SOME LAB EQUIPMENT, MONEY CAN'T BUY.
CAROLINA MAKES ITS OWN.
by Bruce Egan
f James Rishel and Walter Boger suddenly found themselves transported back
to Rome around the first century AD, they wouldn't have trouble finding ajob.
Look them up in the phone book- right there among Carolina's professors,
deans and research assistants, Rishel's and Boger's title is "glassblower."
Master glassblowers, in fact. Their work for UNC is cutting, bending, stretching
and blowing glass tubes and rods to create and maintain the equipm.ent that keeps
research laboratories humming.
blown glassware for the UNC
research community, and their
service is as much in demand
today as it was when Rishel
started 36 years ago. When
The end of a quartz tube being heated glows brightly enough to illuminate the
palm of Walt Boger'S hand. Because of its light transmitting capabilities, quartz is
also a common substance in the making of fiber optics.
OppOSite: Jim Rishel blows open the end of a piece of tubing.
science faculty and students
need specialized glassware that
can't be bought from a catalog,
they turn to these two craftsm.en
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