The December 7, 2012 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education incudes an interesting article by
Peter Suber and Darius Cuplinskas. Titled, "Why Open Access Saves Lives" the article tells the story of 15 year old Jack Andraka, a high-school student in Maryland who has invented a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer.
"Without open access, Jack Andraka would not have been able to retrieve and read scientific publications on the Web, even if he had been able to locate them. "
His is a great example of why the traditional publishing model is broken and why academics need to take this issue on.