Tod Machover, Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, was the Sage Center Distinguished Fellow for December 2011 and January 2012.
Professor Machover delivered four lectures on the following topics: Hyperinstruments; personal composition and Hyperscore; music, mind and health; and opera for robots and people. His lecture on music, mind and health was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.
The director of the Sage Center, Michael Gazzaniga, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Sciences announced on May 3, 2011, that they have elected new members "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Mike Gazzaniga is widely considered the founder of the field of cognitive neuroscience. He founded the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, as well as several cognitive neuroscience institutes across the country. His seminal research on split-brain patients began over 50 years ago and over the years has led to a better understanding of the functional lateralization of the human brain and provided unique discoveries about the nature of the mind, including the concept of an "interpreter." The announcement by the National Academy of Sciences can be found here.
The Law and Neuroscience Project and the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind published A Judge's Guide to Neuroscience: A Concise Introduction, edited by Michael Gazzaniga, in 2010. The book contains chapters by Michael Gazzaniga, Scott Grafton, Kent Kiehl, Read Montague, Marcus Raichle, Adina Roskies, Anthony Wagner, and others. An introduction to the book is available here.
Nolan Gasser, composer, pianist, musicologist, and architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project was the Sage Visiting Scholar during February 2011, delivering four lectures and one performance on such topics as “Music, Science, and the Art of Living” and “Speculum Mundi: Music as a Reflection of Culture.” A description of his visit appeared in the Santa Barbara Independent.