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UNC Vice Chancellor Admits Plagiarism

The vice chancellor for research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has admitted to plagiarism in a federal grant application, according to Retraction Watch.

It adds that the US Office of Research Integrity found that Terry Magnuson, the vice chancellor, engaged in research misconduct by plagiarizing text in a National Institutes of Health grant application. In particular, ORI says Magnuson used text from three online articles and one published paper.

The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that Magnuson was appointed to the vice chancellor for research role at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016 and reappointed in 2021 — a role in which he supervises UNC's research program. Retraction Watch adds that Magnuson most recently received NIH funding in August and has, during his career, received $50 million in funding as a principal investigator from NIH.

ORI says that Magnuson has agreed to a settlement in which his research will be supervised for two years.

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