Sharon M. Friedman
Professor and Director,
Science and Environmental Writing Program, Department of Journalism and Communication
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015

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 for Faculty and Staff in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2006 to 2008, Chairperson of the department from 1986 to 1995, and as an Iacocca Professor from 1992 to 2000. She directed Lehigh’s Environment and Society program from 1994 to 2004 and has been curriculum director for the undergraduate Environmental Studies program for the Environmental Initiative since 2004. 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, Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents, Alar, radon, dioxin, electromagnetic fields, and nanotechnology
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  • Politics of Science (J/STS-124)
  • Environment, the Public and the Media (J/ES-125)
  • Science Writing Practicum (J-231)
  • Special Topics in Science Writing (J-313)
  • Health and Environmental Controversies (J/STS/HMS-323)

Positions Held (Selected)

  • Member, Council of the Society of Risk Analysis, 2007-2010
  • Member, Editorial Board, Science Communication journal, 1998-current
  • Vice chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Information Council Foundation, 1995-2008
    • Past member, The National Academies Committee to Review the Worker and Public Health Activities Program Administered by the Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services, 2005-2006
    • Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste, 2003-2005
    • Committee on Assessment of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Radiation Studies from Department of Energy contractor sites, 1999-2005
  • Past Member, Council, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Past Associate Editor, Risk: Health, Safety & Environment journal
  • Past Chairperson, Low-Dose Radiation Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Energy