When Is Plagiarism Not Plagiarism?
UT engineering dean says no discipline for professor who published public relations articles under his own name
Anticipating an article in the Chronicle that would expose his misrepresentation ("Will Shill for Nukes," by William M. Adler, April 16), Landsberger wrote a letter to the daily a few days earlier apologizing that in his "exuberance" to promote the use of Yucca Mountain in Nevada for storing nuclear waste he somehow failed to mention he hadn't written his signed essay. Landsberger did not mention that he had also told the Chronicle he had been exuberantly submitting such ghost written essays "two or three times a year" for "four or five years." Landsberger declined reporters' questions, but Potomac Senior Vice-President Mimi Limbach cheerfully declared in his stead, "I'm not sure I'd call that plagiarism. That's something that happens all the time in the United States."