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Hi Prof. Packer! I hope I'm not too late in posting...I'm a UMN alum (class of '09) and took a Biology class from you about 10 years ago. I wasn't a bio major anything, just needed the class as a pre-requisite. Wasn't really looking forward to it, as it was one of those giant lectures w/ a couple hundred students; I'd taken other lectures like that in the past where the professor just reads from the Powerpoint and I'd zone out for most of it.
However, I wanted to let you know that your lectures were always extremely interesting, and that Bio 1001 class was one of the best classes I took in 5 years at the U. You spent a lot of time talking about lions (naturally) and your knowledge of and passion for the subject made for truly excellent teaching. One lesson in particular I still remember...you were talking about your efforts to stop the spread of rabies from village dogs to the local lion population, and you showed a video of an infected lion having a grand maul seizure. A pretty grim topic, but I was fascinated by it - probably the best lecture I'd been to in my college career. I wish more of my classes had been like yours.

Anyway, on to my question...are you still teaching at the U??