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NIDCD Grantee Elected to National Academy of Sciences Governing Council

Linda Bartoshuk
NIDCD grantee Linda M.
Bartoshuk, Ph.D., was
recently elected to the
National Academy of
Sciences Governing
Council.

NIDCD grantee Linda M. Bartoshuk, Ph.D., professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, University of Florida, recently was elected to the governing council of the National Academy of Sciences. She will be representing the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, social and political sciences, and economic sciences on the council. Her three-year term is effective July 1, 2008.

Dr. Bartoshuk studies genetic variation in such areas as taste perception, oral pain, and taste disorders. She is best known for her work on supertasters, people who are born with an unusually large number of taste buds, and their risk for some oral pain disorders. She also studies the links between oral sensation and behavior in normal subjects, as well as in patients with taste or oral pain disorders.

In 2003, Dr. Bartoshuk was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer. The academy is a private, nonprofit institution, established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art."

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