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Kansas City, MO, United States

Avila University /ˈævɨlə/ is a private university in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It offers bachelor's degrees in thirty-six majors and master's degrees: Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology/Art Therapy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Development, and Master of Arts in Education. Its 13 buildings are situated on a campus of 50 acres in suburban South Kansas City, and include four residence halls, a fieldhouse and auxiliary pavilion for basketball and volleyball, sports complex for football, baseball, softball and soccer, library, theatre, chapel, and classroom facilities. Wikipedia.

Santiesteban-Toca C.E.,Avila University | Aguilar-Ruiz J.S.,Pablo De Olavide University
Information Processing Letters | Year: 2015

In this paper, we introduce FoDT, a new algorithm for the prediction of proteins contact map, one of the great challengers of the Bioinformatics. The need of more accurate predictions, aims to combining classifiers, beyond complexity increase. The proposed methodology can be considered as a set of cooperative classifiers, which employs a not trainable combination method and coverage optimization. The robustness and predictivity evaluation, with the dataset of 9th Critical Assessment of Techniques for Protein Structure Prediction, demonstrates that our algorithm can assign contacts with an average accuracy up to 58%. It performs similarly to free servers as SVM-SEQ, NNcon and LRcon, and overcoming FragHMMent. The FoDT main advantage is their capability to break down the complex process of protein folding into a collection of simple decision rules, providing a more easy and interpretable solution for the prediction of contact's maps. © 2015.

Avila M.J.,Avila University | Rodriguez-Restrepo A.,Pontifical Xavierian University
Medwave | Year: 2014

Currently medical information flows at great speed, bombarding medical students. Students are unfamiliar with fundamental aspects of biomedical literature appraisal. We assert that research performed during medical school will help to reduce the gap between the information available and comprehension by the student. The goal of the present review is to expound the importance of performing research during the undergraduate medical years and the relevance of research in other fields of medicine. We performed a literature review searching MEDLINE with terms consistent with our objective. We discuss the conduct of research projects during medical school training. The analysis of the articles retrieved proves that research is feasible and that it is a critical process during the undergraduate period for medical students.Abstract available from the publisher.

Albertini M.K.,Avila University | de Mello R.F.,University of Sao Paulo
Advances in Data Analysis and Classification | Year: 2013

Severe constraints imposed by the nature of endless sequences of data collected from unstable phenomena have pushed the understanding and the development of automated analysis strategies, such as data clustering techniques. However, current clustering validation approaches are inadequate to data streams due to they do not properly evaluate representation of behavior changes. This paper proposes a novel function to continuously evaluate data stream clustering inspired in Lyapunov energy functions used by techniques such as the Hopfield artificial neural network and the Bidirectional Associative Memory (Bam). The proposed function considers three terms: i) the intra-cluster distance, which allows to evaluate cluster compactness; ii) the inter-cluster distance, which reflects cluster separability; and iii) entropy estimation of the clustering model, which permits the evaluation of the level of uncertainty in data streams. A first set of experiments illustrate the proposed function applied to scenarios of continuous evaluation of data stream clustering. Further experiments were conducted to compare this new function to well-established clustering indices and results confirm our proposal reflects the same information obtained with external clustering indices. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Rossatto D.Z.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Werlang T.,Federal University of Sao Carlos | Duzzioni E.I.,Avila University | Villas-Boas C.J.,Federal University of Sao Carlos
Physical Review Letters | Year: 2011

We investigate the quantum-to-classical crossover of a dissipative cavity field by measuring the correlations between two noninteracting atoms coupled to the cavity mode. First, we note that there is a time window in which the mode shows a classical behavior, which depends on the cavity decay rate, the atom-field coupling strength, and the number of atoms. Then, considering the steady state of two atoms inside the cavity, we note that the entanglement between the atoms disappears while the mean number of photons of the cavity field (n̄) rises. However, the quantum discord reaches an asymptotic nonzero value even in the limit of n̄→∞, whether n̄ is increased coherently or incoherently. Therefore, the cavity mode always preserves some quantum characteristics in the macroscopic limit, which is revealed by the quantum discord. © 2011 American Physical Society.

De Almeida K.J.,Avila University | Ramalho T.C.,Federal University of Lavras | Neto J.L.,Federal University of Lavras | Santiago R.T.,Federal University of Lavras | And 2 more authors.
Organometallics | Year: 2013

The issue of reactivity differences of the ions Nb+ and Nb 2+ toward methane (CH4 + Nb+ → NbCH 2 + + H2 and CH4 + Nb2+ → NbCH2 2+ + H2) is addressed using CCSD(T)//MP2 and CCSD(T)//B3LYP calculations. A thorough description of the reaction mechanisms and analyses of the geometrical structures, chemical bonds, and molecular orbitals provide important insights into the chemistry of the niobium species. The overall results indicate highly labile kinetics and more favorable thermochemical conditions for Nb2+. The NBO, AIM, and FERMO analyses provide a better understanding of the reactivity differences in the niobium reactions. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

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