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Field museum to cut staff scientists and curators and limit research scope

Fern Davies

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From the AP, 19 December 2012:


CHICAGO - Chicago's renowned Field Museum, a major centre of global scientific research, has announced plans to cut staff scientists and curators, overhaul operations and limit its research scope because of a high debt load and the recent U.S. recession.

The cost-cutting measures will be an opportunity to refocus the mission of the museum, which was founded in 1893, officials said. They hope to cut $5 million in costs and increase the museum's endowment by $100 million.

The museum will also focus more on its own collections and be more selective in choosing outside exhibits that cost more money to organize.

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