iPhone Plagiarism Allegations Leads to Tribunal for Doctors

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 11, 2013 11:50:00 AM

plagiarism medical iphoneAccording to a recent report in The Register, three doctors, Dr. Afroze Khan, Dr. Zishan Sheikh and Dr. Shahnawaz Khan in the UK are being brought before Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) and face either withdrawal or suspension of their licenses to practice medicine over allegations of plagiarism.

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CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 14

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Sep 4, 2013 4:31:00 AM

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Taiwan Defense Minister Resigns Amid Plagiarism Row

First off in this edition, the BBC reports that Taiwanese Defense Minister Andrew Yang resigned a mere six days after taking the office due to plagiarism allegations. Yang, who took the office after his predecessor stepped down in the midst of a scandal involving the death of an army conscript, found himself embroiled in controversy after it was discovered that an article written under his name contained plagiarized material. According to Yang, the article, which was about mainland China’s People’s Liberation Army,  was written by a friend of his for him. Yang quickly admitted to the plagiarism, calling it a “personal mistake” and apologized for the infraction. In his resignation, Yang said that the government was facing “great challenges” and that his actions had hurt the ministry’s honor. Yang, who was the first civilian to have held the position, was succeeded by Yen Ming, who is currently the Minister of National Defense.

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Using Humor to Counter Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Aug 27, 2013 5:02:00 AM

cracked logoCracked.com is a well-known humor website that specializes in amusing lists, satirical guides and videos lampooning pop culture.

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Taiwan Defense Minister Resigns Amid Plagiarism Allegations

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Aug 9, 2013 2:35:00 PM

andrew yangIn Taiwan this week, Defense Minister Andrew Yang resigned from his post after allegations of plagiarism began to surface.

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CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 13

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 31, 2013 10:51:00 AM

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Bundestag President in PhD Plagiarism Probe

First off today, The Local in Germany reports that the President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammart, is facing allegations that he plagiarized in his doctoral thesis. Lammart joins a long line of German politicians to have been accused of plagiarism including former ministers of education and defense. The most recent scandal involved German Education Minister Annette Schavan, who was stripped of her doctorate in February due to plagiarism claims despite strong protests of her innocence.  Schavan, however, resigned days after her degree was revoked. Lammart also denies the allegations and is encouraging his alma mater, University of Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia, to look into the allegations. As for the allegations, they were brought forth by an anonymous blogger writing under the name “Robert Schmidt”, who claims to have evidence that Lammert plagiarized portions of some 42 pages in his doctorate.

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Why Technology Isn't The Root of Plagiarism

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jul 25, 2013 10:36:00 AM

tree roots plagiarismA recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that teachers felt that, while technology has made writing easier to teach, it’s also made student writing less formal and, even more worrisome, led to an increase in plagiarism.

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CTRL-V Plagiarism in the News - Issue 12

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jun 30, 2013 6:11:00 AM

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Judgment on Plagiarism: It’s for Academics to Judge

First off today, Paul Jump at the Times Higher Education reports that, in the UK, the High Court has ruled that, while the courts or the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) do have the ability to overturn rulings on plagiarism, they can only do so in rare cases that do not involve or require academic judgment. The judge was looking at the OIA’s refusal to overturn a plagiarism-related ruling originally by Queen Mary, University of London against a former student Hazim Mustafa. Mustafa was attending the school during the 2007-2008 school year and attempting to obtain a master’s degree in project management. However, Mustafa was forced to drop out due in part to the plagiarism allegations. Mustafa petitioned the OIA and the courts to protest both the plagiarism verdict and other treatment he claims to have received from the University. According to Mustafa, while he did copy heavily in the essay in question, square-brackets were enough to show that he did not intend to plagiarize. The University disagreed saying that it was almost impossible to tell what was original text and what was copied in the essay. Both the OIA and the High Court ruled that they had no standing in the case as the matter required “knowledge of academic conventions” and neither the court nor the OIA were in a position to overturn the ruling. This prompted The High Court to dismiss Mustafa’s appeal but did note that this was not a finding of “moral turpitude” against Mustafa as the school did not investigate whether he had intentionally misled anyone.

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Is it Plagiarism When Politicians Copy Ideas?

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jun 26, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Mayor Dennis O'KeefeA recent article on the CBC website talks about a heated political exchange that's ongoing in St. John's in New Brunswick, Canada as it prepares to vote for its mayor.

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The Surprisingly Common Problem of Serial Plagiarists in Research

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jun 25, 2013 5:24:00 AM

serial plagiarists researchIn 2013, plagiarism might, reasonably, seem to be an act of self-destruction. In an era where words can trivially be tracked and searched for, committing an act of plagiarism could easily be mistaken for an act of career suicide rather than a means to improve one’s reputation.

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Plagiarism in the Big Easy

Posted by Jonathan Bailey on Jun 18, 2013 5:26:00 PM

blake-the-gambitBlake Pontchartrain was, until recently, one of the best-known names in New Orleans journalism. A columnist for an alternative weekly paper The Gambit, his Q&A column was one of the more popular attractions in the paper. In it, he would answer questions about New Orleans and its history, including detailed ones that left many in awe at the breadth of his knowledge, or at least his research skills.

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