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Fall 2015

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.


Weather Wreckers

Climate change could lead to widespread infrastructure damage in DFW over the next several decades 

We all know the dangers of climate change to the environment, but earth and environmental scientist Arne Winguth is ringing the alarm about a more immediate concern: our transportation infrastructure. His new study warns of widespread damage to roads, railways, and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region over the next century.

The associate professor was lead author of the study “Climate Change/Extreme Weather Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Transportation Infrastructure in Dallas and Tarrant Counties,” which was submitted to the North Central Texas Council of Governments. The climate prediction data he studied forecasts increases in temperature and drought severity, decreases in soil moisture, and higher chances of severe thunderstorms and tropical storm systems.

“All of these fluctuations could lead to an increase in the type of infrastructure damage already familiar to anyone who drives on area roads,” Dr. Winguth says. “We’ll see more cracks and potholes, even buckling and melting of asphalt roadways in extreme heat, plus more wildfires.”

He believes the report is a good start in addressing the need to weigh the effects of climate change and extreme weather on transportation infrastructure, but added that a more in-depth study is needed.

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