Cat de departe poate merge tupeul lui dottore Ponta? Revista “Science” si conferinta diasporei

Fara sa-i pese ridicolul care se poate revarsa nu doar asupra sa, premierul-plagiator Victor Ponta se pregateste sa fie gazda conferintei “Rolul diasporei in cercetarea stiintifica si invatamantul superior din Romania”. Indiferenta personajului in raport cu probele irefutabile aduse privind furtul comis in teza sa de doctorat si cu efectele asupra imaginii tarii este naucitoare. La fel, dispretul pentru comisiile si expertii care au s-au pronuntat in termeni lipsiti de orice ambiguitate. Iata ca o publicatie de mare impact, revista “Science” a Asociatiei Americane pentru Avansul Stiintei (AAAS), scrie acum despre apelul semnat de numerosi cercetatori si universitari de a boicota conferinta atata vreme cat Victor Ponta este in vreun fel asociat cu ea, ca “patron” ori altminteri.

Sa recapitulam: plagiatul a fost deconspirat in urma cu cateva luni, Ponta a declarat in interviul dat cotidianului spaniol “El Pais” ca daca va fi gasit vinovat de Consiliul de Etica va demisiona. Dupa care, prin nevolnicul ministru interimar Pop, urmasul plagiatorului Mang si al impostoarei Corina Dumitrescu, alte geniale numiri ale lui Ponta, a interupt sedinta Consiliului unde se discuta cazul sau si a schimbat componenta pentru a fi sigur ca va fi scos basma curata. Actualul sef al acestui Consiliu de paie, cu prezenta accentuat pesedista, este Paul Dobrescu, fost sef de sectie la revista ideologica a PCR, “Era Socialista”, functie din nomenclatura platita a regimului comunist, fost consilier al lui Ion Iliescu.

Comisia de Etica a Universitatii din Bucuresti, alma mater a premierului, a ajuns la concluzia limpede ca a fost plagiat. Pe baza unui raport al unui grup de experti internationali, Rectorul Universitatii, filosoful Mircea Dumitru, a declarat ca nu incape indoiala ca a fost un plagiat. Pe site-ul Integru.org, apar referatele unor universitari intre care Vlad Perju, profesor de drept la Boston College, Maria Bucur (Indiana University), Alin Fumurescu (Tulane University), Grigore Pop-Eleches (Princeton University). Ce face Ponta? Se razbuna stupid. Elimina cercetatorii romani din strainatate din componenta CNATDCU. Dupa care vrea sa stranga mana tovaraseste cu cercetatorii din diaspora. Pe scurt, chutzpah.

Am mai spus-o, asocierea cu Ponta in orice are de-a face cu stiinta, cultura si educatia este maculanta. Prezenta plagiatorului impenitent la conferinta ar fi o sfidare fara precedent a tot ce inseamna onoare si integritate academica. Ponta trebuie ajutat sa priceapa ca “not everything goes” si ca exista unele lucruri care chiar conteaza.

On Tuesday, the Romanian government will celebrate its biannual meeting for Romanian scientists working abroad with a networking event at Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s official palace in Bucharest. But an expat Romanian scientist has issued an appeal to boycott the conference over concerns that Ponta committed plagiarism to receive his law Ph.D., an issue that has consumed many in the Romanian academic community for months.

Like many other Eastern European countries, Romania has lost much of its young scientific talent to Western scientific powerhouses following the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989. The biannual “Diaspora” meeting, organized since 2008 by the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI), aims to reunite expatriated and Romanian scientists to foster dialogue and international collaborations. But in a saga that developed over the summer, Ponta has been accused of plagiarism in his law Ph.D. thesis, which he obtained from the University of Bucharest in 2003. While a newly formed National Committee of Ethics declared the thesis in accordance with the academic regulations of the time, a separate investigation by the National Council for Attestation of Titles, Diplomas and University Certificates (CNATDCU) concluded that large chunks of the thesis had been copied without proper referencing. The ethics committee of the University of Bucharest has since come to a similar conclusion, and it is now up to the education minister, whom Ponta appointed, to make a decision on whether to retract the title. So far the prime minister has denied the charges.

Many expat Romanian researchers, as well as some researchers in the country, are now apparently worried that attending the Diaspora conference would equate to endorsing academic misconduct. On 9 September, Cristian Dogaru, a Romanian health and social scientist studying pediatric respiratory epidemiology at the University of Bern’s Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, launched an online petition “urging researchers to boycott the conference and thus send a message that the scientific community does not endorse (and has zero tolerance for) academic fraud,” he explains in an e-mail to ScienceInsider. The petition has garnered more than 180 signatures at this point. Dogaru adds that it’s “extremely offending” that the upcoming conference is chaired by the prime minister given the conclusions about his thesis from several scientific committees.

Pentru textul complet:

http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/09/in-plagiarism-protest-expat-rese.html?ref=hp

Pentru comentarii si link la apleul de boicotare:

http://www.contributors.ro/cultura/cat-de-departe-poate-merge-tupeul-lui-dottore-ponta/

 

 

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