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Oklahoma State University professors work to solve global toilet shortages

Gary Foutch is a regents professor and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Chair in Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University.
by Paula Burkes Published: October 9, 2012
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A: Whereas some funding agencies take a hands-off approach, the Gates Foundation works toward more rapid solutions and technical integrations. If they see opportunities for groups to work together toward a solution they aggressively pursue those options. You know they're monitoring progress and that they will drive development toward an inevitable solution.

Q: I understand you've received $100,000 from the Gates Foundation to support your work. What's the next step in the funding process?

A: We have opportunity to compete for Phase 2 funding, and have had discussions with groups in Africa and England to define potential opportunities to integrate with them. We plan to meet all the other grantees in Durban, South Africa, at the end of this month to discuss further possibilities.

PAULA BURKES, BUSINESS WRITER

by Paula Burkes
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A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
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