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It’s been a busy week for Dr Roslyn Bill. Head of the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing, at Aston University, Ros spoke to us earlier this week to tell us all about what’s happening at ARCHA, including the showcase event they held last week.
Professor Lawrence Young, Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham, is the latest in our Face to Face series of interviews with the New Optimists. He’s recently contributed to the Challenging Cancer Kindle book, and in the video above he talks to us about what he’s optimistic about.
He also touches on the work of the College, which areas of scientific research he’s most excited by at the moment, and the future developments that he believes could help us combat the scientific challenges we’re facing right now.
Here’s a quick recap of the interviews we’ve posted so far in our Face to Face series. We’ve got more of those coming soon, and if you click here you can leave your questions which you’d like us to ask the New Optimists.
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There are lots of exciting things coming up for the New Optimists in the next few months. As well as more Face to Face interviews with some of the scientists who have contributed to the project, there are some other big things which we’re very excited about.
- There will be some activity over the coming months to tie in with the first Kindle book, Challenging Cancer. We’re also going to be working on forthcoming Kindle books, which will cover topics such as renewable energies, ageing, and how scientists view the world.
- The New Optimists Forum is something we’re really looking forward to – a series of unconference-style gatherings where we bring together scientists to talk about viable approaches to deal with challenges which we will face in our near future. The first Forum theme is the prevalent topic of Food & Cities.
- There’s also a book in the pipeline about stem cell research, covering epigenetics and how our environments reprogramme the human genome.
We’ve already done a few interviews with the New Optimists for our Face to Face series and we’re going to be doing some more very soon, with some of the contributors to our Kindle book on cancer. And we’ll also be doing an interview with Kate Cooper, the woman behind the project.
Is there something you’d like to ask the New Optimists? Leave your questions in the comments section and we’ll put them to the scientists on your behalf!
The latest scientist we’re meeting as part of our Face to Face series is Kenny Webster, resident scientist at Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum. In this video, Kenny talks about science education activities for young people at Thinktank, working with adults at Cafe Scientifique, and what it is that he’s optimistic about.
You can read more from Kenny over at the Birmingham Post science blog, where he’s a regular contributor.
Continuing our Face to Face series where we meet with the New Optimists, this is a short video clip which was filmed at the launch of the hard copy of the book last year, at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. In it, Dr Andrew Peet – an oncologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital – talks about his optimism and what made him want to contribute to the book.
His chapter, ‘Brain tumour imaging – the dawn of a new era’, will be included in the forthcoming Kindle book on Challenging Cancer, which will be available soon.
Another scientist featuring in our first Kindle book The New Optimists: Challenging Cancer is Professor Peter Sadler FRS, an inorganic chemist. In this video clip, he talks about what makes him optimistic.
Like many scientists, he’s far more excited by what he doesn’t know than what he does. Chemists know very little about how the eighty or so elements of the Periodic Table play a part in living organisms — yet a greater understanding, Peter argues, will lead to radically more effective drug treatments.
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Our first Kindle book, The New Optimists: Challenging Cancer has just been released so it’s a good time to continue our Face to Face series by getting to know some of the scientists who have contributed essays on the topic.
We’ll be interviewing some more of the New Optimists over the summer, but here’s a video we first posted before the launch of the book last year – it’s an interview with Paul Moss, Head of the School of Cancer Sciences at the University of Birmingham, and Director of the Birmingham Cancer Research UK Centre.
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In the second part of our interview with Professor Russell Beale reflects on the issue of choice in technology and whether the choices available to us in our regular lives should mirror this. He recently wrote a Birmingham Post blog about this very topic, and it’s an interesting area to consider.
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