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Alan Alda to Receive NAS Public Welfare Medal

Actor Alan Alda may be most famous for his character Hawkeye Pierce on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, but since then Alda has devoted much of his career to television programs and other forums promoting and advocating for science.

In recognition of his “extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating science on television and stage, and by teaching scientists innovative techniques that allow them to tell their stories to the public,” the National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to Alda, whom the Academy described as an actor, director, writer, and science communicator. The medal is the Academy’s most prestigious award, established in 1914 and presented annually to honor extraordinary use of science for the public good.

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