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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

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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