Professors hotly debated it, students protested it, and volumes of legal documents were drafted concerning it. But after nearly 2 1/2 years of turmoil, controversial race research at the University of Delaware will be allowed to continue.

On April 29, the university's administration quietly reached a settlement of a labor grievance with two educational studies professors, allowing them to accept previously blocked funds for conducting research into the relationship between race and intelligence.

"This whole ordeal has hurt them, hurt us, and hurt the institution. I hope that, with this settlement, we will put this behind us," says Linda Gottfredson, who, along with Jan Blits, will continue to receive money from the Pioneer Fund--a New York funding agency that many at the Newark campus believe was founded on a racist ideology.

The 45-year-old fund, whose charter proclaims its support of eugenics, has been accused of financing racist research and assisting...

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