Stanford University President Reveals He’s Resigning

Stanford University President Reveals He's Resigning

( – Researchers play an important role in our society’s growth. When they introduce their findings, they must carefully lay out the methodologies they used and their supporting data. If researchers fake this information, it constitutes fraud and can have wide-reaching effects. A president at a prestigious college is now resigning because of flaws critics found in his work.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne served as the president of Stanford College for seven years, but now he’s on his way out the door after facing serious accusations about his research. In a statement issued on Wednesday, July 19, he addressed the allegations against him but noted he would resign “for the good of the University.”

The move stems from an independent review triggered last year after claims surfaced that Tessier-Lavigne doctored — then covered up after the fact — a 2009 Alzheimer’s study he carried out while working at Genentech, a biotech company. The panel investigating the allegations found no evidence he falsified the data but did point out that there were “areas where [he] should have done better.” It specifically pointed to a number of mistakes the lab members made, including manipulating the research data. He agreed with the findings and was “gratified” the panel decided the claims were not intentionally falsified on his part.

The panel made several other points, including that the Alzheimer’s research didn’t reach the “standards of scientific rigor and process,” which led to Tessier-Lavigne requesting substantial edits. As a result of the findings, he said he would also retract one of his papers from Cell medical journal and two others he had published in Science.

Dr. Tessier-Lavigne will remain in his role until the end of August, after which Richard Saller, a European studies professor, will become interim president. Tessier-Lavigne will remain on staff as a tenured professor.

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