Lori Friedman

Director of Media Relations
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
(610) 758-3224

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.

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 U.S., 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.

LGBTQ+ Campus Centers “More Important Than Ever” Argue Scholars

Scholars from Lehigh and Ohio State University assert that LGBTQ+ campus centers play an essential role in fostering the health, well-being and academic achievement of LGBTQ+ students.

Women Hold Prominent Roles, Publish More in “Open Science” vs. “Reproducibility” Model

Analyses reveal that two common practices to improve science―“open science” and “reproducibility/replicability”―operate independently and that collaborative, prosocial “open science” could point the way toward more diversity in science.

Lehigh Team to Study COVID-19 Health Toll

A multidisciplinary research project led by College of Health faculty member Fathima Wakeel seeks to determine the physical and mental health impacts of the pandemic.

LUAG Receives Federal Grant to Digitize 1,700 Photographs

This is the second peer-reviewed federal grant that LUAG has been awarded in two years, an accomplishment that is rare in the field.  

Molecular Additives Enhance Mechanical Properties of Organic Solar Cell Material

Computational experiments on semiconducting polymers show under harsh loading conditions—stretching and compression—the addition of small molecules enhances performance and stability and points to a promising new direction for solar cell research.

Discovery Transforms Understanding of Hydrogen Depletion at the Seafloor

Scientists analyzing hydrothermal fluid collected at the Piccard vents at Mid-Cayman Rise have found non-biological processes deplete hydrogen that was thought to be readily available to subseafloor microbial communities.

Can Archaeologists 'Pass the Spade' to Locals to Manage Cultural Heritage?

Allison Mickel is studying two startup nonprofits aiming to build local capacity to document, conserve, protect and make decisions about the future of Jordan’s archaeological sites.

Simpler, High-Accuracy Method Detects Rare Circulating Tumor Cells

The recent study demonstrates the effectiveness of a new, innovative machine learning technique to analyze the presence of rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in blood.

Scientists Identify New Material with Potential for Brain-like Computing

The work demonstrates the effectiveness of a design strategy that functionalizes a 2D material with an organic molecule.

The Monster is Us: Jordan Peele’s 'Get Out' Exposes Society’s Horrors

New essay collection edited by Dawn Keetley explores how the film ‘Get Out’ revolutionizes the horror tradition while unmasking the politics of race in the early 21st century United States.