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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Guelph's Big Gulp

The University of Guelph received a big donation from Nestle's bottled water folks for research on aquifers that Nestle relies on in the area as outlined in previous posts, but revisited here in an article by the CBC News. Beth Parker is an engineering professor at the University of Guelph and director of the G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research that received $460,000 to conduct leading-edge groundwater research in Wellington County. In a radio interview, Beth Parker made it clear the monies were a *grant*, not a *contract* to do work for Nestle.

The academies are encouraged to seek partnerships with industry, but the same folks encouraging faculty to mix it up with industry want the funds to be *clean* or free from controversy.

Not everybody is happy about the grant. And the City of Guelph is a little sensitive about the situation where the Mayor of Guelph released a statement that Nestle's nearby bottled water plant will have no effect on Guelph's water supply.

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If we knew what it was we were doing, 
it would not be called research, would it? 
~Albert Einstein

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