Bethany Brookshire

Bethany Brookshire

Staff Writer, Science News for Students

Bethany Brookshire is the staff writer at Science News for Students. She has a B.S. in biology and a B.A. in philosophy from The College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is also a host on the podcast Science for the People, and a 2019-2020 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. Teacher reads to children
    Health & Medicine

    Five big questions about when and how to open schools amid COVID-19

    Researchers weigh in on how to get children back into classrooms in a low-risk way.

  2. Student looking into a microscope
    Science & Society

    College biology textbooks still portray a world of white scientists

    Despite recent efforts to include more women and people of color, it will be decades — or even centuries — before textbooks reflect student diversity.

  3. Animals

    The ‘ratpocalypse’ isn’t nigh, according to service call data

    A new study shows that rat-related reports in New York City went down during COVID-19 lockdowns compared with previous years during March and April.

  4. Two yellow labs

    Calculating a dog’s age in human years is harder than you think

    People generally convert a dog’s age to human years by multiplying its age by seven. But a new study shows the math is way more complex.

  5. stock image of a hypothetical coronavirus vaccine
    Health & Medicine

    How making a COVID-19 vaccine confronts thorny ethical issues

    COVID-19 vaccines will face plenty of ethical questions. Concerns arise long before anything is loaded into a syringe.

  6. lab mice
    Science & Society

    Biomedical studies are including more female subjects (finally)

    In 2019, 49 percent of biomedical research articles had both male and female subjects, almost double the percentage a decade ago.

  7. coyote walking up stairs in a park

    5 reasons you might be seeing more wildlife during the COVID-19 pandemic

    From rats and coyotes in the streets to birds in the trees, people are noticing more animals than ever during the time of the coronavirus.

  8. bubble chamber

    50 years ago, Fermilab turned to bubbles

    The National Accelerator Laboratory, now called Fermilab, used to have a bubble chamber to study particles. Today, most bubble chambers have gone flat.

  9. male mice in cages in a lab setting

    Female rats face sex bias too

    In neurobiological studies, male lab animals tend to outnumber females, which are considered too hormonal. Scientists say it’s time for that myth to go.

  10. women in medical school
    Science & Society

    Medical student evaluations appear riddled with racial and gender biases

    Women and minorities are more frequently described by personality in medical student evaluations, but men are described by their skills, a study says.

  11. statistics
    Science & Society

    Statisticians want to abandon science’s standard measure of ‘significance’

    For years, scientists have declared P values of less than 0.05 to be “statistically significant.” Now statisticians are saying the cutoff needs to go.

  12. working out
    Health & Medicine

    ‘Good to Go’ tackles the real science of sports recovery

    In ‘Good to Go,’ science writer Christie Aschwanden puts science — and herself — to the test for the sake of sports recovery.