Dartmouth And Alda Center
During his Montgomery Fellow residency in October, Emmy-winning actor Alan Alda shared his science communication insights with more than 200 undergraduates and two master classes for graduate students and faculty members.
Following this introduction, Dartmouth entered into a partnership with Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to aid Dartmouth faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students in communicating about their research. The partnership is described in the January 2 issue of Nature.
“Being able to communicate effectively about one’s scientific research is absolutely critical,” says Interim Provost Martin Wybourne. “And that message clearly resonated with faculty and graduate students during Alda’s residency.”
Alda, a visiting professor at Stony Brook’s School of Journalism, is looking forward to the collaboration. “What an exciting time we had at Dartmouth,” says Alda, who hosted PBS’s Scientific American Frontiers from 1993 to 2005 in addition to starring in M*A*S*H and The West Wing. “Whether we worked with faculty or students, the appetite for sharpening their skills and joining us in this really critical adventure was palpable. Partnering with Dartmouth is going to be a rich experience.”
Dartmouth has agreed to “collaborate and disseminate this model of teaching scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and clinicians to be more engaging and effective communicators,” says Nancy Serrell, director of Science and Technology Outreach in the Office of the Provost. “This is the beginning of what we hope will be a broader partnership, including other institutions that would also like to see these ideas used more widely.”
To read more, see Dartmouth Now.
photo by Eli Burakian ’00