Lori Friedman

Director of Media Relations
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
(610) 758-3224
lof214@lehigh.edu

Lori Friedman is Director of Media Relations in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs. In addition to leading media outreach at Lehigh, she often writes feature stories for the university's online news sites and print publications.

With more than ten years of experience in nonprofit and advocacy communications, Friedman is proud of the work she has done to advance causes related to healthcare, education, science, environmental preservation and social justice. Her media relations and digital communications efforts have been recognized with awards from leading PR industry groups Bulldog Reporter and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

She holds a Masters of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

Researchers: Air Pollutant is Likely Contributor to Most Severe Asthma Species

For the first time, an analysis identifies non-atopic childhood asthma as more than a set of symptoms, but a distinct disease, driven by early exposure to Benzo[a]pyrene from fossil fuel combustion.

Scientists Identify Virus-Cell Interaction That May Explain COVID-19’s High Infection Rate

Lehigh researchers quantify the interaction between the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2—the virus that causes COVID-19—with the ACE2 receptors in human cells.

Lehigh Recognized by NAFSA with 2021 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization

The award distinguishes overall excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of university and college campuses.

International Women’s Day: Fathima Wakeel Presents at Women in Data Science GM Multiregional Conference

Wakeel discusses how to frame population health disparities during the pandemic using maternal and child health epidemiological approaches.

Forecast: the Impacts of Vaccines and Variants on the U.S. COVID Trajectory

Thomas McAndrew, a computational scientist in Lehigh's College of Health, and colleagues incorporate data from experts and forecasters.

Embracing Our Excremental Selves

In her latest book, Mary Foltz examines the ways several postmodern authors produce scatological works to critique how humans treat each other and the natural world.

Evolution’s Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors

Groundbreaking yeast experiment identifies a nontransitive evolutionary sequence where an organism is more fit than its immediate predecessor but less fit than a distant ancestor.

Experts’ Top COVID-19 Strategy: National Stay-at-Home Order With Financial Compensation

Newly released report is part of an ongoing meta forecasting project.

Forecast: 125,000 fewer U.S. COVID Deaths if Half the Population Initiates Vaccination by March 1

Thomas McAndrew, a computational scientist in Lehigh's College of Health, and colleagues incorporate data from experts and forecasters.

Muzhe Yang: Light Pollution Linked to Preterm Birth Increase

In first study of its kind, researchers find that light pollution, based on a measure of skyglow, could increase the likelihood of preterm birth by 12.9%.

Lehigh's College of Health Establishes Institute for Indigenous Studies

Christine Makosky Daley and Sean Daley will lead the Institute. They have partnered with Native communities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bolivia in holistic approaches to improving health.

Experts Reduce Search Times for Novel High-Entropy Alloys 13,000-Fold Using Cuckoo Search

A process developed by scientists at Iowa State University and Lehigh using a hybrid Cuckoo Search accelerates computational modeling of complex alloys.

Study Sheds Light on How Brain Distinguishes Speech from Noise

Researchers provide the first physiological evidence that a foundational center of the brain influences how sound is processed, identify a previously unknown neural circuit.

Stephanie Powell Watts’ “The Unfound Door” included in The Best American Essays 2020

Watts’ piece was among twenty-four essays chosen for inclusion in the highly-regarded annual anthology series.

Muzhe Yang: Strenuous Work During Pregnancy Increases Likelihood of High Birth Weight

New research attributes an adverse fetal outcome to the strenuousness of an expectant mother’s job. 

Solar Partnership Named Finalist for AASHE Sustainability Award

A solar partnership between Lehigh, Lafayette, Muhlenberg and Dickinson is a finalist for AASHE's 2020 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award.

Scientists Uncover Prophage Defense Mechanisms Against Phage Attacks in Mycobacteria

An experimental approach reveals a Butters prophage uses a two-component system to block entry of some phages, but not others, from attacking a strain of mycobacteria related to infection-causing strains.

An Innovative Modelling Approach to More Accurately Predict COVID-19 Outbreaks

Lehigh biostatistician Thomas McAndrew’s novel framework earns MIDAS Coordination Center funding.

Where Will the Seabirds Go?

Seabird poop transformed an entire ecosystem, according to an examination of a 14,000-year peat record in the Falkland Islands. The discovery raises questions about the birds’ survival and the potential impact of climate change on sensitive terrestrial-marine ecosystems.