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Media Advisory 11-014

International, Interagency PEER Program to Launch at NSF on July 7 by Suresh, Shah and Holdren

PEER implements NSF-USAID collaboration that furthers science diplomacy in the developing world

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Image of graduate student Thomas Hartzog assisting in the drilling of a tube well in Bangladesh.

Thomas Hartzog, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, is assisting in the drilling of a tube well in Bangladesh. This simple, local technique in which the drill pipe is lifted and dropped while the driller in from uses his hand as a valve on the drill pipe is capable of drilling a 100 meter deep well in a day. The first year saw the completion of a transect of 41 wells. Principal Investigators Michael Steckler of Columbia University and Syed Humayun Akhter of the University of Dhaka will represent and present on this pilot project. Steckler received $4.5 million of funding from NSF's Partnerships in International Research and Education (PIRE) program; Akhter leads the Bangladeshi counterparts that received USAID pilot funding to train 30 Bangladeshi scientists and establish a seismic data processing center at the University of Dhaka.

Credit: Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University


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Logo of USAID and the words USAID FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

U.S. Agency for International Development

Credit: USAID


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