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Historical Document:
June 5, 2007
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About Dr. Reynolds
 

Awards
  OMHD Congratulates Dr. Gladys Reynolds for
  Receiving the 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 role model.  

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.

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.

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About Dr. Reynolds
green square Path to Public Health   green square "Firsts"
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green square Achievements & Awards   green square Applying Affirmative Action
 

"Firsts"

  • 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.

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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 1992.
Links to American Statistical Society and Award Pages:
blue arrow American Statistical Association (ASA) Home Page
blue arrow ASA Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Elizabeth L. Scott Award Committee
blue arrow ASA Operating Procedures for the Elizabeth L. Scott Award Committee

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Previous Recipients of the Elizabeth L. Scott Award:

Year Recipient Citation
1992 F.N. David 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.
1994 Donna Brogan 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.
1996 Grace Wahba 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.
1998 Ingram Olkin 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 Women”.
2000 Nancy Flournoy 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 sciences.
2002 Janet Norwood 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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Sources:
1. American Statistical Association (ASA) Website Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Elizabeth L. Scott Award Committee page
http://www.amstat.org/comm/index.cfm?fuseaction=outsidecommdetails&txtComm=OCOPSS/SCOTT.
2. ASA Website Operating Procedures for the Elizabeth L. Scott Award Committee page
http://www.niss.org/copss/OperatingProceduresScott.doc.

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