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Spring 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.


Training Virtually

Video connection lets UT Arlington nursing professors improve emergency medicine 

The Smart Hospital's electronic patients are used in the simulations

The Smart Hospital's electronic patients are used in the simulations.

A nurse practitioner is called to the delivery room to help with an emergency: Due to a complication during delivery, a mother and her baby are rapidly losing blood. The newborn is pale, limp, and not breathing. Swift and confident actions are needed.

To help health care professionals better prepare for such high-stress situations, UT Arlington has teamed with Pediatrix Medical Group to test new simulation technology. The project allows clinicians in the field to be put through the paces of an actual emergency using a mobile, high-fidelity simulator—or electronic patient—in UT Arlington’s Smart Hospital via a video link.

The initiative is especially useful for situations where nurses and doctors don’t have a lot of opportunity to practice a procedure.

“It is critical for us to measure and validate the competency of clinicians in high-risk, low-volume procedures,” says Debra Sansoucie, vice president of the advance practitioner program at Pediatrix, a private company that provides staff for hospitals and clinics. “If we can utilize the expertise and leadership of the team at UT Arlington to train in credible, valuable scenarios with their very own teams and in their own environment, we can not only offer an advantage to our patients, but also to our hospital partners.”

Judy LeFlore, associate dean in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, has managed more than a dozen live sessions with clinics and hospitals in Florida, Tennessee, and Texas.

“The health care workers love it,” she says. “They ask for more training because the more practice in high-risk situations they get, the better the outcomes.”

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