Alison Fromme's current work-in-progress is a creative nonfiction project that spans two centuries and two continents. A National Association of Science Writers Career Grant and a Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellowship have supported this work. (Image credit: Wellcome Library, London. A human head partially dissected and seen from the front. Drawing by R. Ennis, 2007.)
At Hot Potato Press, Alison Fromme leads a team of writers documenting the emerging food culture in Tompkins County, NY. This hyperlocal food news and networking project, launched in 2015 by GreenStar Community Projects (501c3) and the Feeding Our Future Network, aims to dig deep into the issues affecting a small rural community.
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>
"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>
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)>
Photo by Alison Fromme, 2009, Dryden Dairy Day