This is a prime example of how money corrupts science. The scientist in question needs grant money, and he can't get it if Pluto isn't a planet.
Likewise, the citizens of Pluto now can't exercise their planetary rights because Pluto isn't a planet anymore. As a non-planet they aren't eligible for grant money designated for planetary authorities; they now have to get their monies from the less-funded "heavenly bodies" fund, which already has a waiting list.
The demotion has also caused issues with the accreditation of the various educational institutions on Pluto; the accreditation body only deals with planet or supergiant objects, by charter. All of Pluto's institutions need to be re-accredited, and until that happens credit transfers cannot be processed. When processed they will be processed at non-planetary rates.