A senior Biden administration climate adviser was severely sanctioned by the nation’s most prestigious scientific body for ethical violations.
Jane Lubchenco, the deputy director for climate and environment at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, was sanctioned by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on August 8, Axios reported. Lubchenco’s sanction stemmed from a violation of the NAS’ code of conduct. Specifically, Lubchenco edited a paper that appeared in the NAS’ peer-reviewed journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in 2020; but the paper did not use the most recent available data, and Lubchenco had a personal relationship with one of the researchers in violation of the journal’s editorial policies.
Section 3 of the NAS code of conduct states:
NAS members shall avoid those detrimental research practices that are clear violations of the fundamental tenets of research. 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.
Lubchenco edited a research article advocating for the use of certain conservation tools in the global fishing industry, entitled “A global network of marine protected areas for food.” The article appeared in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020. But the paper…