A college student won an international entrepreneur award for finding a way to extract rare earth metals without damaging the environment. Michael Martinez is a University of Alaska Anchorage science student whose mother’s family hails from Kotlik.
Martinez found a way to use microbes to extract rare earth metals without creating toxic byproducts. He created the company Arctic Biotech Oath to develop and market the technology. The High North Dialogue Conference in Norway gave Micheal Martinez the High North Young international Entrepreneur Award.
Two Yup’ik engineers are trying to push the Yugtun language into the future, using technology. Their latest project opens the door for Yugtun autocorrect, grammar checkers, and automatic subtitles on Yup’ik videos. There are only a handful of Yup’ik computer scientists in the world, according to Christopher Egalaaq Liu of Bethel and Lonny Alaska Strunk of Quinhagak. The pair have teamed up to create what is likely the most advanced Yugtun translation tool available online. Christopher Egalaaq Liu said that there is nothing like it, it’s the first tool of its kind.