Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Story of professor stealing work of student reprises the "Big Bang" episode of "Law and Order"

In an early episode of "Law and Order" entitled "Big Bang," a journal reviewer (who happened to have been an advisor to the article submitter) gave an unfavorable review and stole the work of the submitter, a former student. Fast forward twenty years, and one sees a similar (real) story in Canada.

From CBC.CA:

University of Regina engineering professor Shahid Azam has been reprimanded by Saskatchewan's engineering association for plagiarizing the work of one of his master's students.

A December 2016 report by the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) says the evidence shows Azam published an academic paper but "failed to acknowledge the contribution of [co-author and student Arjun Paul] to the submitted academic paper."

In 2014, Azam published the article in the journal Environmental Geotechnics. When Paul saw it, he complained to the journal and APEGS, alleging his professor had plagiarized his work.


APEGS isn't the first body to have raised concerns.

Following an investigation in 2014, Environmental Geotechnics decided to withdraw the paper after concluding Azam "had not fully credited Arjun Paul's thesis."

link to Canada story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/u-of-r-engineering-professor-found-guilty-of-plagiarizing-student-s-work-1.4033447

IPBiz mentioning Law & Order episode:
Comparing patent examiners to academic reviewers

Note another IPBiz post, including the text:

[IPBiz notes that this plot twist of "bomb damaging wrong victim" appeared in the 1995 Law&Order episode "Big Bang," wherein a disgruntled former grad student sent a bomb to his former advisor, but ended up killing the advisor's (separated) wife. A common theme is that, in each episode, the bomb was intended for an academic. In 1995, the advisor had stolen his former graduate student's ideas. In 2008, the professor/patentee also appeared in a bad light, having lied to the woman about the reason for the test (cancer, rather than genetic screening for the gay gene.)

link: http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/2008/01/patents-and-fritz-haber-in-law-order-on.html



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