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Specialty area(s)

Experimental Nuclear Physics
Interface of Physics and Society

Current courses at UWL

Fall 2020 

PHY 142 - Navigating Global Nuclear Issues  (general education category GE04) - Asynchronous online with weekly synchronous online components
PHY 376 - Intro to Nuclear Science - synchronous online
PHY 386 - Radiation Physics - synchronous online

Education

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

Teaching history

@ UWL
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

@Yale
PHYS 296 - Impact of the Atom (Seminar)

@University of Richmond
PHYS 127 - Algebra-Based General Physics 1 (Workshop format)

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. For the Academic Year 2019/2020 I was on sabbatical at Yale University as a Presidential Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Physics. Since my return, I retain Visiting Faculty status in the Yale Physics Department.

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

In 2020 I was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Research and publishing

My research involves studying the vibration of nuclei using a combination of accelerated beams and detector arrays at research laboratories around the world. To further these goals, our group is collaborating with the University of Notre Dame Institute for Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics (ISNAP), to build our own detector array, the La Crosse fIREBAll. This detector will measure conversion electrons in coincidence with gamma rays at ISNAP on nuclide we have interest in studying.

All of my research involves UWL undergraduates. The La Crosse fIREBAll requires students to develop the detectors and software needed to operate the array. Most other projects involve data analysis.

Current work is supported by two National Science Foundation Grants, Nos. PHY-1919364 and PHY-2011267.

Publications:

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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).

Kudos

elected

Shelly Lesher, Physics, Physics, elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). This prestigious recognition is awarded to members on behalf of their outstanding contributions to physics by their APS peers. No more than one half of one percent of the membership is awarded Fellowship each year.

Submitted on: Sept. 24

 

interviewed

Shelly Lesher, Physics, was interviewed by American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) of AAAS Science & Human Rights Coalition on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Dr. Lesher was interviewed as part of the series, Responding to COVID-19: Science and Human Rights series by the AAAS. As the past-chair of the Committee on the International Freedom of Scientists (CIFS) of the American Physical Society (APS) she discussed two of the ways physicists used their skills during the initial months of the pandemic.

Submitted on: Aug. 12

 

presented

Shelly Lesher, Physics, presented "Nuclear Physics and You" at Physics of Atomic Nuclei Summer School on July 27 in virtual. She was invited to give the opening lecture to 24 high school students at the Physics of Atomic Nuclei Week long summer school sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics.

Submitted on: Aug. 3

 

presented

Shelly Lesher, Physics, presented "What health professionals need to know: Teaching nuclear physics without calculus" at American Physical Society Virtual April Meeting on Tuesday, April 21 in Washington, D.C. The invited talk was part of the Increasing Nuclear Literacy for the Public and for Professionals session sponsored by the Forum on Education and the Division of Nuclear Physics.

Submitted on: April 21

 

interviewed

Shelly Lesher, Physics was interviewed by APS News on Dec. 15, 2019.

Submitted on: Dec. 19, 2019

 

presented

Shelly Lesher, Physics, presented "Current Events in Nuclear Physics" at Exotic Beam Summer School on July 8, 2019 in Oak Ridge, Tn. This Department of Energy (DOE) summer school's goal is to provide a week long boot-camp in nuclear physics to graduate students and post-docs. Lesher's presentation discussed the impact current events have on scientific fields.

Submitted on: July 8, 2019

 

presented

Shelly Lesher, Physics, presented "The humanity of physics" at Physics of the Atomic Nuclei (PAN) summer school sponsored by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics - Center for the Evolution of the Elements (JINA-CEE) on June 27, 2019 in Notre Dame, Indiana. During this talk Lesher spoke to a group of high school students, dispelling myths about being physicists and answered questions about life in the field.

Submitted on: June 27, 2019

 

served

Shelly Lesher, Physics served as organizer and convener of the "GRC Power Hour" during the Nuclear Chemistry Gordon Conference at Colby-Sawyer College 16 - 21, 2019. This event was designed to start a conversation around diversity and inclusion in the nuclear physics community, support professional growth, and provide a forum for mentoring.

Submitted on: June 27, 2019