Bethany Brookshire

Staff Writer, Science News for Students

Bethany Brookshire 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 was a 2019-2020 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, the winner of the Society for Neuroscience Next Generation Award and the Three Quarks Daily Science Writing Award, among others. She writes news and features and several series, including Technically Fiction, Scientists Say and Experiments.

All Stories by Bethany Brookshire

  1. Animals

    Scientists Say: Extinction

    When the last member of a species dies, it’s gone forever. That species is extinct.

  2. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: pH

    pH is a scale used to measure the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The scale ranges from zero to 14, with seven as the perfect neutral middle.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Cool Jobs: Soaking in sweat

    These three scientists are using sweat to hunt killers, detect illness and find out just how our species became such hairless, perspiring apes.

  4. Chemistry

    Explainer: The bacteria behind your B.O.

    Special glands in our armpits give us our signature stink. But it’s not our sweat that’s to blame. It’s the bacteria that gobble it up.

  5. Scientists Say: Mineral

    Minerals are chemical elements or compounds that form repeating crystal structures. Quartz is a mineral. Table salt is, too.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Scientists Say: Olfactory

    Smell something? Thank your olfactory sense. Olfactory refers to anything having to do with smell.

  7. Animals

    Scientists Say: Hertz

    Frequency is how often something repeats over a period of time. Frequency is often measured in hertz, the number of times a cycle repeats each second.

  8. Physics

    Scientists Say: Big Bang

    The Big Bang is the current theory about how our universe came to be. It began with a vast explosion of matter — a very Big Bang.

  9. Life

    Scientists Say: Mitosis

    Mitosis is a type of cell division where one cell divides into two identical copies, called daughter cells.

  10. Animals

    Scientists Say: Hagfish

    Hagfish are eel-shaped fish with many traits that make them similar to long-vanished fossils. When threatened, they can pump out piles of slime.