Dr. Gesselman is the inaugural recipient of a new titled faculty position named in honor of Dr. Anita Aldrich.
This titled endowment supported by the Anita Aldrich estate is presented to a research scientist who embodies Dr. Aldrich's commitment to understanding human health, with a focus on women in science and the academy, and provides funding to support their research work into issues of health and sexuality.
Dr. Gesselman was recognized for her work as a researcher at the Kinsey Institute investigating topics related to romantic and sexual relationships: dating and sexuality of single adults, with an emphasis on technology and health behaviors; the psychology, sexuality, and health of romantic couples; and the intersection of human development, stigma, and sexuality.
This gift has also been awarded matching funds on interest by the Indiana University Foundation as part of the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.
About Dr. Anita Aldrich, 1914-2012
Dr. Anita Aldrich was a leader and dedicated health & physical education professional, and closely involved with the development of athletics at Indiana University. In her decades as an IU faculty member, she established a pattern of being the first woman to serve in many capacities at the university and in the community, and was a champion for the advancement of women in sport.
She was a professor of Education in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), where she served as Chair of Women's Physical Education, then chair of the combined departments of Physical Education for men and women, and also as Dean of the School of HPER from 1975-76. She was the first woman appointed to the IU Athletics Committee in 1971 and served as its chair from 1978-1985.
Dr. Aldrich served outside the university as the women's adivsor to President Kennedy's Council for Physical Fitness in 1961, and as the National President of the American Association for HPER, 1962-63. Throughout her long career, she was recognized with state and national awards for her service and contributions to health and physical education.
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