Professor to Quit After Losing Fight With U. of Alaska

October 26, 2009

A marine conservationist who has battled with -- and, it appears, lost to -- the University of Alaska and National Sea Grant Program officials over his perceived advocacy and access to grant money says he will leave the university. Rick Steiner had accused Sea Grant officials of pressuring Alaska administrators to strip federal funds from Steiner, citing work that they considered to be inappropriate advocacy for a federal extension agent, and blamed university officials for caving to the pressure. The university rejected Steiner's final appeal this month, and Steiner said in an e-mail Sunday that with the faculty union there declining to pursue outside arbitration, "it is abundantly obvious I cannot do my work from this institution."

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