Hickok Hall


The International Year of Glass

Mario Affatigato, Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics
Ugur Akgun, Associate Professor of Physics
Caio Bragatto, Assistant Professor of Physics
Firdevs Duru, Assistant Professor of Physics
Steve Feller, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics
February 3, 10, 17, 24


Physics professors Steven Feller, Mario Affatigato, Ugur Akgun, Firdevs Duru and Caio BragattoThe United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Glass to celebrate “the essential role glass has and will continue to have in society,” including its tremendous technological, scientific, economic, historical and artistic importance. This four-week forum will showcase the myriad cultural and practical forms of glass and the glass research of the Coe Physics Department. In week one, Assistant Professor of Physics Caio Bragatto will explain what defines a glass, why it is a special material suited to particular applications, how it is variously prepared for artistic, scientific or industrial purposes and how glass plays an important role in countless aspects of our daily lives. During the second session, Assistant Professor of Physics Firdevs Duru and Associate Professor of Physics Ugur Akgun will offer an overview of the history of glass, which dates back to 3400 BC. Week three will focus on the use of glass in art, with Fran Allison and Francis Halpin Professor of Physics Mario Affatigato exploring how glass was originally a medium for artistic expression as well as a functional material. This presentation will highlight examples of glass art from across time and place and discuss how light interacts with glass to create the wonder that inspires great art. In the final session, B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller will provide a live glassmaking demonstration and discuss modern glass research, including work at Coe that has innovated new aspects and applications of glass research.