Bogota, Colombia

The University of La Salle is a higher education institution with headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia. Currently it has a roll of around 14,000 students distributed in the main three campuses within the city and another located in the department of Casanare in a project known as Utopia. The University is accredited as a High Quality University by the NAC or National Accreditation Council . It also has an ISO 9001/2008 certification.The University has eight colleges offering 23 academic degree programs, 16 specialization programs and 5 master’s degrees. Currently, the University has 13,950 students matriculated in degree programs and 700 students in postgraduate courses. As of 2012, the University has a team of 245 full-time teachers, 91 mid-time teachers and 2 three quarter-time teachers. Of those, 209 have undefined term contracts, 29 are doctors, 194 have a magister degrees and 112 are specialists. As of 2012, the University has graduated more than 40,000 students since its foundation in 1964.The University of La Salle is a private institution and its educational vision is based in the Christian vision of the human and his environment. Wikipedia.


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Pardo Martinez C.I.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Pardo Martinez C.I.,University of la Salle of Colombia | Silveira S.,KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews | Year: 2012

This study analyses the trends in energy use and CO 2 emissions for 19 sub-sectors in the Swedish service sectors following the classification of the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) at the 2-digit level of aggregation over the period 1993-2008. This empirical study intends to examine energy use, energy efficiency and CO 2 emissions using data envelopment analysis (DEA) and panel data techniques. DEA is applied to assess energy efficiency within a production framework. Panel data techniques are used to determine which variables influence energy efficiency. The results show that Swedish services industries have increased energy consumption and CO 2 emissions in the period 1993-2008. The results from the DEA show significant variation in energy efficiency across service industries. The results also indicate that this sector has increased technical efficiency and energy efficiency while decreasing CO 2 emissions, especially in the later years of our sample period. The results of panel data techniques show that higher energy taxes, electricity consumption, investments and labour productivity generate higher energy efficiency, while higher fossil fuel consumption leads to lower energy efficiency. All findings of this study are important for developing effective energy policies that encourage better energy use and energy management in the service industries. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Fernandez Del Carpio A.,University of la Salle of Colombia
Communications in Computer and Information Science | Year: 2016

Software R&D teams require proper forms of representing knowledge at carrying out software engineering processes and researches. In this context, transfer of knowledge becomes a dynamic process because team members participating in the process acquire, communicate and integrate knowledge from different sources. In this paper, a behavior tree-based model is presented for representing knowledge generated from research and development activities. Through structured nodes representing pieces of knowledge, it is possible to identify key points of new challenges, concerns, issues, gaps, etc., and shed lights on new insights and knowledge of importance to team members, contributing to improve and provide solutions to the domain analyzed. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Marulanda V.F.,University of la Salle of Colombia
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2012

A simulation of a biodiesel production process by supercritical transesterification was carried out in Aspen Plus® 2006, based on lab scale experimental results obtained at a continuous reactor working at a 9:1 methanol to triglycerides molar ratio and 400 °C. Simulation results showed that for a specified biodiesel production plant capacity set at 10,000 tons/year the total energy consumption of this process (573 kW) was considerably lower than that of a previously reported supercritical process working at a 42:1 molar ratio and 300 °C (2407 kW), and the conventional base catalyzed process (2326 kW). Mass flow rates, stream compositions and energy consumption of each process were used to assess the potential environmental impact (PEI) output of each alternative, in order to select the most environmentally friendly one, through a process design tool developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the generalized Waste Reduction (WAR) algorithm. The environmental assessment results indicated the supercritical process, even when working at a 42:1 molar ratio, has a lower output PEI per mass of product than the conventional base catalyzed process. The supercritical process working at a 9:1 molar ratio and 400 °C had the lowest PEI per mass of product. This can be attributed to reduced energy consumption and the possibility of producing more biofuel through glycerol decomposition reactions that form ethers, which have the potential to be used as part of the fuel. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Quin C.A.C.,University of la Salle of Colombia
International Journal of Architectural Computing | Year: 2016

Since the publication in 1948 of Norbert Wiener's Cybernetics, this thought model has exerted a profound influence in contemporary knowledge. Such influence has been decisive for a paradigm shift in the profession of architecture and particularly for the rise of a computational perspective in architectural design. This article explores the link between the cybernetic paradigm and the conception of architectural objects as performative, responsive, intelligent, and sentient artifacts-the visions of buildings that have been central to the development of digital architecture since its early stages. This connection shows that the dominant visions of design problems associated with the development of a computational perspective in architecture have not been exclusively the result of the introduction of computer pragmatics in architectural design. On the contrary, following such scholars as Bruno Latour and Katherine Hayles, these developments must be considered as the result of a particular feedback process that includes technical aspects as well as the definition of design problems around an informational ontology and epistemology. The understanding of the intellectual foundations of digital architecture is crucial not only to promote a critical regard of its productions but to imagine scenarios for a viable cybernetic practice of computer-mediated architectural design. © The Author(s) 2016.


Gambrel L.E.,University of la Salle of Colombia | Piercy F.P.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy | Year: 2015

This phenomenological study is the second phase of a larger mixed methods study of a relationship-enhancement program for couples expecting their first child (see Gambrel & Piercy, this issue). The 4-week Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program uses mindfulness practices and interpersonal activities to develop skills of internal and interpersonal attunement. Based on semi-structured interviews with thirteen couples, four overarching themes emerged: (a) positive changes for self, (b) improvements in couple relationship, (c) more prepared for baby, and (d) male involvement. Participants stated that the program increased their acceptance and awareness, deepened connections with their partners, and led them to be more confident about becoming parents. Male participants felt they became more identified as fathers. The authors discuss the clinical implications of these findings. © 2014 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Gambrel L.E.,University of la Salle of Colombia | Piercy F.P.,Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy | Year: 2015

This article is Part 1 of a two-part series, in which we report on our evaluation of a mindfulness-based relationship enhancement program for couples who are expecting their first child. In this mixed-methods randomized clinical trial, we assigned 33 couples to the 4-week Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program treatment group (n = 16 couples) or to a waitlist control condition (n = 17 couples). Men in the treatment group significantly improved in relationship satisfaction, mindfulness, and negative affect; women had no significant treatment effects. Small to large effect sizes were present for treatment group men and women in multiple areas. Mixed-methods analyses demonstrated that this intervention may be especially helpful for men because of differences in social support needs, effects of program enrollment, and relational processes in the prenatal period. © 2014 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Del Carpio P.M.,University of la Salle of Colombia
2016 8th Euro American Conference on Telematics and Information Systems, EATIS 2016 | Year: 2016

Hasty software development can produce immediate implementations with source code unnecessarily complex and hardly readable. These small kinds of software decay generate a technical debt that could be big enough to seriously affect future maintenance activities. This work presents an analysis technique for identifying architectural technical debt related to non-uniformity of naming patterns; the technique is based on term frequency over package hierarchies. The proposal has been evaluated on projects of two popular organizations, Apache and Eclipse. The results have shown that most of the projects have frequent occurrences of the proposed naming patterns, and using a graph model and aggregated data could enable the elaboration of simple queries for debt identification. The technique has features that favor its applicability on emergent architectures and agile software development. © 2016 IEEE.


Wieland D.M.,University of la Salle of Colombia
The Pennsylvania nurse | Year: 2011

Nurses' awareness of MST as a specific type of sexual assault within the military culture and sensitivity to the physical and psychological symptoms are important aspects of care. Nurses must treat the physical and emotional components of sexual assault in all settings; however, referral to the veterans administration programs and resources is key for the woman veteran to receive the specialized care developed by the healthcare system. Women veterans who have PTSD from MST and combat exposure are prone to depression, suicide and substance use/abuse. Nurses must not fear asking the woman if she is having suicidal thoughts or has a plan and intent to follow through with the plan. MST and PTSD may result in internalized anger, shame, self-blame, helplessness, hopelessness and powerlessness. Patient safety is of utmost importance. Assessing Patients for Sexual Violence, A Guide for Health Care Providers (2009) is a useful resource for nurses. The National Center for PTSD (2009) newsletter on the topic of MST includes a list of research studies. The work of Benedict (2007) and Corbett (2007) provide additional personal accounts of women soldiers who were in the Middle East conflicts. The nurse's referral to specialized services to treat MST and PTSD with evidence-based therapies is a crucial first step in the resiliency and well-being of these brave women who have served in all branches of the U.S. military.


Boyle M.J.,University of la Salle of Colombia
Orbis | Year: 2015

In just the last ten years, a growing number of states have sought to join the race to develop and sell ever-more sophisticated drones on the global market. While today the market remains stratified between makers and takers of drones, the gradual emergence of a drones arms race will have some important and potentially dangerous consequences for the international system. The emergence of a race for drones will reshape long-simmering conflicts and rivalries around the world in three ways. First, the proliferation of drones will reset the rules and norms governing surveillance and reconnaissance. Second, drones will become increasingly useful to governments in testing the strategic commitments and the nerves of their rivals. Third, the worldwide proliferation of drones will multiply the risks of conflict spirals stemming from accidents or hijacked drones. Given these risks, Washington' should take a leading role in slowing the global race for drones and in developing strict legal and normative mechanisms to govern drone usage and sales in the future. © 2015.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 583.26K | Year: 2015

La Salle Universitys Math Plus One (M+1) program will recruit students into mathematics through a focus on career preparation, strong student support services, and scholarship funding that will make college more affordable. The M+1 program will recruit 16 students (two cohorts of 8) who will major in mathematics and one other related area, with an emphasis on the fields of computer science, economics, finance, and chemistry. M+1 graduates will have a competitive advantage when seeking post-graduate employment and will fill critical workforce needs in the Greater Philadelphia area.

La Salle will provide four years of scholarship assistance to each M+1 student. Students will participate in undergraduate research, attend regional and national conferences, complete internships, and receive career mentoring from members of the Mathematics Advisory Board. The Mathematics Advisory Board will consist of local business and educational leaders that, in addition to mentoring scholars, will guide and help shape the M+1 program. The goals of the M+1 program are to increase the enrollment of math majors, ensure a diversified math student population, provide strong support services to S-STEM recipients, and ensure that S-STEM students graduate in a timely manner and obtain positions in their fields after graduation. Recruitment efforts will target students underrepresented in the field, particularly women and minorities.

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