Researcher to speak on sexuality at ISU

April 1 2008

TERRE HAUTE -- 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.

Sari van Anders is an assistant research scientist at The Kinsey Institute and an assistant professor of Indiana University’s department of psychological and brain sciences. Her talk, titled “Associations between sexuality and testosterone in humans: Whither causality'” 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.

“She 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,” 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.

“As humans we have an innate curiosity about the world and research conducted on the 'human condition' seems to be of high interest,” Gonser said. “Add in the fact that Dr. van Anders works on sexuality, then it really peaks the public's interest.”

Her scientific research also makes van Anders ideal as the inaugural Women in Science speaker.

“Women have been the forefront of many scientific discoveries, but were often overlooked for their male counterparts,” 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 • COBAL; Barbara McClintock, genetics; Jane Goodall, primatologist and conservation; Flossie Wong-Staal, a co-discoverer of the HIV virus; and Inez Fung, climate change.

“This series goes along with the Diversity in Science speaker,” Gonser said. “Partnered, the two keynote speakers celebrate the contributions of underrepresented groups in sciences.”

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a co-sponsor of the Women in Science speaker.

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Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor of life sciences, at 812- 237-2395 or rgonser@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, assistant director of media relations, at 812-237-7972 or jsicking@isugw.indstate.edu

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