Profile for Shelly Lesher

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Specialty area(s)

Experimental Nuclear Physics
Interface of Physics and Society

Current courses at UWL

On sabbatical for the 2019/2020 academic year. Please email slesher at or shelly.lesher at


Ph.D. Nuclear Physics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Physics, Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, IN

Teaching history

PHY 103 / PHY 103L - Fundamental Physics (general education category GE05)
PHY 125 / PHY 125L - Physics for the Life Sciences (general education category GE05)
PHY 142 - Navigating Global Nuclear Issues  (general education category GE04)
PHY 311L - Experimental Physics
PHY 343 - Thermodynamics
PHY 376 / PHY 376L - Intro to Nuclear Science
PHY 386 - Radiation Physics
PHY 497 - Physics & Astronomy Seminar
PHY 498 - Nuclear Physics Research

Professional history

Prior to joining the Physics Department at UWL I held Postdoctoral Fellowship positions at the Instituut voor Kern- en Stralingsfysica, University of Leuven, Belgium, the University of Richmond, and N-Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Since 2010 I have been a Visiting Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Notre Dame.

Currently on sabbatical at Yale University as a Presidential Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Physics until August 2020.

I serve as the Director of the Conference Experience for Undergraduate (CEU) program for the Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) and the Chair of the Committee on International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS). Both are positions in the American Physical Society (APS).

Research and publishing

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(selected publications) UWL undergraduate students underlined

Lifetime measurements in 156Gd
A. Aprahamian, R.C. de Haan, S.R. Lesher, C. Casarella, A. Stratman, H.G. Börner, H. Lehmann, M. Jentschel, and A.M. Bruce, Phys. Rev. C 98, 034303 (2018).

Lifetime measurements of low-spin negative parity levels in 160Gd
S. R. Lesher, C. Casarella, A. Aprahamian, L.M. Robledo, B. P. Crider, R. Ikeyama, I. R. Marsh, M. T. McEllistrem, E. E. Peters, F. M. Prados-Estevez, M. K. Smith, Z. R. Tully, J. R. Vanhoy, S. W. Yates, Phys. Rev. Rev. C 95, 064309 (2017).

Lifetime measurements in 162Dy
A. Aprahamian, S.R. Lesher, C. Casarella, H.G. Borner, M. Jentschel, Phys. Rev. C 95, 024329 (2017).

Collectivity of 0+ states in 160Gd
S. R. Lesher, C. Casarella, A. Aprahamian, B. P. Crider, R. Ikeyama, I. Marsh, M. T. McEllistrem, E. E. Peters, F. M. Prados-Estevez, M. K. Smith, Z. R. Tully, J. R. Vanhoy, S. W. Yates, Phys. Rev. Rev. C 91, 054317 (2015).

Signatures of the Z = 84 Shell Closure in α-Decay Process
A. N. Andreyev, M. Huyse, P. Van Duppen, C. Qi, R. J. Liotta, S. Antalic, D. Ackermann, S. Franchoo, F. P. Hessberger, S. Hofmann, I. Kojouharov, B. Kindler, P. Kuusiniemi, S. R. Lesher, B. Lommel, R. Mann, K. Nishio, R. D. Page, B. Streicher, S. Saro, B. Suligano, D. Wiseman, R. A. Wyss, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 242502 (2013).

Collective and two-quasiparticle excitations in 128Te
S. F. Hicks, J. C. Boehringer, N. Boukharouba, C. Fransen, S. R. Lesher, J. M. Mueller, J. R. Vanhoy, S. W. Yates, Phys. Rev. C. 86, 054308 (2012).

STARS/LiBerACE: Segmented silicon and high-purity germanium detector arrays for low-energy nuclear reaction and structure studies
S.R. Lesher, L. Phair, L.A. Bernstein, D.L. Bleuel, J.T. Burke, J.A. Church, P. Fallon, J. Gibelin, N.D. Scielzo, and M. Wiedeking, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. A, 621, 286 (2010).