Sun, Mar 19 • 7:00PM
The Music Room
THE ATLANTA SCIENCE FESTIVAL ROCK & COMEDY SHOW
Featuring: LEUCINE ZIMMER & THE ZINC FINGERS / DR. PETE / LEW LEFTON / MEMBERS OF THE GEEKAPALOOZA COMEDY TOUR
LEUCINE ZIPPER & THE ZINC FINGERS
For years, Professor Morte, host of the Silver Scream Spookshow, has been secretly collecting, sequencing and analyzing the DNA from some of the most celebrated rock musicians of our time. While he won’t divulge his subjects in fear of prosecution, burglaries have been reported at the homes of Joan Jett, Iggy Pop, and Alice Cooper. The only items reported missing have been hair brushes.
Morte now claims to have taken a common sequence of rock star DNA and inserted it into stem cells derived from tissue samples taken from immunologist Jennifer Leavey, organic chemist Michael Evans, amphibian ecologist Joe Mendelson and biologist Ben Prosser, all Georgia Tech faculty or alumni. Using a mysterious accelerated aging protocol, adult specimens have grown from the stem cells and have formed the world’s first genetically engineered rock band, Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers. When allowed to leave their top-secret sterile test facility, band members Leucine Zipper (guitar, vox), Gringo Perdido (guitar), X.O. Therm (bass) and Sonic Hedgehog (drums) plan to play live, loud, science punk rock.
After a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and postdoctoral studies at IBM, NASA and the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich, Pete is not only a nerd, but he learned certain invaluable things like how to pronounce Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich. After a brief stint in the molecular modeling software industry he joined the faculty of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Pete performs at colleges, clubs, theaters and conferences across the U.S. when he isn't lecturing on the value of humor in technical education, communication and innovation. He is currently touring with his one-man show "Feel the Power of the Dork Side," a humorous look at science & engineering and their practitioners. It is the funniest STEM outreach program you will ever see. His research interests include the computer simulation of synthetic and biological polymers and the use of humorous improvisation to catalyze technical innovation. He is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to expolore the use of humor to improve engineering education. Pete hosts a weekly radio program entitled "Inside the Black Box," whose motto is "Science, only funnier," and "Consilience with Pete & Charlie," a podcast on the intersection of science and the humanities. He also directs a Living/Learning Community at Georgia Tech on student innovation and entrepreneurship.
THE GEEKAPALOOZA COMEDY TOUR
Geekapalooza started in in 2010 when some Georgia Tech faculty teamed up with the Georgia Tech finalists from the National College Comedy Competition sponsored by TBS and Rooftop comedy. The competition is no more, but Georgia Tech students, faculty and alumni are still doing stand-up comedy and proving that nerds can be funny and not just funny looking.