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Professor of Journalism and Communication; Director, Science and Environmental Writing Program
Sharon M. Friedman is professor and director of the Science and Environmental Writing Program in the Department of Journalism and Communication. She served as associate dean from 2006 to 2008, as chairperson of the journalism department from 1986 to 1995, and as an Iacocca Professor from 1992 to 2000. Friedman directed Lehigh’s Environment and Society program from 1994 to 2004 and was curriculum director for the undergraduate Environmental Studies program for the Environmental Initiative from 2004 to 2006.
Her research focuses on how scientific, environmental, technological and health issues are communicated to the public. She has conducted research on risk communication and on mass media coverage of such risk issues as the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents, Alar, radon, dioxin, electromagnetic fields, and nanotechnology.
Research Areas:Risk Communication, mass media coverage of risk issues