- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Inmates at Utah’s state prison in Draper can now hear monthly science lectures from University of Utah faculty and graduate students.

The series kicks off with this week with a talk by a university ecologist on the relationships between humans and trees.

Prison officials say the lectures support the opportunities already available to inmates, such as schooling and vocational training.

The National Science Foundation and private donations are paying for the project, a partnership between the university and the Utah Department of Corrections

Nine other states have similar programs.

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