Science and Technology Board awards grants to five Alaska projects

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science & Technology Foundation board has approved spending up to $1 million to fund five projects, including a video system that would replace many of the human observers monitoring the fishing catch.

The projects and funding:

--$355,905 to Digital Observer of Kodiak to develop and test a video-camera system that would replace the human observers paid to monitor the catches on factory trawlers fishing off Alaska's coast and increase the accuracy of the reported catches. The funding is to be matched with $974,667 from Digital Observer.

--Up to $300,000 to the Alaska Native Health Board for a three-year research effort on a new idea for getting rural teens to quit smoking. The goal is to develop adequate research to demonstrate whether the new program is effective. The funding is to be matched by $531,000 from the health board.

--Up to $200,000 to the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage to write programming and provide a T1 broadband telecom connection for kiosks that would allow for a direct exchange between the heritage center and cultural centers at Kodiak, Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow and Ketchikan. The funding is to be matched by $454,700 from the heritage center.

--$139,060 to Virtual Facility Engineering and Design Inc. of Anchorage to develop printer software that would produce three-dimensional solid plastic models of piping and structural facility designs. The funding is to be matched by $247,784 from Virtual Facility Engineering.

--$18,800 to Green Star of Anchorage for a program to increase the amount of glass that bars, restaurants and other businesses recycle. Glass Recycling Center in Anchorage can grind the glass into a material used for sandblasting that's superior to imported sandblasting material, but it needs a greater volume of glass to make the effort economically sound, officials said. The funding will be matched by $104,260 from Green Star.

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