Editor's Note: Change is Coming

Authored by: Janie Page

As I noted in my remarks at the Annual Business Meeting, I will be stepping down as Newsletter Editor at the end of this year. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve in this capacity and add my name to the list of distinguished newsletter editors who have served BEMS:


BEMS Newsletter Editors



  • Thomas C. Rozzell (1979- 1983)
  • Michael Marron (1983 – 1985)
  • Thomas C. Rozzell (1985- 1989)
  • Carol Jordan Evans (1989 – 1996)
  • Mary Ellen O’Connor (1997 – 1998)
  • Mays Swicord and Janet Lathrop (1999 - 2007)
  • Janie Page (2007 – 2013)



In the remaining issues, we will be focusing on these distinct themes:


• August/September 2013 issue: Award winners from 2013


  • o Frank Prato, 15th d’Arsonval award recipient
  • o Student award winners from BioEM 2013


• October/November 2013 issue: Capturing key details for future reference


The last issue under my editorship will focus on what members think needs to be preserved in this archival format for future reference. To kick off that effort, this issue contains a tabulation of where we’ve met and who has lead the organization so far (see article below entitled BEMS – The Foundations). I especially invite all members to contribute to the October/November issue of the newsletter. In that issue we’d like to capture anything that you think has provided or still provides a foundation for the work we do. It may be a concept that guides your research, or an issue to watch out for, or something you think has been proven but overlooked. I look forward to hearing from you (news@bems.org).


What’s next? The Communications Committee has issued the following request for proposals:


The Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS) is looking for a part-time communications coordinator to maintain, develop, and expand the Society’s presence on the internet and other media, and to facilitate the exchange of news and ideas among Society members and the broader community interested in bioelectromagnetics.


Duties would include maintaining and coordinating BEMS social media, keeping BEMS members up-to-date on news, events, and issues in bioelectromagnetics (e.g. researching topics for articles, writing the articles or obtaining copy from members, editing the articles and producing the finished product for the web or other media, as well as archiving our Society's rolling history), and developing new ideas for communicating internally and externally.


Applicants should submit a two-page proposal describing:

1. their experience and qualifications for this position;

2. the scope and content of their proposal for a BEMS communications platform focused on electronic media, including news, and internal society communication features;

3. a description of the work to be performed by the communications coordinator, including the frequency, availability, and sources of new and updated items;

4. an annual budget.


Please send these to secretary@bems.org with a copy to office@bems.org