Researcher punished for misconduct wins NSF grant
by Eugenie Samuel Reich
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Days after being sanctioned for research misconduct, bubble-fusion
researcher Rusi Taleyarkhan was back in business - with a $185,000 grant
from the US National Science Foundation (NSF).
According to information on the foundation's website, Taleyarkhan, who is
at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has been contracted to
work with students to develop a prototype particle detector based on the
effect of radioactive particles on stressed fluids. Taleyarkhan's
bubble-fusion experiments also involved the use of radioactive particles
to seed bubbles in fluids.
In July, Taleyarkhan was found guilty of two charges of falsification and
on 27 August Purdue banned him from having graduate students for three
years, and withdrew his named professorship.
But the university apparently failed to notify NSF programme manager
Rajinder Khosla, who confirms that Taleyarkhan's grant began on 15
September. Khosla says that he was not aware of the controversy, and plans
to review the situation.
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