Facing a waning future

Researchers reel from defunding of only UC-owned observatory

Paul Lynam and Patrick Maloney operate the Great Lick Refractor, completed in 1888, for a student tour in May. Photo: Lorenz Angelo Gonzales/Staff

Researchers are reeling from the abrupt decision last year to terminate all funding for the university’s only fully owned observatory — the only one where graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from across the UC system can design and execute their own research projects.
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UC Berkeley lags competitors in recovering costs of research

As UC Berkeley awaits a verdict on whether the federal government will pay a greater portion of its indirect costs of research this year, the campus finds itself at a disadvantage compared to private research universities. With state funds in decline, the campus has increased its focus on recovering the
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