Harvard Professor Responsible For Scientific Misconduct Resigns

A Harvard University psychology professor has resigned more than 10 months after a faculty investigation found him "solely responsible" for eight instances of scientific misconduct.

Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal said on Tuesday that Marc Hauser has resigned his position as faculty member, effective Aug. 1.

Hauser said in a resignation letter dated July 7 that he has been offered "some exciting opportunities" in the private sector. He also said he has begun work focusing on the educational needs of at-risk teenagers.

Last August, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Smith said an investigation found some studies conducted by Hauser had problems involving data acquisition, data analysis, data retention as well as the reporting of research methodologies and results.

Hauser said in an automated email response that he will be away until July 27.

This program aired on July 19, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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