LaVerne Poussaint, senior blogger of TINC: Four years with Nanopaprika

Four years with Nanopaprika - message from LaVerne Poussaint, senior blogger of The International NanoScience Community

/First blogpost of Laverne Poussaint was posted on Nanopaprika on September 21, 2008 at 1:00am and was followed by 181 other posts during last 4 years/


Greetings András*


At the commencement of this new academic term, I want to steal a nanosecond from our insanely intensive schedules to share a moment in time with you during this my 4th year with TINC.
We've witnessed losses through death {Captain Nano (advisory board member Michael McDonald) followed by one of most your beloved professors} and attrition {Professor Hans' nano curriculuum blog}; gains of massive increase of memberships, respectable underwriting sponsors, and the garnering of new and noteworthy bloggers.
I've watch you garner the PhD credential and then capture a successful postdoc research position - all while doing a yeoman's job of building up TINC/Nanopaprika with fortitude, diligence, nonbias, and sturdy discretion even while dismayed and discouraged. In the swift-moving, rapid-waters nanoscaled world, your steadfastness and solidity count for more than you know.
You've made a decided difference to many nano scholars - young and, like me, not so young.
During this brief respite, I'm listening to one of my favourite Ethiopian ballads,, Tizita {which in Amharic translates closely as "memories" "nostalgia"}. For your edification, these lyrics I share with you in this  moment:

Outdoing yesterday, shouldering on today, borrowing from tomorrow, renewing yesteryears, comes tizita hauling possessions. 
With high respect and well regard, I send this cyber toast to you on this our 4th year anniversary.




Dear LaVerne,

Thanks for your message and your blogposts, which motivate us to continue the work.


TINC-Staff and András


The International NanoScience Community will celebrate the 5th anniversary of founding in November 2012. If your have your story, memories connected to Nanopaprika, share with us at


* András Paszternák, founder of Nanopaprika,

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Publications by A. Paszternák:

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Pd/Ni Synergestic Activity for Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Conditions

The potential use of cellophane test strips for the quick determination of food colours

pH and CO2 Sensing by Curcumin-Coloured Cellophane Test Strip

Polymeric Honeycombs Decorated by Nickel Nanoparticles

Directed Deposition of Nickel Nanoparticles Using Self-Assembled Organic Template,

Organometallic deposition of ultrasmooth nanoscale Ni film,

Zigzag-shaped nickel nanowires via organometallic template-free route

Surface analytical characterization of passive iron surface modified by alkyl-phosphonic acid layers

Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Alkyl-Phosphonate SAMs on Mica

Amorphous iron formation due to low energy heavy ion implantation in evaporated 57Fe thin films

Surface modification of passive iron by alkylphosphonic acid layers

Formation and structure of alkylphosphonic acid layers on passive iron

Structure of the nonionic surfactant triethoxy monooctylether C8E3 adsorbed at the free water surface, as seen from surface tension measurements and Monte Carlo simulations

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