Nancy Glynn (EPI '94) was recognized on May 29, 2015, with the Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award at the annual Alumni Awards dinner.
The Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award is presented annually since 1993 to to an alumnus/na who has made a significant contribution to the school or to the greater community through volunteer service. This award was established in honor of the late Margaret Fitzgerald Gloninger (MSHyg ’66), Pitt Public Health graduate and former faculty member in maternal and child health.
Glynn is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health. She is an exercise epidemiologist with a strong interest in the measurement of fatigability, physical activity, fitness, and physical function in older adult populations. Recently she designed and validated the Pittsburgh Fatigability Scale, a unique assessment tool to measure fatigability in older adults that is being used in several large scale domestic and international research studies. Glynn was the principal investigator of the Developmental Epidemiologic Cohort Study (DECOS), which was designed to evaluate established tools to measure physical activity, fatigability, fitness, and muscle function as they relate to physical function in order to establish optimal tools for future epidemiologic studies in older adult populations. She is also a coinvestigator and program director for two major NIH-funded studies, the LIFE Study and the Long Life Family Study. For the LIFE Study, she served as chair of both the Field Operations and Successful Aging Health Education Committees for this eight-site multicenter clinical trial.
Glynn is director of the master’s degree programs in epidemiology, which also includes identifying and managing internship placements for MPH students. She is a member of the University Senate Athletics Committee, the Pitt Public Health Masters Degree Program Committee, and the Department of Epidemiology curriculum, admissions, and scholarship committees. She is the founder and faculty liaison for the community service group Epi Gives Back, which bridges epidemiology with community service. Glynn also regularly serves on essay, thesis, and dissertation committees and teaches the doctoral-level course Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting the Medical and Public Health Literature.
Glynn is also active in social justice pursuits outside the University, and she can often be found cooking and serving dinner at a homeless shelter. She serves on the boards of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh, and Temple Sinai where she is a cochair of the Social Justice Committee. She is also the president of the University of Virginia Club of Pittsburgh.
Glynn received her PhD in epidemiology in 1994 from Pitt Public Health.