STJR Graduate Contributes to Space-Based Research
Posted September 30, 2014
When Emily Roberge was a graduate
student in genetics, her classmates often noted her skill at
explaining scientific concepts. Deciding to apply this skill to a
career in science communication, Emily entered the STJR program in
2009. Today, Emily applies her science background and communication
skills to fostering space-based research.
Emily helps to manage research at the Center for the Advancement
of Science in Space (CASIS), which is in charge of the
International Space Station US National Laboratory. Research areas
at CASIS include remote sensing and Earth observation, biomedicine,
and materials, physical, and plant sciences.
Emily works closely with investigators to develop research ideas
and craft effective grant proposals. Therefore she is constantly
learning new things. “I get to work with new exciting projects and
extremely innovative ideas every day, and that is just fantastic,”
The skills Emily refined in the STJR program are essential for
her job. She learned, for example, to write persuasive, engaging
communications targeted to scientists. “That is extremely important
in my position now because most of the marketing we do is for the
scientific community, trying to attract new investigators to do
projects with us,” she said.
Emily’s STJR training also has helped her in other professional
endeavors. For example, what she learned in her science editing
course helps in the freelance writing and editing business she
co-owns. In this business, she helps scientists with publications
and grant proposals.
Emily received her master’s in STJR in 2010. She also has a BS
in biochemistry and molecular biology from the State University of
New York at Albany and a MS in molecular and human genetics from
the Baylor College of Medicine.
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