Actor Alan Alda was given an honorary Doctor of Law during the graduation ceremony at the University of Dundee in Scotland for his work promoting the communication of science. A visiting professor at Stony Brook University, he founded the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. The center serves scientists, medical professionals, students and the public with opportunities to explore, learn and practice communicating effectively about science and medicine.
The Alan Alda Center is an international partner of Dundee University’s Leverhulme Centre and will be involved in Dundee’s new forensic science research center. The goal is to help forensic scientists communicate better, so that when they present evidence in court, juries will be better able to understand it.
Alda has been on tour promoting his New York Times bestseller, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating, his story of learning how to communicate better and to teach others to do the same.