Shelby Conn

PLS Principal Associate Director’s Office

March 15, 2024

What do you like about working at the Lab?

I love the freedom and creativity that I have here. I feel like any time I get a project, I am able to be creative with it and really just run with my ideas. I consider myself to be a "translator of the sciences," and I love breaking tough science topics down into easier to understand articles that even non-scientific folks, like myself, can understand.

What do your day-to-day work activities include?

I am usually bouncing between several projects—working on an ongoing article, interviewing people across PLS, putting together a presentation, updating website content, working with other creative staff members like our graphic designers or videographers, writing the weekly PLS Notable Newsletter, etc.

What is one project you’re really proud to have worked on?

I work on a lot of projects, but writing is my favorite thing to do, so I would have to say my favorite project is the article I wrote on a ROTC summer intern for the Energetic Materials Center.

What is your educational or career background?

I have a bachelor's in communications, a minor in art history, and am working on finishing my master's in English.

What inspired you to go into your field of work?

I have always had a knack for writing essays but never really imagined writing about science as a career until I came to the Lab. Now, there is no place I'd rather be.

What advice would you give to a new employee at the Lab?

Don't pretend like you know what something (like an acronym) means!! If you have a question, ask it! It is always better to ask in the moment then to later regret not having asked.

What do you do in your free time?

I love going to San Francisco, visiting art museums, going on runs/to the gym, and cuddling with my cat Tommy T. I'm a member of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory Women's Association (LLLWA) employee resource group.

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