Archive for 'LFHCfS (Hair Clubs)'

2016 in Hair (Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Here at close of 2016 The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), and it’s sibling clubs, have collected the year’s new members into its 2016 Members Gallery.

Some of 2016's new members to the LFHCfS

K. Bell, M. Coffey, M. Glesner, and K. Wampler are among the 2016 members of the LFHCfS

Individual members are first announced as they are inducted throughout the year, in the Improbable Blog’s Hair Club section (with one exception this year**), and then collected into an annual gallery in the hair clubs’ website each December.

State of The Hair Clubs:
In 2016 the clubs gained 14 new members from 4 countries, for a grand total of 553 members – unless someone else joins between now and New Year’s Day.

Woman and Man of The Year:
In January we will announce the hair clubs’ 2017 Woman and Man of the Year!  (Meanwhile, you can still read about the 2016 Woman and Man of the Year.)

Nominate a Member:
Do you believe that you or someone you know qualifies to be in The Luxuriant Flowing (or Former, or Facial) Hair Club for Scientists? Or is there someone who deserves to be an Historical Honorary member?

BONUS:Mutations in Three Genes Encoding Proteins Involved in Hair Shaft Formation Cause Uncombable Hair Syndrome” (The American Journal of Human Genetics. December, 2016). This condition is also known as, “cheveux incoiffables” and as “pili trianguli et canaliculi”.

** The one exception to 2016 members appearing first in the Improbable Blog is Andreas Carlson, who was offered membership during the March 2016 Ig Tour of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, & the UK. In November 2016 he confirmed that he wanted membership in The Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists.

Eleni Pinnow joins The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS)

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Eleni Pinnow has joined The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS). She says:

This is a picture of me kissing a redwood tree. I am a Cognitive Psychologist and I study how people process spoken language; mostly, though, I mentor undergraduate research and try to instill the job of the scientific process in my students. I started growing my hair out after tenure because I needed a new challenge. I love my long untamed hair (several students remarked on its similarity to Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School bus).

Eleni Pinnow, Ph.D, LFFFHCfSS
Associate Professor, Psychology
University of Wisconsin, Superior
Superior, Wisconsin, USA


Charles Hoffman joins Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Charles Hoffman has joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says, not tersely:

I am a molecular geneticist who uses the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe to study cyclic nucleotide signaling. I am so focused on my research that I rarely notice how long my hair has grown. Every year or two, my daughter insists on cutting it so that it does not reach my waste.  I have come to see my hair as part of my “brand”, otherwise I’d be just another short Jewish yeast geneticist.

Charles Hoffman, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Professor of Biology
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Sally Applin joins the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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

I am an anthropologist who examines automation in the context of preserving human agency. My dissertation focused on small independent fringe new technology makers in Silicon Valley, what they are making, and most critically, how the adoption of the outcomes of their efforts impact society and culture locally, and/or globally. During this process, I grew my hair. This photo shows research, write-up, and defense hair growth. Remarkably, it did not turn entirely grey during this process.

Sally Applin, LFHCfS
Doctoral Candidate (2016 expected)
School of Anthropology and Conservation
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK


Jason Rasgon joins the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Jason Rasgon has joined the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), a sibling club of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I grew a beard in graduate school during fieldwork in Peru and have been too lazy ever since to shave it off. I shampoo it with whatever I happen to be using on my head and trim it every three months when I cut my hair whether it needs it or not. Possessing a beard like mine is a sign of obvious productivity because I can’t be bothered to spend even 5 extra minutes a day to keep it minimally kempt. I’d grow my hair out to join the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ but I’m going bald on top, and it would make me look like a degenerate.

Jason L. Rasgon, Ph.D, LFHCfS
Associate Professor of Disease Epidemiology
Department of Entomology,
The Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and the
Huck Institutes of The Life Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA, USA