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The Exley

The University of Texas at Dallas Undergraduate Research Journal

The second issue of The Exley, UT Dallas’ undergraduate research journal, contains innovative creative works and cutting-edge research. Cara Curley uses digital techniques to create illustrations of mystical settings. Adbeel Garcia Cardoso writes about phobia in a poem featuring alliteration and syncopation. Jean-Jean Gwo uses charcoal and graphite to create drawings evoking social standards and the influences they have on the individual. Kenneth Livingston’s photography explores the world of music and the work of the DJ. Samir Patel weaves alcoholism, suicide, privilege and religion into a short story focused on the contrast between two bottles. Holly Lynn’s photography captures people and the worlds they inhabit. Jennifer LaPrade chronicles the experiences of a man imprisoned for 27 years for a crime he did not commit. Mayu Takeda examines state legislation concerning immigration and the phenomenon of racial profiling. Anandini Sunil Rao researches the causes of metastasis in pediatric bone cancer. Nimmy Mammoottil examines advances in polymers used in the biomedical context.

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About The Exley

Many UT Dallas undergraduate students are engaged in research activities with the University's nationally recognized faculty and talented graduate and post-doctoral students. Other undergraduates enroll in courses or participate in programs that provide them a unique experience or opportunity to demonstrate their creative talents. The importance of providing a medium for UT Dallas students to publish analytical articles related to research activities and creative works led to the creation of UT Dallas' undergraduate research journal, The Exley.

The Exley provides undergraduate students from every discipline an opportunity to publish analytical or creative work that illustrates their creative ability or research skills. The works published in The Exley demonstrate the valuable and enriching experience UT Dallas provides students and the impact undergraduate researchers have on their projects. The journal is managed by the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) and is printed in collaboration with staff from the Office of Research and Development and the Office of Communications, administrators from each school, faculty, and students. The journal is named after Elizabeth Exley Hodge who has generously chosen to support this opportunity for undergraduates. To read more about our donor and the origin of the name Exley, click here.

The Exley Family

Elizabeth Exley Hodge

Elizabeth (Libby) Exley Hodge was born in a small farming community in Worcester County, Maryland, in 1920, one of eleven children of Lola Marie Watson and John O. Exley, who had distinguished himself with gold medals in rowing at the 1900 and 1904 Olympic Games. After high school, Libby lived nine years in Philadelphia, working for an insurance company. When World War II was declared, she volunteered in a program with the U.S. Air Corps, where she met her husband-to-be, Noble H. Hodge, from Fannin County, Texas. They were married in 1942. Following his service in England to war's end, they moved in 1945 to Dallas, TX, where she still resides.

In 1967 Libby joined the administrative offices of the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies. When the Center became UTD in 1969, she transferred to the Biology Department in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics where she assisted faculty members preparing research grant applications. After a number of years in grants management in Natural Sciences and Mathematics and later in the Office of Sponsored Projects, she retired in 1986.

Libby has been an avid gardener for many years, claims to have her personal arboretum and even has an orchid hybrid which bears her name. She enjoys cooking and sharing, has volunteered weekly for the last 23 years at Baylor Medical Center in Garland, and continues to assist friends as needed. She is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church near her home.

The Exley Heritage

Libby's brother, John, searched records in Manchester and Halifax, England in 1971, which revealed the surname Exley was believed first to be Ecclesley, dating as early as 1245, meaning "Church Fields." The area where her great, great grandfather was born now exists as Exley Hall and nearby villages, Yorkshire, England. Several members of the current Exley family have visited there.

How to Publish

If you are interested in submitting your creative or research work to The Exley, review the guidelines for submission.

Contact Us

Michael Gunnin
The Exley, Managing Editor
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Courtney Brecheen
Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Education
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