Academic fraud a result of “underlying dysfunction”

June 17, 2015

After numerous irregularities were discovered, Science retracted a study by Michael LaCour that purported to show that a brief conversation with a canvasser had a lasting impact on a voter’s views on marriage equality. New York Magazine has described it as “one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory.” This scandal, writes Melonie Fullick in University Affairs, should not be viewed as a one-off, but as the product of a dysfunctional system in which “only one particular, narrow version of ‘best’ is noted and rewarded.” “We can’t complain about high-profile cases like this without also engaging in some critical reflection on the system in which such incidents can happen," Fullick writes. University Affairs | New York Magazine