July 18, 2008

Purdue committee completes research misconduct investigation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University on Friday (July 18) announced that an investigative committee with members from five institutions has concluded that two allegations against Rusi Taleyarkhan, a professor of nuclear engineering, constituted research misconduct.


The report has been accepted by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the funding agency that referred several misconduct allegations to Purdue. Joseph L. Bennett, Purdue vice president for university relations, said the complete report is available online at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2008b/080718PurdueReport.pdf. The ONR's letter of acceptance is online at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/x/2008b/080718ONRLetter.pdf.

Bennett said the university's policy on integrity in research provides a 30-day process for appeal by Taleyarkhan.

"Any decision on sanctions by the university based on the committee's conclusions will come after the appeal process," Bennett said. "The university will make no comment on the content of the report during the appeal period."

David J. Williams, chairman of the Purdue University Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee, said he is pleased the Office of Naval Research accepted the investigative committee's report.

"Issues of research integrity are of the utmost importance to the university," Williams said. "Purdue is grateful to the committee for its excellent work. The report sent to ONR was thorough and unflinching in its examination of these difficult matters."

An inquiry committee appointed under Purdue Executive Memorandum C-22, which governs matters of integrity in research, submitted a report on Aug. 27, 2007, referring allegations for investigation. The investigative committee was charged on Nov. 1, 2007. Professor Mark Hermodson of Purdue chaired the committee. Other members were Mary Ellen Bock, Purdue; Charles Kennel, University of California, San Diego; James Kolata, University of Notre Dame; Don Miller, Ohio State University; and John Schiffer, Argonne National Laboratory.

Source: Joseph L. Bennett, (765) 494-2082, jlbennett@purdue.edu

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