AcademiaLand: Anti-White Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne Forced to Resign after Fraudulent Research Exposed


Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said on Wednesday he would resign from his post after a review by a panel of scientists concluded that research papers he contributed to contained “manipulation of research data,” according to a report released by a special university committee. 

This probe was a long time in the making. There was some back and forth late last year and early this year.

Washington Post (February 21):

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Stanford University’s president, is pushing back against claims that a scientific research paper on which he was lead author contained falsified data, a serious charge that has brought new urgency to a review of the acclaimed neuroscientist’s past work.

The Stanford Daily, the university’s student newspaper, reported Friday that in 2009, when Tessier-Lavigne was an executive at Genentech, a biotechnology company, he co-authored a paper on Alzheimer’s disease that was found to contain falsified data. When flaws in the paper, which was published in the journal Nature, were uncovered by an internal review, the Stanford Daily reported, “Tessier-Lavigne kept the finding from becoming public.” The article cited as its sources “four high-level Genentech employees” from the period, three of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The charges come amid an ongoing review of Tessier-Lavigne’s work. In December, the chairman of Stanford’s Board of Trustees announced the creation of a special committee to look into other research misconduct allegations made against the president. That review followed earlier reporting from the Stanford Daily, which raised concerns about possibly manipulated images in other papers Tessier-Lavigne co-authored. The allegations date back many years, and Tessier-Lavigne said in December that he had “corresponded extensively” with the journals in question.

The allegations have thrust the president of one of the world’s most respected research universities into a highly public fight over his reputation as a scientist.In a statement to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Tessier-Lavigne said, “I know I acted with complete integrity at every stage of my career, at Genentech, before and after. The allegations of wrongdoing against me are completely false. I am confident that when all the facts come out I will be fully vindicated.”

>Claim utter confidence facts will vindicate you.

>Facts come out.


Recently resigned Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Knowing about the flaws, or even outright fraud, committed in a few papers and trying your hardest to cover up these results is as close to an admission of guilt as you could ever hope for. It’s also far more serious of an academic crime than the original CNN article would have you believe. To quote from that again.

The panel’s report determined that data was manipulated in scientific papers to which Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist, contributed, although the panel found no evidence that Tessier-Lavigne knew of or engaged in the research misconduct occurring in his lab.  

Four whistleblowers said otherwise. Methinks this is Stanford and CNN trying to let their buttgoy get off with as much of his reputation intact as possible. 

Of the 12 papers the panel reviewed, Tessier-Lavigne is a principal author in five of them. He said he plans to retract three of the papers and correct the other two. 

His resignation, which was announced in an open letter to the school, will be effective on August 31, though he will remain on the Stanford faculty. 

It’s also not particularly believable. There are twelve papers he was involved with that appear to have manipulated data, and he’s the principal author in five of them. Was he really so careless that he never noticed data fraud in his own studies? How could that possibly be true?

The facts largely speak for themselves.

The papers had “serious flaws in the presentation of research data,” as well as “apparent manipulation” of data by other contributors, according to the Special Committee report. 

The review, led by former federal judge Mark Filip and five scientists, considered more than 50,000 documents, analyses by forensic image specialists, dozens of interviews and correspondence with scientific journals.  

“I agree that in some instances I should have been more diligent when seeking corrections, and I regret that I was not. The Panel’s review also identified instances of manipulation of research data by others in my lab,” Tessier-Lavigne wrote. “Although I was unaware of these issues, I want to be clear that I take responsibility for the work of my lab members.” 

He wants us to believe that it was someone else in his lab, presumably someone who worked under him, who manipulated this data all to support the conclusions that he wanted.

Tessier-Lavigne is a total rat and, absent of politics, it would be odd to see CNN and Stanford treating him with kid gloves. Perhaps a 2016 interview with The Stanford Daily, just after he got appointed president, can shine some light on this.

The Stanford Daily (2016):

MTL: [ASSU’s priorities] are very clear … at the very top is sexual assault and tackling that. Other issues they’re focused on … include the [building] renaming issue, diversity in the major and looking at student representation on committees — and just generally, communication between the students and the administration.

TSD: What are your priorities heading into this year?

MTL: Working with the communities, the faculty, the staff and the students to ensure excellence across all of the disciplines. Reaffirming the value and the importance of a liberal education … Ensuring access. That’s been a priority of the previous administration over 16 years and it’s very important to me personally, as the first member of my immediate family to go to college. Ensuring, also, inclusion: that we have a diverse culture where no one feel marginalized.

The other important priority right now for me — probably one of the most important decisions I’ll have to make in the near term —  is the appointment of a new provost. As you know, we assembled an advisory committee on the selection of the provost starting in April … I’ve met with all the committee members now for their recommendations. They’ve come forward with a wonderful slate of candidates. I asked for them all to be internal. I also asked the committee to be very mindful of diversity in the selection of the provost … And over the next few months I’ll be able to dig down into that with the aim of naming someone in the first half of November at the latest.

MTL: When I joined Rockefeller, one of the things that struck me immediately was a poor track record of diversity on the faculty. In terms of the student body, we’ve done much better … When I arrived, the faculty diversity was really quite shocking. I did my first town hall a month after I arrived, and I sort of planted a flag and said we’re going to focus on this issue. We have to do better.

We decided to do Skype interviews as a first step, and we were able to double the number of candidates that we spoke to and thereby reach a much more diverse group of people … We had unconscious bias training for interviewers — we learned about the social science behind that … The pool of people we selected for [visits was] actually more diverse than the applicant pool.

In other words, he enacted systemic racial discrimination against White candidates as president of Stanford. Or rather, he increased the undoubtedly already enormous racial discrimination against White candidates. 

Academia is an entirely parasitical joke that exists purely as sinecures for golem dipshits, pseudo-intellectual cover for Big Schlomo, and as yet another institution of (fading) prestige to be looted.

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  1. While I still haven’t dived into this case properly, I’m going to propose that there’s a chance that it was one of Lavigne’s underlings that was responsible for the fraud. That being said, as the primary author (and presumably the principal investigator), the buck absolutely stops with him, and if it was somebody underneath him who did the deed, then Lavigne was negligent in his duty as a supervisor.

    The sad reality is the higher up on the academic totem pole you are, the less likely you are to actually suffer any consequences. I am reminded of the case of Bengu Sezen. She was a chemistry PhD candidate at Columbia University in the early 2000s. During her PhD she published a few papers (with her supervisor Dalibor Sames as primary author). She was making a bit of a splash, but there were issues with her reported chemistry – a lot of people were reporting difficulties reproducing her results.

    It all came crashing down after Sezen had finished her PhD and was preparing to move on. One of Sezen’s colleagues had noticed that their attempts to replicate her results were only successful on days that Sezen had had access to their lab. This suspicious researcher set up a sting operation, and was able to prove that Sezen had been tampering with their experiments. It did not take discover that the entirety of Sezen’s research was a colossal fraud – her lab notebooks were full of gibberish, and the data she had collected had been completely fabricated (in some places, even edited with white-out). Oh, and during the course of Sezen’s “research”, two other students in Sames’ research group had been dismissed for their inability to reproduce Sezen’s fraudulent results (ending their careers before they even started).

    So, you’d think that Dalibor Sames would have suffered serious blowback for such negligent supervision, right? Wrong. The only bad thing the Office for Research Integrity had to say was that he poorly handled evidence during his in-house investigation (it’s even implied that some evidence was “lost”), and Sames still has tenure without seemingly having suffered any punishment by the University (we may never know, as much of this scandal is still shrouded in secrecy nearly 2 decades later).

    The crowning turd is that after the dust settled Columbia University quietly amended their research ethics policy to make it easier for professors to throw students under the bus when research misconduct rears its ugly head.

    Sorry for the wall of text, but as somebody with a STEM background shit like this really pisses me off.

    1. Don’t apologize, that’s a tremendous story.

      1. I just remembered a couple of additional details, which are probably the most depressing.
        In 2011 Columbia University finally stripped Sezen of her PhD (the scandal first broke in 2005).
        However, that didn’t stop her from getting another PhD in chemistry from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Last I heard, she returned to her native Turkey and managed to get hired as an assistant professor in bioengineering at a university there. She must have left a gap in her resume.

        On more than one occasion I have found myself wistfully wondering whether or not abandoning my academic career was the right choice. Then I remind myself of the horrible work environment, the politics, and the fact that sociopathic scum can seemingly lie and cheat their way to the top….and any nagging doubt evaporates.

        1. It really is amazing what a joke it is, even in an apolitical sense.

          1. I do find myself rolling my eyes when I see some of the anti-science rhetoric coming out of the far/dissident right, but I can’t exactly blame them because their mistrust isn’t completely unfounded, although I think it is a little misguided.

            Call it a cope if you like, but science is merely a tool, like a hammer. But it is a tool that requires great skill to use properly, and it is quite destructive when used foolishly or maliciously. The master craftsman of science not only need to be of outstanding intelligence, but they also need to be of upstanding moral character, the kind that are only produced by high trust societies (despite what fedora tippers will tell you, a lot of the great scientists were religious, some were outright theologians). Research is at its core a high trust activity, and it all falls apart when bad actors are allowed to thrive.

            Our societies are simply incapable of producing these master craftsmen anymore, and they haven’t been for some time. Expect things to get worse before they show a glimmer of possibly getting better again.

  2. He can probably still find a home at the ADL, doing research for them.

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