Kudos!: DAVID MINDELL

Occupation: Dean of science and research collections

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: Evolution and the sustainability of life on are top priorities for the California Academy of Sciences’ new staff member, who oversees research in 11 scientific disciplines and care of research collections. Mindell has written a popular book, “The Evolving World: Evolution in Everyday Life.”

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