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The launch of the new BEMS website has opened up possibilities for our Society to improve service to members.  I am happy to announce that the new BEMS abstract submission system is active and ready to receive your submissions for the 33rd Annual Meeting in Halifax.

The abstract system will provide features such as on-line display and review, improved searchability, automatic linkage to author home pages, and better integration with the Annual Meeting program.  Many of these features are offered by larger societies.  Now BEMS members can benefit from these new and improved features too!

Many of you may wonder why we should bother to build and maintain our own abstract submission system.  I too wondered why we should do so, but soon realized that an abstract submission system can be an indispensable tool to help grow our Society.  Every year we receive hundreds of abstracts, many with multiple authors.  Many of these submitting authors are not members, but are engaged in the field of bioelectromagnetics and are therefore excellent candidates for BEMS membership. 

Tracking of these potential new BEMS members has never been possible, until now.  As abstracts are submitted with the system, these non-member authors will be simultaneously entered into our mailing list and will receive membership correspondence from BEMS.  We estimate that the BEMS mailing list could grow 25% in size (to over 1250 individuals!) within the coming months, with an incremental increase every year thereafter.  I fully expect that many of these authors will become members of BEMS and boost our ranks.

No doubt the new abstract system will be stressed during the coming month as we expect hundreds of abstracts to be submitted.  I also suspect that software bugs may present themselves during this time.  Rest assured that the volunteer web development team here at the Lawson Health Research Institute will make every effort to fix the system and respond to your queries.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Carson
President, The Bioelectromagnetics Society
president@bems.org

The impact of recent flood waters on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was much lower than had been anticipated. Event spaces remain unaffected, power has been restored and the Centre's IT network and email communications are fully operational. Telephone services are expected to be re-connected and are currently being redirected to AEG Ogden, head office of our venue management group. The majority of affected service areas have been restored and the recovery work continues its fast paced agenda in preparation for the Centre being fully operational.  Watch for updates on this website:  bcec.com.au   as the situation evolves.

The impact of recent flood waters on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was much lower than had been anticipated. Event spaces remain unaffected, power has been restored and the Centre's IT network and email communications are fully operational. Telephone services are expected to be re-connected and are currently being redirected to AEG Ogden, head office of our venue management group. The majority of affected service areas have been restored and the recovery work continues its fast paced agenda in preparation for the Centre being fully operational.  Watch for updates on this website:  bcec.com.au   as the situation evolves.

10th EBEA International Congress (biannual meeting of the European Bioelectromagnetic Association)

Date:  21 - 24 February 2011

Location:  Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

Contacts:  Carmela Marino, EBEA President; Micaela Liberti, EBEA2011 Chair

Website:  www.ebea2011.org



29th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS)


Date:  March 20-23, 2011

Location:  Marrakesh, MOROCCO

Website:  http://www.piers.org/piers2011Marrakesh/



14th International Congress of Radiation Research (14th ICRR 2011)

Date:  August 28 - September 1, 2011

Location:  Warsaw, Poland

Contact:  Prof. Marek K. Janiak, MD, PhD, Chair, Organizing Committee via Ewa Nowosielska

Website:  www.icrr2011.org


International Workshop on Electroporation-based Technology and Treatments

Date:  13-19 November 2011

Location:  Ljubljana, Slovenia

Website:  http://www.cliniporator.com/ect/


NEXT MEETINGS OF THE BIOELECTROMAGNETICS SOCIETY:

12 - 17 June 2011:  Halifax, Nova Scotia

17 - 22 June 2012:  Brisbane, Australia

2013:  Joint meeting with EBEA (Location TBD)

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Please send new items for the calendar to news@bems.org or bemsnewsletter@gmail.com

10th EBEA International Congress (biannual meeting of the European Bioelectromagnetic Association)

Date:  21 - 24 February 2011

Location:  Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza"

Contacts:  Carmela Marino, EBEA President; Micaela Liberti, EBEA2011 Chair

Website:  www.ebea2011.org



29th Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium (PIERS)


Date:  March 20-23, 2011

Location:  Marrakesh, MOROCCO

Website:  http://www.piers.org/piers2011Marrakesh/



14th International Congress of Radiation Research (14th ICRR 2011)

Date:  August 28 - September 1, 2011

Location:  Warsaw, Poland

Contact:  Prof. Marek K. Janiak, MD, PhD, Chair, Organizing Committee via Ewa Nowosielska

Website:  www.icrr2011.org


International Workshop on Electroporation-based Technology and Treatments

Date:  13-19 November 2011

Location:  Ljubljana, Slovenia

Website:  http://www.cliniporator.com/ect/


NEXT MEETINGS OF THE BIOELECTROMAGNETICS SOCIETY:

12 - 17 June 2011:  Halifax, Nova Scotia

17 - 22 June 2012:  Australia

2013:  Joint meeting with EBEA (Location TBD)

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Please send new items for the calendar to news@bems.org or bemsnewsletter@gmail.com

The Bioelectromagnetics Society newsletter is published and distributed to all members of the Society.  Institutions and libraries may subscribe to the newsletter at an annual cost of $115(USD).

The newsletter serves as a forum for ideas and discussion of issues related to bioelectromagnetics research.  Contributions may include news items, meeting reports, short notes on research, book reviews, and relevant items of historical or other interest.  All submissions must be signed.  While it is understood that contributions by individual authors reflect the views of the contributor, the editor may require that contributing writers submit a statement of affiliation and/or disclosure of possible conflict of interest at the time an article is submitted for consideration.  Advertisements included in the newsletter are not to be considered endorsed by the Society.

To submit items for the newsletter, please send electronic files to

news@bems.org

or

bemsnewsletter@gmail.com

or by surface mail to The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD, 21702-2626 USA.  BEMS newsletter editor, Janie Page, is an independent consultant in Oakland, CA. Tel:  415-937-1477.

For other Society business or information, contact Gloria Parsley, Executive Director, Tel: 301-663-4252, Fax:  301-694-4948.  BEMS website:  www.bems.org

Concerns raised by groups within California about radio frequency emissions associated with new automated electrical meters, also known as SmartMeters, have lead to the publication of at least two new reports on the issue. 

The first, a report issued by the California Council on Science and Technology (available at www.ccst.us) concludes that the emissions from SmartMeters are well within FCC guidelines for thermal effects, and notes that "not enough is currently known about potential non-thermal impacts of radio frequency emissions to identify or recomment additional standards for such impacts".  The CCST report is open for public comment until January 31, 2011.

A report by Sage Associates of Santa Barbara, California, arrives at a different conclusion, finding that under some circumstances, the emissions from SmartMeters may exceed FCC guidelines.  That report is available for public download at sagereports.com/smart-meter-rf

Meanwhile California State Assembly member Jared Huffman introduced a bill (AB 37) in early December that would enable customers to reject installation of SmartMeters and get an alternative that uses wired technology.  The bill, if passed, would also require utilities to share information, such as the frequency, magnitude, timing, and duration of radio frequency emissions with customers to help them in making informed decisions. The bill also directs the California Public Utilities Commission to discontinue smart meter installment temporarily until this opt-out option becomes available to consumers.  As quoted in smartmeteringnews.com, Huffman noted that “this bill is about giving consumers reasonable choices.  Whether or not you believe RF exposures from smart meters are harmful, it’s only fair that consumers who are concerned about health effects be given complete technical information and the choice of another technology for devices that are installed at their homes.”

 

BEMS is pleased to announce that abstracts for the BEMS 33rd Annual Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 12-17, 2011 may be submitted on the Society's new web site www.BEMS.org.  The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1, 2011.

Organizers of the 2011 EBEA meeting in Rome recently announced that the Technical Program and related information about satellite events, plenary sessions, tutorials, and other special sessions is now available on their website: 

www.ebea2011.org

The meeting runs from February 21- 24, 2011 at the Sapienza University of Rome, Engineering Faculty.

Professors Tunaya Kalkan and Mehmed Özkan report that the 6th Workshop on Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields held in Bodrum, Turkey between 10-16th Oct. 2010 was a great success. There were almost 200 guests and 140 registered participants during the workshop.   The workshop began over cocktails in the Kefaluka Resort Hotel on Sunday night, followed by technical sessions beginning on Monday, October 11, 2010.  The Monday session was followed by a boat trip around the Bodrum coast.  Following Tuesday's technical sessions, the group had the opportunity to go shopping in Bodrum city and glance at its night life.  On Wednesday, the technical sessions continued for a half day, followed by an excursion to visit the antiques of Bodrum.  Thursday was the final day of technical sessions.  That night they concluded the workshop with a gala dinner.  On Friday attendees could take an expedition to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary.   

The proceedings of and photos from the 6th workshop are now posted on the workshop's web site:  http://www.istanbul.edu.tr/6internatwshopbioeffemf

The 7th Workshop will be held in Malta in 2012 and is being organized by Professor Charles Sammut.

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