Betsy Weiner, PhD, RN-BC, FACMI, FAAN, is the Senior Associate Dean for Informatics at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is also the Centennial Independence Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, a joint appointment between nursing and medicine. Prior to joining Vanderbilt in 2000, she served 21 years at the University of Cincinnati, 10 as director for a university wide faculty technology center, and four years as director of university academic computing. Considered a pioneer in multimedia development (with over 30 years of experience in the health sciences), she is responsible for the distance learning programs in nursing, and the informatics tools that help to tie together the research, practice, and academic arenas. Dr. Weiner publishes and speaks nationally and internationally on both informatics and emergency planning and response. She was the 2008 recipient of the AMIA Virginia K. Saba Award.