Cornell review finds academic misconduct by food researcher - KNBN

Brian Wansink will step down from Cornell University after an investigation reportedly uncovered misconduct

Brian Wansink will step down from Cornell University after an investigation reportedly uncovered misconduct

Wansink's work has been featured in The New York Times and O, the Oprah Magazine, and on the Today Show, but the American Medical Association has now said it can not verify that the results of at least a half-dozen of his studies are valid. Soon after he told CNN that he stands by his findings, Cornell said an investigation had concluded that Wansink had committed academic misconduct.

In this December 6, 2016 file photo, Brian Wansink speaks during an interview in the produce section of a supermarket in Ithaca, N.Y. On Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, the prominent Cornell professor announced heÂs retiring after a medical journal retracted six of his food research papers.

One of the world's top medical journals has retracted six papers by a celebrity scientist. According to the blog the Skeptical Scientist, which is run by PhD student Tim van der Zee, the hundreds of papers Wansink published drew so much attention that they were cited some 20,000 times.

"This was quite a surprise", Wansink wrote in an email Thursday.

Cornell said that Wansink will not teach or participate in research in his remaining time at the university, but will cooperate in an ongoing review of his work. "What we did not keep over the past 25 years are the original pencil and paper surveys and coding sheets that were used in these papers". The articles in JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, and JAMA Pediatrics have therefore been retracted. He said he was proud of the papers and was confident they'll be replicated by others.

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Reports have pointed to "a surge in withdrawn papers" over the years, underscoring what experts say are "weaknesses in the system for handling them", according to a 2011 paper in Nature.

That brings Wansink's total retraction count up to 13 and, with 15 other studies having already been formally corrected, things are looking dire for the Cornell nutrition researcher, Ars Technica reported.

Although retracted articles account for far less than 1% of published papers, they can have an outsize impact. It was retracted after the lead researcher, who subsequently lost his medical license, was found to have altered or misrepresented information on study participants.

Making kids "clean their plates" can backfire: Parents encouraging their children to "clean their plates", were led to believe through this report that their efforts could lead to their children requesting more food when away from home.

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