On the end of the modern-day greeting:

“A handshake can transfer 124 million bacteria, twice as many pathogens as a high five.”

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, University Professor and professor of orthopedic surgery, Science, May 12, 2020

On why “Moby-Dick” may be having a moment:

“He does not care about his boat, his people. He only cares about that ambition. The whole idea of monomania feels relevant right now.”

Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, associate professor of American literature, The New York Times, May 1, 2020

On the pandemic causing an increase in everyday creativity:

“Perhaps you make your private YouTube channel of punk Sondheim covers public and start getting solid viewer response.”

James C. Kaufman, professor of educational psychology, Psychology Today, April 9, 2020

On discovering a dementia-linked gene:

“It . . . could help us understand why some people stay active to age 100 and beyond, while others become disabled and die in their sixties.”

Dr. Chia-Ling Kuo, assistant professor of public health sciences, Forbes.com, May 26, 2020

On quality issues with big pharma:

“Generic drugs are supposed to be identical, but they may not be as safe as you think.”

C. Michael White, professor of pharmacy practice, Forbes, May 7, 2020

On kids learning, just differently, during school closures:

“We need not siphon public dollars into the hands of testing, tutoring, and textbook industries, but instead find new ways to engage a generation of learners like no other.”

Rachael Gabriel, associate professor of literary education, The Washington Post, May 19, 2020

On using his chemistry lab and grad students to make hand sanitizer for senior centers and first responders:

“I thought, how can we possibly help?”

Jeffrey McCutcheon, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, WILI, May 13, 2020

On killing Covid-19:

“Most viruses, especially respiratory viruses, are easily ‘disassembled’ by soap when they are outside your body.”

Paulo H. Verardi, associate professor of pathobiology and veterinary science, USA Today, March 16, 2020


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