North Dakota State University to layoff 14 employees

A loss in federal funding has forced North Dakota State University to lay off 14 employees of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Vice president Phil Boudjouk tells The Forum that those affected are being notified Thursday that their jobs are being eliminated.

Boudjouk says the departure dates for the employees varies from two weeks to three months, depending on their jobs and transition of projects.

More than 40 researchers will continue working for the center.

He says the staff reduction was necessary due to a loss of congressional earmark funding for research.

NDSU has been awarded about $20 million to $30 million in annual earmarks in recent years. The center is working to replace those federal dollars with private funding.

Source: Crookston Times