I overheard an interesting conversation recently between Associate Professor Tobias Keith and longstanding Academy member, Eunice E Schnizzlezwick Chair and University System Professor William Nelson. It went something like this...
Associate Professor Keith:
Well a man come on the 6 o'clock news
Said somebody's been shot, somebody's been abused
Somebody blew up a building
Somebody stole a car
Somebody got away
Somebody didn't get too far yeah
They didn't get too far
Phew. A whole lot of scientific badness out there. What shall we do folks?
University System Professor Nelson:
Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street for all the people to see that
Um, kinda severe eh? Well, there are definitely bad consequences of academic fraud and scientific misconduct. After all....
Professors Nelson and Keith:
Justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys
You got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
We'll all meet back at the local saloon
We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces
Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
If we are going to take Janet's Tribe of Science formulation seriously, perhaps we do need to saddle up our boys and girls.