Anderson, Duwayne M. "Cold Fusion at Texas A&M," Letter to the editor. Science 249 (3

 

Anderson, Duwayne M. "Cold Fusion at Texas A&M," Letter to the editor. Science 249 (3
August 1990), p. 463.

Gary Taubes article in Science on 15 June, p. 1299 strongly implied fraud at Texas A&M in its
work on cold fusion. A&M has provided strong support to Pons and Fleischmann almost from
their first announcement. Taubes suggested that perhaps a graduate student had diddled with the
experiment to provide his superiors with the experimental evidence they all seemed to want. Here
is the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at the University responding.

"The administration here has been aware of the concerns expressed by Taubes since mid-1989
and has questioned researchers concerning possible misconduct or unethical behavior. The lack
of reproducibility of experimental observations always raises the question of the possibility of
fraudulent reporting of experimental data. Most often it reflects inadequate experience, inability
to control all the variables factors involved, or malfunction or misreading of instruments."

Anderson claims that should fraud be found, the University has procedures in place to deal with
it.