The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today’s winner is Kim Tae-kook. He gets the award for the following.

SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean biotechnology professor agreed to retract two papers on anti-aging technology published in international science journals after the institute discovered he fabricated data, officials said Friday.

Kim Tae-kook, a professor at the state-run Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, acknowledged that he forged data on a paper on anti-aging technology that was published by the journal Science in 2005 and a follow-up report published by Nature Chemical Biology in 2006, said Seo Yeon-soo, a member of the KAIST investigation team.

Science issued a statement Friday alerting its readers “that serious questions have been raised” about the validity of the findings in the published papers.

Knowing the scientific community, I wouldn’t be surprised if the work Kim took credit for was the work of others. Take the credit, take the blame.

Kim is only the latest disgraced South Korean scientist. Do you remember the other?

The news is the latest blow to South Korean academics after the country’s most prominent scientist, Hwang Woo-suk, was found in 2005 to have used faked evidence in purported stem cell breakthroughs that had been internationally hailed. One of Hwang’s papers also had been published in the journal Science.

Hwang got world-wide notoriety before being found out. Unlike Kim. I’ll be as fair to Kim as I was to Hwang, Kim Tae-kook you are today’s Knucklehead of the Day.

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