April 29, 2016

M*A*S*H Actor, Writer Alan Alda to Speak at Cornell

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Actor and writer Alan Alda will speak on the relationship between science and media on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Bailey Hall.

Throughout his career, Alda has played Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the TV show M*A*S*H and hosted PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers. His later work fostered his interest in facilitating communication between the scientific community and the media, philanthropists, policymakers and the public, according to the Uni­versity.

Alder has since participated in creating Stony Brook Univer­sity’s Alan Alda Center for Commun­icating Science, which holds workshops with techniques such as improvisational theater to help scientists communicate clearly and effectively.

Cornell’s Kavli Institute for Nanoscale Science — which is hosting Alda — will be holding these workshops in May for its researchers and associates. Alda will address the communication of scientific concepts to audiences of varying backgrounds in his upcoming talk, according to the press release.

There are 1,200 tickets on sale to accommodate interested individuals. Remaining tickets will be on sale at Bailey Hall one hour prior to the event.

Tickets are available at Willard Straight Hall, Carpenter Hall, the Physical Sciences Building and the Ithaca Visitor Center, according to the press release.