In Memoriam: Professor Emerita Glenis R. Long

Glenis R. Long (fourth from left) at commencement

The Graduate Center mourns the passing of Professor Emerita Glenis R. Long (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences), who died on July 16, 2021.
A prolific scholar, Long specialized in otoacoustic emissions or sounds generated by the human cochlea (inner ear) and was known for combining mathematical modeling with laboratory research, which was rare. She was also involved in the development of better clinical tools for the evaluation of hearing loss. The students she mentored are now in academic programs throughout the world.
“Glenis Long was a remarkable scientist, mentor, and collaborator in hearing-related fields for more than 40 years,” said Jungmee Lee, Ph.D., a research associate professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of South Florida who was one of Long’s postdoctoral students.
During her time at the Graduate Center, Long served as the director of the Hearing Science Laboratory, where otoacoustic emissions are used as a noninvasive tool for investigating cochlear mechanisms. This research typically is combined with psychoacoustic research to better understand the perceptual consequences of cochlear nonlinearity and distortion. Long collaborated frequently with faculty in different disciplines including physics, mathematics, biology, and psychology.
Long published numerous articles in a wide array of journals, was active in professional organizations, and was elected as a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America for services to research in psychoacoustics and otoacoustic emissions. Her contributions to hearing science were recognized by a Lifetime Achievement award from American Auditory Society (2018) and a Hartmann Prize in Auditory Neuroscience from Acoustical Society of America (2019).
Born in Te Kopuru, New Zealand, she studied experimental psychology at Canterbury University (B.A., M.A.) and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.).
She conducted research in the United States, Germany, and England and taught at Purdue University before coming to the Graduate Center in 2001.
“She was surrounded these last few weeks by her family, students, friends, and colleagues and maintained her lively intelligence and sociability up to the last week,” Professor Valerie Shafer, executive officer of the Ph.D. Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, wrote in a note to colleagues on the day of Long’s passing.
Events to celebrate her life are being planned, and the Graduate Center has started a scholarship fund in her memory.
If you would like to contribute to The Glenis Long Award for Excellence in Research Design, use this form. Please include “The Glenis Long Award for Exellence in Research Design” in the comment of the donation.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program is collecting pictures of her career and life. They can be emailed to

Submitted on: JUL 26, 2021

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