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Stanford Investigates President Over Research Integrity

November 30, 2022

Stanford University is investigating whether its president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, had any role in possible misconduct in papers he co-wrote prior to becoming president, the Bay Area News Group reported.

The allegations concern the authenticity of several images in the papers. The charges were first reported in the student newspaper at Stanford, The Stanford Daily.

A Stanford spokeswoman said Tessier-Lavigne “was not involved in any way in the generation or presentation of the panels that have been queried” in two of the papers. Of the other two, she said the issues “do not affect the data, results or interpretation of the papers.”

On Tuesday evening, Tessier-Lavigne said he welcomed the investigation. “Scientific integrity is of utmost importance both to the university and to me personally. I support this process and will fully cooperate with it, and I appreciate the oversight by the Board of Trustees.”

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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