Archive for March, 2024

Easton 9/11 Responder Honored with State Citation

Posted on March 4th, 2024 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

On Sept. 11, 2001, Vincent Caprio was at the Marriott World Trade Center attending a conference when the terrorist attacks occurred. After watching the twin towers go down, he felt a personal call to devote his time to the recovery effort at ground zero.

An experienced emergency medical technician (EMT) trained in crisis response for large venues, Caprio used his skills and stayed at ground zero for 22 hours. Then he went back and volunteered for another 400 hours.

“It felt important to me to go back and help,” said Caprio.

On Feb. 28, Caprio was honored for his efforts on that day and for his work post-Sept. 11 with a state citation presented to him by State Rep. Anne Hughes at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford.

“Vincent represents the excluded EMS and workforce that did not get covered in any of the post-benefits,” said Hughes. “He has worked diligently for years to clarify his service and reputation. It was very important to present this citation on behalf of the state government.”

The state’s General Assembly issues honorary citations in recognition of noteworthy cases that deserve special recognition.

“I am grateful to receive this,” said Caprio. “It gives me a platform to show what is going on in the lives of other Sept. 11 survivors and first responders.”

Caprio credits Voices Center for Resilience for giving him a platform to help those who were affected by Sept. 11. The New Canaan-based organization was co-founded by Mary Fetchet in 2001, following the death of her son Brad at the World Trade Center.

The organization provides long-term support and resources that promote mental health care and wellness for victims’ families, responders and survivors of the 9/11 attacks and for families of those who have died from illnesses related to the attacks. Since 2001, more than 6,300 responders and survivors have died of illnesses related to Sept. 11. More than 77,000 individuals are currently in treatment for serious medical and mental health conditions, according to the organization.

“With my personal experience losing my son, I realized that I needed to support those that were in need,” said Fetchet. “I started this organization because I realized how important it was to be a part of the conversation of how it affected families, responders, and survivors.”

Fetchet and Caprio met shortly after Sept.11 and ever since they have been putting their efforts into making sure the stories of the people affected are heard.

“Vince helped us plan our first anniversary, and it was an event that brought the families, responders, and survivors together for those who have been affected by the tragedy,” said Fetchet. “Vincent represents the people who stayed and helped, at that time no one knew what was happening so a lot of people left. Vincent took it upon himself to help those in need.”

NanoBCA Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of NNI

Posted on March 1st, 2024 in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Time flies! It has been 20 years since the NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) participated at the White House with President George W. Bush to sign the National Nanotechnology Initiative. On December 3, 2003 a group of scientists, engineers and American leaders gathered in the Oval Office to usher in a new era of American science and technology.

Join us and the nanotechnology community to celebrate with the Nanotechnology Anniversary Symposium on March 5, 2024! Our NanoBCA Member, Doyle Edwards, Director of Government Programs at Brewer Science will be participating in a Panel Discussion in regard to Responsible Development from 10:50-11:35am.

Enabling the Nanotechnology Revolution:
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Fred Kavli Auditorium
2101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington DC 20418


Scientists and engineers across many fields and disciplines are united by their work at the nanoscale. Their diverse efforts have helped produce everything from faster microchips to powerful mRNA vaccines. The transformative impact of this work has been spurred by the coordination and focus on U.S. nanotechnology established by the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act in 2003. Celebrating such a broad impact and envisioning the future can be quite challenging, but this event will bring together voices from across the emerging technology landscape. There will be experts who can speak on the importance of nanotechnology in quantum engineering, optics, EHS, plastics, DEIA, microelectronics, medicine, education, manufacturing, and more. We can’t predict what will emerge from this lively discussion between researchers, policymakers, members of industry, educators, and the public, but the conversation can only benefit from including more diverse perspectives – especially yours.

Once again, please join us for this historic event!