When science becomes personal: a role for personal life in advocacy

Learn more about Stephani Page, Biochemistry and Biophysics graduate student, via Nature blog's Soapbox Science as she speaks out about her experiences and the importance of science advocacy.

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  One of the labs in my department actually assisted in the development of a chemotherapy drug prescribed for my father’s pancreatic cancer.  For many years I had struggled to explain to my family (made up of homemakers, lawyers, career military, teachers, nurses, etc.) what I do as a scientist and why what scientists do is important.  Suddenly, my family needed no further explanation.