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

Actor Alan Alda attends a special screening of "Equity", hosted by The Cinema Society and Bloomberg, at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Acclaimed actor and science educator Alan Alda will speak at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, November 1.

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

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

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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