"Knowing how energy is used in an environment allows you to make better decisions about what to invest in."
Prabal Dutta, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, whose work with small-scale technology earned him a spot on Popular Science's 2014 Brilliant Ten list.
"There are very few opportunities for people in prison — so this is a way that they can grow through their artwork, as people."
Jessica Bennett, administrative assistant senior at the Dean's Office of Rackham Graduate School, and volunteer with the Prison Creative Arts Project.
"Many of the most interesting writers in the social sciences actually are motivated by keen concerns about profound issues of human oppression and resistance and emancipation."
Howard Brick, U-M alummus and the Louis Evans Professor of History in LSA.
"Mindfulness teaches us to be present for all the ups and downs of life: the good and the bad, the beautiful and the challenging."
Denise Kozikowski, academic adviser at the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center and leader of meditation sessions.
"No team has all the skills they need to succeed at the beginning, but they learn to adapt and to fill in the gaps."
Elisabeth Gerber, Jack L. Walker Professor of Public Policy
"I want her to be proud of her scars. She's our little heart warrior."
Amanda Holdsworth, marketing communications manager for the Business Engagement Center, about her daughter, whose heart surgery prompted her to create the Heal-A-Boo-Boo Project.
"People think about health and health care as something that's done to you, but we're trying to create the notion that it's something done with you. We all have wisdom to share."
Dr. Joyce Lee, associate professor of pediatrics, and associate professor of environmental health sciences.
"I was really low on money at the time and basically got to eat for free every day, plus the skill is definitely transferrable. I'm kind of a hit of parties."
D. Alvarez, Student Life program manager for The Program on Intergroup Relations, on working as a fromager, or cheese expert.
"My interest in music is not that it transcends day-to-day life, but rather because it works on a practical level."
Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology
"For as long as I can remember, I saw the world through my nose."
Michelle Krell Kydd, communications specialist for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and ArtsEngine