Probation for Biologist Who Admitted to Misconduct

After pleading guilty earlier this summer to making false statements in a grant report, former University of Wisconsin biologist Elizabeth Goodwin was sentenced Friday by a Wisconsin district judge. She was ordered to pay a $500 fine, as well as $50,000 in restitution to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and $50,000 to the University of Wisconsin. Goodwin had already agreed to be voluntarily excluded for 3 years from federally funded research and to pay the $50,000 to HHS.

Goodwin will also serve 2 years of probation. She could have received a fine as high as $100,000 and have been sentenced to a year in prison. 

Separately, on 25 August, the Office of Research Integrity reported the results of  its investigation into Goodwin. It determined that she falsified information on two grant applications to the National Institutes of Health.