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 began his career as a paper engineer, but glassblowing was always his first love. At age 30, he decided to make the switch, and moved to South Jersey to enroll in Salem Community College's scientific glassblowing program. He soon took a position with Aldrich Chemical Company in Milwaukee. In 2000, he moved to Madison to take on a new role as the master glassblower for the University of Wisconsin chemistry department. In this position, he particularly enjoys working with the end-users to design, build and refine glassware to meet their research needs.

Tips and Tricks for Plate Glass Cutting
Presenter: Corina Guerra

A poster on tips and tricks for cutting different types of plate glass.

Corina Guerra started working with glass in 2008 at Alfred University, where she studied furnace glassblowing, glass casting, flameworking and neon. She received her BFA from Alfred University in 2011. Corina decided to return to school and learn the craft of scientific glassblowing by attending Salem Community College in 2013. After graduating from SCC in 2015, Corina was hired at Chemglass Life Sciences, where she was employed until she accepted at her current position as Scientific Glassblower at 3M in 2017. Corina is currently the Chair of the Midwest Section of the ASGS.

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, Hideaki has 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: Kathryn 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.

Re-design of PuO2 Gas Corrosion Vessel
Presenter: Chandra Lamberth

This poster will describe the re-design process of a PuO2 Gas Corrosion Vessel.

Chandra Lamberth is a third-generation glassblower with an associate degree in scientific glassblowing from Salem Community College. During college she was able to intern at Princeton University and the University of Kentucky. Chandra is currently the Glass Technologist for Savannah River National Laboratory and has been working there since 2016.

Bending and Processing a Simple Neon Tube
Presenter: Doug Navalinsky

Doug Navalinsky was born and raised in Lorain, OH. He graduated from Admiral King high school in 1987. Doug learned neon tubing bending in Huron, OH in 1989. He worked in that industry for several years until meeting a scientific glassblower. Doug started at Salem Community College in the fall of 1991 and graduated in 1993. While attending Salem Community College Doug worked for Kontes Glass in Vineland, NJ. After graduating from Salem, he went to work for Aldrich Chemical Company in Milwaukee, WI. After leaving Aldrich Doug worked for Labglass in Kingsport, TN. After that shop closed Doug and his family moved back to Ohio. In 2004 Doug and his partner started Navcour Glassware. At Navcour Doug and his crew make scientific glassware, neon signs, and a little bit of art.

Tips for the Wet Saw
Presenter: Tyler Navalinsky

Tyler Navalinsky is from Lorain, OH. He works at Navcour Glassware for his father Douglas Navalinsky. Tyler started part time with the company in 2013. When he graduated high school in 2015, he started working full time at Navcour. Tyler primarily works production jobs such as tooling and cutting glass. His training has been on the job. He has been a part of the ASGS officially since 2015 starting as a junior member. Tyler has attended many ASGS events prior to growing up, for almost 20 years. When he is not at work glassblowing, he enjoys playing guitar, longboarding, collecting vinyl records playing baseball in the summer and fishing.

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

Using simple tools add an accurate angle measurement system to your lathe for use while building glassware on the lathe.

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.

Making a ''Scientific'' Terrarium to celebrate the ''International Year of Glass''
Presenter: Lee Mulholland

This poster will show the techniques and equipment used to make a glass terrarium, made for display in the School of Chemistry, University of Southampton, UK.

Lee Mulholland has been working in the Glassblowing Workshop in the School of Chemistry at the University of Southampton for 19 years. He came to Scientific Glassblowing after spending 5 years working in local neon shop. Lee has been a member of the BSSG and the ASGS for about 15 years and have completed the ''BSSG Certificate of Competence''. He has been lucky enough to attend several ASGS symposia and always look forward to the amazing exchange of knowledge that these gatherings represent!

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.

The Ketene Lamp Glassware For Convenient Laboratory Scale Pyrolysis Of Volatile Molecules
Presenter: Samuel Wood

This poster describes the construction of glassware used for laboratory scale pyrolysis, and describes its use for creating ketene. Ketene cannot be stored or shipped safely, it must be made on site prior to use. Acetone pyrolysis is a convenient method to obtain ketene, this apparatus can make approximately 10 grams of high purity ketene per hour. Our design is modified from Hurd and coworkers, changes were made to prioritize the purity of ketene as determined from gas phase IR.

Samuel Wood is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Professors Robert McMahon and Claude Woods. In his research he uses organic synthesis, spectroscopy, and computational methods to study isomerization reactions, investigating heavy-atom tunneling and astrochemically relevant reactions. Focusing on addressing fundamental questions about the reactivity of organic matter in harsh chemical environments, and exploring the chemical pathways that give rise to the diverse and complex molecules found in extraterrestrial environments.

James Hodgson / Chair

James Hodgson graduated from Kansas State University in 1982 with a BS degree in Geophysics. Jim was employed in the oil exploration business with Kerr-McGee Oil Company and Western Geophysical. He then received an Associate Degree in Scientific Glassblowing from Salem Community College. He has been employed as the scientific glassblower at Kansas State University for more than 25 years. Jim has served as the ASGS National Treasurer, ASGS National President and is currently chair of the Publications Committee.