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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.


Winning Landscapes

Landscape architecture students’ design for dealing with stormwater runoff recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency 

Kent Elliott and Blake Samper

Kent Elliott and Blake Samper's design took home honorable mention.

The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain, but the rain on campus stays mainly where landscape architects send it.

Planning for stormwater run­off is an important consideration for any architect, especially when building in public areas that com­bine living and work spaces with a high volume of people. Recently a team of landscape architecture students proved they were up to the task when they won honor­able mention in the U.S. Envi­ronmental Protection Agency’s Campus RainWorks Challenge.

As part of their design studio project, landscape architecture graduate students Kent Elliott and Blake Samper competed against 218 other student teams from 42 states; the competition challenged them to create innova­tive green infrastructure designs that would promote sustainable community impact.

Elliott and Samper proposed a design that would replace imper­vious pavement with permeable paving and an aqueduct while adding increased tree canopy and vegetation, rain gardens, green roofs, a rain barrel-staircase, veg­etated swales, “hydrowalls,” and vegetated terraces.

First-place winners were the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Florida, while the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Arizona took second. To see the full list of winners and view UT Arlington’s entry, visit

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