New Test Wells Offer Geoscience Students
Hands-On Experience

Undergraduates in an environmental geoscience class taught by Assoc. Prof. Rudolph Hon (Geology) will gain valuable hands-on experience, thanks to the generosity of 1981 alumnus Peter Canning.

Canning, founder and president of Geo-Logic, Inc. of Hopkinton, brought a drilling crew to the Weston Observatory on Saturday and installed five observation wells, which students will use to analyze ground water for contamination. Hon said Canning's donation of time, services and equipment will be invaluable for the class.

"It is wonderful that students can have this opportunity to put into practice what they learn," Hon said. "It was a major expense for Peter, but he felt it was important for the undergraduates to see what is involved in environmental geoscience. In our class, we talk about what kinds of issues geoscientists can address and here is a way for the students to do the actual work."

Hon noted that the project is very much a "real-life" experiment: It is being conducted according to federal guidelines, he said, and students will draw up maps and prepare reports to supplement their analyses.

"This is a perfect example of how industry and academia can work together in preparing students for the scientific professions," Hon said.


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