Lunch with Dr. Lefkowitz

On Tuesday, November 8th, Honor Council facilitated a luncheon with Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, a respected professor of medicine and Nobel Prize Laureate. He led 30 members of the Duke Honor Council community through a thought-provoking conversation on science and research ethics. Dr. Lefkowitz focused on the ethical implications behind the Anil Potti research fabrication scandal. Students attending were captivated by his first-hand account of the situation, which incited excellent discussion regarding blame, the reasons behind falsification of scientific data, and how science ethics translates back to everyday life. The “chain of power” between Potti, fellow researchers, and the head of the labo

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