SCHENECTADY, N.Y.— Actor, writer, science advocate and director Alan Alda will present "Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science," 8 p.m. next Thursday at Proctors, 432 State St..

Throughout his 40-year career, he has won seven Emmys, six Golden Globes and three DGA awards for directing.

Alda is best known for portraying Hawkeye Pierce on "M*A*S*H," which earned him five Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, the only actor in history to win in each category for a single series.

He wrote, directed, and starred in several films throughout the '80s and '90s. He was nominated for a British Academy Award for "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator."

Alda spent 11 years hosting "Scientific American Frontiers" on PBS.

A recipient of the National Science Board's Public Service Award, Alda is a visiting professor at and founding member of Stony Brook University's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, where he helps develop innovative programs on how scientists communicate with the public

Ticket information and reservations are available at the Proctors box office, 432 State St.; by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at