Q: How did your relationship with your family of origin impact your professional career?

A: Whatever was going on with any of us, Dad and Mother always sought the truth. Each of them listened to the other’s beliefs, even when they disagreed, and they were open-minded with me and my siblings. I was surrounded by four sisters who were all very bright, and the love of learning was core to everyone’s experience in my family. The honesty my parents instilled in us and a love of learning are necessities for a career in science, or any other career, for that matter.


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