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We want to determine what faculty members in different departments might be able to help us with our project. From the Rice homepage , select the undergraduates option under the Gateways for... heading, then select the "Academics" pulldownmenu and click on departments . You will find a list of all the departments at the university. Each department typicallyincludes a list of all of its faculty members and their areas of expertise. For instance, under "Faculty" on the English department home page we find faculty divided by specialty, such as Nineteenth Century Literature:

Faculty information for English department
Apart from this helpful information, we can also find office location, hours, telephone and email address, publications and links to the classes this instructorhas taught and will teach in the future. This is plenty of information to narrow down our search for an expert.

The protocol of contacting experts

When contacting professors to ask them for help it is important to remember a few points of protocol:

First, professors are busy people. It would be inconsiderate to simply drop in on them unannounced. Make sure you contact them bytelephone or email to request a few minutes of assistance.

Second, give some thought to what it is you want to know. Then put some time into trying to figure it out for yourself. If it is obvious to the personyou are requesting assistance from that you have made no attempt to solve the riddle yourself, he or she may not be as enthusiastic to help you as they might if you seemed tohave given the issue some serious thought.

Third, you will probably be guided in a direction, rather than handed an answer. This is the nature of the teacher-student relationship. Even ifthe person you ask for help is not your teacher, the fact that you are asking them to advise you on a research issue places them in the position of instructor.Remember, you are learning how to do research, not how to panhandle for information.

Fourth, by seeking the assistance of a professional you are also entering into a professional relationship with them, so all of the protocols ofthe professional relationship apply here. We would suggest sticking as close to a formal address as you can without going overboard. Beginning one's professionalrelationships on the highest level of mutual respect is the best way to insure the success of your projects.

Our exchange with the experts

We selected a handful of experts in a variety of fields (using the methods listed above ) and sent them all the same email, letting them know it was also sent to others andrequesting their assistance with the deciphering of the symbols we are about to examine. We received a reply from everyone we contacted and were graced with somevery good suggestions. Here are some of them.

“I believe that printed fabric souvenirs, especially silk, became popular near the end of c 19, in part because they were easy to carry.”

“The lower part seems quite interesting, all the orientalist visual tropes for Egypt: the 3 pyramids of Giza, the Nile, the “fellah” (peasants), thepalm trees, the camel – it’s all there. Compositionally, this reminds me of the old Ottoman “genealogical” portrait trees. You might want to look at The Sultan’sPortrait or Portraits of the Sultans, key in the two words, we should have it at Brown (library at Rice). Look up also Ottoman photography and try to find thephotography album of Abdulhamid.”

Questions & Answers

What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
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
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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