For Roberto Molar Candanosa, learning English was
difficult and understanding science was intimidating. Now, however,
while finishing his STJR degree, he works full-time as a science
writer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Roberto spent his early years in Linares, Mexico, and
moved to the United States at age 15. Although he recalls
struggling to learn English, he found that he enjoyed the language,
and he majored in English as a Texas A&M University
Since entering the STJR program, Roberto has become a
US citizen. His citizenship has allowed him to obtain science
communication internships at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and
the NASA Langley Research Center. He also did an editorial
internship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
during the STJR program.
As an STJR student, Roberto learned more about
scientific research, complementing his background in writing. “I
really enjoyed the program’s flexibility in terms of how I could
create my career,” he said. He says he also enjoyed the program’s
diverse group of people interested in science communication.
Roberto’s internships helped give him the skills for
his job, where he writes articles on how NOAA research helps
communities plan for climate-related problems such as droughts and
rising sea levels.
Outside of work hours, Roberto is finishing his
thesis, which is on how the major Mexican newspaper El Universal
has presented climate change. He continues to enjoy the challenges
and satisfactions of English and science.