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This handout is Sarah Keller's time-saving cut-and-paste texts for replying to common emails.

Standard response to requests to review manuscripts in bizarre journals

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your request to review a manuscript for your journal. However, I am already shouldering a heavy reviewing load for Phys. Rev. Letters, Phys. Rev. E, PNAS, Biophys. J., J. Phys. Chem., and Langmuir. Reviewing is a very important job, and I devote a great deal of time to it.

It is currently my policy to not review manuscripts for publications to which I do not submit my own work. I would appreciate it if you would remove me from your reviewer list at this time. Hopefully, in the future I will have the opportunity to submit a manuscript to your journal, at which time I would be happy to be added to your reviewer list.


Sarah L. Keller

Standard response to requests for grade information

Dear P-chem student,

Please excuse the form mail. I receive a very large number of requests to report individual grades to students by e-mail.

According to University policy “Notification of grades via email is in violation of FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act). There is no guarantee of confidentiality on the Internet. The institution would be held responsible if an unauthorized third party gained access, in any manner, to a student's education record through any electronic transmission method.”

Your grades have been submitted to the registrar. Details such as homework scores, exam scores, and class averages are available on a spreadsheet posted in the Chemistry Department where you picked up your homework this quarter.


Standard response to undergrad requests for letters of recommendations


Excuse the form letter below… I receive an overwhelming number of requests for recommendations.



Here is my standard response to requests for recommendations:

"I feel that it is part of my job to write recommendations and I am willing to take the time and stay in my office later in the evening to write a confidential recommendation for almost anyone. I typically stay 30-45 minutes later for each letter I write.

Your decision:

That said, committees are impressed by recommendations in which the professor has interacted extensively with the student, in which the student put in a lot of effort and/or did very well in the class or laboratory. Conversely, committees are not impressed if a recommender does not have much to say. My recommendation letters are straightforward and honest and sometimes dry. If you are applying for medical school, keep in mind that the first question I will ask myself is whether in the future I would be comforted or disturbed to find out that you are the surgeon assigned to take out my appendix or the pediatrician assigned to heal my child. It may very well be the case that there is another professor who would write a more flattering letter for you. I certainly won't be offended if you ask that other person instead. I want you to be able to get the best recommendation possible.

Questions & Answers

Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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