Dr. Schachman presents a historical perspective of the government’s involvement in issues of misconduct in science, starting with congressional hearings on fraudulent research. He describes misperceptions of the culture of science, the differing views of scientists and lawyers over the definition of misconduct in science, and the requirement for courses on Responsible Conduct of Research. While supporting the teaching of such courses and imposing sanctions for proven cases of fabrication, falsification and plagiarism, he emphasizes that unethical behavior cannot be eliminated completely.
Dr. Schachman joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley in 1948 and is still teaching there as Professor of the Graduate School in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology. He has a long history of involvement in public policy related to science. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology honored him… Continue Reading