"It's a lot more than just having a pretty smile. It's not uncommon that you wind up with people being hospitalized because they can't afford care," said Peter Polverini, professor of dentistry and pathology, on the necessity of dental care and its impact on overall health.
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Alison Davis-Blake, professor of management and organizations, says that following a terror attack, business leaders often "make the mistake of wanting to put a Band-Aid on things, then trying to get everyone right back to work. But a compassionate organization cultivates a sense of empathy for those who are suffering."
"Our brains essentially have two parts — the part for people and the part for everything else. When we treat an object like a person, neurologically speaking, we shouldn't be doing that … (but) in a literal sense, it becomes a part of who you are," said Aaron Ahuvia, professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design and professor of management studies at UM-Dearborn.
While more educators are relying on popular online comic creators and other digital teaching tools to address disruptive behaviors and serious academic challenges in the classroom, "teachers-in-training must not regard these new technology tools as magical creations that can replace well-considered instructional strategies," said Jeff Stanzler, director of interactive communications and simulations at the School of Education.
Mark Wilson, professor of epidemiology, and ecology and evolutionary biology, says it's difficult to define how one dies from indoor air pollution — which contributes to more deaths than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined — because it will never be the sole immediate cause of death.
"If we take Asia into account, we can confidently predict that over the next decade and more, several million electric vehicles will be sold, putting the American market in the shade. … If the U.S. doesn't get its act together, people may end up driving Indian and Chinese electric cars," said Juan Cole, professor of history.
Anya Sirota, assistant professor of architecture, discussed ways that governmental leaders in Detroit can encourage the growth of an arts culture in the city.
"If you increase the percentage of alcohol in wine, and people are used to a certain volume, I really doubt that they are going to correct their usual volume based on the increased percentage," said Ana Baylin, associate professor of nutritional sciences, epidemiology, environmental health sciences and global public health, on a tax-cut bill in Congress that could end up increasing the alcohol content of wine.
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Research showing pollution from diesel vehicles globally is more than 50 percent higher than previously thought is "significant because the extent of the problem has been underappreciated, and it's one that too many policymakers prefer to sweep under the rug," said John DeCicco, research professor at the U-M Energy Institute.
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"We need to think about how we transition men into these types of jobs in the new economy while preserving … or shifting their notions of masculinity so that their identity moves seamlessly with them into these new jobs," said Betsey Stevenson, associate professor of public policy and economics, regarding the abundance of jobs in female-dominated industries like health care and education.