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William J. Hausler wins Lifetime Achievement Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William J. Hausler, former director of the University Hygienic Laboratory (UHL) in Iowa City, was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award during the 41st annual meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors in Breckenridge, Colo. on June 16.

Hausler served as director of the University Hygienic Laboratory from 1965 until his retirement and appointment as emeritus director in 1995. Prior to that he served as associate bacteriologist and then assistant director and principle bacteriologist at UHL. He holds academic appointments in the departments of preventive medicine and environmental health and oral pathology.

Hausler received his doctorate in microbiology and mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1958. He holds professional affiliations in the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Public Health Association, the American Society for Microbiology, and the International AIDS Society.

ASTPHLD President Michael Skeels, in presenting Hausler with the award, recognized his "lifetime of outstanding leadership, significant contributions to the advancement of public health laboratory practice, and service to the association."

The criteria for the award include distinguished service to ASTPHLD, significant contributions to the advancement of public health laboratory science or practice, leadership in the field of public health, and/or positively influencing public health policy on a national or global level.

ASTPHLD is an organization of 56 members representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories comprising the United States. Its mission is to promote the role of public health laboratories in support of national and global health objectives, and to promote policies and programs which assure continuous improvement in the quality of laboratory practice. ASTPHLD's vision is "a healthier world through quality laboratory practice."

6/18/98