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A former University of Connecticut professor won a $1.4 million settlement from UConn, Hearst Connecticut Media Group reported Monday at CT Insider.

The article says Dr. Li Wang resigned in September 2019, one day before she was to be fired, after allegedly not disclosing financial affiliations with Wenzhou Medical University and the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

In November 2021, the American Arbitration Association ordered UConn to reinstate Dr. Wang and provide back pay, Hearst Connecticut Media Group revealed, citing documents. But UConn told Inside Higher Ed Monday that Wang isn’t an employee and hasn’t been one since September 2019.

“The NIH [National Institutes of Health] backed UConn’s allegations and in letters to UConn officials agreed with its decisions regarding Wang,” the article says. “Documents obtained by Hearst Connecticut show that the NIH in 2018 first questioned whether Wang had disclosed financial affiliations with the Chinese institutions when applying for grant funding, a violation of NIH policy.”

But, the article says, arbitrator Peter Adomeit wrote in his decision that Dr. Wang “did not falsify any record or provide false information,” and that “The only offenses committed by Dr. Wang relate to citations to grants that suggest to the reader that she was the [principal investigator]. Dr. Wang erroneously cited herself on the Yale Liver and on [research paper] #443.”

Inside Higher Ed was unable to reach Dr. Wang Monday.

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