You have previously worked on a website that focused on the autism spectrum. How did that affect your work?
March 25, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET
This was a page that was intended for scientists, but was also read by many non-scientists. I think this is one of the places I learned to improve on that balance between technical accuracy and clarity and simplicity. I also learned the ability to identify stories and spot trends. Autism is a pretty small niche, and we had to be able to spot small and interesting things and develop them into full stories. I've practiced a lot to do that.
You often write about the science surrounding the decision to send children back to school. How do you navigate this in your own life?
I have two children. My son is in middle school and my daughter is 8. My children are in school two days a week. Now they are doing this hybrid schedule but I know how much they miss being in school full time. I know how much they miss their friends' company, and I worry about their physical safety and I worry about their mental health. I understand parents all over the world who are dying to have their children in school.
How do you disconnect when your beat is covid?
When I get away from the computer, my children are right there, demanding my attention, wanting to be read, fighting, screaming, annoying and loving. They take up a lot of time. I also watch TV. I very much forgive my insignificant taste. I used to read a lot and I haven't read any novels at all which is kind of sad, but I don't have the attention span right now. I do a lot of crossword puzzles and I'm addicted to the Times Spelling Bee game.
What is your favorite tv
Well, I really enjoyed "Bridgerton". There was a time last spring when I even heard "The O.C." for a few months.
What would surprise readers if they found out about you?
I may speak multiple languages - I am fluent in four Indian languages plus English and can speak French and Japanese. I grew up in India until I was 17 so English is not my first language.