Figure One

Science. Communication. Community.

Welcome To Figure One!

Come on in!  (Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr)

Come on in! (Image credit: Robert Couse-Baker via Flickr)

Hello there!

Welcome to Figure One, a new blog providing a fresh voice on contemporary science and science culture.  We’ll be addressing topics from research and policy to ethics and the craft of science writing.  And we’re excited that you’ve joined us right at the beginning!


Maintained and curated by alumni of the 2012 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship Program (learn more about that here), Figure One contributors represent advanced degrees in the study of physics, geochemistry, developmental biology, bioengineering and many other fields.  And though some of us will continue meaningful work in the laboratory, we’re also committed to another cause:  The broad communication of sound science.


At Figure One we hope to reach a variety of readers, providing a common ground for information, thought and discussion.

We plan to post fresh content twice weekly, and for now, we’re keeping the blog open for all types of science writing.  If you have an idea for a post you’d like to see or a tip for the blog, please let us know.  We’re learning the ropes, and we’d love feedback!


We’re also creating an online community and creative outlet for alumni of the Mass Media Fellowship Program. At Figure One, nearly four decades of alumni can coalesce in a valuable community of knowledge, experience, and networking – a unique opportunity in the field of science communication.

If you’re an alum of the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship and you’ve been thinking you’d like a low-key way to blog about science, we’d welcome your contributions – whether you’d like to write a single post or contribute every month.  We only ask that posts be short (200-500 words), and topical.


Have a question? Want to learn more? Please contact Rebecca Widiss and/or Jessica Stoller-Conrad at their shared blog address ( for further information.


About jstoll01

Jessica began her journalistic endeavors as an embarrassingly informal food critic for her college newspaper. After dropping the fork and picking up a micropipettor, she spent two years as a genetics research technician and three years in graduate school before trying her hand at science writing. Upon receiving a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in May 2012, Jessica participated in the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship program as a Science Desk intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. There, she contributed a number of posts to the health blog (Shots) and the food blog (The Salt). She continues to write regularly for the NPR blogs, National Geographic News and other media outlets as a freelancer, currently based in Southern California.

5 comments on “Welcome To Figure One!

  1. Joe Palca
    January 18, 2013

    Congrats on the new blog…I will try to pitch in when I can.

  2. jstoll01
    January 18, 2013

    Thanks so much, Joe! We’re excited to get this thing off the ground, and we’re thrilled that you want to be involved!

  3. Kelly April Tyrrell
    January 29, 2013

    Thanks so much for doing this! I would be thrilled to contribute from time to time. Jessica, I remember reviewing your AAAS application last year =) Good stuff!

  4. jstoll01
    January 29, 2013

    Hi Kelly, I’m so glad you found the blog…and that we’ll soon call you a contributor! Also, it’s crazy to think that just one year ago you were reviewing my MMF application — so much has happened since then! 🙂

  5. Mary Durfee
    January 29, 2013

    Good luck!…I date from the late 1970s MMF and wrote for the Macon Telegraph. Loved the experience, use it in small ways while talking social science or international law related to the environment!

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