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    Students Study Physiological Adaptation in the Arizona Desert

    Students train at 7,000 feet elevation in Flagstaff, Arizona.
    January 24, 2022
    "I could not have imagined ending my academic career in a better way than studying in the Arizona desert."- Olivia Pisarski '22

    Eight students and two professors recently traveled to Arizona for 25 days for the Extreme Physiology intersession course. Olivia Pisarski '22, a physiology major in the course, talks about her experience. The class visited Tucson, Sedona, Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

    Tell us a little about the trip, Olivia!

    This unique course exposes the student to the stunning and diverse environments of Arizona while investigating human physiological adaptation to extreme environmental and aerobic challenges. It is a travel course created by University of Scranton Biology Professor Terrence Sweeney. The course is offered every other year by Dr. Sweeney and Scranton faculty member Tara Fay.

    What did you learn in this intersession course?

    This course taught me how to properly fuel/take care of my body when exercising in diverse environments. However, the most memorable part of the trip was the group. We were so lucky to have eight amazing students and two faculty members who made this trip a course I will never forget!

    This was my last college class at The University of Scranton. Once intersession ends, I will be graduated, and I could not have imagined ending my academic career in a better way than studying in the Arizona desert.

    See a "Day in the Life" from this trip, here.

    • alt placeholderIn between class, we had time to check out some of Arizona's national landmarks.
    • alt placeholderMount Lemmon, Arizona
    • alt placeholderWeekends include exploring the west coast slopes at Snowball Ski Resort.
    • alt placeholderFrom left: Seniors Stephanie Patullo and Olivia Pisarski finished the Extreme Physiology course with one last hike through the Arizona desert.
    • alt placeholderWe were so lucky to call this beautiful place our classroom for this intersession.
    • alt placeholderStudents test their cardiovascular and pulmonary performance by hiking to the top of Finger Rock alongside Dr. Sweeney.
    • alt placeholderThe eight students participating in the Extreme Physiology 2022 course in Tucson, Arizona.
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