IU School of Nursing / IU School of Informatics
Anna McDaniel may have spent years in the tradition-laden field of nursing, but the IUPUI researcher is always eager to find new tools to accomplish old tasks. And as a faculty member in both the IU School of Nursing and the IU School or Informatics, she╣s well positioned to create those new tools.
McDaniel, a recent addition to the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, is the evaluation director for the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. She has received numerous honors for her ability to turn research and theory into practical applications in health care. One such application is │Escape From Nicotinia,▓ a computer game geared for pre-teen girls to teach them the dangers of smoking.
Her creative approach to research has earned her both financial support and international recognition from such diverse organizations as the Indiana State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International (the international nursing honor society founded on what is now the IUPUI campus) and the Midwest Nursing Research Society.
In the School of Informatics, McDaniel is the director for the health informatics graduate program at the School of Informatics, guiding new professionals in an emerging field. The program focuses on using the increasing amount of health data collected about people to help insurance companies, hospitals, software vendors, medical device companies and others help Hoosier patients in times of need.