I am a doctoral candidate in Microbiology focusing on plant-microbe symbiosis and molecular mechanisms of metal resistance involved in bioremediation of contaminated soils. For over 15 years I have engaged in grassroots environmentalism, and currently I advocate internationally for Thorium energy. My life's goal is to save the world, and education is the vehicle of global change. I have 5 years of teaching experience, including work as a NSF GK-12 P.R.O.B.E fellow to change the STEM teaching paradigm from text-based to student-inquiry driven learning. As a Co-Founder and President of Eddefy, Inc, I am working to provide expert knowledge for people in developing countries, where access to schools is inadequate.
Other accomplishments and activities include international collaborations and publications, designing and running a graduate-level experiential bioinformatics course, nomination to Phi Beta Kappa, acceptance to Singularity University GSP 2012, supervising and training many high school US Army REAP and UNH undergraduate students, and receiving several academic and teaching awards. After making Eddefy as self-sustaining entity, I plan to run for US Congress and try to continue effecting positive change for America as a national leader. http://tealfurnholm.wordpress.com/
An idea worth spreading
Some people have been called radicals in their attempts to further human rights and equality. EC Stanton and SB Anthony were radical to suggest that women were equal to men, or Jefferson, that all people are created equal. Well call me a radical but lets consider this possibility: all creatures are created equal... are endowed with certain inalienable rights... Aren't the same arguments used to keep pets and livestock the same as those once used to keep slaves? Do we not continue to discover how little difference in emotion and thought there is between animals and humans? Perhaps it is time to SERIOUSLY reassess the uses to which we put animals. We are transforming animals, changing the way they think, making them smarter. If we can link our minds with animals, will we enslave them further or discover new depths of empathy in ourselves. Perhaps in the exploration of non-human rights, we might come to new realizations of how we treat each other.
I'm passionate about
Expanding people's awareness of the fragile intricate beauty of Earth. Switching the world over to thorium and renewable energy sources before it's too late.
Talk to me about
Eddefy, LFTRs, biotech + molecular biology + the 'omics, any science (from the scale of strings to "branes" and anything inbetween), saving the world, enlightenment, disrupting government/politics
People don't know I'm good at
Optimizing systems (efficiency) and creativity/innovation. I'd love to be a muse and come up with new ideas or solutions to problems all day (and I can!).
My TED story
- Liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs) are the answer to the world's energy problem. As the good nuclear, it is the silver bullet for energy. This technology could provide nearly free environmentally friendly energy if managed by the public rather than for-profit companies
- Get rid of the House of Representatives! We have technology, instant information access, so let us represent ourselves
- Dark matter is everted matter: matter passed through a black hole to the other "side" of our universe's “brane". That is why it exerts gravitational force (only gravitons can pass through branes), but has no particles. If you think about how much matter has passed through black holes... see my blog for more. http://tealfurnholm.wordpress.com/