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In 1985 I was a mature PhD student at the University of Toronto. Two of my papers were published earlier in The Journal of Theoretical Biology. I postulated and described a "division wave" of cells in a tissue and showed that the division wave is the only way in which cells can divide and multiply without destroying the structure of the tissue. In my PhD research I made the discovery (predicted by me) of embryonic cell patterns responsible for the structure of adult organs in Drosophila.

The opinion of the Department about me was this: "We estimate he is of first-class calibre.., our Departmental Graduate Committee ranked him 1st of 7 applicants for PGS-3 awards [the highest scholarship in Canada, NSERC]. He has already proven himself as an independent researcher". My supervisor´s opinion was: "Mr. Pyshnov´s demonstrated creativity in conceiving of this novel approach plus his superb technical skills uniquely qualify him to carry out these studies of far reaching significance." She said that I am "a man of proven scholarly attainments" and "a very creative scientist".

However, in 1986 my status was fraudulently changed to "lapsed candidate". When I left, my former supervisor published, in American journals, three papers claiming credit for my discoveries. I did not know about these papers till several years later. But, at one point, she attempted to publish my research as a co-author and she, without my knowledge, sent an inferior and clumsy article written by her to a journal. The manuscript (1987) was accepted since the ideas and the results were new, but the journal required my signature. However, this research as well as the ideas behind it did not belong to her and I complained to the Department. She had to withdraw the manuscript. She was warned, but, incredibly, she published it (1989), slightly changed, removing not only my name but also the reference to my earlier paper containing my original ideas. In a footnote, among thanks to other people, last thanks were given for my "sharing" with her unspecified "ideas" and my technique. Two other articles stealing my research were sent for publication before I refused to sign the above manuscript.

We know well that not a single university rule, anywhere in the world, allows any justifications for plagiarism, because there are no such circumstances when the fact of original authorship should be falsified or altered and because no one can be allowed to claim academic credit by fraud. But, the University of Toronto justified the plagiarism of my former supervisor.

The answer to my complaint said: "there is no evidence of plagiarism". When I went to court, the Affidavits revealed documents written by the supervisor herself and by the university officials admitting that in her paper she published my PhD research. This fact was undeniable. In her letter to the Editor, withdrawing the manuscript, she admitted that I made two discoveries that were the subject of the manuscript. And, she said: "I intend, however, to submit the results of a similar study (performed by myself and an undergraduate)..." In the "similar study", the two discoveries appeared as her own. In the Statement of Defense filed in court jointly by her and the University of Toronto, they admit: "the theoretical foundation of Pyshnov´s studies was published in 1980". This refers to my paper published in 1980 (a year before I came to the U of T) that was quoted in the withdrawn manuscript, but is absent in the "similar study". The university investigations admitted that she "repeated" my experiments and that her paper contained "replications or extensions" of my results without acknowledging my original authorship. In fact, she claimed "hundreds" of experiments done "in the course of the last six years". But, this was my PhD research. How can this plagiarism be justified?

Below are quotations from the explanation she gave to the Department: "The results of the second paper corroborate the first hence the similarity in conclusions presented in the two abstracts. I can see no justification for calling this plagiarism." Next, she gave "the concept of intellectual property": "I gather that Michael Pyshnov believes that he "owns" the finding of cell patterns in discs and can suppress the use of ideas or subsequent experiments flowing from that discovery. I believe this point of view has no validity in the culture of science or in the law. What is required by standards of common decency as well as in the tradition of scientific courtesy is to cite works by or thank individuals for their particular help. The Larsen/Zorn paper gratefully and graciously acknowledged Michael´s technical and intellectual contributions. Perhaps Michael feels betrayed because he forfeited a publication for naught. He has failed to recognize that science is a community endeavor, paid for by the public with the obligation to present the results, and with the reward of being acknowledged by those who use them."

These explanations were openly making a mockery of the laws established in academia for centuries. Her papers were clearly a forgery made to fit the results of my PhD research. Yet, she was never prosecuted for this fraud and no one said to her: "How dare you? The community needs scientists, not thieves!" She had each and every official in her pocket. The university administration formulated another justification: she "salvaged" my research! They transferred the authorship of my research to her and, so, falsified my academic record. The university investigator denied me the very right of authorship and, again, falsified the law: "I am not persuaded by the rather na?ve meanderings of Mr. Pyshnov in the latter part of his letter regarding Dr. Larsen securing authorship for all future works on the subject, and the part that others are referring to Dr. Larsen´s work", and: "since Dr. Larsen wrote the 1987 version it cannot be considered plagiarism."

The Canadian Government then legitimized the fraud. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) gave me a single sentence in response to my complaint: "The Committee considered that Dr. Larsen behaved in a reasonable manner given your refusal to have the 1987 article published." I pointed to the NSERC President that she published two other articles before my refusal, but he did not answer. University investigations avoided these two articles.

The quoted documents are available on my web site
http://ca.geocities.com/uoftfraud/

The documents show the pathological dishonesty of this former supervisor and the criminal cover-up perpetrated by the university administration and NSERC. It is clear that "salvaging" of research (that involves falsification of the fact of authorship) and the assertion that I "forfeited a publication" were only formulas invented as a cover for fraud. Why did my research have to be "salvaged", secretly from me, in three publications, while I was fired? Why did my supervisor publish still another paper, a review, boasting of the ideas and the results obtained in her laboratory (given as "personal communications" from me as I was still in the laboratory), while her contribution to the field was zero and she was unable to give any references to her own research? After all, what were the real academic and scientific merits of my research?

This can now happen to anyone. The process of obtaining a degree in science has been turned into a fraud. The fraud of my former supervisor was turned into the university policy that makes the fact of authorship open to fraudulent machinations (it forms a part of the Statement of Defense).

I have been fighting this war for 18 years now, but I cannot get back the authorship of my research. I need justice. Others should become aware of the justifications of plagiarism practiced by the corrupt academia. The documents scanned on my web site must be made known in universities, as Canadian media and University of Toronto campus press have categorically refused to report this fraud.

Michael Pyshnov.

Phone: (416) 733 8936 (My phone line is not safe. Some calls can be redirected to another number. Email is not safe either.)
If my web site does not show - print "university of toronto fraud" in Google and click on Cached.

[05-05-2005,14:30]
Michael Pyshnov
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
This is from a frustated guy and I think these type of one sided submission, which cannot be challenged by the other person(s) in questions should not be allowed. He instead of being thankful to his Alma Mater is maligning its name..setting very bad examples for youngsters.If he is that good why does he have to cling to soemthing he did in 1985. It is 20 years and he should have done many wonderful thing during this time if he is so brillant.
I request Forum Host to remove this entry from the forum Index, everyone in the World knows that UofT is one of the best in the world and ulterior motives to malign its names should be nipped in the bud.
Regards

[06-05-2005,07:00]
Anonymous
The corrupt Canadian academia (in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
"...these type of one sided submission, which cannot be challenged by the other person(s) in questions..." ?

Why? Most documents on my web site are written by the "the other person(s) in questions". From these documents we learn about the fraud.
Michael Pyshnov.

[06-05-2005,11:40]
Michael Pyshnov
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
You don´t know the damage you are causing to the pride of present and former students of UofT and Canada. Please withdraw this entry as soon as possible, at least respect the university where you studied. Pleazzzzzz for God sake don´t play with our reputation, handle your grievance privately or through courts.
[06-05-2005,17:00]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
Shut up! Uts just some loser message board, how much damage can it produce? LMAO




[06-05-2005,17:06]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
This is exactly what we should need to read. A lot of the posts here are flooded with biases. People want to protect their own school even if it mean hiding the true from the public. Did UT fames got in to your head so much that u cant tell the different between right and wrong anymore?? Didn´t your university teach u how to be open minded?? if you guys are as good as every said , then do something about .. go do some researches about this case, try to help him out and fight for the true and not for your school.
[07-05-2005,00:21]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
Pity is that after losing his appeals, which were careful investigated..he is again prowling back..he talks lot of nonsense about the law too.. and see his efforts to malign the name of the university are bearing fruits here. It is unfortunate the name which has been rightly earned through lot of hard and sacrifices is being diluted by such actions..and giving chance to rivals to have a pick at us.
What can be said or done in this case... we in Alumni tried to call and e-mail..but both turned out be fakes.

[07-05-2005,05:04]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
Why don´t you just retire now? It is 20 years since you completed PhD. You seemed to be freezed in time in the University..grow up..leave it for the new comers. You have spoiled all your youth fighting for someone to say that you are right..if you are feel happy and satisfied otherwise move on , don´t cling to your obsession.
[07-05-2005,19:27]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
There certainly are many idiots out there. You´re telling this man to get a life? Though his story might be a fraud, assuming that it isn´t, he has enough of a reason to pursue his case. Whoever is telling him to get over it (which means they assume that he has a case) is an idiot due to the mere fact that there´s no reason for him to do so. You stupid narrow-minded people...
[09-05-2005,18:40]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
""You don?t know the damage you are causing to the pride of present and former students of UofT and Canada. Please withdraw this entry as soon as possible, at least respect the university where you studied. Pleazzzzzz for God sake don?t play with our reputation, handle your grievance privately or through courts.""

Hmmm... So you´re telling him to stop getting media support for justice? When will all these idiots just die...

[09-05-2005,18:43]
Anonymous
(in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
Don´t waste time on a fake.
[10-05-2005,08:07]
Anonymous
WTF? (in reply to: The corrupt Canadian academia)
How could he be fake? LMAO.

I dont know alot of people who would go to an obscure message board and write something like that...DuH!


[10-05-2005,11:57]
Anonymous



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