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Recession Hits Some Sciences Hard At Florida State University

Science  01 Jan 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5961, pp. 24-25
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5961.24

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When the cash-strapped Florida state legislature recently slashed funds for higher education for the third straight year, big across-the-board cuts spilled down through individual state university budgets. But at Florida State University (FSU)—one of the "big four" Florida state schools—the fiscal crisis has turned into a ravaging torrent for a few departments, most of them in the sciences. In the end, unlike at other universities, FSU administrators balanced their budget by firing many faculty members, including many tenured professors. That decimated the geological sciences, oceanography, and anthropology departments.