- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The University of Chicago has announced it will open five “Urban Labs” that will focus on problems that cities face.

The school on Monday said there will be five UChicago Urban Labs that will focus on crime, education, energy and the environment, health and poverty. The goal is to partner with civic leaders in Chicago and globally.

The project will be launched with $15 million in seed funding that will allow for the creation of labs focusing on health, poverty and energy and the environment. A university faculty member will lead each lab. The funding includes $10 million from the Pritzker Foundation.

University President Robert Zimmer said the school is creating the project “at a time when the world’s cities are growing more rapidly than ever before.”

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