Friday, April 11, 2014

Decline at the labs?

see: Lab Decline Is Reflected In Discussion of Lower Fees
"Nearly a decade after Congress forced the U.S. Department of Energy to drop the University of California as sole manager of Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos National Laboratories, there is widespread recognition that the new corporate system returns less to the nation than the University one it replaced.
In a word, the new system costs more to perform less science.
Today, high management fees and corporate taxes generate annual bills of hundreds of millions of dollars that the laboratories didn’t have to pay when UC was in charge. These bills are covered by funds from the laboratories’ budgets, leaving that much less for science and technology."

and, it goes into further detail in this piece. Includes comments made at DC hearings and other meetings capture views and opinions not necessarily heard at the UC Regents lab committee open session meetings. The article ends wondering if UC Regents would agree to take on the old model again.

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