Around the industry: Unusual 4.5-year sentence for researcher who faked HIV data

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  • Iowa: A former researcher at Iowa State University has been charged with faking research into an HIV vaccine and sentenced to 4.5 years in prison—a rare punishment for academic fraud. In addition, Dong Pyou Han was also ordered to repay the grants, worth $7.2 million, that he and his team acquired using falsified data. From 2008 to 2013, Han had been contaminating laboratory samples in a way that made the vaccine appear more effective (Phillip, Washington Post, 7/1).
  • Tennessee: With only weeks left until the deadline, three out of four Tennessee Promise students have not logged the eight volunteer hours required to remain in the program. Mike Krause, the program's executive director, says staff members are flooding participants with text messages and email reminding them to complete and submit their hours. Krause says that officials are not panicking yet, but they are trying to convey the urgency of the situation to students (Tamburin, The Tennessean, 7/3).
  • Washington, D.C.: The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities will again challenge the gainful employment rule—which went into effect last week. The group will appeal a June 23 district court decision that upheld the rule. The Obama administration has estimated that 1,400 programs will fail the new requirements initially (Mathewson, Education Dive, 7/6).

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