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Shea is an assistant professor in the Department of English, where she
teaches rhetorical theory, science writing, biomedical writing, and technical
writing. Her research focuses on genetics as authoritative rhetoric in
specialized scientific communities, public debate, and popular culture.
Shea is currently working on a book manuscript entitled How the Gene Got
Its Groove: Notes on a the Tropic Life of Genes, and recently published
"The Gene As A Rhetorical Figure: Nothing But a Very Applicable
Little Word" In Science As Culture (December 2001). Sheas research
and teaching intersect at the practices of biomedical writing.