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Contact: David Ballantine, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(815) 753-6857

November 24, 2009

Glassblowing demo and sale returns

Jason Gordon

DeKalb, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University Chemistry Club invites the public to its annual glassblowing demonstration at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Faraday West 200. It will feature the work of glassblower Jason Gordon.

Gordon joined the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in January and has continued the tradition of donating his time and talent to assist the Chemistry Club in its annual fundraiser.

“With over 16 years of scientific glassblowing experience, Jason is extremely talented,” says Professor Jon Carnahan, chair of the department. “He is a great addition to our department and to the university.”

The Chemistry Club was unable to host this event last fall. At the time, the department was in the process of hiring a new glassblower.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this event again to the public,” says Professor David Ballantine, faculty adviser of the Chem Club. “Jason brings a completely new skill set and a variety of new items to this glass sale. This is always a popular event in the community.”

A glass sale will be held after the demonstration, when items made by Gordon will be available for purchase. They will include glass pendants, wine goblets, holiday tree toppers and ornaments, perfume decanters and beaker mugs. The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Faraday West lobby.

Proceeds will help support activities held by the NIU Chemistry Club. The club is a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, which helps to promote the chemistry field to undergraduate students.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck along the west side of Normal Road, about one block north of Lincoln Highway (Route 38). The Parking Deck is open for general parking after 7 p.m., except for reserved and handicapped spaces. For more information on the demonstration and sale, contact Ballantine at (815) 753-6857 or

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