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Raul Ponce-Hernandez


Magda Havas

My research deals with the health effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy at the extremely low frequency range associated with electricity (60 Hertz) and at the radio frequency range commonly associated with wireless telecommunication. I am particularly interested in monitoring exposure of the population in urban centres to radio frequency radiation and power-frequency fields. Since children are more sensitive than adults to the potentially harmful effects of EMFs I have been trying to encourage school boards to measure magnetic fields within their schools as part of their health and safety program. I also provide information to people who are concerned about antennas, power lines or transformers being built near their residence and am currently trying to help with a Private Member's Motion that will establish guidelines and standards that reflect recent scientific studies and will truly protect public health.


Havas, M. Biological Effects of Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields. Derek Clements-Croome (Ed.). Electromagnetism and Health. Taylor & Francis Books, Ltd., London, England. 25 pp. (2003)
Havas, M. Electric and magnetic fields within the business district of sixty communities in south-central Ontario. The Science of the Total Environment. 298:183-206. (2002)
Havas, M. Cell phone headaches, cell tower blues. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner. August 9, 2002.
Havas, M. Corporate support can weaken foundation. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, April, 12, 2002.
Havas, M. Children at risk in hospital from transformer magnetic fields. The Act. Australia. (2002)
Havas, M. Electricity's role in cancer an eye opener. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, October 12, 2001.
Havas, M. Review of Expert Document "The Workshop Report: Review of Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs), produced by the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission, March 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba, letter September 2001.
Havas, M. Rebuttal, Peter Valberg, Mendota Heights, Public Hearing on Transmission Lines, April 2001.
Havas, M. Electromagnetic fields linked to childhood cancer according to two new studies. View from Trent, Peterborough Examiner, March 9, 2001
Havas, M. Biological effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy: A critical review of the reports by the US National Research Council and the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as they relate to the broad realm of EMF bioeffects. Environmental Reviews 8:173-253. 2000.
Havas, M. and D. Hanna. Magnetic Fields in Peterborough Schools: The findings and strategies to reduce exposure. Presented to the Peterborough-Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board, Health and Safety Committee, October 2000.

Associated University Courses

Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Fields (BEEF), for 2nd and 3rd year students. Course explores research on the biological and health effects of electric and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation from static to giga Hertz frequencies. 1995-present.
Pollution Ecology, for 3rd and 4th year students. Course focuses on the ecotoxicological effects of environmental pollutants (metals, acid, chlorinated organics, asbestos, nutrient enrichment, air pollution, water pollution, electromagnetic radiation, drinking water quality, food additives). Co-taught with Professor Hutchinson, 1991-present.
Communicating Science, for 3rd and 4th year science students, course designed to improve communication skills, 1989-present.
Technical Science Writing, for graduate students, 2003
The last two courses help "scientists" communicate science to the public and this is particularly important when it comes to health and/or environmental related issues. Although these courses don't deal with health issues directly they do support the successful and effective communication of technical scientific information that is essential to communicating information about health issues.





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