Monday, February 4, 2013

Annie Dookhan: Boston Globe goes quite deeply into her background in a story called "Chasing renown on a path paved with lies." (Her academic credentials are now under scrutiny). Reporter Sally Jacobs. Must Read. HL.

STORY: "Annie Dookhan pursued renown along a path of lies: Finally found fame, as scandal engulfed the state lab," by Sally Jacobs, published in the Boston Globe on February 3, 2013.

GIST:  "Parham and some others with whom Dookhan worked are also now reconsidering her academic credentials. Although she did not claim a master’s degree when she applied for the MassBiologics job, she apparently was emboldened by her success at the lab and began to embellish her achievements while there. She told Parham and several others in the lab that she was working toward a master’s at UMass. In fact, Dookhan requested an application for the UMass master’s program but never took any additional courses after she graduated, much less earn an advanced degree. A supervisor at the state drug lab later noticed that Dookhan had changed her curriculum vitae from saying she was working on a master’s degree to claiming that she possessed the degree. When the supervisor, Elizabeth O’Brien, confronted her, Dookhan removed the degree. But O’Brien told State Police that Dookhan “at times sent her curriculum vitae out with a master’s degree on it.” Among the many charges Dookhan faces, one is a misdemeanor count for lying about her degree."

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