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FBI arrests researcher for NASA who allegedly failed to report ties to China

Federal agents have arrested an Arkansas professor who allegedly failed to disclose his ties to Chinese entities during the course of securing funding for a NASA research project, the Justice Department announced. Simon Saw-Teong Ang, 63, of Fayetteville, was arrested by FBI agents on Friday and charged with…

Former West Virginia University Professor Pleads Guilty to Fraud That Enabled Him to Participate in the People’s Republic of China’s “Thousand Talents Plan”

Dr. James Patrick Lewis, of Fairview, West Virginia, has admitted to a fraud charge involving West Virginia University, the Department of Justice announced. Lewis, age 54, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with “Federal Program Fraud.” From 2006 to August 2019, Lewis was a tenured professor at West…

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All faculty, adjuncts, and postdoctoral associates at .26 FTE or above have been onboarded into UFOLIO in the following colleges and units. Anyone who does not fit these criteria (staff, OPS, graduate assistants, courtesy faculty, etc.) will receive an error message upon attempting to log in to UFOLIO. Center for…

UT Arlington President Resigns After Investigation Into OPM Dealings

Vistasp Karbhari, president of the University of Texas at Arlington, announced Thursday that he would resign from his role, effective immediately. His resignation follows the release of an investigation into financial dealings between Karbhari and a university vendor, first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The …

Justice Dept. charges University of Tennessee professor with hiding ties to China

A professor at the University of Tennessee has been arrested on charges that he hid his relationship with a Chinese university at the same time he received research grants from the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday. Anming Hu, an associate professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and…

University of Maryland Medical System paid $115M to companies tied to 27 board members

A new review of the University of Maryland Medical System’s finances uncovered more financial dealings between board members and their organizations than previously known ― revealing nearly $115 million in payments to more than two dozen board members and their related businesses in recent years. The state’s Office of Legislative…

Universities are forging ties with the FBI as US cracks down on foreign influence

Public institutes are responding to allegations of interference in research by foreign governments, especially China. US universities are forging closer ties with FBI agents, encouraging scientists to disclose foreign sources of research funding, and tightening restrictions on researchers’ travel, according to administrators contacted by Nature. The new measures follow an unprecedented…

University Professor Arrested

FRIEDMAN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR Charles M. Lieber—a much-honored leader in nanoscale science and bio-compatible electronics, and chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology—was arrested on January 28, charged with misleading investigators from the Department of Defense about his work for a Chinese government-sponsored program designed to identify and support…