Lectures and Special Events

Mickey Hart Presents Musica Universalis

April 13, 2018 - April 14, 2018

mickey hart playing drums

Join legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart for a unique program at the Museum. The evening begins with a walk-through of the special exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience featuring a curated soundscape based on Hart’s recently released album, RAMU. Then, join Hart in the Hayden Planetarium Dome for an electrifying live performance of Musica Universalis, created in collaboration with the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. The show will be followed by a discussion with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and Our Senses Curator Rob DeSalle. Ticket holders will take home a signed statement and a copy of Hart’s album, RAMU.

About the Performer 

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Mickey Hart is best known as a drummer in the Grateful Dead, which for three decades channeled the voices and visions of rock’s psychedelic counterculture. Touring with Dead & Company these last few years, Hart continues to perform the music of the iconic band, and embodies its enduring legacy. The multiple Grammy Award-winning Hart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and named to Rolling Stone’s list of 100 greatest drummers of all time.  

About the Participants 

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Rob DeSalle works in molecular systematics, microbial evolution, and genomics. His current research concerns the development of bioinformatic tools to handle large-scale genomics problems using phylogenetic systematic approaches. He has worked closely with colleagues from Cold Spring Harbor Labs, New York University, and the New York Botanical Garden on seed plant genomics and development of tools to establish gene family membership on a genome-wide scale. His group also focuses on microbial genomics, taxonomy, and systematics. In particular, they approach tree of life questions concerning microbial life using whole genome information. He also dabbles in Drosophila systematics.

Carter Emmart_Astro Live Presenter

Carter Emmart, the Museum's director of astrovisualization, directed all five of the Museum’s Space Shows, four of which are now playing in planetariums all over the world. Emmart was one of the original Museum team members on the NASA-funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public through immersive data visualization.

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Adam Gazzaley obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania and his postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley. He is now professor in neurology, physiology and psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco, and the founder and executive director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research. He designs and develops novel brain assessment and optimization tools to impact education, wellness, and medicine practices.