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UW keeps physics lab alive for three more months


STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- Scientists at the Synchrotron Radiation Center will have until March 2014 before they have to find jobs -- three more months than originally thought.

The UW-Madison, which has been keeping the SRC open for the last two years, has provided additional funding to keep the lab open until they hear from the Department of Energy on its laser gun program to develop the Wisconsin Electromagnetic Radio Frequency Gun.

"We've put some money aside to try and bridge the research projects and research centers at UW that are being hit by sequestration. Through the office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research, we're providing bridge funds to schools and colleges to help offset federal funding declines due to sequestration. But we can only provide interim support to those projects that have some hope of finding new sources of funds; we can't replace the federal dollars on a long-term basis," UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank wrote on her blog.

SRC Director Joseph Bisognano says the physics lab has not yet heard from the federal government, as they haven't yet decided 2014 budgets.

The SRC was originally to close on January 6, after the National Science Foundation stopped funding the lab in 2011.

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