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Fall 2014

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.


The Bully Behind the Screen

Cyberbullying via online social networks is becoming a bigger issue on college campuses  


Social media, smartphones, and other electronic communication has helped college students better connect with their teachers, peers, and schools. But they also have introduced a new, destructive element into the educational mix: cyberbullying.

Jiyoon Yoon, associate professor of education, investigated the topic and found that cyberbullying in college can pose serious consequences for students’ living and learning environments.

The issue began garnering national attention in 2010 when an 18-year-old Rutgers University student jumped off the George Washington Bridge following an incident in which his roommate posted compromising videos of him online.

“People overwhelmingly tend to think that cyberbulling only happens to teens. But more and more college-age students are dealing with this problem,” Dr. Yoon says. “Co-eds cyberbully classmates, and I was even shocked to discover students trying to cyberbully their instructors, too.”

Yoon undertook the study with then-graduate student Julie Smith while both were at the University of Minnesota–Duluth. They surveyed 276 students from University of Minnesota campuses and found that college students not only were using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social networking sites to cyberbully others, but they also were harassing peers through university technology infrastructure intended for educational purposes. The results were published in the Information Systems Education Journal.

“We hope our study will lead universities to ask themselves, ‘What does the university do to help minimize cyberbullying in academe?’” Yoon says. “Students also need to know about it and how to prepare for something like this if it happens to them.”


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