"Science is too exciting, and there are so many questions to explore that have critical impact on peoples' lives."
Raoul Kopeman, Richard Smalley Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Applied Physics, professor of biomedical engineering and professor of biophysics, when asked about retirement.
"Most of us are friends for life. It's pretty amazing."
Katie Wopinsky, research recruitment coordinator at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center, on being a member of the Detroit Tigers' Energy Squad.
"As a drummer, I can create a composite pattern or groove from three to four separate rhythms all synchronized precisely that ultimately form a whole. I tried to do this with the artwork and music."
Michael Gould, professor of music (percussion) at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance
"I'm a primary care doctor. I have patients that I've seen for 20, 25 years. It's like friends coming to visit."
Dr. Paul Fine, associate professor of internal medicine, composer and pianist.
"I wanted the keys to the tower and the opportunity to play music that blanketed the whole campus."
Tiffany Ng, university carillonist at Burton Tower and assistant professor of music, on what attracted her to the carillon as freshman at Yale.
"You're hoping to find precious things the families wanted to keep, like a photograph anything that could endure that heat."
UMHS registered nurse Kevin Leeser, on searching through the rubble of a wildfire that stuck Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.
"It used to be frustrating to think that if we start doing research on this maybe in three or four years we can have something for them. The fact that you can design something and you have the technology to make it right away is phenomenal."
Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering and associate professor of surgery
"It's often more fun to try to figure out the problem than to do the repair itself."
Bob Winkler, U-M heavy equipment mechanic.
"We are all searching for meaning and ways to grow. It's even more stark in prison — it's so urgent."
Janie Paul, professor of art and social work, and co-creator of the Prison Creative Arts Project
"Research is such an integral part of our institute and university and I'm proud to be a significant player."
Todd Brown, contract and grant specialist at the Life Sciences Institute