A naughty young man from Fuzhou

Thought China should equally know

Our every analysis

Regarding catalysis.

And now off to prison he’ll go.

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4 Responses to “The Tao of Chemistry”

  1. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    I don’t understand this based on the limited information in the article. US Profs often have joint appointments with other institutions including foreign ones. Compared to the board of directors and other scams that are exposed here but go unpunished, this doesn’t move the meter. 20 years and $250K for failure to report especially when it may not be clear what needs to be reported? There’s got to be more to this.

    Jerry Tarkanian was right: “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky they’re going to give Cleveland State another year of probation.”

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: Intellectual property theft, especially committed by China, is such a notorious problem that if the guy wasn’t doing something wrong he acted the idiot in lying on his disclosure forms. Add double dipping – you’re not allowed to draw salaries from/divide your responsibilities between two different universities without a disclosed and approved arrangement – and you get a massive instance of wrongdoing. The particular form of research/invention the guy was involved in has obvious market and maybe also security advantages for the US – so to go peddling it to China (you’re right that this seems not yet to have been proved, but I suspect it will be – and anyway the appearance of impropriety will I’m afraid probably be adequate to convict in this case) is indeed criminal.

  3. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    9 month salary from KU + summer salary elsewhere is my guess. Do you have more on what he was working on/IP he was alleged to have revealed? Proprietary/commercializable University R&D is its own kettle of fish.

    Full disclosure: He did his postdoc with the Prof with whom I did undergraduate research although 25+ years apart judging by his cv.

  4. David Foster Says:

    Here’s another one, apparent theft of GE turbine technology by a Chinese former employee:

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Companies/GE-engineer-tied-to-China-charged-with-theft-of-company-secrets

    I was trying to turn this case into a poem also, but can’t get the rhymes to work out.

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