Student Glassblowers Craft Tools for ScienceSeptember 27, 2016 |
by Hansi Lo Wang
Some cutting-edging science today relies on the centuries-old art of glassblowing.
When researchers in chemistry, physics and medicine need special glass tools for complex experiments, they sometimes sit down with a glassblower to sketch out designs for customized beakers, flasks and condenser coils.
New Jersey’s Salem Community College is trying to keep that tradition going with the country’s only degree program in scientific glassblowing. Housed among corn and soybean fields about an hour south of Philadelphia, the school’s Glass Education Center in Alloway, N.J., specializes in one of the most popular materials in a research lab.