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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.


Unlocking the Code to Equity in Education

Assistant Professor examines how to improve African-American students' educational experiences  

Ifeoma Amah

Ifeoma Amah

Despite decades of research, new national policies, and practical interventions to address the problem, African-American students in the United States continue to struggle for educational access and equity.

That struggle is most evident here in Texas. The state educates the largest number of African-American students at the K-12 level in the nation. Yet in various school districts, black youth are disproportionately overrepresented in the areas of special education placement and school discipline, and are ranked low in key academic indicators such as testing and college enrollment.

Ifeoma Amah, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies, is working with several school districts and communities on this critical issue. She is conducting interviews with educational and community leaders, engaging in observations of school and community initiatives, and collecting other data sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of the successes, challenges, and recommendations for improving African-American students’ educational outcomes and life chances.

“Although conditions have somewhat improved since the 1960s, we must still explore the racial and social inequities that continue to impact marginalized students within the K-12 context,” Dr. Amah says. “We also have to look at what is working and see if it can be replicated in other districts, schools, and communities.”

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