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University of Alaska braces for draconian budget cuts

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Science  19 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6450, pp. 208
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6450.208

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University of Alaska (UA) administrators are scrambling to decide how to impose deep mandatory spending cuts that could hobble research programs at one of the world's premier Arctic science institutions. The cuts, spurred by a line-item budget veto by Governor Mike Dunleavy (R), amount to a $136 million reduction in state funding. University administrators and the UA Board of Regents are exploring options for how to downsize the university and its programs, which could include laying off tenured faculty and shuttering whole departments and campuses. Even as university administrators pledge to do what they can to protect the university's research capacity, many scientists are worried about how these cuts will impact their ability to both carry out their existing research and apply for new external funding.

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