The final details had been set for this month’s ambitious gathering of some 4,000 students and academics expected to participate in The Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) convention in San Antonio.
Aspiring students from across the nation in the STEM sciences were to make presentations that would be heard by officials from federal agencies and private companies. Exhibitors from governments, universities around the globe and private employers were set to talk with students about the range of opportunities in the job market. Recruiters were set to have their radars on full blast, in search of talent.
Then, the federal government shut down, putting an immediate halt to funding that supports the SACNAS conferences and others in a variety of ways. <Read more.>