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New York and Northampton, MA
Global Editorial Director, MedPage Today

VP, global editorial director, @medpagetoday; co-founder, @macfound-funded @RetractionWatch; journalism adjunct, NYU; VP, AHCJ

Former ISU scientist's stiff fraud sentence sends message

desmoinesregister.com — How long should a scientist who cheats spend in prison? If you're Dong-Pyou Han, the answer is nearly five years, according to a federal judge who sentenced the researcher Wednesday to 57 months in prison for misusing taxpayer funds. Han has admitted to cooking data using government grant money to make the AIDS vaccine he was working on look more effective.

PubPeer Selections: correction for Cell paper on stem cells; why omit controls; peer review report surfaces

retractionwatch.com — Here's another installment of PubPeer Selections: "We have contacted the journal editors and agreed an erratum which will be published shortly," writes Austin Smith, last author of a Cell paper on stem cells. "These controls were not included in the manuscript as we felt that it would be too confusing for the readers..."

No self control? Daily Mail story forces PNAS to lift ideology-self control paper embargo early

embargowatch.wordpress.com — For the fifth time this year, PNAS has lifted the embargo early on a paper today because of a story published before the embargo was scheduled to lift. About an hour before the 3 p.m. Eastern embargo, the journal sent this to its press list: PNAS is lifting the embargo early on the following paper....

Weekend reads: Duplication rampant in cancer research?; meet the data detective; journals behaving badly

retractionwatch.com — This week saw us profiled in The New York Times and de Volkskrant, and the introduction of our new staff writer. We also launched The Retraction Watch Leaderboard. Here's what was happening elsewhere: Are a quarter of basic cancer studies full of data duplication? That's what a new study says, and editors are ignoring the ...

A tipping point? Nature angers science journalism corps with short Kennewick Man embargo

embargowatch.wordpress.com — It took 9,000 years for the remains of Kennewick Man to be found in 1996, nearly a decade of legal wrangling with the government for scientists to gain the rights to study him, and almost another decade for researchers to reveal his secrets. But this week Nature, in a move that irritated a number of leading...

Well, it’s happened: Reuters Health accidentally breaks JCO embargo

embargowatch.wordpress.com — After more than two-and-a-half years of Embargo Watch, it was bound to happen. Yesterday, the team I lead at Reuters Health unintentionally broke the embargo on a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), in a story titled "Early end-of-life talks tied to less aggressive care."

The lessons of famous science frauds

theverge.com — Michael LaCour was a promising young social scientist until his eye-catching study about swaying public opinion on gay marriage, published last year in one of the world's leading journals, turned out to have been built on data that can't be found.

Another embargo break at PNAS, this time by author press release

embargowatch.wordpress.com — The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) lifted the embargo early Monday on a paper after the company where some of its authors work broke it in a press release. Here's a notice from the journal to the media on Monday, a few hours before the scheduled 3 p.m.

Clearing the air: why more retractions are good for science

theconversation.com — TRANSPARENCY AND MEDICINE - A series examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health. Today Ivan Oransky and Adamn Marcus argue that the growing number of articles retracted from academic journals is good news for science.

What’s Behind Big Science Frauds?

nytimes.com — IN December, Science published a paper claiming that people could change their minds about same-sex marriage after talking for just 20 minutes with a gay person. It seemed too good to be true - and it was. On Wednesday, the journal distanced itself from the study, after its accuracy was disputed, and one of the authors could not back up the findings.
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Jul 01, 2015

HIV vaccine scientist’s stiff fraud sentence sends message: @armarcus and I opine on the Han case in @DMRegister desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/…

Jul 01, 2015

“Doctors bury their mistakes, architects cover theirs with vines, teachers send theirs into politics.” slatestarcodex.com/2015/06/29/ref…

Jul 01, 2015

"Even if [Hunt] was making a joke initially he meant what he said, and that’s why he’s suffered the consequences..." slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Jul 01, 2015

Duke University lung researchers cough up fourth retraction, due to “inconsistent” data retractionwatch.com/2015/07/01/duk…

Jun 30, 2015

Not sure if this pic will come out, but there is a rapidly moving soap sud-like mass over Midtown Manhattan right now pic.twitter.com/WW7eOXMip7

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