Men on the verge of scientific breakdown

Over nearly two decades, the Office of Scientific Integrity has documented cases of scientific misconduct associated with NIH-funded research. 90% of these cases involve fraud.  A recent study examined these cases in more detail to learn more about the people involved. Two interesting observations emerge.  First, misconduct is distributed among career stages. Second, the proportion of male scientists committing misconduct exceeds their representation in the scientific workforce. Could this reflect gender differences in risk tolerance?

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wormsense is the alter-ego of Dr. Miriam B. Goodman, a sensory neurobiologist seeking to understand the sense of touch and to improve careers for women scientists.
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One Response to Men on the verge of scientific breakdown

  1. Keyla M. Badillo says:

    I was looking for this statement, and I am glad I found it: “We cannot exclude the possibility that females commit research misconduct as frequently as males but are less likely to be detected.” It would be a shame if eventually the tables are turned so drastically that sexism towards males will be a problem.

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