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Unconscionable Plagiarism?

They say that life imitates art, but once in a while it also appears to imitate Mad Magazine.  The doctorate of Germany’s minister of education, Annette Schavan, for example, has been rescinded after her alma mater, Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, determined that she had plagiarized parts of her dissertation  The subject of Schavan’s suspect doctoral research?  Believe it or not, the process by which people form conscience.

And no, I didn’t learn about this, er, unconscionable lapse of scholarly rectitude in the pages of a satirical rag, but rather from Inside Higher Ed and the Associated Press,  The former Dr. Schavan, by the way, insists she is innocent and is appealing the decision.