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How I used open data to make air purifiers at 1% the cost of the market leading machine and fight air pollution in China
China suffers from hazardous air pollution, but most purifiers cost thousands of RMB--a price that prevents many people from protecting their lungs. In his talk, Thomas will share the story of how he used open data and citizen science to show that purifiers can be affordable. Thomas's tests led to Smart Air, a social enterprise that has shipped low-cost purifiers to over 20,000 people all over China.
Saieh Hall for Economics, Room 021
Thomas Talhelm studies how culture affects the way we behave. One of his recent major projects was studying how rice and wheat agriculture have given northern and southern China two very different cultures. His research has appeared in a variety of publications including Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Thomas lived in China for five years teaching high school in Guangzhou as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist in Beijing, and most recently as a Fulbright scholar and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. While living in Beijing, Thomas founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that ships low-cost air purifiers to help people breathe clean air without shelling out thousands of dollars for expensive purifiers.
Thomas earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia and a B.A. with Highest Honors in psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.