Kudos to then-grad student Ken Thompson for speaking up about the anomalies that kicked off this investigation, and kudos to Science for pursuing the investigation so well.
I thought #pruittdata was jaw-dropping, and honestly I’m not sure it measures up to this story. Jesus.
Hopefully Science’s investigation will make it hard for Guelph to sweep the matter under the rug, as they seem to be trying to do. I guess we’ll see. Doesn’t it depend how shameless the Guelph administration is? I mean, what if they just don’t care about people (including many senior members of their own staff) criticizing them in public?
I hadn’t realized that Science’s outstanding investigative journalism team is funded in part by a donation from emeritus biology prof Daniel Pinkel. That suggests a thought: maybe one way to improve investigations into scientific misconduct is to fund more investigative journalists. Obviously, that only works for high profile cases, but it’s something.
UPDATE: You can donate here to support Science’s investigative journalism. I just did. I hope you’ll consider it.