August 18, 2009

Palmer, Matthew Silver_nugget
EEB 2

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

One time I was at a party when someone asked, "If you could date any professor, who would you date?" About three people at once said Matt Palmer. He's laugh-out-loud hilarious, and his lectures are riveting. Even the people who usually sleep in class sat bolt-upright, transfixed by his examples illustrating the concepts he was teaching. Whenever I needed help, whether with an assignment, finding a job, or even just tips on identifying animal life during my vacation in the desert, he was eager to help. Not only is Matt a great teacher, he's a genuinely good person. His tests are straightforward and fair (the last question on his exam, for extra credit, was to write a poem about foraging theory.) His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious.

Workload:

4 labs and a midterm during his section of the course. The midterm is pretty straightforward; if you know the material, you get a good grade. The labs are dreadful and time-consuming, but it's not his fault.

January 11, 2007

Palmer, Matthew Silver_nugget
EEB 2

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

The friendliest and probably the youngest full professor at Columbia. He's insanely knowledgable, communicative, and available for help. He was my professor for a mere month or so, and still remembers my name and says hi on the subway a year later. Recommended.

Workload:

Lots of labs that take way too long. Come at them with the right attitude and they'll be fine. Read the book and A's will come.

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