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Spring 2016

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.

A+ Award

High Honor

University receives R-1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity designation 

High Honor Illustration


arlier this year, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education named The University of Texas at Arlington as one of its R-1: Doctoral Universities–Highest Research Activity. This elite group comprises 115 institutions, including such notable universities as Harvard, MIT, and Johns Hopkins.

The Carnegie Classification—which is the definitive list for the top doctoral research universities in the United States—analyzes data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for all U.S. post-secondary institutions and evaluates their research activities in making its assessments, released every five years.

"This is a tremendous validation of UTA's emergence as a preeminent university on the national stage," President Vistasp M. Karbhari says. "Being ranked as a Research 1 university places us truly among the best of the best."

UTA Named Elite Research-1 University

Watch the video: National Recognition

The Carnegie Classification's assessments fall into three categories: moderate, higher, and highest research activity. They are based on the following correlates: research and development expenditures in both science and engineering and non-science and engineering fields; science and engineering research staff including post-doctoral candidates and non-faculty staff with doctorates; and doctoral conferrals in humanities and social sciences fields, STEM fields, and other areas such as business, education, public policy, and social work.

"Achieving the Carnegie ‘highest research activity' designation places UTA in an entirely new league," says State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). "Having a research institution of this caliber in our community is an important asset."

Dr. Karbhari agrees: "Thriving research universities foster economic development by infusing their regions with technology, knowledge, and talent. This new assessment is another milestone for the model-21st century urban research university and the urban flagship for the University of Texas System."

Illustration by Harry Campbell

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