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Hygienic Laboratory announces new AmbassadorHygienic Laboratory announces new Ambassador
CORALVILLE, Iowa (Sept. 17, 2015) -- The State Hygienic Laboratory announced on Sept. 17 that Michael Schultz will be its Environmental and Public Health Ambassador for 2015 – 2016. Through the Ambassador Program, the Hygienic Laboratory works with leaders in the state who share a common goal to raise awareness of public health and laboratory science.

Arsenic testing available for private well ownersArsenic testing available for private well owners
Private well owners in Iowa now may have their drinking water tested for arsenic at no cost through the Grants to Counties Program. On July 1, arsenic was added as an optional analysis to the minimum analyses for nitrate (including nitrite) and total coliform bacteria.

Laboratory Symposium set for Sept. 29Laboratory Symposium set for Sept. 29
The 48th annual Laboratory Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny, located on the Des Moines Area Community College campus.

Influenza outbreak identified in long-term care facilityInfluenza outbreak identified in long-term care facility
Iowa Department of Public Health announced on Aug. 7 that it had joined a county health department to investigate an outbreak of influenza A (H3) in a long-term care facility. The State Hygienic Laboratory confirmed cases associated with the outbreak and reported results to IDPH.

Teachers learn lessons as externsTeachers learn lessons as externs
Each summer, a small number of Iowa teachers are chosen to spend six weeks in a business setting to learn how the things they teach are applied. These Real World Externships match science, technology and math teachers with businesses and agencies as part of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. This year the program sponsored a cadre of 39 STEM teachers, including three who were assigned to the State Hygienic Laboratory.