M*A*S*H star Alan Alda speaks at University of Tennessee

Alan Alda
Alan Alda

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Acclaimed actor and science educator Alan Alda spoke Tuesday night at the University of Tennessee.

Alda delivered the second Ken and Blaire Mossman Distinguished Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building. The speech was free and open to the public.

Alda also visted the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His talk, titled “Getting Beyond a Blind Date With Science,” was designed to explain why it’s crucial for scientists to tell their stories effectively to the public.

“When you have that connection, you can see if they’re not getting it. You can imagine what they’re thinking, what they’re feeling based on the clues you’re getting from the people you’re communicating with. And this even works when you’re writing,” said Alda.

He is best known for his role as Capt. Hawkeye Pierce on the TV series M*A*S*H from 1972 to 1983. He has won six Emmy Awards and six Golden Globes. He has served as host of “American Scientific Frontiers” on PBS for 14 years. Alda founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, based in Long Island, New York, in 2009. The center trains the next generation of scientists and professionals to tell their stories more effectively.

This is the second lecture in the series. Bill Nye delivered the inaugural lecture last year.

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