Archive for 'LFHCfS (Hair Clubs)'

A number of eminently hairy and hairless scientists

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS) and its siblngs — the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS), and the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS) — now have, collectively, 506 members:  317 male, 189 female.

This data may be of interest to someone, somewhere, some time. Maybe. If you know a scientist who would enjoy being a member, and who has the requisite qualifications, please encourage that delightful person to join the LFHCfS or the LFHCfS or the LFHCfS.

Here is a recent photo of Steven Pinker, the LFHCfS’s charter member:


Dan Graur joins the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS).

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Dan Graur has joined the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

Thirty years ago my brain started growing rapidly, thus pushing the hair roots outward. I am currently much wiser than I was as a doctoral student. Interestingly, all my male Ph.D. students also show signs of brain growth.

Dan Graur, Ph.D., LFHCfS
John and Rebecca Moores Professor
Department of Biology & Biochemistry
University of Houston
Houston, Texas, USA


Bill Tivol joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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

This should qualify me for the flowing hair club, especially if I get bonus points for having this hair after chemotherapy. After getting a razor-cut about two years ago, I let my hair grow out while I looked for a barber more suitable to my needs.  I was waiting for a friend, who is a hairdresser, to come for a visit, but this had been postponed several times, so my hair became more luxuriant and flowing.

Bill Tivol, Ph.D., LFHCfS
Scientific Engineering Associate
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, California, USA


Will Bennett joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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

Since my first introduction to linguistics in 2003, in a course using Steve Pinker’s The Language Instinct as prescribed text, I have (despite occasional lapses)  striven to reach Pinkerian standards of excellence both in linguistic research, and in exalting, cascading curls. My research interests are mostly on the sound-related side of the field: how phonetics, phonology and morphology (and sometimes syntax) interact. My work also focuses on under-represented/minority languages (particularly African languages).

Will Bennett, LFHCfS
Department of English Language and Linguistics
Rhodes University
Grahamstown, South Africa


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.

Steven Pinker