The thoughts of 18 Aston academics have been featured in a new book. They sit alongside 62 other scientists, medics, engineers, chemists, computer and digital media scientists, environmental and energy experts who work throughout the West Midlands and who were asked the question “What are you optimistic about?” Their views of a brighter future make up The New Optimists: Scientists view tomorrow’s world & what it means to us.
They give a refreshing and positive view of the future and how it can be a better place for us all. From tackling the big challenges, such as curing cancer, to living in harmony with our environment, the book reveals how barriers are being broken and just how much is happening in research centres and universities as they overcome obstacles for the good of humanity.
The views of the following Aston academics are featured in the book:
Dr Lucy Bastin Urban ecosystems – tapping the human resource
Prof Robert Berry Power in action – motivating the next generation
Dr Roslyn Bill Membrane proteins – crucial drug targets
Prof Tony Bridgwater Biomass – harvesting available energy
Dr Barbara Conway Biopharmaceuticals – transforming disease management
Dr Tim Grant Forensic Linguistics – advancing justice
Prof Helen Griffiths The biology of ageing – routes to solve the puzzle
Dr Anthony Hilton Public engagement in science – leaving the ivory tower
Prof Andreas Hornung Biochar – stabilising world climate
Prof Julia King Electric drive vehicles – the need for brave decisions
Prof Peter Lambert Microbiology – the key to life on earth
Prof Ian Nabney Probability theory – the absurdity of certainty
Prof Yvonne Perrie The power of vaccination – improving global health
Prof Georgina Rippon Plastic brains – making up for lost neurons
Prof Brian Tighe Biomaterials science – a scientist’s story
Dr Ann Vernallis Cytokines – the interplay of basic and clinical sciences
Prof Michael West Positivity – staying connected
Prof James Wolffsohn Renewing eyes – eye focus restored
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Words by Louise Russell