I had the pleasure this semester to take the course Evolution with Dr. Kondrashov, with whom I share the state of being half-Jewish. He’s kind of like a Russian Santa Claus, and he carries a giant metal pole to point at the slides on the projector. Dr. Kondrashov, beyond having a cool accent and teaching with a unique style, is an accomplished evolutionary biologist, with several publications in Nature among other journals. He also delivers such precious gems as “Whoever is the GSI please give extra points for this purple dinosaur” and “If I removed all my clothes and told you about my health, that would probably be inappropriate.”
Unfortunately, artists are rarely famous in their own time, and this professor is no exception. I present now some of his more famous works, reproduced below, from his essays on lecture topics that he assigned for required reading.
Addressing the intuitiveness of relatedness between parents and offspring:
Alas, Dr. Kondrashov only taught the first half of the course. Who knows what artistic marvels might have been?