At the core of Hurty’s public health philosophy lay eugenics—he viewed the sick and disabled as financial burdens upon the state.
Talk of zoology at Indiana University often turns to a scholar whose research shifted from gall wasps to human sexuality, shaking the world in the process. Decades before Alfred Kinsey began his groundbreaking work, however, the IU Department of Zoology became noteworthy for another reason—also related to sex and gender.
Having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology, Effa Funk Muhse made history as IU’s first female Ph.D. when that same department awarded her the degree in 1908.
An ignominious chapters in Indiana history ended in 1974, when legislation permitting compulsory sterilization was repealed by the Indiana General Assembly.