Covering Kentucky

Nov 27, 2012 4:17 PM

Former UK Researcher Penalized In Misconduct Case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former University of Kentucky researcher has agreed to a voluntary "debarment" for seven years after a scientific misconduct case that included allegations of falsified data.

The Lexington Herald Leader ( reports that Eric J. Smart is accused of using false data in papers and grant applications over the last 10 years. Smart resigned from UK in May and currently works as a high school chemistry teacher in Bourbon County.

Smart did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment, but Bourbon County Superintendent Lana Fryman said he told her the allegations were "absolutely untrue" and said there is no evidence on which to base the allegations.

UK general counsel William Thro says the both the university and the federal government investigated and determined there had been misconduct.

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