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Stanford president pronounces resignation over considerations about his analysis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The president of Stanford College stated Wednesday he would resign, citing an impartial evaluation that cleared him of analysis misconduct however discovered flaws in some papers he authored.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne stated in an announcement to college students and workers that he would step down Aug. 31.

The resignation comes after the board of trustees launched a evaluation in December following allegations he engaged in fraud and different unethical conduct associated to his analysis and papers.

Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist, says he “by no means submitted a scientific paper with out firmly believing that the info had been right and precisely introduced.” However he says he ought to have been extra diligent in in search of corrections relating to his work.

The evaluation assessed 12 papers that Tessier-Lavigne labored on, 5 of them by which he was the principal creator. He stated he was conscious of points with 4 of the 5 papers however acknowledged taking “inadequate” steps to cope with the problems. He stated he’ll retract three of the papers and proper two.

The papers had been printed earlier than Tessier-Lavigne turned Stanford president.

Misconduct allegations in regards to the work had been first aired on PubPeer, an internet site the place members of the scientific neighborhood can talk about analysis papers, the report said.

The panel cleared him of probably the most severe allegations, {that a} 2009 paper printed within the scientific journal Nature was the topic of a fraud investigation and that fraud was discovered. There was no investigation and no fraud found, the panel dominated. The paper proposed a mannequin of neurodegeneration, which may have nice potential for Alzheimer’s illness analysis and remedy, the panel wrote in its report.

However the panel additionally concluded the paper had a number of issues, together with an absence of rigor in its improvement and that the analysis that went into the paper and its presentation contained “varied errors and shortcomings.” The panel didn’t discover proof that Tessier-Lavigne was conscious of the shortage of rigor.

Tessier-Lavigne says he’s stepping down as a result of he expects continued debate about his capacity to guide the college. He’ll stay on college as a biology professor. He additionally stated he’ll proceed his analysis into mind improvement and neurodegeneration.

The board named Richard Saller as interim president beginning September 1, stated board chair Jerry Yang.

In an announcement, Yang stated Tessier-Lavigne was key to creating the college’s first new college in 70 years, the Stanford Doerr College of Sustainability, and in 2019, he unveiled a strategic long-range plan that can proceed to information the college’s development.

Tessier-Lavigne has been president for practically seven years.

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