After Luxembourg firing, U. Eastern Finland reportedly looking into Carlberg, too
The news isn’t getting any better for Carsten Carlberg. Earlier this month, Carlberg received a pink slip from the University of Luxembourg in the wake of a data fraud scandal involving a former student named Tatjana Degenhardt. As we wrote last November, journals retracted two of Carlberg’s papers after Degenhardt was found to have fabricated data. Although Degenhardt worked at the University of Kuopio (now the University of Eastern Finland), and Carlberg was not accused of wrongdoing, officials in Luxembourg decided that the mess threatened the public image of their fledgling institution and fired him.
We’d assumed that the University of Eastern Finland considered the matter finished, and that what happened in the Grand Duchy would stay in the Grand Duchy. But we were wrong.
The University of Eastern Finland appears to have opened an ethics investigation into Carlberg and is considering whether to fire him, too, according to a recent story in Savon Sanomat (the architecture of their site makes it very difficult to post to the actual story). Meanwhile, the school has voided Degenhardt’s doctoral dissertation, which she earned under Carlberg’s supervision and which landed her a post-doc in the MIT lab of Ernest Fraenkel. She left last summer, but when we first reported on this case, neither she nor Fraenkel would say whether her deception was the reason for her departure.
At that time, Degenhardt told us that
I am very sorry that it happened, but is also very difficult to explain.
Since neither of us speaks Finnish (or for that matter Swedish, which also is spoken there), we’re relying on translations from readers for this post.