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Week of May 30, 2017

Rapid testing for Chicago beach water
Contact Sharon Parmet: (312) 413-2695 /

Dr. Samuel Dorevitch, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, and a team of his students have partnered with the Chicago Park District to help provide rapid water testing at 20 beaches every day this summer. The tests measure levels of DNA of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness. The rapid testing offers same-day results, unlike previously used methods that require 24 hours to yield information.

Chicago education funding and reform
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

A new short-term borrowing plan and future bond sales aim to keep Chicago Public Schools open through next year, while the system fights "discriminatory" state funding. Elizabeth Todd-Breland, UIC assistant professor of history, is analyzing changes in black politics, shifts in education organizing methods and the racial politics of education reform in the city over the last 60 years. She can discuss historical and ongoing issues around funding for CPS, racial discrimination in schools and teacher union matters.