By John Hugh Demastri
White House climate aide Jane Lubchenco was sanctioned by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) today for violating its code of conduct, Axios reported Tuesday.
Lubchenco, who is the deputy director for climate and environment at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, violated the NAS’ ethics policies prior to her involvement with the White House, Axios reported. Lubchenco edited a paper that was eventually retracted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) due to technical errors in the analysis, as well as the fact that Lubchenco had previously worked with the scientists involved, one of whom was her brother-in-law, E&E News reported Tuesday.
“NAS members shall avoid those detrimental research practices that are clear violations of the fundamental tenets of research,” reads the NAS Code of Conduct Section 3, which Axios reports Lubchenco was held accountable for violating. “Members should be fair and objective peer reviewers, maintain confidentiality when requested, promptly move to correct the literature when errors in their own work are detected, include all deserving authors on publications, and give appropriate credit to prior work in citations.”
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“I accept these sanctions for my error in judgment in editing a paper authored by some of my research collaborators — an error for which I have publicly stated my regret,” Lubchenco said, according to Axios.