mations, including taking the historic undergraduate women’s college into coeducation; building its graduate programs, notably in nursing, health administration, and other health professions; and developing curricula to serve the needs of diverse populations of 21st century students through interdisciplinary pathways.
Joan Ressner Austin, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is a distinguished professor emerita at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She is a consultant for the Intramural Program of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has held leadership positions and has been a member of numerous professional associations, including the American Epilepsy Society (AES) (where she was president in 2005), the Epilepsy Foundation (where she served four terms on the Professional Advisory Board), and the IOM (since 2000). Her research focuses on improving the quality of life of children with epilepsy and their families and also on researching how new-onset seizures as well as chronic epilepsy impact children’s behavior, mental health, and academic performance. Dr. Austin is the recipient of many awards for her research, including the Distinguished Contribution to Nursing Science Award from the American Nurses Foundation, the AES-Milken Family Medical Foundation International Research Award for contributions to clinical research, the International Bureau for Epilepsy-International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) Award of Social Accomplishment, and the Jacob Javits Award for Research in Neurosciences from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. She is author of numerous articles and a reviewer and member of the editorial board of Chronic Illness as well as other journals.
Vicki Beck, M.S., is a communication consultant with nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and private companies and foundations that address public health and medical research, treatment, and education issues. She is director emerita and founder of Hollywood, Health and Society at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication’s Norman Lear Center, where she created a model for promoting and evaluating the impact of public health topics in entertainment programs. Ms. Beck’s research has focused on the effects of television health content and health campaign messages on audiences. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on audience research topics. Prior to USC, Beck was a senior health communications specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she advised on national health campaigns, served as the founder and director of the CDC’s entertainment education program, and conducted audience research. As a communications expert for 25 years, she has participated in numerous