The Center for Sexual Health Promotion celebrating 10th anniversary with a visit from Dr. Ruth

Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion is celebrating its 10th anniversary with special guest Dr. Ruth. Ruth Westheimer, better known as “Dr. Ruth,” will visit the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Sept. 14 to discuss a life spent in sex education as part of the Bloomington Sex Salon, a monthly community-based speaker series on the topic of […]

IU researcher reflects on the first White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing

Guest blog courtesy of Brian Dodge, associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. Sept. 21, 2015, became an unexpectedly meaningful day in my life both as a public health researcher, educator and advocate and as a bisexual man. It marked the first ever […]

Two IU faculty members serve as co-producers for Sundance documentary

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: Debby Herbenick, associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and Bryant Paul, associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications at IU’s Media School, are receiving co-producer credits in a documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on […]

Optional campus sexual health survey to hit student emails this week

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Milana Katic: The Center for Sexual Health and Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington will be sending out the Campus Sexual Health Survey to IU student email addresses starting this week. The survey is completely optional and will be addressing a range of sexual health issues relevant […]

5 questions with Russ Siadatian about IU fraternities taking a stand against sexual violence

Sexual violence has become a national conversation in part because of attention the White House has focused on the subject. This week, it became clear that a number of fraternities at Indiana University have joined the conversation. “Overall, this has been an initiative that started as a conversation between a few students a few years ago, and has grown into something exponentially greater, said Russ Siadatian.

Female condoms?

With an initial grant of $100,000 for her research project, “Development and Testing of the Female Pleasure Condom,” IU sex researcher Debby Herbenick and her collaborator, if successful, will be in the running for a follow-up grant of up to $1 million from Grand Challenges Explorations, a global health initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Sexual health, HIV on a global scale: 5 questions with Brian Dodge and Jessamyn Bowling

Recently the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington announced The U.S.-India Partnership for Sexual Health Promotion, a new initiative that involves formalizing public health collaborations between the school and The Humsafar Trust, India’s oldest and largest health service organization for LGBT populations. Brian Dodge, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and Jessamyn Bowling, a project coordinator at the center, take five questions about the new initiative and their work in general.

What happens in Greenland won’t stay in Greenland

Last week IU anthropologist Virginia Vitzthum announced her NSF-funded research project to study the biological, cultural and environmental challenges facing an Arctic community. Like many coastal and modernizing communities worldwide, northern Greenlanders are confronted by a changing climate, demographic shifts and global economic forces that threaten their very existence. What she learns in Greenland could benefit the health of men and women in the U.S.

5 Questions with psychologist, sex researcher Tierney Lorenz

What does exercise have to do with sex and depression? What is sexual medicine? In this Q&A, Tierney Lorenz, post-doctoral fellow at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, talks about her fascination with mind-body interactions and why this health psychologist added sex research to her pursuits.

Science of attraction

Do you ever wonder what makes you attracted to someone? Is it their physical appearance, their personality, or could it even be an adaptive cognitive mechanism?