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Chinese Researcher Sentenced for Making False Statements to Federal Agents

Defendant stole vials of biological research from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and attempted to take them aboard a flight to China. BOSTON – A Chinese national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for making false statements in connection with his theft of 19 vials of biological research.

MIT professor faces federal charges for allegedly failing to disclose ties to China

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Federal authorities arrested a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Thursday at his home in Cambridge for allegedly failing to report his ties to the Chinese government. Gang Chen, the Director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory and Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion…

Report finds holes in U.S. policies on foreign influence in research

A new report by a congressional watchdog says U.S. agencies need to flesh out and clarify their policies for monitoring the foreign ties of the researchers they fund. The report, by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), is likely to spur efforts in Congress aimed at preventing China and other nations…

Study: Food industry funding can influence research

About 13% of research articles published in the top 10 most-cited nutrition journals in 2018 were backed by the food industry. And of those articles with food industry involvement, about 56% reported findings that were favorable to industry interests, according to a paper published in Plos One. Only about 10% of articles without…

Special Fraud Alert – Speaker Programs

This is a message from UF’s Conflicts of Interest Program to inform our health colleges’ faculty of a Special Fraud Alert from the HHS Office of Inspector General regarding speaker programs.  Highlights are summarized below, and please see attached for the full alert.  This alert demonstrates the government’s heightened…

EU investigates decision to hire BlackRock to advise on green rules for banks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission’s decision to hire BlackRock BLK.N, the world’s largest asset manager, to advise it on new environmental rules for banks, has triggered an investigation by the European Ombudsman following complaints by several lawmakers and a civil group. The Change Finance coalition teamed up with 91…