The University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus, with campuses based in the three largest cities in Cyprus: Nicosia, Lemesos and Larnaca. It was formally known, until September 2007, as Intercollege. The University enrolls approximately 5,000 students, 4,000 of which are based in Nicosia. Wikipedia.
Economidou-Kogetsidis M.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Pragmatics | Year: 2011
The present study examines e-mail requests sent by Greek Cypriot university students (non-native speakers of English) to faculty at a major, English-medium university in Cyprus, over a period of several semesters. It examines forms of address (salutations), the degree of directness employed, and the degree and type of supportive moves and lexical/phrasal modifiers used by students in order to soften or aggravate their e-requests. Findings from the study have shown that the NNS students' e-mails are characterized by significant directness (particularly in relation to requests for information), an absence of lexical/phrasal downgraders, an omission of greetings and closings and inappropriate or unacceptable forms of address. This paper argues that such e-mails can be perceived as impolite and discourteous and therefore capable of causing pragmatic failure. This is primarily due to the fact that they appear to give the faculty no choice in complying with the request and fail to acknowledge the imposition involved. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Apostolou M.,University of Nicosia
Aggression and Violent Behavior | Year: 2013
Past theorizing on the evolution of rape adduced the hypothesis that this act constitutes the behavioral expression of a mechanism which has evolved to enable men of low mate value to circumvent female choice. This has recently been questioned on the grounds that during human evolution, women's mate choices were controlled by their parents. It, therefore, remains unclear which were the evolutionary forces likely to have shaped this mechanism and whether such a mechanism exists in the first place. Accordingly, this paper employs anthropological and historical evidence in an attempt to reconstruct the evolutionary context in which a forced-sex mating strategy emerged. On the basis of this evidence, it is argued that forced sex is the outcome of an innate conditional strategy which enables men to circumvent parental and female choice when they experience a competitive disadvantage, or when the costs of doing so are low. The implications of the operation of this mechanism during human evolution are further explored. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
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Karayiannis P.,University of Nicosia
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2014
Molecular virology methods including polymerase chain reaction, cloning and sequencing have revolutionised our understanding of viral genome variation. In the case of hepatitis B virus (HBV), sequencing studies have identified a number of virus variants normally found during the natural course of chronic infection. The appearance of the precore stop codon (with G-for-A substitution at position 1896) and basal core promoter (BCP) (with A-for-T and G-for-A, at positions 1762 and 1764, respectively) variants which reduce or abrogate hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) production, heralds the initiation of the seroconversion phase from HBeAg to antiHBe positivity. The gradual removal of the tolerogenic effect of HBeAg leads to the awakening of the immune response (immune clearance phase). Most patients after HBeAg seroconversion become "inactive HBsAg carriers". However during the course of infection precore and/or BCP variants may emerge and be selected leading to HBeAg negative chronic hepatitis B (CHB) with high viremia levels (reactivation phase). The prevalence of HBeAg negative CHB has been increasing over the last few decades and has become the commonest type of HBV infection in many countries of the world. This probably reflects the aging of existing HBV carriers and the effective prevention measures restricting new HBV infections. Frequent acute exacerbations accompanied by high viral replication, elevated alanine aminotransferase levels and histological activity are a common feature of HBeAg negative CHB leading to cirrhosis much faster than in HBeAg positive CHB patients. © 2014 Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.
Hajigeorgiou P.G.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy | Year: 2010
A new simple analytical diatomic potential energy function that can be considered an extension of the prototypical Lennard-Jones model is proposed and tested. Five- and six-parameter models are considered and these can be easily constructed from widely available low-order vibrational-rotational constants and the dissociation energy. Accuracy tests are carried out on the ground electronic states of sixteen diatomic molecules. The proposed six-parameter function is found to be more accurate than other available few-parameter analytical models for the diatomic potential energy, and has accuracy comparable to that of modern high-level ab initio functions. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hajigeorgiou P.G.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy | Year: 2013
A simple semiempirical expression has been developed for estimating the effective non-integer vibrational index at dissociation, υD, in diatomic systems. The expression is given by,υD=1. 78349×Deωe-58,where the dissociation energy and the fundamental vibrational frequency must be expressed in the same units. This expression gives reliable results for a wide variety of ground electronic states of neutral systems, but underestimates the vibrational index for diatomic cations, most excited states and zero bond-order molecules. The expression is successful for electronic states that have a Birge-Sponer plot displaying a downward curvature as the dissociation limit is approached. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.