News & AnalysisScientific Misconduct

Government Sanctions Harvard Psychologist

Science  14 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6100, pp. 1283
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6100.1283

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In 2010, a Harvard University investigation concluded that psychologist Marc Hauser had engaged in scientific misconduct. Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity confirmed the findings, revealing that Hauser fabricated and falsified methods and data in six federally funded studies. The news brought closure to those who questioned whether Hauser was guilty of any wrongdoing. But because neither investigation indicates which of Hauser's hundreds of publications were investigated, many researchers remain uncertain about how to regard the rest of his work.

  • * Siri Carpenter is a freelance writer based in Madison.