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A nation on pause: Athens and UGA navigate the direct effects of the federal shutdown

From dried up research grants to dwindling funding for community organizations, locals feel the effects of the partisan stalemate from thousands of miles away.

After devoting countless hours toward her thesis project, masters student Emily Pauline was prepared to graduate at the May 10 commencement ceremony.

But the likelihood of this happening is “shrinking by the day,” she said. Due to the longest government shutdown in history, reaching day 33 as of press time, graduating this semester may not be an option for Pauline as she may have to extend her research to the summer.

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Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor, Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program
Climate Risk Analyst

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