Archive for 'LFHCfS (Hair Clubs)'

Official Harvard interview with Steven Pinker and his hair

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Steven Pinker, psychology professor extraordinaire and charter member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), gave an interview to Colleen Walsh of the Harvard Gazette. Here is the concluding section of the interview. The accompanying photo is by Stephanie Mitchell of the Harvard News Office:

Q: No Steven Pinker interview would be complete without a question about your hair. I recently saw a picture of you from the 1970s, and your style appears unchanged. Why haven’t you gone for a shorter look?

A: First, there’s immaturity. Any boy growing up in the ’60s fought a constant battle with his father about getting a haircut. Now no one can force me to get my hair cut, and I’m still reveling in the freedom. Also, I had a colleague at MIT, the computer scientist Pat Winston, who had a famous annual speech on how to lecture, and one of his tips was that every professor should have an affectation, something to amuse students with. Or journalists, comedians, and wise guys. I am the charter member of an organization called The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. The MIT newspaper once ran a feature on all the famous big-haired people I had been compared to, including Simon Rattle, Robert Plant, Spinoza, and Bruno, the guy who played the piano on the TV show “Fame.” When I was on The Colbert Report, talking about fear and security, he pulled out an electromagnetic wand and scanned my hair for concealed weapons. So it does have its purposes.

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Karl O’Dwyer joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Karl O’Dwyer has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I first learned about this esteemed club and its existence from a colleague after he suggested I attempt to join it. I just hope my hair is worthy of such an honour.

Karl O’Dwyer, LFHCfS
Graduate student, computer science
Hamilton Institute
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Maynooth, Ireland

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Greg Jensen joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Greg Jensen has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I just yesterday completed my doctoral defense at Columbia University (the photo is from the toast, in fact) and will be beginning a post-doc here in June.

I am a psychologist with interests in behavioral economics, comparative cognition, and statistical methods. These disciplines have provided no traction on quantitative evaluation of the behavior of my hair (upon which no price may be placed), or of its cognitive capacities (which are incomparable)..

Greg Jensen, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Post-doctoral researcher
Dept. of Psychology
Columbia University
New York, New York, USA

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Danish celebration of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Danish magazine Dansk Magisterbladet published a celebration of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFCHfS).

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BONUS: The magazine looked at the Ig Nobel Prizes two years ago, on page 14 of their November 2012 issue.

Stewart Walker joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Stewart Walker has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I started growing his hair as a research experiment to trace variations in elements and isotopes.  However, I have failed to attract government grants to get a hair cut and analyse the hair, so it is now a race to see if I can get the hair analysed before it all falls out.

Stewart Walker, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Associate Professor
Forensic, Environmental and Analytical Chemistry
Director of Centre of Expertise in Energetic Materials
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Flinders University
Adelaide, South Australia

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