UI names Pentella as interim SHL directorState Hygienic Laboratory Interim Director Michael Pentella
Michael Pentella, a clinical professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and former associate director of the State Hygienic Laboratory has been named the SHL interim director, the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Economic Development (OVPRED) announced in December.

UI confers emeritus status to Director AtchisonState Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison
The University of Iowa announced on Jan. 4 that it has conferred State Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison emeritus status as he prepares to retire from the SHL and the University of Iowa, effective Jan. 5. Atchison was also recently named Clinical Professor Emeritus by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Contaminated raw milk sold in four statesFresh butter on wooden board
For the second time in three months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning people who might have consumed contaminated raw milk and milk products to visit their doctor. People who bought and drank raw milk from a company called Udder Milk may have been infected with a rare but potentially serious germ called Brucella abortus RB51.

State and federal agencies team to fight ListeriaA three-dimensional computer-generated image of a grouping of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria
Concern about the possible occurrence of the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes in Iowa’s retail food establishments prompted a team effort by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (IDIA), local health departments and the State Hygienic Laboratory to evaluate an onsite test for the bacteria.

Women for Water: Water is fundamental to healthPam Mollenhauer (right), SHL director of the Office of Public Policy, and her daughter Lindsey at the recent Women for Water event
More than 80 women from across the state gathered on Nov. 21 in Des Moines to discuss their shared values around clean water in Iowa. The Women for Water event brought together Iowa woman who promote the quality and health of Iowa’s rivers, lakes and streams.

Zebra mussels found in Big Spirit LakeZebra mussels attach to a shell (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR)
The battle against the invasive zebra mussels took another turn on Sept. 23 when a juvenile mussel was found attached to a rock in the southwest side of Big Spirit Lake in northwestern Iowa.