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Sale of building to Qatar deepens Carnegie rifts

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Science  23 Apr 2021:
Vol. 372, Issue 6540, pp. 330-331
DOI: 10.1126/science.372.6540.330

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A decision by the venerable Carnegie Institution for Science to sell its iconic Washington, D.C., headquarters to the government of Qatar has ignited long-simmering discontent with an imminent restructuring of the 120-year-old organization and with its management. Days after Carnegie President Eric Isaacs announced on 2 April that the nonprofit institution was finalizing the building's sale to Qatar, more than 140 Carnegie scientists, students, and staff members wrote to Isaacs and the board of trustees, protesting the sale in light of what they called Qatar's dismal human rights record. The deal is only one of the complaints from institute scientists who say that in the past 7 years Carnegie's leaders have assumed a "corporate" mentality, undermining scientists and shutting out their input as the institution takes on a major restructuring.

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