Friday, July 27, 2007

Controversial Ward Churchill fired over plagiarism accusations

One could not escape a feeling of "deja vu all over again" in seeing the facts about the Ward Churchill plagiarism.

William Lin of the Ottawa Citizen began his article: A 1972 Canadian pamphlet designed by a now-defunct environmental group was cited in the firing of a University of Colorado professor, who once sparked controversy by comparing some 9/11 victims to a Nazi war criminal.

Lin continued: A university investigative committee alleged Mr. Churchill deliberately plagiarized a pamphlet from the Canadian Dam the Dams Campaign. The pamphlet, entitled The Water Plot, has been linked to four works by Mr. Churchill from 1989 to 2002, the university's committee alleged.

Citing a 1972-era water diversion scheme in northwestern Ontario, the pamphlet questions whether Canada's waters should be diverted south to supply U.S. demand.

In 1989, an essay titled The Water Plot: Hydrological Rape in Northern Canada was published in a volume edited by the professor, the university said. In that instance, the article was attributed to the Canadian group.

Four years later, an essay in a collection with the same name was credited only to Mr. Churchill, the committee alleges. And that same year, an article called The Water Plot in Z Magazine was also published with only his name.

Mr. Churchill has said the magazine's editor removed the group's name without telling him.

By 2002, a revised version of the same essay had grown larger than the original work, the committee said.

One recalls in the Cha matter that the work of Kim, as it appeared in Kim's Ph.D. thesis authored by Kim, later appeared in a Korean journal (KJOG by KSOG) without Cha as a co-author, and then appeared in a US journal (Fertility and Sterility) with Cha as the first author. This was determined NOT to be plagiarism.

See also

what californiastemcellreport isn't talking about [to which one can now add the report by Science about ESI]

The Cha/Fertility & Sterility/re-publication matter isn't over


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