Critical thinker with solid earth & life science background
Hi there, welcome to my Udemy instructor profile. Nice to meet you.
I currently only have one course on Udemy, on the ethics of daily life with respect to inclusivity. I've had another course on Udemy before, which I retired when it became outdated.
I also have a mini course brimming with tips for how to shield yourself against stranger-stalking if you're your own boss, but its format is not suitable for Udemy. Instead, I've created an ebook that's available from Amazon and I have 10 related videos on YouTube.
Who I am:
While I am primarily an earth & life scientist, I am also what Marie Forleo calls “multipassionate” and I used to work in tourism and hospitality in Amsterdam before I became a scientist.
I’ve also always been strongly driven by a sense of justice. I for example write e-mails, sign petitions and take part in the occasional demonstration and I started doing that decades ago. I also have a knack for law.
Over the years, I developed an interest in bioethics in the broad sense (sensu lato), the way it was intended by Fritz Jahr, the person who came up with the word “bioethics”. This includes the rights of non-human animals as well as inclusivity challenges.
Jahr also introduced what he would later call “the Bioethical Imperative”:
“All living beings are entitled to respect and should be treated not as means but as ends in themselves.”
Here are some highlights from my life:
►Board member of the Environmental Chemistry (and Toxicology) Section of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society
►Board member of NIMF, a Dutch foundation for women in science and technology
►Associate editor of the international newsletter of the US-based Geochemical Society
►Author of book on the new eugenics (“We need to talk about this”)
►Author of book about otherisation and forms of cruelty (“Is cruelty cool?”)
►Member of Toastmasters of The Hague
►Member of the Amsterdam American Business Club
►MSc degree in earth sciences - with distinction - from VU University Amsterdam
► Additional diploma in chemical oceanography, also from VU University Amsterdam, for scientific research on seawater from Antarctica, carried out in conjunction with the Royal NIOZ (rare earth elements)
► Four years of PhD research for universities in the US and the UK (rare earth elements, iron)
►Member of Portsmouth Environmental Forum, launched and supported by Portsmouth City Council
► Graduate of NCFE-accredited course "Taking The Lead", sponsored by Portsmouth City Council
I became self-employed over two decades ago when I was still living in Amsterdam. Since the end of 2004, I have been residing in Hampshire on England's south coast. I have previously lived in the US, in a similar coastal setting (Tampa Bay).
I am not into consumerism so I repair many items when I can, such as my phone, and repurpose many things. I upcycle and repurpose a lot. The tripod for my videos is the spine of an artificial Christmas tree that I found discarded around the corner from where I live, for example, and I created the perfect standing desk for me from discards that I had taken home and left sitting in a corner until I suddenly found the perfect use for them. You can't always tell in advance what something will be useful for when you take it home. Also... I created my first two Udemy courses on an old 32-bit computer and by only using free software.
Fun facts? I also flew an aircraft for a few minutes before I had even learned how to start a car. And while carrying out geological fieldwork in Sweden, I accidentally dipped my car into a deep overgrown ditch not once but twice, having to be towed out by helpful Swedes passing in their cars.
That's me, in a nutshell.
Anything else you want to know? Please ask. I hope that you will also share your own story with me and your fellow students.
I hope you are having a wonderful day!