I am a lecturer in analytical chemistry at Nottingham Trent University, U.K. I last went to a barber at the age of 14; since then occasional trims remain times of tension in my marriage when my wife insists very hard. I grew my beard when my daughters started going through the “You are SO embarrassing” phase, just to prove a point. I wish to join before I need to apply for the “Luxuriant Former Hair” instead.
Mike Coffey, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Lecturer (Analytical Chemistry)
Chemistry & Forensics
Nottingham Trent University
I am a PhD student in neuroscience at Northwestern University studying neurophysiology using biofeedback in monkeys. I stopped cutting my hair when I began working on my thesis to save time and money, and now, my only regret in life is all the time and money I spent not growing out long luscious luxurious flowing hair earlier.
Michael Scheid, LFHCfS
PhD student in neuroscience
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Evanston, Illinois, USA
The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) proudly announces its Woman and Man Of The Year for 2016. The two scientists are, respectively, a Danish researcher who studies polymer micro and nano engineering, and a Scottish researcher for NASA who studies airborne particles in earth’s atmosphere.
Nastasia Okulova, LFHCfS (photo by Bjarne Sørensen)
Ms. Okulova is a Ph.D student working on micro and nano technology and engineering methods based on a polymer materials platform, at the Technical University of Denmark. Her collaboration with Danish company, Danapak Flexibles A/S aims to implement functional nano structures into the surface of the packaging foils. Applications of this range from self-cleaning and anti-icing surfaces for trains and windmills (which would save a lot of energy), to preventing yoghurt from sticking to its lid.
When asked about her hair, Ms. Okulova said:
“Curly hair is like science, you never know what to expect of it. It is in a state of a superposition between being easy and hard to work with. From time to time you can wake up with a nice-looking hair. You’d think that the hair cells are dead, but I suspect that my hair has a life of its own.”
Dr. Sayer is a physicist working on Atmospheric Remote Sensing at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, USA, studying atmospheric aerosols around the world. (Dr. Sayer is the second NASA Goddard scientist to be honored as an LFHCfS person of the year. The first was Dr. Illana Harrus, in 2002-3.)
Much of Dr. Sayer’s work focuses on finding the most effective ways of using satellite instruments to observe aerosols. You can see a video of him talking about this research, below, courtesy of the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.
“I was initially sceptical but, after a lot of gentle prodding from my girlfriend, I started using conditioner when washing my hair. The results of my several-year scientific experiment into this have revealed that it really is better than using shampoo alone.”
I have spent my ~40-year research career studying the mechanics of glaciers and ice sheets and their role in sea level change. For much of that time, I used to preface lectures and conference presentations with the observation that there is something intrinsically funny about being paid to run around on glaciers and think about how they work. Sea level rise isn’t as funny as it used to be, but the principle still stands. My membership in the LFHCfS is simply consistent with this philosophy and reinforces the long and time-honored tradition of scientists getting away with nonsense generally. (PS The headshot on my Jefferson Fellows page is an old one, and my beard there is nothing to write home to Mom about. Here, instead, is a Getty photo of me taken by Natalie Cass at the Sundance Film Festival.)
W.T. Pfeffer, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Professor, INSTAAR and
Dept. of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, USA