University Responsibility for the Adjudication of Research Misconduct

The Science Bubble

Authors: Franzen, Stefan

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This book offers a scientific whistleblower’s perspective on current implementation of federal research misconduct regulations. It provides a narrative of general interest that relates current cases of research ethics to philosophical, historical and sociological accounts of fraud in scientific research. The evidence presented suggests that the problems of falsification and fabrication remain as great as ever, but hidden because the current system puts universities in charge of investigations and permits them to use confidentiality regulations to hide the outcomes of investigations. The book documents the significant conflict of interest that arises because federal regulation gives universities the responsibility to conduct investigations of their own faculty with severely limited oversight. The book is intended for young research scientists or anyone who wishes to understand the challenges faced by scientists in the workplace today. The central thread in the book is an exclusive account of an experienced research scientist who was the first to expose the facts that led to the longest running research misconduct investigation in the history of the National Science Foundation.


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Stefan Franzen is a full professor of chemistry at North Carolina State University who has pursued research on the structure and spectroscopy of enzymes as well as mid-infrared plasmonic materials since his hire as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 1997. In 2006 he discovered a significant falsification of data in a collaborative project. For the following decade, because of his status as an academic whistleblower, the author was forced to study the ethical, legal and administrative framework of research misconduct regulation as implemented by universities and federal agencies. At the conclusion of a 10-year-long investigation the National Science Foundation confirmed the allegation. This serious case was the longest running investigation in the history of the NSF and according to Science magazine it “broke new ground” in the adjudication of research misconduct. During the intervening years, the administrative and personnel actions created a hostile work environment that constituted retaliation against the whistleblower. Based on allegations made in retaliation, the author was investigated twice by federal agencies and was the target of repeated informal administrative review, which was never formally declared as an investigation, but impacted his reputation. As a reaction to harassment and retaliation, starting in 2006 the author began a research and teaching career as a visiting professor at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China and at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Despite the disruption of these events, the author maintained active funding from U.S. governmental agencies and has been research active up to the present.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-68063-3
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-68062-6
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
University Responsibility for the Adjudication of Research Misconduct
Book Subtitle
The Science Bubble
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-68063-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-68063-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-68062-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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