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Nancy Glenn Griesinger

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Statistician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Bible quotes

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1965
Birth Location:
Charleston, South Carolina

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Statistician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Bible quotes

Birthplace

Born:
1/26/1965
Birth Location:
Charleston
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Biography

Statistics professor Nancy L. Glenn was born in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from high school, Glenn attended the University of South Carolina where she earned her B.S. degree in mathematics in 1987 and a second B.S. degree in statistics in 1995. Glenn earned her Ph.D. degree in statistics from Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 2002, becoming the first African American to do so. Her doctoral thesis was about robust empirical likelihood, which is a statistical method of estimating a quantitative value. In 2002, Glenn worked as a postdoctoral research associate with the National Security Agency.

After completing her studies, Glenn became an assistant professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of South Carolina. In 2006, she conducted research in the fields of nonparametric statistics and bioinformatics, and contributed the findings to several academic research journals. One article examined the statistical patterns of cancer cell lines and another investigated the future implications of data analysis in evolutionary genomics, which is the study of how the DNA structure in organisms changes during evolution. Glenn remained at the University of South Carolina until 2007, when she was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Texas Southern University (TSU) in Houston, Texas.

In 2008, Glenn served as the lead investigator on a research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The research develops her nonparametric spirometry reference values. In 2011, she served as the co-investigator of a research project funded by the National Aeronautics Space Administration for the Bio-nanotechnology and Environmental Research Center in the Biology Department at TSU. Glenn also developed a course at TSU that prepares science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students for graduate schools in the sciences.

Throughout her career, Glenn published many important scientific articles, and participated in several activities outside of her academic requirements. She once was the Houston representative to the American Statistical Association and served as a reviewer for several statistical publications, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association and the Journal of Probability and Statistical Science . In her role as an educator, she teaches and mentors many undergraduate and graduate students in science-related fields. Glenn works in Houston, Texas.

Nancy L. Glenn was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on [08/16/2012].

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nancy Glenn describes her maternal grandfather and her mother's life in South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nancy Glenn describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nancy Glenn talks about her father's West African ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nancy Glenn talks about her late father, Henry Deas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nancy Glenn describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nancy Glenn describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Nancy Glenn talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Nancy Glenn describes her childhood in Charleston
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nancy Glenn describes segregation in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nancy Glenn describes her teenage years in school in McClellanville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nancy Glenn talks about the 1974 integration of schools is McClellanville
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nancy Glenn describes her experience in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nancy Glenn describes racism in post-segregated Charleston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nancy Glenn describes her experience in church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nancy Glenn describes her extra-curricular activities in Lincoln High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nancy Glenn talks about the influence of her high school guidance counselor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nancy Glenn talks about her high school honors and the lack of role models
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nancy Glenn describes her decision and experience attending the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nancy Glenn describes her math classes and the mentorship that she received at the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nancy Glenn contrasts the amenities at the University of South Carolina with those during her childhood in McClellanville
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nancy Glenn describes her decision to pursue a Ph.D. in statistics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nancy Glenn describes her experience and mentorship at Rice University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nancy Glenn discusses her Ph.D. dissertation in the area of empirical likelihood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Nancy Glenn talks about the Conference of African American Researchers in Mathematical Sciences (CARMS)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Nancy Glenn describes meeting Art Owen and editing his book on empirical likelihood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nancy Glenn describes her decision to return to the University of South Carolina as a faculty member
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nancy Glenn describes racial discrimination at the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nancy Glenn describes her productivity at the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nancy Glenn describes her most significant research publications in applied statistics and in biological sciences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nancy Glenn describes her departure from the University of South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nancy Glenn describes her son's relationship with her family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nancy Glenn describes her own and her husband's experience as a mixed-race couple in South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nancy Glenn describes her decision to join the math department at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Nancy Glenn describes her experience at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nancy Glenn describes her research on spirometry reference values for Hispanic Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nancy Glenn talks about the history of Texas Southern University and its math department
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nancy Glenn describes her experience at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nancy Glenn describes her hopes and concerns for the young African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nancy Glenn reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nancy Glenn talks about her son
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nancy Glenn talks about why she wears a burka
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Nancy Glenn talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Nancy Glenn describes her photographs