Sixth Brown Bag of the Semester – October 19, 2012

Jennifer Bass

In and out of the closet:  Communications strategy at The Kinsey Institute

How does The Kinsey Institute balance the need for relevance versus the controversy that often erupts around sex? We will review recent controversies and also how the institute is engaging with media to serve as a “trusted source” on sexual behavior and sexual health.

Jennifer Bass is Director of Communications for The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University, her 3rd position at the institute.  Before stepping into this role, she conducted research on the effects of oral contraceptives on mood and sexuality, and then took on the task of starting Kinsey Confidential, the sex info website for students. She is hoping someday someone will tell her what Communications Directors are supposed to do.

She holds a Masters of Public Health from University of North Carolina, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Grinnell College.

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