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Did you remember to renew your membership for 2010?  The Society relies on you for its operating expenses as well as for the breadth and depth of its multi-disciplinary interactions at the annual meeting.  Contact the BEMS office at to renew today!

Location of 2010 BEMS Annual Meeting


June 14 - 18, 2010


In less than two months, The Bioelectromagnetics Society will convene its 32nd annual meeting at this facility in Seoul, Korea.  Details on how to get there, how to find lodging, and the technical program are available on The Bioelectromagnetics Society's website and via a special website set up by the Local Organizing Committee.

The meeting will feature four tutorials on topics of continuing interest to BEMS members:  bioeffects of IF-EMF, thermal thresholds, magnetic field induced analgesia, and how to write a manuscripts for scientific journals.  In addition, four plenary sessions will focus on:  clinical applications of fields, occupational exposures of electromagnetic energy, the safety of future technologies, and results from the Interphone studies.  Two topics will receive special attention during the meeting:  RF-EMF effects on brain activity and EMF effects on DNA.

The planning committee has structured the meeting to allow some time to see the local area, too.  Be sure to look on the website for important details about the optional Palace tour on Wednesday afternoon during the meeting.  In addition to lunch and dinner, the tour will be visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace, the oldest of five palaces in Seoul, dating back to the Joseon Period.  Next, the tour will visit Insadong to experience the traditional culture of Korea in the heart of the city, with art galleries, traditional craft stores, antique art dealers, and traditional tea houses.  The tour concludes with the world famous Nanta, a nonverbal performance integrating Korean traditional "Samulnori" rhythm with comic and drama.

For members unable to access information via the website(s), please contact The Bioelectromagnetics Society office via or 301 - 663 - 4252.

The Bioelectromagnetics Society's 2010 election is now underway!  The election began on April 19, 2010 at 12:01 AM and ends on May 21, 2010 at 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern time).  It is surprising how many elections have been determined by a few votes.  So take time today to make your voice count.

If we have your email, then look for a note sent to you on April 19, 2010 entitled "The Bioelectromagnetic Society's 2010 Election."  It contains a link that only you can use to vote.  If we don't have your email and you wish to vote, please contact The Bioelectromagnetics Society office promptly by telephone:  301 - 663 - 4252.

2010 slate of candidates:


  • Richard Nuccitelli
  • Joachim Schüz


  • Carl Blackman
  • Jonna Wilen

FOR BOARD, Representing the Biological and Medical sciences

  • Rafi Korenstein
  • Dariusz Leszczynski
  • Meike Mevissen
  • Zhengping Xu

FOR BOARD, Representing Engineering and Physical sciences

  • Eduardo Moros
  • Soichi Watanabe

FOR BOARD, at large

  • Koichi Ito
  • Boris Pasch

Joseph Morrissey

As you may know, Seoul will be the 25th Annual Meeting that I have planned and managed for The Bioelectromagnetics Society.  My 30th wedding anniversary is June 21, so over the last 30 years, I have spent more anniversaries with my friends in BEMS than with my husband!   Since this will essentially be my Silver Anniversary with BEMS, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on how far we’ve come in those years.  
First, a little background:  I began serving BEMS for the first 15 years as the Vice President of W/L Associates.  2010 will mark my 10th year as BEMS’ Executive Director.  I’ve worked with 25 BEMS’ presidents; developed profitable budgets with 8 different BEMS treasurers and 3 EBEA treasurers; served 25 very diverse boards, and attended all of the past 75 board of directors’ meetings.  I have enjoyed working with all the BEMS journal editor-in-chiefs, associate editors, web editors and newsletter editors, in addition to each committee and task force.  I’ve submitted grant applications, undergone audits and annual financial reviews, scheduled ancillary and winter workshops, and coordinated joint meetings with other international associations.  As Executive Director, I have offered integrity, flexibility, patience, determination and dedication to the Society and its’ members.

My first BEMS conference was held in my home town of Madison, Wisconsin (the 8th Annual Meeting) and it has been quite an education planning for the meetings as they’ve moved around the world. I have encountered many challenges and unforgettable events. For example, I have:

  • vacuumed up flood waters in the poster session at St. Pete's Beach,
    prayed while a tornado touched down during the welcome reception held on the Radisson Hotel’s top floor rotating restaurant in St. Paul,
  • evacuated the platform sessions during a city wide power blackout (again in St. Paul),
    moved the social event into the ballroom in the middle of a huge thunderstorm during the First World Congress in Orlando,
  • with only three weeks’ notice, I negotiated to relocate the Annual Meeting to the Grand Melia following Hurricane Wilma’s extensive damage in Cancun, and, consequently...
  • ... successfully filed an extensively documented claim against the Society’s convention cancellation insurance for which the Society received an insurance settlement of $31,640.  

Over the last 25 meetings, I’ve dealt with issues such as:

  • replacing broken down school buses headed up the mountain to the social event at Snowbird outside of Salt Lake City;
  • mitigating noise pollution interrupting our speakers in Salt Lake City when the American Indian Convention held their drum ceremony during our plenary sessions;
  • reducing the impact of a record setting heat wave at the isolated Sheraton El Conquistador, in Tucson, Arizona (112° Farenheight!)
  • being kissed by a sea lion at the Boston Aquarium during the Social Event;
  • helping members when gypsies stole attendees’ passports and wallets in Bologna.  I was eight months pregnant during this joint meeting and my son was born less than 10 days after I got home (he almost had dual citizenship)!
  • working around the closing of Canadian customs for a National holiday over Sainte-Jean Baptiste Day which delayed receipt of the shipment of the BEMS abstract books until the middle of the meeting.  When the books finally arrived, several pages were printed incorrectly.
  • finding a way to do business with non-functional credit card machines, along with poor university acoustics and inadequate temperature controls in Dublin (and in many other destinations actually);
  • negotiating a move of the Social Event to the hotel's pool deck to avoid penalty charges for not filling our hotel block in San Diego (California); and
  • just last year, requesting quiet from noisy construction crews during our technical program in Davos.

Over the past 25 years, I’ve seen a large number of changes in the Society.  To record all the memories, a History Book was written and a BEMS triva challenge game was played during the 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner.  We've moved from the olden days when the Technical Program Committee met in person to sort through piles of paper abstracts, into the 20th century with the implementation of online abstract submissions, electronic reviews and placement assignment notifications broadcast via email.  The Election Committee no longer has to meet onsite and validate envelopes before counting the ballots, now the entire balloting process has been streamlined by the implementation of the online electronic voting system.  The newsletter has transitioned from a printed 12 page copy into a more timely and efficient online posting of downloadable files.  Along with the web editor & the newsletter editor, we continually work to keep the BEMS’ web site updated, and we work with each Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to create and manage additional links for the Annual Meeting.  All the conference literature, from the Technical Program to the Abstract Collection is readily available on line and is distributed electronically, so wireless internet connections are necessary for the attendees in the meeting facilities. 

I have enjoyed the great diversity that BEMS brings into my life.  It has been a wonderfully exciting and constantly changing 25 years, and I sincerely look forward to many more years to come. I look forward to seeing you very soon in Seoul!

David E. Janes, Jr.
Captain, United States Public Health Service
5 July 1934 - 10 March 2010

Dave was born on 5 July 1934 in Kansas City, MO, where he lived until enrolling in William Jewell College, a private, four-year liberal arts college in Liberty, MO.  Upon graduation, Dave received a fellowship from the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) to study at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.  After he completed his fellowship he received his commission as an officer in the US Public Health Service and was stationed in Washington, DC.  During this tour of duty, he participated in Operation Hardtack, which was a series of nuclear tests conducted by the US in 1958 in the Pacific Ocean. 

From 1960-64, he studied at the Medical College of Virginia, pursuing advanced education in the biological effects of microwave radiation under the guidance of William T. Ham, chair of the Medical Bioengineering Department.  He completed all course work and exams but was not able to complete his research to obtain a PhD because he was transferred by the Public Health Service to Rockville, MD for his next tour of duty. 

In Rockville, Dave worked at the Bureau of Radiological Health (BRH), in the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare (DHEW), to investigate the potential hazards from exposure to low intensity ionizing and nonionizing radiation.  At BRH, Dave was instrumental in developing the early investigations into the interaction of microwave radiation with biological systems at the molecular level. 

In December 1970, Dave was transferred by President Nixon's Reorganization Plan No. 3, along with half of the employees of BRH, to help create the US Environmental Protection Agency.  As a charter employee of EPA, Dave was responsible for drafting positions the Agency would take regarding its responsibilities in the ionizing and nonionizing radiation regions of the spectrum with regard to public health and safety from environmental exposures.  Dave retained his interest in the interaction of electromagnetic fields (EMF) with molecular systems through the remainder of his career with EPA, but when EPA consolidated its research operations in Research Triangle Park, NC, Dave did not follow.  Instead, he was detailed to EPA's Office of Air, Noise and Radiation in Washington, DC, where he led assessment teams that had a mandate over low-level ionizing radiation and electromagnetic fields (EMF) ranging from 0 to 300 GHz. 

In the mid ‘70s, Dave was appointed Chief of the Electromagnetic Radiation Analysis Branch in the Office of Radiation Programs.  In the EMF arena, Dave's group was responsible for establishing in the 1970s through the mid-1980s the ambient levels of radiofrequency fields in the broadcast and land-mobile frequency bands in 15 major US cities. 

In 1980, Dave was appointed Director of the Analysis and Support Division in EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.  He supported the efforts of his group to pursue the best science possible to establish exposure conditions, and to investigate their possible biological consequences. 

A primary responsibility of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation was to establish radiation protection guidance for Federal agencies from all sources in the United States, both ionizing and nonionizing.  In July 1986 Dave's Division issued a notice in the Federal Register entitled: “Federal Radiation Protection Guidance; Proposed Alternatives for Controlling Public Exposure to Radiofrequency Radiation.”  This guidance evaluated various exposure options and proposed EMF exposure limits for the general population.  Although responses to the EMF exposure recommendations were generally favorable, some Federal agencies objected to the initiative, and it was pursued no further.  His Division continued to operate in a data collection mode to monitor and assess the impact of EMF on public health and the environment from all sources of nonionizing radiation.

Dave’s Division also participated in the Federal government’s responses to the ionizing radiation emergencies, most notably, at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986.  In 1989, Dave retired as Division Director after 32 years of government service. 

Throughout Dave’s career, he was thought of as a man of science, always using detailed and precise language in describing a project or his expectation in research work for which he was responsible.  Dave was also well-known for his honesty and integrity.  These characteristics were positive attributes in encouraging younger colleagues working for him to use the same degree of objectivity in their work.

Following retirement from government service, Dave received his Masters Degree in education from George Washington University.  He then embarked upon his new career, teaching physics at Walt Whitman High School, which he found extremely rewarding.  Dave also enjoyed his time with Boy Scout troop 447.  He fondly looked back on various hikes, campouts and county fair experiences with the scout troop.  His passion was gardening and home improvement, saying that his house was "a work in progress."

Contributors:  Carl Blackman, John Allis, Norb Hankin, Ed Mantiply, Ric Tell, Dan Cahill, and Rafie Ferguson.