Campus catchup

U of T professor accused of plagiarism

A prominent University of Toronto medical researcher was recently accused of self-plagiarism by the journal that published the paper in question.

According to a recent retraction notice in the Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews journal, chair of the physiology department Stephen Matthews and two colleagues are accused of plagiarizing five previous papers in a 2005 report. The retracted paper looked at a drug given to women facing potentially dangerous early deliveries, and plagiarized previous papers published by the author in other publications. Matthews, the lead researcher, has received over $10 million in funding for his work on maternal health from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research couldn’t comment on whether the incident is being investigated, according to Postmedia News.

—Holly Tousignant

Western tech burned in lab fire

A lab technician at Western University was taken to hospital for chemical burns following an explosion in one the school’s Robarts Research Institute.

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon, and prompted an evacuation of the building.

A sweep of the building following the fire concluded that the air quality was at normal levels, Western’s director of media and community relations told the Western Gazette. No estimate of damage has been reported.

—Holly Tousignant

Dalhousie student held at gunpoint by police

A Dalhousie University student was held at gunpoint by Halifax Police after he waved a BB gun at his friends during a party.

The incident took place on Sept. 27, the same month as two other BB gun-related incidents in the city, one involving a 12-year-old pointing one at a car and the other involving three people injuring passersby with BB pellets.

The student, Nick Rotta-Loria, told the Dalhousie Gazette that he was joking with his friends when he “turned around and saw two cops,” with their guns pointed at him, who later told him that his actions could have got him shot.

Rotta-Loria was questioned by police but not charged.

—Holly Tousignant

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