Facing budget cuts of around $34 million, linkurl:Roswell Park Cancer Institute;http://www.roswellpark.org/ in Buffalo, NY, laid off 24 of its staff scientists last week.
Roswell Park Cancer Center
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The fired researchers -- who fall under three titles: research affiliate, lab technician and research associate -- were "physically walked out of the building" last Friday (Mar. 6) with "no warning," Darcy Wells, a spokesperson for the linkurl:New York State Public Employees Federation;http://www.pef.org/ (PEF), the union representing the workers, told __The Scientist__. Roswell Park cut the jobs -- which were funded by state money -- as part of a strategic realignment to pay for researchers' salaries through soft-money grants and contracts, according to Buffalo's__ linkurl:Business First;http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/stories/2009/03/02/daily62.html __newspaper. The firings were one of many actions the institute is taking to make up for the $34 million hole in its $514 million annual operating budget, a shortfall that arose because of state...

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