FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, MPP, dean of the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Dental Medicine, was recently elected as a council delegate representing the Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In this role, Niessen will serve a 3-year term.
The AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. AAAS seeks to advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world and publishes the journal, Science. AAAS Council considers matters relating to disciplinary section business and the organizational bylaws.
“It is truly an honor to be appointed to represent the field of dentistry and Nova Southeastern University in this major scientific organization,” said Niessen. “I look forward to working with my peers from throughout the country to advance our profession and support research and discoveries that will ultimately benefit patients throughout the globe.”
Niessen joined NSU in October 2013. She previously served as a clinical professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Texas A&M University’s Baylor College of Dentistry. Niessen’s research interests include geriatric oral research and education, epidemiology of oral diseases in older adults, and oral health public policy.
Niessen received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of New Mexico and her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and Master’s in Public Policy (MPP), all from Harvard University.