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Nov. 11, 2009

Photo: Miss Iowa Anne Michael Langguth speaks with microbiologist Brian Madigan at the University Hygienic Laboratory in her new role as Environmental and Public Health Laboratory Ambassador for the laboratory.

Miss Iowa teams with UI Hygienic Laboratory as ambassador

miss iowaThe University Hygienic Laboratory announced today, Wednesday, Nov. 11, that Miss Iowa 2009 Anne Michael Langguth will serve as its Environmental and Public Health Laboratory Ambassador to bring awareness to a looming workforce shortage in the public health sector.

In the next 11 years, more than 4,200 public health jobs are expected to be left vacant in Iowa because of a shortage of skilled workers, including public health laboratory scientists, educators, nurses, epidemiologists and other skilled positions, according to a study by the Association of Schools of Public Health. An additional 250,000 vacancies are expected nationwide.

"It is truly an honor to serve as an ambassador for the University Hygienic Laboratory," said Langguth. "With my Miss Iowa crown as a microphone, I look forward to the opportunity to promote both healthy lifestyles and engagement in the sciences with citizens of our state."

Langguth is a 2009 graduate of Harvard University with a degree in government, and is deferring her entry to the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine until she completes her year of service to the state. In January, she will represent Iowa in the of Miss America pageant.

"Anne Michael's personal commitment to educating Iowans about ways to improve health and her choice of a career in healthcare perfectly complements the Hygienic Laboratory's mission to educate on and protect the health of Iowans," said Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison. "This is a rare opportunity to bring attention to the importance of environmental and public health, and to the need for skilled workers in this field."

The University Hygienic Laboratory is the state of Iowa's environmental and public health laboratory, with facilities located at the University of Iowa's Oakdale Campus in Iowa City and at the Iowa Lab Facilities in Ankeny, a Des Moines suburb. The UHL performs analyses on samples from virtually all matrices, including human clinical specimens, air, drinking water, wastewater, soil, sediment, industrial effluents, oil and fish. In addition to performing analyses by specified methods, the UHL provides methods development and procedure verification for non-routine analyses. For more information about the laboratory and its programs and services, visit

STORY SOURCE: University Hygienic Laboratory, 102 Oakdale Campus, H101 OH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-5002

MEDIA CONTACT: Pat Blake, 319-335-4177,