Kathy Partin, who served as director of the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) for just under two years until being removed from the post late in 2017, has a new position at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), Retraction Watch has learned.
As of yesterday (Sept. 30), Partin is intramural research integrity officer at the NIH. She replaces Melissa Colbert, who will be retiring.
Partin, who spent more than 20 years at Colorado State University as a researcher and then as director of the office of research integrity and compliance review, was appointed ORI director in December 2015. Within months, Science reported that Partin was facing a “staff revolt” because of “profound concern about the tone and direction” of her management. In 2016, the agency only made seven findings of misconduct, compared to 14 in 2015 and 11 the year before. In 2017, the agency issued seven findings, and it has issued nine to this year to date.
In November 2017, Partin left the ORI, officially as a temporary reassignment to the Office of the Vice President for Research at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Since that time, Wanda Jones has been interim director.
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