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Bioelectromagnetics Newsletter

November/December 1997
Number 139

A Publication of The Bioelectromagnetics Society


IN THIS ISSUE...
 

Linde's Presentation from EMF Research Symposium

Durney Symposium

Electromagnetics in Medicine Meeting

Hall is NCRP Lecturer

WHO Research

Journal Announces New Staff

Juutilainen is Associate Editor

Chou Reports COMAR Activities

In Case You Missed It...

Calendar

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LINDE ADDRESSES EMF SYMPOSIA

The following article is Ms. Shirley Linde’s presentation at the opening session of the January 12-14 EMF Review Symposium (Epidemiology of EMF Effects) at the Camberly Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The symposium was conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as part of its review process which is leading to the preparation of a final report on the Electric and Magnetic Fields Research and Public Information Dissemination Program (EMF RAPID). Ms. Linde is Chairperson of the National EMF Advisory Committee (NEMFAC) created to oversee the National EMF Research Program.

We are here for the second of four proposed symposia to evaluate EMF research to date. Upon your final report will rest the future of EMF research. It will be used by Dr. Olden, Director of NIEHS, in preparing his report to Congress as to what extent EMF may impact human health. This report, due by law in just two months, is a goal which cannot be met. It is now scheduled for delivery in September of 1998. Will we have the answers by then? The task is impossible if we believe the goal is to find scientifically supported conclusions by that time as much of the research funded by the RAPID program will still not have been peer reviewed or published. Nor is it likely that the results of several major epidemiology studies, including a huge British EMF childhood leukemia study or a major breast cancer study will be available for inclusion in the report. The danger, of course, is that you are being asked to form opinions while research is still in progress. But that is the necessary conflict between science and politics. An implicit assumption is that research is unbiased and the interpretation of the results is without political influence. I used to believe this, but I've since learned differently.

There are many ways to limit a research program! One is to select a peer review committee with little or no expertise in the subject to be evaluated. Another is to assume too simplistic an answer such as the idea that EMF actions have to overcome influences of heat induced molecular motion across the board, and reject reports that suggest a more complicated reality. Yet another method is to succumb to pressure from vested interests. Perhaps the more subtle way is to interfere with the basic funding process, seemingly with the best of intentions. From its inception, the RAPID program has been under funded. Rather than the $6.5 million which should have been requested of Congress annually (and which would have been matched by non-federal funding sources to equal $13 million a year), The Department of Energy (DOE) asked for only $4 million each year. Why? And, isn't it curious that the only amendment made to section 2118 of the Energy Policy Act during the recent extension hearings was that which re-defined the overall program as a $46 million program down from its original $65 million over 5 years? And most confusing of all was a statement by a representative for the non-federal funding sources, in defense of that move, suggesting that there were insufficient EMF research "needs" to warrant the $65 million program after all.

Now, lets talk about another oblique way to shutdown a program prematurely. The National Academy of Science (NAS) issued its well-written 300 page report and stated on page 186, "The association between residential proximity to high wire code configuration and increased rates of childhood leukemia remain unexplained, as do the associations between occupational exposures and leukemia and brain cancer. The associations for childhood leukemia have been shown to be statistically reliable and robust findings that must be considered carefully in drawing conclusions about overall risk." The last page of the report states, "Continued research is important, however, because the possibility that some characteristic of the electric or magnetic field is biologically active at environmental strengths cannot be totally discounted." If you recall, the lead for the NAS press release stated, "NO ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS SEEN FROM RESIDENTIAL EXPOSURE TO EMF." The next sentence said, "No clear, convincing evidence exists to show that residential exposures to electric and magnetic fields are a threat to human health." This was taken out of context and made to sound like a conclusion when, in fact, that text within the report was a prelude to a far more complex, scientifically supported discussion.

By omission, the NAS press release was also guilty of deceit by not mentioning that they had ignored occupational study results. Or that they reviewed studies only through 1994 with a few taken from 1995. The impression was that everything had been reviewed by these experts. This was to be seen as the final and definitive statement. The puzzling thing is that page three of the press release did indeed point out that the report repeatedly called for additional research -- but we all know that by page three, reporters have essentially packed up and gone home. Why recommend more research if there are "no adverse health effects?"

The following are some examples of how one sided the press response was. The New York Times said, "Panel sees no proof of health hazards." USA Today said, "Power lines pose little threat." "Science panel rejects allegations on EMF," said the Philadelphia Enquirer and the Chicago Tribune trumpeted "Panel says power lines harmless."

Question:? Why did the NAS put a "spin" on the report? Was this professional stewardship or political expediency? Perhaps someone can explain to me why their "sound bite" was so at odds with their full report! If their aim was to curtail funding, they nearly succeeded. I was congratulated by many Congressional aides for having "laid this issue to rest." It seems that another agency, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), certain that there were still misguided fools out there continuing to do EMF research, recently held a press conference to announce the results of their EMF childhood leukemia study. I won't comment upon the content of the paper presented -- only upon the way it was presented as "the definitive" study. Is it not hubris to consider a single study as the definitive study when the RAPID program's $45 million in EMF research is yet to be completed, and the huge British childhood leukemia study results will not be available until next summer? In addition, how is it possible for a sister agency of NIEHS to not know that there is $45 million worth of research still to be completed, evaluated and published? Is this appalling ignorance or competition for research dollars? One has to question the motive of the NCI to include in its press kit an editorial opinion from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) which was harshly critical of EMF research and demanded cessation of all EMF research funding. The author's principal area of expertise seems to be geriatrics and it would appear from reading his C.V. (curriculum vitae) that he has done little, or no, basic research, much less EMF research. Nor does he list a single reference about childhood leukemia. Was the choice of this writer another example of political or corporate meddling? The editors of NEJM, clearly stung by a flood of criticism in response to Dr. Campion's editorial, responded with a self-serving, back-pedaling editorial of their own, explaining that unlike other prestigious medical journals, NEJM does not stand behind its editorial comments -- that he was free to state what he likes. But, in explaining how this editorial came about, stated that, "they are solicited expert commentaries." Yet one would hope that the NEJM would exercise greater care in selecting expert reviewers in the first place. How could they possibly represent Dr. Campion as an expert in EMF or childhood leukemia? And knowing this, why did the NCI choose to include his piece in their press kit? Surely, this implied agreement with his statements. What did the NCI hope to gain? The press response, of course, was predictable. In short, the history of press releases from organizations of national stature asked to look into the status of EMF research leaves me with a chilling concern for what may come out of an NIEHS press release.

While I still believe we all want a factual report to Congress containing carefully reviewed and considered examination of the research done to date, I now recognize that we need similar attention to the composition of the press release accompanying the report. This is such an important task that I'm sure you understand why I am today asking that an advisory committee be established solely to review the press release accompanying the NIEHS report. At a minimum, this committee should consist of Drs. Boorman, Portier, Gyuk, Gailey, the Chair and at least two other members of the NEMFAC. We believe that this committee would not be intimidated or influenced by political expediency. It is imperative that the press release reflect the body of the report or the lack of credibility which will greet this release will destroy all we have striven to accomplish. WE MUST ALL ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BE EQUALLY VIGILANT. I join all of you in looking forward, if not to the final answer, at least to an honest consideration and presentation of all the available science.

Thank you very much.

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RF DOSIMETRY: 25 YEARS OF PROGRESS

A Symposium to honor Dr. Carl Durney upon his retirement.

The University of Utah Department of Electrical Engineering and the Unites States Air Force (USAF) Armstrong Laboratory, Radio Frequency Radiation Division sponsored a symposium at The University of Utah on October 20-21, 1997 to honor Carl Durney upon his retirement. The program included a number of speakers including former students of Dr. Durney and six past Presidents of BEMS.

 

Following a welcome by Dr. David W. Pershing, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Utah, the lead presentation "Bioelectromagnetics, Carl Durney and Dosimetry: Some Historical Remarks" was given by Professor Herman P. Schwan. Other Monday papers included "The RFR Dosimetry Handbook: Reminiscences" by Stewart Allen, "Human Exposure at Two Radio Frequencies (450 and 2450 MHz): A Test of Dosimetry Handbook Predictions" by Drs. Eleanor Adair and Richard Olsen, "A Quarter Century of In vitro RF Research: A New Look from a Dosimetric Perspective" by Professor Arthur W. Guy, "Dielectric Spectroscopy -- Its Role in Dosimetry" by Dr. Camelia Gabriel, "Effects of Permittivity Values on FDTD Results" by William Hurt, "Navy-relevant Dosimetry Issues over the Years", by Dr. Richard Olsen, "Luminescent Dosimetry" by Drs. David N. Erwin and Jonathan Kiel, "Thermal Modeling and Thresholds for Warmth Detection and Pain Evoked by Microwave Radiation" by Drs. Kenneth R. Foster, D.W. Blick, T.J. Walters and E.R. Adair, "Development of a Rat Head Exposure System for Stimulating Human Exposure to RF Fields from Portable Cellular Telephones" by Drs. C.K. Chou, K.W. Chan, J.A. McDougall and A.W. Guy, "Behavioral Effects of Microwave Radiation Absorption" by Dr. John A. D'Andrea, "Detection of Weak Electric Fields by Voltage-gated Ion Channels" by Dr. Paul C. Gailey, "Electric Fields Induced in Biological Materials by Low-frequency Magnetic Fields" by Professor Douglas A. Christensen, and "The Relationship of Electron Devices to Bioelectromagnetics: The Work of Carl Durney on Microwave Electron Devices" by Dr. John M. Osepchuk. A symposium banquet was held Monday evening with remarks by Drs. Om Gandhi, Richard Grow and James Lords, and a presentation by Dr. Don R. Justesen, "Reminiscences: The Early Microwave Gig at Utah."

 

Tuesday morning's presentations included "Magnetic Resonance in Lung Modeling: From Electrical Engineering to Critical Care Medicine" by Dr. Antonio Cutillo, "Catheter Microwave Ablation for Cardiac Arrhythmia Therapy" by Professor James C. Lin, "Simulation and Analysis of Antennas for Medical Applications" by Professor Magdy F. Iskander, "Bacterial Biofilms, a Health Problem and a Potential Bioelectromagnetics Solution" by Professor Bruce R. McLeod, "Handheld Telephones: Dosimetry and Design of New Antennas" by Professor Maria Stuchly, and "Numerical and Experimental Methods for Determination of SAR and Radiation Patterns of Handheld Wireless Telephones" by Professor Om Gandhi, D. Wu, Q.S. Yu, G. Lazzi, A. Tinniswood, S.S. Pattnaik, and C.M. Furse. The program concluded with a presentation by Professor Durney, "25 Years of Dosimetry: What now?" and a visit to the Bioelectromagnetics Lab at the University of Utah.

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THE THIRD INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING ON ELECTROMAGNETICS IN MEDICINE, NOVEMBER 3-5, 1997,

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

by James C. Lin
Chair, Commission K, International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

The third Scientific Meeting on Microwaves in Medicine was held in Chicago, Illinois on November 3-5, 1997. In the tradition of past meetings, this Scientific Meeting was sponsored by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) through its Commission on Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine (Commission K) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) through its Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

After observing the technology changes and receiving feedback from attendees of the 2nd meeting and the 25th URSI General Assembly, we have decided to expand the meeting to cover both low and high frequencies instead of microwaves only. To reflect this expansion of the meeting's scope, we changed the name of the Scientific Meeting to "Electromagnetics in Medicine."

The technical program was designed to render a broad coverage of the recent advances in the field of electromagnetics in medicine. A coordinated, single session format provided a comprehensive well-balanced scientific program. The International Scientific Meeting had become an outstanding forum for interdisciplinary discussion on key issues in research and technological development. It provided an opportunity to hear many interesting and challenging papers and learn a wide spectrum of new technologies and applications.

The meeting had a total of 76 attendees including 21 students. Although the numbers were not large, the quality of presentations and level of discussions were very high. All of the scheduled speakers (with two exceptions) including Russian scientists were able to attend.

Winners of the young scientists paper competition were announced at the meeting banquet on Tuesday evening. They were Dina Simunic - First Prize (University of Zagreb), D. S. Wu - Second Prize (University of Illinois at Chicago), and Timothy Roberts - Third Prize (University of California at San Francisco).

 

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ERIC J. HALL IS TWENTY-SECOND TAYLOR LECTURER

The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) has selected Dr. Eric J. Hall to give the twenty-second Lauriston S. Taylor Lecture at the 1998 annual meeting. The lecture, entitled "From Chimney Sweeps to Astronauts: Cancer Risks in the Workplace," will be a featured presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting of the NCRP to be held April 1-2, 1998. The lecture will be given in the Crystal Forum at the Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia at 5:00 pm on April 1, 1998. The lecture series honors Dr. Lauriston S. Taylor, the founding President of the NCRP.

The 1998 Annual Meeting of the NCRP has as its theme "Radiation Exposure from Air Travel and Space Activities." The presentations and discussions will focus on: (1) setting the framework, (2) exposure assessment: space, (3) exposure assessment: jet aircraft, (4) epidemiology, and (5) current regulatory programs. The Taylor Lecture and the other sessions will be open to all of those with an interest in radiation protection and measurements.

 

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) HOME PAGE AND RESEARCH AGENDA

Ben Greenebaum

The revision of the WHO and the International EMF Project home page is complete and the new version is on line. It includes the WHO International EMF Project’s Agenda for Research needed to perform a better assessment of possible health effects of long-term, low level exposure to radiofrequency (RF), extremely low frequency (ELF) and static fields. We hope that this agenda will be meshed with the missions and funding priorities of research labs and granting agencies world-wide.

The WHO International EMF Project has a new, simpler URL: http://www.who.ch/emf. Please make a note of it and fix up your bookmarks. Unfortunately, a link between the old URL and the new one has not yet been established, so for the present, the new one (or going to www.who.ch and then searching) is the only way to access the Project’s pages.

ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS RESEARCH IN EASTERN EUROPE

An international seminar is being organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) International EMF Project to be held in Moscow on May 18-22, 1998. Much of the research conducted in the former Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries was published in Russian or other languages that are generally unavailable or unseen by scientists in other countries. The International EMF Project values the contributions from these scientists and needs to have it evaluated along with the rest of the world’s scientific literature.

This international seminar will allow a summary of work covering the frequency range of 0-300 GHz. It is also intended that rationales for current EMF standards be explained, including the recently published standard for mobile telephones. The seminar will be coordinated in collaboration with Professor Nikolay Izmerov, Director of the Russian Academy of Medical Science’s Institute of Occupational Health, Professor Nikolay Bochkov, Vice-President, Department of Medical Genetics, Moscow Medical Academy, and Professor Yuri Grigoriev, General Director of the Centre of Bioelectromagnetic Compatibility within the Institute of Biophysics. For further information contact Dr. Michael Repacholi, International EMF Project, EHG/EHR, WHO, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland. (Tel: +41-22-791-3427, Fax: +41-22-791-4123, e-mail: repacholim@cho.ch).

 

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THE JOURNAL, BIOELECTROMAGNETICS, ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF

In addition to the naming of Dr. Jukka Juutilainen as Associate Editor of Bioelectromagnetics, two members have joined the Editorial Board. As part of the journal’s long term practice of rotating the membership of the Editorial Board, Dr. Richard Luben and Ms. Janie Blanchard have been named to replace Dr. Thomas Tenforde and Dr. Carl Blackman. The staff for the journal is as follows:

EDITOR-IN CHIEF
Ben Greenebaum, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53141-2000, USA. FAX: 414-595-2056, E-mail: bems.cs.uwp.edu

ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Larry E. Anderson, Battelle, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, Washington 99352, USA. FAX: 509-375-3764, E-mail: le_anderson@ccmail.pnl.gov
Alessandro Chiabrera, ICEmB at Dept. of Biophysical and Electrical Engineering. DIBE, University of Genoa, 16145 Genoa, ITALY. FAX: +39-10-35-32-777, E-mail: chiabrera@dibe.unige.it
C.K. Chou, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California 91010, USA. FAX: 818-301-8892, E-mail: ckd@smtplink.coh.org
Jukka Juutilainen, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, PO Box 1627, FIN-70211, Kuopio, FINLAND. FAX: +358-17-163-230, E-mail: jukka.juutilainen@uku.fi
Raphael C. Lee, Dept. of Surgery, University of Chicago, 5851 S Maryland Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA. FAX: 312-702-1634, E-mail: RL11@quads.uchicago.edu

EDITORIAL BOARD
Suzanne Bawin, JL Pettis VA Medical Center, Loma Linda, California, USA
Janie Blanchard, Bechtel Corp., San Francisco, California, USA
Michael Bornhausen, Institute of Toxicology, GSF-National Research Center for Environmental and Health Sciences, Muenchen-Neuherberg, GERMANY
Ruggero Cadossi, University of Modena, Modena, ITALY
Mary R. Cook, Midwest Research Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Birgitta Floderus, National Institute for Working Life, Umea, SWEDEN
Shiela Galt, Microwave Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Goteborg, SWEDEN
Niels Kuster, ETH Zurich, Zurich SWITZERLAND
Richard Luben, University of California, Riverside, California, USA
Mats-Olof Mattsson, Umea University, Umea, SWEDEN
Kjell Hansson Mild, National Institute for Working Life, Umea, SWEDEN
Russel Reiter, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Janet Rubin, VAMC, Emory University School of Medicine, Decatur, Georgia, USA
Asher R. Sheppard, Redlands, California, USA
Betty F. Sisken, Center for Biomedical Engineering, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Maria Stuchly, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
Mays L. Swicord, Motorola, Inc., Plantation, Florida, USA
Shoogo Ueno, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JAPAN
Jan Walleczek, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
Marvin C. Ziskin, Center for Biomedical Physics, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 

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DR. JUKKA JUUTILAINEN NAMED ASSOCIATE EDITOR OF BIOELECTROMAGNETICS

Dr. Jukka Juutilainen has been named Associate Editor of Bioelectromagnetics, effective immediately. He was nominated by the European Bioelectromagnetics Association (EBEA) to fill the position formerly held by Dr. Peter Semm, who resigned because of illness. The Society and the Journal staff wish to particularly thank Dr. Kjell Hansson Mild and Dr. Michael Bornhausen, who have been acting as Interim Associate Editors for Dr. Semm, for their willing and able assistance over the past two years. They will continue to handle the papers they have begun to edit.

Dr. Juutilainen is currently acting Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, Finland. He has been very active in research into the biological and health effects of both ELF and RF fields, as well as the effects of UV light and possible synergistic interactions between various types of radiation. His work has included experiments in vivo and in vitro and participation in epidemiological studies, making him well-qualified to consider papers covering any of these areas. He has previously been a reviewer for Bioelectromagnetics and several other journals and is currently a member of The Bioelectromagnetics Society Board of Directors.

Dr. Juutilainen may be reached at

Department of Environmental Sciences
University of Kuopio
P.O. Box 1627
FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland
Telephone: +358-17-163-226
Fax: +358-17-163-230
E-mail: Jukka.juutilainen@uku.fi

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C.K. CHOU REPORTS ON COMAR ACTIVITIES

The following is a summary of a report given at the October 29, 1997 meeting of the Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) in Chicago, IL. Chou was completing his two year term as Chair.

COMAR activities are in a continuous flow. Many activities were handed down from Dr. Eleanor Adair, the previous chair, and the unfinished business will be passed on to Dr. Ken Foster, the new chair. During the 1996-97 year COMAR had many accomplishments.

1) Publications. COMAR published Ric Tell’s Technical Information Statement (TIS) on High Definition Television, the Radiofrequency (RF) Dosimetry tutorial paper by C.K. Chou, H. Bassen, J. Osepchuk, Q. Balzano, R. Petersen, M. Meltz, R. Cleveland, J. Lin and L. Heynick, Ruth Miller’s two parts on "Unfounded Fears", John Osepchuck’s "25 Years of COMAR", and Asher Sheppard’s "TIS on VDT’s."

2) Work in Progress. Statements are nearing completion on radiofrequency interference, RF heaters and sealers, and power lines. Statements on pulsed fields, base stations, portable phones and medical applications are being revised.

3) Medical Technology Policy Committee. The TIS "Research Needs in Health Effects of Power Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields" from 1991 was withdrawn. The statements extended for five more years included "Human Exposure to Radio-Frequency Fields from Portable and Mobile Telephones and Other Communication Devices", "Human Exposure to Radio-Frequency Fields from, Police Radars", "Human Exposure to RF Emissions from Cellular Radio Base Station Antennas", "The Safety of Electromagnetic Pulse Stimulators", and "Health Aspects of Exposure to Electro-Magnetic Fields from RF Sealers and Dielectric Heaters."

4) Collaboration with National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). C.K. Chou was appointed by the IEEE US Activities Board to be the contact person with NCRP to provide comments on NCRP draft reports. Comments on two draft reports were submitted.

5) Balloting Rules and Charter. John Osepchuk compiled the rules which are included in the charter. The charter that was prepared by Eleanor Adair will be voted on and taken to the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) for approval.

6) COMAR on Internet. A home page was created that includes a list of COMAR members and Technical Information Statements. The address is http://homepage.seas.upenn.edu/-kfoster/comar/htm

In addition to these accomplishments COMAR reappointed and recruited liaison members, appointed subcommittee chairs from Power Line Frequency, Microwave and RF, and Medical Applications, adopted nomination criteria for election of new members, defended COMAR positions, and answered inquiries from the public and other interested parties. At the end of the year Eleanor Adair, Q. Balzano, Bob Cleveland and Peter Polson will retire from COMAR.

 

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT....

On November 30, 1997 Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of Harrod’s and father of Dodi Fayed, won permission from a High Court to seek judicial review of a proposed cellular telephone tower (mast) in his community. The legal challenge is based solely on health risks and Mr. Justice Moses ruled that Mr. Al Fayed had an "arguable case" for seeking review on the local council’s decision to grant planning permission for the proposed tower which is expected to have six antennas and four dishes mounted to the facility. (From December 1, 1997 articles in the UK newspapers The Independent and Daily Telegraph).

"EMF-In-The Web" is an annotated reference list of web sites addressing issues related to the interaction between electromagnetic fields and biological systems. It has been developed from a list of URLs that appeared on the EMFLDS-L mailing list during the summer of 1997. The list comprises approximately thirty addresses divided into three categories: 1) International institutions (websites maintained by relevant institutions or containing documents of wide general interest, 2) International research groups (home pages of international research groups working in the cited fields), 3) Domestic institutions and research groups (in Italian). Currently EMF-In-The-Web is active from Monday 0900 GMT to Friday 1700 GMT at the following address: http://safeemf.iroe.fi.cnr.it/safeemf/emfref.htm.

Comments, hints, complaints, proposals for new links should be addressed to Dr. Daniele Andreuccetti, CNR-Instituto di Ricerca sulle Onde Elettromagnetiche, via Pancoatichi, 64-50127 Firenze, Italy. (Tel: +39-55-4235216, Fax: +39-55-410893, e-mail: http://www.iroe.fi.cnr.it/~andreucc).

Krumhansl, JA (1997). Landscapes in physics and biology: A tourist’s impression. Physica D, Vol 107, 430-435.

Sherrington, D (1997). Landscape paradigms in physics and biology: Introduction and overview. Physica D, Vol 107, 117-121.

 

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CALENDAR

March 10-12, 1998: Control of Workplace Hazards for the 21st Century: Setting the Research Agenda, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. Sponsored by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Contact: Jocelyn Mitchell. (Tel: 404-880-0006, ext 229, Fax: 847-768-3434). Check the NIOSH Homepage for updated conference information: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html.

April 1-2, 1998: 34th Annual Meeting of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, Crystal City Marriott, Arlington, VA. Contact: William M. Beckner, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20814-3095. (Tel: 301-657-2652, Fax: 301-907-8768, e-mail: ncrp@ncrp.com).

April 6-9, 1998: EMF Science Review Symposium, Clinical and In Vivo Research Findings, Hyatt Regency Phoenix at Civic Plaza, Phoenix, AZ. Organized by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Contact: Mary Wolfe, LCBRA, NIEHS, NIH, PO Box 12233, MD EC-16, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. (Tel: 919-541-7534, Fax: 919-541-0144, e-mail: wolfe@niehs.nih.gov).

April 28-29, 1998: EMF Engineering Review Symposium: Status and Summary of EMF Engineering Research, Sheraton Charleston Hotel, Charleston, SC. Organized by the United States Department of Energy. Advance registration is required in order to receive pre-conference materials. Deadline for registration is March 27, 1998. Contact: W/L Associates, 7519 Ridge Road, Frederick, MD 21702. (Tel: 301-663-1915, Fax: 301-371-8955, e-mail: 75230.1222@compuserve.com).

May 23-29, 1998: Fourteenth International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, Vingstedcentret, Denmark. Contact: S. Kwee, Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of Aarhus, Building 170, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. (Tel: +45-8942-2869, Fax: +45-8613-1160, e-mail: bes98@biokemi.aau.dk, Website: http://www.health.aau.dk/conf/bes98.htm).

June 7-11, 1998: Annual Meeting of The Bioelectromagnetics Society, The TradeWinds, St. Pete Beach, FL. Contact: W/L Associates, 7519 Ridge Road, Frederick, MD 21702-3519. (Tel: 301-663-4252, Fax: 301-371-8955. e-mail: 75230.1222@compuserve.com, Website: http://www.bioelectromagnetics.org/index.html).

June 17-20, 1998: The Wound Healing Society Eighth Annual Meeting, Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. Contact: The Wound Healing Society, 1550 S. Coast Highway, Suite 201, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. (Tel: 888-434-4234, Fax: 714-376-3456).

July 11-15, 1998: 33rd Microwave Power Symposium, Inter-Continental Hotel, Chicago, IL. Sponsored by the International Microwave Power Institute. Contact: Richard Gedye, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6 Canada. (Tel: 705-675-1151 x 2104, e-mail: Rgedye@nickel.laurentian.ca).

July 12-16, 1998: 43rd Annual Meeting of the Health Physics Society, Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Richard J. Burk, Jr., Health Physics Society, 1313 Dolly Madison Blvd., McLean, VA 22101. (Tel: 703-790-1745, Fax: 703-790-2672, e-mail: hpsburkmgt@aol.com).

September 13-16, 1998: The Annual Review of Research on Biological Effects of Electric and Magnetic Fields From the Generation, Delivery and Use of Electricity. Contact: W/L Associates, 7519 Ridge Road, Frederick, MD 21702-3519. (Tel: 301-663-1915, Fax: 301-371-8955, e-mail: 75230.1222@compuserve.com).

September 14-18, 1998: International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy. Contact: Daniela Floramonti, EMC ‘98 Roma, AEI- Ufficio Centrale, Piazzale R. Morandi 2, 20121, Milano, Italy. (Tel: +39-2-77790-1, Fax: +39-2-79-88-17, e-mail: conferencesaei@aei.it).

September 27-30, 1998: Third Congress of International Association of Biologically Closed Electric Circuits in Biomedicine and 2nd International Symposium on Electrochemical Treatment of Cancers, Beijing, China. Contact: Dr. Xinchao Bao, China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Beijing 100029, China. (Tel: +8610-64227535, Fax: +8610-64217749, e-mail: gzliu@hns.cjfh.ac.cn). After the meeting, there will be a two day training course on Electrochemical Treatment.

March 22-26, 1999: Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium. Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan. One-page abstract must be received by September 1, 1998. Acceptance notification by October 10, 1998 and presenting author must pre-register by December 1, 1998. Advance registration fee (January 15, 1999) is US $300. Contact: Prof. Kun Shan Chen, PIERS 1999, Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan. (Tel: +886-3-425-7232, Fax: +886-3-425-5535, e-mail: dkschen@csrsr.ncu.edu.tw).

 

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