Five Questions with... Alan Alda

Stony Brook University has launched a series of video interviews with leaders from every field to share ambitious ideas and imaginative solutions for education and the global future. Our very own Alan Alda is featured as one of the interviewees, speaking about his college experience, key mentors and his work in improving science communication. 

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About Alan Alda

Alan Alda  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  M*A*S*H , 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.