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The University of Curaçao mr. dr. Moises Frumencio da Costa Gomez is the state university of Curaçao. It is a public university, graduating approximately three hundred students per year. The quality and level of the program are similar to those in the Netherlands. All programs provided at the university are accredited by The Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie . Wikipedia.

van Brummen - Girigori O.,University of Curacao | Buunk A.,University of Groningen
Evolution and Human Behavior | Year: 2016

We hypothesized that teenage girls from the Caribbean island of Curaçao who grew up without a father would be more intrasexually competitive than teenage girls who grew up with a father, and would therefore more often use non-verbal seduction strategies to attract males. A pilot study showed a high inter-observer reliability for the observation of non-verbal seduction strategies. In study 1, among 105 teenage girls with a mean age of 16.29 years, reliable scales were developed reflecting various non-verbal seduction strategies. Study 2 was conducted among 123 teenage girls with a mean age of 18.73 years. Compared to girls who grew up with their father, girls who grew up without their father before the age of fourteen reported overall more intrasexual competitiveness and more non-verbal seduction strategies, including direct flirtation, peacock behavior, the use of hairstyles with waves, the use of facial make-up, the use of conspicuous nail-care, and active and restless behavior in the presence of males. Intrasexual competitiveness was associated with most strategies, and was a significant mediator between father absence and the expression of most non-verbal seduction strategies. From a life-history perspective, we discuss possible explanations for, and implications of, these findings. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

Bakhshaee M.,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences | Jabari F.,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences | Ghassemi M.M.,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences | Hourzad S.,Mashhad University of Medical Sciences | And 2 more authors.
Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology | Year: 2014

Introduction: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a multifactorial disease. Allergies are considered a predisposing factor to CRS; however, this remains controversial. The objective of this research was to investigate the prevalence of co-morbidities and allergic reaction, and to specify the most common allergens in patients with confirmed CRS. Materials and Methods: One hundred patients with signs and symptoms of CRS who met the diagnostic endoscopic and radiologic criteria of chronic rhinosinusitis were selected. They filled out a questionnaire and underwent a skin prick test for the common inhalant allergens. Allergic rhinitis was diagnosed according to the history and positive skin prick tests. Results: The mean age of patients was 34. Males were slightly more involved (54%). The prevalence of polypoid and none-polypoid rhinosinusitis was 54% and 46% respectively. The patients' most common symptoms were nasal discharge (95%), blockage (94%), smell disorders (63%), cough (45%), halitosis (41%), lethargy (37%), and aural fullness (36%). Allergy to at least one allergen was noted in 64% of the CRS patients which is higher than general population in Mashhad, Iran with allergic rhinitis (22.4%). Salsola was the most common allergen. There was no significant difference in allergic reactions between polypoid and non-polypoid CRS patients. Conclusion: Allergic reactions was found in Iranian CRS patients with or without polyposis to be much higher than general population in Mashhad with allergic rhinitis alone. Source

Curiel I.,University of Curacao
International Game Theory Review | Year: 2011

This paper studies situations in which companies can cooperate in order to decrease the earliest completion time of a project that consists of several tasks. This is beneficial for the client who wants the project to be completed as early as possible. The client is willing to pay more for an earlier completion time. The total payoff must be allocated among the companies that cooperate. Cooperative game theory is used to model this situation. Conditions for the core of the game to be nonempty are derived. We study a class of project management games for which necessary and sufficient conditions for the nonemptiness of the core can be derived. We will show that a subset of the set of balanced project management games can be partitioned into a class of 1-convex games and a class of big boss games. Expressions for the extreme points of the core, the ô-value, the nucleolus, and the Shapley-value of games in these two classes are derived. © 2011 World Scientific Publishing Company. Source

Curiel I.,University of Curacao
International Game Theory Review | Year: 2015

This paper focuses on situations in several companies each of which has a set of jobs that it has to complete. Each job has a specific starting and ending time and a specific starting and ending point. In order to complete its jobs a company needs to acquire components. There are several types of components. Each job requires exactly one component but not all components are suitable for all jobs. By cooperating, the companies can reduce the costs of acquisition. A component can be used by several companies as long as there is no overlap in the time-intervals of usage by different companies and there is enough time to move the component from where a company has stopped using it to where the next company needs it. A cooperative component acquisition game is constructed to model the cooperation between the companies. This game need not be balanced. Additional properties are introduced that guarantee the game to be totally balanced. We construct an element of the core by using the integer programming formulation of the characteristic function. These games have some relationship with coloring games but we show that results that are valid for coloring games do not hold for them. © 2015 World Scientific Publishing Company. Source

Janssens F.J.G.,University of Twente | Janssens F.J.G.,University of Curacao | Ehren M.C.M.,University College London
Evaluation and Program Planning | Year: 2016

Many education systems are developing towards more lateral structures where schools collaborate in networks to improve and provide (inclusive) education. These structures call for bottom-up models of network evaluation and accountability instead of the current hierarchical arrangements where single schools are evaluated by a central agency. This paper builds on available research about network effectiveness to present evolving models of network evaluation. Network effectiveness can be defined as the achievement of positive network level outcomes that cannot be attained by individual organizational participants acting alone. Models of network evaluation need to take into account the relations between network members, the structure of the network, its processes and its internal mechanism to enforce norms in order to understand the achievement and outcomes of the network and how these may evolve over time. A range of suitable evaluation models are presented in this paper, as well as a tentative school inspection framework which is inspired by these models. The final section will present examples from Inspectorates of Education in Northern Ireland and Scotland who have developed newer inspection models to evaluate the effectiveness of a range of different networks. © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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