Monday, November 11, 2013

UCLA Chancellor Block: "We are beginning to see China advertising,"..."We are hearing stories from investigators over there bragging about the facilities they are building."

..poaching that leads to 'brain drain'?

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the estimated hit to his university's research funding is $50 million -- the majority brought about by uncertainty or cuts in multi-year grants. UCLA is a massive institution, with a research budget of more than $900 million. But $50 million still counts. Block said he's worried about the possibility of brain drain. The fleeing of top researchers and the exodus of students isn't happening yet. But the rumblings are noticeable.

We are beginning to see China advertising," Block said. "We are hearing stories from investigators over there bragging about the facilities they are building."

Now, with congressional budget negotiators meeting to discuss how to fund the government and how to relieve the pain of sequestration, Block and others figure they have another chance to make their case before the cuts grow more severe. Many universities have no more emergency funds or administrative flexibility to help make up for the sequester cuts.

"The buffer is much thinner," said Block. "So if faculty members lose their grants, if grants don't get re-funded because of sequestration, there is a limited amount we can do to keep labs running. So if you ask what is the long-term effect? .... Literally labs close and people end up on the street. That's the danger."

HuffPo UCLA Chancellor On Sequestration Science Cuts: 'People Will End Up On The Street'

Block does not give a comment on this: To Be a Black Man at UCLA a new piece at Inside Higher Ed

but he is concerned about a 'student exodus' of some sort. Consistent?
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Don't a bunch of members of UC "finance leadership" have old ties to these folks?

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