This is annoying:
Piranha Coworker has been surprisingly nice to her coworkers lately, we think because she's preparing to leave the company soon and is brushing up on her networking skills. For example, she even said hello and asked me how my research study is going, and trust me she's not shown an interest in my work in all the years I've known her. That was last week.
Yesterday, she sent an email to someone overseeing the master project that my study is part of, to ask that person to send her any preliminary results from my study, so Piranha can present it at a conference next week.
Apparently, the reason she asked me about the study was just to find out whether we had data yet. Besides me, she knows two other people who actually run the study but rather than ask us directly if she could present on our behalf, she's making this weird end run to someone who knows very little about the work. Too bad for her, that person forwarded her request to the study team, which kinda makes Piranha look dim for not doing that in the first place. She *should* know that only the direct researchers grant permission to use their info, but we think she was just expecting the middleman to send anything the team had already put together directly to her, no questions asked, and no need to let the researchers know what she was planning to do...