Once a month, the Museum stays open late, and the adults come out to play.
Thanks for making our 2016 First Fridays season a success.
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Module - First Fridays Tickets
Spiders was the theme for this month. Take a look at some of our favorites of the tour, art, music, discussion, and crowds.
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Module - First Fridays January 2010 Slide Show
David Anderson is using molecular genetic techniques to map and probe neural circuits that underlie innate behaviors in both mice and fruit flies. These behavioral responses, and associated internal states (such as arousal), form the evolutionary underpinnings of emotional behavior in higher organisms.
In recent years, he has turned his attention to deciphering the neural circuits that underlie fear, anxiety, pain, and other instinctive behaviors. Disruptions in neural circuits are known to underlie psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression. As he puts it, "Elucidating these neural circuits is an important first step to understanding how genes, drugs, and experience act on and modify these circuits, in both normal behavior and in disorders such as anxiety and depression. Our hope is that this work will eventually improve the diagnosis of these conditions and lead to new, improved treatments."[ ]
David J. Anderson graduated from Harvard and received his Ph.D at Rockefeller University, where he trained with Nobelist Günter Blobel. He also performed postdoctoral studies at Columbia with Nobelist Richard Axel.
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007, Anderson has received numerous awards, including a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Neuroscience. Named the Roger W. Sperry Professor of Biology at Caltech in 2004, he was named the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech in 2009. Anderson has been an advisor to the Allen Institute for Brain Science since its founding in 2002 and was instrumental in focusing the Institute's efforts on the Allen Brain Atlas.
Labeled as one of Rolling Stone's Top 5 Bands from SXSW in 2009, Deer Tick, will be kicking off their US tour this month at First Fridays. Don't miss their country-rock must-see show. Los Angeles based Everest, who have opened for the likes of Neil Young and Wilco, have been hailed as the new face of American rock-and-roll.
Hailed as #1 female scratch DJ in the world and a pioneer of the turntablist movement, Shortee crosses genres spinning an eclectic mix from hip hop to electro to drum and bass.
With musical tastes spanning from hardcore punk to dancefloor-friendly hip-hop, post-rock to ambient electronic, Them Jeans never fails to deliver a set with the perfect mood for the gathering.
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