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ASU president pushes back against Grijalva inquiry

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, shown in this file photo, has held town halls to help older and Spanish-speaking Arizonans understand the Affordable Care Act. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Dustin Volz)

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Dustin Volz)

Arizona State University is pushing back against a request by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva to provide information about the funding sources behind university researchers.

The Democrat from Arizona sent a letter to ASU on Feb. 24 asking for details about the funding for researchers who study climate change. He sent a similar request to a University of Colorado environmental studies professor who later lashed out against the inquiry.

ASU president Michael Crow said in a letter that the school will provide the records but that he had personal concerns about an intrusion on academic freedom.

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