American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS) will have a variety of events at the Midwest Regional Meeting 2022

Closing Plenary MWRM 2022

Microheterotopias: Chemistry Meets Glassblowing

Professor Catherine M. Jackson – University of Oxford

October 21st, 2022

More information about Catherine M. Jackson

See the recent C&EN article interviewing Catherine M. Jackson!

Introduction to Glassblowing Workshop

Saturday October 22, 8:00 – 12:00 p.m.

W171 Chemistry Building, University of Iowa

Cost: $50 for participant (limit of 12) and $25 for observers (limit of 8)

Here is your opportunity to be introduced to the fundamentals of Scientific Glassblowing instructed by four professional Scientific Glassblowers. Topics to be covered are: Lampworking Safety; Cutting Tubing, Pulling Points, Test Tube, Sealing Tubes Together. This will be an intense 4 hour workshop to provide exposure to the world of glass lab-ware manufacture and modification. Risks for this workshop include: open flame, hot and sharp glass.

Safe Chemical Handling

Instructor: Rick Byrum, Environmental Health and Safety, University of Iowa

Saturday October 22, 8:00 – 9:20 am

W323 Chemistry Building, University of Iowa

Student Capacity: 30

Learn more about the safe receipt, handling, and disposal of recommended glass cleaning chemicals.

Chemicals to be discussed include:

  • Hot ammonia or hydrochloric acid
  • 2% hydrofloric acid followed by concentrated sulfuric acid. Rinse immediately with water until no trace of acid can be detected.
  • Hot hydrochloric acid plus potassium chlorate
  • Hot mixed acid (H2SO4 + HNO3)
  • Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Hot aqua regia
  • Hot Nitric Acid
  • Hot concentrated cleaning solution, or hot concentrated sulfuric acid with a few drops of sodium nitrate.
  • Ammonium or sodium hyposulfide

Sign up for the Safe Chemical Handling Training

Stop the Bleed

Instructor: Bruce McAvoy
Saturday October 22, 9:30am -12:00pm

W323 Chemistry Building, University of Iowa
Student Capacity: 25

This is your opportunity to learn how to help someone in a bleeding emergency. Similar to CPR training, “Stop the Bleed is a grassroots national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.” – Department of Homeland Security

Minutes count! Someone who is severely bleeding can bleed to death in as little as 5 minutes. That’s why bleeding control—keeping the blood inside the body—is the purpose of STOP THE BLEED® training.

Sign up for the Stop the Bleed Training

Stanley Museum of Art Tour

Saturday October 22, 2022, 10:00 am-12:00pm

Limit: 20

Join us for a tour of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art with a focus on the science of conservation. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join us on a guided tour, led by a museum educator or docent. We hope you’ll leave your tour with a sense of excitement and wonder, curious to learn more about the art in our collection. The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art welcomes the University of Iowa community, all Iowans, and the world to discover and enjoy extraordinary works of art, explore new ideas, and cultivate new insights into history, culture, and the act of creation. We create diverse communities around our collections by fostering creative connections across the university, the state, and the world. Through the wise stewardship and dynamic presentation of the collections in our care, the Stanley Museum encourages transformative encounters with works of art and contemplation of the human story.

Sign up for the Stanley Museum of Art Tour

Fluid Mechanics Workshop

Instructors: Casey Harwood and James Buchhulz

Saturday, October 22, 9:00am -12:00pm

1070 Seamans Center, University of Iowa

Student Capacity: 15


  • Fluids and measurement of their properties
  • A qualitative overview of turbulent and laminar flow (will try to get the Reynolds pipe flow demonstration up and running).
  • A primer on pipe flow and mechanisms of head/pressure loss
  • Hands-on experiment with air-flow through “tinker toy” pipe networks.

Sign up for the Fluid Mechanics Workshop (capacity 12-15 people)

Glassblowing Demonstration

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 22

W290 Chemistry Building, University of Iowa

Opportunity to observe Scientific Glassblower to demonstration of Tips and Techniques used for assembly of various laboratory items.

  • Hand Boilers – James Hodgson Kansas State University
  • Glassware Repairs – Corina Guerra 3M
  • Jacketed Reactor – Klaus Paris Scientific Glass Technology Instructional Chair at Salem Community College
  • “Not just another Transfer Tape demo” using Vitta transfer tape – Aaron Kirchoff Strong Force Scientific
  • TBD – Jordan Smith Purdue University