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At the BEMS Annual Meeting in June, Society members thanked outgoing President Frank Barnes and welcomed a new slate of officers and board members for 2001-2002. Asher Sheppard of Asher Sheppard Consulting, Redlands, California, left, was elected president for 2001-2002. The new vice president/president-elect is Frank Prato, Lawson Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada. Prato also serves as chair of the Technical Program Committee which will organize the 2002 meeting to be held next June in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Marvin Ziskin, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, assumed the office as the Society's treasurer (2001-2004) after serving as treasurer-elect for the past year, and the BEMS secretary (2001-2004) is Stefan Engström, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Engström will continue to serve as editor of the BEMS Web site.
Shoogo Ueno of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan was newly elected to the Board of Directors for a three-year term ending in 2004. He represents the engineering/physical sciences along with continuing members Ewa Herbst, Herbst Research, Inc., Edgewater, New Jersey, whose term extends to 2003 and Bruce McLeod, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, whose term expires in 2002.
Representing the biological and medical sciences, the newest members are James Ryaby, Orthologic, Inc., Tempe , Arizona, and Joseph Roti Roti of Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri whose terms expire in 2004.
Continuing members whose terms expire in 2003 are Ruggero Cadossi, Research and Development Department, IGEA, Carpi, Italy, and Maila Hietenan, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland.
Martin Meltz, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas and Maria Feychting, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden will serve until June 2002.
Leeka Kheifets, now with the World Health Organization's International EMF Project, was elected as a new board member at-large. She joins at-large board members Jutta Brix, German Federal Office for Radiation Protection, Oberschleissheim, Germany, whose term ends in 2003, and Monica Sandström, National Institute for Working Life, Umeå, Sweden, whose term ends in 2002.
August 1–4, 2001. Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference. Tokyo, JAPAN. For more information, contact APRASC Secretariat, The Japanese URSI Committee, c/o Dr. Y. Furuhama, Communications Research Laboratory, Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, 4-2-1 Nukuikita-machi, Koganeishi, 184-8795, Tokyo, JAPAN or see the Web site: www.kurasc.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ursi/
September 6–8, 2001. European Bio Electromagnetics Association (EBEA) 5th International Congress, Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, FINLAND. Contact: EBEA 2001 Secretariat, Solveig Borg, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topieliuksenkatu 41 aA, FIN-00250 Helsinki, FINLAND. Tel. +358 9 4747 2900; FAX: +358 9 2413 804. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.occuphealth.fi/e/project/ebea2001 or: Dr. Maila Hietenan, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Topeliuksenkatu 41 a A, Helsinki, FINLAND Fin-00250. Tel: +358 9 4747 714, Fax: +358 9 4747 805 Email: email@example.com
September 11–12, in Washington, DC. IEEE SC-2. FCC headquarters, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. For directions see www.fcc.gov/portals.html and or call (202) 418-2470. Latest draft of Recommended Practice on RF safety programs, for single- and two-tier RF standards. Mail comments to Don Haes, MIT, Boston: firstname.lastname@example.org. For overall SC-2 information: Richard A. Tell, 3433 Ringstar Rd. Suite 3, North Las Vegas, NV 89030; Tel.: (702) 645-3338, FAX: -8842. Email: email@example.com
October 22–24, 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) EMF Biological Effects and Standards Harmonization for Asia and Oceania. Silla Hotel, Seoul, SOUTH KOREA. WHO EMF Project meeting, in collaboration with the Korean Ministry of Information & Communication (MIC) and the Korea Electromagnetic Engineering Society (KEES). Further information on available on the Web: www.rapa.or.kr/emf/index.htm Final scientific program will be posted on the WHO web page shortly: www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings.htm or WHO, Geneva, SWITZERLAND. Fax: +41 22 791 4123.
December 5–8, 2001. World Health Organization (WHO) and ICNIRP Conference on EMF Biological Effects and WHO Research Coordination Meeting and Standards Harmonization for the African Region. University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA. More information available on the Web: www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings.htm or contact: Dr. Leeka Kheifets or Dr. Michael Repacholi, WHO, Geneva, SWITZERLAND. Fax: +41 22 791 4123. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 9, 2002. BEMS Winter Workshop. Washington D.C. Contact: Ewa M. Czerska, FDA, CDRH, ODE, 9200 Corporate Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850, Tel: (301) 594-1212 Ext. 119. Fax: (301) 480-4224. Email: email@example.com
Feb 10, 2002. BEMS Board of Directors Meeting. Washington, D.C. Contact: Gloria Parsley, BEMS, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702, Tel: (301) 6634252, Fax: (301) 694-4948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com
May 12-16, 2002. Seventh International Workshop On Seeds. Salamanca, SPAIN. Some papers related to EMF exposure and biological effects are expected. Information and online registration at: www.geocities.com/workshop_on_seeds/ Mail or fax form to: Congress Secretariat, HalcÛn Viajes Congresos, Serranos 35. 37008 Salamanca SPAIN. Phone: +34 9 2321 0728; Fax: +34 9 2321 0749. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chair Gregorio Nicols Email: email@example.com
June 23-27, 2002. Bioelectromagnetics Society 24th Annual Meeting: Loews le Concorde Hotel, Québec, Canada. Room rates: Single $197 Canadian, Double $217 Canadian. Reservations (418) 640-5800. Contact: Gloria Parsley, The Bioelectromagnetics Society, 2412 Cobblestone Way, Frederick, MD 21702. (301) 663-4252; FAX: (301) 694-4948. Email: BEMSoffice@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 17–21, 2002. International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Meeting. Maastricht, The Netherlands. Details to be announced.
May 23-28, 2004 IRPA International Congress, Madrid, SPAIN. The Congress will be organized by the Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica (Spanish Radiation Protection Society). For more information, contact: Secretariat, Edicomplet, Sociedad Española de Protección Radiológica, Capitán Haya, 60, 10, E-28020 Madrid, SPAIN. Tel. +34 917 499 517. Fax. +34 917 499 503. Email: email@example.com or: www.sepr.es
With the view of the river,
Our reception was grand.
Greeting old friends
and shaking new hands.
The first day went by quickly
With good science presented,
But I must confess the wailing alarm
(for the tornado) I resented.
Amongst threatening storms
with black skies and hail,
we boarded our steamboats
and managed to set sail.
We traveled the river
passing water falls and locks,
Dining and drinking
before our boats docked.
The morning thereafter
with rains pouring down,
the meeting got started
with deafening fire alarm sounds!
We took a short breather
and then got to work
We heard from the Bakken Museum
and were again halted with a jerk.
The lights had gone out
with no power to show
any slides or projections
to the posters we had to go.
When the power came back
and our sessions resumed
The abstracts could be presented
With no more chaos we presumed.
My first meeting alone
No Bill Wisecup along,
We handled each catastrophe
Hoping nothing else would go wrong.
Thanks for the memories,
and the help that you gave me,
I hope things are calmer
in Québec and Hawaii!
– Gloria Parsley
The content of your recent newsletter came as a surprise to me, since it contains a paragraph on page 10 (November/ December 2000) which quotes me as giving information on Germany’s plans in revising its current EMF legislation.
First, I was surprised to see Germany listed as one of the countries that gave a “national report,” at the WHO workshop in San Antonio in November last year. Neither I nor any of my colleagues gave a report, when participating countries were asked to do so at the meeting. Since we were in the middle of a revision process with uncertain outcome, we simply didn’t want to give a report.
The second surprise came when I read the respective paragraph. Not only the simple fact is wrong - our current legislation dates from 1996 and there is no way we will be done with the revision process by June 2001. Wrong is also what is being said about the results of our legislative process. First, there were no results at that point so that it would have been extremely difficult for me or anybody else to report on them.
I did of course talk about the revision process to a number of workshop participants on the fringes of the meeting. I did say that the recent Swiss as well as the Italian legislation are putting political pressure on us. I also said that we will give more focus to the precautionary principle — not necessarily with regard to the content of our future legislation, but certainly with regard to possible non-legal action. And I did mention the outcomes of a new German study on child leukemia. However I did not say at any point that we would model our new legislation according to the Swiss ordinance. I also did not say that we would create lower exposure limits for 50-Hz fields — be it for “sensitive areas” or to give extra protection for children.
I would be grateful, if you could therefore limit the distribution of that paragraph as much as feasible. You may be able to delete it from the version of your newsletter that you are distributing via the Internet. It would be very much appreciated.
Dr. Birgit Wolz, Director
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
For Fiscal Year 2002, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research has identified a number of research concentration areas and objectives of interest to bioelectromagnetics researchers. Letters of intent are due by August 15 and proposals should be sent by October 31, 2001. Some details of this US$5 million effort are presented here.
Radar, communications, and jamming systems are subjecting war fighters to elevated levels of RF (radiofrequency) radiation. Ionizing radiation sub-cellular absorption theories are well developed, but are unknown for RF radiation. Past research on electromagnetic (EM) effects on biological systems focused on the "whole organism" level and not on the sub-cellular level. Recent studies have demonstrated RF activates genes and proteins that are not well understood. The sequencing of the human genome has brought about a great opportunity to expand the basic scientific knowledge of protein and gene expression from cellular absorption of non-thermal energy from RF radiation.
The objective of the project is to identify and understand biomolecular and sub-cellular effects in response to non-thermal and non-ionizing RF exposures. The basic scientific knowledge thereby gained, through scientific experiments and theoretical investigations, will be used to devise synthetic RF sensors at the micro/nano scale.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: (1) genomic and proteomic analytical studies to elucidate their expression, function and cellular impact upon non-thermal RF interrogation; (2) chemical analysis of specific protein structure, function and expression pathway; (3) formulate theories on how RF instigates gene/protein expression in cells; (4) establish analytic theories and numerical models of animal/human cell response to electromagnetic radiation that will accurately predict gene and protein expression; and (5) conduct in-vitro experiments to verify analytical and theoretical results. Proposals must show a viable teaming arrangement between biologists, electrical engineers, physicists, and chemists.
Interested scientists should submit proposals and letters of intent to the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Research Topic Chief: Dr. Robert Barker, AFOSR/NE, 703696-8574, firstname.lastname@example.org
Coordinator: Captain Tom Johnson, AFOSR/NE, 301-3196953, email@example.com
Full text of the official announcement may be read at: www.onr.navy.mil/sci_tech/special/muri2002/topics.htm#16
Excerpts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer press release.
June 27, 2001 -- Lyon, France. “An expert scientific working group of the Monographs Programme of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded its review of health effects of static and extremely low frequency (ELF) electric and magnetic fields.”
“IARC has now concluded that ELF magnetic fields are possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on consistent statistical associations of high level residential magnetic fields with a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia. Children who are exposed to residential ELF magnetic fields less than 0.4 microTesla have no increased risk for leukaemia. Because of insufficient data, static magnetic fields and static and extremely low frequency electric fields could not be classified as to carcinogenic risk to humans.”
“However, pooled analyses of data from a number of well-conducted studies show a fairly consistent statistical association between a doubling of risk of childhood leukaemia and power-frequency (50 or 60 Hz) residential ELF magnetic field strengths above 0.4 microTesla. In contrast, no consistent evidence was found that childhood exposures to ELF electric or magnetic fields are associated with brain tumours or any other kinds of solid tumours. No consistent evidence was found that residential or occupational exposures of adults to ELF magnetic fields increase risk for any kind of cancer.
“Studies in experimental animals have not shown a consistent carcinogenic or co-carcinogenic effects of exposures to ELF magnetic fields, and no scientific explanation has been established for the observed association of increased childhood leukaemia risk with increasing residential ELF magnetic field exposure.
“Health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields, which are produced by such sources as radio and television transmission towers, portable telephones and radar were not evaluated by the IARC working group. These exposures will be reviewed by the IARC Monographs Programme when research that is currently in progress has been published, most likely in 2005.”
Full text of this press release is available on line at: www.iarc.fr/
For more on current research at IARC on electric and magnetic fields, inquire by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
All photos by Newsletter Editor Mays Swicord.
A record number of student papers was submitted for the BEMS annual meeting in St. Paul - 45 in all, an increase of 50 percent over last year and the most ever for a single meeting, according to the outgoing chair of the Awards Committee, Larry Anderson.
About half of the student platforms and posters came from Western Europe, 28 percent were from North America (including Mexico), 17 percent from Asian nations and seven percent from Eastern Europe, he added. Eight papers were from returning students.
Anderson remarked, “It is important to recognize the Award Committee members and other judges in order to express appreciation to all of these dedicated members for their service to the students.” Committee members who so willingly donated time to evaluate the papers were Maria Feychting, Ken Joyner, Carl Blackman, Joe Salvatore, Ruggero Cadossi, and Walt Rogers.
In addition, they were generously aided by C.K. Chou, Bruce McLeod, Jim Morris, Gayle Woloschak, and Lyle Sasser.
At their meeting prior to the Annual Meeting, the BEMS board of directors—delighted with the number of student paper submissions—decided on the spot to augment the number of award places at this year’s meeting, bringing to six the number of student awards sponsored by BEMS.
EMF Therapeutics of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which again this year sponsored a welcoming lunch for students and their mentors on Sunday before the official start of the annual meeting, gave two additional awards based on judging by the Awards Committee.
Curtis Johnson Memorial Award Winners
First Place — Hironori Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo, for 8-4, “Effects of exposure to high-frequency electromagnetic waves on rat reference memory in a T-maze task.” Mentor Shoogo Ueno.
Second Place — Nicolas Chavannes, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, for 12-2, “Next generation FDTD modeling capabilities for enhanced analysis of bioelectromagnetic interaction phenomena.” Mentor Niels Kuster.
Third Place — Fiorenza Borelli, University of Utah, for 10-2, “An electromagnetic inversion algorithm to divert neural activity using MEG.” Mentor Om Gandhi.
First Place — Heather Slapar, Indiana State University, for P117, “Effects of therapeutic ultraviolet B and electromagnetic fields on CD95/CD95L signaling of Jurkat cells.” Mentor Gabi Nindl.
Second Place — Anne Routsalainen, University of Kuopio, Finland, for P-130, “Studies of the effects of radio-frequency fields on cellular ODC activity and polyamine synthesis.” Mentor Jukka Juutilainen.
Third Place — Claudia Regling, Oakland University, for P109, “Model for studying effects of ELF resonant EMF on embryonic chick femora growth and development in vitro.” Mentor Abe Liboff.
EMF Therapeutics Clinical Applications Award
There was a tie for best paper on a topic of therapeutic application. The two winners were Karl-Georg Aspachar, Aachen University of Technology, Germany, for P-18, “Assessment of induced electric field and current distribution during magnetic stimulation of peripheral nerves and muscles in the upper limbs,” mentor Jiri Silny; and Masaki Sekino, University of Tokyo, for P-68, “Numerical calculation of current distributions during electroconvulsive therapy,” mentor Shoogo Ueno.
The Bioelectromagnetics Society gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous financial support for the 23rd annual meeting:
CTIA, Washington, D.C. Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk E.V., Bonn, Germany
U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
EPRI, Palo Alto, Calif.
GSM Association, Dublin, Ireland
Mobile Manufacturers Forum
Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse, Wisc.
Great River Energy, Elk River, Minn.
Minnesota Power Company, Duluth, Minn.
OtterTail Power Company, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Xcel Energy, Minneapolis, Minn.
EMF Therapeutics, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Orthofix, McKinney, Texas
Svensk Energi/Swedenergy, Sweden
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, San Antonio
Orthologic, Tempe, Ariz.
EBI, Parsippany, N.J.
and the support of our Sustaining Members, Edison
EBI, Parsippany, N.J.Electric Institute, Washington, D.C.
John Osepchuk, Full Spectrum Consulting, Concord, Mass.
Kent Jaffa, PacifiCorp, Salt Lake City
Lawsuit Follows EMF Report Delay
The California First Amendment Coalition and Citizens Concerned about EMFs filed a lawsuit in Alameda Superior Court on June 22, attempting to force the release of the California Department of Health Services’ (DHS) EMF Program’s Draft EMF Risk Evaluation and an EMF policy integration document.
Both reports were to have been made public on May 7 in Oakland, but DHS cancelled that meeting at the last minute, saying that the California Public Utilities Commission must first be briefed on the reports. Defendants in the lawsuit are DHS Director Dr. Diana Bonta and Dr. Raymond Neutra, director of DHS’s Electric and Magnetic Fields Program.
Members of the citizen group, in particular, told California media outlets that they were worried that the reports might be censored. Peter Frech of Citizens Concerned About EMFs was quoted as sahying that “If these reports are censored for political reasons or delayed until the state of California has bought the transmission grid from the utilities, then the whole purpose of the California EMF Research Program—to inform the public about such risks—is defeated.”
The California EMF program recently changed its Web address to: www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/deodc/ehib/emf
Many of its research and policy products may be found there. As the program approaches its end, staff have stopped answering individual questions from the public and now refer callers to several Fact Sheets available at the new site.
EPRI To Sponsor RF Study
EPRI, Palo Alto, Calif. has announced plans to sponsor research on radio frequency (RF) and wireless technologies operating in the 3 kHz-300 GHz range. Because many power companies use radio-frequency and wireless technology such as paging, pointto-point microwave, two-way radio, and power-line carrier frequencies for internal operations in their day-to-day operations, there is a demand for this research.
EPRI reportedly will first focus on worker safety issues by developing an RF Safety Manual and CD-ROM-based safety awareness seminar on safe RF work practices. The Institute expects to take a look at the use of new wireless technologies such as wideband power line communications used at power companies, as well. For more information, contact Michael Silva, (650) 855-2815 or e-mail him at: email@example.com
Health Council of the Netherlands
A special committee at the Health Council of the Netherlands in The Hague released its annual update in June on possible health effects of extremely-low-frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields. Recommendations include the conclusion that “present scientific data do not indicate that exposure to environmental electromagnetic fields — such as generated by power lines and mobile phone base stations — constitute a health hazard.”
The council sent its 27-page advisory report to the Dutch government on May 29, according to Eric van Rongen, secretary of the ELF Electromagnetic Fields Committee. An English-language version is available on the Web at: www.gr.nl/engels/publications/Reports/frameset.htm Note that the update is not a stand alone document, but it assumes that readers are familiar with the 67-page Health Council report issued in March 2000, also available on the Web at: www.gr.nl/engels/publications/Reports/frameset.htm