Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

And another one bites the dust. Before we kick 2015 to the curb for good, let’s listen back to conversations with some really interesting people we had this year. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll listen again to Pat Bradley’s interview with Alan Alda when he came to Vermont to open an institute for scientific communication.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Actor, director and author Alan Alda is best known for his many roles on stage and screen, but the man who played Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H is leaving his mark on science as well. The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University teaches scientists how to better communicate what they are doing.  Alda inspired the institute and is a visiting professor. Now, the center is expanding and has affiliated centers at Dartmouth University and the University of Vermont. Alda spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley as the program was initiated at the University of Vermont this week. He says while it helps scientists communicate with the public, it is equally important for the public to understand scientists.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Actor Alan Alda may be best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the TV series M*A*S*H or as Senator Arnold Vinick on The West Wing.  But his current work is focused on helping train scientists to more effectively communicate with the public. He was on the University of Vermont campus Monday to help launch a new institute to further that goal.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Actor Alan Alda, best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the tv series MASH, was on the University of Vermont campus Monday to help launch a new institute to train scientists to more effectively communicate with the public.