Shawna Williams

Shawna Williams

Shawna joined The Scientist in 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Colorado College and a graduate certificate and science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Previously, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, and in the communications offices of several academic research institutions. Shawna oversees The Scientist's social media channels and edits the Modus OperandiLiterature, and Foundations sections of the magazine.

Articles by Shawna Williams
A Trick that Helps Horses and Cattle Avoid Metastatic Cancer
A Trick that Helps Horses and Cattle Avoid Metastatic Cancer
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2020
Researchers find connective tissue has a crucial role to play in whether cancer cells metastasize.
Colon Cancer Uses a Regenerative Playbook to Metastasize
Colon Cancer Uses a Regenerative Playbook to Metastasize
Shawna Williams | Apr 1, 2020
A study finds similarities between cells that heal wounds and those that lead deadly cancerous invasions.
Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru
Border Closing Strands Professors, Students in Peru
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2020
Under lockdown in a hotel, members of a plant ecology course continue to work and study as they seek a way to return home.
Studies Estimate Incubation Time, Infectious Period of SARS-CoV-2
Studies Estimate Incubation Time, Infectious Period of SARS-CoV-2
Shawna Williams | Mar 10, 2020
It takes a median of five days after infection to get sick, and patients shed the most coronavirus particles early in the illness, according to two new reports.
Compounds from Smoke Alter Root Development in Plants
Compounds from Smoke Alter Root Development in Plants
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Defects in the response to fire-generated karrikins turn out to be responsible for root anomalies that were previously ascribed to other plant hormones.
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
Hand weeding of fields spurred an interloper to evolve a rice-like appearance, researchers conclude.
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.
First US Case of Apparent SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission
First US Case of Apparent SARS-CoV-2 Community Transmission
Shawna Williams | Feb 27, 2020
A patient in California acquired COVID-19 despite not traveling to an affected area or having contact with anyone who did.
Isotopic Bomb Traces Are a Boon to Biological Dating
Isotopic Bomb Traces Are a Boon to Biological Dating
Shawna Williams | Feb 21, 2020
The decades-old signature of nuclear testing can reveal the ages of organisms, or even individual cells.
Former Jackson Lab Director Ken Paigen Dies
Former Jackson Lab Director Ken Paigen Dies
Shawna Williams | Feb 20, 2020
The geneticist’s long career included leading the laboratory’s recovery from a devastating 1989 fire.