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Prominent Cornell professor, food researcher, dismissal due to misconduct

In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Brian Wansink, poses for a photo in a food lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, N. Y., On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, the prominent food researcher and defending his work a day after Cornell University, said that he is involved in scientific misconduct and removed from all research and teaching positions.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

A Cornell University professor whose food studies helped shape America’s food choices is removed from all research and teaching positions after he was found to have engaged in scientific misconduct.

Brian Wansink, who has his Doctorate in marketing and consumer behavior, immediate dismissal, but claims that he never committed fraud, and says that the problems cited by the university the study were only small.

“The committee found that Professor Wansink committed academic misconduct in research and scholarship, including false reporting of research data, problematic statistical techniques, failure to properly document and maintain the outcome of the research, and inappropriate authorship,” a Cornell spokesman wrote in a statement Thursday.

In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Brian Wansink, speaks during an interview in the produce department of a grocery store in Ithaca, N. Y., On Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, the prominent food researcher and defending his work a day after Cornell University, said that he is involved in scientific misconduct and removed from all research and teaching positions.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

The next day, Wansink, defended his work to say there had been some statistical errors and other problems, but that he never intentionally misreported data. He says that he believes that all his findings are supported by others.

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Wansink helped update the U.S. dietary guidelines, and his work was frequently cited over the news of Fox News on CNN.

A top medical journal has withdrawn six of his papers earlier this week, with announcements about all of his other author of works as the research continues.

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Cornell announced Wansink will the rest of his time at the Ivy League school to help in the investigation of his earlier work.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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