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Associate professor of microbiology Greg Kleinheinz was elected to the Great Lakes Beach Association Board, which pursues healthy beach water conditions in the Great Lakes area.

Kleinheinz has more than 12 years of experience working on water and wastewater issues. Along with the beach group, he currently conducts beach monitoring and/or research in 11 Wisconsin counties and three Michigan counties, with a summer research group of about 20 students working at more than 100 beaches.

Their research interests include investigations into novel sampling techniques, sanitary survey tool development, rainfall effects on E. coli, pathogens and viruses in recreational water, and a variety of molecular source-tracking methods to aid in fecal input mitigation and beach management practices.

For more information about the Great Lakes Beach Association, visit www.great-lakes.net/glba/aboutus.html.

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