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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.


Looking Back to Move Forward

UTA to create documentary on Utah mining disaster, develop training safety materials 

Mine workers walking through snow

New documentary recounts tragic 1984 coal-mining disaster.

In 1984, a coal fire broke out at the Wilberg Mine in Emery County, Utah. Within minutes, smoke and lethal gases traveled 2,400 feet down to where a 28-member crew was working. All but one was trapped and killed. According to a report by the U.S. Mine Rescue Association, it took a year before all of their bodies could be recovered.

To help prevent similar disasters in the future, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health awarded UTA a $1.3 million grant to create an oral history documentary about the 1984 event and develop accompanying multimedia components and training for first-line supervisors.

The UT Arlington Division for Enterprise Development is collaborating on the project with the Department of Art and Art History and Safety Solutions International, an occupational health and safety training company.

“That fire had a huge impact on the community and others around it,” says film Senior Lecturer Mark Clive, who is leading production of the documentary. “Our film will be compelling while also providing the nation with a training video from the lessons learned at Wilberg. Viewers will see sophisticated animation, graphic design, and scenic recreation to rival documentaries of this nature that they might have watched on PBS or the History Channel.”

Photograph by Associated Press (WILBERG Mine)

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