In The Science Writers’ Handbook and at the accompanying blog, Alison Fromme and 34 other leading science writers share their hard-won wisdom and illuminating stories, going beyond the basics to cover everything else needed to survive and thrive as a science writer.
"Large flightless birds are scattered across all but one of the world's southern continents. Since Darwin's era, people have wondered: How are they related?" <Read more at National Geographic>
"Robby and Kathleen England never witnessed the kills. At night, under the cover of darkness, no one knows exactly what happened. Perhaps a lone coyote crept out of the woods, weaving through the maple and ash trees. Perhaps it skirted along the aspen grove before slinking down the sloping pasture..." <Read more of the Keystone Press Award-winning article in Mountain Home Magazine>
"In June of 1972, Jane Shadel Spillman finished up some loose ends at the Corning Museum of Glass, where she was an assistant curator, and prepared to leave for a conference and archaeological tour in Mexico. She packed her bag and closed the door of her apartment, located on Center Way, just across from the Museum. At least that’s where her home was when she left..." <Read more of the Mountain Home Magazine article, winner of both a Keystone Press Award and the International Regional Magazine Association's Gold Medal for Historical Feature>
"Just after sunrise on a still-cool July morning, Carla Cicero bushwhacks through a willow thicket in northern California's Lassen Volcanic National Park. A column of sleepy-looking graduate students follows her, many of them hauling packs draped with netting, aluminum poles, and canvas bags. Chirping loudly but unseen in the branches above them are the songbirds they seek. Although Cicero, a curator and researcher at UC Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, is going off-trail, she's following a track rich with history..." <Read more in Backpacker Magazine>
"'I can't let you into the country with those.' The man at the U.S. Department of Agriculture checkpoint at the Los Angeles airport was talking about the freshwater snails -- the all-important subjects of my master's thesis research -- that I was importing from New Zealand..." <Read more in Washington State Magazine>
"Pondering your failures in life? List as many as you can in 60 seconds. Or sprint around the corner. You'll feel better, I promise. 'Even if you're having negative thoughts about yourself, you're better off having them fast...'" <Read more in Psychology Today>
Fuel for Debate: Examining the Natural Gas Fracking Controversy; High Voltage: Analyzing the Physics Behind an Electrifying Stunt; Sequencing the Stages: Understanding H.I.V. Infection at the Molecular Level <Read these lessons and more at The New York Times Learning Network>
"Join Jean-Michel Cousteau’s team and film gray whales… Swim with sharks and experience the threats they face, striving to stay alive… Chase trash away from Kure Atoll to protect dolphins, seals, seabirds, and more…" <Play educational video games at KQED-PBS (text by Alison Fromme)>
Light pollution in the Bay Area cuts the number of stars we can see by two-thirds. Should we care? <Listen at KQED Radio>.
Photo by Alison Fromme, 2009, Dryden Dairy Day