“The Great Pretender”
The faculty of medicine at Toho University in Tokoyo have fired Dr. Yoshitaka Fujii for publishing 172 papers containing false information. Dr. Fujii’s co-author’s on some of these paper did not even know they were listed as such until the studies were published. In these papers, he cited various experiments that had never taken place, at hospitals he had never worked, with patients that were never his. Dr. Fujii denied all of this, claiming that these papers could not contain false information if the studies had been published in multiple journals. Representatives from the university, who have vouched for Dr. Fujii in the past, have said these studies were published in 2nd or 3rd tier journals and this may be why these discrepancies flew under the radar for so long.
“Universities in Europe and Asian must Collaborate, Say Rectors”
An article in the University World News reports that the hot topic during a major conference in the Netherlands this past week was the idea of collaborative degrees between Asian and European universities. University leaders of thirty-seven of these institutions entertained the idea of joint degrees. Currently, Asian students travel to Europe to attend institutions eight times more than European students who travel to Asia to do the same. Shorter non-degree programs have been suggested while the logistics of these joint degree programs are being sorted out. In a keynote speech during the conference, the Dutch Secretary of State stated, “Every country that makes room for internationalism in it’s higher education system, see the quality of it’s own education improve.”
“A Cadaver, Facebook, Free Speech”
In Minnesota, the Supreme Court has upheld the ruling of the University of Minnesota in a case against on of their junior mortuary science students, Amanda Tatro. Tatro had been reprimanded for several Facebook updates involving her cadaver “Bernie.” The court ruled that students in a professional program who post materials containing unprofessional content within the program could face repercussions from the university. The court made it clear that this did not apply to all students, but only those enrolled in professional programs. The Supreme Court of Minnesota received support from several groups of colleges, the American Council of Education and the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Flashback: “Doing One’s Best at Work Can Call for Some Sweat”
And last but certainly not least, a blast from the past, the Chronicle of Higher Education posted an article in August on the topic of working up a sweat and how exercise can help your productivity throughout the day. It cites several faculty, staff and administrative members of universities and colleges throughout the country that have found a way to step away from their desks and increase their physical activity during their workdays. The article also suggests that the benefits from doing this could not only help your waistline and clear your head, but help develop candid employee relationships. So, make the best of your Friday lunch hour, and get moving!
That’s it for tonight. Join us on Tuesday, as Shawn Brackett hosts another edition of Daily Dose. Happy Thursday!