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June 3, 2010

PHOTO: Image of State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa. The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust awarded the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI a challenge grant to help complete a fully operational environmental and public health training laboratory. The Hygienic Lab is located at Highway 965 and Oakdale Boulevard at the UI Research Park in Coralville. CREDIT: University of Iowa/Tom Jorgensen, 2010

Carver Trust awards grant to State Hygienic Laboratory for learning lab

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust has awarded the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa a $300,000 challenge grant for the construction and outfitting of a learning laboratory in its new building on the UI Research Park campus in Coralville, Iowa.

Once completed, this unique training space will include a fully functional Biosafety Level Three (BSL-3) laboratory. Scientists can perform highly specialized testing in BSL-3 labs, which are designed with environmental controls to ensure optimum safety.

The Hygienic Laboratory plans to partner with public and private organizations to develop training and educational programming that can be delivered from the learning lab. It also will be an educational center for faculty, students and researchers from all sectors of Iowa's higher education communities. The total estimated cost for the project is $981,940.

"We are excited by the opportunity to partner with the Carver Trust to enhance and expand the lab's support of science education and training for students and professionals in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Corridor and across Iowa," said Christopher Atchison, director of the Hygienic Laboratory. "This new space will allow us to support new collaborative initiatives in a fully operational laboratory setting."

The State Hygienic Laboratory held dedication ceremonies for the new building on May 5 and expects to move into the facility later this summer.

As part of the Carver Trust challenge grant terms, the Hygienic Laboratory and the UI Foundation will raise an additional $300,000 in private gifts from other sources.

Hygienic Laboratory scientists test for numerous infectious diseases, such as mumps and influenza, and for environmental contaminants in the air, water, soil and food. The laboratory provides newborn screening for all babies born in Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. In addition to the new laboratory in Coralville, the Hygienic Laboratory performs testing in the Iowa Laboratories Facility in Ankeny, Iowa, and as part of Lakeside Lab on Lake Okoboji.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private philanthropic foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its website at

EDITOR'S NOTE: Contact Pat Blake at 319-335-4177 or for a copy of the photo.

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,