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KU Censures Scientist Over Plagiarism Allegations

Associated Press - December 12, 2013 6:36 am

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

The University of Kansas has censured a former senior scientist in the Kansas Geological Survey over plagiarism allegations.

A university committee found that Marios Sophocleous, a hydrology scientist, engaged in plagiarism and self-plagiarism in seven journal articles dealing with hydrology and groundwater.

Sophocleous denies the allegations. He says he never copied the work of others or his own. Sophocleous joined the Kansas Geological survey in 1978 as an assistant scientist and was a senior scientist from 1987 to 2013, when he retired.

Jill Jess, a university spokeswoman, declined to elaborate on details of the censure, which the university announced Wednesday. Rex Buchanan, interim director of the KGS, referred questions to Jess.

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Associated Press Information from: Lawrence Journal-World

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