Who’s Who at the Lab-Shelly Lesher

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Shelly Lesher
Visiting Presidential Fellow & Associate Visiting Professor of Physics

What do you do here at Wright Lab?

This semester I am teaching a course, Impact of the Atom, which asks students to explore the implications of nuclear science on a variety of topics including history, policy, society, and culture. In Wright Lab I have been leading a weekly discussion with graduate students and postdocs on similar topics. I am also mentoring Yale undergraduates in nuclear structure research projects, which have moved to Zoom meetings. The Wright Lab community has been wonderful and supportive, and I miss our conversations around the Jura.

What is the most unique and/or exciting experience you’ve had here at Wright Lab? 

As part of the Impact of the Atom Film & Lecture series, I brought author Richard Rhodes to campus. Not only did we talk about nuclear issues, but one evening we had a pretty animated conversation about our cats.

What is something that people might not know about you that you’d like to share with the community? 

I was in a movie with Sean Austin & Lili Taylor.

Where do you like to work remotely?

I didn’t make it back to Yale after break, so I’m working at my home in La Crosse, WI. My office is in the guest bedroom against the window, my first one in 10 years! The best part of working remotely is hanging out with my dog all day.