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Teaching tradition that began in 1904 continuesUniversity of Iowa students test their lab skills at SHL as part of a College of Public Health course.
There is a SHL tradition of sharing knowledge and experiences in a public health laboratory that began in 1904 with the laboratory’s first director, Dr. Henry Albert, and continues today with many staff members who mentor students, teach, and consult with clients and partners.

Iowan tells of family loss from 1918 influenza
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous 1918 influenza. From 1918-1919, the pandemic killed more than 500,000 people in the United and nearly 8,000 Iowans from 1918 -1920. In the coming months, Lab Link will continue to tell stories about the outbreak that changed a generation. The following is from the CDC’s Pandemic Influenza Storybook page.

Association honors Heimdal with environmental award
The Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA) honored the State Hygienic Laboratory’s Dennis Heimdal with the 2018 Harry Grant Award presented to him at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health in Des Moines on April 10.

Connect with researchers on new web pageSHL lab scientist testing samples.
Research has been a part of the State Hygienic Laboratory’s mission and service since it was founded by the state legislature in 1904. Now it is easier to connect with SHL researchers through a new page on the laboratory’s website.

Pentella named director of the State Hygienic LaboratoryMichael Pentella
The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Economic Development announced today that Michael Pentella, interim director of the State Hygienic Laboratory and a clinical professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health, has been named as the laboratory’s permanent director. The appointment is effective June 1.

Public health officials alert Iowans of measles exposureLRN organizational structure
The Iowa Department of Public Health announced on April 23 that Iowans who recently visited two restaurants in the Des Moines area may have been exposed to a confirmed case of measles.