Dr Tansu KÜÇÜKÖNCÜ — Gebze Technical University’s favourite “Master of Fraud” assistant professor (since 2012) with PhD Thesis with FABRICATED FALSIFIED PLAGIARIZED data which has been REVOKED by Columbia University USA (2011) : Bengü Sezen, 2005

Gebze Technical University’s favourite “Master of Fraud” assistant professor (since 2012)
which has been REVOKED by Columbia University USA (2011) : Bengü Sezen, 2005

Bengü Sezen,
“Development of Selective Catalytic Arylation Methods for for sp2 and sp3 C-H Bonds
in Complex Organic Molecules”,
PhD thesis, English, October 2005,
Columbia University, New York, USA, Chemistry,
Thesis supervisor : Dalibor Sames

Bengü Sezen (1977, ?), Dalibor Sames (?, ?)

Bengü Sezen :
International Lycee Chemistry Olympiad : bronze medal, 1995, China
Lycee : 1995 (graduates as 2nd), Ankara Science Lycee, Turkey
BSc : 1999, Middle East Technical University, Chemical Engineering
MSc : 2000, Middle East Technical University, Chemistry
PhD – 2 : August 2009, Molecular Biology, Heidelberg University Germany

Official report of Columbia University which REVOKED this PhD thesis and PhD diploma :
* http://blog.chembark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/20110622-Sezen-FOIA-Documents-Redacted-Copy.pdf

* http://cen.acs.org/content/dam/cen/89/28/r_Bracher_11_107Responsive_Redacted.pdf

* http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/pdf/r_Bracher_11_107Responsive_Redacted.pdf

Availability of thesis : unavailable, censored

Trail of Deceit :
Aug. 2000 Sezen enters graduate program in chemistry at Columbia.

Dec. 2000 Sezen joins the lab of chemistry professor Dalibor Sames.

Oct. 2002 Sezen publishes in JACS (DOI: 10.1021/ja027891q) what was later determined to be her first fraudulent NMR spectrum.

2002 The first concerns about the reproducibility of Sezen’s work are raised both at Columbia and by outside investigators.

July 1, 2005 Sezen defends her chemistry Ph.D. dissertation.

July 2005 Sames lab member designs experimental sting operation that provides the first direct evidence of possible misconduct/fraud by Sezen.

Oct. 19, 2005 Sezen is awarded a Ph.D. degree in chemistry with distinction.

Nov. 7, 2005 Columbia memorandum cites fabricated data by Sezen in a 2004 JACS paper. A three-person “Inquiry Committee” is formed.

Feb. 16, 2006 Inquiry Committee reports clear evidence of Sezen’s misconduct and fraud to the dean of Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

March 2006 Sames retracts two papers and parts of a third coauthored with Sezen in JACS (DOI: 10.1021/ja069957d; DOI: 10.1021/ja069956l; DOI: 10.1021/ja0699586).

June 2006 Sames retracts four more papers coauthored with Sezen that appeared in JACS and Organic Letters.

Aug. 2006 to Feb. 2007 A full investigation of Sezen is undertaken by a committee of investigators appointed by Columbia.

the institution completed its investigation by February 2007, but ORI did not make those findings until
November 19, 2010 — 3 years and 9 months later.

Nov. 2010 The federal Office of Research Integrity levels 21 findings of scientific misconduct against Sezen based on its oversight and analysis of the Columbia investigation.

March 2011 Columbia retracts Sezen’s Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

July 2011 ORI releases redacted copies of Columbia’s Sezen investigation and its oversight analysis.

Official Documents :
– “Case Summary – Bengu Sezen” : “Findings of Misconduct in Science”
US Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
[Federal Register: November 29, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 228)]
[Notices] [Page 73084-73085]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
* https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2010/11/29/2010-29867/findings-of-misconduct-in-science
* http://ori.hhs.gov/misconduct/cases/Sezen_Bengu.shtml

– “Official: Columbia Has Revoked Bengu Sezen’s Ph.D”
ChemBark : A Blog About Chemistry & Chemical Research
* http://blog.chembark.com/2011/07/19/official-columbia-has-revoked-bengu-sezens-ph-d/

The Sezen Files – Part I: New Documents
* http://blog.chembark.com/2011/07/07/the-sezen-files-%e2%80%93-part-i-new-documents/
The Sezen Files – Part II: Unraveling the Fabrication
* http://blog.chembark.com/2011/07/08/the-sezen-files-%e2%80%93-part-ii-unraveling-the-fabrication/
The Sezen Files – Part III: And What of Sames?
* http://blog.chembark.com/2011/07/15/the-sezen-files-part-iii-and-what-of-sames/
The Sezen Files – Part IV: Lessons and Lingering Questions
The Sezen Files – Part V: Wrap Up

Associated Documents
3 December 2010 – Acknowledgment of receipt of ChemBark’s FOIA request
8 December 2010 – Denial of ChemBark’s request for expedited processing
20 June 2011 – Follow-up letter to DHHS FOIA Office
22 June 2011 – Cover letter from DHHS with Bengu Sezen Investigation FOIA Materials
* http://blog.chembark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/20110622-Sezen-FOIA-Documents-Package-Cover-Letter.pdf
22 June 2011 – FOIA Materials for Bengu Sezen Investigation
–> * http://blog.chembark.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/20110622-Sezen-FOIA-Documents-Redacted-Copy.pdf

* http://blog.chembark.com/category/scientific-misconduct/sames-sezen/page/5/
Week 3 Round-up , Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
* http://blog.chembark.com/2006/03/22/week-3-round-up/

– Reports Detail A Massive Case Of Fraud
Misconduct: Documents reveal Bengü Sezen’s winding trail of deception
By William G. Schulz,
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), American Chemical Society,
Volume 89 Issue 28 | p. 4 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 11, 2011
* http://cen.acs.org/articles/89/i28/Reports-Detail-Massive-Case-Fraud.html

Download the report from the Department of Health & Human Services here :
–> * http://cen.acs.org/content/dam/cen/89/28/r_Bracher_11_107Responsive_Redacted.pdf

– “A Puzzle Named Bengü Sezen” :
“A historic case of fraud in the chemistry community leaves many questions and issues unresolved”
William G. Schulz,
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), American Chemical Society,
August 8, 2011, Volume 89, Number 32, pp. 40 – 43
Science & Technology
* http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/89/8932sci1.html?featured=1

Download Report (PDF, 14.4 MB, 167 pages) :
–> * http://pubs.acs.org/cen/news/pdf/r_Bracher_11_107Responsive_Redacted.pdf

Academic publications :
– Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research in the Chemical Community: The Unique Role and Challenges of the News Media
William G. Schulza
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance, Volume 22, Issue 6, 2015, pp 384-401, Published online: 09 Jul 2015
Special Issue:   Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research within the Chemical Community. Ideas and Experiences Worth Sharing
* DOI:10.1080/08989621.2015.1047706
* http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/08989621.2015.1047706

Lecture notes :

* http://yclept.ucdavis.edu/course/280/SamesSezenCase.pdf

Press :
– Türkiye’den Tez Manzaraları : Öğrenciler ve Danışmanlar (in Turkish)
Dr A. Murat Eren
Cumhuriyet gazetesi , Bilim Teknoloji eki , 21 Eylul 2012 , cuma , kapak konusu
kapak : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-21/25104#git
sf. 10 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-21/25105#git
sf. 11 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-21/25106#git
– Türkiye’de Yayımlanmış Tezlere Ulaşmak Zor
Dr A. Murat Eren
Cumhuriyet gazetesi , Bilim Teknoloji eki , 21 Eylul 2012 , cuma , kapak konusu
sf. 12 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-21/25107#git
sf. 13 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-21/25108#git

– Türkiye’den Tez Manzaraları : Öğrenciler ve Danışmanlar – 2 (in Turkish)
Dr A. Murat Eren
Cumhuriyet gazetesi , Bilim Teknoloji eki , 28 Eylul 2012 , cuma
sf. 10 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-28/25285#git
sf. 11 : http://basin-arsiv.metu.edu.tr/2012-09-28/25286#git

Internet :
– Former chemistry grad student found guilty of fraud
Alla Katsnelsoni Nature news blog, 30 Nov 2010 16:56 BST
* http://blogs.nature.com/news/2010/11/post_66.html

– ORI comes down (hard) on Bengu Sezen, Columbia chemist accused of fraud,
by amarcus41, December 1st, 2010 at 3:44 pm
* http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/ori-comes-down-hard-on-bengu-sezen-columbia-chemist-accused-of-fraud/

– Bengü Sezen – A “Master of Fraud” at Columbia University
* http://ktwop.wordpress.com/2011/08/02/bengu-sezen-a-master-of-fraud-at-columbia-university/

– What about Dalibor Sames? The Bengü Sezen fraud and the responsibilities of the PI in the training of new scientists
Janet D. Stemwedel
August 29, 2011
* http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/doing-good-science/2011/08/29/what-about-dalibor-sames-the-bengu-sezen-fraud-and-the-responsibilities-of-the-pi-in-the-training-of-new-scientists/

– The 10 Greatest Cases of Fraud in University Research
Universities are not Role Models for Ethical Behavior
Steven Mintz, Workplace Ethics Advice, March 2, 2012,
* http://www.workplaceethicsadvice.com/2012/03/the-10-greatest-cases-of-fraud-in-university-resear.html

– Türkiye Akademisinin Arka Sokaklarından Tez Manzaraları (in Turkish),
Dr A. Murat Eren
* http://subjektif.org/2012/09/turkiye-akademisinin-arka-sokaklari/
(in English) :
– Thesis Landscapes from the Dark Alleys of Turkish Academy
Dr A. Murat Eren
* http://subjektif.org/landscapes-from-turkish-academy/

– 20 Yıllık Gebze Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü’nün “UYDURMA DOKTORA TEZİ İPTAL EDİLMİŞ” asistan profesörü (in Turkish),
Dr Tansu Küçüköncü , 13 Ağustos 2014
* http://plagiarism-turkish.blogspot.com/2014/08/dr-tansu-kucukoncu-20-yllk-gebze-yuksek.html

– Misconduct in science by one of former Ph.D. students in Columbia University in 2010
Enis Küçüktonya, March 11, 2015
* https://eniskucuktonya.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/misconduct-in-science-by-one-of-former-ph-d-students-in-columbia-university-in-2010/

– Walking the talk : taking ETHICS seriously in science
Levi Gadye, April 2015,
* http://berkeleysciencereview.com/walking-talk-taking-ethics-seriously-science/

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