Social Sciences Writer, Science News
Sujata Gupta is the social sciences writer for Science News. She was a 2017-18 Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Nature, Discover, NPR, Scientific American, and others. Sujata got her start in journalism at a daily newspaper in Central New York, where she covered education and small town politics. She has also worked as a National Park Ranger, completing stints at parks in Hawaii, California and Maine, and taught English in Nagano, Japan.
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All Stories by Sujata Gupta
Got back-to-school COVID-19 questions? We’ve got answers
If everybody masks up at school, that could prevent a bumpy 2021–22 schoolyear. It also could keep safe those students too young to be vaccinated.
Most people will add something — even when subtracting makes more sense
People default to adding when solving puzzles and problems, even when subtracting works better. That could underlie some modern-day excesses.
Science & Society
How schools can reduce excessive discipline of their Black students
Black middle- and high-school students miss four times as much school as white children due to suspensions. What might help shrink this discipline gap?
Health & Medicine
Brown bandages would help make medicine more inclusive
Peach-colored bandages label dark-skinned patients as unusual, says med student Linda Oyesiku. Brown bandages expand who’s seen as normal.
Boredom may pose a public health threat in the social distancing era
Boredom contributes to pandemic fatigue, and it may account for why some people don’t follow social distancing rules.
Science & Society
Climate misinformation may be thriving on YouTube
An analysis of 200 climate-related videos on YouTube shows that a majority challenge widely the accepted science about climate change and climate engineering.
Grandmother can be good for grandkids — up to a point
Women who live past their child-bearing years often help their grandchildren survive, data now suggest. But that help may depend on her age and how close by she lives.
Easing test anxiety boosts science grades in low-income students
Giving lower-income students mental tools to cope with test anxiety boosted their science grades.