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Luxuriant Hair Club for Scientists™ names 2015 Woman & Man of the Year

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) proudly announces its Woman and Man Of The Year for 2015. The two terrifically-tressed scientists are, respectively, an American researcher who studies microbes that live in paper wasp bodies and nests, and a British researcher who plumbs the mysteries of critical illnesses.

2015 Man and Woman of The Year, Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists

Here is thrilling detail about each of them.

Woman of the Year: Dr. Anne A. Madden, LFHCfS

Dr. Anne A. Madden, LFHCfS. photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University Photo

Dr. Anne A. Madden, LFHCfS. (photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University). To see an enlarged version, click on the image.

Dr. Madden is a microbial ecologist who specializes in microorganisms associated with wasps. She is a Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Research Fellow, at North Carolina State University and Colorado University, having received her Ph.D from Tufts University in Massachusetts. She also works on identifying wild yeasts with novel flavor profiles for brewing beer.

Dr. Madden’s publications include: “Social wasps facilitate microbial dispersal and plant disease: Polistine wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) and grape berry rots“; and alsoSex-related differences in alkaloid chemical defenses of the dendrobatid frog Oophaga pumilio from Cayo Nancy, Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Upon receiving the LFHCfS Woman-of-the-Year news, Dr. Madden said:

As my hair is a natural dark red brown, it is a testament to modern science, and particularly chemistry, that it is now this bright, blond color. Yay applied science! It’s an honor to receive an award that highlights how delightfully absurd and accepting our community can be. Science is a place where you can revel freely in doing serious work, all the while dressing however you please. This is what science looks like: science looks like everyone.

Man of the Year: Dr. Alex Dyson, LFHCfS

Dr. Alex Dyson, LFHCfS.

Dr. Alex Dyson, LFHCfS. (To see an enlarged version, click on the image.)

Dr. Dyson is a Clinical Physiologist at University College London, studying the mechanisms underlying critical illness states (such as ischaemia/reperfusion injury). He is currently working to develop a drug that will hopefully prevent chronic heart failure following acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). The drug is “pretty funky” and works by decreasing metabolism, akin to hibernation or suspended animation.

You can hear Dr. Dyson discussing his work in a Clinical Science Podcast, embedded below.

Dr. Dyson’s publications include:Oral 1721-1: A novel dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase (DDAH-1) inhibitor improves survival, hemodynamics and organ function in rodent sepsis. and alsoInflammation biomarkers and delirium in critically ill patients“;

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Jimmy the astrophysicist joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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

I, Jimmy, am an astrophysics graduate student at Texas A&M studying galaxy formation. I obtained my long luxurious hair through many months of carefully avoiding the barber shop. The lovely pink hue is the result of a fortunate accident involving a telescope, lasers, and pink hair dye. This accident also resulted in me misplacing my last name.

Jimmy, LFHCfS [Click on the image. below, to see an enlarged version.]
Graduate student
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA

Jimmy 2014-08-21

Corbin Covault joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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

I, Corbin Covault, am an experimental physicist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  I study the highest energy cosmic rays arriving to Earth from outer space, and wonder where they come from.  I categorically deny all rumors that I can speak fluent Klingon.

Corbin Covault, LFHCfS [Click on the image. below, to see an enlarged version.]
Professor and Associate Chair
Physics Department
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Ohio, USA


The year 2014 in hair (Luxuriant Flowing Hair Clubs for Scientists — LFHCfS)

Friday, December 26th, 2014

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists has a new member gallery with details on all the new members inducted during the year 2014.

The 2014 Membership Gallery covers all 3 of the (conjoined triplet) hair clubs: The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, The Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists, and the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists.

Much, or at least some, additional hair club news from 2014 — such as Brian May’s work to revive stereoscopic photography, and the Danish magazine article about the hair club, and even the ratio of male to female club members — is available in the LFHCfS category of the Improbable Blog.

LFHCfS members Jensen, Martin, Beck, and Graur

  Find LFHCfS members Jensen, Martin, Beck, and Graur are among the new members whose virtual presence and hair grace the 2014 membership gallery

COMING ANNOUNCEMENT: In randomly chosen years, the LFHCfS chooses a Woman and Man of the Year. This year — 2014 — is one of those years. A few days from now, we will announce the the 2014 LFHCfS Man and Woman of the Year. Please prepare your emotions.

Find past members, and how the club began, on the LFHCfS mainpage.

Nicholas Galitzki joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

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

I am a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Throughout my journey in sub-millimeter experimental astrophysics, my fiery locks have been behind me, propelling me from one scientific discovery to the next. They we’re there keeping me warm when we launched our telescope, BLASTPol, from the ice sheets of Antarctica and they will be there when I go again in 2016. (Here is a recent paper I co-authored: “The Next Generation BLAST Experiment“.) The picture shows my follicles in their full flamboyant glory being reflected off of our former primary mirror. To accompany my flowing hair I have grown a full beard to reflect the rugged experimental side of my work which takes me to the field with all manner of large manly tools and equipment. I look forward to my hair and me joining this most prestigious of scientific clubs.

Nicholas Galitzki, LFHCfS [Click on the image. below, to see an enlarged version.]
Graduate student, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA