James C. Lin, professor of bioengineering and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois-Chicago, has been chosen as the new Editor in Chief of Bioelectromagnetics, the Society’s scientific journal.
A past president of the Society in 1994–1995, Lin was the 2003 winner of BEMS’s most prestigious honor, the d’Arsonval Award, which recognizes extraordinary accomplishment in bioelectromagnetics.
An accomplished communicator of science, Lin has a long history with various scientific publications including the BEMS journal as a member of its first editorial board. He is currently the editor of the book series, “Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems,” and is also an editorial board member at Microwave and Optical Technology Letters and The Microwave Journal.
Lin writes a popular column on “wireless communication health and safety” appearing in four professional magazines, and has shared his expertise with the public on such topics as robotics, police radar and cell phones as a guest on radio talk shows in Chicago and the Midwest, on the Discovery Channel, and for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Lin’s 1978 book, “Microwave Auditory Effects and Applications” was the first American contribution in its field, and another book he co-authored in 1987 with Michaelson, “Biological Effects and Health Implications of Radiofrequency Radiation,” has become a classic.
BEMS President Stefan Engström said many good comments were received about Lin’s qualifications to serve in the position by members of the Editor Search Committee, as well as people on the Inter-Society Relations Committee, the Journal Committee and the Publications Committee. “Support for Jim being the next editor of the Journal is unanimous,” Engström commented, “and it is a pleasure to welcome him.”
At the University of Illinois, Lin has served as head of the Bioengineering Department, Director of the Robotics and Automation Laboratory, and Director of Special Projects in the College of Engineering. He also held an appointment as the NSC Research Chair from 1993–1997. He is the author of more than 140 journal research papers overall, and author or editor of seven books.
Lin has made significant contributions to and provided leadership in advancing the understanding of biological interactions and medical applications of microwaves over the past 30 years, supporting human health and safety. Lin’s research has provided not only a better understanding of biological responses but also a basis for setting exposure criteria. His work on the microwave hearing phenomenon, reviewed in detail by Lin at a public meeting in Berlin of the International Commission on NonIonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)—a commission to which he was recently named—has been crucial to understanding the auditory perception of pulse-modulated microwaves. In particular, his experimental and analytical studies of the theory of microwave induced thermoelastic tissue interaction have made the microwave hearing phenomenon one of the most well defined and best understood effects of pulse-modulated microwave radiation, he points out.
Lin also was an early developer of medical applications such as noninvasive and non contact sensing of biological signatures to allow monitoring of vital signs and circulatory movements using microwave and cellular wireless technology. His work on microwave-induced blood-brain barrier permeability changes helped to define the interaction mechanism and threshold, and led to the combined microwave hyperthermia and chemotherapeutic treatment of brain cancer. Lin also is proud of pioneering the use of trans catheter microwave ablation technology for treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. His dosimetric studies on the biological interactions using canonical models in general, and award winning work on pulsed and transient electromagnetic signals provided important information on ultra-wide-band bioelectromagnetics.
He also has made important contributions through such organizations as NCRP and IEEE, with the responsibility for analyzing potential health effects and setting occupational and public guidelines for exposure to electromagnetic fields. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and IEEE.
Lin has led or organized meetings for many scientific and professional groups, including not only BEMS’s 25th Anniversary Meeting, but the URSI Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine (chair), IEEE COMAR (chair) and the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements’ SC 89-5, “Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields” (chair).
Lin began his higher education at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., and later received the BS, MS and PhD (1971) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. He has been a professor of electrical engineering, bioengineering and physiology and biophysics at the University of Illinois-Chicago since 1980.
– Janet Lathrop, with University of Illinois-Chicago and other sources; photo courtesy of UIC