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Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year in beer breakthrough

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Dr. Anne A. Madden, the 2015 Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year, is part of the team that made a beer-related breakthrough in the study and manipulation of yeast. Dr. Madden is pictured here (in a photo by Lauren Nichols), examining yeast cultures:


Dr. Madden will make a special appearance next week in the Twenty Fifth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. The ceremony will be webcast live.

North Carolina State University announced the beer breakthrough:

From the Lab Bench to the Beer Glass

When John Sheppard was asked to brew beer from wild yeast, he was skeptical. Humans, after all, have been brewing beer for millennia. If there were yeasts out there that could make a good pint, they would surely have been found years ago. But, it turns out, Sheppard proved himself wrong….

But Sheppard was willing to give it a shot, and so he reached out to [NC State biologist Robb] Dunn. The biologist, in turn, reached out to the people in his research group to see if they had any ideas. One of those researchers was Anne Madden.

Madden is a postdoctoral microbiologist affiliated with both Dunn’s lab at NC State and Noah Fierer’s lab at the University of Colorado. In her official capacity as a postdoc, she studies the microorganisms of the “built environment” – particularly, how insects and other arthropods introduce microorganisms to homes, workplaces and other buildings. She is, in other words, an expert on the microscopic organisms that live on insects…. [You can read the entire story on the NC State web site.]



Jennifer Verdolin joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Jennifer Verdolin has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). She says:

I am interested in the social and mating behavior of mammals (including humans). When I am not doing interesting research on lemurs, sea turtles, humans, or prairie dogs, I’m busy being a part time radio personality, author, and occasional movie star. Hair, its color, texture, and length can be an honest signal of mate quality- unless of course it is dyed or composed of extensions. The natural length, softness, and color of my hair has long fascinated many, from males on lek mating grounds (otherwise known as nightclubs) to strangers of either gender while I am out and about foraging in grocery stores. There is only one individual of my own species permitted to cut or otherwise alter my mane. Although grooming my locks can be tedious and arduous, the end result is well worth the 10% of my time budget.

Jennifer Verdolin, Ph.D., Ph.D, LFHCfS
Visiting Lecturer
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, USA


Eric Aston joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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

I am a colloid scientist, chemical engineer, and professor who pretends to be a physicist when I play with lasers for Raman spectroscopy in my microscopy lab. I teach thermodynamics and other stuff—more recently creative writing—and once donated my abundant locks for someone else to sport. I believe my hair has given me stories in a Jungian sense; if you know what that means, please inform me.

D. Eric Aston, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Professor & Interim Department Chair
Chemical & Materials Engineering
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho, USA



Ben Pascoe joins Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Ben Pascoe has joined the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). Guillaume Méric, who nominated him, says:

Dr Ben Pascoe is a researcher in microbial ecology and genomics at the College of Medicine of Swansea University in Wales. The fluffiness, density, aspect, smell, soft texture and speed of growth of his beard is equalled only by few while envied by most. Every day that, in a moment of weakness, he decides to trim it or shave it off, a little je-ne-sais-quoi dies in the heart of his covetous but respectful entourage. This phenomenal physiological advantage gives Dr Pascoe a keratinistic gravitas which contributes to the greatness of his research, collaborative endeavours and general aura.

Ben Pascoe, Ph.D, DPhil, LFHCfS
Postdoctoral research assistant
Head of Sequencing (Swansea Genome Centre)
Swansea Centre Manager (MRC CLIMB Consortium)
Institute of Life Science
College of Medicine, Swansea University
Swansea, UK


Brady Mackowiak joins Luxuriant Facial and Former Hair Clubs (LFHCfS)

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Brady Mackowiak has joined the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) and the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

Mr. Mackowiak is an engineer in the Fuel Fabrication Department at Idaho National Laboratory where he works on application of fabrication process to uranium fuel systems.  He has chosen to focus his hair growth entirely in the facial region where his beard is a source of numerous discussions among his colleagues.  His luxuriant facial hair is (many feel) the primary reason his visage occupied the lede photograph in a New York Times article.  Unfortunately the face shield and leather jacket (worn as personal protection equipment, not just a fashion statement) serve to obscure much of the beard’s magnificence.

Brady Mackowiak , LFHCfS
Fuel Fabrication Engineer
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho, USA