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Fall 2017

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Winter 2016

    Winter 2016: Energy Evolution

    From carbon dioxide conversion to landfill mining, researchers at UTA are seeking viable alternative energy options.

  • 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.


Blasts from the Past

Professors using $400,000 NSF grant to gain new perspective on effects of greenhouse gas emissions 

Blasts from the Past

To gain a new perspective on modern-day climate change, a trio of scientists is looking back—way back. More than 45 million years back.

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences awarded UTA a grant of about $400,000 to study the Early Paleogene period in hopes that researchers will learn more about the effects of greenhouse gas emissions. The team consists of earth and environmental sciences Associate Professor Arne Winguth, Lecturer Cornelia Winguth, and former Assistant Professor Elizabeth Griffith.

The Early Paleogene period occurred roughly 66 million to 45 million years ago and featured rapid, short-term global warming events—known as hyperthermals—caused by great amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the ocean-atmosphere system.

“Hyperthermals resemble what could happen during anthropogenic or human-caused climate change, and provide analogs for the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and their long-term effects on life on Earth,” says Dr. Arne Winguth.

Their study will produce a state-of-the-art Earth system model by integrating new biotic, isotopic, and trace element proxies with pre-existing data.

The team is collaborating with Ellen Thomas from Wesleyan University and Pincelli Hull from Yale University on the project.

Photograph by Adam Voorhes


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