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Nov. 30, 2010

Science educator Ibarra to be State Hygienic Laboratory ambassador

A former National Teacher of the Year is the new Environmental and Public Health Ambassador for the State Hygienic Laboratory, the lab announced today.

Hector Ibarra, a nationally recognized educator and former science teacher at West Branch Middle School, will collaborate with the Hygienic Laboratory as its ambassador to promote the study of science by students throughout Iowa.

"We are excited to be working with Dr. Ibarra to encourage our young people to look at science as a career path," said Hygienic Laboratory Director Christopher Atchison. "Dr. Ibarra's career demonstrates his commitment to this goal."

Ibarra has been involved in many national educational initiatives and was recently appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board. The board works with the National Assessment of Educational Programs to create an assessment of educational systems known as the Nation's Report Card.

A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of the University of Iowa, Ibarra has been an educator for more than 30 years. He twice received the President's Volunteer Service Award and is a recipient of the National Science Teachers' Association Distinguished Teaching Award, among numerous state and national recognitions.

This is the second year for the Hygienic Lab's ambassador program. Miss Iowa 2009 Anne Michael Langguth was last year's Environmental and Public Health Ambassador. A Harvard graduate, Langguth is currently attending the UI Carver College of Medicine.

The Hygienic Laboratory is the state of Iowa's environmental and public health laboratory, with facilities located at the University of Iowa's Research Park campus in Coralville, at the Iowa Laboratories Facility in Ankeny, and at Lakeside Lab in northwestern Iowa. For more information about the laboratory and its programs and services, visit

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

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