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U Plans to Bring Science to Utah Prisons

Benj Drummond

The University of Utah wants to bring science and sustainability into the state’s prisons. The U is developing a project that would work with inmates on recycling, gardening, and composting among other things. It’s part of a trend toward environmental sustainability in prisons – the subject of a workshop at the university that starts Wednesday and runs through Friday. KUER’s Andrea Smardon talks to the scientist who’s working on the university’s new program, Nalini Nadkarni. Nadkarni is a biologist, an ecologist, and the U’s Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education.

The national Sustainability in Prisons Project workshop is being held at Fort Douglas on the University of Utah campus, with a reception at the Red Butte Garden Orangerie from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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