Emory University in Atlanta, home
to the Yerkes Primate Center, has admitted fudging the numbers to
get higher rankings. Many potential students use the rankings to
determine which school they should attend--higher rankings means
more money to schools like Emory.
Is it possible that if one area at Emory is willing to cook the
books, that those at Yerkes Primate Center would do the same? Would
Yerkes be willing to make claims about the outcomes of experiments
to enhance the chances of receiving federal grants etc.? Would Yerkes
overstate the importance of their experiments?
Some believe Emory did not make this rankings revelation because
it's the right thing to do but because of potential lawsuits and
wanted to break the news first in order to control the spin. You
Emory has never been so willing to come forth when caught violating
the law. When was the last time Emory announced they had been fined
for violating the Animal Welfare Act? No such announcements immediately
come to mind.
Read more here