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Scientific misconduct in research: What is it, why does it happen, and how do we identify when it happens?

  • What constitutes scientific misconduct?
  • Authorship and intellectual property.
  • Bad ethics vs. bad science.
  • New results that prove old results wrong.
  • The whistle-blower's dilemma.
What are the penalties for scientific misconduct?
  • Human and animal subjects.
What is peer review's role in scientific misconduct?
  • Revisiting Vlad and Frankie.
  • Can peer reviewers be unethical?
  • What effect on the public does scientific misconduct have?
  • MMR and autism.
  • Climategate.
  • HIV vaccine.
  • Animal rights groups.
  • Cold fusion.
  • Bernard Kettlewell.
  • Electromagnetic field and high-tension power lines.
  • Fracking and pollution.
What constitutes responsible conduct from the point+A76 of view of human and animal subjects in research? The ethics of the pharmaceutical industry. Science and the public. The role of government in scientific misconduct? The responsibility of science to the environment. Is there some research that shouldn't be done because of threats the results may pose to society? Summary of ethics guidelines of STEM professional societies. Can Scientific misconduct be prevented?
  • Intentional negligence in acknowledgment of previous work.
  • Deliberate fabrication of data.
  • Deliberate omission of known data that doesn't agree with hypotheses.
  • Passing another researcher's data as one's own.
  • Publication of results without consent of all the researchers.
  • Failure to acknowledge all the researchers who performed the work.
  • Conflict-of-interest issues.
  • Repeated publication of too-similar results.
  • Breach of confidentiality.
  • Misrepresenting others' work.
  • Wrapping up.
  • Case Studies.
  • Darwin and Wallace.
  • Rangaswamy Srinivasan-VISX patent dispute.
  • Schwartz and Mirkin.
  • Corey and Woodward.
  • Cordova, Scripps Research Institute, and Stockholm University.
  • La Clair and hexacyclinol.
  • Woodward and quinine.
  • DNA.
  • David Baltimore and Teresa Imanishi-Kari.
  • John Fenn-Yale patent dispute.
  • VIOXX (R).
Index.

About the Author

On September 14, 1978, I was born to Josephine and John D'Angelo. I was blessed with an enormously happy childhood, with two brothers and lots of cousins nearby and friends to play with, rarely was I bored or alone. A third brother, sadly, watches over all of us and I truly hope that one day I will meet him in paradise. In my junior year in High School (1994-1995), I took chemistry. It was here that the seeds for my career were planted, watered, and fertilized and for that I thank Mr. Joe Dixon sincerely. After graduating, I went to SUNY Stony Brook, with the intentions of becoming a High School teacher, myself. However, after taking Organic, I was hooked and switched gears to become a college teacher. After graduating in the year 2000, I went on to the University of Connecticut where I received my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under Michael B. Smith in 2005 and subsequently immediately began a Post-Doc at The Johns Hopkins University in the lab of the late Gary H. Posner. In August 2007, I joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at Alfred University. In 2013, I was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate professor of Chemistry, my current rank. This is the third book I have authored. The first was the first edition of this book and the second was a book I co-authored with my Ph.D. advisor called Hybrid Retrysynthesis: Organic Synthesis using Reaxys and Scifinder. I am currently working on a text for organic chemistry classes with the online text publisher, Top Hat, and expect this text will be available in Fall 2018. This second edition would make four books and I am currently planning a fifth which would be a workbook for scientific ethics training seminars.

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