Nevada University Whistle-Blower Accused of Plagiarism

RENO (AP) - A disciplinary hearing is under way for a University
of Nevada, Reno professor accused of plagiarism and misappropropriation of funds.

Hussein S. Hussein has been charged with failing to credit his graduate students for their work in research papers and failing to give a required portion of his research funds to the university for indirect costs.

The internationally known animal nutrition researcher maintains he's being punished because he was a whistle-blower who alleged abuse of university research animals in complaints to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2004.

He also faced a disciplinary hearing in 2005 on a charge that he violated university regulations by hiring a Reno veterinarian to examine 10 research pigs at the College of Agriculture. That charge was dismissed by then-President John Lilley.

A four-member faculty disciplinary committee and special hearing officer, retired Washoe County District Court Judge Peter Breen, heard a third day of testimony Saturday in Reno.

The hearing is scheduled to resume March 18 with closing

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