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Winter 2014

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.

Dynamic Duo

Investing in Excellence

The new partnership between UT Arlington and Shimadzu Scientific Instruments could soon transform research in North Texas and beyond 

Investing in Excellence

Shimadzu's gift will help researchers, students, and local businesses.

When Shimadzu Scientific Instruments gave a $7.5 million gift to UT Arlington this past February, it not only set a record for the largest single monetary donation in University history, but—perhaps more importantly—it also cemented a relationship that has a bright future.

Before long, its effects will be felt across campus—from the new Center for Imaging, which will one day contain the latest in brain-scanning equipment, to the Materials Genome Center, where scientists hope to discover ways to keep aircraft materials strong. In all, four centers of excellence will house more than $25 million in cutting-edge technology available to aid students and faculty researchers, and to respond to North Texas business’ needs for research and development.

“The formation of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies and the generous gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments opens up a world of possibilities for innovation and scientific advances at UT Arlington and in North Texas,” says Carolyn Cason, vice president for research. “The broad applications of this cutting-edge instrumentation will support the kind of cross-discipline collaborations valued by funding agencies and foundations.”

In addition to giving researchers the best tools, organizers are placing great emphasis on creating teaching labs where students, including undergraduates, can get hands-on experience.

Maryland-based Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is the American subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corp., which is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Their technology is employed around the world in medical diagnostics, aerospace and industrial endeavors, and analytics.

UT Arlington and Shimadzu began collaborating nearly a decade ago. In April 2012, the company made an in-kind gift of equipment valued at nearly $3 million to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry within the College of Science. The chemistry center; the Center for Imaging; the Materials Genome Center; and the Center for Environmental, Forensic, and Material Analysis are all expected to be fully operation by Spring 2014. Joe A. Barrera, an experienced laboratory researcher, serves as the Institute’s director.

Shuzo Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, believes his company has found in UT Arlington “kindred spirits who are committed to providing students the highest-quality education possible through access to the most advanced scientific equipment.”

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