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Cornell Professor Resigns Amid Misconduct Scandal

Cornell Professor resigns after investigation finds evidence of academic misconduct

The head of the food and nutrition research lab at Cornell University submits his resignation after an investigation by the school found evidence of academic misconduct.

According to a statement from Provost Michael Kotlikoff Friday, Professor Brian Wansink will no longer be allowed to teach or conduct research at the University, and will retire at the end of the academic year.

After more than a year of investigating, a faculty committee determined Wansink "committed academic misconduct in his research and scholarship, including misreporting of research data, problematic statistical techniques, failure to properly document and preserve research results, and inappropriate authorship."

According to The Cornell Daily Sun, Wansink came under public scrutiny in 2016, and has faced a cascade of corrections and retractions; six retractions were issued yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association added to a total of 13 retractions, and even more formal corrections.

Provost Kotlikoff continued to say “We regret this situation which has been painful to the university community. Cornell University remains committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and we are reviewing our research policies to ensure we can meet this commitment.”

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