Glass guru, alumnus to appear on PBS

Corning Glass Technologies Chief Technology Officer Peter Bocko is expected to appear on the NOVA special “Hunting the Elements” on Public Broadcasting Service stations tonight.

The 1975 graduate was taped in Corning for the special, airing at 9 p.m. EDT on PBS. Host David Pogue will cover all the elements in the Periodic Table. Corning’s segment featured silicon, which is an ingredient of glass.

Bocko was the on-screen host for Corning and helped the producers devise the film schedule and story line that they filmed around.

“We mostly did demos of neat stuff with glass, melting glass, breaking glass, shooting snowballs at a glass sheet, dropping steel balls on Gorilla Glass, twisting optical fiber, etc.,” Bocko said in an email.
One of the things Bocko did on camera was to explain the structure of glass with tinker toys, but it is not known what portions of the three-hour Corning taping will appear in the on-air special.

Bocko will be on campus April 25 to present a public talk on “A Day Made Of Glass – A Vision of Our Interconnected Future” as part of the Augustine Silveria Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series. He will discuss the popular Corning video — which went viral with more than 18 million views on YouTube ⎯ at 7 p.m. April 25 in Room 101 of Snygg Hall.  A reception follows.
Bocko, who was technical advisor for the video and its sequel, will discuss the state of technology behind it and the expanding role of high-tech glass in the future. 

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(Posted: Apr 04, 2012)

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