UNC-Chapel Hill Vice Chancellor Admits Plagiarism – Retraction Watch

Terry Magnuson

The vice chancellor for research at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill has admitted to plagiarizing text in an NIH grant application, according to a US federal regulator.

Terry Magnuson, who serves as Kay M. & Van L. Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor of Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill and Vice Chancellor for Research, “committed to research misconduct by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly plagiarizing text ‘ of two guides, material from a company that makes sequencing kits, and a review article, according to the US Office of Research Integrity.

Magnuson submitted the plagiarism claim on March 1, 2021. He only received NIH funding in August and has been a principal investigator for more than $50 million in agency grants over the course of his career.

In announcing Magnuson’s reappointment as Vice Chancellor last year, UNC Provost Robert Blouin said:

Terry is a world-class scientist who possesses the strength, compassion, and kindness that permeate Carolina’s research ecosystem. Remarkably, Carolina’s research organization has grown each year under Terry’s leadership and now exceeds $1 billion in research awards and spending annually.

Magnuson, who agreed to “have his research supervised from February 25, 2022 to January 5, 2024,” did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to public records, he earned $625,000 in 2019.

The finding of wrongdoing is the first of 2022 for the ORI, which had only made three findings in the past year.

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