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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.

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.

Smither J.W.,University of la Salle of Colombia | Walker A.G.,Auburn University
Psychological Reports | Year: 2015

Core self-evaluations refer to a higher-order construct that subsumes four well-established traits in the personality literature: self-esteem, generalized self-efficacy, (low) neuroticism, and (internal) locus of control. Studies that have examined the relationship between various measures of religiosity and individual components of core self-evaluations show no clear pattern of relationships. The absence of a clear pattern may be due to the failure of most previous studies in this area to use theory to guide research. Therefore, theories related to core selfevaluations, religious motivation, and views of God were used to develop and test four hypotheses. 220 adults completed measures of four religious attitudes (intrinsic religious motivation, extrinsic religious motivation, viewing God as loving, and viewing God as punitive), general religiosity, and core self-evaluations, separated by 6 weeks (with the order of measures counterbalanced). Multivariate multiple regression, controlling for general religiosity, showed that core self-evaluations were positively related to viewing God as loving, negatively related to viewing God as punitive, and negatively related to extrinsic religious motivation. The hypothesis that core self-evaluations would be positively related to intrinsic religious motivation was not supported. © Psychological Reports 2015

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.

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