is an acclaimed actor, writer and director, and a Visiting Professor in the Alan
Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.
Although Professor Alda is best known for his award-winning work in movies, theater
and television, especially his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series
, he has an equally distinguished record in public communication of science. For 13
years, he was the host of the PBS series
Scientific American Frontiers
. After interviewing hundreds of gifted scientists from around the world, he became
convinced that many researchers have wonderful stories to tell, but need to learn
how to tell them better. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science aims to enhance
the understanding of science by training the next generation of scientists and health
professionals to communicate more effectively with the public, officials, the media,
and others outside their own discipline.