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Next ICES/TC95 Meeting June 11-13, 2015 Asilomar Conference Center, Monterey, California

ICES Letter to ‘Radiation Protection Dosimetry’

ICES Chairman Ralf Bodemann submitted a letter to Johannes Zoetelief, Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal ‘Radiation Protection Dosimetry’. The letter has been accepted for publication. It clarifies a statement re ICES standardization raised in a paper by Dunghel, Zmirou-Navier, and van Deventer. Download the letter to the editor here.

Ralf Bodemann reappointed ICES Chair for 2015

John Kulick, Chair of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board, reappointed Dr Ralf Bodemann for another term as Chair of IEEE ICES aka IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee 39 (SCC 39). Bodemann is grateful of the trust and confidence by the IEEE SA. He is looking forward to another exciting and productive year of standardization work with the dedicated and committed volunteer members of ICES.

Public Consultation of WHO Radiofrequency Fields Draft - ICES Comments submitted

The combined comments of the IEEE-ICES and the IEC TC106 Maintenance Team 1 on the Public Consultation Draft of the WHO Environmental Health Criteria on Radiofrequency Fields have been submitted to the WHO EMF project. Download the comments here.

Former ICES SC1 member David Conover passed away (sent in by Greg Lotz)

david conover

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that our friend and colleague, CAPT David Conover, Ph.D., passed away November 16, 2014 at the age of 69 years. Dave completed a 30-year career as a Commissioned Officer in the PHS in 2001 after spending the last 28 years with the NIOSH Division of Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences, and then DART. For decades, he was the leading NIOSH researcher and an internationally recognized expert in the measurement of radio-frequency (RF) radiation exposures in complex, real-world environments. Nearly all present-day RF measurement devices are derivatives of instruments he developed. Following his retirement in 2001, he continued to assist both DART and DSHEFS researchers in field studies of radiation exposure for a number of years.

In addition to being an exceptional researcher, Dave was recognized by his colleagues, both within and outside of NIOSH as a warm and kind man with a contagious laugh, and as a scientist whose depth one might not immediately appreciate in the face of his cheerfully unassuming demeanor. He is known by many as an exceptional mentor, accessible and always eager to share his knowledge. Dave is survived by his wife, Becky, and daughter Laura (Anthony), one grandson, and a brother.

Services are being held at the Nurre Funeral Home, Bethel, Ohio with visitation from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, with the funeral on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, Community Christian Church or Mid-India Christian Services, P.O. box 119, Bethel, Ohio 45106.

In Memoriam to Dr. Don Robert Justesen By Bob Smith

Don Robert Justesen

Dr. Don Robert Justesen at age 84, died peacefully at the Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO., on Sunday, November 9th, 2014. Don suffered a number of years from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Don was surrounded by loving family members when he passed away.

Don was born on March 8, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Overland Park, KS; children, Rick Justesen, Joni Gosselin, Tracy Winsor and Tony Justesen; plus nine grandchildren.

Don was a past-president of BEMS, and served as the editor-in-chief of the Bioelectromagnetics Journal.

Don's resume lists many academic appointments, professional activities and training, research activities and publications. The list is too extensive to present here. Among his accomplishments, Don was a professor at both the University of Missouri at Kansas City and the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.

Don was an aviation electronics technician in the U.S. Navy and worked as a television repairman for a year after he was honorably discharged. Don went on to obtain a B.A ('55), M.A. ('57) and Ph.D. (59). Don's dissertation, at the University of Utah, was on the behavioral effects of intense microwave radiation.

Don had a gifted intellect (Mensa member) and from his Navy training, his academic achievements and broad knowledge he developed the ability to work across disciplines and to communicate with a wide range of professionals from physicians to engineers.

Don was held in high esteem for not only his research activities but also for his ability to interact with his colleagues with good humor, quick wit, and his generous and kind nature.

Don was also greatly admired for his editing skills. He helped many of his colleagues hone their papers. He was very adept at helping authors for whom English is a second language. Don also was very active behind the scenes giving advice and discussing issues.

A perusal of the many published works by Don reveals that many were in association with students and young researchers. Don was a respected and well-loved teacher. Some of the students and researchers he helped went on to have productive careers and become leaders of BEMS.

Don, who was affectionately known as Justy, will be greatly missed as a husband, father, friend, scientist, leader, teacher and editor. Justy will be missed by all those he touched personally and professionally.

Don Justesen: Memories

Don (known as Justy) was an active member of IEEE SCC28, which developed the IEEE C95 standards, a leader in the IEEE Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) as well as a leader in BEMS—in fact serving as President at one time.

Publications: Justy was a leading researcher on microwave bioeffects—in particular the “behavioral” effects. His early publication: N.W. King, D.R. Justesen, and R.L. Clarke, “Behavioral sensitivity to microwave irradiation,” Science, Vol. 172, p. 398, was republished in the IEEE Reprint Volume, which I edited and was published in 1983. (He was Associate Editor and wrote the Foreword.) He published several later publications that elaborated on this subject.

Two of his cogent papers were published in Eleanor R. Adair, Editor, Microwaves and Thermoregulation, Academic Press, New York, 1983, viz: “Sensory Dynamics of Intense Microwave Radiation: A Comparative Study of Aversive Behaviors by Mice and Man”, pp. 203-230; and “The Brain is the Organ of Longevity: Introduction to G. A. Sacher’s Free-Energy Hypothesis of Life-Span Enhancement,” pp. 461-477. The first paper cited here expanded the theme of his earlier papers and the second was an example of his courageous exploration of new and even bold new ideas related to microwave energy.

SCC28: I believe that Justy was in the small group that met at the University of Washington where Bill Guy organized to develop the core basis of the ANSI C95.1-1982 standard, which included dosimetry reflecting absorption by the human body and its resonance as well as a long-term limit based on extrapolation of animal data on behavioral disruption. This made these long-term limits quite conservative since the disruption is at relatively low levels compared to levels for harmful thermal effects with possible lasting damage.

In the 1980’s he also was a member of NCRP Scientific Committee 53 and helped promulgate the two-tier framework NCRP guidelines, which included a 30 minute averaging time for the lower tier (uncontrolled environment). The NCRP guidelines, in part, served as a basis for IEEE Std C95.1-1991.

Justy supported Eleanor Adair and her support of the Pound proposal for using microwaves to heat humans to comfortable levels as a means of reducing energy consumption in the home. He was a key participant at the symposium in 1980—the Proceedings of which is cited above. He was always generously cooperative with industry in organizing seminars—e.g., at Raytheon Company or at meetings of the Electromagnetic Energy Association.

IEEE COMAR: My most memorable moments of Justy relate to his leadership in COMAR—of which he was Chairman from 1977-1980.

During his chairmanship, he organized and led a successful workshop (as part of a larger IEEE program) in the halls of Congress in 1978, cf. Justesen D.R., Guy, A. W., Osepchuk, J.M. , Sutton, C. H. and Hunt, E.L., “Workshop on Radiation,” Proc. 1978 Conference on U. S. Technological Policy, pp. 1 – 10, IEEE, NY, 1979

Also a top hallmark of his campaign to debunk irrational fears was his famous paper: Justesen, D. R., “Diathermy versus the microwaves and other radio-frequency radiations: A rose by another name is a cabbage,” Radio science, Vol. 12, May-June, 1977. In this paper he explored the ironic difference in accepting beneficial high-level radiation in diathermy while fearing very low levels from various transmitters, including the relatively benign VDT (Visual Display Terminal)—the precursor of the flat displays in modern computers. He was a defender of the C95.1 standard when it was attacked, whether from outside the IEEE by Paul Brodeur or from the inside by the fledgling Society on Social Implications of Technology.

His wisdom in dealing with these fears was well illustrated in the following anecdote. He was asked if he could guarantee the safety of children in a school building which had a low-power digital radio (DR-18) transmitter on its roof. He refused to give an absolute guarantee but the explained his refusal by making the following comparison: “I will not guarantee that the sun will rise tomorrow. And if asked which has the higher probability, the sun not rising or the DR-18 causing physical damage to the body, I would have to say that I would be less surprised by the absence of the sun.”

Justy was a true renaissance man of broad knowledge and God-given wisdom. He was a great contributor to the work, especially within the IEEE, towards a scientifically based and popularly accepted standard for the safe use of electromagnetic energy. He will be greatly missed but his ideas live on.

John M. Osepchuk, Ph. D.
November 15, 2014.

TC-95: New Subcommittee 6 “EMF Dosimetry Modeling” Installed - Akimasa Hirata Will Be Chairman

Following a proposal by J. Patrick Reilly, the AdCom decided at their meeting in Pismo Beach/CA to establish a new subcommittee, SC 6 “EMF Dosimetry Modelling”. The goal of SC 6 will be the eventual resolution of uncertainties, and recommendation of analysis tools/data applicable to human exposure standards, in addition to follow and assess the recent literature on EMF dosimetry modeling both for nerve stimulation effects caused by EMF at frequencies below ~100 kHz and for heating effects caused by RF energy absorption at frequencies above ~100 kHz. SC-6 will coordinate closely with the other subcommittees, especially with SC 3 and SC 4, who are currently working on the update and merger of IEEE Std C95.1TM-2005 and IEEE-Std C95.6TM-2002 (Reaffirmed 2007) into a single standard.

The AdCom gratefully announces that Dr Akimasa Hirata, Associate Professor at Nagoya Institute of Technology and a leading expert in numerical modeling of EMF exposures, accepted our invitation to become chairman of SC-6. Dr Hirata is currently setting up the new SC structures and inviting members. Please contact Dr. Hirata ( if you are interested in participating in the activity of SC6.

J. Patrick Reilly new AdCom member-at-large

J. Patrick Reilly, retired from John Hopkins University in Baltimore/MD, was unanimously elected a new AdCom member-at-large at their meeting in Pismo Beach/CA. Pat Reilly is the world leading expert in the field of electrostimulation. He has made and continues to make substantial contributions to key parts of the IEEE C95.6 and C95.1 standards for about 20 years and has been referencing and promoting the C95 standards in numerous scientific papers and presentations at scientific congresses. Similarly, he continuously provides his expertise in the preparation of ICES comments and position papers on draft documents of external organizations such as ICNIRP or the FCC. Recently, he proposed to establish a new subcommittee devoted to numerical EMF Dosimetry modeling at low frequencies. We are grateful and happy that Pat Reilly agreed to provide his invaluable support at AdCom level.

TC-34: Wolfgang Kainz Stepped Down as TC-34 Chairman - Jafar Keshvari New Chairman

On Sep 15, FDA’s Wolfgang Kainz stepped down as ICES TC-34 chairman. Wolfgang led the Technical Committee for close to 10 years and contributed substantially to the revision of IEEE Std-1528TM-2013 on SAR measurements of mobile communication devices held next to the head. He also initiated the development of dual-logo (IEC/IEEE) standards on the use of numerical methods for SAR assessment and maintains close cooperation with IEC. The AdCom and the entire ICES membership are grateful to all his efforts and achievements. We wish Wolfgang Kainz good luck and much success for his current and future assignments.

Jafar Keshvari from Microsoft Corporation, who was elected AdCom member at the meeting in Pismo Beach/CA, was unanimously elected chairman of TC-34. Jafar is involved in IEEE and IEC standardization on SAR assessment of mobile communication devices, and has recently initiated and supported a number of important ICES activities, e.g. the close participation of ICES in recent WHO activities. We wish Jafar Keshvari a good and fruitful leadership of TC-34 standardization activities.

Get free IEEE C95™ STANDARDS: Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields

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Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, 0-3 kHz

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Recommended Practice for Radio Frequency Safety Programs, 3 kHz to 300 GHz

IEEE Standard C95.1 on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Safety: Considerations of Conservatism

The working document by John Bergeron and Ric Tell (IEEE Standard C95.1 on Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Safety: Considerations of Conservatism) is for open discussion. The purpose is to solicit comments for consideration by the drafting working group during the revision of IEEE C95.1TM-2005. Accepted comments/suggestions will be incorporated into the revision as appropriate and agreed by the committee. Please send your comments/suggestions to John Bergeron ( and Ric Tell (, and copy to Ron Peterson (

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Former ANSI and IEEE Committee Chairman Dr. Bill Guy passed away

Bill Guy Dr. Arthur William “Bill” Guy passed away on April 20, 2014 in Seattle, WA. Bill was born in Helena, MT, on December 10, 1928. From 1947 to 1950 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician, and he was called back to duty as a reservist in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. On the GI Bill, he received B.S. (1955), M.S. (1957), and Ph.D. (1966) degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Washington, Seattle. His Ph.D. research entailed a multi-month sojourn in the Antarctic, leading to the development, construction, and establishment of the electrical properties of a 33.5 km long dipole antenna buried at the surface of the 2.5 km thick ice cap near Byrd Station, Antarctica. In 1966, Dr. Guy joined the University of Washington faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where he served until he retired from the University in 1991. During that period, he became a Professor in the Center for Bioengineering, with a joint appointment as Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering. During his tenure, Dr. Guy was Director of the Bioelectromagnetics Research Laboratory and was involved in teaching and research in the area of biological effects and medical applications of electromagnetic energy.

Dr. Guy was a Fellow of the AAAS and the IEEE. He was a charter member and former President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and received the 1987 d’Arsonval award for his extraordinary accomplishment within the discipline of bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Guy chaired the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C95 Committee during development of the 1974 and 1982 ANSI C95.1 standards, which specify safety levels for human exposure radio-frequency fields. C95.1-1982 was the first standard to use SAR as a dosimetric quantity, resulting in frequency dependent exposure values. As a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), Dr Guy Chaired Scientific Committee 53 that developed NCRP Report 86, “Biological Effects and Exposure Criteria for Radiofrequency and Electromagnetic Fields.” Dr. Guy also contributed to NCRP Report 67, Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields—Properties, Quantities and Units, Biophysical Interactions and Measurements,” which provided a perspective for quantitatively relating a biological effect to a particular exposure. Here he successfully instilled rigor into the definitions of fundamental quantities and units for nonionizing radiation. He also served on many other governmental groups and committees on biological effects and exposure standards for nonionizing radiation, including the IEEE/ICES (International Committee on Electromagnetic Safety) and IEEE/COMAR (Committee on Man and Radiation) which are important in creating rational safety standards and educating the public thereon. Dr. Guy was on the editorial boards of the Journal of Microwave Power and IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He held memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma XI. He published 171 papers in the scientific literature. After retiring from the University, he continued to work as the principal of BioEM Consulting through 2005.

More detailed obituary can be found at

Comments submitted to the FCC

ICES has submitted comments and reply comments concerning Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FNPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI) issued by the Federal Communications Commission (Proceedings 13-84 and 03-137).

Comments can be found here
Reply comments are available here

COMAR Technical Information Statement on Smart Meters

IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society’s Committee on Man and Radiation (COMAR) has posted a technical information statement to address public concerns about the RF EMF exposure from smart meters. The statement concludes that “The RF exposure levels from Smart Meters are far below U.S. and major international limits. Such exposures are typically below levels of RF exposure from a multitude of RF emitting appliances found in modern homes”.
To read the full technical statement please click here.