Sequestration cuts millions from university research dollars

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Excerpt of an article published by The Salt Lake Tribune on sequestration’€™s impact to research institutions in Utah.

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Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune

Carl Thummel was about $200,000 short.

The University of Utah professor of human genetics had already won the money, about one-third of his lab’€™s annual budget, from the National Institutes of Health. It was due to begin paying out in December ’€” just as the country went off the so-called fiscal cliff.

More than six months later, the money still hadn’€™t come, the victim of federal budget cuts known as sequestration. So he cut his own salary by 25 percent, as well as his technicians’€™ pay.

“They’€™re putting their salaries on the line, and some of them are family breadwinners,” he said in July, staring ahead. “That’€™s what we’€™ve got to do.”

Thummel, who studies diabetes, obesity and metabolism at his 10-person lab, wasn’€™t alone. The U. lost $32 million in research funding in fiscal 2013, dropping from about $393 million to $361 million, due primarily to sequestration. Though Thummel got word this month that his cash would be forthcoming, he said other labs haven’€™t been as lucky. “Each grant for a small lab is essential. In the past years, two grants was not hard to maintain, but it became more difficult and now it’€™s very difficult,” he said.

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