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Shannon Brescher Shea ( is a senior writer/editor in the Office of Science’s Office of Communication and Public Affairs. As the content team lead, she writes and edits feature stories covering the Office of Science’s discovery research. She also manages the Science Public Outreach Community (SPOC), the community of practice for communicators in the fundamental research area. Previously, she was a communications specialist in the Vehicle Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She managed publications, websites, and social media for both Clean Cities (the alternative fuels deployment program) and the Office’s research and development portfolio. She began at the Energy Department in 2008 as a Presidential Management Fellow. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, gardening, writing, volunteering, and parenting two awesome kids.

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First-Person Science: Kawtar Hafidi on the Proton’s Structure
December 1, 2020
The question of how the proton – one of the building blocks of the universe – is constructed drives nuclear physicist Kawtar Hafidi’s research.
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First Person Science: Moh El-Naggar on Electric Bacteria
September 22, 2020
“Electric bacteria” pass electrons through cell walls to solid minerals outside the cell. El-Naggar studies how and why this amazing process happens.
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The Mystery of the Neutron Lifetime
September 2, 2020
When nuclear scientists use different techniques to measure the neutron lifetime, they get different results. Could this be pointing to new physics?
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First-Person Science: Chris Polly on Muon Physics
August 11, 2020
Over the course of two decades, Chris Polly has been investigating the difference between measurement and theory in muons, a fundamental particle.
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First-Person Science: Colleen Iversen on Belowground Ecology
June 30, 2020
Plant roots are just as essential to ecological systems as the parts above ground. Colleen Iversen works to understand these dynamics.
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First-Person Science: Esther Takeuchi on Batteries
May 26, 2020
Magnetite is common, non-toxic, and could be very useful for batteries. Esther Takeuchi and her team are making that potential a reality.
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First-Person Science: Christoph Benning on Plant Biochemistry
May 12, 2020
Through more than a decade of research, Christoph Benning’s team gained major insights into lipids essential for plants’ photosynthetic systems.
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Flooding the Sky: Navigating the Science of Atmospheric Rivers
March 10, 2020
Atmospheric rivers have a huge impact on the West Coast’s climate, so scientists are collaborating to understand their patterns.
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Stargazing with Computers: What Machine Learning Can Teach Us About the Cosmos
February 18, 2020
Scientists are developing machine learning techniques now to tackle the staggering amount of data that the LSST Camera will produce in the future.
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