Howard Schachman: Misconduct in Science

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About this talk
Dr. Schachman presents a historical perspective of the government’s involvement in issues of misconduct in science, starting with congressional hearings on fraudulent research. He describes misperceptions of the culture of science, the differing views of scientists and lawyers over the definition of misconduct in science, and the requirement for courses on Responsible Conduct of Research. While supporting the teaching of such courses and imposing sanctions for proven cases of fabrication, falsification and plagiarism, he emphasizes that unethical behavior cannot be eliminated completely.

About the speaker
Dr. Schachman is Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley where he teaches a course on the responsible conduct of research. He has long been involved in issues of public policy and science and in 2000 he was awarded the AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award in recognition of his efforts. Schachman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.