf version of the petition can be downloaded here. A text version follows.   No.________ ================================================================ In The Supreme Court of the United States ——————————––♦——————————–– UNITED STATES OF AMERICA EX REL. ROBERT P. BAUCHWITZ, M.D., PH.D., Petitioner, v. WILLIAM K. HOLLOMAN, PH.D., CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDICAL COLLEGE, ERIC B. KMIEC, PH.D., THOMAS JEFFERSON […]

More on research misconduct oversight and conflicts of interest

Background We stated in a recent article discussing the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) that, were they to actually act as a real audit entity, then their also acting as a consulting function for the same institutions could produce a conflict of interest (COI). (“The Essential Need for Research Misconduct Allegation Audits”,  Science and […]

A note about ORI case closures

The data we presented in Table 1 of our article, The Essential Need for Research Misconduct Allegation Audits, actually show something that was not directly germane to the argument made by us, but that is still interesting. When calculating the number of allegations which were seen by faculty, we only included those which were presented […]

Research misconduct audit oversight article published in Science and Engineering Ethics

Our manuscript on the importance of employing professional audit principles in the oversight of the U.S. research misconduct investigations, which we originally published in PeerJ Preprints in December 2015, has now been published by Science and Engineering Ethics (“SEE”), a Springer journal. The core of the article remained unchanged from the preprint. At the request […]

The Grammar and Use of Initialisms by the U.S. Federal Government

This research on the use of initialisms by the United States federal government was produced during our publication of a paper in the Springer journal, Science and Engineering Ethics. The editor of that journal thought it would be worth publishing this information separately, for the benefit of others. We agreed; the following summarizes what we […]

One-Eyed Jacks in the Research Misconduct Universe

Below we reproduce a comment by Albert Donnay (University of Maryland, Baltimore) about the fraud facilitating influence of those in the academic world who have some ethical obligation, if not a duty, to respond to allegations of research misconduct, but for their own self-interests instead turn a blind eye. Dr. Donnay’s comment is particularly interesting […]