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The mission of the Memorial Fund Committee is to regularly honor the memory of individual deceased BEMS members in a manner that is appropriate to the deceased and in accord with the principals and philosophy of The Society. Consistent with this, the Memorial Fund Committee invites BEMS members to contribute information about BEMS members who have passed on. Information can be submitted to any of the members of the committee listed below. The type of information solicited about the deceased includes: birth date and place of birth, date of death and location, description of the research conducted and how it relates to BEMS, whether the person was a BEMS member, cause of death, etc.
Written contributions to the write-ups on BEMS members who are already honored on this website will also be greatly appreciated by the committee.
Please also feel free to contact either the chair or any of the members of the committee in order to contribute funds in the name of any of the deceased. These funds have in the past typically been used for presenting cash awards to students who present papers at the annual BEMS conferences.
The specific objectives of the Memorial Fund Committee are to:
- communicate with friends and relatives of the departed about their thoughts on honoring the deceased
- collect information and thoughts from all BEMS members on whom to memorialize and how they might be best memorialized
- solicit money in the name of deceased individuals in coordination with the Developing Committee
- administer the fund in a manner determined by the Committee
- decide on the type and size of the awards made in the name of a deceased BEMS member
- develop consensus on written statements describing the award, its purpose and operations
- develop consensus on other Committee actions including announcements, booklets at the Annual Meeting, Certificates, Memory Book, Web discussion boards, etc.
- recognize memorial contributions in the BEMS newsletter or on WebPages
- assist the Board in matters of eulogies and condolences to next of kin
- make recommendations, subject to approval by the Board, on the number and amount of awards
- coordinate Memorial Fund distributions with the Awards Committee
- cooperate with the Technical Program Chair and Development Committee on the selection of speakers and funding for presentations (poster or oral presentation) in memory of specific BEMS members at annual BEMS meetings
Members of the committee
• Indira Chatterjee (Chair)
University of Nevada, Reno
• Belyaev, Igor Y.
• Carl F. Blackman
• Deborah Ciombor
Rhode Island Hospital
• Guglielmo D'Inzeo
University of Rome 'La Sapienza'
• Ben Greenbaum
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
• Nam Kim
Chungbuk National University
• Betty F. Sisken
University of Kentucky
• Janie Page
BEMS Newsletter Editor
• Jeff Carson
Lawson Health Research Institute
• C.K. Chou
Motorola, Florida Research Lab
Authored by: Janie Page
Longtime BEMS member Dr. Shin-Tsu Lu (June 13, 1943 - September 18, 2009) devoted his career to radiation biology and made numerous contributions to the understanding of microwave bioefffects. He is survived by his loving wife Shwu-Jen Lu, sister Pai-Ho Lu, brother Ming-Fu Lu, sister Hing-Hong, son John Lu, son Robert Lu and his wife Irene Tham, and granddaughters Alexis Lu and Samantha Lu.
He was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He graduated from Taiwan University with a BVM and the University of Rochester with a PhD in radiation biology. He worked 14 years in at the Department of Biophysics, School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Rochester where he developed a research program in endocrinological and immunological effects of microwave radiation and ELF and Cancer. Over the years Dr. Lu’s work examined biological effects of microwave and radio frequency radiation; biological effects of extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields; endocrinology; thermal regulation; cardiovascular physiology, experimental surgery; radiation biology, histology, statistics, laboratory animal medicine, reviewing scientific findings, grants, and contract applications, experimental design and interpretation; and many computer skills.
In 1990 Dr. Lu joined the McKesson BioServices Co. in Rockville, MD as a Research Physiologist and conducted microwave bioeffects research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Forest Glenn, MD. In 1994, he continued this research at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas where McKesson BioServices operated the Microwave Bioeffects Branch of the US Army Medical Research Detachment of the WRAIR. While there, Dr. Lu studied biological effects of high peak power microwaves and published original research papers on microwave induced eye injuries and several review papers.
From 2001 through 2004, Dr. Lu was the Project Manager of a group developing and standardizing microwave dosimetric procedures such as calorimetric and thermometric procedures for in vivo and in vitro radiofrequency radiation dosimetry. In May of 2005 Dr. Lu joined the Naval Health Research Center, also at Brooks AFB, TX, where he continued his research on the biological effects of nonionizing radiation and electrical stimulation on organ systems of the body.
Dr. Lu applied this knowledge to the development of safety standards. He worked on the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 28 SCC-28, Subcommittee IV in vivo Review Working Group on biological effects of radiofrequency radiation from 1997 until his death. He was a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the IEEE Engineers in Medicine and Biology Society. He was an invited speaker at many national and international symposia most notably as an Invited speaker at the Third International Conference on Electromagnetic Fields and Human Health, Fundamental and Applied Research, Moscow-Saint Petersburg, Russia, September 2002. He authored more than 70 scientific publications and 61 scientific presentations.
In 1993, in Kyoto Japan, Commission K, now known as the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine held its innaugural scientific session.
The driving issue behind the creation of Commission K at that time was health risk assessment mainly related to mobile telephony. Today there are a wide range of new EMF-emitting devices (e.g., WiFi, Wimax, RFID) linked with dosimetric and standardization issues, and the biomedical applications of biomedical imaging (eg, very high field MRI, microwave imaging, thermal imaging, near infrared imaging, optical imaging and hybrid imaging including optical/acoustic and microwave/acoustic), electrical mapping (eg, electrical encephalography or EEG and electrical magneto encephalography or EMG) and electrical simulation (eg, direct electrical stimulaton and inductive non-invasive stimulation).
At the time of the next URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (XXXth URSI GA) in Istanbul, Turkey, from 13 to 20 August 2011, it will have been almost 20 years since this historic meeting. Recognizing this, James C. Lin, Paulo Bernardi, and Jorgen Bach Andersen recently published "The Formation and Early Years of URSI Commission K on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine" (The Radio Science Bulletin, September 2009, ISSN 1024-4530, No. 330, pages 51-58.) to document the progress, publications, and presentations that have taken place under the auspices of this group.
A link to the publication referenced in this article can be found at http://ursi-test.intec.ugent.be/?q=node/63
Nominations are now being solicited for the 12th d'Arsonval Award. This prestigious award is presented by the Society to recognize extraordinary accomplishment within the discipline of bioelectromagnetics.
Past recipients of this award include:
- 1985 (First award) - Herman P. Schwan of the University of Pennsylvania
- 1987 - Dr. Arthur W. Guy, University of Washington
- 1989 - Dr. W. Ross Adey, VA Hospital, Loma Linda
- 1991 - Dr. C.A.L. Bassett, The Bioelectric Research Center
- 1993 - Dr. Carl Durney, University of Utah
- 1995 - Dr. Om P. Gandhi, University of Utah
- 1999 - Dr. Nancy Wertheimer, University of Colorado
- 2001 - Dr. Thomas S. Tenforde, Battelle
- 2003 - Dr. James C. Lin, University of Illinois, Chicago
- 2006 - Dr. C.K. Chou, Motorola Florida Research Lab
- 2007 - Eleanor Adair, retired Yale University and Brooks City Base.
Any BEMS Member (i.e., Full, Charter or Emeritus Members) may nominate any person on the basis of extraordinary accomplishment in bioelectromagnetics. Membership in the Bioelectromagnetics Society is not a prerequisite.
Description: The purpose of the d'Arsonval Award is to recognize outstanding achievement in research in bioelectromagnetics. The award consists of a silver medallion, a silver lapel pin, an illuminated testimonial and a $2000 honorarium, and is presented at the BEMS Annual Meeting. The award shall be given from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors, but no more than one award shall be given in any one year.
Eligibility: The sole requirement is extraordinary accomplishment within the discipline of bioelectromagnetics, which can consist of exceptional scientific accomplishments or practical application of electromagnetic fields for human benefit. Membership in BEMS is not a requirement. Criteria and Procedure for Selection of Candidates: The Awards Committee administers the Award. Six members constitute the Committee, appointed by the President with the approval of the BEMS Board. Each member serves a three-year term on a rotating basis. Three members each represent engineering and physical sciences, and experimental biology and medicine. A seventh member, a Chairman, is selected from the BEMS Board of Directors and will be a nonvoting member except in the case of a tie vote. Previous Award winners shall be included on the Awards Committee for a period of 5 years after receiving the Award.
The Committee shall include consideration of nominees from the previous five years without renewed nomination letters. Several nominations have already been received by the Awards Committee. These remain active for a period of 5 years from first nomination. The BEMS Board of Directors decided that since the 2009 annual meeting was a joint meeting with EBEA, no d'Arsonval award was made in 2009, and no candidates were declared inactive during this time.
Selection of Recipient: Notice of the Award shall be published in the BEMS Newsletter, and Members are invited to submit names and any supporting information to the Chairman of the Awards Committee. The Committee shall evaluate the credentials of an individual proposed by any Member of the Society. Once one or more candidates have been considered as qualified for the Award, the Chairman will transmit in confidence a written recommendation with supporting information to the Board. The Board, in turn, may reject or accept any or all candidates during any calendar year. Acceptance of any candidate will require a two-thirds majority vote by the Board, with a quorum present and the Chair of the Awards Committee ineligible to vote. Only one Award shall be given in any year. The Board may, if requested, authorize travel support to help cover the cost of the attendance of the nominee to the Annual Meeting.
Restrictions: No member of the Board of BEMS or the Awards Committee shall be considered a nominee for this Award during his/her tenure. Board and Committee members do not submit letters of nomination during their tenure.
Timing: Decisions regarding the d'Arsonval medal shall be made by the Board during the Winter Board Meeting before the Annual Meeting at which the award is to be presented. Immediately after the decision, the Chairman of the Awards Committee shall notify the candidate(s), ensure his/her attendance at the Annual Meeting, and request that the candidate present a lecture at the Meeting. The name of the candidate and the title of the lecture shall be published in the program of the meeting.
Nominations will be considered by the Awards Committee and all letters and supporting documents together with the recommendations of the Committee will be presented to the Board of Directors at their winter meeting for a decision. Although the identity of current nominees remains confidential, additional nominations for those on the active list will be taken as additional support for the individual concerned. To ensure time for consideration by the Awards Committee, all nominations and supporting materials must reach the Chairman of the Awards Committee by December 15, 2009.
All nominations and correspondence about the Award should be addressed to the Chairman of the Awards Committee: Andrew W. Wood Swinburne University of Technology PO Box 218, John Street, (Mail H31) Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia Email: email@example.com Phone: +61 3 9214 8867
Phil Chadwick, Secretary of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, recently announced the schedule for the 2010 election of officers. If you are a Member of the Society, you may suggest to the Nominating Committee potential candidates for the positions to be filled. Candidates must be Members of the Society. It would be helpful to determine the potential candidate's willingness to serve before suggesting his or her name. The option for nomination by petition is also described below.
1. The 2010 Election Schedule is as follows:
- January 4, 2010 - Deadline for receipt by the Chairman of the Nominating Committeeof nomination suggestions and/or petitions signed by 5% of the qualified (voting) members. (Be sure to renew your membership.)
- April 1, 2010 - Election open, ballot distributed to the voting members.
- April 30, 2010 - Ballot closed. Announcement of the election results on website.
- June 17, 2010 - 32nd Annual Business Meeting – new Board term begins.
2. Limitations on Nomination Suggestions:
Article IV, Paragraph 8 of the Constitution states "No Officer or Member of the Board, except the Editor-in-Chief, shall be eligible for election to the same office for two (2) consecutive terms." Current Officers and Board Member and the final year of their terms of office are:
- Michael Murphy, President (2011)
- Jeff Carson, Vice President/President-Elect (2012)
- Niels Kuster, Past-President (2010)
- James Lin, Editor-in-Chief
- Vijayalaxmi, Treasurer (2010)
- Philip Chadwick, Secretary (2010), Treasurer-Elect (2012)
BIOLOGY /MEDICAL SCIENCES
- Carl Blackman (2010)
- Maren Fedrowitz (2010)
- David Black (2011)
- Ann Rajnicek (2011)
- Maria Scarfi (2012)
- Thomas Vernier (2012)
- Indira Chatterjee (2010)
- Art Thansandote (2011)
- Osamu Fujiwara (2012)
- Chiyoiji Ohkubo (2010)
- Andrei Pakhomov (2011)
- Andrew Wood (2012)
3. Positions to be filled
- Vice President (President/Elect)
- Two (2) Members for the Biological/Medical Sciences, both three (3) year terms (ending 2013)
- One (1) Member for the Engineering/Physical Sciences, a three (3) year term (ending 2013)
- One (1) Member at Large, for a three (3) year term (ending 2013)
4. Mechanisms for nominating potential candidates
If you are a Member of the Society, you may suggest to the Nominating Committee potential candidates for the positions to be filled. Candidates must be Members of the Society. It would be helpful to determine the potential candidate's willingness to serve before suggesting his or her name.
To further exercise your rights and privileges in the nominating process, you may nominate by petition, by-passing the Nominating Committee process for naming candidates. The origin of nominations, whether by petition or Nominating Committee action, will not be designated on the official ballot and the candidate's names for each position will be in alphabetical order. With approval of the recent Constitutional Amendment a petition nominating a candidate must contain the signatures and names of five percent (5%) of eligible Members of the Society (for this election 20 names are required) and must be received according to the guidelines indicated below.
To be included on the ballot, each nominee must consent to stand for election and should submit with the petition a short biographical sketch and photograph, which will appear with the Ballot Materials.
The format of the sketch should have a total length of approximately 8 - 10 typed lines with this general form:
- LAST NAME, First (or normally used) name, middle initial
- Present job title and affiliation.
- Professional employment history.
- Highlights of research and/or professional activities.
- Research interests.
- Professional societies, etc.
Send your nomination suggestion or petition to Niels Kuster by email (preferred): firstname.lastname@example.org or by surface mail to
Zurich, 8004, Switzerland
Names suggested or petitioned must be received by Dr. Kuster no later than January 4, 2010 to appear on the ballot.