Jimmy Herring Brings The Invisible Whip To Chattanooga [Photos]

first_imgJimmy Herring is currently on tour with his new band, The Invisible Whip, with his most recent stop in Chattanooga, TN at The Revelry Room. As a founding member of The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Project Z, and Jazz is Dead – in addition to playing with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band to The Dead to Widespread Panic – Herring has made an indelible impact on improvised music. Composed of longtime friends and musical collaborators, The Invisible Whip, named for the intangible musical force that fuels them, is a nod to their time spent playing with their fallen hero Col. Bruce Hampton – who made a lifelong impact on the members of the band. The Invisible Whip is: drummer Jeff Sipe (aka Apt Q258), Matt Slocum on B3 organ and clavinet, bassist Kevin Scott and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby on Fender Rhodes, piano and violin.EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Herring Talks New Band, This Year’s Losses, And The Unknown Future Of PanicJimmy Herring and The Invisible Whip will tour nationally through September, then they’ll join John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension in November and December. For the full tour schedule, head to Herring’s website.Check out photos from the Chattanooga performance below, from photographer Christian Stewart.Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip | Chattanooga, TN | 7/23/17 | Photos by Christian Stewart Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Watch Joel Cummins Of Umphrey’s McGee’s Gorgeous Piano Rendition Of A Radiohead Classic

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.[cover photo courtesy of Keith Griner @ Phierce Photo]Check out the full BCA lineup and daily schedule below: Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Cummins’ Umphrey’s McGee bandmates Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers, Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others! Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins is getting ready to play two sets at this coming weekend’s music marathon Brooklyn Comes Alive in Williamsburg, New York (Sept. 23rd and 24th).  The master of the ivories will play a supergroup set alongside Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield, The Motet guitarist Ryan Jalbert, fellow “Prank War” foes Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, and Trey Anastasio Band’s horn virtuosos and songstresses Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. Prior to that highly anticipated superjam set, Cummins will open things up at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday with a special brunch solo piano set (NOLA funk/R&B legend Jon Cleary will take on brunch piano set duties over at Schimanski a little earlier). Get tickets here!EXCLUSIVE: Joel Cummins Talks Umphrey’s/Biscuits Prank War And Post-World Series Hang With The CubsIn a recent interview with Live For Live Music, Cummins discussed the challenges of stepping out of the group setting and being the lone soldier on stage plus how he prepares for his solo sets. He noted, “For me, it’s a different opportunity to really focus on just playing well by myself. I think there is a little more pressure that kind of comes with it. When I’m up on stage with Umphrey’s, there are five other guys up there. If I do something that is unexpected or make a mistake, more than likely, the other five guys are going to pick me up or cover it up, you know? [laughs] So there is a little extra preparation required because you are out there on your own. It’s really nice because when I do solo piano stuff, I do a mix of classical stuff, some jazz, some Umphrey’s tunes, some covers that I’m saving—there is a whole different spectrum with it. It’s good for me to get out there and see what I can do. Obviously, the other big thing is that when I am up on stage with Umphrey’s, there are five other guys playing music, so I typically have to do a whole lot more to fill up the space when I am playing by myself, and I like the challenge.”However, despite these challenges, the keyboardist is no stranger to going lounge style. In addition to the one-off solo sets he’s played around the country, Joel Cummins has performed several Atrium sets aboard Jam Cruise over the years. For example, in 2016, Joel Cummins impressed cruisers with a rendition of the classic Radiohead Kid A track, “Everything In Its Right Place.” You can check out Cummins performing Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place” aboard Jam Cruise 2016 below, plus catch him live this Sunday at Brooklyn Comes Alive!last_img read more

Dark Star Orchestra Announce 2018 Spring Tour

first_imgToday, veteran Grateful Dead tribute project Dark Star Orchestra announced a string of 2018 Spring Tour dates. The 14-date tour Southeast tour will feature performances in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and South Carolina before closing out with their previously announced slot at April’s Wanee Festival.The Spring Tour announcement comes on the heels of a big year for the band, which saw them celebrate its 20th anniversary in November at Albany, NY’s historic Palace Theatre. The band also just announced both their 7th Annual Dark Star Jubilee festival over this coming Memorial Day weekend (featuring Los Lobos, Hot Tuna, The Infamous Stringdusters, Melvin Seals & DSO performing a Jerry Garcia Band set, The Nth Power, Rumpke Mountain Boys,  California Kind, Jeff Mattson & Friends, The Lil’ Smokies, Holly Bowling, Dino English Quintet featuring James Poole, and more) as well as their very special debut at Red Rocks in July of 2018, where they will recreate the Grateful Dead’s own storied Red Rocks show from July 8th, 1978–exactly 40 years later to the day.Dark Star Orchestra Taps Los Lobos, Hot Tuna, Melvin Seals, & More For 7th Annual Jubilee FestivalYou can read the full list of newly announced Spring tour dates below. To purchase tickets to any of the Dark Star Orchestra Spring 2018 tour dates, or to check out a full list of upcoming performances, head to the band website.Dark Star Orchestra Upcoming Tour Dates3/30 : The Jefferson Theater : Charlottesville, VA3/31 : Rams Head Live : Baltimore, MD4/3 : The Hamilton : Washington, D.C.4/4 : Harvester Performance Center : Rocky Mount, VA4/6 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/7 : Buckhead Theatre : Atlanta, GA4/8 : Avondale Brewing Company : Birmingham, AL4/10 : The Orange Peel : Asheville, NC4/12 : Charleston Music Hall : Charleston, SC4/13 : The Fillmore Charlotte : Charlotte, NC4/14 : Ritz Raleigh : Raleigh, NC4/15 : Greenfield Lake Amphitheater : Greenfield, NC4/17 : The Stage On Bay : Savannah, GA4/19 : Wanee Festival : Live Oak, FL[Cover photo via Mark Raker/DSO Facebook]last_img read more

Lettuce Expands 2018 Winter Tour

first_imgLettuce is hitting the road this winter with a 23-date Beyond The Clouds tour! Following their shows on Jam Cruise and Gem & Jam Festival, the future funk collective will kick off tour in early February through the end of March, including a two-night run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY before closing with a double header at the Madison Theater in Covington, KY. Select dates will include support from The Motet or co-bill with Galactic.The announcement of the tour comes hot on the heels of the release of the band’s contemporary jazz fusion album, Witches Stew. Recorded live at the 2016 Catskill Chill, the album is a tribute to Miles Davis, one of Lettuce’s biggest influences, and is an interpretive take on the historically experimental and lauded Bitches Brew era. Bringing forth an eerie, ethereal, and psychedelic reimagining to what was one of the most impactful periods in Miles’ legacy, Lettuce showcases the technical mastery and visionary expertise they are revered for.Fan club pre-sale for the Beyond The Clouds tour is available now. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, January 19th at 10am EST. Full routing below. For additional ticket information, head to the band’s website.LETTUCE BEYOND THE CLOUDS TOUR DATES:NEW DATES IN BOLDJanuary 17 Miami, FL @ Jam CruiseJanuary 27 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalJanuary 28 Tucson, AZ @ Gem and Jam FestivalFebruary 7 Atlanta, GA @ Variety PlayhouseFebruary 8 New Orleans, LA @ Joy Theater*February 9 Houston, TX @ House of Blues*February 10 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*February 13 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las VegasFebruary 14 San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park*February 15 Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre*February 16 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater*February 17 Portland, OR @ Roseland TheaterFebruary 18 Seattle, WA @ ShowboxFebruary 20 Missoula, MT @ The WilmaFebruary 22 St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre^February 23 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre^February 24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall^February 25 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues^March 22 Huntington, NY @ The Paramount* March 23 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre* March 26 Hartford, CT @ Infinity Hall March 28 Richmond, VA @ The National March 29 Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger March 30 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater March 31 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater*With support from Motet^Co-bill with Galacticlast_img read more

Howlin Rain Preview New Album, Announce Summer Tour

first_imgOakland, California’s Howlin Rain have announced a 28-date U.S. summer tour in support of their fifth album, The Alligator Bride, due June 8 via Silver Current Records. In support of the announcement, the band has also unveiled a brand new rock and roll track, “The Wild Boys”, from the forthcoming record. The sprawling, eight-minute, tour-de-force is the second single from The Alligator Bride, following previously released title track, “Alligator Bridge”.According to a press release, frontman Ethan Miller and company drew inspiration for this album from classic rock formations such as the Grateful Dead‘s Europe ’72, Mountain Bus‘ 1974 burner Sundance, and Free‘s masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, 1969’s Fire and Water. However, Ethan particularly attributes the magic captured across the album’s seven tracks to the vibe of the Mansion studio in San Francisco; the same space that gave birth to modern garage-psych classics by Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees and Mikal Cronin. Howlin Rain tracked the record there over three days, playing live to tape and cutting the material in first and second takes with engineer Eric “King Riff” Bauer. The result is a set of wide-eyed, ragged and unapologetic rock ‘n’ roll.Listen to both tracks from The Alligator Bride below: The first leg of Howlin Rain’s upcoming tour—beginning in Joshua Tree, CA—blankets the West Coast throughout the month of June. Highlights include a performance at Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma Valley, six shows across California and tour closers at Mississippi Studios in Portland and Sunset Tavern in Seattle. In July, Howlin Rain kick off the tour’s second leg on the East Coast, including shows at DC9 in Washington, DC, Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and two nights at Brooklyn Bowl where they’ll be joined by Grateful Shred and Mapache. From there, the band will sweep through the Midwest with stops along the way at 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Beachland Tavern in Cleveland and Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, among several others.See below for a list of upcoming dates, and head to the band’s website for more information.HOWLIN RAIN // Tour DatesJune 2 – Joshua Tree, CA – Desert + DenimJune 5 – Long Beach, CA – Fingerprints Music ++June 6 – San Diego, CA – The CasbahJune 7 – Costa Mesa, CA – The Wayfarer ++June 8 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccon //June 9 – Sonoma Valley, CA – Huichica Music FestivalJune 10 – Tahoe, NV – Red Room / Crystal Bay Casino + ResortJune 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban LoungeJune 13 – Boise, ID – NeuroluxJune 15 – Portland, OR – Mississippi StudiosJune 16 – Seattle, WA – Sunset TavernJuly 11 – Washington, DC – DC9 **July 12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas **July 13 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^^July 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl ^^July 15 – Columbus, OH – Ace Of CupsJuly 17 – St. Louis, MO – Ready Room **July 18 – Davenport, IA – Raccoon Motel **July 19 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry, **July 20 – Milwaukee, WI- The Cooperage **July 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern **July 22 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub **July 23 – Detroit, MI – El Club **July 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe **July 25 – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern **July 26 – Northampton, MA – The Root Cellar **July 27 – Jersey Hall, NJ – Monty Hall **August 1 – Chico, CA – Naked Lounge++ with Mapache// with BRONCHO** with Mountain Movers^^ with Grateful Shred, MapacheView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

High Sierra Music Festival Announces Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James, More For 2019 Lineup

first_imgToday, the deluge of 2019 festival lineup announcements continues, as High Sierra Music Festival has released the initial artist roster for their 29th-annual event set to take place this summer on July 4th–7th. This year’s initial lineup announcement is topped by a healthy mix of fan-favorite jam, bluegrass, and funk acts, including Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James (full band), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Galactic, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Presents ‘Eat A Bunch of Peaches’.Also performing the 2019 High Sierra Music Festival are The Marcus King Band, ALO, The Polish Ambassador, The Nth Power performing a Marvin Gaye tribute (!!), Jennifer Hartswick Band, Cris Jacobs Band, Cha Wa, Rob Artis II & The Truth, and more to be announced in the coming months.As always, High Sierra attendees will benefit from the beautiful early-summer NorCal climate and scenic surroundings provided by the festival’s Quincy, CA locale. To find more information about the event and the venue, get answers to frequently asked questions, or purchase your tickets to the 29th annual High Sierra Music Festival, you can head to the event’s website.last_img read more

Members Of Lettuce & Dumpstaphunk To Join Forces For Jazz Fest Late Night Show

first_imgHoly funk! Members of Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk will team up for a special late-night show during weekend one of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.Lettuce stalwarts Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis, and Eric “Benny” Bloom will team up with New Orleans legends, Dumpstphunk‘s Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and Nick Daniels to form Lett Us In The Dumpsta on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 a.m. at the iconic Frenchmen Street club, The Maison.Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk are certainly no strangers to each other. As two of the most influential funk bands over the past two decades, Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk share a close friendship and a long history of collaborations and shared lineups. The two bands also have a long history of playing together at Jazz Fest, with the super-group Dr. Klaw (which features Nigel Hall and sometimes Eric Krasno) initially forming out of the musical bond between Lettuce and Dumpstaphunk.Now, with this newly formed Lett Us In The Dumpsta project, these two sets of incredibly talented musicians will join forces once again for a high-octane late night show that is sure to keep Frenchmen Street bursting with energy until the sun rises.Tickets to Lett Us In The Dumpsta at The Maison go on sale on Eventbrite on Friday, January 25th at 12:00 PM EST, but there is a limited pre-sale running NOW at this special link using the code “L4LM”. See below for full details and ticketing info for this show.(Art by Kellin Townsend – @kellintownsend)Date: Sunday, April 28th, 2019 (technically early AM April 29th)Artist: Live For Live Music Presents: Lett Us In The Dumpsta featuring Ivan Neville, Ian Neville & Nick Daniels of Dumpstaphunk + Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom of LettuceVenue: The Maison –508 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116Pre-Sale: $25 Early-Bird GA / $50 Early-Bird VIPTickets: $35 Advance / $40 Day Of Show //// VIP  $60 Advance / $65 Day Of Show (VIP includes expedited entry, dedicated elevated VIP area VIP bar & more)Time: Doors –  2:00 AMlast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Gives New Insights On Ghosts Of The Forest, Baker’s Dozen & More In ‘Rolling Stone’ Interview

first_imgTrey Anastasio‘s new Ghosts of the Forest project is set to hit the road for their inaugural show on Thursday, which will be followed by the release of the group’s debut LP, Ghosts of the Forest, on Friday, April 12th. Trey recently caught up with Rolling Stone‘s Patrick Doyle to give his insights on the new project, Phish‘s illustrious year in 2017, coping with losing loved ones, and much more.Trey begins by discussing his lifelong friendship with the late Chris Cottrell, the inspiration behind Ghosts of the Forest’s inception. He explains,My friend Chris, who a lot of those songs kind of allude to, passed away at the end of February. He was a nature lover. He loved the mountains. He always would take me hiking. One of the things that was sort of extra sad about the loss was that he was my friend outside of all this — a long-before, boyhood friend. When we were a young band and we would drive out to Colorado from somewhere overnight, he would always grab me and make me hike up the Flatirons, or go skiing, or go fly-fishing, which I sucked at. He would always take me out of the tour. It just dawned on me recently that he was sort of my tether to childhood and to a life before Phish happened — somebody that kind of understood who you could talk to that didn’t work with me.Trey moves forward with some insight on Ghosts of the Forest’s live show configuration, noting,Are you’re familiar with the New York City theater scene? You know ‘Hadestown’? ‘Hadestown’ was written by some Vermont composers and interestingly enough it debuted at Higher Ground. It was like a nine-song folk record. The album sort of developed into a show. Now, that went on to be a Broadway show. This is a concert, this is not a Broadway show or anything like that, but it has definitely grown into something that feels really unique from anything else I’ve done at least in quite some time. It’s going to be completely based on the album, expanded greatly — a little scary, but it feels good to be letting this thing grow organically, and it’s only eight shows.Trey also expressed his thoughts on Phish’s illustrious year at Madison Square Garden in 2017 and how grateful he is for the fans that helped make it a success. He emphasizes,The Baker’s Dozen, people honored us with their presence. It’s hard work to go to all those shows. We really cared, and it was so much fun. But then it’s like, ‘Oh, four more nights for New Year’s,’ so we did 17 nights at the Garden that calendar year. I said, ‘We have to end the year with a new song,’ which was “Soul Planet,” with the pirate ship and all that. The reason was because they just came for 13 nights, and we owe everyone in a way. I mean, it’s our friends. It’s our family. It’s become, really, a family feeling, as you know. You’ve probably been there. That particular New Year’s Eve was designed as a specific message of, ‘Thank you. We’re on the boat, but we’re not driving it. The wind is blowing and the wind is the music and you are the ones who are keeping us afloat.’ That was the message.Head here to read the entirety of Trey Anastasio’s recent Rolling Stone interview.On Monday, Trey officially revealed the title track from Ghosts of the Forest’s eponymous debut album. He also revealed the full album tracklist. Ghosts of the Forest is set to be released on Friday, April 12th. You can listen to the first track from the album here.Trey’s new Ghosts of the Forest band features his Phish bandmate Jon Fishman, Trey Anastasio Band members Jennifer Hartswick, Tony Markellis, and Ray Paczkowski, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Celisse Henderson, who was featured alongside Hartswick as a backup singer at Phish’s 2016 Halloween performance of Ziggy Stardust. Tickets are still available for both Greek Theatre shows via Ticketmaster. For a full list of Ghosts of the Forest’s upcoming shows, see below.Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest Tour Dates:APRIL4 – Portland, ME – State Theatre5 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Opera6 – Washington, DC – Anthem9 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum12 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre13 – New York, NY – United Palace Theatre19 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre20 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyView Tour Dates[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Innovative education

first_imgWhat will higher education look like in 2050? That was the question addressed Tuesday night (Nov. 30) by Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University.“We’re at the end of the fourth wave of change in higher education,” Crow began, arguing that research universities followed the initial establishment of higher education, public colleges, and land-grant schools in the timeline of America.In less than a half-century, he said, global market competition will be at its fastest rates of change ever, with several multitrillion-dollar economies worldwide. According to a recent Pew Foundation projection, the nation’s population could reach 435 million, with a large percentage of those residents economically disadvantaged. In addition, climate change will be “meaningfully disruptive” in many parts of the world.The everyday trends seen today, such as declining performance of students at all levels, particularly in math and science, and declining wages and employment among the less educated, will only continue, Crow maintained, and are, to say the least, not contributing to fulfilling the dream of meritocratic upward mobility, quality of life, sustainable environment, and longer life spans that most Americans share.“How is it that we can have these great research universities and have negative-trending outcomes?” Crow said in a talk that was part of the Science and Democracy Lecture Series sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology & Society. “I hold the universities accountable. … We are part of the problem.”Among the “things that we do that make the things that we teach less learnable,” Crow said, are the strict separation of disciplines, academic rigidity, and conservatism, the desire of universities to emulate schools at the top of the status hierarchy, and the lack of scalability that would allow a large number of students to be educated for a small amount of money.Since 2002, when Crow took the helm at Arizona State — which he calls the “new American university” — he has led more than three dozen initiatives that aim to make the school “inclusive, scalable, fast, adaptive, challenge-focused, and willing to take risks.”Among those initiatives were a restructuring of the engineering and life sciences schools to create more linkages between disciplines; the launch of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Sustainability; the start of a Teachers College to address K-12 performance and increase the status of the Education Department at the university; and broadened access, increasing the freshman class size by 42 percent and the enrollment of students living below the poverty line by 500 percent.Universities must start, Crow noted, “by becoming self-reflective architects, figuring out what we have and what we actually need instead of what legend tells us we have to be.” Research universities today have “run their course,” he added. “Now is the time for variety.”A discussion panel afterward consisted of Cherry Murray, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and professor of physics; History Department Chair James Kloppenberg, the Charles Warren Professor of American History; and Daniel Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology, and professor of environmental science and engineering.During that discussion, Crow clarified and expanded on some of his points. He discussed, for example, the school’s distance-learning program, which he feels can address issues of scalability without a loss of quality. “Nearly 40 percent of undergrads are taking at least one course online,” he said, which helps the school to keep costs down while advancing interactive learning technologies.He said that Arizona State is working to increase the transfer and completion rates of community-college students, of whom only about 15 percent, historically, complete their later degrees. “We’ve built a system that will allow them to track into universities,” particularly where “culturally complex barriers” beyond finances impede even the most gifted students.last_img read more

Hyman to step down as provost

first_imgSteven E. Hyman, who spurred an expansion of interdisciplinary research at Harvard and has overseen the revitalization of the University’s libraries and many of its museums and cultural institutions, announced today (Dec. 15) that he would conclude his service as provost at the end of the academic year.During nearly a decade in the post, Hyman put significant emphasis on intellectual activities that cross disciplines and School boundaries, and played a key role in founding major institutes and academic centers that forged new approaches to scientific research.“Being Harvard provost is undoubtedly one of the greatest privileges in American higher education,” Hyman said. “Working with Harvard’s talented deans, faculty, and other University leaders, I have had an opportunity to nurture their high aspirations for some of the world’s greatest academic departments, professional Schools, museums, and libraries, as well as for their extraordinary students.”Hyman, a neurobiologist and past director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), said he would take a one-year sabbatical at the Broad Institute of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to refocus on his academic work. He also plans to create an undergraduate course on the implications of neuroscience for ethics, policy, and law.Harvard’s longest-serving provost in modern times, Hyman broadened the scope of the role through programmatic expansions that served all of the Schools, including the modernization of the University’s technology transfer programs, and the establishment of policies to support international research and collaborations.“I have deeply valued my partnership with Steve,” said President Drew Faust. “He has spurred fresh thinking and important initiatives in areas ranging from the sciences to the humanities, from the museums to the libraries … In all of these areas and more, he has approached his role with intelligence, passion, and wit, and with a devotion to the highest academic standards.”Faust said the search for a new provost would begin early next year.“Steve has done an outstanding job as provost, especially in helping the University navigate a decade full of change and in creatively pursuing ways to make Harvard more than the sum of its parts,” said Robert D. Reischauer, senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation. “He’s contributed a great deal to the Corporation’s deliberations on a wide range of issues, and he’s consistently been a positive force for academic and organizational innovation. More than that, he’s been a pleasure to work with, and all of us on the Corporation join in thanking him for his leadership, his insight, and his dedication.”Hyman oversaw the reorganization of the American Repertory Theater, supported the renovation of the Fogg Art Museum, and appointed the current directors of those two institutions, as well as the Arnold Arboretum and Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Renaissance research center in Italy. He is currently leading the search for a new curator of the Nieman Foundation and, having overseen a review of the University’s vast library system, also is chairing the new Harvard Library Board that will establish a more closely coordinated management structure to strengthen Harvard’s position as the pre-eminent university library of the 21st century.Hyman also worked to elevate the Harvard Humanities Center to the status of a University-wide center. “Steve Hyman is in many ways a Renaissance man, and I don’t use the term lightly,” said Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, who noted that Hyman helped him to organize seminars that explored the intersection of the humanities and the sciences. “He has deep interests, of course, in the neurosciences and in the sciences more generally, but he is also very interested in the classics and in contemporary debates in the humanities.”At a time when difficult questions were being asked about diversity in the ranks of Harvard’s faculty, Hyman established the Office of Faculty Development & Diversity, whose mission has been to improve the faculty experience while taking steps to ensure that the evolving faculty more closely reflects the increasing diversity of the student body.“Steve’s background in medicine, his passion for the liberal arts, and his experience in leading the NIMH gave him the perfect set of skills to be an extraordinary provost,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds, who was the first vice provost for faculty development and diversity. “Steve never lost sight of the University’s goals and priorities. He’s been a wonderful mentor and friend to me.”Many of Hyman’s most far-reaching accomplishments revolve around research and education in the sciences and engineering. He was integrally involved in elevating Harvard’s Division of Engineering to School status, and in founding such entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary ventures as the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a collaborative venture of Harvard Medical School (HMS), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; the Broad Institute, of MIT and Harvard, which takes a systematic, collaborative approach to genomics and the life sciences more generally to dramatically accelerate the treatment of disease; and the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT, and Harvard, which supports nontraditional partnerships among experts to accelerate the search for an HIV/AIDS vaccine.Gary Gottlieb, president and chief executive officer of Partners HealthCare, said Hyman had been “a visionary in creating a single campus for Harvard University.”“His office has allowed the development of close collaboration among the hospitals and the HMS quadrangle faculty and the great scientists and teachers at the main campus of the University,” Gottlieb said. “He is passionate, brilliant scientifically, yet he’s a true physician who grew up in the hospitals. He really understands the great strength of all the parts of the University.”Hyman established the Harvard University Science and Engineering Committee, which brings together faculty and deans from all of Harvard’s Schools that support science and engineering, along with leaders of the University-affiliated hospitals, to take an integrated approach toward priority setting and initiating new collaborative ventures. He played a key role in creating the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard’s first cross-School department, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, which has been a world leader in the growing field of stem cell research.“Steve Hyman has been a very strong voice for science and innovation at Harvard, working to support new structures for research and teaching within our community,” said Doug Melton, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. “A notable success was his ability to foster and coordinate new research initiatives within Harvard, as well as making stronger connections with Harvard’s affiliated hospitals. I was delighted to learn that he is returning to experimental science for his next challenge, and look forward to watching his discoveries at Harvard.”last_img read more