Jim Hodgson

Posters presented at the American Scientific Symposiums are usually a mixture of text, tables, pictures and graphs. All posters are free with registration.

We invite you or someone you know to share a poster. Please fill out the proposal application and share your expertise in glass

Posters will be presented Wednesday, June 28th - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday, June 29th - 8:00am - 8:00pm
Friday, June, 30th - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location TBA

This years presenters are:

A Glass Pseudoventricle to Study Intracranial Pressure and Drainage
Presenter: Lauren Aria

Hydrocephalus is a rare condition that results in buildup of excess fluid in the cavities deep within the brain, occurring most often in infants and young children. The current treatment for this condition is a mechanical shunt inserted into the brain to aid in drainage of the fluid. Unfortunately, these mechanical valves are highly prone to error and excessive drainage over time, requiring replacement 3-4 times before a child turns 18. This study investigates the causes for these mechanical valves to over drain, and acts as a system to test new inventions in vitro, by creating a mechanical model of a child’s brain, heart, and spinal cord to measure pressure, drainage, and compliance within the brain.

Lauren Aria (she/they) is a glass artist and sculptor currently based in Madison, WI. Her work explores relationships of material codependency between the corporeal and synthetic, violating boundaries between interiority and exteriority of the body. Lauren graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2022, where she received the Windgate – Lamar Fellowship Award from the Center for Crafts in Asheville, NC. Currently, she is working as a scientific glassblower under Tracy Drier in the UW Chemistry Department, and creating artwork as a special student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Blaschka Invertebrate Re-Construction Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presenter: Tracy Drier

A proof-of-concept project was undertaken to re-create a Blaschka invertebrate model using high COE glasses and period appropriate equipment such as torches, tools, and adhesives.
Tracy Drier is currently the research glassblower for the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Jacketed Low-form Reactor
Presenter: Hideaki Hashimoto

Using an arm fixed to the glass lathe from the inside, no bloe made a reactor with a short jacket. By welding a round plate to each bottom, you can see the flat state and the inside clearly.

In 1980, Hideaki Hashimoto started working as a second-generation scientific glass blower. After learning the trade from his father and a glassblower, he joined the Rikagaku Glass Association in Tokyo. Three years later, he passed the Level 2 National Skills Test, and two years later, he passed the Level 1 Skills Test.

In 2000 he became the technical chairman of the glass union. After being appointed as the chairman of the association later, he is currently providing technical guidance to his juniors as a director.

After participating in the ASGS symposium for the first time in 2006, I have participated in the symposium every year in recent years.

Today, he teaches his son, who will be the third generation, the art of glass processing.

The 67th American Scientific Glassblower Symposium
Presenters: Kaite Jones and Klaus Paris

Information about the 2024 ASGS symposium to be held at Salem Community College

Kathryn Jones started blowing glass in 1997 at Salem Community College. Soon after, she began working at Greatglas, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1999, she took a hiatus to raise her children and returned to glass in 2007. For the next six years, Kathryn served the ASGS at the regional level by holding various officer positions within the Delaware Valley section. In 2012, she returned to Salem Community College to finish her degree. Upon graduation, she accepted a position at General Electric as a Scientific Glass Technician and she and her children relocated to Niskayuna, NY. Kathryn was honored to serve on the ASGS Board of Directors from 2015-2021, where she held the positions of Secretary, President-Elect and then President.

Klaus Paris started blowing glass in Germany in 1982 and holds degrees as a Master Craftsman in Scientific Glassblowing and State Certified Engineering Glass Technologist. Klaus has worked in production, in his family’s scientific glass business, in research institutions like Max Planck Institute and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and is currently the Instructional Chair of the Scientific Glass Program at Salem Community College in New Jersey, USA. Klaus has been engaged in his volunteer positions at the German and American scientific glassblowing societies for over 2 decades. Klaus received the Helmut E. Drechsel Achievement Award in 2019. Currently he serves as the International Liaison officer of the ASGS and as a member of the advisory council at the VDG.

The Imaginary Invention Competition
Presenter Adam Kennedy

The Imaginary Invention Competition is an outreach activity put on by the UT Glass Shop as part of Girl Day, an annual event created to expose K-8 students to STEM through a wide variety of activities and demonstrations on campus. Prior to Girl Day, registrants are asked to submit an idea for a world changing invention. On the day of the event, the UT Glass Shop along with a team of volunteers spends the day bringing the winning designs to life by building them out of glass live in front of the children and chaperones.

Adam Kennedy graduated Salem Community College in 2010. Upon graduation he was hired as the apprentice glassblower at UT Austin under Michael Ronalter. In 2014 Adam took over operation of the UT glass shop.

Rotation Angle Measurement Device for a Glass Lathe
Presenter: Erich Moraine

Erich Moraine is a 1979 graduate of Salem Community College. He has worked both as a production and research glassblwer at a series of glass positions including WA Sales, Aldrich Chemical, University of Nebraska, R.J. Brunfeld, and now self-employed as Wild Rose Glass where he provides scientific glassware design, cunsulti, fabrication and repair services. Erich has been active in the ASGS since 1980 having recently stepped down as chair of teh Midwest Section. He remains active in the scientific glass community offering workshops, seminars and demonstrations at regional section meetings as well as national symposia. He is the father of tree amazing adult daughters and has a small shop next to his country farmhouse in southeastern Wisconsin.

Presenter: Art Ramirez
Title, abstract, bio coming soon

Fabrication of Plasma Light, Blending the Technical with Art
Presenter: Devin Shields

Describing the process of fabricating a multi chamber plasma apparatus and my thinking behind the steps in order to complete it.

Devin Shields received his associate in Scientific Glass Technology in 2021 and came to SCC with a B.S. in Chemistry from Iowa State University. During his last semester at SCC he began work at ChemGlass Life sciences. Followed by working at AGI HS Martin beginning in the Spring of 2022. He recently moved to Milwaukee were he is working at Millipore Sigma. Outside of work, he continues to challenge himself with plasma, and technically challenging glass fabrication. .

James Hodgson

James Hodgson
graduated from Kansas State University in 1982 with a BS degree in Geophysics. While at Kansas State, Jim captured two scholarships, the Putnam Scholarship and the Seaton Scholarship. Jim was employed in the oil exploration business from graduation to 1993 with Kerr-McGee Oil Company and Western Geophysical. He then received an Associate Degree in Scientific Glassblowing from Salem Community College, in 1995. Jim joined the ASGS as a Junior Member in 1994 and received the Delaware Valley Achievement Award in 1995. Jim received the ASGS Memorial Award in 1997 and the Wale Award in 1998. He landed a scientific glassblowing position with Aldrich Chemical Co. and then became Kansas State University’s scientific glassblower in 1996. In 1997 Jim was awarded the ASGS Memorial Award. He has presented several technical posters at national meetings. Jim served as the ASGS National Treasurer, ASGS President-Elect in 2005, ASGS National President in 2006 and has served on several Standing Committees and Regular Committees of the Society. As a Junior Member Jim had attended four Junior Seminars.