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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.



Faculty research is gaining attention in national and international publications  

In an article for The American Naturalist, Sophia Passy, an associate professor of biology, demonstrated that species distribution in biological communities is driven by environmental favorability and species stress tolerance.

The leading neuroscience journal Experimental Brain Research published a study by Professors Yuan Bo Peng (psychology) and J.-C. Chiao (electrical engineering) about their effort to use electrical stimulation of a deep, middle brain structure to block pain signals at the spinal cord level without drug intervention.

In a paper published in the Journal of Research on Adolescence, psychology Assistant Professor Jeffrey Gagne and graduate student Catherine Spann found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders.

William Ickes, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology, and doctoral students Vivian Ta and Meghan Babcock discovered that when two strangers meet and interact for the first time, words are more effective than non-verbal cues like gestures at developing a mutual understanding. Their findings were published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

In their meta-analysis of retail return policies, Narayanan Janakiraman, assistant professor of marketing, and doctoral candidate Holly Syrdal concluded that stores offering consumers more monetary rewards were likely to increase consumer purchases. Their work was published in The Journal of Retailing.

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