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Thomas Dolby To Teach At Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE, MD (CelebrityAccess) — Artist and noted session musician Thomas Dolby has landed yet another new gig, teacher.

Dolby, perhaps best known to the public for his 1982 hit "She Blinded Me With Science," has accepted a position as the school's first Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University. Dolby will be teaching courses in film and music, starting with "Sound on Film" at the school's Hopkins' Peabody Institute music conservatory, as well as overseeing the creation of a new, $35 million dollar center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts.

"There's a family of arts industries that all use digital technologies," Katherine S. Newman, dean of Hopkins' Krieger School of Arts and Sciences told the Baltimore Sun. "We're trying to create what I think of as a Silicon Valley for the arts while teaching our students the skills they'll need. It's a natural fit for us, because scientists and artists are both outside-the-box thinkers."

Dolby scored several hits in the 1980s and worked with a number of other artists, including Trent Reznor and George Clinton but transitioned into film and video game scores and launched a technology company aimed at at creating better sounding musical ringtones for cell phones.

More recently, Dolby has ventured beyond scoring with the short film "The Invisible Lighthouse," which was inspired by the decommissioning of a lighthouse in the U.K. – Staff Writers