June 5, 2007
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities (OMHD)
OMHD Congratulates Dr. Gladys Reynolds for
Elizabeth L. Scott Award.
Dr. Gladys H. Reynolds was awarded the 2004 Elizabeth L. Scott Award by
the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies, including the
American Statistical Association, International Biometric
Society-Eastern North American Region and Western North American Region,
Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the Statistical Society of
Canada. The award, presented in Toronto, Ontario, in August 2004,
recognizes an individual who exemplifies the contributions of Elizabeth
L. Scott’s lifelong efforts to further the careers of women in academia
and who served in a variety of capacities as a
Dr. Gladys Reynolds (left) accepts the Elizabeth L. Scott
Award from Dr. Linda J. Young (right), Chair, Committee of
Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) at the 2004 Joint Statistical
Meeting held in Toronto in August, 2004.
The award was presented to Dr. Reynolds for her
outstanding leadership and commitment to the field of
Biostatistics/Epidemiology, to national and international health, and to
the promotion of women and underrepresented groups to the full potential
of their roles in statistics and public health management and
professional society positions.
- In 1967, Gladys Reynolds became the first woman without an
MD or PhD to receive the Special NIH Research Fellowship. (she
was awarded her PhD in 1973).
- Dr. Reynolds was the first woman and the first statistician
to serve as the head of a Statistics Branch at CDC, 1979-1989.
- Dr. Reynolds' work on mathematical modeling of sexually
transmitted diseases (STDs) was among the earliest in this area.
- Dr. Reynolds is the only woman to have served both as an Epidemic
Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer and as a Supervisory Public Health Advisor
at CDC, pioneering these roles for women. She served as President of
the Association of Executive Women at the Centers for Disease Control
and was an organizing member of this association.
- In 1985, Dr. Reynolds was the first person at CDC in Atlanta
to be named a Fellow by the American Statistical Association.
- Dr. Reynolds organized and chaired the first
Statistical Symposium on “Statistics in Surveillance” in 1988.
She also organized the third Statistical Symposium on “Statistics in Evaluating
Interventions” in 1990.
- In 1991, Dr. Reynolds chaired the Annual Meeting of the
American College of Epidemiology which focused on the theme “The
Morbidity/Mortality Gap: Is it Race or Racism?” and was the
Guest Editor of the Special Volume on the proceedings, “The
Morbidity /Mortality Gap: Is it Race or Racism?” Annals of
Epidemiology, 1993. This may have been the first time the issue
of racism as a cause of disparities in morbidity and mortality
was openly discussed in a large professional conference.
- Chaired the 1st CDC Tribal consultation policy workgroup,
1996-1998, and the 1st CDC Tribal Colleges and Universities
(TCUs) workgroup, 1997 - 1998.
About the Elizabeth L. Scott Award
In recognition of Elizabeth L Scott's lifelong efforts in the
furtherance of the careers of women, this award is granted to an
individual who has helped foster opportunities in statistics for
women by developing programs to encourage women to seek careers in
statistics; by consistently and successfully mentoring women
students or new researchers; by working to identify gender-based
inequities in employment; or by serving in a variety of capacities
as a role model. This award, first awarded in 1992, is given every
other year in even years1, if, in the
opinion of the Award Committee, an eligible and worthy nominee is
found.2 Dr. Reynolds is the
seventh recipient of this prestigious award since its inception in
|Links to American Statistical Society and Award Pages:
||American Statistical Association (ASA) Home Page
ASA Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS)
Elizabeth L. Scott Award Committee
ASA Operating Procedures for the Elizabeth L. Scott Award
Previous Recipients of the Elizabeth L. Scott Award:
||For her efforts in opening the door to women in
statistics; for contributions to the profession over many years;
for contributions to education, science, and public service; for
research contributions to combinatorics, statistical methods,
applications, and understanding history; and her spirit as a
lecturer and as a role model.
||For her efforts as founder and first president
of the Caucus for Women in Statistics; for serving as effective
role model and mentor for graduate students and junior faculty;
for promoting employment opportunities for women statisticians;
and for productive scholarship in the use of statistics to serve
the public health, notably in breast cancer epidemiology.
||For inspiring a generation of women statistical
scientists through her outstanding methodological work in
splines and computational methods and her leadership in
interdisciplinary research; for quietly improving the image and
status of women in academia by maintaining a standard of
excellence in her teaching and research, and through her
uniquely generous and good humored style.
||For his long-standing commitment to fostering
opportunities for women in statistics; for his efforts to
promote the interests of women in the professional societies;
for his personal service as a mentor for individual women
students and junior faculty; for establishing through NSF the
highly effective “Stanford Summer Program in Statistics for
||For her innovative and highly successful efforts
in encouraging women to seek competitive research funding; for
envisioning and supporting the pioneering Pathways to the Future
Workshops; for serving as a role model and mentor for graduate
students and young faculty; for her scholarship in teaching and
research; and for her many contributions to the statistical
||For fostering opportunities for women through
improved training and salary opportunities; for setting the
standard for the advancement of women in statistical positions
throughout the federal government; for correcting gender-based
inequities at the Bureau of Labor statistics; for mentoring women
throughout their careers; and for serving as a role model
through her dedication to professionalism and excellence.
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