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BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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77 42 8 38 99

Comment: So very funny and enthusiastic, but didn't cover much material. Terrible at writing multiple choice tests.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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78 50 51 58 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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97 81 87 77 100

Comment: Urnov is an extremely fun professor. His lectures are based more on real world examples and practical application which makes the material a pleasure to learn.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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89 50 75 73 90

Comment: A lot of people were upset that he didn't cover enough material but I thought he was awesome. Liked to focus more on overarching themes and the genetics machinery instead of making us memorize ridiculous amounts about gene regulation, most of which is still speculation/incomplete models anyways. Realized that this is an intro course so if that info is really important to one's studies they will see it again in more depth in upperdiv courses. Goes on hilarious tangents and does an incredible job of making Mendelian genetics, some of the driest stuff out there, interesting and fun.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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83 74 77 77 69

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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58 50 37 78 82

Comment: He Knows a lot about the material and his class is pretty interesting. However, his test are pretty ambiguous.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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80 49 64 85 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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82 65 100 75 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 73 49 54 91

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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100 100 84 85 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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50 50 21 64 99

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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65 50 39 50 93

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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68 76 36 100 100

Comment: Urnov is really enthusiastic about teaching but he is better at writing free-response exams so his multiple choice questions are hard because you could argue that multiple options are correct.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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87 100 67 100 100

Comment: I felt Urnov taught more about the application to life than pure memorization. He was so enthusiastic and straightforward as what you should now. As always Berkeley tests are a little tricky, since you must now how to apply concepts as opposed to purely memorization. Overall genetics was my favorite section in Bio 1A

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 64 50 74 79

Comment: He seems really exciting during lectures and he makes the information that he lectures on pretty straightforward and easily accessible. However, he makes his exams a lot harder than he says that they are during review sessions.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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85 100 75 77 100

Comment: For Urnov, you have to understand the main concepts. His lectures were very interesting but his powerpoints does usually contain too much detail. For his portion on genetics, he tries to give a lot of cases and examples and instead of covering a lot of everything, he goes more into detail on less things. Just pay attention to main concepts and what he lectures in class and you should do fine!

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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10 50 20 50 67

Comment: Urnov was the worst out of the three professors. He seems like a great person outside of class and really loves the material, but he didn't actually TEACH much. He only tested on a small portion of what he lectured and was really unclear. Overall, I don't feel like I learned genetics from him.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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50 50 31 70 81

Comment: First time teaching the genetics course. Exam kicked our butts, difficult. Nice guy though, goes on many tangents

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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43 15 37 50 70

Comment: the things he teaches in class is easy to understand, BUT exam wording is horrible, the options are so tricky

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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31 50 38 31 84

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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62 66 69 53 100

Comment: he was pretty funny. he did a good job, material fairly easy compared to the other professors

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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91 87 70 79 100

Comment: I think Dr. Urnov has a personality and sense of humor that you either love or hate. Personally I thought he was hilarious. He clearly finds the life sciences interesting and beautiful and all that, so he really tried to get us excited by the material. He always tied the lecture topics to real examples and applications, so that was nice. Nicer than, again, "UHHH YEAH UM JUST LIKE MEMORIZE IT LOL". My only gripe is that his exam was sort of strange. His material didn't seem that hard, but the class average was way lower than the first exam. Overall though I like him.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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87 79 50 72 99

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 50 77 65 100

Comment: He is an upper division teacher teaching lower division for the first time. He is full of energy and charisma, but tends to go off topic. He admits that up to half his lectures do not address anything on the midterm or final. I don't know why people bash his tests. They are very fair, but each question is worth a lot of points.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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77 100 71 70 85

Comment: Exam a bit more unpredictable than Malkin's but fair. No homework, IiClicker questions in lecture.

BIOLOGY 1A (Spring 2012)

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25 0 6 19 60

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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77 50 68 89 100

Comment: Interesting lecturer, just don't expect to learn a whole lot of material. Most people take his class because of this.

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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84 50 40 82 80

Comment: I really liked biochem because of him, but his exams can be tricky. GSIs weren't that helpful and neither were office hours. Pay attention to his powerpoints and do the readings that correlate with the lecture topic and you should do fine in the class.

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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60 50 50 50 93

Comment: The exams are pretty easy, he basically tells you what to study for. You don't really learn as much if you take it over the summer but it is super easy.

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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70 74 50 75 100

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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76 25 76 43 100

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2011)

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84 76 39 82 88

Comment: A very enthusiastic professor, he made learning biochem interesting and exciting. Although Urnov did go off on many tangents (usually medically related articles or topics to the biochem topic, sometimes pop culture), it kept the class interesting and the breadth of material was well covered. He stressed the importance of understanding the concepts rather memorizing which is better in the long term. Exams were a bit too easy and sometimes not clear enough for what is being asked and thus easy to lose points and not much of a curve. But great class!

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2010)

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28 29 39 63 65

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2010)

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64 95 70 71 79

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2010)

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18 12 30 1 70

Comment: He was enthusiastic about all the wrong things. It was fairly clear that he was not familiar with biochemistry. He often posed questions in lecture that made no sense at all (even the GSIs weren't sure what he was trying to get at...). In addition, when students asked for help, he would just refer them to the GSIs. He could have improved the material he tested on for the exams...Didn't get through all the topics we were supposed to cover. Although we were significantly behind schedule, he still decided to squeeze in a guest lecture from his daughter about diabetes and the Jonas Brothers. Overall, one of the most disappointing MCB courses I've taken at Cal -- most likely due to Urnov and not the course itself.

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2010)

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71 71 83 70 100

Comment: I have heard many complaints about him, but I honestly didn't think that he was a terrible professor. He was an enthusiastic and inspiring lecturer, though he was not particularly consistent or organized. The tests were fair and always on topics covered in class, but you have to expect to do the reading to properly understand what is discussed in lecture. He will threaten to put a lot of things on the exams, but it's more because he feels they are important than because he will actually remember to put them on the tests.

MCELLBI 102 (Summer 2010)

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80 88 72 81 95

Comment: I enjoy sitting through his lectures. Although it gets a little weird when he brings up pop culture, he always tends to find some sort of way to wake up the class - and he makes sure to let us know. I like the fact that he brings in current news and applies it to the class. It really helps me see the connection between biochem and our daily lives. During the summer, the exam is open "everything" - books and notes. It may seem easier, but the allowance of resources means harder questions. Make sure you pay attention in class. It really helps in the long run!

MCELLBI 140 (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Easily the best instructor I have had a Cal. Great guy, with very interesting lectures. His tests are very fair! Looked forward to going to class. Encourages participation,