Alaska Science Foundation invests in potato chip research and more

Posted: Friday, October 20, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Science and Technology Foundation has invested money into potato chip research as well in as experiments dealing with soil vapor research.

The agency approved a $20,000 grant to Don Carling to continue his potato chip viability project. That's an experiment aimed at proving that certain varieties of Alaska potatoes can be made into high quality potato chips -- or that they have the necessary ''chipability.'' Carling will be matching that grant with $32,000 of his own.

The agency also gave $50,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for a study on capturing air vapors that escape from contaminated sites. The program would be used when hazardous spills occur. The university is matching that grant with $116,000 in in-kind services.

The foundation's board also approved a $50,000 grant for the sixth annual Natural Gas Conversion Symposium and a $10,000 grant to the Southeast Island School District to provide Internet connectivity for the school at Hyder.

The grant to Hyder comes because that border community finally has its own school. Until this fall, Hyder children had been attending classes at nearby Stewart, British Columbia.

The foundation was created in 1988 to make investments designed to improve the state's economy and boost Alaska's science and engineering capabilities.

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