Actor, Broadcaster and Writer Alan Alda helped found the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University where he is a Visiting Professor, helping to develop innovative programs that enable scientists to communicate more effectively with the public. He originated The Flame Challenge, a yearly international competition for scientists in which they compete to explain complex scientific concepts so that 11-year-olds can understand them. Since 2008, he has worked with physicist Brian Greene in presenting the annual World Science Festival in New York City, attended since its inception by over a million people. He’s the author of a play entitled “Radiance – the Passion of Marie Curie,” which had its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in November 2011. His play based on the letters between Einstein and his wives, called Dear Albert, has been presented in New York, Moscow and Brisbane. His awards for communicating science include: 1998 From the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, The Sagan Award, for increasing the public appreciation of science 2006 National Science Board’s Public Service Award 2010 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for PBS series, The Human Spark 2013 Scientific American Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Public Service 2014 American Chemical Society (ACS) James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public 2015 Elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. 2016 National Academy of Sciences' Public Welfare Medal 2016 Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute's David Mahoney Prize for increasing public awareness of brain science 2016 National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal
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