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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.


Degrees of Influence

Study shows teens living with two college-educated parents less likely to drink alcohol 

Eusebius Small

Eusebius Small

Having college-educated parents not only boosts kids’ chances for their own career success, but may also reduce their risk for abusing alcohol, drugs, and other dangerous substances.

A study led by social work Assistant Professor Eusebius Small found that high school seniors living with two college-educated parents are significantly less likely to drink alcohol or smoke marijuana than those living with one parent.

Dr. Small and his team analyzed data on 14,268 teens to determine the impact of family structure and parental education on adolescents’ substance use. Those living only with their mothers were 54 percent more likely to use alcohol, while those living only with their fathers were 58 percent more likely to smoke marijuana.

The researchers concluded that family structure and parental education have a more substantial influence on a teenager’s well-being than gender, age, or where he or she lives.

“We know from previous research that early drinking and drug use are linked to social, economic, emotional, and behavioral problems including violence, depression, and precarious sexual activity,” Small says. “Addressing these environmental concerns in concert with related individual problems could reduce substance use occurrences among our young people.”

He conducted the study with Arati Maleku, a doctoral student and adjunct assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work, and Rie Suzuki, an assistant professor of public health and health sciences at the University of Michigan-Flint.

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