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Bubblegate Overview of March 2002 - May 2007 Events

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First Two Taleyarkhan Published Papers and Related Events

2002 (March 8) Taleyarkhan group publish first paper in Science
2002 (July 25)

Suslick publishes critique of Taleyarkhan et al. in Nature

2002 (August) Shapira and Saltmarsh publish null result in Physical Review Letters
2003 (November 7)

Purdue announces hiring of Taleyarkhan

2004 (March 2) RPI press release, replication performed at ORNL "with upgraded measurement system"
2004 (March 22)

Taleyarkhan publishes second paper in Physical Review E

2004 (September 17-18)

BBC Horizon films on-site at Purdue

2004 (October 7-10)

UCLA performs replication attempt for BBC*

2004 (~October/November)

DARPA proposal for UCLA replication attempt submitted

2004 (November 4)

UCLA finishes replication attempt for BBC

2005 (January 13)

Xu/Butt submit manuscript to Nuclear Engineering and Design

2005 (January 13)

BBC informs Taleyarkhan of UCLA's failed replication attempt

2005 (January 19)

Taleyarkhan provides feedback to BBC

2005 (February 7)

Xu/Butt paper accepted in Nuclear Engineering and Design

2005 (February 16)

BBC broadcasts UCLA failed replication attempt

2005 (March 3)

Suslick plasma paper publishes in Nature

2005 (~February/March)

DARPA proposal for UCLA replication attempt approved

2005 (April 7)

Lahey visits UCLA, observes DARPA replication attempt

2005 (April 28)

UCLA publishes crystal piezo fusion work in Nature

2005 (~May)

DARPA proposal for UCLA replication attempt funded

2005 (May 3)

Xu/Butt publish replication in Nuclear Engineering and Design

2005 (July)

Purdue Primary Committee votes on tenure and promotions

2005 (October 25)

Nigmatulin publishes bubble fusion theory in Physics of Fluids

First Purdue Investigation and Related Events
2006 (January 10)

Taleyarkhan self-nucleated paper accepted, Physical Review Letters

2006 (January 11)

Coblenz requests review meeting at Purdue

2006 (January 27)

Taleyarkhan self-nucleated paper published, Physical Review Letters

2006 (February 7)

Tsoukalas creates committee

2006 (February 20)

Reich initiates contact with Taleyarkhan

2006 (February 23)

Date on statement attributed to Butt

2006 (February 23)

Tsoukalas' committee delivers report to him

2006 (March 1)

DARPA review, observation and witnesses of Purdue experiment

2006 (March 1)

Putterman insinuates Taleyarkhan fraud via Cf-252 spiking

2006 (March 1)

Reich contacts Taleyarkhan regarding Cf-252 spiking

2006 (March 2) Tessien observes second experiment at Purdue showing excess counts with CR-39 nuclear track detectors.
2006 (March 7)

Naranjo’s unpublished paper uploaded to Web

2006 (March 8)

Chang writes first related news article for New York Times

2006 (March 8)

Reich writes first related news article for Nature

2006 (March 9) Krivit contacts Chang regarding his first article
2006 (March 9)

Chang writes second article

2006 (May 2)

Taleyarkhan publishes erratum to January 27 Physical Review Letters paper

2006 (May 14)

Forringer performs successful experiment in Taleyarkhan's lab

2006 (June 6-7)

Bugg observes successful experiment in Taleyarkhan's lab

2006 (June 20)

Purdue completes first investigation, exonerates Taleyarkhan

2006 (July 20)

Putterman/Reich/Nature imply Taleyarkhan misused funds

2006 (August)

Tsoukalas publishes null results in Nuclear Technology

Second Purdue Investigation and Related Events
2006 (September 5)

Tsoukalas initiates formal allegations in letter to Dunn**

2006 (September 12)

Bertadano writes letter to Dunn with allegations**

2006 (September 21)

UCLA submits manuscript of null result from DARPA replication

2006 (September 22)

Dunn writes letter defining Inquiry Committee**

2006 (October 6)

Naranjo’s Cf-252 paper publishes in Physical Review Letters

2006 (October 6)

Taleyarkhan’s reply to Naranjo publishes in Physical Review Letters

2006 (October 16)

Tsoukalas’ removal***

2006 (November 17)

Forringer’s confirmation of Taleyarkhan accepted for publication

2006 (December 7)

Suslick charges of fraud published by Reich in Nature

2006 (December 15)

Purdue completes second investigation, exonerates Taleyarkhan

2007 (February 1)

Naranjo submits comment on Taleyarkhan’s reply, Physical Review Letters rejects

2007 (February 7)

Purdue reports the completion of second investigation

2007 (February 9)

UCLA publishes failure to replicate in Physical Review Letters

2007 (February 13)

Suslick charges of fraud published by Chang in New York Times

2007 (February 13)

UCLA claims of precise replication published by Chang in New York Times

2007 (February 13)

Suslick charges of fraud published by Reich in Nature

2007 (February 13)

Putterman claims Taleyarkhan work is invalid, as published by Reich in Nature

2007 (March 9)

Purdue sends letters to editors of Nature and New York Times

Miller Congressional Investigation
2007 (March 21)

Congressman Miller initiates investigation

2007 (March)

Office of Naval Research inspector general initiates investigation

2007 (May 7)

Miller committee completes report

Third Purdue Investigation and Related Events
2007 (May 10)

Miller committee provides Chang of New York Times exclusive

2007 (May 10)

Purdue initiates third investigation

2007 (May 11)

Miller committee press release

2007 (May 11)

Chang of New York Times breaks story of Miller committee report

 

* Source: BBC Horizon documentary

** Source: Dec. 8, 2006, letter from Selander to Dunn

*** Source: Miller Report page 2