The results of the 2008 BEMS election were announced at the Annual Business Meeting, held June 11, 2008 in San Diego, CA. Each year, at least five new members join the Board of Directors to replace those retiring from their three year terms. Retiring members of the board in 2008 include Past President Ben Greenebaum, Biological Sciences members James McNamee and Joseph Salvatore, Engineering and Physical Sciences member Frank Hart, and At Large member Michael Murphy. New Past President Ewa Czerska handed the gavel to incoming President Niels Kuster after announcing
these election results:
Incoming Vice President Michael R. Murphy holds a PhD in neuroscience from MIT, Cambridge, MA and is currently the Scientific Director, Directed Energy Bioeffects Division of the USAF Radio Frequency Radiation Branch, where his interests include both laser and RF bioeffects and protection. He hopes to expand opportunities for younger members to get involved in the Society’s operations, and to use his develop new materials to broaden the support for and membership in our Society.
One of the new Biological and Medical Sciences board members, David Black, is a specialist in Occupational and Environmental Physician and a Senior Medical Academic at the School of Population Health of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He is a fully qualified specialist medical practitioner recognised and in good standing with the Medical Council of New Zealand. Prior to commencing his medical training he was an electronic engineer originally trained in the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation.
The other new Biological and Medical Sciences board member, Ann Rajnicek may be familiar to BEMS members from her plenary talk at the 2007 BEMS meeting held in Kanazawa, Japan. She is a lecturer and research scientist in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and she holds a PhD in 1990 from Purdue University and is part of a European research consortium (funded by the European Commission) developing an implantable electrochemical device to aid mammalian spinal cord repair.
Filling the Engineering and Physical Sciences position on the board, Art Thansandote holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carleton University, Canada. In July 1991, he joined Health Canada where he is currently chief of the Electromagnetics Division which assesses, monitors and assists in the reduction of possible health risks from EMF exposure. Being a native of Thailand, he has cooperated with the Thai Ministry of Public Health in its development of a national program on non-ionizing radiation protection.
The newest At-Large board member, Andrei G. Pakhomov is a Research Associate Professor at Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. He holds a Ph.D. in radiation biology/biophysics from the Medical Radiology Research Center (MRRC) in Obninsk, Russia and worked at Brooks AFB and the University of Texas Health Science Center before moving to Old Dominion University.