Andres Bello Catholic University

www.ucab.edu.ve
Caracas, Venezuela

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello is a private university in Venezuela. One of the biggest universities in Venezuela, UCAB has campuses in several cities, such as Caracas , Los Teques, Guayana and Coro.Named for Venezuelan writer Andrés Bello, UCAB was founded in October 1953 by the Society of Jesus .It's the number one Venezuelan University according with the QS ranking and the 64th at Latinamerica, Wikipedia.

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Kowalevicz C.,Andres Bello Catholic University | Pirrone J.,Andres Bello Catholic University | Huerta M.,Salesian Polytechnic University
2017 International Caribbean Conference on Devices, Circuits and Systems, ICCDCS 2017 | Year: 2017

This paper describes the first results of the evaluation of the use of Hippocratic Protocol, on mobile terminals with NFC technology. The evaluation is based on a software application written to ANDROID terminal and used by two type of users: Doctors and Patient. Complementing this app, a server and a database implemented with open source resources was created too. The software developed during this work gives the patient the freedom to decide the information to share with the doctors and to update it whenever he deems it convenient. It also poses the possibility of using authentication through IMEI, trying to minimize the BYOD problems and data transfer with AES encryption to increase security. Some operative problems were found when using IMEI, but results seem concept may be applied. In conclusion, the possibilities of using this scheme in the healthcare sector would enhance the security in the handling and administration of personal data and privacy. © 2017 IEEE.


Rodriguez C.,Catholic University of the Holy Conception | Villarroel R.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Journal of Learning Disabilities | Year: 2017

This study examined whether spelling tasks contribute to the prediction of the handwriting status of children with poor and good handwriting skills in a cross-sectional study with 276 Spanish children from Grades 1 and 3. The main hypothesis was that the spelling tasks would predict the handwriting status of the children, although this influence would decrease with age due to a gradual automatization of handwriting skills. The results confirmed this hypothesis. Another interesting result was that the pattern of pseudoword and irregular word spellings as predictors of handwriting status changed from Grade 1 to Grade 3. In Grade 1, the pseudoword spelling task made a significant contribution, whereas the irregular word spelling task did not. The opposite pattern was found in Grade 3. These results may be a consequence of progressive acquisition of orthographic representations. The orthographic role of the task of writing the alphabet in order from memory in the prediction model was also analyzed. The writing of the alphabet in order from memory task made a significant contribution to the prediction of handwriting status of the children beyond the orthographic influence of spelling tasks. The additional effect of this task on the prediction of handwriting status is presumably due to the fact that this measure is based on fluency. © 2016, © Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2016.


Salas J.J.,Andres Bello Catholic University | Lopez H.,Central University of Venezuela | Molina B.,Central University of Venezuela
Mathematical and Computer Modelling | Year: 2013

In this paper, we discuss the convergence of a mixed finite element method applied to a Darcy-Forchheimer steady flow in a bounded region. We use conforming finite elements for both the velocities and the pressure. We obtain error estimates of the scheme. We also propose two other mixed finite element spaces and compare the sizes of the different discrete problems. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.


Montes De Oca A.,Andres Bello Catholic University | Urbina M.C.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Anales Venezolanos de Nutricion | Year: 2015

This paper is focussed in the discussion of the characteristics of health journalism professional practice, its main purposes and functions, the criticism that has been subjected, as well as the major challenges facing. This article makes a special review to Venezuelan health journalism and its main shortcomings: bias toward certain health professionals (doctors) and limited access to the word to specific actors (mostly male), overemphasis on issues of conflict and epidemics and little attention to prevention or health education. In addition, it discusses best practices in general and social networks in particular. © 2016, Fundacion Bengoa All rights reserved.


Echezuria H.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Open Civil Engineering Journal | Year: 2015

Variation of strong motion intensity, root mean square of ground acceleration and time-duration in seconds obtained from 83 accelerograms of 18 earthquakes with magnitudes between 5 to 7.7 were investigated considering four definitions of strong section of accelerograms given by Vanmarcke-Lai; Bolt, Trifunac-Brady and McCaan-Shah. Strong motion intensities were calculated for all definitions of strong duration. Even though, durations in seconds and root mean square of ground acceleration values resulted quite different among the four definitions of strong sections, both durations in seconds and root mean square of acceleration squared values tend to compensate each other to yield the same strong motion intensity for each definition used. Q-ratio as defined by Vanmarcke-Lai (Peak Ground Acceleration divided by root mean square of acceleration) was found not constant but instead it varied significantly for all strong motion definitions. Similarly, ratio of strong motion intensity over peak ground acceleration squared as defined by Vanmarcke-Lai holds linear for time durations less than 20-30 seconds for all definitions, afterwards it shows large dispersion. Finally, Vanmarcke-Lai time duration in seconds appears to increase from near field distance up to a certain medium distance after which it starts to decrease. © Heriberto Echezuría; Licensee Bentham Open.


Bendito A.,University of Los Andes, Venezuela | Guiterrez A.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Open Civil Engineering Journal | Year: 2015

Despite advances and large amounts of money invested in science and technology to reduce disasters, many communities in developed and developing countries are still facing challenges to disaster reduction. Although we recognize the diversity of risk vulnerabilities, the focus of this paper will be on what we consider a fundamental vulnerability in urban and rural environments, namely, nonexistent or outdated building codes. We will review for different countries and contexts, the pre- and post-disaster building performance and building codes to understand what the main problems are, what we could be doing better, and what we can do to stop the vicious cycle of recurrent disasters. © Bendito and Guitérrez; Licensee Bentham Open.


Echezuria H.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development - Proceedings of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2015 | Year: 2015

A new method to classify plastic soils is formulated using the slope of the line defined by its remoulded shear strength (RSu) and water content (w) in log-log, as well as the water content of soil at fluid state. Conventional plasticity values were correlated with the absolute value of the slope of the line, m. The location of the line in log-log space was found to be controlled by the amount of non-plastic fines as well as by the water content at which soil just behaves as a fluid. Shear strength at this condition was arbitrarily taken as 1.5 kN/m2 and a good correlation was found between this water content and the conventional Liquid Limit (LL). It was demonstrated that for a given value of the LL the absolute value of, m, increases rapidly as the Plasticity Index (PI) decreases, whereas, for a given PI the absolute value of, m, increases slowly as the LL increases. Consequently, it was possible to generate curves in the Plasticity Chart (PC) which represent the locus of soils with identical value of, m. Soil classification is achieved using the correlation of LL with water content at 1.5 kN/m2 and the absolute value of, m, within the PC. As a result, soil classification obtained with this method is equivalent to that obtained with conventional ASTM methods. Finally, it was found that as values of slope, m, depend on non-plastic fines content it can be used to define the liquefaction potential of plastic soils. © The authors and ICE Publishing: All rights reserved, 2015.


De Oca A.M.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Revista Espanola de Nutricion Comunitaria | Year: 2010

Background: Currently found in Venezuela a growing presence of journalism in print media, health information though this growth has not necessarily been accompanied by higher quality in management and development issues as newspaper products. This work aims to analyze the characteristics of the health information published in the two major newspapers in Venezuela for a decade. Methods: Investigated the characteristics of journalism in health that has developed in Venezuela in the sections of two newspapers of wide circulation along a decade. We analyzed 522 reports: 246 of El Universal and 276 of El Nacional during the years 1996 to 2006. Results: Preliminary results that show the trivialization of the information and superficiality in handling the issues. Proposed challenges facing the information gaps and options for converting communication for health in an opportunity for development and social change. Conclusion: The results of the investigation could explain why many authors perceive press information on health as trivial: more ephemeral or bounded information as the news or information notes, as well as the limited use of living sources, seem to condemn readers to poor information in the absence of plurality, balance and depth. © 2009 SENC.


Schmidt L.,Andres Bello Catholic University
Acta Cientifica Venezolana | Year: 2012

The dignity is the ontological basis and axiological act ethical, legal, and political citizen of a country today. In the XXI century, the «global village» and tech has transformed to be-observer, has desensitized so that is not capable-of-action before other-beings tend-the-hand-is-heard call or simply suffer-your-pain or distress. Emerge and a total lack of respect for the dignity and human rights, altering the care priority, allocation of resources and services. States must guarantee the right to health, social welfare and security, should ensure effective and immediate financial specialist support to a catastrophic event occur. Furthermore, It has to provide a timely response from international agencies and multinationals in the world that lend themselves to solve this situation in its critical phase. Management leadership, articulating and services must act with technical methods and ethical, social and legal case for the collective and all victims of this incident. In this way, solidarity is the best instrument for the return of human values and in promoting the dignity and life in general.


Puma J.P.,Andres Bello Catholic University | Huerta M.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Alvizu R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela | Clotet R.,Simon Bolivar University of Venezuela
Proceedings of the 6th Andean Region International Conference, Andescon 2012 | Year: 2012

In the midterm future Near Field Communications (NFC) is expected to spread up within the healthcare sector. This article reviews the use of NFC in the healthcare sector. Application areas, use cases, potential benefits and barriers, will be presented. The present study provides guidance for researchers in adopting and deploying NFC in medical sector. The main healthcare and security applications are patient's identification and medication control. NFC can also be used in deploying resource control, management and data acquisition and remote delivery applications. The main benefits of NFC are: improvement of care quality, existence of standards and applications with friendly human interface. The main barriers are: limited availability of mobile phones with NFC, deployment costs, security, technology limitations and support of the health centre staff. © 2012 IEEE.

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