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Scientific Misconduct. Overview. Types of Fraud Detecting Fraud Motives How Common is Fraud? The Stem Cell Mess Reforms. Types of Fraud. Types of Fraud. Business As Usual Bootlegging Research Rushing to Publish Withholding Data Withholding Information

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Overview

Types of Fraud

Detecting Fraud

Motives

How Common is Fraud?

The Stem Cell Mess

Reforms



Types of Fraud

Business As Usual

Bootlegging Research

Rushing to Publish

Withholding Data

Withholding Information

Unfair Treatment of Post-Docs & Students

- The Most Common Allegation.


Types of Fraud

Misdemeanors

Improper Credit to Colleagues

Improper Credit to Collaborators

Re-Publishing Content

- Smallest Publishable Unit

Plagiarism

Unethical Use of Peer Review


Types of Fraud

Felonies

Misrepresenting Results

- “Cooking”: Retaining Results that Fit the Data

- Clark Milliken

- “Trimming”: Adjusting Data to Make it Look Extremely Accurate

- “Forging”: Fabricating Data or Entire Experiments



Honest Mistakes

Physics, The Easiest Case

A Crisis in Physics?

Replicability

Experiments are Hard!

Short-range gravity

Yale Axion (1985)

Stanford Monopole (1982)

Stanford Fractionally Charged Particles (1970s)

Los Alamos Sterile Neutrinos (1995)

17 KeV Neutrino (1990s)



Honest Mistakes

Systematic Error

Identifying Sources of Error

Within Experiments

Between Successive Experiments


Honest Mistakes

Subjective Error

What They Teach Experimentalists

Luis Alvarez

Self-Delusion vs. Self-Doubt

Getting Experiments to Work

Lowell and Mars (1890s)

Maskelyn & Kinnebrook (1796)

N-Rays (1903)


Honest Mistakes

Subjective Error

Finding What’s Expected

Newton

Cowen & Reines

Characterizing the Data

Double Blind Solutions

The Trade-Offs

Parity Violation in the 1920s

Efficiency


Honest Mistakes

Is Science Self-Correcting?

Why Replicate?

Time, Unpleasantness, Making Enemies

Rocking the Boat

Fear of Senior People

Reluctance to Hurt Junior People

Litigation


Honest Mistakes

Beyond Physics

The Role of Theory

The Undetectable Middle

Not Expected, Not Spectacular

Reproducibility

Piltdown, Hideo Noguchi,

Cyril Burt


Honest Mistakes

Beyond Physics, ctd…

Team Culture

Social Forces

Competition & Flux

Commerce


Detecting Fraud

Catching Fraud

Uri Geller and the Physicists

Planning for Rare Events

The Intent Problem

Do We Need a Smoking Gun?

Statistical “Proofs”

Bad/Missing Data

Better That Nine Guilty Men Go Free…?



How Common is Fraud?

Office of Research Integrity

1 inquiry per 60 grants

1 misconduct finding per 500 grants

127 Complaints (2001)

Fabrication (35)

Falsification (40)

Plagiarism (20)


How Common is Fraud?

New Scientist Survey

One-third of all scientists

were directly or indirectly

aware of cheating.

40% were caught or confessed

Only 10% of cheaters were fired.



Motives

Junior People

Imposters

Resume Builders

Students & Young Faculty

Employees


High Flyers

Woo Suk Hwan

Victor Ninov

Jan Hendrik Schon


High Flyers

The Faustian Bargain

The Incentives Model

Slippery Slopes

Psychiatric explanations

Betting on Being Right

Being First

Winning Arguments

Talking to Der Alte: Newton & Burt


High Flyers

Power

Cyril Burt

Vishwajit Gupta


Hoaxers

The Human Urge to Hoax

Piltdown

Crop Circles

Big Results

Element 118

Archaeopteryx

Small Results

Do The Data Exist?



Stem Cell

Woo Suk Hwang

Did clone human blastocysts.

Did clone puppy.

But:

Egg donations from lab workers

Efficiency of cloning

Creating Cell line from blastocysts

Forging samples.

Forging data.

Forging photos.

Paying team members to keep quiet?

Hwang’s Defense

Protecting womens’ privacy.

Stem cells were deliberately swapped…

Mess


Stem Cell

Mess

The Fraud Unravels

Anonymous tipster

Investigative reporters

Find the duplicate photos…

The US Connection – Gerald Schatten

$40K in 15 months

Lobbying Science to publish.

Becoming a co-author.

Failure to oversee manuscript.

Failure to ensure that all 25 coauthors approved.



Reforms

Time and Money

Serendipity

Contaminating the Literature

Vishwajit Gupta

Political Capital


Reforms

Self-Regulation

Incremental Reforms

Training

Record Keeping

Utility and Overhead

Co-Author Responsibilities

Expanding the Required Conspiracy


Reforms

Discipline

US Approach:

“Reasonably Unambiguous

and Unacceptable Across

all Scientific and Scholarly

Disciplines.”


Reforms

Office of Research Integrity:

9 month process – usually committee- based

33% report matter was not kept confidential because of inquiry’s duration and/or leaks.

Only 25% believed university did enough to restore their reputations.


Reforms

Consequences to Individuals:

Short Term: loss of position (17%),

loss of promotions or salary (42%),

threatened lawsuits, additional

allegations, ostracism, reduced support,

delays in publication and grants,

pressure to admit misconduct.

Two-thirds reported that effects

continued after the investigation.


Reforms

Long-Term Consequences to Individuals

39% reported long-term consequences

and/or a continuing stigma.

94% continued research

and 71% stayed at same institution.


Reforms

Long-Term Consequences to Individuals

Impact on professional reputation (46%)

job mobility (30%), networking (24%),

presenting papers (39%), research (37%),

chairing sessions (30%), serving in elected

offices (28%), mental health (78%),

physical health (48%), self-esteem (46%),

self-identity (39%), relations

with spouse (37%).


Reforms

Consequences

Hurting The Accused

Hurting the Judges

Shifting Workers Out of Research

Facilitating Vendettas

Judicializing Science

Suppressing Unexpected Results

Politicizing Science


Reforms

Danish Committees of Scientific Discovery

Bjorn Lomborg (2003)

“Objective Dishonesty”

Anders Moller (1998-2003)

Personalities & Revenge

Missing and reconstructed data

Is an incorrect calculation fraud?


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