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November 1, 2002

Two at 2: Juniors Attend 'Class under Glass' at Biosphere

Abigail Daane '04 (left), a physics and astronomy major, and Maria Hunter '04, a physics major, are spending this semester at Biosphere 2.

Riosphere 2, a three-acre facsimile of Earth's ecosystems located north of Tucson, Arizona, was originally built as a way to study whether human life could be sustained on distant planets. Today the 250-acre campus, which is run by Columbia University, is the site of a range of research and education programs that are looking at issues from global warming to life on other planets. This semester, astronomy and physics major Abigail Daane '04 and physics major Maria Hunter '04 have joined forty-nine undergraduates from across the United States for Columbia's Earth and Universe Semester Program at Biosphere 2.

It's not just "class under glass" for Hunter and Daane. While Hunter, who is participating in Columbia's Earth Semester, has the opportunity to take advantage of this one-of-a-kind three-acre research facility, she will also venture out into the surrounding Sonoran Desert and participate in extended field exercises—perhaps as distant as the Grand Canyon or the Sea of Cortez in Mexico—as she and her classmates explore global issues such as greenhouse warming, energy sustainability, water management, and biodiversity.

Along with other Universe Semester participants, Daane will immerse herself in an intensive astronomy and astrophysics program that takes advantage of southern Arizona's dark skies, the Biosphere 2 observatory, and the professional telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson.

For more information about the Earth and Universe Semester at Biosphere 2, visit

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