NEWARK, N.J. A Rutgers College of Nursing emerita faculty member, Beverly Whipple, was named one of the 50 most influential scientists in the world by New Scientist magazine in its Nov. 16, 2006 edition.

Whipple, professor emerita, at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, was the only one in her field of sexual health and sexuality research that was selected for this honor. Whipple was asked to predict what will be the future in the sexual health and sexuality research field in the next 50 years.

I am thrilled to be named along with a distinguished group of scientists whose contributions to their research areas have made a positive impact to their professions, said Whipple, a Voorhees, N.J. resident.

Whipples research focused on womens health issues and the sexual physiology of women. She is the co-author of the international bestseller, The G Spot and Other Recent Discoveries about Human Sexuality, which has been translated into 19 languages and was re-published as a classic 23 years later in 2005. Her new book, The Science of Orgasm, published by Johns Hopkins University in late October 2006 is now in its second printing. She has co-authored three additional books and written more than 160 research articles and book chapters.

Whipple is a member of a number of honor societies and received the Alumni Achievement award from Wagner College in 1983. She was the president of the American Association of Sex Counselors, Educators & Therapists (AASECT), the president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, vice president of the World Association for Sexology, and was on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Womens Sexual Health. Whipple is now the secretary general of the World Association for Sexual Health and is on the board of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She received numerous awards from professional organizations.

From its headquarters at Rutgers Newark, Rutgers College of Nursing offers a broad range of academic programs on all three Rutgers campuses. The college offers a masters program with unique practitioner specialties and the first to offer a doctoral (Ph.D) nursing degree in New Jersey.