April 1 2008
Sari van Anders is an assistant research scientist at The Kinsey Institute and an assistant professor of Indiana Universityâ€™s department of psychological and brain sciences. Her talk, titled â€œAssociations between sexuality and testosterone in humans: Whither causality'â€ will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday (April 8) in room 12 of the Science Building. Refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. for the talk that is free and open to the public.
â€œShe is investigating how sexual desire/satisfaction and testosterone are linked to how a person chooses a partner or remains with that partner, as well as in examining the roles of testosterone in gender issues,â€ said Rusty Gonser, assistant professor at ISU.
With van Anders work profiled on the Discovery channel, Gonser said her speech should be of interest to many people, not just scientists.
â€œAs humans we have an innate curiosity about the world and research conducted on the 'human condition' seems to be of high interest,â€ Gonser said. â€œAdd in the fact that Dr. van Anders works on sexuality, then it really peaks the public's interest.â€
Her scientific research also makes van Anders ideal as the inaugural Women in Science speaker.
â€œWomen have been the forefront of many scientific discoveries, but were often overlooked for their male counterparts,â€ Gonser said.
Some famous female scientists are: Marie Curie, radiation; Lise Meitner, nuclear; Rachel Carson, ecology; Rosalind Franklin, molecular biology; Grace Murry Hopper, computer science â€¢ COBAL; Barbara McClintock, genetics; Jane Goodall, primatologist and conservation; Flossie Wong-Staal, a co-discoverer of the HIV virus; and Inez Fung, climate change.
â€œThis series goes along with the Diversity in Science speaker,â€ Gonser said. â€œPartnered, the two keynote speakers celebrate the contributions of underrepresented groups in sciences.â€
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a co-sponsor of the Women in Science speaker.
Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor of life sciences, at 812- 237-2395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or email@example.com
A sexuality researcher will give the inaugural speech as Indiana State University's Women in Science Speaker, which is part of the on-going Life Science Seminar Series.