“I was really interested in thinking about how could we understand the systems that are holding soda consumption in place and making it so that it actually doesn’t make sense to drink water.”
Elizabeth Roberts, associate professor of anthropology
“It’s part of our nature to visually suss each other out. We try not to, but we do it all the time.”
Jen Proctor, an associate professor of journalism and screen studies at UM-Dearborn, who has created the film “Am I Pretty?”
“I thought, I can bring the art here. And this is going to play a role in communicating science in a different way.”
Sara Adlerstein, associate research scientist in the School for Environment and Sustainability
“The first time I became aware that I was a woman in science was in graduate school. … I ran into a lot of ‘guy culture.’”
Anne McNeil, professor of chemistry and creator of Diversify Chemistry, which helps people find individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in chemistry
“In Flint, you have a whole school district of kids juxtaposed with a beautiful cultural center that they have not had access to and no access to programming during the day. It was important for me to try and change that.”
Victoria Bigelow, an evaluation coordinator at the School of Education, uses her skills and passion to help connect Flint’s students to the art of music.
“I know why we’re doing an autopsy — we’re trying to help families get answers. It is an honor to play a small role in a family’s healing process.”
Lisa Belanger Neal, biomedical photographer for Autopsy & Forensic Services under the Department of Pathology
“Whenever people asked me what I wanted to do with my life, it’s always been to rescue animals. And I’m doing that.”
Janine Leah Capsouras, administrative and project coordinator at the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, is an activist against human trafficking and works with an animal rescue group.
“So what initially was a research interest became very personally relevant for me.”
Irv Leon, clinical psychologist and adjunct associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology
“I knew that I wanted to run for something where I could have an immediate, tangible impact.”
Erin Byrnes, democratic engagement lead for the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and member of the Dearborn City Council.
“Our everyday experience is made up of the small single molecules that make up all matter around us.”
Nils G. Walter, Francis S. Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics and Biological Chemistry