July 10, 2006

Berkshire Bank, Fox23, Ualbany Nanocollege To Launch Unique Nano Program

By: by Steve Janack, Director of Communications, Albany NanoTech


Albany, NY — Berkshire Bank, FOX23 and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (“CNSE”) of the University at Albany are partnering to launch a weekly program focused on the emerging science of nanotechnology that will be available to viewers on television, a full-length Webstream and a Video Podcast.

Berkshire Bank will serve as the exclusive corporate sponsor of “NanoNow,” which is scheduled to debut this fall on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on FOX23. The half-hour show will showcase Tech Valley as one of the world’s rapidly expanding technology areas, led by CNSE’s next-generation educational curriculum — recognized by Small Times magazine in May 2006 as the nation’s best for nanotechnology and microtechnology — and the cutting-edge research and development (“R&D”) being conducted at its unparalleled Albany NanoTech complex.

The show will feature interviews with leading elected officials and high-tech executives, including many from the more than 150 global companies that have R&D partnerships with CNSE. In addition, FOX23 anchor Ann Hughes will present weekly segments that demonstrate the growing impact of nanotechnology on the lives of consumers and a host of industries; FOX23 anchor John Gray will provide weekly news updates tracking regional and worldwide developments in nanotechnology; and, members of CNSE’s world-class faculty will offer an inside look at nanotechnology-related science and research.

Thomas C. Crowley, Berkshire Bank Regional President, New York, said, “Nanotechnology is surely one of the most important endeavors ever explored. It has been called the beginning of a ‘new’ Industrial Revolution. We at Berkshire Bank are excited to be involved in the promotion and understanding of nanotechnology and to lend support to the Tech Valley region and these initiatives. We applaud those who help make the ‘impossible to conceive’ a soon-to-be everyday reality.”

Jeffrey J. Whitson, Vice President and General Manager of FOX23, said, “We are looking forward to sharing with our viewers how nanotechnology is transforming and enhancing our region, our economy, our lifestyles and our world with NanoNow, and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is the engine that is driving the transformation.  Like other FOX23 programs, NanoNow will be available to a global audience on a number of platforms, including streaming video on the web and video podcasts.”  

Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of CNSE, said, “We are pleased to partner with Berkshire Bank, one of Tech Valley’s foremost financial institutions, and FOX23, a proven leader in delivering quality programming through multiple media platforms, to produce a show highlighting the growing role nanotechnology is playing in our daily lives. It is also a wonderful opportunity to showcase the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which has a significant impact on the region’s economy and is recognized as the nation’s number one college for nanotechnology, as a major force in combining higher education with high tech.”

“NanoNow” will be produced and hosted by Steve Janack, CNSE’s director of communications, who previously spent 15 years in radio and television news as a reporter, anchor and news director and, most recently, hosted the television program “Tech Valley Report,” in which he interviewed dozens of technology leaders.


About Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Berkshire Bank. Established in 1846, Berkshire Bank is one of Massachusetts' oldest and largest independent banks and the largest banking institution based in Western Massachusetts. The Bank is headquartered in Pittsfield, Massachusetts with branches serving communities throughout Western Massachusetts and Northeastern New York. The Bank is transitioning into a regional bank and is positioning itself as the financial institution of choice in its retail and commercial markets, delivering exceptional customer service and a broad array of competitively priced deposit, loan, insurance, wealth management and trust services, and investment products. For more information on Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. or Berkshire Bank, visit or call 800-773-5601.

About FOX23. FOX23, recognized locally as the market leader in providing content on a variety of platforms, continues to creatively respond to the changing broadcast landscape by allowing viewers greater access to content whether on a TV, a computer, an iPod or a mobile device.  FOX23 News recently launched Cellcast: news, sports and weather information and services for mobile phones providing Capital Region residents with local and trusted news, sports and weather in the palms of their hands. This spring, FOX23 launched FOX23 News Now, the only local television station to offer an innovative news notification application that conveniently delivers real-time local news, sports and weather updates and information directly to consumers’ desktops. One of the first television stations in the country to offer Video PodCasts, FOX23 News was also the first television station to offer a number of other local website firsts including: Audio PodCasts, Anchor Blogs, FOX23 News Video on Demand, Fox23 News Webcasts and Streaming FOX23 Newscasts.  FOX23 is owned by Clear Channel Communications which owns or operates 40 television stations nationwide in 25 markets.  For more information, visit  

About CNSE. The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany-State University of New York is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to the research, development and deployment of innovative nanoscience, nanoengineering and nanoeconomics concepts.  CNSE is located in the most advanced research complex of its kind at any university in the world. The $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience, and it is growing. The complex is also home to CNSE’s New York State Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics.  The CNSE complex, financed through more than $500 million in governmental support and over $2.5 billion in corporate investments, houses the only pilot prototyping facilities in the academic world for the two standard sizes in computer chip design, the 200-millimeter (or 8-inch) wafer, and the 300-millimeter (or 12-inch) wafer.CNSE has more than 150 U.S. and worldwide partners, including some of the world's largest semiconductor and semiconductor-related tool manufacturing companies.  For more information, visit the CNSE Web site at