The Office of the Bicentennial at Indiana University recently recognized both Executive Director Dr. Justin Garcia, and Director of Library and Special Collections Liana Zhou with a Bicentennial Medal in recognition of their “distinguished and distinctive service to Indiana University.”
Dr. Garcia’s research into the evolutionary and biocultural foundations of romantic and sexual relationships across the life course continue to gather attention. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and other notable publications, and he has appeared to give expert commentary on media outlets including CNN, CBS, and a variety of podcasts. He is a key member of the Kinsey Institute’s COVID-19 research team into the pandemic’s effects on sexuality and intimate relationships. In 2018, he was appointed a Bicentennial Professor at Indiana University.
Liana Zhou has served as the Kinsey Institute Director of Library and Special Collections for over 20 years. She is admired and respected by library and sexology colleagues around the country for her dedication to the protection of the archives and artifacts under her care, preserving a record of current and past human sexuality for future generations to study and understand. Through her interactions with students, faculty, donors, and the general public, she is an ambassador of goodwill for the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University.
About the Bicentennial Medals
The Bicentennial Medals were struck as part of the celebration of Indiana University’s 200th anniversary in 2020. The medals are awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic, or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation, and world.
The medals themselves are unique, made from materials salvaged from the old bells which hung in the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus, giving recipients a lasting piece of IU history.
To learn more about the Bicentennial Medals, visit the website at https://200.iu.edu/signature-projects/bicentennial-medal/index.html