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.
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.
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,
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.