University vice-chancellor admits plagiarizing grant application and resigns

Terry Magnuson (Credit: UNC-Chapel Hill)

A vice chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has resigned after admitting plagiarism, school administrators announced earlier this month.

“We have accepted the resignation of Terry Magnuson as vice-chancellor for research,” the university announced on its website last Thursday. Magnuson’s resignation became effective last Friday.

According to the Office of Research Integrity, federal investigators found that Magnuson engaged in research misconduct involving a grant application for US Public Health Service funds, specifically the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health.

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The office said he plagiarized texts from other articles and a published article to support his candidacy.

Before his resignation, the office said Magnuson had agreed to a settlement in which his research would be overseen from February 2022 to January 2024.

According to the university, Magnuson has served as vice chancellor for research since 2016 and was the founding chair of the department of genetics. He was also an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The school said it boosted the university’s research operations and launched multiple initiatives.
“His contributions in this role have been significant and will have lasting impacts on our research enterprise,” the statement continued.

The university has asked an associate dean, Penny Gordon-Larsen, to become acting vice-chancellor.

This story was reported from Los Angeles.

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