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UVA Clubs of Asia: Public Welfare and Air Pollution with Thomas Talhelm (GSAS ’11, ’15)

On Monday, December 14th, alumni parents and friends joined us for an evening with Thomas Talhelm (GSAS ’11, ’15), Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Thomas, the founder of Smart Air, shared about his work with air pollution and how particle size impacts filters, including both air particles and COVID-19 particles.

Thomas Talhelm is UVA alum (2015 PhD) and an Associate Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He’s lived in China for five years as a Princeton in Asia fellow, as a freelance journalist, and a Fulbright scholar. He researches how rice farming gave southern China a very different culture from wheat-farming northern China. While a graduate student at UVA, Thomas founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that creates simple, no-nonsense air purifiers and provides free education to combat the impacts of air pollution.