On increasing diversity in STEM fields:

“If [higher education wants] to retain and attract women, we need role models. The majority of faculty was trained mostly by men—they really never worked with women faculty in engineering.”

Karen Panetta, dean of graduate education and professor of electrical and computer engineering, in Inside Higher Ed, August 10, 2017


On using math to draw fairer legislative districts:

“This isn’t mathematicians trying to liberate us from politics. This is mathematicians trying to be in conversation with politics.”

Moon Duchin, associate professor of mathematics, on NPR’s All Things Considered, August 17, 2017


On prepping children for an automated economy:

“Technology can be a vehicle to help people create and collaborate better, but at the end of the day, people need to learn to work with people.”

Marina Umaschi Bers, professor of computer science and child development, in The New York Times, July 31, 2017


On canine obesity:

“We kind of use food as love sometimes, which can really harm pets.”

Deborah E. Linder, research assistant professor of clinical nutrition, in The New York Times Magazine, May 16, 2017


On using bioelectricity in medicine:

“Ultimately the goal is to be able to regenerate any organ that’s been damaged. It sounds like sci-fi, but at some point we’re going to be able to grow these things back.”

Michael Levin, professor of biology, in Smithsonian, May 26, 2017


On training dental students to spot domestic abuse:

“Every dentist, no matter where they’re practicing, needs to be aware there are individuals who are hurting.”

Kanchan Ganda, professor in the School of Dental Medicine’s Department of Comprehensive Care, on StatNews.com, May 31, 2017


On coconut oil:

“There is not any reason to use coconut oil rather than unsaturated oils, and there are potentially disadvantages from its high content of saturated fat.”

Alice Lichtenstein, director of the cardiovascular nutrition laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, on Livescience.com, July 21, 2017


On tensions between the United States and North Korea:

“In the event of a first strike against Kim, even a non-nuclear option, it is highly likely that Kim would retaliate at least conventionally against South Korea. This almost certainly would create an upward spiral of violence which would be extremely difficult to manage or to mitigate.”

James Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, in The New York Times, August 10, 2017