Alan Alda Didn’t Just Play a Man of Science on TV

Alan Alda Didn't Just Play a Man of Science on TV

Not only is longtime Hamptons resident a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, the man most famous for playing M*A*S*H doctor Hawkeye Pierce on TV is also a man of science in real life.
The Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision. Recently he, along with Stony Brook University, announced “Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ for 2014: What is Color?”
The challenge tasks scientists with answering this simple question posed by 11-year-olds–but in a way that is easy to understand.
“Alan Alda’a Flame Challenge” began in 2011.
“The Flame Challenge has grown from scientists trying to answer the question of one 11-year old (me) from many decades ago, to tackling questions on the minds of thousands of current 11-year olds from around the world,” Mr. Alda said in a release issued by Stony Brook. “I’m in awe of the scientists who can bring clarity to these questions and I’m in awe of the kids who keep the scientists on their toes.”
According to information shared by Stony Brook, scientists have until March 1, 2014 to submit their answers in writing, video or graphics. The entries will be screened for scientific accuracy and then judged by real 11-year-olds. The winning scientists will receive a trip to New York City, where they will meet Alan Alda and be honored at the World Science Festival.
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