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UNC Vice Chancellor Resigns Following Plagiarism Finding

March 11, 2022

The vice chancellor for research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill resigned after he was cited for plagiarism, the university announced Thursday.

Terry Magnuson, a professor of genetics at UNC’s school of medicine, “engaged in research misconduct by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly plagiarizing text” in a federal grant application for cancer research, the Office of Research Integrity found.

The message from UNC chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz and provost Christopher Clemens credited Magnuson with transforming the university’s research operations but noted that the university “followed its federally mandated policy regarding research misconduct,” they wrote. “Terry accepts responsibility for his mistake.”

Penny Gordon-Larsen, associate dean for research at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, will serve as the interim replacement.

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Susan H. Greenberg

Susan H. Greenberg is a senior editor at Inside Higher Ed. A career journalist and educator, she joined the publication in August 2021 after eight years in Vermont, where she freelanced and taught writing at Middlebury College and Champlain College. Prior to that, she spent 22 years writing and editing for Newsweek magazine, where she covered everything from international affairs to arts and culture. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and River Teeth, among others. She has taught English and journalism at Phillips Academy, where she served as an advisor to the student newspaper. She holds a B.A. in English from Brown University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia. The mother of three nearly adult children, she is very much enjoying her newly empty nest.

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