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At this year’s Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) luncheon, the Bonnie and Vern L. Bullough Award for the most distinguished book written for the professional sexological community in 2006 was awarded to Dr. Barry Komisaruk, Dr. Carlos Beyer-Flores and Dr. Beverly Whipple (one of the researchers who named the g spot in a now-classic 1987 book) for the publication of their book, The Science of Orgasm. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Komisaruk following the luncheon to congratulate him on their joint award and to let him know how much I appreciate their work and he seemed like an incredibly kind and modest individual. Congratulations to their team for their award!

Also at the SSS luncheon, other incredible researchers were honored including Dr. Stephanie Sanders (Associate Director of The Kinsey Institute and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Indiana University – and one of my personal mentors and role models) who was given the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, thereby joining the ranks of previous award winners such as Dr. John Bancroft, Dr. Harry Benjamin, Dr. Eli Coleman, Dr. Albert Ellis, Virginia Masters, Dr. William Masters (yes, Masters and Johnson) and Dr. Leonore Tiefer.

The 2006 Beigel Award (for best scientific paper) was given to Juliet Richters, Richard de Visser, Chris Rissel and Anthony Smith. The Celebrating New SSSS Fellow was Dr. Colin Williams.

Pictured above, from the left, are Dr. Brian Mustanski (Assisant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Illinois, Chicago), Dr. Beverly Whipple (Professor Emerita in the College of Nursing at Rutgers Univeristy), Dr. Jeffrey Parsons (Associate Professor of Psychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York), and me.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at