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Feds: UO Researcher Faked Data In Published Articles

<p>The University of Oregon campus.&nbsp;</p>

Ami Tajiri

The University of Oregon campus. 

Federal officials say a University of Oregon graduate student faked data in four published papers on brain science.

The Office of Research Integrity at the Department of Health and Human Services said the falsified information affects work published from 2011 to 2013.

The federal case summary said David A. Anderson admitted to faking and fabricating data. Anderson's research focused on visual memory.

The work depended on funding from the National Institute of Health and Institute of Mental Health.

The papers were published in four prominent periodicals, including the Journal of Neuroscience. Federal investigators want the papers retracted or corrected.

Anderson has agreed to be excluded from certain advisory committees, and he'll need to have his research supervised and certified as legitimate.

A University of Oregon spokesperson said Anderson is not enrolled this summer. Anderson's lab supervisor at the time has since left U of O, and is now at the University of Chicago.

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Rob Manning is a JPR content partner from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Rob has reported extensively on Oregon schools and universities as OPB's education reporter and is now a news editor.