[Taxacom] news from Hungary?

Tamas Szuts tszuts at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 11:48:24 CST 2011

Hello all,
unfortunately the mail is not a hoax. The information in the Hungarian
scientific community circulates about a week now, and the new Law
Enforcement University (in the Ludovika building)  was reported by most
Hungarian news portals.
The origin of the informations are the Dept. of Zoology of HNHM, was written
by my former colleague (I was also working there until 2006) after an
emergency meeting, thus it is safe to think the other informations are
authentic too.

I hope the international community might able to alter the government's
original idea and will result in a better compromise, as it did recently,
with the 'media law', which got some attention (at least in Europe) at the
end of the last year.

Tamas Szuts

*Tamas Szuts
*Schlinger Arachnology Chair postdoc
Department of Entomology
California Academy of Sciences

p. 415.379.5340
f.  415.379.5715
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Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118

On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM, Andy Deans <andy_deans at ncsu.edu> wrote:

> Hello Taxacom,
> I just sent this email to the Entomological Collections Network, but you
> all might be a source for more information as well (or will at least want to
> know about what's happening in Hungary).
> Hopefully this situation is not as horrifying as it sounds,
> Andy
> Begin forwarded message:
> > From: Andy Deans <andy_deans at ncsu.edu>
> > Date: March 2, 2011 10:59:53 AM EST
> > To: ECN-L at listserv.unl.edu
> > Subject: news from Hungary?
> >
> > Hello ECNers,
> >
> > Have any of you heard nasty rumors about what's happening at the
> Hungarian Natural History Museum? My understanding is that a new military
> and police university (starting January 2012) will be reclaiming the new
> museum building (Ludovika Academy) and that the government has not only cut
> their funding contribution by 100%, but that they are asking for the museum
> to pay MORE funds back to the government. It sounds like the museum will
> close for a minimum of three months and that staff scientists are, to say
> the least, worried about their future and the future of the collections.
>  The government has provided NO options for new space, nor will they be
> providing the means to safely move the collections.
> >
> > This news is from my Hungarian colleague (based here at NCSU). We're
> looking for more details if anyone has them. We're not sure how this will
> impact the entomology collection, which is still housed in the old building,
> but clearly there is a tragedy brewing in Budapest.
> >
> > Andy
> >
> Andrew R. Deans
> Department of Entomology
> North Carolina State University
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> Raleigh, NC USA 27695-7613
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