UAF to lay off most supercomputer staff

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010

FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks officials say layoff notices have been given to most of the staff of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center.

The Defense Department has said it's unlikely to renew its contract with the center when it expires May 31. The Defense Department provided about 95 percent of the center's $12 million budget last year.

UAF spokeswoman Marmian Grimes tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that employees were told about the impending layoffs Tuesday morning. Personnel officials will meet with 45 regular employees and 15 student workers to formally deliver notice.

Chief Scientist Greg Newby is the only supercomputing employee who will not be laid off. He will be in charge of a reconfigured facility with at least 10 employees starting in June.



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