Carolyn Johnson, "Embattled Harvard psychology professor resigns", 7/19/2011:
Marc Hauser, a well-known Harvard psychology professor who has been on leave since an internal investigation found him guilty of eight counts of scientific misconduct, is leaving the university.
“Marc Hauser has resigned his position as a faculty member, effective August 1, 2011,” Harvard spokesman Jeff Neal wrote in an e-mail statement today.
Hauser will be devoting himself to good works:
“While on leave over the past year, I have begun doing some extremely interesting and rewarding work focusing on the educational needs of at-risk teenagers. I have also been offered some exciting opportunities in the private sector,” Hauser wrote in a resignation letter to the dean, dated July 7. “While I may return to teaching and research in the years to come, I look forward to focusing my energies in the coming year on these new and interesting challenges.”
Johnson quotes Steve Pinker in personal support of Hauser:
“I’m deeply saddened by the whole events of the last year,” Steven Pinker, a psychology professor at Harvard, said today. “Marc is a scientist of enormous creativity, energy, and talent.”
And she quotes Michael Tomasello in support of the view that the intellectual background remains uncertain:
Another researcher in the field, Michael Tomasello, co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, said today that Hauser’s departure was not unexpected. “Once they didn’t let him teach –- and there are severe restrictions in his ability to do research — you come to office and what do you do all day?” he said. “People in the field, we’re just wondering — this doesn’t change anything. We’re still where we were before about the [other] studies.”
Previous LL coverage of the scandal:
"Monkey Business", 8/11/2010
"More on the monkey business at Harvard", 8/14/2010
"More details on the Marc Hauser case", 8/19/2010
"Hauser: more facts and more questions", 8/21/2010
"Altmann: Hauser apparently fabricated data", 8/28/2010