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P.M. Update: What's next in Purdue's 'bubble fusion' controversy?
The [Lafayette, Indiana] Journal and Courier

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

An appeals committee has upheld findings that Purdue University scientist Rusi Taleyarkhan committed research misconduct, and the university has levied sanctions against him.

Taleyarkhan will lose his named professorship. The university is also limiting his mentoring of graduate students for the next three years.

"In my judgment as Purdue's chief academic officer, it is inappropriate for a faculty member who has been found guilty of research misconduct to hold the title of a named university professor," Provost Randy Woodson wrote in a letter to Taleyarkhan. "... You should consider this letter itself as a formal reprimand for your conduct, and a copy will placed in your University personnel file.

Taleyarkhan called the letter and its reprimand a "slap in the face."

"This is an insult to the core," Taleyarkhan said. "This will hurt."

Taleyarkhan, a professor in the School of Nuclear Engineering, claimed to have created tabletop fusion using sound waves that cause bubbles to form and rapidly collapse in a liquid.


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