Alan Alda, seven-time Emmy Award–winner, and Academy Award nominee, has acted in, written or directed many films and television programs, including M*A*S*H and the West Wing. He became interested in communication when a life-long interest in science led to his hosting Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years on PBS. On that show he helped hundreds of scientists around the world make their research clear to the public. He helped found the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, which has trained thousands of scientists around the country and overseas to be better communicators. His many awards in science communication include: The American Chemical Society Award for Public Service and the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences. In 2015 he was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society.