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Winter 2016

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.

Physics Party

Meeting of the Minds

UTA hosts gathering of global physicists involved in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment 

Jaehoon Yu

How did we come to exist, and why? That's what the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment is attempting to answer—at least partially. Known as DUNE, the U.S. Department of Energy initiative and global science project is investigating why the universe consists of matter rather than antimatter.

Earlier this year, UTA hosted a four-day DUNE meeting, welcoming about 150 of the world's leading physicists to campus.

"DUNE is the next big thing in particle physics," says Jaehoon Yu, physics professor and organizer of the meeting. "UTA's key role in this billion-dollar, U.S.-led project consolidates our international reputation as a powerhouse in this field."

DUNE focuses on neutrinos, subatomic particles that—along with their antimatter antineutrinos—oscillate as they move through space, changing form and mass. Scientists hope that studying these oscillations will reveal the imbalance between matter and antimatter, perhaps giving clues about how our universe came to exist.

The experiment features nearly 800 collaborators representing 145 institutions and 26 countries. Dr. Yu heads the Exotics Group, which searches for dark matter, while physics Associate Professor Amir Farbin leads a team that is designing the project's computing systems model.

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