National Science Foundation Grant Plagiarism Investigation
Trouble with the CONCEPT project at CMU
In September 2004, mathematics faculty at Central Michigan University submitted a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation, requesting funding for a project titled “CONCEPT: CONnecting Content and Pedagogical Education of Pre-service Teachers,” which aimed to improve the math department’s secondary education program.
However, on Oct. 27, 2009, the CMU Board of Trustees approved the reimbursement of $619,489 in grant money to the NSF because, it said, the CONCEPT project could not be successfully completed with the remaining funds. The real reason behind the move came to light two days later, when Director of Public Relations Steve Smith called Central Michigan Life.
After an investigation that began in 2007, it was discovered two members of a math department research project violated Central Michigan University’s research integrity policy, prompting the Board of Trustees to approve the money return. An investigation report alleged two math faculty who were project investigators copied and pasted uncited information as part of the research.
Less than two weeks later, documents Central Michigan Life obtained that math professor Douglas Lapp and former professor Azita Manouchehri, now at Ohio State University, were responsible for the violation.
The latest from Central Michigan Life
Lapp, Manouchehri identified as professors who violated research policy in NSF grant
Math professor Douglas Lapp and former professor Azita Manouchehri were identified as the individuals responsible for violating the research integrity policy while writing a grant proposal, according to investigative documents obtained by Central Michigan Life.
Nov. 13, 2009
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Two CMU math faculty members violate integrity policy; university returns $619,489 in grant money
Two members of a math department research project violated Central Michigan University’s research integrity policy, prompting the Board of Trustees to return $619,489 in grant money.
Nov. 2, 2009
EDITORIAL: CMU Board of Trustees has an obligation to tell students the truth
At a special session last Tuesday, the Board of Trustees briefly mentioned returning grant money to the National Science Foundation. The Board failed to mention why to the project couldn’t be completed or elaborate on the situation.
Nov. 2, 2009
University officials expect to find source of money to return NSF grant within two weeks
University officials have yet to determine where money will come from to pay back a $619,489 grant to the National Science Foundation.
Nov. 4, 2009
Math associate professor: I wasn’t involved in writing the NSF grant
Lisa DeMeyer, ne of the seven mathematics faculty members listed on the original National Science Foundation proposal that was found to be plagiarized, confirmed she did not participate in writing the proposal.
Nov. 5, 2009
COLUMN: Academic dishonesty should not be tolerated, especially when it’s faculty
Professors should be held to the same standard as students when it comes to plagiarizing. Whatever costs the university has to pay should be covered by the guilty party involved.
Nov. 6, 2009