Amid the Shutdown's Gloom, Research Universities Mull the Path Ahead

Administrators, academics, and lobbyists gathered at the National Academy of Sciences Building on Thursday to plot a way forward for the nation's research universities—just as portents of dwindling federal support for their work loomed in the background.

The shutdown of the federal government, now more than a week old, claimed two of the convocation's prominent scheduled speakers: John P. Holdren,