The Former Actor Turned Science Advocate Has Joined The Likes Of Madonna And Seth Rogan In Tackling Covid-19 Myths
M*A*S*H* Star Alan Alda Aims To Tackle Misinformation About Covid-19
Alan Alda has joined many celebrities in tackling misinformation regarding Covid-19.
star who played the comedic alcohol loving army surgeon Hawkeye
Pierce in the hit 70's TV show M*A*S*H*, and fellow actors are
helping people weed out fake news and misinformation about the
stated “I was interested in science before I realized it was the
cause and effect of science I was interested in, I wanted to know how
we got to where we are now.
I reflected on the way many scientists struggle to speak
comprehensibly to people outside the field, which can create a sense
of distrust between the public and scientists.
in the day I reached out to many universities to try and launch a
program to recruit scientists to explain to people in basic terms
what they do, but nobody was interested”.
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science was founded in 2009, and
has trained 20,000 scientists and medical professionals in methods of a simplified synopsis of their work.
many who can't wrap their head around things like Alan Alda himself,
know what they're talking about.
is able to do all this whilst maintaining his acting rolls, the multi
Emmy Award winner from M*A*S*H* and The West Wing as well as
countless rolls in movies and plays still finds the time to educate
people on Climate Change and Covid.
The star has also been funding
Covid research and promoting the facts about the Corona Virus on his two podcasts.
he continues his work to help scientists communicate, Alda hopes that
more universities and other schools incorporate Science Communication
training as they educate future scientists of various fields.
in recent years Alda has had to step back from his own organisation after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2018.
the former Hawkeye Pierce stated that: “I will continue to monitor
both the Alan Alda Center and the organisation when I feel
best to do so, in order to make sure that all is running smoothly”.