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  1. Comparing Measurement Theories.

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    Schumacker, Randall E.

    In comparing measurement theories, it is evident that the awareness of the concept of measurement error during the time of Galileo has lead to the formulation of observed scores comprising a true score and error (classical theory), universe score and various random error components (generalizability theory), or individual latent ability and error…

  2. Contemporary prophetic preaching theory in the United States of America and South Africa: A comparative study through the lens of shared Reformation roots

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    Leonora Tubbs Tisdale

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available In this article two homileticians – one from the United States of America (USA and one from South Africa (SA − enter into a dialog regarding how the task of prophetic preaching today might be revived, reframed and redefined in light of the Reformation principle of the viva vox Evangelii [living voice of the gospel]. Each author begins by summarising four contemporary approaches to prophetic preaching set forth by Reformed and Lutheran homiletical scholars in their respective contexts. Then each addresses the questions: Where do I particularly see Reformation themes and emphases at work in the work of these homileticians? And how might those Reformation emphases continue to challenge and reframe preaching practices today? Finally, each gives initial eflections on how a comparison between the perspectives deeens and expands his or her nderstanding of prophetic preaching and its role in church and society.

  3. Cohabitation in Latin America: a comparative perspective

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    Sussai Soares, Maira Covre

    2014-01-01

    The coexistence of marriage and cohabitation is an intriguing feature of Latin American nuptiality. Historically common among lower social classes in Central America and the Caribbean, the incidence of cohabitation is also increasing among higher educated groups and southern Latin American countries. This study uses census and survey data to investigate the characteristics of Latin American cohabitation.First, the countries’ socioeconomic characteristics, related to the incidence of cohabitat...

  4. Comparative study of forensic psychiatric system between China and America.

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    Li, Gangqin; Gutheil, Thomas G; Hu, Zeqing

    2016-01-01

    Laws and regulations about the forensic psychiatric systems in China and America were compared, and suggestions for improving the forensic psychiatric system of China were provided. There are many differences regarding the role of the forensic psychiatrist, the initiation of the assessment and the admission of expert opinion because of elements in the legal systems in China and America. The Chinese system has the advantages of objectivity, cost saving and high efficiency; but it has deficiencies in procedural justice and the admission of expert opinion. China can persist with the current system while taking measures to give more rights to the litigants to participate in their assessment, and while improving the quality and utility of the expert opinion; however, this review article will compare broadly the two systems without addressing human rights issues or procedural justice issues, nor will it presume to address the entirety of Chinese systems. In addition, China is developing its legal system for dealing with the mentally ill defendant in situations involving the criminal justice system and civil commitment. Although China enacted new laws regarding the mandatory treatment for the mentally ill, both in criminal and civil systems, there remain many aspects to be improved, including but not limited to a system of review of the decision to detain a patient on psychiatric grounds, and the need for provisions in the laws preventing indefinite detention. From this viewpoint, America's laws and regulations are instructive for us, in matters such as the method of dealing with the mentally ill defendant who is "incompetent to stand trial", "not guilty only by reason of insanity" or "guilty but mentally ill". The conditional release of the committed mentally ill person and the special programs in the forensic security hospital are all worthy of study by China in order to manage the mentally ill offender and to reduce the recidivism rate. PMID:27292971

  5. Traditional and modern cohabitation in Latin America: A comparative typology

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    Maira Covre-Sussai

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: The existence of cohabitation is a historical feature of nuptiality in Latin America. Traditionally, cohabitation was common in less developed regions, among the lower social classes. But today its occurrence is increasing and in social groups and regions in which it was not common. The features of this latter type of cohabitation remain unclear. Objective: We differentiate types of cohabitation in Latin America on the basis of relationship context at its outset and its outcomes in terms of childbearing. The comparability of these types over countries is attested, as well as their evolution over time and the educational and age profiles of cohabitants. Methods: Demographic and Health Survey data for the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s for up to eight countries are analyzed by means of Multiple Group Latent Class Analysis. Results: Three types of cohabitation are found. The traditional type includes young and lower-educated women who start to cohabit during adolescence. They have more children at younger ages. The remaining two types of cohabitation included higher-educated women and are considered modern. The innovative type groups women from all age groups, with fewer children born at a higher age and never as a single woman. Blended cohabitation refers to older women, who could negotiate a marriage, but do not. They start to cohabit during adulthood, but always after single pregnancy. Conclusions: The persistence of historical trends is attested. Traditional cohabitation is related to socioeconomic deprivation and prevails in Central American and Caribbean countries.However, two modern types of cohabitation are emerging in the region. They are concentrated in the South and related to women's independence.

  6. Comparative analysis of Orem's and King's theories.

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    Hanucharurnkul, S

    1989-05-01

    Dorothea Orem and Imogene King are two nursing theorists who are contributing significantly to the development of nursing knowledge. This paper compares the similarities and differences in their strategies for theory development, their views of nursing metaparadigm concepts, and their theories of nursing system and goal attainment in terms of scope, usefulness, and their unique contribution to nursing science. PMID:2738232

  7. A Comparative Study on Family Education in America and China

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    徐岩

    2013-01-01

      Family education is an important complement to school education. This paper focuses on the differences and simi-larities of family education in America and China to accelerate their learning from each other and improvement.

  8. Traditional and modern cohabitation in Latin America: A comparative typology

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    Maira Covre-Sussai; Bart Meuleman; Sarah Botterman; Koen Matthijs

    2015-01-01

    Background: The existence of cohabitation is a historical feature of nuptiality in Latin America. Traditionally, cohabitation was common in less developed regions, among the lower social classes. But today its occurrence is increasing and in social groups and regions in which it was not common. The features of this latter type of cohabitation remain unclear. Objective: We differentiate types of cohabitation in Latin America on the basis of relationship context at its outset and its outcome...

  9. Rethinking imperialist theory and US imperialism in Latin America

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    James Petras

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo criticamos la teorización contemporánea sobre el imperialismo por su reducción al ámbito económico y su carencia de un análisis de clase e institucional específico dentro del estado imperialista. En el contexto de este argumento, establecemos la importancia del análisis de clase para aprovechar las dinámicas de cambio del poder imperialista procediendo a argumentar la alineación de las fuerzas de clase en el mundo de la economía, en sus interacciones con la configuración del poder imperialista, dejando la realineación del poder económico en el sistema mundial capitalista que constituye el mayor cambio para el imperialismo estadounidense en sus operaciones en América Latina. En la sección final del artículo explicamos las discontinuidades y continuidades en las relaciones imperialistas estadounidenses con Latinoamérica, y las potencialidades y contrastes de estas relaciones en el crecimiento económico y el desarrollo.Palabras clave: teoría imperialista, imperialismo estadounidense, Latinoamérica_____________________Abstract:In this paper we criticize contemporary theorizing about imperialism for its economic reductionism and a lack of class analysis and institutional specificity regarding the imperial state. In the context of this argument we establish the importance of class analysis for grasping the changing dynamics of imperial power before proceeding to argue how specific alignments of class forces in the world economy, in their interactions with existing imperial power configurations, is leading to a realignment of economic power in the world capitalist system that constitutes a major challenge for US imperialism in its Latin American operations. In the final section of the paper we point to the discontinuities and continuities in US imperial relations with Latin America, and the potentialities and constraints of these relations on economic growth and development.Keywords: Imperialism Theory, US

  10. Teach for America's Long Arc: A Critical Race Theory Textual Analysis of Wendy Kopp's Works

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    Barnes, Michael C.; Germain, Emily K.; Valenzuela, Angela

    2016-01-01

    We read and analyzed 165,000 words and uncover a series of counter-stories buried within a textual corpus, authored by Teach For America (TFA) founder Wendy Kopp (Kopp, 1989, 2001; Kopp & Farr, 2011), that offers insight into the forms of racism endemic to Teach For America. All three counter-stories align with a critical race theory (CRT)…

  11. 背景依赖视角下中美企业社会责任比较研究%A Comparative Study on Corporate Social Responsibility between China and America:Based on Context Dependency Theory

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    杨春方

    2015-01-01

    以背景依赖理论为基础,通过规范研究的方式从中美比较的独特视角,探讨中美文化与社会背景的差异及其对企业社会责任的影响。研究表明,美国个人主义价值观对个人权利的尊崇,对政府权力集中的警惕,使美国形成了“大社会———小政府”的社会结构,高度发达的非政府组织、独立自由的新闻媒体、自主维权的社会公众,这些都构成了对企业生死攸关的社会责任社会压力机制。而中国集体主义价值观对整体价值的强调,对政府干预的路径依赖,使中国形成了“强政府———弱社会”的社会结构,非政府组织的弱小幼稚、新闻媒体监督功能的不足、公众社会责任意识的淡薄,这些都导致了企业社会责任社会压力机制的缺失,加剧了企业的社会责任问题。%Based on the Context Dependency Theory, taking the normative research method, culture and social background differences between China and the United States and its impacts on corporate social responsibility is discussed from the unique perspective of the comparative analysis of China and the United States. The study shows that American individualism values ’ respect for individual rights, wary of the government ’ s power concentration, helps the United States form the social structure of a "big society and small government". Highly developed non-governmental organizations, independent and free news media, and autonomously protecting own rights on the public constitute the social pressure mechanism of the vital corporate social responsibility. China’ s collectivism values emphasize the overall value and ignores individual rights, and it makes China a " strong government and weak society". The underdevelopment of non government organization, the deficiency in the supervision function of news media, the weakness of the public social responsibility consciousness lead to the lack of social pressure

  12. Job flexibility in Latin America: A comparative analysis

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    Manuel Alejandro Ibarra Cisneros

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Most of studies about labor flexibility show a partial image of the situation of Latin America labor markets. They are limited to confirm, the existence of high degrees of rigidity and the necessity to conduct labor reforms to the margin of specific national circumstances. The design of a synthetic labor rigidity indicator using methodology considered by the oecd, through a factor analysis for countries of IberoAmerica, allows obtaining certain advances in relation to this debate. The results establish the high importance of the rigidity in the procedures of collective dismissal, over normative aspects related to fixed term contracts. Finally, it is establish the little relation between flexibility levels and results in terms of economic development, putting into question the assertions that try to extrapolate strategies of flexibilization like isolated measurement to facilitate the economic progress of a country.

  13. Borderlands : Comparing Border Security in North America and Europe

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    Brunet-Jailly, Emmanuel

    2007-01-01

    Border security has been high on public-policy agendas in Europe and North America since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City and on the headquarters of the American military in Washington DC. Governments are now confronted with managing secure borders, a policy objective that in this era of increased free trade and globalization must compete with intense cross-border flows of people and goods. Border-security policies must enable security personnel to ide...

  14. A Historical Account of Difference: A Comparative History of the Literary Cultures of Latin America

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    Valdés, Mario J., 1934-

    2002-01-01

    In his article "A Historical Account of Difference: A Comparative History of the Literary Cultures of Latin America," Mario J. Valdés addresses the well-recognized limitations of literary history as historical research. Valdés outlines the theoretical thinking that has guided the editors of The Oxford Comparative History of Latin American Literary Cultures to plan, organize, and complete the first history of literary culture of Latin America. The project is comparative, recognizing the radica...

  15. Comparing operadic theories of $n$-categories

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    Cheng, Eugenia

    2008-01-01

    We give a framework for comparing on the one hand theories of n-categories that are weakly enriched operadically, and on the other hand n-categories given as algebras for a contractible globular operad. Examples of the former are the definition by Trimble and variants (Cheng-Gurski) and examples of the latter are the definition by Batanin and variants (Leinster). We will show how to take a theory of n-categories of the former kind and produce a globular operad whose algebras are the n-categories we started with. We first provide a generalisation of Trimble's original theory that allows for the use of other parametrising operads in a very general way, via the notion of categories weakly enriched in V where the weakness is parametrised by an operad P in the category V. We define weak n-categories by iterating the weak enrichment construction using a series of parametrising operads P_i. We then show how to construct from such a theory an n-dimensional globular operad for each $n \\geq 0$ whose algebras are precis...

  16. University Teaching of Communication Theory in Europe and Latin America

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    Miguel Vicente-Mariño, Ph.D.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Communication Theories are one of the main pillars of many higher education studies that, placing communication as its core topic, have raised public presence during the last two decades at universities worldwide. However, this ongoing process of consolidation inside the scholar field is not walking together with an objective analysis of the ontological and epistemological positions serving as milestones for Communication Theories’ courses. Taking an international online survey as the initial source of information, completed by professors and lectures working at different European and Latin American countries, this paper collects some useful information about the positions and the content of these courses, bringing some light in a confusing fieldwork. If the goal of a common higher education area is real, then deep comparative studies like this must be carried out. Results appeal to a clear dominance of Mass Communications as the main topic inside these courses, although there is a high level of interdisciplinary approaches. Some of the requirements established by the new European Higher Education Area are not implemented in the expected competencies for the students, although they are all present in the courses’ objectives. Professors and lecturers are conscious about the new standard set by the Bologna Process, but this consciousness has not arrived to the classrooms yet.

  17. Comparative study of the Judiciary Electronic in Latin America, 2013

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    José Miguel Busquets

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present the index of the E-Justice in 2013 for 8 countries in Ibero America. The Electronic Judiciary index aims to measure the degree of incorporation of Information Technology and Communication (ICT in the judicial branch. The same is the result of a survey conducted between April and August 2013 to informants, many of them members of universities that belong to the Red LEFIS (Legal Framework for the Information Society. Significant results of this research are:1 While the dimensions of information and management of the index are the most developed, the dimensions of relationship and decision of the same index are much less developed in the whole of the 8 Ibero American countries studied.2 More than 50% of the Electronic Judiciary index developed, we find seven countries, with means more than half of the total countries in the region. Of wich and in descending order, there is Brazil, Spain, Costa Rica, Portugal, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba.

  18. Comparative Analysis on Pesticide Management System between America and China

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    Cunzheng; ZHANG; Yong; GONG; Weili; SHAN; Xianjin; LIU

    2013-01-01

    The production and usage amount of pesticides in US rank the leading position in the world. On the basis of protecting the environment and human health, US government has enacted a series of laws and regulations to normalize and manage the production and use of pesticides so as to ensure the development of modern agriculture. In this paper, US pesticide management system is briefly reviewed and compared with the pesticide management system of China, which may provide good reference for china in establishing its own management system and make steps towards the international standard.

  19. International Migration and Gender in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis.

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    Massey, Douglas S; Fischer, Mary J; Capoferro, Chiara

    2006-12-01

    We review census data to assess the standing of five Latin American nations on a gender continuum ranging from patriarchal to matrifocal. We show that Mexico and Costa Rica lie close to one another with a highly patriarchal system of gender relations whereas Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic are similar in having a matrifocal system. Puerto Rico occupies a middle position, blending characteristics of both systems. These differences yield different patterns of female relative to male migration. Female householders in the two patriarchal settings displayed low rates of out-migration compared with males, whereas in the two matrifocal countries the ratio of female to male migration was much higher, in some case exceeding their male counterparts. Multivariate analyses showed that in patriarchal societies, a formal or informal union with a male dramatically lowers the odds of female out-migration, whereas in matrifocal societies marriage and cohabitation have no real effect. The most important determinants of female migration from patriarchal settings are the migrant status of the husband or partner, having relatives in the United States, and the possession of legal documents. In matrifocal settings, however, female migration is less related to the possession of documents, partner's migrant status, or having relatives in the United States and more strongly related to the woman's own migratory experience. Whereas the process of cumulative causation appears to be driven largely by men in patriarchal societies, it is women who dominate the process in matrifocal settings. PMID:21399742

  20. The Younger Dryas ET Impact Theory and Terminal Pleistocene Mammalian Extinctions in North America

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    Erlandson, J. M.; Kennett, D. J.; Kennett, J.; Braje, T.; Culleton, B.

    2007-05-01

    Despite decades of intensive study and debate, no consensus has been reached on what caused the extinction of North America's mammalian megafauna at the end of the Pleistocene. In a scholarly standoff, prominent scientists have shown that neither "human overkill" or "climate change" models adequately account for the patterns found in the paleontological and archaeological records of North America. The Younger Dryas ET Impact theory may dramatically alter this debate, adding a catastrophic trigger to help explain the rapid extinction of many large mammals about 12,900 years ago. New data suggest that an extraterrestrial impact focused in northern and eastern North America may have devastated the megafauna through: (1) direct mortality caused by the impacts shock wave, debris, and massive wildfires; (2) dramatic reduction of terrestrial food supplies, rapid climatic change, and ecological reorganization; and (3) coup-de-grace effects of surviving human populations rapidly expanding after the impact.

  1. Comparative Study of Civic Education in China and America%中美公民教育比较研究

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    汪婷

    2014-01-01

    当前我国公民教育的复兴是中国步入现代化的必然结果,也是政治民主化的必然选择,在中国现代化进程中具有非常重要的作用。为更好的开展公民教育借鉴他国经验非常必要。将我国公民教育与美国公民教育理论进行比较,吸取美国公民教育理论精华丰富我国公民教育理论,提高教育的实际效果,实现公民教育的最终目的。%The revival of the civic education in China is the inevitable result of China's modernization, as well as the inevitable choice of political democratization, and plays a very important role in China's modernization. In order to improve civic education , combining the international experience is very necessary. By comparing with the theory of China's civil education and America's , absorbing the essence of America's civil education theory can improve China's theory and practical effect , realize the ultimate goal of civic education.

  2. West Nile virus and its theories, a big puzzle in Mexico and Latin America

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    Darwin Elizondo-Quiroga

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been 13 years since the first outbreak of West Nile Virus (WNV occurred in the Americas. Since then, thousands of human cases have been reported in the United States. In contrast, there has not yet been an outbreak of WNV in any Latin American countries, including Mexico where <20 cases have been reported. We aimed to review publications to gather the main theories related to the fact that not all the countries of the continent reported human cases or that they have reported few cases since the introduction of WNV in the Western Hemisphere. We identified relevant publications using the PubMed database. Furthermore, we present on-line published information from Mexico. We found that researchers have tried to explain this phenomenon using several theories, like pre-existing antibodies against a heterotypical virus that have conferred cross protection in the population. Another explanation is that the strains circulating in Latin America are attenuated or that they came from a different origin of introduction in the continent. Another theory is that a conclusive diagnostic in regions where more than one Flavivirus is circulating results in cross-reaction in serological tests. Probably the sum of factors described by researchers in these theories in order to explain the behavior of the virus has resulted in the low number of reported cases in Latin America.

  3. Re-Bordering Comparative Education in Latin America: Between Global Limits and Local Characteristics

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    Acosta, Felicitas; Perez Centeno, Cristian G.

    2011-01-01

    Conceived for presentation at the XIV WCCES conference in Istanbul in 2010, the topic of which was "Bordering Comparative Education", this paper, within that framework, aims to present the current state of the discipline in Latin America in relation to a quick overview of its present-day situation at a global level. After providing an overview of…

  4. Comparative Evaluation of the Cognitive Theories of Piaget and Ausubel.

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    Nielsen, Loretta A.

    Jean Piaget's theory of cognitive development and David Ausubel's assimilation theory of learning are explicated and selected research involving both theories is reviewed in this paper. The two theories are compared on selected dimensions to demonstrate that they are compatible and that, in conjunction with one another, they form a strong…

  5. A Comparative Analysis of Three Unique Theories of Organizational Learning

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    Leavitt, Carol C.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to present three classical theories on organizational learning and conduct a comparative analysis that highlights their strengths, similarities, and differences. Two of the theories -- experiential learning theory and adaptive -- generative learning theory -- represent the thinking of the cognitive perspective, while…

  6. Adolescent Peer Relations and Socioemotional Development in Latin America: Translating International Theory into Local Research.

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    Berger, Christian; Lisboa, Carolina; Cuadros, Olga; de Tezanos-Pinto, Pablo

    2016-06-01

    Peer relations constitute a main developmental context for adolescents. Peers offer an instance for identity definition and set the norms of acceptable and valued characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes, representing a societal model that allows and restrains avenues for adolescents' socioemotional development. The present article departs from these considerations to review research on adolescents' peer relations in Latin America from a socioemotional perspective. First, approaches to adolescence are discussed, with a main focus on attachment and identity theories, based on a bioecological framework. Then, a review of research in Latin America on friendships, school climate, and intergroup relations is presented. The discussion addresses the tension between theories and evidence generated in developed societies and highlights the particularities of Latin American youth, stressing the need for collecting local data. PMID:27254826

  7. Comparing cosmic web classifiers using information theory

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    Leclercq, Florent; Lavaux, Guilhem; Jasche, Jens; Wandelt, Benjamin

    2016-08-01

    We introduce a decision scheme for optimally choosing a classifier, which segments the cosmic web into different structure types (voids, sheets, filaments, and clusters). Our framework, based on information theory, accounts for the design aims of different classes of possible applications: (i) parameter inference, (ii) model selection, and (iii) prediction of new observations. As an illustration, we use cosmographic maps of web-types in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to assess the relative performance of the classifiers T-WEB, DIVA and ORIGAMI for: (i) analyzing the morphology of the cosmic web, (ii) discriminating dark energy models, and (iii) predicting galaxy colors. Our study substantiates a data-supported connection between cosmic web analysis and information theory, and paves the path towards principled design of analysis procedures for the next generation of galaxy surveys. We have made the cosmic web maps, galaxy catalog, and analysis scripts used in this work publicly available.

  8. Comparing cosmic web classifiers using information theory

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    Leclercq, Florent; Jasche, Jens; Wandelt, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a decision scheme for optimally choosing a classifier, which segments the cosmic web into different structure types (voids, sheets, filaments, and clusters). Our framework, based on information theory, accounts for the design aims of different classes of possible applications: (i) parameter inference, (ii) model selection, and (iii) prediction of new observations. As an illustration, we use cosmographic maps of web-types in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to assess the relative performance of the classifiers T-web, DIVA and ORIGAMI for: (i) analyzing the morphology of the cosmic web, (ii) discriminating dark energy models, and (iii) predicting galaxy colors. Our study substantiates a data-supported connection between cosmic web analysis and information theory, and paves the path towards principled design of analysis procedures for the next generation of galaxy surveys. We have made the cosmic web maps, galaxy catalog, and analysis scripts used in this work publicly available.

  9. Comparing cosmic web classifiers using information theory

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    Leclercq, Florent; Lavaux, Guilhem; Jasche, Jens; Wandelt, Benjamin

    2016-01-01

    We introduce a decision scheme for optimally choosing a classifier, which segments the cosmic web into different structure types (voids, sheets, filaments, and clusters). Our framework, based on information theory, accounts for the design aims of different classes of possible applications: (i) parameter inference, (ii) model selection, and (iii) prediction of new observations. As an illustration, we use cosmographic maps of web-types in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to assess the relative perf...

  10. Comparing MMS Observations with Theory and Simulation

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    Moore, Thomas Earle; Burch, James L.; Torbert, Roy B.

    2016-04-01

    MMS completes its first year in orbit on 13 March 2016, and its science data set will by then be open to use by the entire research community, including theorists and simulators. We will briefly summarize observational highlights from the first year of MMS operations to illustrate the unprecedented accuracy and resolution of phenomena that have until now been inaccessible to observation, especially at electron scales. The goal of such observations has always been to test and refine our understanding of reconnection, as embodied in our theoretical and simulation models, with the goal of better predicting the morphology and dynamic evolution of reconnection as a driver of space weather. Toward that end, we summarize the MMS data products and suggest ways for the theory and modeling community to make contact with MMS observations and use them to test their models.

  11. Sustainability and Outreach: A Comparative Study of MFIs in South Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean

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    Sefa Kwami Awaworyi; Ana Marr

    2014-01-01

    Previous studies indicate that microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have different operational strategies to MFIs in South Asia (SA). Given the recent emphasis placed on the feasibility of MFIs to achieve the dual goals of outreach and sustainability concurrently, we examine and compare the relationship between sustainability and outreach of MFIs in LAC with MFIs in SA. Our results indicate that trade-offs exist between outreach and sustainability in both ...

  12. Comparing Multiple Discrepancies Theory to Affective Models of Subjective Wellbeing

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    Blore, Jed D.; Stokes, Mark A.; Mellor, David; Firth, Lucy; Cummins, Robert A.

    2011-01-01

    The Subjective Wellbeing (SWB) literature is replete with competing theories detailing the mechanisms underlying the construction and maintenance of SWB. The current study aimed to compare and contrast two of these approaches: multiple discrepancies theory (MDT) and an affective-cognitive theory of SWB. MDT posits SWB to be the result of perceived…

  13. Making central-local relations work:Comparing America and China environmental governance systems

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    Dan GUTTMAN; SONG Yaqin

    2007-01-01

    The challenge of making central requirements work at local levels is a common problem for environmental governance throughout the world.Countries can learn from one another's approaches,but must understand the local con text in which they are set.This paper compares the features of the China and US environmental governance systems that need be understood by those working between the systems.Key features include:(1) common values which shape the environmental governance choices in both countries,but which may have different practical meanings in each country;(2) America's common law-based environmental governance system,and China's civil law system,which involves plan(s)as well as law;(3) America's Federal central-local system,and China's unitary central local system.This paper concludes by suggesting areas in which further comparative understanding may be of value,including:(1) better under standing of the role of plan and law in China's governance system;(2) comparing the American Federal-state agreement system for implementation of environmental law with the China central-local system of target responsibility agreements for plan implementation;(3) improving understanding of nongovernmental resources needed to assure compliance with environmental laws and plans;(4) identifying institutions that can coordinate central-local and cross-border environmental governance.

  14. Borders and border representations: Comparative approximations among the United States and Latin America

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    Marcos Cueva Perus

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This article uses a comparative approach regarding frontier symbols and myths among the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. Although wars fought over frontiers have greatly diminished throughout the world, the conception of frontier still held by the United States is that of a nationalist myth which embodies a semi-religious faith in the free market and democracy. On the other hand, Latin American and Caribbean countries, whose frontiers are far more complex, have shown extraordinary stability for several decades. This paper points out the risks involved in the spread of United States´ notions of frontier which, in addition, go hand-in-hand with the problem of multicultural segmentation. Although Latin American and Caribbean frontiers may be stable, they are vulnerable to the infiltration of foreing frontier representations.

  15. Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe: Theory, Practice and Policy in Innovation and Innovation Systems [RECENSIONES

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    Martínez, M. E.

    2015-01-01

    Recensión de: ANDERSON, Mark; EDGAR, David; GRANT, Kevin; HALCRO, Keith; RODRÍGUEZ, Julio Mario y GUERA GENSKOWSKY, Lautaro (2014) Innovation Support in Latin America and Europe: Theory, Practice and Policy in Innovation and Innovation Systems Gower, Burlington

  16. Comparative phylogeography of Oryzomys couesi and Ototylomys phyllotis; historic and geographic implications for the Central America conformation

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    Tania Anaid Gutiérrez-García

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Central America is an ideal region for comparative phylogeographic studies because of its intricate geologic and biogeographic history, diversity of habitats and dynamic climatic and tectonic history. The aim of this work was to assess the phylogeography of two rodents codistributed throughout Central America, in order to identify if they show concordant genetic and phylogeographic patterns. The synopsis includes four parts: (1 an overview of the field of comparative phylogeography; (2 a detailed review that describes how genetic and geologic studies can be combined to elucidate general patterns of the biogeographic and evolutionary history of Central America; and a phylogeographic analysis of two species at both the (3 intraspecific and (4 comparative phylogeographic levels. The last incorporates specific ecological features and evaluates their influence on the species’ genetic patterns. Results showed a concordant genetic structure influenced by geographic distance for both rodents, but dissimilar dispersal patterns due to ecological features and life history. 

  17. Conceptualizations of Creativity: Comparing Theories and Models of Giftedness

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    Miller, Angie L.

    2012-01-01

    This article reviews seven different theories of giftedness that include creativity as a component, comparing and contrasting how each one conceptualizes creativity as a part of giftedness. The functions of creativity vary across the models, suggesting that while the field of gifted education often cites the importance of creativity, the…

  18. The Constant Comparative Analysis Method Outside of Grounded Theory

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    Fram, Sheila M.

    2013-01-01

    This commentary addresses the gap in the literature regarding discussion of the legitimate use of Constant Comparative Analysis Method (CCA) outside of Grounded Theory. The purpose is to show the strength of using CCA to maintain the emic perspective and how theoretical frameworks can maintain the etic perspective throughout the analysis. My…

  19. Theory, Period Styles, and Comparative Literature as Discipline

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    2000-01-01

    In his article, "Theory, Period Styles, and Comparative Literature as Discipline," Slobodan Sucur attempts to answer the following question: Can a rapprochement be brought about between various, often antagonistic, literary-theoretical views and the concept of comparative literature itself, which requires accord, consensus, agreement, etc., for it to function as a concrete body and discipline? Sucur attempts dealing with this question in three parts of the paper: First, he establishes a relat...

  20. Comparative Advantage: Theory, Empirical Measures And Case Studies

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    Tri WIDODO

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper consists of three main parts i.e. theory, analytical tool and case studies of comparative advantage. Firstly, we review the theory and various empirical measures of comparative advantage. We would argue that for the catching-up economies, like ASEAN countries, the meaning of “leading exported products” could be examined from the two points of view i.e. international competitiveness and country’s trade balance. Secondly, we combine two indexes of comparative advantage, i.e. Revealed Symmetric Comparative Advantage (RSCA index by Dalum et al. (1998 and Laursen (1998, and Trade Balance Index (TBI by Lafay (1992, which represent well the two points of view, to propose an analytical tool, namely “products mapping”. Thirdly, this analytical tool is applied to analyze exported products (defined as 3-digit SITC Revision 2 of the ASEAN countries. This paper concludes that in the cases of ASEAN countries, the higher the comparative advantage for a specific product, the higher the possibility of the country as a net-exporter becomes. This finding strongly supports the theory of comparative advantage.

  1. A Comparative Analysis of Primary and Extreme Characteristics of Dry or Wet Status between Asia and North America

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    HUA Lijuan; MA Zhuguo; ZHONG Linhao

    2011-01-01

    In this study, the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) was used to analyze the average and extreme dry/wet states of Asia and North America from 1953 to 2003. The results indicate that the two continents underwent drying trends during this period. Compared with North America, Asia showed more severe drought trends. However, more significant and regular seasonal variation for drought was found in North America. The driest regions in Asia were located in the northern region of China, Mongolia, and eastern mid-Siberian plateau. Most regions in central North America were relatively wetter than other regions.The northern and southwestern regions of North America, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific coastal areas,experienced the most drought during this period. A sharp increase of the drought area and the number of extreme drought events took place from 1997 to 2003 in both Asia and North America. Severe drought events were more likely to occur during the summer on both continents. Asia had the most extreme drought events during July, but North America reached its highest drought frequency from June to September. In Asia, a persistent increasing trend of extreme drought emerged throughout the studied period. However,a more complex evolution of drought emerged in North America: a decreasing trend appeared before the mid-1960s and an increasing trend appeared after the late 1970s. A relatively steady dry/wet status was observed between the mid-1960s and the late 1970s. The role of exceptional, extreme drought events with respect to the La Nifia event was considered during 1997-2003.

  2. Health care privatization in Latin America: comparing divergent privatization approaches in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.

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    Bustamante, Arturo Vargas; Méndez, Claudio A

    2014-08-01

    The public-private mix in Chile, Colombia, and Mexico was very similar until the early 1980s when Chile undertook health care privatization as part of comprehensive health care reform. Since then, health care privatization policies have diverged in these countries. In this study we characterize health care privatization in Latin America and identify the main factors that promoted and hindered privatization by comparing the experiences of these countries. We argue that policy elites took advantage of specific policy environments and the diffusion of privatization policies to promote health care privatization while political mobilization against privatization, competing policy priorities, weak market and government institutions, and efforts to reach universal health insurance hindered privatization. The privatization approaches of Chile and Colombia were classified as "big-bang," since these countries implemented health care privatization more rapidly and with a wider scope compared with the case of Mexico, which was classified as gradualist, since the privatization path followed by this country adopted a slower pace and became more limited and focalized over time. We conclude that the emphasis on policy-driven privatization diminished in the 1990s and 2000s because of increased public health care financing and a shift in health care reform priorities. Health care privatization in the region, however, continued as a consequence of demand-driven privatization.

  3. Forced genital cutting in North America: feminist theory and nursing considerations.

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    Antinuk, Kira

    2013-09-01

    This article will examine forced nontherapeutic genital cutting (FNGC) through the lens of feminist theory and in relation to the concept of social justice in nursing. I will address the underlying assumptions of feminism and how they apply to the two currently legal forms of FNGC in North America: male infant circumcision and intersex infant/child genital cutting. Through a literature review and critical analysis of these practices, I will illustrate the challenges they present when considering the role of nurses in promoting social justice. If feminism asserts that bodily integrity, autonomy, and fundamental human rights are essential components of gender equality, it follows that these must be afforded to all genders without discrimination. Historically, there have been few feminists who have made this connection, yet a growing and diverse movement of people is challenging the frameworks in which we consider genital cutting in our society. Nurses are positioned well to be at the forefront of this cause and have a clear ethical duty to advocate for the elimination of all forms of FNGC.

  4. Forced genital cutting in North America: feminist theory and nursing considerations.

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    Antinuk, Kira

    2013-09-01

    This article will examine forced nontherapeutic genital cutting (FNGC) through the lens of feminist theory and in relation to the concept of social justice in nursing. I will address the underlying assumptions of feminism and how they apply to the two currently legal forms of FNGC in North America: male infant circumcision and intersex infant/child genital cutting. Through a literature review and critical analysis of these practices, I will illustrate the challenges they present when considering the role of nurses in promoting social justice. If feminism asserts that bodily integrity, autonomy, and fundamental human rights are essential components of gender equality, it follows that these must be afforded to all genders without discrimination. Historically, there have been few feminists who have made this connection, yet a growing and diverse movement of people is challenging the frameworks in which we consider genital cutting in our society. Nurses are positioned well to be at the forefront of this cause and have a clear ethical duty to advocate for the elimination of all forms of FNGC. PMID:24030105

  5. Forest carbon uptake in North America's aging temperate deciduous forests: A data-theory-model mismatch?

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    Gough, C. M.; Curtis, P.; Bond-Lamberty, B. P.; Hardiman, B. S.; Scheuermann, C. M.; Nave, L. E.; Nadelhoffer, K. J.

    2015-12-01

    Century-old temperate deciduous forests in the US upper Midwest and Northeast power much of North America's terrestrial carbon sink, but these forests' carbon uptake capacity is expected to soon decline. But will this really happen? We marshal empirical data and ecological theory to show that declines in carbon uptake are not imminent in regrown temperate deciduous forests during coming decades, despite long-held assumptions and modeling results that predict declining carbon uptake during middle stages of ecosystem development. Age and production data for temperate deciduous forests, synthesized from published literature, do not provide evidence for declining net primary and ecosystem production (NPP and NEP, respectively) within the age-range most regional forests will occupy over the next half-century. Ecological theory suggests a mechanism for sustained carbon uptake in the region's aging forests in which high-frequency, low-severity disturbances maintain NPP and NEP by increasing ecosystem complexity. This theoretical model is supported by observations from the Forest Accelerated Succession Experiment in Michigan, USA, but such mechanisms sustaining production in old forests are not broadly represented in ecosystem models. Ecosystems experiencing low-frequency, high-severity disturbances that simplify ecosystem complexity do exhibit declining production during middle stages of succession, but we suggest that such scenarios have exerted a disproportionate influence on prevailing modeling and ecological assumptions regarding age-related declines in forest production. We conclude that there is wide ecological space for forests to sustain high rates of carbon uptake during middle stages of ecosystem development, and that advancing mechanistic understanding of long-term forest carbon cycle dynamics is essential to modeling the continent's future carbon sink strength.

  6. Cannabis policy reforms in the Americas: a comparative analysis of Colorado, Washington, and Uruguay.

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    Pardo, Bryce

    2014-07-01

    Legal reforms in the Americas are influencing the public debate on cannabis policy. Uruguay and the two US states of Colorado and Washington have taken steps to regulate and legitimize the production, distribution, and use of cannabis and its derivatives. Earlier experiences with medical cannabis in the United States and limited access and production models in Europe have been insightful. However, these reforms are going further still, venturing into a new area of cannabis policy. A lack of empirical evidence regarding the effects of such reforms poses a challenge for policymakers. These examples will inform the design and implementation of any future cannabis policies. Therefore, a clear understanding of the details of each jurisdiction is necessary in developing future legal changes. Literature comparing the models of Uruguay, Colorado, and Washington is thin. This paper is based on an exhaustive examination of the laws, regulations, and discussions with regulators and functionaries of each jurisdiction. The research and analysis herein will provide policymakers with a greater understanding of the laws and regulations relevant to legal cannabis in these three jurisdictions, as well as draw to their attention some potential impacts and challenges of cannabis reform that require additional consideration to ensure public safety and health.

  7. Fiscal policy and private investment: latin america in a comparative perspective

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    Emilio Caballero U.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The main objective of the paper is to assess the impact of fiscal variables on private investment comparing some Latin-American economies to other advanced ones. For such purposes, the authors carry out an econometric analysis for the period 1990-2008. They make use of two dynamic panel models in which they group countries with similar characteristics and development levels. In one of them, they include Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay; whereas in the second one the countries accounted for are the U.S., Canada, Spain, Korea, Ireland and Japan. They specify in both models an investment function using as arguments a wide range of variables, including those related with fiscal policy. From their results the authors infer that governments can, with higher spending, boost up the economy even when they finance spending with higher taxes. In Latin America, where income concentration is enormous, a proposal to boost up the economy through higher government expenditure financed with a progressive income tax, is even more justified.

  8. Comparing the Pecking Order Theory and the Trade-off Theory: Some UK Evidence

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    Luo,Man

    2011-01-01

    This dissertation compares the pecking order theory and the trade-off theory by utilizing UK 47 companies from the FTSE 100 during the period of 2000 and 2009. Evidences observed show that the trade-off theory has more power of explaining the UK capital structure, and the partial adjustment model confirms that many companies tend to main an optimal target leverage and converge to the target quickly. On the other hand, when using the financial deficit model to investigate the pecking order the...

  9. 美国的利益集团政治理论综述%THEORY OF INTEREST GROUP POLITICS IN AMERICA

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    谭融

    2001-01-01

    The theory of interest group politics is an important part of the theory of political science. This thesis has introduced, analysed and compared the theories of the interest groups politics in America systematically. They are the theories in the early period of the United States, the ones in the first half of the 20th century, pluralism theory, elitism theory, interest representative theory and so on.%较为系统地介绍了美国的利益集团政治理论,包括早期的利益集团政治理论,20世纪上半叶的利益集团政治理论,多元主义集团政治理论,精英主义集团政治理论以及利益代表制理论等。并对不同时期和不同派别的理论观点进行了比较和评析。

  10. Neurocysticercosos in South-Central America and the Indian Subcontinent: a comparative evaluation

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    Gagandeep Singh

    1997-09-01

    Full Text Available Neurocysticercosis is an important public health problem in South-Central America and South Asia. A review of the differences in epidemiological and clinical attributes of cysticercosis and taeniasis in South Central America and India, respectively, is undertaken in the present communication. Intestinal taeniasis is hyperendemic in several American countries. In comparison, the prevalence of Taenia solium infestation is lower in India. The clinical manifestations in several American neurocysticercosis series comprise epilepsy, intracranial hypertension and meningeal - racemose cysticercosis, in roughly equal proportions. An overwhelming majority of the Indian subjects present with seizures. The commonest pathological substrate of the disorder in Indian patients is the solitary parenchymal degenerating cyst. The reasons for the predominance of solitary forms in India, and of multilesional forms in South Central America are discussed. The magnitude of Taenia solium infestation and the frequency of pork consumption in a given population appear to influence the quantum of cyst load in affected individuals.

  11. Tendencies toward the Adult Educator Profession in Latin America: An Exploratory, Comparative, and Participatory Study.

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    Goerne, Juan Jose Madrigal

    To obtain information on adult educator education in Latin America, two approaches were used: (1) data collected via e-mail or through the website of the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional de Mexico and (2) interviews with directors, coordinators, teaching staff, and students in six teacher education programs in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and…

  12. Comparative climatological study of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances over North America and China in 2011-2012

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    Ding, Feng; Wan, Weixing; Li, Qiang; Zhang, Rui; Song, Qian; Ning, Baiqi; Liu, Libo; Zhao, Biqiang; Xiong, Bo

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes a comparative study of the climatology of large-scale traveling ionospheric disturbances (LSTIDs) over North America and China based on observations obtained in 2011-2012 using two GPS networks characterized by dense regional coverage. We identified a total of 390 LSTIDs in China and 363 events in North America. These can be categorized into three types, namely south, north, and westward propagating LSTIDs. The southward LSTIDs over North America show similar diurnal and seasonal variations to those of geomagnetic disturbances, but the southward LSTIDs over China do not show such variations. The occurrence of southward LSTIDs over China increases at ~1-2 h after the time of geomagnetic activity maximum; this increase lasts several hours until the geomagnetic minimum, which happens during the local evening. The southward LSTIDs over North America show a semiannual variation with two peaks in March and October, while the southward LSTIDs over China show a major peak in January. Northward LSTIDs occur much less frequently than their southward counterparts, and they are mainly observed in China. They mostly occur during geomagnetic activity maximum, indicating a possible relation with the degree of geomagnetic activity. Westward LSTIDs are seen in both regions during local sunrise and may be excited by the moving solar terminator. No relationship was found between these latter LSTIDs and the geomagnetic disturbances. The propagation direction of westward events changed from northwestward during winter solstice to southwestward at summer solstice. This is consistent with the seasonal orientation of the solar terminator.

  13. A comparative study of Taiwan's short-term medical missions to the South Pacific and Central America

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    Chiu Ya-Wen

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Taiwan has been dispatching an increasing number of short-term medical missions (STMMs to its allied nations to provide humanitarian health care; however, overall evaluations to help policy makers strengthen the impact of such missions are lacking. Our primary objective is to identify useful strategies by comparing STMMs to the South Pacific and Central America. Methods The data for the evaluation come from two main sources: the official reports of 46 missions to 11 countries in Central America and 25 missions to 8 countries in the South Pacific, and questionnaires completed by health professionals who had participated in the above missions. In Central America, STMMs were staffed by volunteer health professionals from multiple institutions. In the South Pacific, STMMs were staffed by volunteer health professionals from single institutions. Results In comparison to STMMs to Central America, STMMs to the South Pacific accomplished more educational training for local health providers, including providing heath-care knowledge and skills (p Conclusions Health-care services provided by personnel from multiple institutions are as efficient as those from single institutions. Proficiency in the native language and provision of education for local health-care workers are essential for conducting a successful STMM. Our data provide implications for integrating evidence into the deployment of STMMs.

  14. Historical atmospheric mercury emissions and depositions in North America compared to mercury accumulations in sedimentary records

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    Pirrone, Nicola; Allegrini, Ivo; Keeler, Gerald J.; Nriagu, Jerome O.; Rossmann, Ronald; Robbins, John A.

    Gold and silver production in North America (included United States, Canada and Mexico) released a large amount of mercury to the atmosphere until well into this century when mercury (Hg) amalgamation was replaced by cyanide concentration. Since then, emissions from industries have been the dominant anthropogenic sources of atmospheric Hg in North America as a whole. Past Hg emissions from gold and silver extractions in North America during the 1800s do not show a clear evidence of atmospheric deposition occurred at the coring sites considered in this study. Estimated atmospheric emissions of Hg in North America peaked in 1879 (at about 1708 t yr -1) and 1920 (at about 940 t yr -1), primarily due to Hg emissions from gold and silver mining. After the Great Economic Depression (1929) Hg emissions peaked again in the 1947 (274 t yr -1), in 1970 (325 t yr -1) and in 1989 (330 t yr -1) as result of increased Hg emissions from industrial sources, though improvements in the emissions control technology in United States and Canada have been substantial. Estimates of total atmospheric deposition fluxes of Hg to water and terrestrial receptors were in the range of 14.3-19.8 μg m -2 yr -1 in North America as a whole, and averaged 135 μg m -2 yr -1 (global background + local emissions) in the Great Lakes. These values were in good agreement with recent estimates reported in literature. The comparison of atmospheric Hg deposition fluxes with Hg accumulation rates in sediment cores suggests that atmospheric deposition was the major source of Hg entering the lakes system at coring sites, however, important contributions to Lake Ontario sediment cores sites from 1940 to 1970 were likely originated from local point sources (i.e. direct discharges).

  15. Construction and harmonious development of urban-rural comparing financial systems based on comparative advantages theory

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    2008-01-01

    There exist differences between urban-rural financial systems. Generally, the development of urban financial industry has absolute advantages compared with rural financial industry. According to the Matthew Effect, the financial resources will flow into cities for higher benefit, so rural areas are unable to obtain absolute advantages. However, relative advantage theory of the comparative advantage theory provides an important way to observe respective advantage of both city and country. Therefore, there are comparative advantages for the development of financial industry in both urban and rural areas, The respective comparative advantages of urban-rural financial systems will supply greater efficiency than that in current dual pattern condition. Closely connected with China's financial development and reform and the fact of the recreation of urban-rural financial system, this paper tries to explain the comparative advantage of the urban-rural financial systems. The analysis of the comparative advantage between urban and rural finance is the clue for the boundary between urban-rural financial systems. This paper analyzes the current situation of urban.-rural financial system. Then it proposes some views and suggestions on how to develop and maintain these two systems as well as how to promote their coordinative development.

  16. Comparative resource allocations to human resource development in Asia, Europe, and Latin America

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    Knight, P. T.; Wasty, S. S.

    1991-01-01

    This study compiles statistics for selected Latin American countries and two reference groupsof countries in East Asia and northern and southern Europe. The authors emphasize the need to increase attention to and expenditure on education and health systems in many developing countries, especially in Latin America, to improve the coverage and quality of the services they provide. This paper notes that wider access to secondary education and greater emphasis on the quality of higher education t...

  17. A Comparative Analysis of the Introduction of Travel Company In China and South America

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    彭红

    2013-01-01

      The introduction of Travel Company is a mirror which can display the culture of Travel Company and it is crucial when travelers make a choice. In order to make a better understanding of different introductions under different cultures, an analysis has been made between the introductions of two travel companies in China and South America respectively from the perspective of systemic-functional grammar(SFG).

  18. A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE PRICIPLE OF CELERITY IN ROMANIA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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    Steven BECKER

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This study deals with one of the most important fundamental rules of criminal trial, both in the United States of America and in Romania, namely the right of the person accused of committing a crime to have a trial within a reasonable time. As regards the legal system of the United States of America, the author approached the issue from the perspective of the Constitution of the United States of America, respectively reviewing the legislative system of the State of Illinois. The presentation of the case law in this field had an important role in this review. As regards the legal system of Romania, the efforts to amend the legislation in order to ensure a reasonable time for carrying out the criminal proceedings are obvious even if sometimes, in this way, the applicability of other fundamental principles, such as the principle of finding out the truth, is restricted. The differences existing between the two penal legal systems are also obvious, after reading this study.

  19. Modernization Theory Revisited: Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

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    Fernando López-Alves

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    Full Text Available Normal 0 21 false false false ES-CO X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Theories of modernization, globalization, and dependency have assigned a clear role to Latin America: the region has been seen as dependent, exploited, and institutionally weak. In these theories, modernization and globalization are seen as forces generated elsewhere; the region, in these views, has merely tried to “adjust” and “respond” to these external influences. At best, it has imitated some of the political institutions of the core countries and, most of the times, unsuccessfully. While there is very good empirical evidence that supports these views, the essay argues that these theories need some correction. Latin America has been an innovator and a modernizer in its own right, especially in its cutting-edge design of the nation-state and in its modern conceptualization of the national community. Thus, the essay suggests that the region has not merely “adjusted” to modernization and globalization. Rather, the paper makes a case for a reinterpretation of the region’s role as a modernizer and an important contributor to the consolidation of the modern West.

  20. Comparative Study of Basins within Palaeogene Seaway in East China and Cretaceous Seaway in North America and Its Reservoir Significance

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    Wu Xiantao

    2007-01-01

    The well known Cretaceous seaway in North America was recognized in the middle of the last century and the Palaeogene seaway in East China was proposed by the author recently. The two seaways located on the opposite sides of North Pacific Ocean may be not a coincidence,and a comparative study was made in this paper. The results show that the two seaways inundated basins share several similarities particularly in basin origin,filling processes and reservoir facies. It is suggested that reservoir facies of estuarine sandstone and shelf bar sandstone related to sea level fluctuation,which are well developed in the Cretaceous seaway covered basins in North America might have been also developed here in Palaeogene seaway inundated basins in East China. Therefore it is worth paying more attention to finding these new reservoir facies on this side of the Pacific ocean. Evidences of sedimentology and ichnology indicate that good prospects are likely.

  1. Control and Regulation of Private Security Providers in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Comparative Analysis

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    Francesca Caonero

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available States and different international players have drafted legal frameworks to adequately regulate the phenomenon of privatization of security. Among these initiatives is the Project for a Possible Convention on Private Military and Security Companies, prepared with guidance from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The objective of this proposed convention is to provide a universal framework to regulate these companies.The United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC has studied this Proposed Convention and contrasted it with existing national regulations. The objective of this study is to identify whether and how States already comply with some of the provisions contained in this proposal.Based on the study of national private security law, UNLIREC has contrasted it with the Convention Proposal identifying the different items in this document that are referred to in the different national regulations from various countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.As a result of this legal contrast, it can be observed that laws in some States in the region include significant legal aspects put forth in the Proposed Convention, such as licenses, registry and training. Other States go beyond that, stipulating specific regulations that can be noted. Others, on the contrary, lack any provisions regarding control and regulation of private security providers.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5377/rpsp.v1i1.1392

  2. Competition Between Sports Leagues: Theory and Evidence on Rival League Formation in North America

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    Che, X.; Humphreys, B. R.

    2012-01-01

    We analyze the formation of rival leagues and deterrence by incumbent leagues in professional team sports, which is one of the least studied forms of competition in sports. We first survey the economic history of professional sport leagues in North America and develop stylized facts about rival league formation. We then develop a game-theoretical model to explain some of these interesting stylized facts, showing that if the bargaining power of the incumbent league is sufficiently small—i.e., ...

  3. CONTEMPORARY NATIONAL IDENTITIES COMPARED: THE CASES OF LATIN AMERICA AND EUROPE

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    Carlos Escudé

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Cuando cayó Roma, su imperio se segmentó en muchos sentidos, incluido el lingüístico. En las regiones romanizadas el latín vulgar evolucionó de manera diferente en cada poblado. En las regiones menos romanizadas renacieron las lenguas indígenas. Esto cambió con la introducción de la imprenta de caracteres móviles. Comenzó entonces un proceso inverso de amalgama de dialectos, que hizo posible el surgimiento de proto-nacionalidades lingüísticas. En cambio, cuando cayeron los imperios ibéricos la imprenta ya estaba establecida, de modo que en Iberoamérica no se generó una segmentación lingüística. Esta diferencia engendró una importante distancia cultural entre ambas regiones.Palabras clave: Identidad nacional, América latina, Europa, Argentina, Inmigración._________________________When Rome fell, its empire was segmented in many ways. In the Romanized regions, Vulgar Latin evolved differently in every town. In less Romanized regions, indigenous tongues were reborn. This process was reverted with the introduction of the printing press, which paved the way to an amalgam of dialects, leading to the emergence of linguistic proto nationalities. Contrariwise, when the Iberian empires fell, the printing press was already established. Consequently, in Iberian America there was no linguistic segmentation. This fundamental difference engendered a crucial civilizational distance.Keywords: National identity, Latin America, Europe, Argentina, Immigration.

  4. The kelp highway hypothesis: marine ecology, the coastal migration theory, and the peopling of the Americas

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    Erlandson, Jon M.; Graham, Michael H.; Bourque, Bruce J.; Corbett, Debra; Estes, James A.; Steneck, Robert S.

    2007-01-01

    In this article, a collaborative effort between archaeologists and marine ecologists, we discuss the role kelp forest ecosystems may have played in facilitating the movement of maritime peoples from Asia to the Americas near the end of the Pleistocene. Growing in cool nearshore waters along rocky coastlines, kelp forests offer some of the most productive habitats on earth, with high primary productivity, magnified secondary productivity, and three-dimensional habitat supporting a diverse array of marine organisms. Today, extensive kelp forests are found around the North Pacific from Japan to Baja California. After a break in the tropicswhere nearshore mangrove forests and coral reefs are highly productivekelp forests are also found along the Andean Coast of South America. These Pacific Rim kelp forests support or shelter a wealth of shellfish, fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and seaweeds, resources heavily used historically by coastal peoples. By about 16,000 years ago, the North Pacific Coast offered a linear migration route, essentially unobstructed and entirely at sea level, from northeast Asia into the Americas. Recent reconstructions suggest that rising sea levels early in the postglacial created a highly convoluted and island-rich coast along Beringia's southern shore, conditions highly favorable to maritime hunter-gatherers. Along with the terrestrial resources available in adjacent landscapes, kelp forests and other nearshore habitats sheltered similar suites of food resources that required minimal adaptive adjustments for migrating coastal peoples. With reduced wave energy, holdfasts for boats, and productive fishing, these linear kelp forest ecosystems may have provided a kind of kelp highway for early maritime peoples colonizing the New World.

  5. The filmic emotion. A comparative analysis of film theories

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    Imanol Zumalde-Arregi, Ph.D.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This article tries to explain the origins of the filmic emotion. Due to the lack of a widely agreed idea about the way film texts play with the emotional world of the empirical spectator, this work outlines the diverse arguments and approaches through which film theory has tried to explain the catalogue of emotions that a film can provoke in the spectator. This review reveals a conflict between the theories oriented to the spectator and context, and the theories focused on the text. There are, in fact, two approaches to evaluate the emotional effects provoked by films: the cultural studies approach, which is based on pragmatics and gender oriented theories, and focuses on the social and subjective conditions through which cinema is experienced, and the approach of structural semiotics and cognitive theory, which focuses on the way a film text tries to direct the spectator’s emotional experience. In the middle of these two approaches, the psychoanalytical theory conceives the filmic experience as a simulation of daily life.

  6. Willingness to Share Knowledge Compared with Selected Social Psychology Theories

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    Ewa Krok

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Knowledge is one of the key determinants in the growth and competitiveness of modern enterprises. Hence, it is essential to analyse the factors that induce employees to exchange knowledge. The problem of sharing an intangible asset — in this case, the knowledge of individuals — can be viewed from many perspectives: psychological, economic, organisational, sociological and technological. The aim of this article is to explore selected social psychology theories and to analyse the incentives for people to share knowledge. The article attempts to interpret the willingness to share knowledge through the Social Exchange Theory, the Social Impact Theory, the Theory of Reasoned Action and the Theory of Planned Behaviour. This analysis leads to the following conclusions: •we share our knowledge and expect a return; •we share our knowledge when we believe that the benefits of this action outweigh the costs; •we are pushed to share knowledge by the power of empathy; •workers’ willingness to share knowledge is influenced by three social processes: subordination, identification and internalisation; •the decision to share knowledge is preceded by an intention formed under the influence of an individual attitude towards that behaviour, subjective norms and perceived behavioural control; and •the decision to share knowledge is also influenced by additional components, including the knowledge and skills to implement this behaviour, environmental limitations, behavioural emphasis and habits.

  7. A Comparative Study of Body Language in Classroom Teaching between China and America

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    张继贤

    2008-01-01

    Many researches show that the relationship between teachers and students cell be improved if teachers make effective age of body language to communicate.Besides,students'cognitive ability and efficiency in learning will be promoted.Studies on body language are beneficial not only to our linguistic theory hut also to our classroom teaching and learning.And the Successful teaching is such teaching which not only pays attention to verbal communication but also not overlooks communicative function of body language.

  8. General Theory versus ENA Theory: Comparing Their Predictive Accuracy and Scope.

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    Ellis, Lee; Hoskin, Anthony; Hartley, Richard; Walsh, Anthony; Widmayer, Alan; Ratnasingam, Malini

    2015-12-01

    General theory attributes criminal behavior primarily to low self-control, whereas evolutionary neuroandrogenic (ENA) theory envisions criminality as being a crude form of status-striving promoted by high brain exposure to androgens. General theory predicts that self-control will be negatively correlated with risk-taking, while ENA theory implies that these two variables should actually be positively correlated. According to ENA theory, traits such as pain tolerance and muscularity will be positively associated with risk-taking and criminality while general theory makes no predictions concerning these relationships. Data from Malaysia and the United States are used to test 10 hypotheses derived from one or both of these theories. As predicted by both theories, risk-taking was positively correlated with criminality in both countries. However, contrary to general theory and consistent with ENA theory, the correlation between self-control and risk-taking was positive in both countries. General theory's prediction of an inverse correlation between low self-control and criminality was largely supported by the U.S. data but only weakly supported by the Malaysian data. ENA theory's predictions of positive correlations between pain tolerance, muscularity, and offending were largely confirmed. For the 10 hypotheses tested, ENA theory surpassed general theory in predictive scope and accuracy.

  9. Comparative Study on Moral Education Conducted in China and America%中美德育之比较研究

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    柏学芬

    2013-01-01

    Moral education refers to the education on ideology, politics and morality. In any society, moral education is critical. Both China and America place moral education at the top of school education as well as social development. It is necessary for us to compare the following elements such as aim, content, and approach of moral education conducted in China and America, so as to get some instructions to guide our moral education.%德育教育是指对受教育者进行思想政治和道德品质的教育。在任何社会中,德育都是至关重要的,中美两国也始终把德育放在学校教育和促进社会发展的首要位置。对中美两国德育的教育目标、教育内容、教育途径等的异同之处进行比较分析,并从中得到一些启示,对于指导我们的德育工作,是十分必要的。

  10. Between Faith and Science: World Culture Theory and Comparative Education

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    Carney, Stephen; Rappleye, Jeremy; Silova, Iveta

    2012-01-01

    World culture theory seeks to explain an apparent convergence of education through a neoinstitutionalist lens, seeing global rationalization in education as driven by the logic of science and the myth of progress. While critics have challenged these assumptions by focusing on local manifestations of world-level tendencies, such critique is…

  11. Comparing theories: the dynamics of changing vocabulary. A case-study in relativity theory

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    Andréka, H

    2013-01-01

    There are several first-order logic (FOL) axiomatizations of special relativity theory in the literature, all looking essentially different but claiming to axiomatize the same physical theory. In this paper, we elaborate a comparison, in the framework of mathematical logic, between these FOL theories for special relativity. For this comparison, we use a version of mathematical definability theory in which new entities can also be defined besides new relations over already available entities. In particular, we build an interpretation of the reference-frame oriented theory SpecRel into the observationally oriented Signalling theory of James Ax. This interpretation provides SpecRel with an operational/experimental semantics. Then we make precise, "quantitative" comparisons between these two theories via using the notion of definitional equivalence. This is an application of logic to the philosophy of science and physics in the spirit of Johan van Benthem's work.

  12. A comparative Study of Cultural Differences in business Communication between China and America

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    张桂玲

    2011-01-01

    This thesis reveals deep cultural differences between Chinese and Americans,through a thorough comparative analysis of the respective sources:collectivism of Chinese and individualism of Americans.Besides,it suggests many practical guidelines and information on how to conduct negotiations with Americans,to avoid cultural conflicts and to get a win-win result in the economic globalization.

  13. A Brief Comparative Study of the Translation Theories by Nida and New-mark

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    李奕

    2016-01-01

    Nida and Newmark are the two of the most distinguished contemporary translation theorist in the west. A brief compar-ative study was made on their translation theories by giving a general survey of their life, then a brief introduction of their theo-ries and comparing the differences.

  14. Comparative biomonitors of coastal trace metal contamination in tropical South America (N. Brazil).

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    e Silva, Carlos Augusto R; Smith, Brian D; Rainbow, Philip S

    2006-05-01

    Samples of 5 bivalve molluscs (Crassostrea rhizophorae, Mytella charruana, Anomalocardia brasiliana, Anadara ovalis, Phacoides pectinata), 2 barnacles (Fistulobalanus citerosum, Balanus amphitrite) and leaves of the mangrove tree Rhizophora mangle were collected from up to 11 sites in two estuaries in Natal, Brazil--the comparatively contaminated Potengi estuary and the comparatively uncontaminated Curimataú estuary. Specimens were analysed for the trace metals Zn, Cu, Cd, Fe, Mn and Ni, and a comparative assessment made of the power of the different species as trace metal biomonitors. Four of the 5 bivalves (not P. pectinata) take up metals from solution and suspended material (food source), while P. pectinata as a lucinid with symbiotic chemosynthetic bacteria takes up metals from dissolved sources only. The organisms with the strongest net accumulation of particular metals showed the greatest discrimination between trace metal bioavailabilities between sites. Barnacles (F. citerosum) showed the best discrimination, but oysters (C. rhizophorae) are particularly recommended as biomonitors given their strong accumulation patterns for many trace metals, their large size and their local abundance. PMID:16574213

  15. Identity of Comparative Psychology: Its Status and Advances in Evolutionary Theory and Genetics

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    Tobach, Ethel

    2006-01-01

    Recent developments in theories in evolution, development and comparative psychology indicate that a redefinition of comparative psychology may be useful. A brief review of the marginalization of the scientific and academic identity of comparative psychology indicates the need to integrate contemporary thinking in evolutionary biology, genomics and developmental theory. Schneirla’s concept of integrative levels, punctuated equilibrium and exaptation theory elaborated by Eldredge, Gould, and V...

  16. Social donation and university development: a comparative analysis between China's and America's endowment for public education

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    Luo Gong-li; Yang Xuan-liang; Li Huai-zu

    2006-01-01

    Social donation is a means for individuals,government organizations,and non-government organizations (NGOs) to provide public products and services for society.Seeking social donation is vital in the improvement of the university.This paper probes into the relationship between social donation and university development by comparing social donation levels and practices in China with those in the U.S.The main reasons why social donations in Chinese universities are relatively low are as follows:(1) independent NGOs have not been formed;(2) the system and mechanism of social donation are not perfect,and (3) many restricting factors of social culture still exist in China.

  17. Gender and causal concepts: Implications for comparative theory building

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    Mazur, A.G.; Spierings, C.H.B.M.

    2016-01-01

    Clear conceptualization should be at the core of every comparative study. Gender scholars have a long history of challenging the public/private divide in conventional notions of the political and laying bare the gendered or androcentric character of established concepts such as welfare states (Sains

  18. Comparing Predictions and Outcomes : Theory and Application to Income Changes

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    Das, J.W.M.; Dominitz, J.; van Soest, A.H.O.

    1997-01-01

    Household surveys often elicit respondents' intentions or predictions of future outcomes. The survey questions may ask respondents to choose among a selection of (ordered) response categories. If panel data or repeated cross-sections are available, predictions may be compared with realized outcomes.

  19. Metal catalyzed ethylene epoxidation: A comparative density functional theory study

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    Ruipeng Ren; Yongkang Lü; Xianyong Pang; Guichang Wang

    2011-01-01

    Ethylene epoxidation on Ag(111), Pt(111), Rh(111) and Mo(100) has been studied by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The results show that the adsorption energies of possible adsorbed species involved in the ethylene epoxidation increase in the order: Ag<Pt<Rh<Mo, and the activation energies of the formation of epoxide (EtO) and acetaldehyde (Ac) follow the same order. Moreover, it is found that the smallest difference in the activation energies between EtO formation and Ac formation is shown on Ag. These results indicate that the metallic Ag shows the highest between activity and selectivity for ethylene epoxidation among the studied metal surfaces. Perhaps, the stability of OMME intermediate is the crucial factor in controlling the activity and selectivity. And the stronger the binding of OMME, the lower the activity and selectivity are. In addition, the relationships between the reaction enthalpy and activation energy on these four metal surfaces are investigated,and it is found that such a correlation is only applied for OMME(a) → EtO(a) and OMME(a) → Ac(a), while invalid for the case of C2H4(a) +O(a) → OMME(a).

  20. Amorphous thin film growth: theory compared with experiment

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    Raible, M.; Mayr, S. G.; Linz, S. J.; Moske, M.; Hänggi, P.; Samwer, K.

    1999-01-01

    Experimental results on amorphous ZrAlCu thin film growth and the dynamics of the surface morphology as predicted from a minimal nonlinear stochastic deposition equation are analysed and compared. Key points of this study are (i) an estimation procedure for coefficients entering into the growth equation and (ii) a detailed analysis and interpretation of the time evolution of the correlation length and the surface roughness. The results corroborate the usefulness of the deposition equation as ...

  1. Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: A New Paradigm for Theory and Practice

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    Alex Latta and Hannah Wittman

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available As a reflection of the ecological pressures associated with rapid modernization and globalization, the environment has become an enduring theme of public debate and protest in Latin America. Over the past decade, scholars have made increasing connections between such debate and a range of questions related to citizenship. Meanwhile, a discourse of ‘environmental citizenship’ has a growing prevalence in policy across the region. While these developments echo similar political and academic trends in the Global North, the Latin American context demands a unique set of theoretical and methodological approaches to studying the intersection of ecology and citizenship, sensitive to the specific historical, cultural, and ecological character of the region. We outline a research agenda spanning questions of land, identity and citizenship; environmental justice and de-colonization; social subjectivity and the state; urban natures and citizens; and the materiality/subjectivity of nature. This array of approaches points to a more acute conceptualization of citizenship, both in terms of its understanding of politics and its treatment of ecology; it also offers a point of view that recognizes citizens and natures as dynamic realities, which mutually condition each other in a sphere of ongoing contest.   Resumen: Medio ambiente y ciudadanía en América Latina: un nuevo paradigma para la teoría y práctica Como reflexión de los impactos ecológicos asociados con la modernización rápida y la globalización, el medio ambiente se ha transformado en un tema de debate y protesta constante en Latinoamérica. Durante la última década, un número creciente de académicos ha observado conexiones entre tal debate y una gama de asuntos relacionados con la ciudadanía. Al mismo tiempo, un discurso de ‘ciudadanía ambiental’ ha alcanzado una prevalencia notable en las políticas públicas de la región. Aunque estos acontecimientos reflejan de una tendencia

  2. Representing the intersection in France and America: theories of intersectionality meet social science

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    A. Jaunait; S. Chauvin

    2012-01-01

    Forged in the United States in the 1980s, the notion of intersectionality sought to provide an umbrella term for the strategic and identity dilemmas faced by categories of persons suffering from combined forms of domination. This article retraces the comparative genealogy of the notion in the United

  3. Internationalization of Higher Education in the United States of America and Europe: A Historical, Comparative, and Conceptual Analysis. Greenwood Studies in Higher Education.

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    de Wit, Hans

    This book provides a critical tour of the internationalization of higher education, which has become an important issue in the development of higher education. Part 1, "The Historical Development of the Internationalization of Higher Education: A Comparative Study of the United States of America and Europe," contains: (1) "The Historical Context…

  4. The economic geography of human capital in Twentieth-century Latin America in an international comparative perspective

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    Camps, Enriqueta; Engerman, Stanley

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present results for educational achievement in the different economic regions of Latin America (Big countries: Mexico and Brazil; Southern Cone; Andean countries; Central America; and others) during the twentieth century. The variables we use to measure education are average years of education, literacy, average years in primary school, average years in secondary school, and average years in university. To attain a broader perspective on the relationship of education with hum...

  5. Comparing Three of the Leadership Theories: Leader- Member Exchange Theory,transformational Leadership and Team Leadership

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    王子涵

    2013-01-01

    Leadership is a complex process.It is one of the most researched areas around the world.It has gained importance in every walk of life from politics to business and from education to social organizations.According to the study of"Leadership in Adult Education Venues",here has a much more clear recognition of leadership:leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.There are many approaches of leadership throughout the study of this class,the three theories of leadership I choose to describe in this paper are:Leader-Member Exchange(LMX)Theory,Transformational Leadership,and Team Leadership.

  6. Comparism of Computer Based Yield Line Theory with Elastic Theory and Finite Element Methods for Solid Slabs

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    J.O. Akinyele

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The complexity and conservative nature of the Yield Line Theory and its being an upper bound theory have made many design engineers to jettison the use of the analytical method in the analysis of slabs. Before now, the method has basically been a manual or hand methodwhich some engineers did not see a need for its use since there are many computer based packages in the analysis and design of slabs and other civil engineering structures. This paper presents a computer program that has adopted the yield line theory in the analysis of solid slabs. Two rectangular slabs of the same depth but differentdimensions were investigated. The Yield Line Theory was compared with two other analytical methods namely, Finite Element Method and Elastic Theory Method. The results obtained for a two-way spanning slab showed that the yield line theory is truly conservative, butincreasing the result by 25% caused the moment obtained to be very close to the results of the other two methods. Although it was still conservative, the check for deflections showed that it is reliable and economical in terms of reinforcement provision. For a one way spanning slab the results without any increment falls in between the two other methods with the Elastic method giving a conservative results. The paper concludes that the introduction of a computer-based yield line theory program will make the analytical method acceptable to design engineers in the developing countries of the world.

  7. Comparing hiking, mountain biking and horse riding impacts on vegetation and soils in Australia and the United States of America.

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    Pickering, Catherine Marina; Hill, Wendy; Newsome, David; Leung, Yu-Fai

    2010-01-01

    Hiking, horse riding and mountain biking are popular in protected areas in Australia and the United States of America. To help inform the often contentious deliberations about use of protected areas for these three types of activities, we review recreation ecology research in both countries. Many impacts on vegetation, soils and trails are similar for the three activities, although there can be differences in severity. Impacts include damage to existing trails, soil erosion, compaction and nutrification, changes in hydrology, trail widening, exposure of roots, rocks and bedrock. There can be damage to plants including reduction in vegetation height and biomass, changes in species composition, creation of informal trails and the spread of weeds and plant pathogens. Due to differences in evolutionary history, impacts on soil and vegetation can be greater in Australia than in the USA. There are specific social and biophysical impacts of horses such as those associated with manure and urine, grazing and the construction and use of tethering yards and fences. Mountain bike specific impacts include soil and vegetation damage from skidding and the construction of unauthorised trails, jumps, bridges and other trail technical features. There are gaps in the current research that should be filled by additional research: (1) on horse and mountain bike impacts to complement those on hiking. The methods used need to reflect patterns of actual usage and be suitable for robust statistical analysis; (2) that directly compares types and severity of impacts among activities; and (3) on the potential for each activity to contribute to the spread of weeds and plant pathogens. Additional research will assist managers and users of protected areas in understanding the relative impacts of these activities, and better ways to manage them. It may not quell the debates among users, managers and conservationists, but it will help put it on a more scientific footing.

  8. Promoting Social Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through Accreditation: Comparing National and International Standards for Public Affairs Programs in Latin America

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    Rubaii, Nadia

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: This purpose of this study is to examine the extent to which accreditation of public affairs programs can be a tool to advance social equity, diversity, and inclusion. The paper is presented in the context of the widespread acceptance of the importance of addressing social inequalities in Latin America and the critical role that public…

  9. Comparing emission inventories and model-ready emission datasets between Europe and North America for the AQMEII project

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    Pouliot, G.; Pierce, T.; Denier van der Gon, H.; Schaap, M.; Moran, M.; Nopmongcol, U.

    2012-01-01

    This paper highlights the similarities and differences in how emission inventories and datasets were developed and processed across North America and Europe for the Air Quality Model Evaluation International Initiative (AQMEII) project and then characterizes the emissions for the two domains. We foc

  10. Quantitative ethnobotany of palms in northwestern South America: a comparative analysis in Amazonia, Andes and Chocó

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    Cámara-Leret, Rodrigo

    This Doctoral Thesis is the result of an interdisciplinary work between 2010-2014 to document and analyze the use patterns and traditional knowledge of palms (Arecaceae) in northwestern South America. The work is based on field data collected over 18 months in four countries (Colombia, Ecuador...... fieldwork in Colombia and Ecuador. Chapter 1 presents a general introduction to the biocultural diversity of northwestern South America, the importance of palms in the region, and the aims of each of the six chapters of the Doctoral Thesis. The protocol used for gathering palm ethnobotanical data...... of one of the two species of the genus Bactris that were collected during fieldwork in the Choco of Colombia and that were new to science is presented in Chapter 7. Finally, Chapter 8 summarizes the main conclusions of the Doctoral Thesis...

  11. A comparative analysis between the relation of income distribution and economic regional integration in East Asia and Latin America

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    Ángela Jeaneth Ospina Enciso

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyses the relationship between inequality and de facto regional economic integration during the last two decades in Latin America and East Asia Pacific regions, focusing on intra-regional exports. Globalization has been considered as a driving of inequality, although export-led growth models are associated with high economic growth rates. Export-led growth models have been more dynamic in East Asia than in Latin America, through the development of supply chain networks of intermediate and final goods. Research questions explore the relation between inequality and patterns of de facto intra-regional trade. Empirical analysis uses a fixed effects panel data with Heteroskedasticity and Autocorrelation Consistent (HAC covariance matrix. Results showed that increments in regional intra-trade are associated with reductions of inequality, more in East Asia Pacific than in Latin America. The contribution of this paper is the introduction of intra-regional trade as a new factor that is negatively associated with inequality.

  12. Comparative evaluation of the IPCC AR5 CMIP5 versus the AR4 CMIP3 model ensembles for regional precipitation and their extremes over South America

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    Tolen, J.; Kodra, E. A.; Ganguly, A. R.

    2011-12-01

    The assertion that higher-resolution experiments or more sophisticated process models within the IPCC AR5 CMIP5 suite of global climate model ensembles improves precipitation projections over the IPCC AR4 CMIP3 suite remains a hypothesis that needs to be rigorously tested. The questions are particularly important for local to regional assessments at scales relevant for the management of critical infrastructures and key resources, particularly for the attributes of sever precipitation events, for example, the intensity, frequency and duration of extreme precipitation. Our case study is South America, where precipitation and their extremes play a central role in sustaining natural, built and human systems. To test the hypothesis that CMIP5 improves over CMIP3 in this regard, spatial and temporal measures of prediction skill are constructed and computed by comparing climate model hindcasts with the NCEP-II reanalysis data, considered here as surrogate observations, for the entire globe and for South America. In addition, gridded precipitation observations over South America based on rain gage measurements are considered. The results suggest that the utility of the next-generation of global climate models over the current generation needs to be carefully evaluated on a case-by-case basis before communicating to resource managers and policy makers.

  13. A Direct Test of the Theory of Comparative Advantage: The Case of Japan.

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    Bernhofen, Daniel M.; Brown, John C.

    2004-01-01

    We exploit Japan's sudden and complete opening up to international trade in the 1860s to test the empirical validity of one of the oldest and most fundamental propositions in economics: the theory of comparative advantage. Historical evidence supports the assertion that the characteristics of the Japanese economy at the time were compatible with…

  14. Comparative assessment of status and opportunities for carbon Dioxide Capture and storage and Radioactive Waste Disposal In North America

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    Oldenburg, C.; Birkholzer, J.T.

    2011-07-22

    Aside from the target storage regions being underground, geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) and radioactive waste disposal (RWD) share little in common in North America. The large volume of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) needed to be sequestered along with its relatively benign health effects present a sharp contrast to the limited volumes and hazardous nature of high-level radioactive waste (RW). There is well-documented capacity in North America for 100 years or more of sequestration of CO{sub 2} from coal-fired power plants. Aside from economics, the challenges of GCS include lack of fully established legal and regulatory framework for ownership of injected CO{sub 2}, the need for an expanded pipeline infrastructure, and public acceptance of the technology. As for RW, the USA had proposed the unsaturated tuffs of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as the region's first high-level RWD site before removing it from consideration in early 2009. The Canadian RW program is currently evolving with options that range from geologic disposal to both decentralized and centralized permanent storage in surface facilities. Both the USA and Canada have established legal and regulatory frameworks for RWD. The most challenging technical issue for RWD is the need to predict repository performance on extremely long time scales (10{sup 4}-10{sup 6} years). While attitudes toward nuclear power are rapidly changing as fossil-fuel costs soar and changes in climate occur, public perception remains the most serious challenge to opening RW repositories. Because of the many significant differences between RWD and GCS, there is little that can be shared between them from regulatory, legal, transportation, or economic perspectives. As for public perception, there is currently an opportunity to engage the public on the benefits and risks of both GCS and RWD as they learn more about the urgent energy-climate crisis created by greenhouse gas emissions from current fossil-fuel combustion practices.

  15. Comparative Assessment of Status and Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage and Radioactive Waste Disposal in North America

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    Aside from the target storage regions being underground, geologic carbon sequestration and radioactive waste disposal share little in common in North America. The large volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) needed to be sequestered along with its relatively benign health effects present a sharp contrast to the limited volumes and hazardous nature of high-level radioactive waste. There is well-documented capacity in North America for 100 years or more of sequestration of CO2 from coal-fired power plants. Aside from economics, the challenges of geologic carbon sequestration include lack of fully established legal and regulatory framework for ownership of injected CO2, the need for an expanded pipeline infrastructure, and public acceptance of the technology. As for radioactive waste, the U.S. has proposed the unsaturated tuffs of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as the region's first high-level radioactive waste disposal site. The Canadian radioactive waste program is currently evolving with options that range from geologic disposal to both decentralized and centralized permanent storage in surface facilities. Both the U.S. and Canada have established legal and regulatory frameworks for radioactive waste disposal. The most challenging technical issue for radioactive waste disposal is the need to predict repository performance on extremely long time scales (104 - 106 years). While attitudes toward nuclear power are rapidly changing as fossil-fuel costs soar and changes in climate occur, public perception remains the most serious challenge to opening radioactive waste repositories. Because of the many significant differences between radioactive waste disposal and geologic carbon sequestration, there is little that can be shared between them from regulatory, legal, transportation, or economic perspectives. As for public perception, there is currently an opportunity to engage the public on the benefits and risks of both geologic carbon sequestration and radioactive waste disposal as they

  16. Comparative assessment of status and opportunities for carbon dioxide capture and storage and radioactive waste disposal In North America

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    Aside from the target storage regions being underground, geologic carbon sequestration (GCS) and radioactive waste disposal (RWD) share little in common in North America. The large volume of carbon dioxide (CO2) needed to be sequestered along with its relatively benign health effects present a sharp contrast to the limited volumes and hazardous nature of high-level radioactive waste (RW). There is well-documented capacity in North America for 100 years or more of sequestration of CO2 from coal-fired power plants. Aside from economics, the challenges of GCS include lack of fully established legal and regulatory framework for ownership of injected CO2, the need for an expanded pipeline infrastructure, and public acceptance of the technology. As for RW, the USA had proposed the unsaturated tuffs of Yucca Mountain, Nevada, as the region's first high-level RWD site before removing it from consideration in early 2009. The Canadian RW program is currently evolving with options that range from geologic disposal to both decentralized and centralized permanent storage in surface facilities. Both the USA and Canada have established legal and regulatory frameworks for RWD. The most challenging technical issue for RWD is the need to predict repository performance on extremely long time scales (104-106 years). While attitudes toward nuclear power are rapidly changing as fossil-fuel costs soar and changes in climate occur, public perception remains the most serious challenge to opening RW repositories. Because of the many significant differences between RWD and GCS, there is little that can be shared between them from regulatory, legal, transportation, or economic perspectives. As for public perception, there is currently an opportunity to engage the public on the benefits and risks of both GCS and RWD as they learn more about the urgent energy-climate crisis created by greenhouse gas emissions from current fossil-fuel combustion practices.

  17. Quantitative tools for comparing animal communication systems: information theory applied to bottlenose dolphin whistle repertoires.

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    McCOWAN; Hanser; Doyle

    1999-02-01

    Comparative analysis of nonhuman animal communication systems and their complexity, particularly in comparison to human language, has been generally hampered by both a lack of sufficiently extensive data sets and appropriate analytic tools. Information theory measures provide an important quantitative tool for examining and comparing communication systems across species. In this paper we use the original application of information theory, that of statistical examination of a communication system's structure and organization. As an example of the utility of information theory to the analysis of animal communication systems, we applied a series of information theory statistics to a statistically categorized set of bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus, whistle vocalizations. First, we use the first-order entropic relation in a Zipf-type diagram (Zipf 1949 Human Behavior and the Principle of Least Effort) to illustrate the application of temporal statistics as comparative indicators of repertoire complexity, and as possible predictive indicators of acquisition/learning in animal vocal repertoires. Second, we illustrate the need for more extensive temporal data sets when examining the higher entropic orders, indicative of higher levels of internal informational structure, of such vocalizations, which could begin to allow the statistical reconstruction of repertoire organization. Third, we propose using 'communication capacity' as a measure of the degree of temporal structure and complexity of statistical correlation, represented by the values of entropic order, as an objective tool for interspecies comparison of communication complexity. In doing so, we introduce a new comparative measure, the slope of Shannon entropies, and illustrate how it potentially can be used to compare the organizational complexity of vocal repertoires across a diversity of species. Finally, we illustrate the nature and predictive application of these higher-order entropies using a preliminary

  18. Lists and thresholds: comparing our theory of human need with Nussbaum's capabilities approach.

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    Gough, Ian

    2003-01-01

    This paper compares two recent books addressing issues in human wellbeing, rights and development: A Theory of Human Need by Doyal and Gough and Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach by Martha Nussbaum. The first part identifies the common project which underlies both works: to clarify and defend those universal human interests which underpin an emancipatory and effective political programme for all women and men. The next two sections set out in some detail the different app...

  19. Sub Angstrom imaging of dislocation core structures: How well areexperiments comparable with theory?

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    Kisielowski, C.; Freitag, B.; Xu, X.; Beckman, S.P.; Chrzan, D.C.

    2005-12-16

    During the past 50 years Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) has evolved from an imaging tool to a quantitative method that approaches the ultimate goal of understanding the atomic structure of materials atom by atom in three dimensions both experimentally and theoretically. Today's TEM abilities are tested in the special case of a Ga terminated 30 degree partial dislocation in GaAs:Be where it is shown that a combination of high-resolution phase contrast imaging, Scanning TEM, and local Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy allows for a complete analysis of dislocation cores and associated stacking faults. We find that it is already possible to locate atom column positions with picometer precision in directly interpretable images of the projected crystal structure and that chemically different elements can already be identified together with their local electronic structure. In terms of theory, the experimental results can be quantitatively compared with ab initio electronic structure total energy calculations. By combining elasticity theory methods with atomic theory an equivalent crystal volume can be addressed. Therefore, it is already feasible to merge experiments and theory on a picometer length scale. While current experiments require the utilization of different, specialized instruments it is foreseeable that the rapid improvement of electron optical elements will soon generate a next generation of microscopes with the ability to image and analyze single atoms in one instrument with deep sub Angstrom spatial resolution and an energy resolution better than 100 meV.

  20. Verso una globalizzazione antiegemonica. L’America Latina e la teoria critica di Boaventura de Sousa Santos - Toward an anti-hegemonic globalization. Latin America and the critical theory of Boaventura de Sousa Santos

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    Full Text Available One of the current debates revolves around the question of determining whether there are one or several globalisations. For the great majority of authors there is only one globalisation, neo-liberal capitalist globalisation, and it does not, therefore, make sense to distinguish between hegemonic and antihegemonic globalisation. In the field of transnational social and cultural practices the anti-hegemonic transformation consists, according to Boaventura de Sousa Santos and his critical theory of the epistemology of the South, in the construction of an emancipatory multiculturalism. Multiculturalism overlaps with the democratic definition of reciprocal rules of recognition between distinct identities and cultures. Our hypothesis is that the process of political construction of alternatives is particularly evident in Latin America movements and recent political experiences. These new political practices are analyzed against the theoretical background of Sousa Santos’ approach, therefore not only as practical antagonist experiences, but as emancipation methods which, as they have not been foreseen by the great theoretical tradition of the Eurocentric left, may actually contradict it and put it into a theoretical as well as political crisis.

  1. Comparative Education Research Framed by Neo-Institutional Theory: A Review of Diverse Approaches and Conflicting Assumptions

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    Wiseman, Alexander W.; Astiz, M. Fernanda; Baker, David P.

    2014-01-01

    The rise in globalisation studies in comparative education places neo-institutional theory at the centre of many debates among comparative education researchers. However, uncertainty about how to interpret neo-institutional theory still persists among educational comparativists. With this uncertainty comes misinterpretation of its principles,…

  2. Properties of the vacuum in models for QCD. Holography vs. resummed field theory. A comparative study

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    This Thesis is dedicated to a comparison of the two means of studying the electromagnetic properties of the QCD vacuum - holography and resummed field theory. I compare two classes of distinct models for the dynamics of the condensates. The first class consists of the so-called holographic models of QCD. Based upon the Maldacena conjecture, it tries to establish the properties of QCD correlation functions from the behavior of classical solutions of field equations in a higher-dimensional theory. Yet in many aspects the holographic approach has been found to be in an excellent agreement with data. These successes are the prediction of the very small viscosity-to-entropy ratio and the predictions of meson spectra up to 5% accuracy in several models. On the other hand, the resummation methods in field theory have not been discarded so far. Both classes of methods have access to condensates. Thus a comprehensive study of condensates becomes possible, in which I compare my calculations in holography and resummed field theory with each other, as well as with lattice results, field theory and experiment. I prove that the low-energy theorems of QCD keep their validity in holographic models with a gluon condensate in a non-trivial way. I also show that the so-called decoupling relation holds in holography models with chiral and gluon condensates, whereas this relation fails in the Dyson-Schwinger approach. On the contrary, my results on the chiral magnetic effect in holography disagree with the weak-field prediction; the chiral magnetic effect (that is, the electric current generation in a magnetic field) is three times less than the current in the weakly-coupled QCD. The chiral condensate behavior is found to be quadratic in external field both in the Dyson-Schwinger approach and in holography, yet we know that in the exact limit the condensate must be linear, thus both classes of models are concluded to be deficient for establishing the correct condensate behaviour in the

  3. Properties of the vacuum in models for QCD. Holography vs. resummed field theory. A comparative study

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    Zayakin, Andrey V.

    2011-01-17

    This Thesis is dedicated to a comparison of the two means of studying the electromagnetic properties of the QCD vacuum - holography and resummed field theory. I compare two classes of distinct models for the dynamics of the condensates. The first class consists of the so-called holographic models of QCD. Based upon the Maldacena conjecture, it tries to establish the properties of QCD correlation functions from the behavior of classical solutions of field equations in a higher-dimensional theory. Yet in many aspects the holographic approach has been found to be in an excellent agreement with data. These successes are the prediction of the very small viscosity-to-entropy ratio and the predictions of meson spectra up to 5% accuracy in several models. On the other hand, the resummation methods in field theory have not been discarded so far. Both classes of methods have access to condensates. Thus a comprehensive study of condensates becomes possible, in which I compare my calculations in holography and resummed field theory with each other, as well as with lattice results, field theory and experiment. I prove that the low-energy theorems of QCD keep their validity in holographic models with a gluon condensate in a non-trivial way. I also show that the so-called decoupling relation holds in holography models with chiral and gluon condensates, whereas this relation fails in the Dyson-Schwinger approach. On the contrary, my results on the chiral magnetic effect in holography disagree with the weak-field prediction; the chiral magnetic effect (that is, the electric current generation in a magnetic field) is three times less than the current in the weakly-coupled QCD. The chiral condensate behavior is found to be quadratic in external field both in the Dyson-Schwinger approach and in holography, yet we know that in the exact limit the condensate must be linear, thus both classes of models are concluded to be deficient for establishing the correct condensate behaviour in the

  4. Comparing the Effectiveness of SPSS and EduG Using Different Designs for Generalizability Theory

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    Teker, Gulsen Tasdelen; Guler, Nese; Uyanik, Gulden Kaya

    2015-01-01

    Generalizability theory (G theory) provides a broad conceptual framework for social sciences such as psychology and education, and a comprehensive construct for numerous measurement events by using analysis of variance, a strong statistical method. G theory, as an extension of both classical test theory and analysis of variance, is a model which…

  5. Comparative analysis of integrated water resources management models and instruments in South America: case studies in Brazil and Colombia

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    Raquel dos Santos

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Brazil and Colombia are rich in terms of water supply, ranking as world leaders in the supply of water resources. Despite this, both countries have problems of relative scarcity of this vital liquid in highly populated areas with much economic activity. Establishing policies and legal environmental standards has long tradition in both countries. However, although there are provisions and instruments for water management at the water basin level, these do not necessarily follow the conceptual development of integrated water resources management (IWRM. As a result, the two countries have partially implemented IWRM elements but with different characteristics both in its structure and instrumentality. In Colombia the State Government, through the Regional Environmental Corporations, implements IWRM (concessions, fee for water use, pollution rate, basin plans, etc, with no formal involvement of civil society management. In Brazil, however, IWRM management structure and tools are decentralized and participatory, as are the Water Basin Committees, entities where the State Government, municipalities and users participate, those with the greatest weight in water management. In Brazil, however, this model is not yet implemented in all watersheds. Thus, the aim of this paper is to compare the institutional and legal aspects of water management models in Brazil and Colombia with regard to the integrated water management concept. For the latter, we worked with a case study for each country regarding Nima River watershed (Colombia and Tietê Jacaré (Brazil.

  6. Making Theory I. Producing Physics And Physicists In Postwar America. Ii. Post-inflation Reheating In An Expanding Universe

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    Kaiser, D I

    2000-01-01

    This dissertation examines the reinvention of theoretical physics in the United States through pedagogical means after World War II. Physics graduate student enrollments ballooned immediately after the war. The unprecedented enrollments forced questions of procedures and standards for graduate training as never before. At the same time, the crush of numbers spurred an increased bureaucratization and, at least some American physicists feared, a different system of values than what had prevailed during the quieter interwar period. Out of these new bureaucratic and pedagogical developments, theoretical physics became a recognized specialty within American physics, surrounded by new ideas about what theory was for and how students should be trained to do it. Two case studies focus on developments within theoretical physics after the war, using pedagogy as a lens through which to understand the links between practices and practitioners. Within nuclear and particle physics, as Part II discusses, young graduate stud...

  7. Metacognition Theory and Research in Second Language Listening and Reading:A Comparative Critical Review

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    CHRISTINE C.M.GOH; LIMEI ZHANG

    2013-01-01

    Listening and reading are two receptive skills in language learning and language use . Although their modalities differ , listening and reading share a number of cognitive processes required for language comprehension this has resulted in some commonalities in research emphases for the two skills . One such focus is the role of metacognition in self-regulated learning and comprehension performance . In this article theory postulated for metacognition and its manifestation in listening and reading are discussed . The article also reviews selected studies conducted in two important dimensions of metacognition , namely metacognitive knowledge and strategy use , and the impact that metacognitive instruction has on listening and reading comprehension performance . Results from the review for each skill are synthesised and compared in order to draw insights into the processes of learning to listen and read in another language . Based on this comparative review , the authors offer suggestions for enhancing process-based instructional practices in the language classroom and identify possible directions for future research into the role of metacognition in listening and reading specifically as well as second language comprehension as a whole .

  8. Economic theory and latin America external debt Teoría económica y deuda externa latinoamericana

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    1994-06-01

    Full Text Available This article reviews the concepts involved in the problem of foreign debt. From a Monetary Keynesian approach, it analyzes the differences and similarities between the Kindleberger model, the German Marxist view, the orthodox theory of debt cycles held by the World Bank and Latin American structuralism. Finally, there are some elements of German Monetary Keynesianism in an integration of financial factors and growing microeconomic concern for insti tutions. In the practical field there is a consideration of the policies required to solve the debt problem which each school of thought would recommend. The author supports the thesis of Riese, founder of the Berlin School: in view of their limi ted monetary and productive potential, developing countries are unable to counter the devaluation strategies of the leading industrial countries... the strategies of devaluation of the underdeveloped countries and the consolidation of the balance of payments as the ruling monetary policy, much promoted by recent academic literature, are doomed to fail.
    En este artículo se revisan los aspectos conceptuales del problema de la deuda externa. Desde una perpectiva keynesiano monetario se exponen las diferencias y semejanzas entre el modelo Kindleberger, la visión marxista alemana, la teoría ortodoxa del ciclo de la deuda del Banco Mundial y el estructuralismo latinoamericano. Por último, se presentan algunos elementos del keynesianismo monetario alemán que permite integrar los aspectos financieros y la creciente preocupación microeconómica por las instituciones. En el terreno práctico, de las políticas para resolver el problema de la deuda de que se desprenden de cada escuela de pensamiento, los autores apoyan la tesis de Riese, fundador de la escuela berlinesa: "...en vista de su limitado potencial monetario y productivo, los países en desarrollo no pueden contrarrestar las estrategias de subdevaluación de los principales países industriales

  9. The Multiple Forms of alpha-Amylase Enzyme of the Araucaria Species of South America: A. araucana (Mol.) Koch and A. angustifolia (Bert.) O. Kutz : A Comparative Study.

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    Salas, E; Cardemil, L

    1986-08-01

    alpha-Amylase is one of the major enzymes present in the seeds of both Araucaria species of South America and it initiates starch hydrolysis during germination and early seedling growth. The pattern of the multiple forms of alpha-amylase of the two Araucaria species was investigated by electrophoresis and isoelectrofocusing of the native enzyme in polyacrylamide gels. The enzyme forms were compared in the embryo and megagametophyte of quiescent seeds and of seeds imbibed for 18, 48, and 90 hours. Specific alpha-amylase enzyme forms appear and disappear during these imbibition periods showing both similarities and differences between tissues and species. Before imbibition, there are five alpha-amylase forms identical in both tissues, but different between species. After 18 hours of imbibition, there are two enzyme forms in both tissues of Araucaria araucana seeds, only one form in the embryo of Araucaria angustifolia but two forms in the megagametophyte of this specie. After 48 hours of seed imbibition, most of the enzyme forms present in quiescent seeds reappear. At 90 hours of imbibition different enzyme forms are detected in the embryo with respect to the gametophyte. The changes in form patterns of alpha-amylase are discussed according to a possible regulation of gene expression by endogenous gibberellins. PMID:16664944

  10. A CFD analysis of the actuator disc flow compared with momentum theory results

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    Aagaard Madsen, H. [Risoe National Laboratory, Roskilde (Denmark)

    1997-08-01

    The blade element momentum (BEM) model is still used in many aerodynamic and aeroelastic models for design and load calculations. This is due to its simplicity, robustness, computational speed and good accuracy for a wide range of applications. The question about accuracy is however closely connected to the airfoil section data and therefore correlation/lack of correlation with experimental results can both be due to the specific input data used and due to the induced velocity field predicted by the BEM method. It is also well-known that the BEM method for some applications is used under operational conditions that violates the assumptions made for the development of the model, e.g. operation in yaw and operation at high loading. The main objective with the present study is to investigate this part of the BEM method (the momentum strip theory MST) on which the determination of the induced velocities is based. This is done by comparing the results of the MST model with velocities predicted on basis of the Navier Stokes equations for the flow through an actuator disc. (au)

  11. The anatomy of th e relatedness means:Valency theory revisited and compared

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    Med HAFSI

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to review the author's valency theory inorder toclarify some important issues neglected in previous studies. First I have discussed therelationship between valency theory and drive theory. Drives were integrated asindependent elements whose role is to energize and activate the valency structure.Their content and goal is determined by the nature of valency structure. Unlike Freud,I do not thus conceive of them as the ultimate or primary motivational force. ...

  12. Winner, losers, insiders, and outsiders: Comparing hierometer and sociometer theories of self-regard

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    Mahadevan, Nikhila; Gregg, Aiden; Sedikides, Constantine; De Waal-Andrews, Wendy

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    What evolutionary function does self-regard serve? Hierometer theory, introduced here, provides one answer: it helps individuals navigate status hierarchies, which feature zero-sum contests that can be lost as well as won. In particular, self-regard tracks social status to regulate behavioral assertiveness, augmenting or diminishing it to optimize performance in such contests. Hierometer theory also offers a conceptual counterpoint that helps resolve ambiguities in sociometer theory, which of...

  13. Building America

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    2010-12-31

    IBACOS researched the constructability and viability issues of using high performance windows as one component of a larger approach to building houses that achieve the Building America 70% energy savings target.

  14. Animal Protection Theory in U.S. and Islamic Law: a Comparative Analysis with a Human Rights Twist

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    Abdelkader, Engy

    2015-01-01

    Across geographically diverse Muslim-majority countries, nascent animal welfare movements have recently emerged, culminating in litigation in some instances and calls for legal reform in others. While Islamic legal precepts are often erroneously characterized as conflicting with Western legal ideals, this article highlights their compatibility vis-à-vis a descriptive, comparative and normative analysis of animal protection theory in both U.S. and Islamic legal theory. Moreover, this article a...

  15. Winners, Losers, Insiders, and Outsiders: Comparing Hierometer and Sociometer Theories of Self-Regard.

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    Mahadevan, Nikhila; Gregg, Aiden P; Sedikides, Constantine; de Waal-Andrews, Wendy G

    2016-01-01

    What evolutionary function does self-regard serve? Hierometer theory, introduced here, provides one answer: it helps individuals navigate status hierarchies, which feature zero-sum contests that can be lost as well as won. In particular, self-regard tracks social status to regulate behavioral assertiveness, augmenting or diminishing it to optimize performance in such contests. Hierometer theory also offers a conceptual counterpoint that helps resolve ambiguities in sociometer theory, which offers a complementary account of self-regard's evolutionary function. In two large-scale cross-sectional studies, we operationalized theoretically relevant variables at three distinct levels of analysis, namely, social (relations: status, inclusion), psychological (self-regard: self-esteem, narcissism), and behavioral (strategy: assertiveness, affiliativeness). Correlational and mediational analyses consistently supported hierometer theory, but offered only mixed support for sociometer theory, including when controlling for confounding constructs (anxiety, depression). We interpret our results in terms of a broader agency-communion framework. PMID:27065896

  16. Winners, Losers, Insiders, and Outsiders: Comparing Hierometer and Sociometer Theories of Self-Regard

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    Full Text Available What evolutionary function does self-regard serve? Hierometer theory, introduced here, provides one answer: it helps individuals navigate status hierarchies, which feature zero-sum contests that can be lost as well as won. In particular, self-regard tracks social status to regulate behavioral assertiveness, augmenting or diminishing it to optimize performance in such contests. Hierometer theory also offers a conceptual counterpoint that helps resolve ambiguities in sociometer theory, which offers a complementary account of self-regard’s evolutionary function. In two large-scale cross-sectional studies, we operationalized theoretically relevant variables at three distinct levels of analysis, namely, social (relations: status, inclusion, psychological (self-regard: self-esteem, narcissism, and behavioral (strategy: assertiveness, affiliativeness. Correlational and mediational analyses consistently supported hierometer theory, but offered only mixed support for sociometer theory, including when controlling for confounding constructs (anxiety, depression. We interpret our results in terms of a broader agency-communion framework.

  17. The axial charge of the nucleon: lattice results compared with chiral perturbation theory

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    We present recent Monte Carlo data for the axial charge of the nucleon obtained by the QCDSF-UKQCD collaboration for Nf=2 dynamical quarks. A comparison with chiral perturbation theory in finite and infinite volume is attempted

  18. Nucleic acid polymeric properties and electrostatics: Directly comparing theory and simulation with experiment.

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    Sim, Adelene Y L

    2016-06-01

    Nucleic acids are biopolymers that carry genetic information and are also involved in various gene regulation functions such as gene silencing and protein translation. Because of their negatively charged backbones, nucleic acids are polyelectrolytes. To adequately understand nucleic acid folding and function, we need to properly describe its i) polymer/polyelectrolyte properties and ii) associating ion atmosphere. While various theories and simulation models have been developed to describe nucleic acids and the ions around them, many of these theories/simulations have not been well evaluated due to complexities in comparison with experiment. In this review, I discuss some recent experiments that have been strategically designed for straightforward comparison with theories and simulation models. Such data serve as excellent benchmarks to identify limitations in prevailing theories and simulation parameters. PMID:26482088

  19. Validating Monin Obukhov theory and comparing published with a new stability correction over snow

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    Schlögl, Sebastian; Mott, Rebecca; Lehning, Michael

    2015-04-01

    Modeling turbulent fluxes over a homogenous snow cover is already a challenging task because atmospheric stability has often a strong but difficult to quantify influence. Monin Obukhov theory and stability corrections are often applied over complex terrain and non-equilibrium boundary layers with the result of unknown errors. Four different data sets collected with 3-D ultrasonics over snow-covered terrain of varying complexity in the Swiss Alps, were analyzed in order to 1) test the Monin-Obukhov theory, 2) evaluate the performance of different published parameterization schemes of the stability correction and 3) develop a new simple approach for a stability correction over snow. We first conducted a comprehensive analysis of the existence of a constant flux layer by analyzing the vertical evolution of turbulent sensible heat fluxes at the four different test sites. Three already published stability corrections were evaluated and compared with the assumption of a neutrally forced boundary layer. Non-parameterized stability correction values were directly calculated from measured friction velocities. Those values allowed a comparison between the Eddy Covariance method and the Monin Obukhov bulk formulation and a quantification of the uncertainty of modeling turbulent fluxes using the Monin Obukhov approach. Furthermore, the independent uncertainty that is introduced to energy balance modeling by applying a parameterization of the non-parameterized stability correction values was analyzed. This parameterization was conducted (a) assuming a linear dependence on the stability parameter and (b) assuming a two-parameter dependence on buoyancy and shear terms in a first order statistical model. Our results show that the constant flux layer occurs totally in 10 % of the time, particularly in the morning. Modeling sensible heat fluxes with the physics-based model SNOWPACK, which uses a typical Monin Obukhov flux parameterization with a choice of stability correction

  20. Industrial Wage Inequality in Latin America in Global Perspective, 1900-2000

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    2012-01-01

    Standard economic theories of wage inequality focus on the factor-biased nature of technological change and globalization. This paper examines the long-run development of industrial wage inequality in Latin America from a global comparative perspective. We find that wage inequality was comparatively

  1. Major Challenges in Clinical Management of TB/HIV Coinfected Patients in Eastern Europe Compared with Western Europe and Latin America

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    Efsen, Anne Marie W; Schultze, Anna; Post, Frank A;

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    in EE, Western Europe (WE) and Latin America (LA). DESIGN AND METHODS: Between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2013, 1413 TB/HIV patients (62 clinics in 19 countries in EE, WE, Southern Europe (SE), and LA) were enrolled. RESULTS: Significant differences were observed between EE (N = 844), WE (N = 152...

  2. Major challenges in clinical management of TB/HIV co-infected patients in Eastern Europe compared with Western Europe and Latin America

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    Efsen, Anne Marie; Schultze, Anna; Post, Frank;

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Rates of both TB/HIV co-infection and multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB are increasing in Eastern Europe (EE). Data on the clinical management of TB/HIV co-infected patients are scarce. Our aim was to study the clinical characteristics of TB/HIV patients in Europe and Latin America (LA...

  3. Do Actions Speak Louder than Words? A Comparative Perspective on Implicit versus Explicit Meta-Cognition and Theory of Mind

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    Couchman, Justin J.; Beran, Michael J.; Coutinho, Mariana V. C.; Boomer, Joseph; Zakrzewski, Alexandria; Church, Barbara; Smith, J. David

    2012-01-01

    Research in non-human animal (hereafter, animal) cognition has found strong evidence that some animal species are capable of meta-cognitively monitoring their mental states. They know when they know and when they do not know. In contrast, animals have generally not shown robust theory of mind (ToM) capabilities. Comparative research uses methods…

  4. Comparing two approaches to the K-theory classification of D-branes

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    Ferrari Ruffino, Fabio; Savelli, Raffaele

    2011-01-01

    We consider the two main classification methods of D-brane charges via K-theory, in type II superstring theory with vanishing B-field: the Gysin map approach and the one based on the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence. Then, we find out an explicit link between these two approaches: the Gysin map provides a representative element of the equivalence class obtained via the spectral sequence. We also briefly discuss the case of rational coefficients, characterized by a complete equivalence between the two classification methods.

  5. What Does Bankrupt Tell Us About World Polity Theory and Comparative Political Economy?

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    Campbell, John L.

    2011-01-01

    dynamically over time. They engage in ‘emergent analytics’ in that they build theory inductively as part of a dynamic, interactive process with empirical assessment of practice (Nourse and Shaffer, 2009), in their case from sustained field work in multiple sites of global and national governance. By immersing......Terence Halliday and Bruce Carruthers' book Bankrupt: Global Lawmaking and Systemic Financial Crisis is a major work, providing new ways to see and assess the relation of global normmaking and national lawmaking. The authors build and apply theory along the following dimensions within a single book...

  6. 英美大學圖書館之比較研究 | The Comparative Study of University Library in America and Britain

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    朱碧靜 Pi-Ching Chu

    1999-04-01

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    隨著我國整體高等教育日趨蓬勃發展以及逐漸走向自主管理之態勢,大學圖書館的經營也將有更大的彈性空間。他山之石可以攻錯,本文採比較研究法,主要研究目的在了解英美大學圖書館之歷史發展及概況,探討影響英美大學圖書館發展之因素,並比較英美大學圖書館之異同,冀為我國大學圖書館經營之參考。

    Owing to the prosperity of higher education in our country and the trend of self-management in University community, the management of university library will be more flexible. The purpose of this article is try to analyze and compare the university library in America and Britain, including the historical development, the overview, and the influencing factors.

  7. Between Collingwood’s and Croce’s Art-Theories: A Comparative Study

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    Raymundo R. Pavo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available An initial study of Robin George Collingwood's The Principles of Art(hereafter, Principles and Benedetto Croce's Aesthetic: A Science ofExpression and General Linguistic (hereafter, Aesthetic gives an immediate impression that Collingwood appropriated and incorporated many elements in Croce's work to his own position. This is probably the main reason why Collingwood, in his correspondence with Croce, sincerely expressed his gratitude to the Italian Philosopher for laying the foundation of his art-theory. Collingwood's acknowledgement of Croce's influence and the apparentsimilarity in their theories on art disposes us to wonder if Collingwood mayhave only extended, hence, reiterated the principles of Croce's position. Given this impression, the present article hopes to provide a study between Collingwood's and Croce's theories of art in the hope that we can tease out a crucial difference between their standpoints. If we can demonstrate a significant difference, then we may have provided ourselves with the cudgels to assert that Collingwood's theory of art is also unique.

  8. Illiterate America.

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    Kozol, Jonathan

    Intended for those involved in American social service and educational communities, this book addresses the widespread problem of illiteracy in the United States and the social consequences of this problem. Following an introduction, the chapters in the first section of the book discuss the growing crisis of illiterate America, specifically, the…

  9. The contingency of independence and revolution: theoretical and comparative perspectives on Latin America La contingencia de la independencia y de la revolución: perspectivas teóricas y comparadas sobre América latina

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    Wolfgang KNÖBL

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available This article compares the U.S. and French-Revolutions in the last third of the 18th with independence and revolution in Spanish America at the beginning of the 19th century under a particular theoretical perspective. Focussing mainly on the initial stages of these revolutionary events it will be shown that: a in all three cases the path towards a revolutionary break with the Old Regime was anything but predetermined and that b particularly in the Americas the question of the Nation was not settled at all by the revolutionaries. This is one of the most important explanations why later onwards Nation –and State– building in the Americas, both in Latin America and in North-America, became anything but a smooth and linear process.Este artículo compara las revoluciones francesa y estadounidense del último tercio del siglo XVIII con la independencia y la revolución en la América Latina de inicios del siglo XIX, bajo una perspectiva teórica particular. Centrándose principalmente en las etapas iniciales de estos eventos revolucionarios, se demostrará que a en los tres casos, el camino hacia un quiebre revolucionario con el viejo régimen no fue predeterminado y b particularmente en las Américas, el tema de la Nación no fue del todo resuelto por los revolucionarios. Ésta es una de las explicaciones más importantes de por qué, en adelante, la construcción de la Nación –y del Estado– en América Latina y Norteamérica no fue un proceso cómodo ni linear.

  10. UV-Vis optoelectronic properties of α-SnWO4: A comparative experimental and density functional theory based study

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    Ziani, Ahmed

    2015-09-03

    We report a combined experimental and theoretical study on the optoelectronic properties of α-SnWO4 for UV-Vis excitation. The experimentally measured values for thin films were systematically compared with high-accuracy density functional theory and density functional perturbation theory using the HSE06 functional. The α-SnWO4 material shows an indirect bandgap of 1.52 eV with high absorption coefficient in the visible-light range (>2 × 105 cm−1). The results show relatively high dielectric constant (>30) and weak diffusion properties (large effective masses) of excited carriers.

  11. Steelplant Technological Development in Latin America: A Comparative Study of the Selection and Upgrading of Technology in Plants in Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

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    Philip Maxwell

    1982-01-01

    The steel industry is a classic symbol of industrialization. It has been taken as such in Latin America and promoted as a "leading sector" carrying with it the flag of national pride and prestige. This paper is based on five detailed case-studies of individual Latin American steel firms, namely: Acindar, in Argentina (the leading private-sector Argentine firm which produces non-flat products), USIMINAS in Brazil (one of the big three Brazilian state steel firms, producing flat products), AHMS...

  12. Comparing Rough Set Theory with Multiple Regression Analysis as Automated Valuation Methodologies

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    Maurizio d’Amato

    2007-01-01

    This paper focuses on the problem of applying rough set theory to mass appraisal. This methodology was first introduced by a Polish mathematician, and has been applied recently as an automated valuation methodology by the author. The method allows the appraiser to estimate a property without defining econometric modeling, although it does not give any quantitative estimation of marginal prices. In a previous paper by the author, data were organized into classes prior to the valuation process,...

  13. Ideology and the possibility of African political theory: African socialism and “ubuntu” compared

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    Gil, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    This article explores the lack of investigation into African political theory in the postcolonial period. After discussing the epistemological problems in the study of African political thought, the paper then adopts Michael Freeden’s methodology for the analysis of political ideologies. Through this approach a comparison is made between African Socialism and ubuntu. African Socialism – as developed by Cabral, Nkrumah, Nyerere and Senghor – is defined by its core commitment to freedom from co...

  14. The comparative study on China and America product-learn-research cooperation mode%中美产学研合作模式比较研究

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    曹雯瑜

    2013-01-01

    Our country product-learn-research cooperation mode in the introduction and transformation of the models of America product-learn-research cooperation mode, has the benefits but also the existence of the inadequacy. In this paper, through the analysis and comparison of China and America product-learn-research cooperation mode, points out gap between China and America in product-learn-research cooperation and can enhance space, is proposed to improve and perfect product-learn-research mode, contribute to product-learn-research cooperation mode and providing better service to the society.%  我国产学研合作模式在引进和改造美国产学研合作模式中,在获得产学研合作带来的利益的同时也存在了我国特有的不足。本文通过对中美产学研合作模式的阐述与比较分析,重点指出我国产学研合作与美国相比存在的差距和可提升空间,提出有利于改进和完善我国产学研合作模式的有效建议,有助于产学研合作模式更好的为社会服务。

  15. Major challenges in clinical management of TB/HIV co-infected patients in Eastern Europe compared with Western Europe and Latin America

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    Anne Marie Efsen

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Rates of both TB/HIV co-infection and multi-drug-resistant (MDR TB are increasing in Eastern Europe (EE. Data on the clinical management of TB/HIV co-infected patients are scarce. Our aim was to study the clinical characteristics of TB/HIV patients in Europe and Latin America (LA at TB diagnosis, identify factors associated with MDR-TB and assess the activity of initial TB treatment regimens given the results of drug-susceptibility tests (DST. Material and Methods: We enrolled 1413 TB/HIV patients from 62 clinics in 19 countries in EE, Western Europe (WE, Southern Europe (SE and LA from January 2011 to December 2013. Among patients who completed DST within the first month of TB therapy, we linked initial TB treatment regimens to the DST results and calculated the distribution of patients receiving 0, 1, 2, 3 and ≥4 active drugs in each region. Risk factors for MDR-TB were identified in logistic regression models. Results: Significant differences were observed between EE (n=844, WE (n=152, SE (n=164 and LA (n=253 for use of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART at TB diagnosis (17%, 40%, 44% and 35%, p<0.0001, a definite TB diagnosis (culture and/or PCR positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis; 47%, 71%, 72% and 40%, p<0.0001 and MDR-TB prevalence (34%, 3%, 3% and 11%, p <0.0001 among those with DST results. The history of injecting drug use [adjusted OR (aOR = 2.03, (95% CI 1.00–4.09], prior TB treatment (aOR = 3.42, 95% CI 1.88–6.22 and living in EE (aOR = 7.19, 95% CI 3.28–15.78 were associated with MDR-TB. For 569 patients with available DST, the initial TB treatment contained ≥3 active drugs in 64% of patients in EE compared with 90–94% of patients in other regions (Figure 1a. Had the patients received initial therapy with standard therapy [Rifampicin, Isoniazid, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol (RHZE], the corresponding proportions would have been 64% vs. 86–97%, respectively (Figure 1b. Conclusions: In EE, TB

  16. Comparative mechanisms of radiation micro- and macromutagensis of higher eukaryotes and general mutations theory

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    Mutations and abberations are shown to be initiated by different stating events and primary damages conjugated with them. The postulated synthetic model of the general theory of mutations has been confirmed in its positions based on the principle of impacts and concerning the stages studied including the stage of hygienic effect occurrence. It is important to solve the problem on the nature of ''interaction between micro- and macromutagenesis processes on the interstitial stages including the stage of potential changes and genetic processes of their fixation in mutations and abberations when restoring the lost bound of the primary damage with the finite effect

  17. Compare of SCIENCE STUDIES Theory System in China and Foreign Countries Based on Scientometrics

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    Zeyuan, Liu; Yue, Chen; Hai-Yen, Hou; Li-Chun, Yin; Chun-Lin, Jiang

    2006-01-01

    During the last 10 years, a new framework of SCIENCE STUDIES Theory System has been formed with the progress of science and technology (S&T). Starting with the research tradition and paradigm, we study the main academic fields, the relative disciplines and focuses of SCIENCE STUDIES with the analytical tools and the methods in Scientometrics. The results of study conclude the following: -in the applied. field, “Science”, “Technology”, “Innovation” and corresponding “S&T Policy and Manageme...

  18. Compare of Science Studies Theory System in China and Foreign Countries Based on Scientometrics

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    Liu, Zeyuan

    2006-01-01

    During the last 10 years, a new framework of SCIENCE STUDIES Theory System has been formed with the progress of science and technology (S&T). Starting with the research tradition and paradigm, we study the main academic fields, the relative disciplines and focuses of SCIENCE STUDIES with the analytical tools and the methods in Scientometrics. The results of study conclude the following: l in the applied field, “Science”, “Technology”, “Innovation” and corresponding “S&T Policy and Manageme...

  19. Law and culture: a theory of comparative variation in bona fide purchase rules

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    2015-01-01

    A key question in comparative law is why different legal systems provide different legal solutions for the same problem. To answer this question, we use novel comparative evidence on how the conflict between the dispossessed original owner and the bona fide purchaser of a stolen good is resolved in

  20. A Comparative Study of Three Inverse Kinematic Methods of Serial Industrial Robot Manipulators in the Screw Theory Framework

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    Emre Sariyildiz

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we compare three inverse kinematic formulation methods for the serial industrial robot manipulators. All formulation methods are based on screw theory. Screw theory is an effective way to establish a global description of rigid body and avoids singularities due to the use of the local coordinates. In these three formulation methods, the first one is based on quaternion algebra, the second one is based on dual‐quaternions, and the last one that is called exponential mapping method is based on matrix algebra. Compared with the matrix algebra, quaternion algebra based solutions are more computationally efficient and they need less storage area. The method which is based on dual‐quaternion gives the most compact and computationally efficient solution. Paden‐Kahan sub‐problems are used to derive inverse kinematic solutions. 6‐DOF industrial robot manipulator's forward and inverse kinematic equations are derived using these formulation methods. Simulation and experimental results are given.

  1. Effectiveness of Choice Theory Connections: a cross-sectional and comparative analysis of California female inmates.

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    Grills, Cheryl; Villanueva, Sandra; Anderson, Michelle; Corsbie-Massay, Charisse L; Smith, Bradley; Johnson, Lester; Owens, Kyri

    2015-06-01

    In the past 30 years, the rates of incarceration and recidivism for women in the United States have increased dramatically. Choice Theory® Connections (CTC) is a gender-tailored pre-release intervention program based on Choice Theory® (Glasser, 1999), and designed to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive and behavioral change. This evaluation examines CTC among 96 female participants in a California state prison enrolled in an introductory (n = 58) or advanced (n = 38) course. CTC significantly improved perceived stress, mindfulness, emotion regulation, impulsivity, and well-being on completion; effects were stronger for the introductory cohort, but significant effects also emerged for the advanced cohort. In addition, participants in the advanced cohort reported better scores at baseline, demonstrating the effects of prolonged engagement with the intervention. Results suggest that CTC can improve incarcerated women's well-being pre-release, a strong predictor of recidivism post-release. Further study and wider use of CTC are encouraged. PMID:24441032

  2. Comparing the Effects of Two Facets of Multiple Intelligences Theory on Developing EFL Learners’ Listening

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    Ma’ssoumeh Bemani Naeini

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    Full Text Available Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory (MIT, however having been embraced in the field of language acquisition, has apparently failed to play a role in research on learning styles as an alternative construct.  This study aims at examining the potential effects of MI-based activities, as learning styls, on the listening proficiency of Iranian TEFL university students.  Based on two assumptions derived from MIT, one of the experimental groups (EG1; N=30 worked on activities across intelligences while the other experimental group (EG2; N=30 focused on the activities related to their most developed intelligence.  McKenzie’s (1999 MI Inventory was used to identify the subjects’ preferred intelligences. There was a significant difference between listening scores on TOEFL before and after the intervention of MI-based activities as well as between the two experimental groups, indicating EG1 outperforming EG2.  So, as the findings reveal, integration of MIT can significantly contribute to the enhancement of EFL learners’ listening comprehension and the effect is even more significant if teachers practice an integration of all intelligences rather than the most developed ones, only.   Keywords: Multiple Intelligences Theory, learning styles, listening proficiency, Iranian EFL context

  3. Interpretive Excursions in Educational Administration: Reconstructing Weberian Theory as a Comparative Historical Sociology.

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    Samier, Eugenie A.

    1996-01-01

    Examines the presentation of Max Weber's work in educational administration. Shows how the nature and scope of Weber's methodological writings and studies have been misrepresented and how the potential value of Weber's comparative historical sociology has been reduced to administrative studies. Considers Weber's historical principles of…

  4. Air speeds of migrating birds observed by ornithodolite and compared with predictions from flight theory.

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    Pennycuick, C J; Åkesson, Susanne; Hedenström, Anders

    2013-09-01

    We measured the air speeds of 31 bird species, for which we had body mass and wing measurements, migrating along the east coast of Sweden in autumn, using a Vectronix Vector 21 ornithodolite and a Gill WindSonic anemometer. We expected each species' average air speed to exceed its calculated minimum-power speed (Vmp), and to fall below its maximum-range speed (Vmr), but found some exceptions to both limits. To resolve these discrepancies, we first reduced the assumed induced power factor for all species from 1.2 to 0.9, attributing this to splayed and up-turned primary feathers, and then assigned body drag coefficients for different species down to 0.060 for small waders, and up to 0.12 for the mute swan, in the Reynolds number range 25 000-250 000. These results will be used to amend the default values in existing software that estimates fuel consumption in migration, energy heights on arrival and other aspects of flight performance, using classical aeronautical theory. The body drag coefficients are central to range calculations. Although they cannot be measured on dead bird bodies, they could be checked against wind tunnel measurements on living birds, using existing methods. PMID:23804440

  5. Rethinking policy-related research: charting a path using qualitative comparative analysis and complexity theory

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    Blackman, Tim.

    2013-01-01

    This article argues that conventional quantitative and qualitative research methods have largely failed to provide policy practitioners with the knowledge they need for decision making. These methods often have difficulty handling real world complexity, especially complex causality. This is when the mechanism of change is a combination of conditions that occur in a system such as an organisation or locality. A better approach is to use Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a hybrid qualitat...

  6. Social impact assessment in mining projects in Northern Finland: Comparing practice to theory

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    Suopajärvi, Leena, E-mail: leena.suopajarvi@ulapland.fi

    2013-09-15

    The paper discusses social impact assessments (SIA) for mining projects in light of the international principles and guidelines for such assessments and the academic literature in the field. The data consist of environmental impact assessment (EIA) programmes and reports for six mining projects that have started up in northern Finland in the 2000s. A first observation is that the role of the SIAs in the EIA programmes and reports studied was quite minor: measured in number of pages, the assessments account for three or four percent of the total. This study analyses the data collection, research methodology and conceptual premises used in the SIAs. It concludes that the assessments do not fully meet the high standards of the international principles and guidelines set out for them: for example, elderly men are over-represented in the data and no efforts were made to identify and bring to the fore vulnerable groups. Moreover, the reliability of the assessments is difficult to gauge, because the qualitative methods are not described and where quantitative methods were used, details such as non-response rates to questionnaires are not discussed. At the end of the paper, the SIAs are discussed in terms of Jürgen Habermas' theory of knowledge interests, with the conclusion that the assessments continue the empirical analytical tradition of the social sciences and exhibit a technical knowledge interest. -- Highlights: • Paper investigates social impact assessments in Finnish mining projects. • Role of social impact assessment is minor in whole EIA-process. • Mining SIAs give the voice for elderly men, vulnerable groups are not identified. • Assessment of SIAs is difficult because of lacking transparency in reporting. • SIAs belong to empirical analytical tradition with technical knowledge interest.

  7. Globalisation plus Comparative and International Education: Towards a Theory of the Confluence

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    Emefa Amoako

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper attempts to contribute to ways by which confluence, referring to a meeting point for the different agents to cooperate and communicate on education policy processes, can be understood. Pertinent national education policies in countries receiving aid, in particular, are formed and implemented in a complex nexus. Cultural and context sensitivity can be stimulated through a thorough understanding of this confluence, which subsequently can enable the different policy agents, which function at this meeting point, collaborate to alleviate some of the educational challenges. Comparative and international education, in this respect, has a significant role to play.

  8. Electricity in Latin America

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    Breeze, P.

    1998-12-01

    The report provides an overview of the Latin American power market; analyses the power generation, transmission and distribution capabilities of 20 countries in central and south America; includes detailed comparative data on current capacity, shortfall and growth; investigates the existing network infrastructures and projected demand; examines the opportunities for independent power producers resulting from deregulation; assesses indigenous and imported fuel resources; and discusses the broad financial opportunities and restraints.

  9. [Early reception of Darwin's selection theory and its sequelae for comparative morphology today].

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    Rehkämper, G

    1997-01-01

    It is argued that Darwin's concept of evolutionary change is primarily based on the idea of functional adaptation. Genealogical aspects are seen as a secondary consequence of this hypothesis. Unfortunately, the reception of Darwin's work was concentrated on the genealogical aspects from the very beginning (Huxley, Haeckel) and thus channeled future development of evolutionary morphology in a very one-sided way. This direction of development led to the adoption of cladism as a very sophisticated concept of comparative morphology. Though cladism claims to contribute to our understanding of evolution, it is demonstrated that it suffers in this regard because of the incompatibility of "pure morphology" with the demands of functional thinking as an integrative part of Darwin's proposition.

  10. Comparative analysis of different variants of the Uzawa algorithm in problems of the theory of elasticity for incompressible materials.

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    Styopin, Nikita E; Vershinin, Anatoly V; Zingerman, Konstantin M; Levin, Vladimir A

    2016-09-01

    Different variants of the Uzawa algorithm are compared with one another. The comparison is performed for the case in which this algorithm is applied to large-scale systems of linear algebraic equations. These systems arise in the finite-element solution of the problems of elasticity theory for incompressible materials. A modification of the Uzawa algorithm is proposed. Computational experiments show that this modification improves the convergence of the Uzawa algorithm for the problems of solid mechanics. The results of computational experiments show that each variant of the Uzawa algorithm considered has its advantages and disadvantages and may be convenient in one case or another.

  11. Comparative analysis of different variants of the Uzawa algorithm in problems of the theory of elasticity for incompressible materials.

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    Styopin, Nikita E; Vershinin, Anatoly V; Zingerman, Konstantin M; Levin, Vladimir A

    2016-09-01

    Different variants of the Uzawa algorithm are compared with one another. The comparison is performed for the case in which this algorithm is applied to large-scale systems of linear algebraic equations. These systems arise in the finite-element solution of the problems of elasticity theory for incompressible materials. A modification of the Uzawa algorithm is proposed. Computational experiments show that this modification improves the convergence of the Uzawa algorithm for the problems of solid mechanics. The results of computational experiments show that each variant of the Uzawa algorithm considered has its advantages and disadvantages and may be convenient in one case or another. PMID:27595019

  12. Comparative analysis of different variants of the Uzawa algorithm in problems of the theory of elasticity for incompressible materials

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    Nikita E. Styopin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Different variants of the Uzawa algorithm are compared with one another. The comparison is performed for the case in which this algorithm is applied to large-scale systems of linear algebraic equations. These systems arise in the finite-element solution of the problems of elasticity theory for incompressible materials. A modification of the Uzawa algorithm is proposed. Computational experiments show that this modification improves the convergence of the Uzawa algorithm for the problems of solid mechanics. The results of computational experiments show that each variant of the Uzawa algorithm considered has its advantages and disadvantages and may be convenient in one case or another.

  13. Comparative performance of fixed-film biological filters: Application of reactor theory

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    Watten, B.J.; Sibrell, P.L.

    2006-01-01

    Nitrification is classified as a two-step consecutive reaction where R1 represents the rate of formation of the intermediate product NO2-N and R2 represents the rate of formation of the final product NO3-N. The relative rates of R1 and R2 are influenced by reactor type characterized hydraulically as plug-flow, plug-flow with dispersion and mixed-flow. We develop substrate conversion models for fixed-film biofilters operating in the first-order kinetic regime based on application of chemical reactor theory. Reactor type, inlet conditions and the biofilm kinetic constants Ki (h-1) are used to predict changes in NH4-N, NO2-N, NO3-N and BOD5. The inhibiting effects of the latter on R1 and R2 were established based on the ?? relation, e.g.:{A formula is presented}where BOD5,max is the concentration that causes nitrification to cease and N is a variable relating Ki to increasing BOD5. Conversion models were incorporated in spreadsheet programs that provided steady-state concentrations of nitrogen and BOD5 at several points in a recirculating aquaculture system operating with input values for fish feed rate, reactor volume, microscreen performance, make-up and recirculating flow rates. When rate constants are standardized, spreadsheet use demonstrates plug-flow reactors provide higher rates of R1 and R2 than mixed-flow reactors thereby reducing volume requirements for target concentrations of NH4-N and NO2-N. The benefit provided by the plug-flow reactor varies with hydraulic residence time t as well as the effective vessel dispersion number, D/??L. Both reactor types are capable of providing net increases in NO2-N during treatment but the rate of decrease in the mixed-flow case falls well behind that predicted for plug-flow operation. We show the potential for a positive net change in NO2-N increases with decreases in the dimensionless ratios K2, (R2 )/K1,( R1 ) and [NO2-N]/[NH4-N] and when the product K1, (R1) t provides low to moderate NH4-N conversions. Maintaining

  14. 浅析比较优势理论%Analysis on Two sidedness of Comparative Advantage Theory

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    刘挺

    2015-01-01

    比较优势由英国古典经济学家李嘉图提出,该理论发展至今,已经得到了广泛的认同。广大发展中国家根据比较优势理论的内涵制定其国家经济发展战略,并取得了巨大的成功,实现了国民经济的跨越式发展,提高了本国的国家综合实力。但是,如果一个国家过分依赖或者发挥比较优势理论,则会出现产业单一化、民族创新力消失等严重后果。因此,我国应正确运用和发挥比较优势理论,适时地进行产业结构转型升级和技术改进,保持经济的持久健康发展。%The theory of comparative advantage is put forward by David Ricardo,the English famous classical economist,and it has been ad-mitted and praised by economists in many different countries and has been well received by international society.Most developing countries establish their economic developing strategies on the basis of the theory of comparative advantage and have great success.Those countries have achieved a rapid development of national economy.The countries’overall strength is increased greatly,too.However,if a country de-pends on this theory too much,it may result in some serious consequences,like the industries structure will be single and the national inno-vation will be disappeared and etc.Thus,China should understand and use this theory correctly,adjust and upgrade the industrial structure and improve the technological innovation timely to keep the economy booming.

  15. Value of children and fertility: Results from a cross-cultural comparative survey in eighteen areas in Asia, Africa, Europe and America.

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    Nauck, Bernhard

    2014-09-01

    For explaining cross-cultural differences in fertility behavior, this paper conjoins three complementary approaches: the 'demand'-based economic theory of fertility (ETF), a revised version of the 'supply'-based 'value-of-children' (VOC)-approach as a special theory of the general social theory of social production functions and the framing theory of variable rationality. A comprehensive model is specified that encompasses the variable efficiency of having children for the optimization of physical well-being and of social esteem of (potential) parents; it also accounts for the variable rationality of fertility decisions. The model is tested with a data set that comprises information on VOC and fertility of women within the social settings of 18 areas (Peoples Republic of China, North and South India, Indonesia, Palestine, Israel, Turkey, Ghana, South Africa, East and West Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Russia, Poland, Estonia, the United States and Jamaica). Latent class analysis is used to establish a measurement model for the costs and benefits of children and to analyze area differences by a two-level multinomial-model. Two-level Cox-regressions are used to estimate the effects of perceived costs and benefits of children, individual resources and context opportunities, with births of different parity as dependents. This simultaneous test in a cross-cultural context goes beyond the current state of fertility research and provides evidence about the cross-cultural validity of the model, the systematic effects of VOC on fertility and the changing rationality of fertility decisions during demographic transition and socio-economic change.

  16. Health outcomes among HIV-positive Latinos initiating antiretroviral therapy in North America versus Central and South America

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    Carina Cesar; Koethe, John R; Mark J Giganti; Peter Rebeiro; Althoff, Keri N; Sonia Napravnik; Angel Mayor; Beatriz Grinsztejn; Marcelo Wolff; Denis Padgett; Juan Sierra-Madero; Eduardo Gotuzzo; Sterling, Timothy R; James Willig; Julie Levison

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    Introduction: Latinos living with HIV in the Americas share a common ethnic and cultural heritage. In North America, Latinos have a relatively high rate of new HIV infections but lower rates of engagement at all stages of the care continuum, whereas in Latin America antiretroviral therapy (ART) services continue to expand to meet treatment needs. In this analysis, we compare HIV treatment outcomes between Latinos receiving ART in North America versus Latin America. Methods: HIV-positive adult...

  17. A comparative study of American, Australian, British, and Canadian museum visitors' understanding of the nature of evolutionary theory

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    Abraham-Silver, Linda M.

    2005-11-01

    The study was designed to identify the beliefs held by visitors to natural history museums with respect to evolution and its mechanism. Visitors' levels of rejection and acceptance of evolutionary theory, their associated explanatory frameworks, and understanding of the nature of biological evolution were examined to determine whether differences existed between populations of museum visitors in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Great Britain. Data were collected at three natural history museums located outside of the United States and compared with existing data from previous studies conducted using the same methodology in American natural history museums. One hundred sixty-one museum visitors were interviewed in person in the non-U.S. sites; their interviews were tape recorded, transcribed, coded, and analyzed (using primarily chi-square) to identify similarities, patterns, and relationships among the data sets. Museum visitors outside of the United States demonstrated much lower levels of rejection of evolutionary theory when compared with data collected in the U.S. museums (an overall 2% rate of rejection was observed in the non-U.S. sample, while a 9.5% rejection rate was observed in the American sample). Surprising results included the finding that non-U.S. individuals held similar levels of naive conceptions with regard to the nature of evolutionary theory and the sequence of geologic time when compared with their American counterparts. Less than half of all museum visitors interviewed outside of the United States were able to describe natural selection, the mechanism by which evolution is thought to operate. Study participants showed consistent and deeply held tendencies to apply teleological or Lamarkian explanations to describe the mechanism for evolutionary change. Significant correlations between participants' age, their level of education, and their rejection or acceptance of evolution were not found among the data derived from these non

  18. 美国、德国与日本中小学STEM教育比较研究%Comparative Study on STEM education of primary and secondary schools in America, Germany and Japan

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    杨亚平

    2015-01-01

    自美国将STEM教育提升至国家战略地位以来,STEM教育受到各国高度关注。本文从背景、目标和实施三个维度对美日德中小学阶段的STEM教育进行了宏观比较,结果显示美日德都将STEM教育视为21世纪教育改革的新方向,并试图本土化STEM教育,德国在STEM教育中仍凸显了完善的职业教育体系和终身教育理念,日本则透出强大的基础学科研究能力。%STEM education has been attracting the attention around the world since it promoted to the national strategic position by the government of America. By comparing the STEM education of primary and secondary schools from the background, goal and implementation in America, Germany and Japan, We ifnd all three countries regard the STEM education as a new direction of educational reformation in 21st century, and try to localize it. German still highlights the perfect system of vocational education and lifelong education idea in STEM education, while Japanese shows its strong basic science research ability.

  19. The Progress of Investing Psychology Theories of America%美国投资心理学理论的进展

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    翁学东

    2003-01-01

    美国投资心理学的研究产生于20世纪80年代.西方的许多经济学家在研究投资活动过程中发现,微观经济学和金融学的许多数学模型,不能很好地解释和预测现实中的投资活动,开始加强对个体在投资决策中的心理研究,在Amos Tversky、Daniel Kahneman、Richard Thaler、Robert J.Shiller等一大批经济学家和投资心理学家的努力下,取得了丰硕的成果.为此,美国普林斯顿大学的投资心理学家Kahneman荣获2002年度的诺贝尔经济学奖.文章介绍了西方投资心理学的几个重要理论,即过度反应理论(overreaction theory)、视野理论(prospect theory)、后悔理论(regret theory)及对投资者的过度自信理论(overconfidence theory).

  20. 中美全日制公共卫生硕士教育比较及其启示%Comparative study of full-time MPH education between China and America and it' s implication

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    褚皓; 黄国琼

    2012-01-01

    本文对中美全日制公共卫生硕士教育的培养目标、招生录取、课程设置、社会实践和学业评价五个方面进行了比较,同时从中获得了完善我国现阶段全日制公共卫生硕士教育的若干启示.%This article compared from the training target,enrollment,curriculum,practicum and graduation of full-time master of public health ( MPH ) education between China and America.Meanwhile,this article provided some suggestions for perfecting full-time MPH education in China.

  1. Vanillin and isovanillin: Comparative vibrational spectroscopic studies, conformational stability and NLO properties by density functional theory calculations

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    Balachandran, V.; Parimala, K.

    This study is a comparative analysis of FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of vanillin (3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde) and isovanillin (3-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzaldehyde). The molecular structure, vibrational wavenumbers, infrared intensities, Raman scattering activities were calculated for both molecules using the B3LYP density functional theory (DFT) with the standard 6-311++G∗∗ basis set. The computed values of frequencies are scaled using multiple scaling factors to yield good coherence with the observed values. The calculated harmonic vibrational frequencies are compared with experimental FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra. The geometrical parameters and total energies of vanillin and isovanillin were obtained for all the eight conformers (a-h) from DFT/B3LYP method with 6-311++G∗∗ basis set. The computational results identified the most stable conformer of vanillin and isovanillin as in the "a" form. Non-linear properties such as electric dipole moment (μ), polarizability (α), and hyperpolarizability (β) values of the investigated molecules have been computed using B3LYP quantum chemical calculation. The calculated HOMO and LUMO energies show that charge transfer occurs within the molecules.

  2. Precision measurements on lithium atoms in an electric field compared with R-matrix and other Stark theories

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    Stevens, G. D.; Iu, C.-H.; Bergeman, T.; Metcalf, H. J.; Seipp, I.; Taylor, K. T.; Delande, D.

    1996-03-01

    We have made careful measurements of Stark resonances in 7Li Rydberg states above and below the classical saddle point to test various theories and to obtain a precise calibration of the electric field. Rydberg states were populated by two-step diode laser excitation to the 3 2S state followed by He-Ne or diode laser excitation to Stark sublevels near the n=15 manifold energy. Calibration was performed by comparing measured resonance positions with theoretical results. For zero-field energies, the theoretical calculations were made using quantum defect parameters obtained by fitting available spectral data on Li, and from recent polarization model results of Drachman and Bhatia [Phys. Rev. A 51, 2926 (1995)]. Three theoretical methods were used: (1) matrix diagonalization over a basis of spherical coordinate states, for which the precision declines as one approaches the saddle point; (2) frame transformation theory, which makes very economical use of computer resources but is not reliable beyond a precision of about 500 ppm in an electric field; (3) a recently developed R-matrix method. The last of these was most accurate and, like the second, could be used both below and above the saddle point. From the measured resonance positions and an optimum set of Li quantum defect parameters, the R-matrix calculations provided a calibration of the electric field to about +/- 2 ppm +/-4 mV/cm. We briefly discuss certain refinements and shortcomings of the other two theoretical methods, and the special procedures used to obtain high accuracy with the R-matrix method.

  3. Similar or Different?: A Comparative Analysis of Higher Education Research in Political Science and International Relations between the United States of America and the United Kingdom

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    Blair, Alasdair

    2015-01-01

    This article focuses on the nature of the writing in 73 articles published in six U.S. and U.K. political science and international relations journals that focus on teaching and learning. A comparative analysis is made of the articles through a review of the characteristics of the authors, the themes researched, the analytical focus, the research…

  4. Acceptance of a food of animal origin obtained through genetic modification and cloning in South America: a comparative study among university students and working adults

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    Schnettler, Berta; Velásquez, Carlos; Horacio MIRANDA; Lobos, Germán; Orellana, Ligia; José SEPÚLVEDA; Edgardo MIRANDA; Adasme-Berríos, Cristian; Klaus GRUNERT

    2015-01-01

    AbstractWith the aim of comparing the acceptance of milk obtained from cloned, genetically modified (GM) and conventionally bred cows among working adults and university students, and identifying and characterizing typologies among both subsamples in terms of their preferences, a survey was applied to 400 people in southern Chile, distributed using a simple allocation among the subsamples. Using a conjoint analysis, it was found that consumers preferred milk from a conventional cow. Using a c...

  5. Comparing Consider-Covariance Analysis with Sigma-Point Consider Filter and Linear-Theory Consider Filter Formulations

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    Lisano, Michael E.

    2007-01-01

    Recent literature in applied estimation theory reflects growing interest in the sigma-point (also called unscented ) formulation for optimal sequential state estimation, often describing performance comparisons with extended Kalman filters as applied to specific dynamical problems [c.f. 1, 2, 3]. Favorable attributes of sigma-point filters are described as including a lower expected error for nonlinear even non-differentiable dynamical systems, and a straightforward formulation not requiring derivation or implementation of any partial derivative Jacobian matrices. These attributes are particularly attractive, e.g. in terms of enabling simplified code architecture and streamlined testing, in the formulation of estimators for nonlinear spaceflight mechanics systems, such as filter software onboard deep-space robotic spacecraft. As presented in [4], the Sigma-Point Consider Filter (SPCF) algorithm extends the sigma-point filter algorithm to the problem of consider covariance analysis. Considering parameters in a dynamical system, while estimating its state, provides an upper bound on the estimated state covariance, which is viewed as a conservative approach to designing estimators for problems of general guidance, navigation and control. This is because, whether a parameter in the system model is observable or not, error in the knowledge of the value of a non-estimated parameter will increase the actual uncertainty of the estimated state of the system beyond the level formally indicated by the covariance of an estimator that neglects errors or uncertainty in that parameter. The equations for SPCF covariance evolution are obtained in a fashion similar to the derivation approach taken with standard (i.e. linearized or extended) consider parameterized Kalman filters (c.f. [5]). While in [4] the SPCF and linear-theory consider filter (LTCF) were applied to an illustrative linear dynamics/linear measurement problem, in the present work examines the SPCF as applied to

  6. A comparative analysis of chiropractic and general practitioner patients in North America: Findings from the joint Canada/United States survey of health, 2002–03

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    Chiang Lu-May

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Scientifically rigorous general population-based studies comparing chiropractic with primary-care medical patients within and between countries have not been published. The objective of this study is to compare care seekers of doctors of chiropractic (DCs and general practitioners (GPs in the United States and Canada on a comprehensive set of sociodemographic, quality of life, and health-related variables. Methods Data are from the Joint Canada/U.S. Survey of Health (JCUSH, 2002–03, a random sample of adults in Canada (N = 3505 and the U.S. (N = 5183. Respondents were categorized according to their pattern of health-care use in the past year. Distributions, percentages, and estimates (adjusted odds ratios weighted to reflect the complex survey design were produced. Results Nearly 80% of respondents sought care from GPs; 12% sought DC care. Compared with GP only patients, DC patients in both countries tend to be under 65 and white, with arthritis and disabling back or neck pain. U.S. DC patients are more likely than GP only patients to be obese and to lack a regular doctor; Canadian DC patients are more likely than GP only patients to be college educated, to have higher incomes, and dissatisfied with MD care. Compared with seekers of both GP and DC care, DC only patients in both countries have fewer chronic conditions, take fewer drugs, and have no regular doctor. U.S. DC only patients are more likely than GP+DC patients to be uninsured and dissatisfied with health care; Canadian DC only patients are more likely than GP+DC patients to be under 45, male, less educated, smokers, and not obese, without disabling back or neck pain, on fewer drugs, and lacking a regular doctor. Conclusion Chiropractic and GP patients are dissimilar in both Canada and the U.S., with key differences between countries and between DC patients who do and do not seek care from GPs. Such variation has broad and potentially far-reaching health policy and

  7. Welcome to America, welcome to college: Comparing the effects of immigrant generation and college generation on physical science and engineering career

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    Lung, Florin; Potvin, Geoff; Sonnert, Gerhard; Sadler, Philip M.

    2013-01-01

    Students enter college with social, cultural, and economic resources (well described Bourdieu's concepts of habitus and capital) that significantly impact their goals, actions, and successes. Two important determinants of the amount and type of resources available to students are their immigrant generation and college generation status. Drawing on a national sample of 6860 freshmen enrolled in college English, we compare and contrast the effects of immigrant generation with those of college generation status on physical science and engineering career intentions to explore some of the challenges faced by the first in the family to become an American and/or go to college.

  8. Convergence Patterns in Latin America

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    Quiroga, Paola Andrea Barrientos

    Literature on convergence among Latin American countries is still scarce compared to other regions. Moreover, almost none of the research connects convergence to the economic history of Latin America and the usual finding is one speed of convergence. In this paper I analyze 32 countries and 108...

  9. Acceptance of a food of animal origin obtained through genetic modification and cloning in South America: a comparative study among university students and working adults

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    Berta SCHNETTLER

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstractWith the aim of comparing the acceptance of milk obtained from cloned, genetically modified (GM and conventionally bred cows among working adults and university students, and identifying and characterizing typologies among both subsamples in terms of their preferences, a survey was applied to 400 people in southern Chile, distributed using a simple allocation among the subsamples. Using a conjoint analysis, it was found that consumers preferred milk from a conventional cow. Using a cluster analysis, in both subsamples two segments sensitive to production technology were identified. Rejection of cloning was greatest among university students, whereas a higher proportion of working adults rejected GM. The segments differed in terms of area of residence, knowledge about GM, and milk consumption habits. Contrary to what was expected, no differences were found according to education, gender or degree of satisfaction with food-related life.

  10. Activity of ceftaroline and comparators against pathogens isolated from skin and soft tissue infections in Latin America - results of AWARE surveillance 2012

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    Daryl Hoban

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT As part of the Assessing Worldwide Antimicrobial Resistance Evaluation (AWARE surveillance program in 2012 the in vitro activity of ceftaroline and relevant comparator antimicrobials was evaluated in six Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela against pathogens isolated from patients with hospital associated skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs. The study documented that ceftaroline was highly active (MIC90 0.25 mg/L/% susceptible 100% against methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MIC90 2 mg/L/% susceptible 83.3% and ß-hemolytic streptococci (MIC90 0.008-0.015 mg/L/% susceptible 100%. The activity of ceftaroline against selected species of Enterobacteriaceae was dependent upon the presence or absence of extended-spectrum ß-lactamases (ESBLs. Against ESBL screen-negativeEscherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, andKlebsiella oxytoca the MIC90 and percent susceptible for ceftaroline were (0.5 mg/L/94.1%, (0.5 mg/L/99.0% and (0.5 mg/L/91.5%, respectively. Ceftaroline demonstrated potent activity against a recent collection of pathogens associated with SSTI in six Latin American countries in 2012.

  11. Motivational Measure of the Instruction Compared: Instruction Based on the ARCS Motivation Theory vs Traditional Instruction in Blended Courses

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    Colakoglu, Ozgur M.; Akdemir, Omur

    2012-01-01

    The ARCS Motivation Theory was proposed to guide instructional designers and teachers who develop their own instruction to integrate motivational design strategies into the instruction. There is a lack of literature supporting the idea that instruction for blended courses if designed based on the ARCS Motivation Theory provides different…

  12. Invalidating stagnation theory for family owned businesses : comparing family-to-family and third party ownership transfers

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    Heaver, Roger; Ibrahimovic, Alija; Teeffelen, Lex van

    2015-01-01

    Miller, Le Breton-Miller and Scholnick (2008) summarize and discuss two major perspectives constructed from the literature on family owned businesses (FOBs): stewardship and stagnation theory. In this paper the stagnation theory is being put to the test on Dutch small/medium enterprises (SMEs). Acco

  13. 美欧转基因食品安全政策比较研究%The Comparation Research about the Genetically Modified Food in Europe and America

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    胡日查; 马晨颉

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the development of genetically modified food security of United States and Europe,the United States and Europe comparative analysis of the characteristics of genetically modified food safety policy and the causes,examine the problems and deficiencies of GM food safety policy exists. So our GM food safety policy development,should be based on the protection of national physical and mental health,through technical support,policy guidance and capacity building,promoting turn commercial application of gene technology research and genetically modified food,to protect our food security and food safety to provide support.%首先阐述了美欧转基因食品安全的发展现状,比较分析美欧转基因食品安全政策特点及形成原因,考察了我国转基因食品安全政策存在的问题和不足。为此,我国转基因食品安全政策制定,应在保障国民身心健康的基础上,通过相关技术支持、政策引导和能力建设,推进转基因技术的研发及转基因食品的商业化应用,为保障我国粮食安全和食品安全提供支撑。

  14. The Comparation Research about the Genetically Modified Food in Europe and America%美欧转基因食品安全政策比较研究

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    胡日查; 马晨颉

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the development of genetically modified food security of United States and Europe,the United States and Europe comparative analysis of the characteristics of genetically modified food safety policy and the causes,examine the problems and deficiencies of GM food safety policy exists. So our GM food safety policy development,should be based on the protection of national physical and mental health,through technical support,policy guidance and capacity building,promoting turn commercial application of gene technology research and genetically modified food,to protect our food security and food safety to provide support.%首先阐述了美欧转基因食品安全的发展现状,比较分析美欧转基因食品安全政策特点及形成原因,考察了我国转基因食品安全政策存在的问题和不足。为此,我国转基因食品安全政策制定,应在保障国民身心健康的基础上,通过相关技术支持、政策引导和能力建设,推进转基因技术的研发及转基因食品的商业化应用,为保障我国粮食安全和食品安全提供支撑。

  15. Meta-analysis of the effects of laidlomycin propionate, fed alone or in combination with chlortetracycline, compared with monensin sodium, fed alone or in combination with tylosin, on growth performance, health, and carcass outcomes in finishing steers in North America.

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    Cernicchiaro, N; Corbin, M; Quinn, M; Prouty, F; Branine, M; Renter, D G

    2016-04-01

    The objective of this research was to use data from multiple studies to comprehensively quantify the effects of feeding 1) laidlomycin propionate (LP), alone and/or in combination with chlortetracycline, compared with 2) monensin sodium (MS), alone and/or in combination with tylosin, at commercially approved dosages, on ADG, DMI, feed efficiency (FE), mortality, and carcass characteristics (HCW and liver abscesses). A secondary objective was to explore potential sources of heterogeneity among the comparative effectiveness studies. A systematic review of peer-reviewed literature and industry reports was used to identify studies that included direct comparisons of these treatments in finishing steers in North America. Random-effects meta-analysis models of performance, carcass, and health-related outcomes were fitted with extracted data, consisting of a total of 17 data sets comprising a total of 135 pens and 13,603 steers. Results showed that pens of steers fed LP had increased ADG (live and carcass adjusted), DMI, and HCW compared with those fed monensin ( 0.05) were identified for FE or for health-related outcomes (overall and cause-specific mortality). There was a substantial amount of heterogeneity in outcomes among studies, and when pen size and type of production setting were included in mixed-effects meta-regression models, they accounted for only a small proportion of the between-study heterogeneity found in the meta-analysis models. Therefore, caution should be exercised when interpreting summary estimates in the presence of substantial heterogeneity. However, these results provide comprehensive information on the comparative effects of different ionophores across multiple studies and multiple years, states, and production settings. These unique results can enable quantitative and informed decisions by potential end users of these feed additives that are widely used in the U.S. beef industry for reducing the costs of beef production through enhanced cattle

  16. [Inequities in cardiovascular diseases in Latin America].

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    Fleischer, Nancy L; Diez Roux, Ana V

    2013-01-01

    In high-income countries, social inequalities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk are well-documented. Although Latin America has a rich history of theory and conceptual discussion regarding social inequalities in health, empirical research has been more limited. In this commentary we summarize recent empirical work on social inequalities in CVD risk in Latin America, and highlight key research needs as well as implications for prevention. Although much remains unknown about the social patterning of CVD in Latin America, the limited studies to date indicate that inequalities in CVD risk vary across populations and markers of socioeconomic position, as well as disease risk marker. The strongest social inequalities are seen among women, and in urban areas, with regards to obesity, diabetes, and diet. Few studies, though, have been conducted in some parts of Latin America, including the countries of Central America and northern South America. Vital registration systems and nationally-representative risk factor surveys can be important sources of data, as long as information on socioeconomic indicators is collected. Longitudinal studies will also be important for investigating factors driving social inequalities. As policies and prevention strategies are put into place to reduce CVD in Latin America, they must also address factors generating social inequalities in CVD risk.

  17. One electron oxygen reduction in room temperature ionic liquids: A comparative study of Butler-Volmer and Symmetric Marcus-Hush theories using microdisc electrodes

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    Tanner, Eden E L; Barnes, Edward O; Compton, Richard G

    2015-01-01

    The voltammetry for the reduction of oxygen at a microdisc electrode is reported in two room temperature ionic liquids: 1-butyl-1-methylpyyrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([Bmpyrr][NTf2]) and trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis9trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([P14,6,6,6][NTf2]) at 298 K. Simulated voltammograms using Butler-Volmer theory and Symmetric Marcus-Hush (SMH) theory were compared with experimental data. Butler-Volmer theory consistently provided experimental parameters with a higher level of certainty than SMH theory. A value of solvent reorganisation energy for oxygen reduction in ionic liquids was inferred for the first time as 0.4-0.5 eV, which is attributable to inner-sphere reorganisation with a negligible contribution from solvent reorganisation. The developed Butler-Volmer and Symmetric Marcus-Hush programs are also used to theoretically study the possibility of kinetically limited steady state currents, and to establish an approximate equivalence relationship between microdisc el...

  18. Haematopoietic cell transplants in Latin America.

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    Gale, R P; Seber, A; Bonfim, C; Pasquini, M

    2016-07-01

    Haematopoietic cell transplants are done by more than 1500 transplant centres in 75 countries, mostly for life-threatening haematological disorders. However, transplant technology and access are not uniformly distributed worldwide. Most transplants are done predominately in Europe, North America and some Asian countries. We review transplant activity in Latin America, a geographic region with a population of >600 million persons living in countries with diverse economic and social development levels. These data indicate a 20-40-fold lower frequency of transplants in Latin America compared with Europe and North America. We show that although economics, infrastructure and expertise are important limitations, other variables also operate. Changes in several of these variables may substantially increase transplant activity in Latin America. PMID:26999468

  19. Comparative Study on Consumer Education of Online Drugs Purchase Between China and America%我国与美国网上购药消费者教育方面的比较及启示

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    宿凌

    2011-01-01

    目的:为我国完善网上购药消费者教育提供参考.方法:分析我国与美国网上购药消费者教育方面的资料,比较消费者教育主体、合法与非法网上药房辫别教育、非法销售药品网站投诉与报告途径等情况.结果与结论:我国应借鉴美国在网上购药消费者教育方面的经验,增加消费者教育的内容和形式,加大非法药品销售网站曝光的力度,增设消费者投诉和报告的途径.%OBJECTIVE: To provide reference for perfecting consumer education of online drugs purchase in China. METHODS: The information about consumer education of online drugs purchase in China and America were analyzed, and education subject, legal and illegal online pharmacies identification, complaint and report of illegal drugs sale websites were compared. RESULTS & CONCLUSIONS: China should follow American experience in consumer education of online drugs purchase, increase the contents and ways of consumer education, enhance the disclosure degree of illegal drugs sale websites, and add more complaining and reporting methods for consumers.

  20. Finite element modelling versus classic beam theory: comparing methods for stress estimation in a morphologically diverse sample of vertebrate long bones.

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    Brassey, Charlotte A; Margetts, Lee; Kitchener, Andrew C; Withers, Philip J; Manning, Phillip L; Sellers, William I

    2013-02-01

    Classic beam theory is frequently used in biomechanics to model the stress behaviour of vertebrate long bones, particularly when creating intraspecific scaling models. Although methodologically straightforward, classic beam theory requires complex irregular bones to be approximated as slender beams, and the errors associated with simplifying complex organic structures to such an extent are unknown. Alternative approaches, such as finite element analysis (FEA), while much more time-consuming to perform, require no such assumptions. This study compares the results obtained using classic beam theory with those from FEA to quantify the beam theory errors and to provide recommendations about when a full FEA is essential for reasonable biomechanical predictions. High-resolution computed tomographic scans of eight vertebrate long bones were used to calculate diaphyseal stress owing to various loading regimes. Under compression, FEA values of minimum principal stress (σ(min)) were on average 142 per cent (±28% s.e.) larger than those predicted by beam theory, with deviation between the two models correlated to shaft curvature (two-tailed p = 0.03, r(2) = 0.56). Under bending, FEA values of maximum principal stress (σ(max)) and beam theory values differed on average by 12 per cent (±4% s.e.), with deviation between the models significantly correlated to cross-sectional asymmetry at midshaft (two-tailed p = 0.02, r(2) = 0.62). In torsion, assuming maximum stress values occurred at the location of minimum cortical thickness brought beam theory and FEA values closest in line, and in this case FEA values of τ(torsion) were on average 14 per cent (±5% s.e.) higher than beam theory. Therefore, FEA is the preferred modelling solution when estimates of absolute diaphyseal stress are required, although values calculated by beam theory for bending may be acceptable in some situations.

  1. [The demographic transition in Latin America and Europe].

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    Zavala De Cosio, M E

    1992-12-01

    This work describes and analyzes the "European model of demographic transition" and compares it to the fertility transition in Latin America, arguing that two different types of demographic transition coexist in Latin America. Chesnais has defined 3 principal postulates of the theory of demographic transition that he believes are universally valid: the precedence in time of mortality decline; the occurrence of reproductive transition in 2 phases, limitation of marriages followed by limitation of births; and the influence of economic growth on the initiation of the secular fertiilty decline. This work is largely limited to discussion of the first 2 postulates. In all the European transitions analyzed, mortality has declined before the occurrence of fertility changes. Exceptions cited in the literature have probably been caused by omissions or other problems in the data. The level of mortality at the beginning of the transition and the rate of decline differ, giving unique character to each transition. Imbalances resulting from mortality decline are at the root of modern fertility transitions. The French demographic transition was distinguished by early appearance of birth limitation by married couples, as part of the regulation of population growth. In the rest of Europe, during the pretransitional period, the traditional system of reproduction was regulated primarily by control of nuptiality. Only at a second stage was marital fertiity controlled, when limitation of marriage was no longer sufficient or had exceeded the limits of social acceptability. All countries of Northern and Western Europe recorded increased proportions definitively single as the demographic situation began to change, until the moment when couples began to limit births. The demographic transition in Latin America began at the end of the 19th century, with mortality decline. Fertility increased initially in Latin America as it had in Europe and for the same reasons, but the impact was greater

  2. Geometrical and P.D.E. Methods in the Treatment of the Theory of Shells: Comparing Euclidean and Affine Approaches

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    Salvador Gigena

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of differential equations methods in the approach, treatment, and solution of problems in diverse areas of geometry, particularly in affine differential geometry is well known and prolific, where they have proven to be quite fruitful when it comes to the obtainment of definite results. It is perhaps lesser known that the same kind of those very same methods has been and is currently being used to treat developments in some specific areas of applied sciences, such as the theory of shells where, similarly, they can be proven to be quite effective as well. In this paper we precisely show that such is the case in two particular, related instances: the historic approach of the classical, Euclidean part of the theory pursued by Fritz John, in the past century, and the more recent expositions that we ourselves have dedicated to the affine counterpart of the theory.

  3. Comparing two theories of health behavior: a prospective study of noncompletion of treatment following cervical cancer screening.

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    Orbell, Sheina; Hagger, Martin; Brown, Val; Tidy, John

    2006-09-01

    Some women receiving abnormal cervical screening tests do not complete recommended treatment. A prospective study (N = 660) investigated the value of conceptualizing attendance at colposcopy for treatment as either (a) an active problem-solving response to a health threat, motivated by attitudes toward an abnormal result, as implied by self-regulation theory (H. Leventhal, D. Meyer, & D. Nerenz, 1980); or (b) as a behavior motivated by attitudes toward clinic attendance, as implied by the theory of planned behavior (TPB; I. Ajzen, 1985). Responses to questionnaires containing variables specified by these models were used to predict women's subsequent attendance or nonattendance for treatment over the following 15 months. Although the TPB offered superior prediction of intentions and completion of treatment, discriminant function analyses showed that consideration of both models was important in distinguishing between those who attended all their appointments as scheduled, attended after being prompted, or ceased attending. Implications for measurement and theory in health protection are discussed. PMID:17014278

  4. Factors of Online Learning Adoption: A Comparative Juxtaposition of the Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Technology Acceptance Model

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    Ndubisi, Nelson

    2006-01-01

    Organisational investments in information technologies have increased significantly in the past few decades. All around the globe and in Malaysia particularly, a number of educational institutions are experimenting with e-learning. Adopting the theory of planned behaviour (TPB) and the technology acceptance model (TAM) this article tries to…

  5. A Comparative Analysis of Multiple Intelligence Theory with Relationship to Gender and Grade Level in Selected Schools in Ghana

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    Oteng, Ellen N.

    2012-01-01

    This dissertation examined the relationships between Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence Theory and students' gender, age, grade level, and enrollment into a public or private school. The research determined students' dominant intelligences and investigated whether students' intelligences may be influenced by demographic…

  6. Comparative Studies of 1,4-Bis[ 2-(4-Pyridyl) ethenyl ]-benzene Using Density Functional Theory

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    CHENG Jian-bo; L(U) Jia-ping; GONG Bao-an; LI Wen-zuo

    2007-01-01

    The optimized molecular structure and harmonic vibrational frequencies of a 1,4-bis [ 2-( 4-pyridyl ) ethenyl ] -benzene(BPENB) molecule were calculated via five popular density functional theory(DFT) methods. On the basis of the comparison between calculated and experimental results, it is concluded that the B3PW91 and B3LYP methods are superior to the others in optimizing structures, and the BPW91 method reproduces the observed fundamental frequencies most satisfactorily.

  7. An application of 'post-welfarist' theories of justice: comparing theorical rights to compensation and actual policy measures against poverty

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    David CLEMENT; Sofer, Catherine

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to explore the empirical applicability of "post-welfarist" economic theories of justice and redistribution. We consider whether either of the two simple competing axioms of Bossert and Fleurbaey hold in the current French redistribution system. We first present the theoretical and methodological problems raised by the move from a purely individualistic theoretical approach to empirical measures integrating redistribution within households. We then propose a definition...

  8. The Comparative Analysis of"Childlike Innocence Theory"and"Personality Theory"as the Main Concept of Literature%以所主文学观析论“童心说”与“性灵说”

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    张勇; 魏刚

    2014-01-01

    Li Zhi's"Childlike Innocence Theory"and Yuan Hongdao's"Personality Theory", put in the literary criticism, have the corresponding literature views, because two theories have a transmissional relationship, in which both of the theories have the similar point of views as well as differences in different places at deep level. For the literature development view, literature creation view, literary aesthetic and popular literature evaluation, both theories have similarities. However, because of the different outlooks on life as the fundamental factor, and the other factors together, there are also differences of detail, focus, creation form etc. The two main views of literature comparative analysis can also contribute to a better understanding of the deep connotation of"Childlike Innocence Theory"and"Personality Theory".%李贽“童心说”与袁宏道“性灵说”,放于文论而言,都具有相应文学观,因为两种学说具有承续关系,不仅存在相似观点,同样也存在同中有异之深层不同处。对于文学发展观、文学创作观、文学审美观及俗文学评价,两者都存在相似之处,但又因人生观不同为根本因素,加之其余因素,故而也存在阐述详略、关注点、创作形式等方面的不同之处。对二者所主文学观加以比较分析,亦可以有助于更好理解“童心说”与“性灵说”之全面深层内涵。

  9. 中美图书馆少年儿童服务实践若干对比研究%A Comparative Study on Library Services Practice for Children and Teens in China and America

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    王平

    2012-01-01

    Library services for children and teens is an important part in library service innovation. By comparing library services for children and teens in China and America, there are many differences in practical content and service ideas. Limitations are as follows: cognition blind spots in service missions, subject-collecting of users and stylization of service content. It should put importance on following contents : the historical and pratical factors on demestic library services for chilolren and teens, the relation between library services for children and teens and education system, the relation between library services for children and teens and social changes, and innovative models and cases of library services for children and teens.%认为图书馆少年儿童服务是图书馆服务变革中的重要内容;通过网络抽样调查,发现中关图书馆少儿服务在实践内容和服务理念上存在巨大差别,国内存在服务使命的认知盲点和断代性、服务对象的有选择性和服务内容的程式化等问题;提出国内图书馆少儿服务的历史和现实诱因、国内图书馆少儿服务与国内教育制度之间的关系、国内图书馆少儿服务与社会变革之间的联系和国内图书馆少儿服务创新的模式与范例应成为未来研究的方向。

  10. The International Crisis and Latin America

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    Vittorio Corbo; Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel

    2013-01-01

    Latin America has been strongly affected by the international crisis and recession since late 2008. Compared with previous crises, how Latin America has faced this global crisis, what has been the role of different transmission mechanisms and how the structural conditions of the region have affected its vulnerability to external shocks? This paper aims at addressing these questions by assessing growth in the region’s seven major economies during 1990-2009; in particular, it examines the effec...

  11. "The Door Opens and the Tiger Leaps": Theories and Reflexivities of Comparative Education for a Global Millennium.

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    Marginson, Simon; Mollis, Marcela

    2001-01-01

    Examines the dominant strand in comparative education research, hegemony or power-knowledge relations, and considers its limitations amid the growing salience of "globalization." Calls for the building of a democratic, pluralist, non-ethnocentric, and multilingual field of comparative education that enables new kinds of judgments about national…

  12. Demographic tensions in Central America.

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    disproportionately benefits high and middle income groups, thereby widening the already large gap between rich and poor. Average per capita income for the poorest 20% of Central Americans is $90 a year (in 1970 US dollars); over half subsist on an average of $200 a year. Central America's economic crisis is further intensified by the marked increase in the economically active population. Doubling in size from about 2.1 million in 1970 to 4.2 million in 1985, the labor force increasingly pressures an economy already weakened by high unemployment and underemployment. Socioeconomically advanced Costa Rica and Panama are Central America's notable exceptions. Life expectancy at birth and infant mortality rates for these better off countries, e.g., are comparable to those of developed countries. Costa Ricans enjoy the most equitable distributional income of all Central Americans. Panama's income differential is 1 of the widest in the world, but its relative wealth affords more for each of its citizens.

  13. Pinta: Latin America's Forgotten Disease?

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    Stamm, Lola V

    2015-11-01

    Pinta is a neglected, chronic skin disease that was first described in the sixteenth century in Mexico. The World Health Organization lists 15 countries in Latin America where pinta was previously endemic. However, the current prevalence of pinta is unknown due to the lack of surveillance data. The etiological agent of pinta, Treponema carateum, cannot be distinguished morphologically or serologically from the not-yet-cultivable Treponema pallidum subspecies that cause venereal syphilis, yaws, and bejel. Although genomic sequencing has enabled the development of molecular techniques to differentiate the T. pallidum subspecies, comparable information is not available for T. carateum. Because of the influx of migrants and refugees from Latin America, U.S. physicians should consider pinta in the differential diagnosis of skin diseases in children and adolescents who come from areas where pinta was previously endemic and have a positive reaction in serological tests for syphilis. All stages of pinta are treatable with a single intramuscular injection of penicillin. PMID:26304920

  14. A Comparative Analysis of Motivation Theory in Universities and Enterprises%激励理论在高校与企业中的比较分析

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    李庆国

    2012-01-01

    At present,Chinese universities attach more and more importance to teachers' long effect motivation.Although it is still new in theory,long effect motivation and its theory have been attached more importance to in enterprises.Relevant studies have been undertaken deeply for a long time.Therefore,enterprise long effect motivation practice and theory are of positive reference significance.Based on Induction logic of management psychological motivation theory and interests of association logic incentive theory in economics,this paper undertakes a comparative study of university and enterprise as well as a comparative study of the intended end user role of university and enterprise long effect motivation mechanism.The study proves that it is unsuitable for university to use stock incentive mechanism.%目前我国高校越来越重视对教师的长效激励。高校长效激励在理论上还是崭新的,但长效激励及其理论与实践在企业中备受重视,相关研究已经很深入了。所以企业的长效激励实践与理论对于高校而言有着积极的借鉴意义。本文基于心理诱导逻辑的管理学激励理论和利益关联逻辑的经济学激励理论,对高校和企业的激励进行比较研究,并对高校和企业长效激励机制适用对象进行了比较分析,研究发现,高校不适合使用股权激励机制。

  15. Possibility Theory versus Probability Theory in Fuzzy Measure Theory

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to compare probability theory with possibility theory, and to use this comparison in comparing probability theory with fuzzy set theory. The best way of comparing probabilistic and possibilistic conceptualizations of uncertainty is to examine the two theories from a broader perspective. Such a perspective is offered by evidence theory, within which probability theory and possibility theory are recognized as special branches. While the various characteristic of possibility theory within the broader framework of evidence theory are expounded in this paper, we need to introduce their probabilistic counterparts to facilitate our discussion.

  16. MOTIVATIONAL MEASURE OF THE INSTRUCTION COMPARED: Instruction Based on the ARCS Motivation Theory V.S. Traditional Instruction in Blended Courses

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The ARCS Motivation Theory was proposed to guide instructional designers and teachers who develop their own instruction to integrate motivational design strategies into the instruction. There is a lack of literature supporting the idea that instruction for blended courses if designed based on the ARCS Motivation Theory provides different experiences for learners in terms of motivation than instruction developed following the standard instructional design procedure for blended courses. This study was conducted to compare the students’ motivational evaluation of blended course modules developed based on the ARCS Motivation Theory and students’ motivational evaluation of blended course modules developed following the standard instructional design procedure. Randomly assigned fifty junior undergraduate students studying at the department of Turkish Language and Literature participated in the study. Motivation Measure for the Blended Course Instruction (MMBCI instrument was used to collect data for the study after the Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA. Results of the study indicated that designing instruction in blended courses based on the ARCS Motivation Theory provides more motivational benefits for students and consequently contributes student learning.

  17. Proposing a sequential comparative analysis for assessing multilateral health agency transformation and sustainable capacity: exploring the advantages of institutional theory

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    Background This article proposes an approach to comparing and assessing the adaptive capacity of multilateral health agencies in meeting country and individual healthcare needs. Most studies comparing multilateral health agencies have failed to clearly propose a method for conducting agency comparisons. Methods This study conducted a qualitative case study methodological approach, such that secondary and primary case study literature was used to conduct case study comparisons of multilateral health agencies. Results Through the proposed Sequential Comparative Analysis (SCA), the author found a more effective way to justify the selection of cases, compare and assess organizational transformative capacity, and to learn from agency success in policy sustainability processes. Conclusions To more affectively understand and explain why some multilateral health agencies are more capable of adapting to country and individual healthcare needs, SCA provides a methodological approach that may help to better understand why these agencies are so different and what we can learn from successful reform processes. As funding challenges continue to hamper these agencies' adaptive capacity, learning from each other will become increasingly important. PMID:24886283

  18. 中美青少年科技竞赛筛选机制的比较研究%A Comparative Study on Screening Mechanism of the Youth Science and Technology Competitions in China and America

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    李冬晖; 胡咏梅

    2012-01-01

    CASTIC and APFS are two youth science and technology competitions of great importance in China. ISEF and STS ale. two important competitions in America. This paper makes a Sino-US comparative study of the screening mechanism. On the basis of the study, some suggestions have been put forward. (1) To simplify the assessment part of our competitions and improve the effectiveness of the overall quality assessment. (2) To refine evaluation criteria, extend assessment dimensions and set the dimensions' weights with the scientific method. (3) To expand the provincial assessor scope of CASTIC and share provincial assessors as soon as possible. (4) To strengthen the provincial assessor training to ensure the orderly and efficient conducting of assessment.%青少年科技创新大赛、"明天小小科学家"奖励活动是中国最具影响力的两个青少年科技赛事,英特尔国际科学与工程学大赛、美国科学人才选拔赛是美国的两大知名赛事。本研究从竞赛阶段类型、筛选形式、评审环节和评审标准4个角度,对以上竞赛的筛选机制进行了深入比较,并在此基础上提出如下建议:(1)简化竞赛的评审环节,提高综合素质考察环节的有效性;(2)细化评审标准,扩展评审维度,科学设定各维度权重;(3)扩大省赛评委的选择范围,实现各省评委的共享;(4)加强省赛评委的培训。

  19. 美国、澳大利亚、南非、日本体育立法比较研究%Comparative Research on Sports Legislation in America, Australia, South Africa, and Japan

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    程蕉; 袁古洁

    2012-01-01

    我国体育立法仍处于初步发展阶段,研究外国体育立法的经验可以对我国目前体育立法改革起到借鉴的作用。选取美国、澳大利亚、南非、日本四个国家的体育立法作为研究对象,以比较研究的视角,从体育立法的缘起、体育立法法系、体育管理体制对体育立法影响、体育“基本法”四个方面对四个国家的体育立法进行分析和比较,总结其中的经验特点,并在此基础上提出我国体育立法修改完善的相关建议。结果表明:体育立法的去行政化和权力适度下放;体育“基本法”需要定位和调整;体育立法应顺应体育发展规律和社会需求;注重体育立法的修改;借助国际比赛交流或特殊事件等时机推动体育立法。%The sport legislation is under development in China. Thus research on sport legislation in foreign countries will provide useful references. This paper makes a comparative research on sports legislation in America, Australia, South Africa and Japan. It researches on the characteristics and experiences through four aspects which include the reason of beginning the sports legislation, the law system of the sports legislation, the influence of administration system on sports legislation, and the basic leading sports law. Suggestions include decentralization of administration power, adjustment of the basic law, conformation to the sports development and social needs, pushing - forward of the sports legislation through opportunities such as international competition and particular events.

  20. Derechos de propiedad, herencia de las esposas e igualdad de género: aspectos comparativos entre Brasil e Hispanoamérica Property Rights, Inheritance by Wives and Gender Equality: Brazil and Hispanic America in Comparative Perspective

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    Full Text Available En América Latina durante el curso del siglo XX se lograron considerables avances para fortalecer los derechos de propiedad de la mujer casada. Sin embargo, se ha prestado atención limitada a los derechos de herencia de las esposas. La revisión de las normas legales en doce países permite argumentar que las viudas están a menudo en una posición de desventaja en comparación con las hijas/os de la pareja. Las normas sobre herencia no fueron diseñadas para dar a las viudas la posibilidad de autonomía económica, por medio del control de la finca familiar o los negocios. Si se tiene en cuenta la diferencia de género a favor de la mujer en la expectativa de vida y la cobertura limitada de las mujeres en la seguridad social (especialmente las rurales en la mayoría de los países, las mujeres son particularmente vulnerables cuando enviudan. Es urgente que el movimiento de mujeres tenga en cuenta en su agenda el tema de los derechos de herencia, en razón de que su fortalecimiento es necesario para el logro de la redistribución de la propiedad y de una al igualdad de géneroConsiderable gains were made in Latin America over the course of the twentieth century in strengthening the property rights of married women. Insufficient attention, nonetheless, has been given to the inheritance rights of wives. Reviewing the legal norms for twelve countries, it is argued that widows are often in a disadvantaged position compared to the children of a couple. Inheritance norms were not designed to give widows the possibility for economic autonomy, such as through control of the family farm or business. Moreover, given the gender gap favoring women in the lengthening of life spans and the low coverage of social security (particularly in rural areas in most countries, they are particularly vulnerable when they are widowed. The women's movement is urged to take on the issue of inheritance rights since strengthening these are necessary to achieve a

  1. Government and Market:Evolution of Theory,Progress Made in America,Reform in China%政府与市场:理论演进、美国改进、中国改革

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    张思锋; 王舟浩; 张立

    2015-01-01

    How to define the relationship between the government and the market is not only a hot issue in the history of economic theory but also a significant problem which cannot be avoided in the process of economic development in many countries since 1930s.By reviewing the evolution of the theory of the relationship between the government and the mar-ket,on the basis of the research of the history of the reform of the adjustment of the relationship of the government and the market made in America since the middle of 1930s,and through the research of the steps taken in the construction of the China′s socialist market economic system since the end of 1970s,the author interprets his viewpoints of the relation-ship between the market and the government.That is the economic development in different phases in different countries features diversified characteristics.The only standard to examine the relationship of the government and the market is the enhancement of the comprehensive national strength,the improvement of people′s life and the sustained development of economy,politics,social culture and the ecological system.%如何界定市场与政府的关系一直是经济学说史上争论不休的核心话题,也是20世纪30年代以来很多国家经济发展过程难以回避的重大问题。通过对政府与市场关系的理论演进与理论体系的梳理,分析了20世纪30年代中期开始的美国调节政府与市场关系的改进历程;研究了20世纪70年代末期开始的中国社会主义市场经济体制建设中政府与市场关系的改革进程;阐释了作者对政府与市场关系的观点。认为,市场经济发展的普遍规律在不同国家的不同发展阶段必然表现出各自的特殊性。合适的就是最好的,检验一国政府与市场的关系是否合适的标准是,综合国力是否不断提高,人民生活是否不断改善,经济、政治、社会、文化、生态是否可持续发展。

  2. Prevent Child Abuse America

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    ... call the police . Crisis and support contacts For Child Abuse Reporting Numbers in your State please visit: Child ... suspected child abuse and neglect. Parent Resources Prevent Child Abuse America (800) CHILDREN A resource for tips, referrals, ...

  3. America in the Eyes of America Watchers:

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    Feng, Huiyun; He, Kai

    2015-01-01

    almost half of the survey participants thought that America would remain the global hegemon in the next ten years. Meanwhile, a large majority was also optimistic that China is a rising great power, especially in the economic sense, in the world. More than half of the respondents saw Asian military...... issues, such as the South China Sea issue, as the most difficult problem between China and the US....

  4. Immigrant America: A Portrait

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    Rumbaut, RG; Portes, A.

    2014-01-01

    This revised, updated, and expanded fourth edition of Immigrant America: A Portrait provides readers with a comprehensive and current overview of immigration to the United States in a single volume. Updated with the latest available data, Immigrant America explores the economic, political, spatial, and linguistic aspects of immigration; the role of religion in the acculturation and social integration of foreign minorities; and the adaptation process for the second generation. This revised ed...

  5. Research Programme on Scientific and technological Development in Latin America: Working Paper: No. 55: August, 1982: Steelplant Technological Development in Latin America: A Comparative Study of the Selection and Upgrading of Technology in Plants in Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

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    Philip Maxwell

    1982-01-01

    The steel industry is a classic symbol of industrialization. It has been taken as such in Latin America and promoted as a "leading sector" carrying with it the flag of national pride and prestige. This paper is based on five detailed case-studies of individual Latin American steel firms, namely: Acindar, in Argentina (the leading private-sector Argentine firm which produces non-flat products), USIMINAS in Brazil (one of the big three Brazilian state steel firms, producing flat products), AHMS...

  6. Methods and theory in bone modeling drift: comparing spatial analyses of primary bone distributions in the human humerus.

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    Maggiano, Corey M; Maggiano, Isabel S; Tiesler, Vera G; Chi-Keb, Julio R; Stout, Sam D

    2016-01-01

    This study compares two novel methods quantifying bone shaft tissue distributions, and relates observations on human humeral growth patterns for applications in anthropological and anatomical research. Microstructural variation in compact bone occurs due to developmental and mechanically adaptive circumstances that are 'recorded' by forming bone and are important for interpretations of growth, health, physical activity, adaptation, and identity in the past and present. Those interpretations hinge on a detailed understanding of the modeling process by which bones achieve their diametric shape, diaphyseal curvature, and general position relative to other elements. Bone modeling is a complex aspect of growth, potentially causing the shaft to drift transversely through formation and resorption on opposing cortices. Unfortunately, the specifics of modeling drift are largely unknown for most skeletal elements. Moreover, bone modeling has seen little quantitative methodological development compared with secondary bone processes, such as intracortical remodeling. The techniques proposed here, starburst point-count and 45° cross-polarization hand-drawn histomorphometry, permit the statistical and populational analysis of human primary tissue distributions and provide similar results despite being suitable for different applications. This analysis of a pooled archaeological and modern skeletal sample confirms the importance of extreme asymmetry in bone modeling as a major determinant of microstructural variation in diaphyses. Specifically, humeral drift is posteromedial in the human humerus, accompanied by a significant rotational trend. In general, results encourage the usage of endocortical primary bone distributions as an indicator and summary of bone modeling drift, enabling quantitative analysis by direction and proportion in other elements and populations.

  7. Comparing Theory and Experiment for Analyte Transport in the First Vacuum Stage of the Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer

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    Zachreson, Matthew R.

    The inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS) has been used in laboratories for many years. The majority of the improvements to the instrument have been done empirically through trial and error. A few fluid models have been made, which have given a general description of the flow through the mass spectrometer interface. However, due to long mean free path effects and other factors, it is very difficult to simulate the flow details well enough to predict how changing the interface design will change the formation of the ion beam. Towards this end, Spencer et al. developed FENIX, a direct simulation Monte Carlo algorithm capable of modeling this transitional flow through the mass spectrometer interface, the transitional flow from disorganized plasma to focused ion beam. Their previous work describes how FENIX simulates the neutral ion flow. While understanding the argon flow is essential to understanding the ICP-MS, the true goal is to improve its analyte detection capabilities. In this work, we develop a model for adding analyte to FENIX and compare it to previously collected experimental data. We also calculate how much ambipolar fields, plasma sheaths, and electron-ion recombination affect the ion beam formation. We find that behind the sampling interface there is no evidence of turbulent mixing. The behavior of the analyte seems to be described simply by convection and diffusion. Also, ambipolar field effects are small and do not significantly affect ion beam formation between the sampler and skimmer cones. We also find that the plasma sheath that forms around the sampling cone does not significantly affect the analyte flow downstream from the skimmer. However, it does thermally insulate the electrons from the sampling cone, which reduces ion-electron recombination. We also develop a model for electron-ion recombination. By comparing it to experimental data, we find that significant amounts of electron-ion recombination occurs just downstream from the

  8. Comparing theory with experimental data in studying the deformation of magnetically smart films deposited on nickel and glass substrates

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    Wang, Xiaoli; Cao, Jian; Ulmer, M. P.; Graham, M. E.; Vaynman, S.; Savoie, J.; Bellavia, B.

    2012-10-01

    This paper will present the procedure of measuring the deformation of the magnetostrictive bimorph specimens under an applied external magnetic field, and the theoretical and numerical analysis of the deformation. The magnetically smart material (MSM) KelvinAllTM and Terfenol-D is deposited on the nickel or glass substrates. The profiles of thin-film specimens were measured under an external magnetic field with White Light Interferometry. Using the theoretical calculation, the magnetostrictive property was evaluated for the coated Ni sample and glass sample. Employing the numerical approach, the influence of the magnetostrictive film on the deformation of the sample was simulated and compared with experimental results. The coated Ni specimen exhibited larger deformation than the coated glass specimen when the specimen is immersed in a 0.16 T magnetic field. In our experiments, the residual stress calculated in the thin film of the bimorph is acceptable and could be decreased by changing the parameters in the specimen preparation process. The experimental results in this paper was employed as the preliminary step to realize the future application of the magnetostrictive thin film bimorph to the adaptive X-ray mirror, and the theoretical and numerical approach was used to predict the influence of the magnetostrictive film on the larger mirror surface deformation.

  9. Friedman versus Keynes in Latin America

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    1982-01-01

    In a number of Latin American countries, the influence of John Maynard Keynes and his Latin American proponent Raúl Prebisch, was forced during the seventies to give way to the liberal-monetarist principles of Milton Friedman. What advantages and disadvantages have ensued from this change of course? Do Friedman's theories point a way out of Latin America's present economic and social problems?

  10. Density functional theory, comparative vibrational spectroscopic studies, HOMO-LUMO, first hyperpolarizability analyses of 2-fluoro 5-nitrotoluene and 2-bromo 5-nitrotoluene.

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    Krishnakumar, V; Sangeetha, R; Mathammal, R; Barathi, D

    2013-03-01

    This work deals with the vibrational spectra of 2-fluoro 5-nitrotoluene and 2-bromo 5-nitrotoluene by quantum chemical calculations. The solid phase FTIR and FT-Raman spectra of the title compounds were recorded in the regions 4000-400 cm(-1) and 4000-50 cm(-1) respectively. The spectra were interpreted with the aid of normal co-ordinate analysis based on density functional theory (DFT) using standard B3LYP/6-31G(*) basis set for the most optimized geometry. The vibrational frequencies are calculated and scaled values are compared with experimental FTIR and FT-Raman spectra. The scaled theoretical wave numbers showed very good agreement with the experimental ones. The complete vibrational assignments are performed on the basis of the total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanical (SQM) method. (13)C and (1)H NMR chemical shifts results are compared with the experimental values. PMID:23266679

  11. A Study of Afro-American Feminist Criticism in America

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    2007-01-01

    <正>Specialty:Comparative Literature and World Literature This dissertation is meant to make a systematic inquiry into the critical thoughts of Black feminist criticism in America.As the representative of the Third World feminist criticism,Black feminist criticism in America has become an indispensable

  12. 中美上市家族企业薪酬机制的比较研究%The Comparative Study on Compensation Mechanism in Listed Family Business between China and America

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    陈建林

    2011-01-01

    从年度报酬、持股水平、薪酬差距角度出发,分析中美两国上市家族企业的薪酬机制结构、激励效果及其异同,提出完善中国上市家族企业薪酬机制的努力方向。%The paper studies the difference of compensation mechanism structure and its effects in listed family business between China and America.The compensation mechanism includes annual pay,shareholding level and compensation gap.Finally,Based on the conclusion

  13. Boys & Girls Clubs of America

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    ... National BGC Week Join Our Cause Donate Now Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the UPS Foundation ... the Dangers Faced When Behind-the-Wheel MORE» Boys & Girls Clubs of America Names Jocelyn Woods National ...

  14. America's Children and the Environment

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    ... Protection Agency Search Search America's Children and the Environment Share Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Contact Us America's Children and the Environment is an EPA report that presents key information ...

  15. Economic integration in the Americas

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    1997-01-01

    This pioneering study shows that economic integration in the Americas is not simply a matter of removing trade barriers. Economic Integration in the Americas addresses the pervasive effects of economic integration on the economy as a whole.

  16. Americas at Odds

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    2008-01-01

    Despite lingering disputes,the United States keeps a firm grip on Latin America During his presidential campaign,Evo Morales said his election would be a "nightmare" for the United States.The Bolivian president honored his words. On September 10, Morales declared U.S.

  17. Ecodesign in Central America

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    Crul, M.R.M.

    2003-01-01

    This PhD thesis describes and analyses the change process started by the Ecodesign project in Central America, executed between 1998 and 2002. The project started using the concept and praxis developed in Europe. Nine ecodesign projects were performed in industry, and ecodesign was introduced to cou

  18. Literacy in South America.

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    Hornberger, Nancy H.

    1991-01-01

    Literacy in South America must be understood in terms of the linguistic diversity there, where only 2 of 14 nations and territories are monolingual. Oral traditions, standardization of indigenous languages, nonstandard varieties of colonial languages, bilingual education and mother tongue literacy, literacy teaching, and politics are discussed.…

  19. Still Teaching for America

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    Kronholz, June

    2013-01-01

    In this article, June Kronholz talks to co-chief executives of Teach For America (TFA), Elisa Villanueva Beard and Matt Kramer about how TFA has managed to keep its forward momentum for almost 24 years. Four primary reasons are discussed: (1) Common Vision, Regional Innovation; (2) Data-Driven Improvement; (3) Global Reach; and (4) Stoking the…

  20. Two Visions of America

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    Capaldi, Nicholas

    2012-01-01

    Since the seventeenth century, there have been two narratives about modernity in general and America in particular. The author uses the term "narrative" to include (a) facts, (b) arguments, and most important, (c) a larger vision of how one sees the world and chooses to engage the world. The first and originalist narrative is the Lockean Liberty…

  1. Only "In America"

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    Miranda, Maria Eugenia

    2011-01-01

    As the daughter of an interracial couple growing up in a middle-class town on Long Island in the 1970s, Soledad O'Brien learned not to let inappropriate or racist comments throw her. Now as the anchorwoman of CNN's "In America" documentary unit, she says she asks those uncomfortable questions about race all the time. She shines spotlight on…

  2. An Idea Called America

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    Hartoonian, Michael; Van Scotter, Richard; White, William E.

    2007-01-01

    America evolved out of the principles of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, suggesting that individuals could govern themselves and that people were "endowed" with "unalienable rights" such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these principles, Americans would continue to work on forming a more perfect Union, by…

  3. Lateinamerika oder -amerikas? Latin America or Americas?

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    Ana Belén García Timón

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Anhand interdisziplinärer und empirischer Studien wird Lateinamerika als Bühne für die Entwicklung transkultureller Phänomene präsentiert. Geschlechterverhältnisse in unterschiedlichen Kontexten stehen im Mittelpunkt der Untersuchung. Begriffe wie Macht, Rasse oder Raum werden mit dem Ziel, weg von der bisherigen Vorstellung von homogenen kulturellen Einheiten zu kommen, revidiert.Latin America is presented as a stage for the development of transcultural phenomena through the use of interdisciplinary and empirical studies. Gender relations in different contexts lie at the heart of this study. Terms such as power, race, or space are revised with the goal of moving away from current perceptions of homogenous cultural unities.

  4. Dependence theories: approaches on the development of Latin America - doi: 10.4025/dialogos.v11i1e2.71 Teorías de la dependencia: enfoques sobre el desarrollo Latinoamericano Teorias da dependência: abordagens sobre o desenvolvimento Latino-Americano - doi: 10.4025/dialogos.v11i1e2.71

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    Paulo José Koling

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Elements on the theoretical approaches with regard to Latin American development and analyses of its international economic insertion are provided. Periphery, revision of dependence theories and aspects of the debate among “dependentists” are analyzed. The dual focus of civilization and barbarity was dominant during the 19th century and within the context of traditional Latin American intellectual thought on the insertion of the new countries within world economy. This was corroborated by the Ricardian theory of comparative advantages within the international work division, criticized by the Economical Commission for Latin America (CEPAL. In the context of dependence revision, critique on Rostowian and Cepal structuralism will be undertaken. Aspects of the discussion among intellectuals on dependence theories with regard to the relationship between dependence and development and nuances on its publicity in Brazil will be given and investigatedEn este artículo presentamos algunos elementos de los enfoques teóricos realizados sobre el desarrollo latinoamericano y sus análisis de las formas de inserción económica internacional, destacando la visión del pensamiento periférico, la revisión de las teorías de la dependencia y los aspectos del debate entre los dependentistas. Para el estudio de la inserción de los nuevos países de la región en la economía mundial del siglo XIX, en la “tradición” latinoamericana predominó el enfoque dualista de “civilización o barbarie” y la teoría ricardiana sobre las ventajas comparativas de la división internacional del trabajo que, por su parte, fue la base de la crítica producida por la Comisión Económica para América Latina (CEPAL. Inicialmente, de la revisión dependentista analizamos su crítica al estructuralismo rostowiano y al cepalino; luego, situamos los aspectos de la discusión realizada entre los intelectuales de las teorías de la dependencia, en lo que se refiere a la

  5. Middle Class and Democracy in Latin America

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    Jaime Fierro

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The consolidation of the middle class has been interpreted by modernization and postmodernization theories as a key factor for the functioning and stability of the democratic system. However, in Latin America the middle class has tended to be associated with two contradictory positions. On the one hand, it is emphasized that it plays a stabilizing and democratic role while, on the other hand, it is linked to supporting military coups. With the purpose of elucidate such a dilemma, the relationship that can be established between the socioeconomic status and the degree of support for democracy will be examined. In order to do this, an empirical analysis from Latinbarometer surveys databases will be conducted, covering seventeen countries in the region for the period from 1996 to 2011. It will be concluded that the middle class in Latin America does not have particularly more favorable attitudes toward democracy than other social segments.

  6. On the Nature of the Semiotic Structure of the Didactic Action: The Joint Action Theory in Didactics within a Comparative Approach

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    Sensevy, Gérard; Gruson, Brigitte; Forest, Dominique

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we first sketch the joint action theory paradigm from a general viewpoint in sciences of culture. Then we specify this generic description by focusing on the joint action theory in didactics (JATD). We elaborate on three currently developed elements of the theory: the reticence-expression dialectics; the contract-milieu dialectics,…

  7. A Bibliography of Italian Studies in North America

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    Cherubini, Jon C., Comp.

    1977-01-01

    This quarterly bibliography of Italian studies in North America includes books, bibliographies, and reviews of comparative literature studies, translations, and publications on art, music, philosophy, history, cinema, and sociology, which are closely related to literature. (SW)

  8. Driving in America

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    2005-01-01

    Mitsuaki recently arrived in the United States to enter university. He wants to do well in his studies and adjust to the new culture. But Mitsuaki has a problem. It's not his roommates. It's not his school fees. It's not even his English ability. Mitsuaki's problem is that he doesn't have a car. And in America, that really makes him a foreigner. Mitsuaki has already discovered a basic fact of American culture : Driving is a way of life.

  9. Making America Great Again?

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    2016-01-01

    This study aims at uncovering the discourses in Donald Trump’s announcement speech and their relation to his campaign slogan Make America Great Again. Through a thorough analysis of his speech, we have identified thematic categories and used critical discourse studies (CDS), to denaturalise the discourses he produces and reproduces in a socio-cultural and socio-political context. Our method of Critical Discourse Analysis is based on Fairclough, complemented by Wodak, Richardson and van Dijk, ...

  10. REGIONALISMO ECONOMICO EN AMERICA DEL NORTE:¿HACIA LA COMUNIDAD DE AMERICA DEL NORTE?

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    2008-01-01

    In this article, the authors undertake a scientific assessment of economic integration in North America from a NAFTA perspective. An analysis around the creation of NAFTA, the cooperation that exists between the three North American economies, as well as the challenges that they face with regards to the evolution of NAFTA. The Theory of Game aids the authors to consider the validity or failures of economic treaties, such as NAFTA. It is worth emphasize that this essay represents a contributio...

  11. [Travellers to South America].

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    Lloveras, Susana Cristina

    2011-12-01

    The geography, tourist attractions and the multiple sites of historical and cultural interest make South America as an important destination chosen by travelers. The continent has a wide climatic variation from north to south, making exposure to risk different between the tropics and the temperate or cold regions. In the countries of tropical South America, the greatest risk is associated with the possibility of acquiring vector-borne diseases, like yellow fever, dengue, malaria and leishmaniasis. The risk of acquiring traveler's diarrhea and food-borne illness is similar across the continent, with some variations according to country and to visit urban or rural areas. Rabies, pertussis and diphtheria have appeared as epidemics in several countries and other diseases such as rickettsiosis, hantavirosis and viral encephalitis have expanded their distribution. The geographic and epidemiological diversity of South America, promotes a challenge for travel medicine specialists because during the pre-travel advice they have to take in account the kind of trip, traveller's medical history, exposure to risk and the dynamics of endemic emerging and reemerging diseases in the region.

  12. Theory and practice in medical education – expectations and development of skills experienced by students of human medicine compared with students in other disciplines

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    Piedmont, Silke

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Aim: The aim of this article is to compare students of human medicine (HM with students specialising in the MINT disciplines (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and engineering, the humanities and social sciences as well as law and economic sciences with regard to their expectations of their university study and career and the areas of competence where they feel they have been supported by their education. We present in detail issues particularly relevant to prospective physicians, which are discussed with the main focus on the “theoretical and practical orientation of medical education”.Methods: We used the database in the Public Use File of the “11 Student Survey”, a written survey of randomly selected students studying at 25 German tertiary institutions during the 2009/2010 winter term, which was supplied by the Tertiary Education Research working group at the University of Constance. Data on 7536 students was included, of which 488 (6.5% were prospective physicians.Results: Human medicine students have a clear career aim and want to complete their education quickly. They have a far above-average interest in working with and for people. About one student in two is interested in a career in science or research (53% in each case – close to the average for all subjects. Compared with the other disciplines, HM students are most likely to consider their university education to have practical and research relevance and are most likely to feel prepared for their profession. Yet over half of all students (Ø 53.3%; HM 54.5% do not consider their education to have fostered their research skills. MINT students in particular are better able to enhance their skills through independent experimentation, while theory and practice are more likely to be communicated academically in the regular teaching of human medicine. Accordingly, the HM students feel less well supported in some areas of competence required for their later work than

  13. 许茨与胡塞尔的生活世界理论比较%Comparing Schutz with Husserl on the Life- world Theory

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    黑龙江大学文化哲学研究中心,哈尔滨150080); 张彤

    2012-01-01

    Husserl's concept of lifeworld influenced Schutz deeply. Schutz applied this concept to the phenomenologieal sociology. The result of comparing Schutz with Husserl on the life - world theory can be generalized into the statement that it is from transcendental life -world to daily life -world, from transcendental inter - subjectivity to daily inter - subjectivity, and from transcendental primary philosophy to daily social science.%胡塞尔“生活世界”的概念深深地影响了许茨,许茨借用了这一概念,并把其运用到其现象学社会学理论之中。许茨与胡塞尔的生活世界理论的比较可以概括为:从先验的生活世界到日常生活世界,从先验的主体间性到日常生活中的主体间性,从先验的第一哲学到日常生活中的社会科学。

  14. Electronic and magnetic properties of X2YZ and XYZ Heusler compounds: a comparative study of density functional theory with different exchange-correlation potentials

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    Rai, D. P.; Sandeep; Shankar, A.; Pradhan Sakhya, Anup; Sinha, T. P.; Khenata, R.; Ghimire, M. P.; Thapa, R. K.

    2016-07-01

    The electronic and magnetic properties of Heusler compounds X2YZ and XYZ (X = Co, Ni, Pt, Fe; Y = Mn, Cr, Vi; Z = Al, Sb, Ga) are investigated by using the density functional theory with generalized gradient approximation (GGA), GGA plus U (LSDA+U), and modified Becke‑Johnson (mBJ) exchange potential. It is found that the half-metallic gaps are generally widened reasonably by LSDA+U and mBJ as compared to the conventional GGA. For the Co-based Heusler compounds the inclusion of U in GGA leads to a larger minority band gap while it is destroyed for Fe2VAl and NiMnSb. The magnetic properties of Co2VSi and Co2VSn are well defined within LSDA+U and mBJ with an exact integer value of magnetic moment. The band gaps of Fe2VAl and CoMnSb given by mBJ are in good agreement with the available experimental data of x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Except for the reasonably larger band gap, the mBJ band structure is almost same as that of GGA but is remarkably different from that of LSDA+U.

  15. Timekeeping in the Americas

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    López, J. M.; Lombardi, M. A.

    2015-10-01

    Time and its measurement belong to the most fundamental core of physics, and many scientific and technological advances are directly or indirectly related to time measurements. Timekeeping is essential to everyday life, and thus is the most measured physical quantity in modern societies. Time can also be measured with less uncertainty and more resolution than any other physical quantity. The measurement of time is of the utmost importance for many applications, including: global navigation satellite systems, communications networks, electric power generation, astronomy, electronic commerce, and national defense and security. This paper discusses how time is kept, coordinated, and disseminated in the Americas.

  16. Chinese Food in America

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    Jou, Diana T.

    2011-01-01

    How did Chinese food get to look like this? With more than 41,000 Chinese restaurants in America - 3 times the number of McDonald’s restaurants - Chinese food is one of the most accepted and misunderstood cuisines in the United States. From large cities to small towns, locals can always count on an order of orange chicken in a takeout box, with a few fortune cookies thrown in the bag. But what Americans view as Chinese food is far from a traditional Chinese meal, wh...

  17. Eating in America

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    康海燕

    2007-01-01

    Americans are too busy to cook at home.They often eat outside.Eating culture is one of the important parts in America.There are many kinds of restaurants.Some are open for breakfast. Others are open twenty-four hours a day. A number of restaurants call themselves"family restaurants".They serve no alcohol~* and have fairly restricted~* menus.They serve steaks,hamburgers and sandwiches.Besides these,there are some special restaurants.They serve only or mainly steaks,seafood,etc.

  18. Mosques in North America

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    Omar Khalidi

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The following article derived from an exhibit catalogue put together by Public Affairs Germany in the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf and accompanied Dr. Omar Khalidi’s photo exhibit “Mosques in America.” There are over 2,000 mosques in the United States, mostly housed in buildings originally built for other purposes. American mosques built in the last few decades, however, in the period in which Islam has begun to feel at home in the United States, are almost universally architect-designed.

  19. Knight Capital Americas LLC

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    Austin, Robert D.; Meister, Darren

    2015-01-01

    $450 million dollars in less than an hour. Although it was ultimately saved from bankruptcy when it was acquired two days later, the terms of acquisition were very unfavourable to the company's shareholders. How did this happen? Could it have been prevented? What should the staff, the chief executive......It took 19 years to build Knight Capital Americas LLC into the largest market maker on the New York Stock Exchange, but on August 1, 2012, it took only 45 minutes for the firm to be wiped out by an information technology (IT) problem: a change in the company's software caused it to lose more than...

  20. Let's Go to America!

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    2008-01-01

      The United States and China have signed an agreement to facilitate Chinese group leisure travel to the United States. This agreement provides the necessary framework to permit group leisure travel from China to the United States. U.S. companies can now enter into business relationships with Chinese travel agencies to organize and market travel packages for group leisure travel to the United States. It also attracts more and more Chinese to go to America, as more and more convenience and comforts are coming up during the travel.……

  1. Let's Go to America!

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    2008-01-01

    @@ The United States and China have signed an agreement to facilitate Chinese group leisure travel to the United States. This agreement provides the necessary framework to permit group leisure travel from China to the United States. U.S. companies can now enter into business relationships with Chinese travel agencies to organize and market travel packages for group leisure travel to the United States. It also attracts more and more Chinese to go to America, as more and more convenience and comforts are coming up during the travel.

  2. Analysis of Long-Term Precipitation Sequencing Pattern Changes in North America

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    Roque, S.; Kumar, P.

    2015-12-01

    This study evaluates changes in long-term precipitation patterns in North America, focusing specifically on precipitation sequencing. Previous precipitation studies have explored changes in extreme precipitation events, intensity, and distribution, but sequencing changes and their effects are still largely not understood. Precipitation sequencing, or the overall temporal pattern of precipitation events, is a vital yet often overlooked part of developing long-term climate predictions; the assumption of long-term stationarity in climate variability, which suggests that past observed temporal patterns are likely to continue and can therefore be projected, weakens the robustness of climate models. Additionally, changes in sequencing could be a driver for fluctuations in the highly interconnected hydrologic cycle, meaning that tipping points and critical changes in the cycle could be better anticipated given a more complete picture of long-term temporal patterns. Analysis was based on precipitation data collected by the National Climatic Data Center for approximately 9000 stations in North America. Temporal patterns recorded at each station - the sequence of consecutive days with or without rain and the lengths of those increments - were reviewed and compared on a decadal and seasonal scale. Comparisons to date indicate that long-term precipitation patterns are non-stationary and therefore cannot be relied upon for long-term climate projections. It remains to be seen how exactly regional temporal patterns have fluctuated over time in North America, and results could provide interesting insight into observed hydrologic changes or serve to reinforce existing theories regarding regional hydrologic studies.

  3. The Regulation of Biosimilars in Latin America.

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    Garcia, Ricardo; Araujo, Denizar Vianna

    2016-03-01

    This article summarizes the regulatory scenario on biological medications in Latin America focusing on comparability studies, extrapolation of indications, interchangeability and pharmacovigilance issues. In the case of comparability studies, what is being discussed is the possibility of decreasing the clinical trials requirement, but that the molecule should be well characterized in the studies of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. With the worldwide-level approval of the first monoclonal antibody biosimilar, infliximab, extrapolation of indications are being discussed, since the behavior of the Latin America regulatory agencies has been different with regard to such issue. Another issue discussed by the regulatory agencies is the interchangeability between biological medications and their biosimilars, mainly due to the fact that there is a clear confusion on interchangeability and substitution concepts. Finally, the pharmacovigilance debate, according to what takes place globally, is related to the need for identifying and differentiating the reference biological medication and its biosimilars for traceability purposes. PMID:26951254

  4. Socially Engaged Buddhist Nuns: Activism in Taiwan and North America

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    Karma Lekshe Tsomo

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The last decades of the twentieth century have been a time of new visibility and social activism for Buddhists in Taiwan and around the world. This paper compares the social engagement of nuns in the Chinese Buddhist tradition in Taiwan and North America. I would like to argue that whereas nuns in Taiwan have developed a variety of approaches to social involvement, their counterparts in the Chinese diaspora in North America have had to face a set of challenges specific to overseas Chinese communities in addition to Chinese Buddhist tradition. The article concludes with reflections on the prospects for nuns' social activism in Taiwan and North America in future years.

  5. Building America Best Practices Series: Volume 7.1: Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County

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    Baechler, Michael C.; Williamson, Jennifer L.; Gilbride, Theresa L.; Cole, Pamala C.; Hefty, Marye G.; Love, Pat M.

    2010-08-30

    This report for DOE's Building America program helps builders identify which Building America climate region they are building in. The guide includes maps comparing the Building America regions with climate designations used in the International Energy Conservation Code for Residential Buildings and lists all U.S. counties by climate zone. A very brief history of the development of the Building America climate map and descriptions of each climate zone are provided. This report is available on the Building America website www.buildingamerica.gov.

  6. A Comparative Analysis of Portal Websites Building Between Business School of China and America%中美商学院门户网站建设的比较分析

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    刘维树; 蒋录全; 杨桦

    2011-01-01

    门户网站是数字校园的重要组成部分,各大高校建立门户网站之后,二级学院也相继建立自己的门户网站,实现学院教学、科研、办公的数字化.学员多样化、社会化以及与企业的密切联系等特点,商学院对高质量门户网站的需求更为强烈.综述了门户网站评价的相关研究,总结门户网站评价指标,构建了商学院门户网站评价指标体系.应用层次分析法对中美二十所商学院门户网站进行了比较分析,发现中国商学院在网站设计、网站内容以及网站功能指标上均有显著差距.中国商学院门户网站应优化站点设计,增强信息组织性,完善校友网络、企业合作网络建设.%Portal Website is an important part of digital school. After universities set up the portal websites, secondary colleges have also set up their own portal to digitalize teaching, research, and office activities. Because of diversity and socialization of students and close contact with enterprises, business schools (BS) demand high-quality portal websites more strongly. An evaluation system is built after reviewing and summarizing prior related studies. Twenty BS portal websites in China and America are evaluated by using A HP method and discover there exits significant gaps in web design, web content and site function. China BS portal websites should optimize website design, provide more organized information and improve the construction of alumni and enterprise corporation network.

  7. Small rural towns, global change and local knowledge. Comparative studies in Latin America Pequeñas localidades rurales, cambios globales y conocimiento local: Estudios comparados en América Latina

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    Graciela Nogar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This article examines changes in rural areas of Latin America and the possible future scenarios through case studies developed under the project "Designing a methology to evaluate local knowlegde on global change and its role in the construction of future land scenarios used by local actors "IAI Institute for Global Change (director Jean Francois Tourrand, CIRAD. This project is a major methodological goal is to develop, test and validate a methodology to evaluate local knowledge on global change and how such knowledge is incorporated in the construction of future scenarios of land use. The complexity of the problem requires an interdisciplinary approach through the participation of researchers from different countries and institutions and the development of field work in various rural areas. With regard to the methodology developed, the lessons advance the accuracy of the information collection (drivers of change, scenarios and conditions and enriching the experience of fieldwork in Uruguay, Brazil and Peru.El presente artículo aborda los cambios en los espacios rurales de América Latina y los posibles escenarios futuros a través de estudios de caso desarrollados en el contexto del proyecto "Designing a methology to evaluate local knowlegde on global change and its role in the construction of future land use scenarios by local actors" IAI Institut for Global Change (director Jean Francois Tourrand, CIRAD. Este proyecto tiene un objetivo metodológico principal que consiste en elaborar, testear y validar una metodología para evaluar el conocimiento local sobre el cambio global y cómo se incorpora tal conocimiento en la construcción de escenarios futuros de uso de suelo. La complejidad del problema implica un abordaje interdisciplinario a través de la participación de investigadores de distintos países e instituciones y el desarrollo de trabajos de campo en distintos espacios rurales (1 En lo que respecta a la metodología elaborada, las

  8. Education in America. Opposing Viewpoints.

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    This book, part of a series about differing viewpoints on education in America, examines how education can be improved for this and future generations of America's youth. The following papers and their authors are included: "Public Education Needs Extensive Reform" (John Taylor Gatto); "Public Education Does Not Need Extensive Reform" (Gerald…

  9. Locking in on Latin America

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    MICHAEL; RICE

    2006-01-01

    China cautious as it sets up generous investment in Latin America The United States is keeping a watchful eye as China bolsters political and economic ties with Latin America. The situation has U.S. political analysts trying to determine just how China s emerging influence

  10. South America Geologic Map (geo6ag)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — South America is part of Region 6 (Central and South America) for the World Energy Assessment. The geologic map of South America was digitized so that we could use...

  11. Motivational Measure Of The Instruction Compared: 
Instruction Based On The Arcs Motivation Theory 
V.S. Traditional Instruction In Blended Courses

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    COLAKOGLU, Ozgur M.; Omur AKDEMIR

    2010-01-01

    The ARCS Motivation Theory was proposed to guide instructional designers and teachers who develop their own instruction to integrate motivational design strategies into the instruction. There is a lack of literature supporting the idea that instruction for blended courses if designed based on the ARCS Motivation Theory provides different experiences for learners in terms of motivation than instruction developed following the standard instructional design procedure for blended courses. Thi...

  12. Fermilab and Latin America

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    Lederman, Leon M.

    2006-09-01

    As Director of Fermilab, starting in 1979, I began a series of meetings with scientists in Latin America. The motivation was to stir collaboration in the field of high energy particle physics, the central focus of Fermilab. In the next 13 years, these Pan American Symposia stirred much discussion of the use of modern physics, created several groups to do collaborative research at Fermilab, and often centralized facilities and, today, still provides the possibility for much more productive North-South collaboration in research and education. In 1992, I handed these activities over to the AAAS, as President. This would, I hoped, broaden areas of collaboration. Such collaboration is unfortunately very sensitive to political events. In a rational world, it would be the rewards, cultural and economic, of collaboration that would modulate political relations. We are not there yet.

  13. 合作学习理论视野下的英美概况课程教学%Cooperative Learning Theory and Teaching of A Survey of Britain and America

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    侯静华

    2012-01-01

    Cooperative learning is a mutual study method in which groups have different tasks for the same assignment. This method can improve the teaching effect by changing the classroom atmosphere, cultivate students'interest in learning English and develop their language ability and social skills.It can also expand learning space under the classroom teaching.Student groups can accomplish teachers'assignment through cooperation by presentation, discussion and debate. Through practices in classroom, cooperative learning teaching mode is proved feasible in the subject of A Survey of Britain and America.%合作学习是指小组或团队为完成共同的任务,有明确责任分工的互助性学习。它能够改善课堂气氛和教学效果,培养学生对学习的兴趣,提高学生语言运用的能力,同时对他们社会交往能力的发展也有积极作用,还可以拓展班级授课制条件下的学习空间。英美概况课程的内容、特点和地位都比较适合应用合作学习的教学模式。教师精心选择任务后,学生分组合作,以课堂展示、讨论、辩论等形式可以高效地完成教学任务。经过教学实践证明这一教学模式在英美概况课程教学中具有可行性。

  14. A Comparative Analysis on the Western Theories of Corporate Crime%西方公司犯罪理论对比分析

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    聂宇轩

    2012-01-01

    公司犯罪在我国研究甚少,但是国外已创建不少基本理论。比较有实证基础的理论包括紧张理论、模仿理论、合理性选择理论以及公司结构理论。这些理论对公司犯罪的解释角度不同,可谓各具所长。紧张理论突出公司业绩与犯罪之间的关系;模仿理论则更加关注公司文化和高管人员对犯罪行为的接受;另外,基于一定经济分析基础的合理性选择理论把公司决策时的成本效益分析看成了公司犯罪的最本源,而公司结构理论则恰恰相反地把犯罪源头锁定在了公司治理的结构问题上。就公司本身特征(包括公司业绩、规模、高管人员素质和组成)与公司行为关系而言,这些理论的适用性则强度不一。因此,为求对公司犯罪研究结果的整合,以及提高公司治理的发展,一种综合性解释理论的需求随之而生。%There has not been much research on corporate crime in China, while quite a few fundamental theories have been developed overseas. Theories with empirical supports include strain theory, learning theory, rational choice theory, and corporate structure theory. These theories approach corporate crime from different angles, so each has its own strengths. Strain theory emphasizes the relationship between corporate performance and crime, while learning theory concerns more about corporate culture and top management; on the other hand, rational choice theory, which is based on economic analysis, takes the cost-benefit analysis of corporate decision as the origin of corporate crime, meanwhile corporate structure theory is on quite the contrast, identifying the corporate governance as the source of corporate crime. As far as the relationship between corporate crime and corporate features, including corporate performance, size, top management backgrounds, the strength of these theories varies. Therefore, in order to improve corporate governance, a general explanatory theory

  15. A Comparative Research on Real-Bill Theory and Free-Banking Theory and Monetary Contract Theory%真实票据理论、自由银行理论和货币契约思想的比较研究

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    张兰

    2012-01-01

    本文首先对货币历史上出现过的真实票据理论和自由银行理论的涵义进行了阐述,并试图将二者与货币契约思想的内涵做比较,找出它们之间的异同点。最后对信用货币制度下的货币契约提出一些建议,以便使当代的国际和国内货币制度设计更符合契约思想。%This paper analyzes the connotation of real-bill theory and free-banking theory which existed in history and makes an attempt to compare them with monetary contract theory to find their differences and similarities.Finally,the paper gives some suggestions to monetary contract under the credit money system in order for the design of modern international and domestic monetary system corresponding to contract thought even more.

  16. A Comparative study of the theory of dual reality from the perspective of Averroes, followers of Averroes and the church of the thirteenth century

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the thirteenth century, along with the return of the European thinkers and philosophers to Aristotelian philosophy and the emergence of the contradiction between Aristotle's philosophy and Christian teachings and religious beliefs, the church put forward a theory known as dual reality. According to this theory everything that is true in theology, its opposite can also be true in philosophy. With this theory, the church accused the philosophers of heresy, while the followers of Averroes considered themselves free of this charge. In his book Faṣl al-maqāl, Averroes appeared to be in favor of the above mentioned theory in a different form. By a precise analysis of the theory through reviewing the now available sources and considering the events followed by attributing this view to the philosophers, one can infer different implications from the theory from the perspective of each of the three sides involved (i.e. Averroes, followers of Averroes and church and the following division can be sketched: 1- ontological implications: that is to believe in the existence of two types of realities in the universe which can be described in two ways: A two contradictory scopes in the universe B two distinct scopes in the universe. 2- Epistemological implications of the dual reality: A Two ways to reach one reality. B Two dictions to narrate one reality. C Duality of the reality in practice. D Two levels of one single reality. By analyzing each of these implications of the dual reality, one can be led to some consequences according to which based on different works of Averroes he cannot be accused of believing in a kind of duality which makes him deserve heresy.

  17. O neoliberalismo na America Latina

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    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Neoliberalism in Latin America. Neoliberalism and globalization had decisive influence in shaping public policies both internal and foreign in Latin America. Less state, trade and market freedoms, social goals subordinated to economic criteria, are part and parcel of the neoliberal utopia. Price stability was erected as the main social objective; import substitution resulted replaced by exports as the main source of growth. The neoliberal net results as applied to Latin America are: less growth, deindustrialization, income concentration and precarious employments. Therefore, countries public policies should try to gain autonomy to use jointly markets and public intervention in a constructive and innovative fashion.

  18. North America and South America (NA-SA) neuropathy project.

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    Pasnoor, Mamatha; Nascimento, Osvaldo J M; Trivedi, Jaya; Wolfe, Gil I; Nations, Sharon; Herbelin, Laura; de Freitas, M G; Quintanilha, Giseli; Khan, Saud; Dimachkie, Mazen; Barohn, Richard

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    Peripheral neuropathy is a common neurological disorder. There may be important differences and similarities in the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy between North America (NA) and South America (SA). Neuromuscular databases were searched for neuropathy diagnosis at two North American sites, University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and one South American site, Federal Fluminense University in Brazil. All patients were included into one of the six major categories: immune-mediated, diabetic, hereditary, infectious/inflammatory, systemic/metabolic/toxic (not diabetic) and cryptogenic. A comparison of the number of patients in each category was made between North America and South America databases. Total number of cases in North America was 1090 and in South America was 1034 [immune-mediated: NA 215 (19.7%), SA 191 (18%); diabetic: NA 148 (13.5%), SA 236 (23%); hereditary: NA 292 (26.7%), SA 103 (10%); infectious/inflammatory: NA 53 (4.8%), SA 141 (14%); systemic/metabolic/toxic: NA 71 (6.5%), SA 124 (12%); cryptogenic: NA 311 (28.5%), SA 239 (23%)]. Some specific neuropathy comparisons were hereditary neuropathies [Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) cases] in NA 246/292 (84.2%) and SA 60/103 (58%); familial amyloid neuropathy in SA 31/103 (30%) and none in NA. Among infectious neuropathies, cases of human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) neuropathy in SA were 36/141(25%), Chagas disease in SA were 13/141(9%) and none for either in NA; cases of neuropathy due to leprosy in NA were 26/53 (49%) and in SA were 39/141(28%). South American tertiary care centers are more likely to see patients with infectious, diabetic and hereditary disorders such as familial amyloid neuropathies. North American tertiary centers are more likely to see patients with CMT. Immune neuropathies and cryptogenic neuropathies were seen equally in North America and South America.

  19. Pedagogical Media Competencies of Preservice Teachers in Germany and the United States: A Comparative Analysis of Theory and Practice

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    Tiede, Jennifer; Grafe, Silke; Hobbs, Renee

    2015-01-01

    Teachers need knowledge and skills to make effective use of the growing variety of media and technology texts and tools available for use in elementary and secondary education. For this reason, pedagogical media competencies are highly relevant for teachers' professional development. The theory of media pedagogical competencies is first defined…

  20. Cross-Cultural Studies of Implicit Theories of Creativity: A Comparative Analysis between the United States and the Main Ethnic Groups in Singapore

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    Ramos, Suzanna J.; Puccio, Gerard J.

    2014-01-01

    This article explores the extent of influence of culture on implicit theories of creativity among laypeople from the United States and Singapore, as well as the ethnic groups in Singapore. Adaptive and innovative styles of creativity were examined, as well as their own conceptions of creativity. Laypersons from the United States and Singapore were…

  1. Micro-Cultural Influences on Theory of Mind Development: A Comparative Study of Middle-Class and "Pemulung" Children in Jakarta, Indonesia

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    Kuntoro, Ike Anggraika; Saraswati, Liliek; Peterson, Candida; Slaughter, Virginia

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    We investigated cultural influences on young children's acquisition of social-cognitive concepts. A theory of mind (ToM) scale (Wellman & Liu, 2004) was given to 129 children (71 boys, 58 girls) ranging in age from 3 years 0 months to 7 years 10 months. The children were from three distinct cultural groups: (a) trash pickers…

  2. Cultural Differences in Implicit Theories of Citizenship Performance: A Comparative Study of MBA Students from the Czech Republic, India and the United States

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    Lanik, Martin

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the present research was to (a) develop a culturally-universal measure of implicit citizenship performance theories and (b) examine cross-cultural differences in the construct. The final measure consisted of four factors--Discourtesy, Interpersonal Harmony, Conscientiousness, and Initiative. Cross-country comparisons using the new…

  3. Applying the Uses and Gratifications Theory to Compare Higher Education Students' Motivation for Using Social Networking Sites: Experiences from Iran, Malaysia, United Kingdom, and South Africa

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    Karimi, Leila; Khodabandelou, Rouhollah; Ehsani, Maryam; Ahmad, Muhammad

    2014-01-01

    Drawing from the Uses and Gratifications Theory, this study examined the Gratification Sought and the Gratification Obtained from using Social Networking Sites among Iranian, Malaysian, British, and South African higher education students. This comparison allowed to drawing conclusions about how social networking sites fulfill users' needs with…

  4. On the "Hero" Image of America from the Perspective of Frame Theory%从框架理论视角解读美国“英雄”形象

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    郜丽娜; 姚志英

    2012-01-01

    Frame theory provides a new perspective for semantic research.Linguistic information and lexical meaning can evoke a frame and the construction of the frame is conducive to raising our understanding of linguistic expressions.Based on frame theory,this article focuses on linguistic expressions on the theme of values of freedom and democracy in American presidential inaugural speeches after World WarⅡ.It is found that American presidents frame American government as a hero and construct the moral framing of promoting values of freedom and democracy as a battle between "good and evil" by the use of some specific lexical items.%框架理论是一个语义研究的新视角,语言信息和词汇语义可以唤起框架;框架的构建有助于我们对语言表达的理解。本文从框架理论视角分析二战后美国总统就职演说中自由民主主题下的语言表达,发现美国总统使用一些特定语言词汇成功构建一个"英雄"框架来塑造美国的"英雄"形象,并把美国推广自由民主价值观的行为框定为"正义"与"邪恶"之战。

  5. Geoparks in Latin America

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    A Geopark is a territory delimited part of a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development, based on geological sites of particular importance, rarity or aesthetic geological sites. A Geopark achieves its goals through three main areas: geoconservation, education and geotourism. The first network of Geoparks born in Europe in 2000, and from 2004 UNESCO is promoting the creation of a Global Geoparks Network (Global Geoparks Network, GGN ). Currently, there are 64 Global Geoparks in 19 countries, and the movement is in full development. In Latin America there is hardly Araripe Geopark in Brazil. Presented in this work, projects and studies related to the development of Geoparks in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Peru and Venezuela. We understand that Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Nicaragua have projects in this line, but the details are not yet readily available. The authors invite geoscientists and professionals in related fields to join a movement for the creation of the Latin American Network of Geoparks, intended as a framework for the conservation, sustainable use and disclosure of our national geological heritage

  6. A comParative study of construction of Public sPorts service system among China,America Germany and JaPan%中外公共体育服务体系构建比较研究

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    刘芳

    2015-01-01

    With the methods of literature review,expert interview and comparative analysis,by taking advantage of the resources of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport,we interviewed the experts of the United States,Germany,Japan and other countries via network and made a comparison from the aspects of public sports service policy,management,venues and source of funds,service guarantee of the four countries. Compared with the developed countries,the socialization,decentralization,marketization, equalization and human nature of Chinaˊs public sports services are still at a lower level. It is suggested that we change the government function,encourage the main service body to be socialized;perfect the market access system and standardize the financing channel;increase the investment in the facilities and further take advantage of the existing facilities;perfect the security system.%采用文献资料、专家访谈、比较分析等研究方法,利用国际比较体育学会的资源,对美、德、日等国家的体育专家进行了网络访谈。从公共体育服务的政策、组织管理、场地设施、经费来源、服务保障方面5个方面对中、美、德、日4个国家进行了比较。我国的公共体育服务与发达国家相比,其社会化、分权化、市场化、均等化和人性化等方面都处于较低水平。要切实转变政府职能,鼓励服务主体的社会化;健全市场准入机制、规范融资渠道;加大体育设施投入并进一步开发利用现有场地设施;完善保障体系。

  7. A comParative study of construction of Public sPorts service system among China,America Germany and JaPan%中外公共体育服务体系构建比较研究

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    刘芳

    2015-01-01

    采用文献资料、专家访谈、比较分析等研究方法,利用国际比较体育学会的资源,对美、德、日等国家的体育专家进行了网络访谈。从公共体育服务的政策、组织管理、场地设施、经费来源、服务保障方面5个方面对中、美、德、日4个国家进行了比较。我国的公共体育服务与发达国家相比,其社会化、分权化、市场化、均等化和人性化等方面都处于较低水平。要切实转变政府职能,鼓励服务主体的社会化;健全市场准入机制、规范融资渠道;加大体育设施投入并进一步开发利用现有场地设施;完善保障体系。%With the methods of literature review,expert interview and comparative analysis,by taking advantage of the resources of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport,we interviewed the experts of the United States,Germany,Japan and other countries via network and made a comparison from the aspects of public sports service policy,management,venues and source of funds,service guarantee of the four countries. Compared with the developed countries,the socialization,decentralization,marketization, equalization and human nature of Chinaˊs public sports services are still at a lower level. It is suggested that we change the government function,encourage the main service body to be socialized;perfect the market access system and standardize the financing channel;increase the investment in the facilities and further take advantage of the existing facilities;perfect the security system.

  8. African Ethnobotany in the Americas

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Review of African Ethnobotany in the Americas. Edited by Robert Voeks and John Rashford. 2013. Springer. Pp. 429, 105 illustrations, 69 color illustrations. $49.95 (paperback. ISBN 978‐1461408352.

  9. Heart Failure Society of America

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    ... Site Terms and Conditions Copyright © 2016 Heart Failure Society of America. All Rights Reserved 2016 Board Review ... Membership Membership Information Membership in the Heart Failure Society is open to all health care professionals with ...

  10. ScaleUp America Communities

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    Small Business Administration — SBA’s new ScaleUp America Initiative is designed to help small firms with high potential “scale up” and grow their businesses so that they will provide more jobs...

  11. Road Rage Rampant in America

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    ... page: https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_159883.html Road Rage Rampant in America 8 of 10 drivers ... of 10 drivers demonstrated significant anger, aggression or road rage in the past year, the study found. ...

  12. African Ethnobotany in the Americas

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    Review of African Ethnobotany in the Americas. Edited by Robert Voeks and John Rashford. 2013. Springer. Pp. 429, 105 illustrations, 69 color illustrations. $49.95 (paperback). ISBN 978‐1461408352.

  13. Huntington's Disease Society of America

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    ... Andrews HDSA Researcher Spotlight- Dr. Amber Southwell Advocacy Huntington’s Disease Parity Act Affordable Care Act Social Security ... 08.30.16 HD Support & Care Network and Huntington’s Disease Society of America Partner for Stronger HD ...

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    ... purchases to benefit LDA. Shop Now October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month Learning Disabilities Association of America ( ... children's health and reduce toxic exposures. Learn More Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal Committed to the study ...

  15. Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

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    ... enabled to enjoy the full interactive experience. Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Find a Doctor Find a ... Local Chapters News Events Search: What are Crohn's & Colitis? What is Crohn's Disease What is Ulcerative Colitis ...

  16. Educational Research in Latin America

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    1998-01-01

    The present paper consists of four primary sections. First, we describe the historical context of educational research in Latin America. In the second section, we focus on various theoretical frameworks that are applied to educational research in the region. We identify the main institutions involved in this research in the third section. Finally, in conclusion we offer suggestions that we consider to be of greatest priority for the future of educational research in Latin America.

  17. Inflation Targeting in Latin America

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    2002-01-01

    This paper analyzes Latin America’s recent experience with the use of inflation targeting (IT) while the region has made substantial progress toward eradicating high inflation. The paper assesses the implementation and results of inflation targeting in Latin America from a broad perspective. It starts by reviewing the issues relevant for the choice of exchange-rate regimes and monetary frameworks, documenting the evolution of exchange rate and monetary regimes in Latin America during the last...

  18. Solvent dependence of Stokes shift for organic solute-solvent systems: A comparative study by spectroscopy and reference interaction-site model-self-consistent-field theory

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    Nishiyama, Katsura; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Yoshida, Norio; Hirata, Fumio

    2013-09-01

    The Stokes shift magnitudes for coumarin 153 (C153) in 13 organic solvents with various polarities have been determined by means of steady-state spectroscopy and reference interaction-site model-self-consistent-field (RISM-SCF) theory. RISM-SCF calculations have reproduced experimental results fairly well, including individual solvent characteristics. It is empirically known that in some solvents, larger Stokes shift magnitudes are detected than anticipated on the basis of the solvent relative permittivity, ɛr. In practice, 1,4-dioxane (ɛr = 2.21) provides almost identical Stokes shift magnitudes to that of tetrahydrofuran (THF, ɛr = 7.58), for C153 and other typical organic solutes. In this work, RISM-SCF theory has been used to estimate the energetics of C153-solvent systems involved in the absorption and fluorescence processes. The Stokes shift magnitudes estimated by RISM-SCF theory are ˜5 kJ mol-1 (400 cm-1) less than those determined by spectroscopy; however, the results obtained are still adequate for dipole moment comparisons, in a qualitative sense. We have also calculated the solute-solvent site-site radial distributions by this theory. It is shown that solvation structures with respect to the C-O-C framework, which is common to dioxane and THF, in the near vicinity (˜0.4 nm) of specific solute sites can largely account for their similar Stokes shift magnitudes. In previous works, such solute-solvent short-range interactions have been explained in terms of the higher-order multipole moments of the solvents. Our present study shows that along with the short-range interactions that contribute most significantly to the energetics, long-range electrostatic interactions are also important. Such long-range interactions are effective up to 2 nm from the solute site, as in the case of a typical polar solvent, acetonitrile.

  19. Solvent dependence of Stokes shift for organic solute-solvent systems: A comparative study by spectroscopy and reference interaction-site model-self-consistent-field theory.

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    Nishiyama, Katsura; Watanabe, Yasuhiro; Yoshida, Norio; Hirata, Fumio

    2013-09-01

    The Stokes shift magnitudes for coumarin 153 (C153) in 13 organic solvents with various polarities have been determined by means of steady-state spectroscopy and reference interaction-site model-self-consistent-field (RISM-SCF) theory. RISM-SCF calculations have reproduced experimental results fairly well, including individual solvent characteristics. It is empirically known that in some solvents, larger Stokes shift magnitudes are detected than anticipated on the basis of the solvent relative permittivity, ɛr. In practice, 1,4-dioxane (ɛr = 2.21) provides almost identical Stokes shift magnitudes to that of tetrahydrofuran (THF, ɛr = 7.58), for C153 and other typical organic solutes. In this work, RISM-SCF theory has been used to estimate the energetics of C153-solvent systems involved in the absorption and fluorescence processes. The Stokes shift magnitudes estimated by RISM-SCF theory are ∼5 kJ mol(-1) (400 cm(-1)) less than those determined by spectroscopy; however, the results obtained are still adequate for dipole moment comparisons, in a qualitative sense. We have also calculated the solute-solvent site-site radial distributions by this theory. It is shown that solvation structures with respect to the C-O-C framework, which is common to dioxane and THF, in the near vicinity (∼0.4 nm) of specific solute sites can largely account for their similar Stokes shift magnitudes. In previous works, such solute-solvent short-range interactions have been explained in terms of the higher-order multipole moments of the solvents. Our present study shows that along with the short-range interactions that contribute most significantly to the energetics, long-range electrostatic interactions are also important. Such long-range interactions are effective up to 2 nm from the solute site, as in the case of a typical polar solvent, acetonitrile.

  20. Interpretation of Fire Symbolization through the Homeostasis Theory and Mythological Criticism (with Special Attention on Persian Mythology, Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, and Comparative View)

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    پورخالقی چترودی پورخالقی چترودی; قائمی قائمی

    2011-01-01

    Mythological criticism is one of the main methods of contemporary literary criticism that has been based on findings of contemporary psychology and anthropology and history of civilisation, has been influenced particularly by the theories of Carl Gustav Jung, about the “collective unconscious” and “archetypes” that his psychology has been called analytic psychology, and his analytic method for mythology has been referred to as “Analytic Mythology.” In this paper, we o...

  1. Notas acerca de psicólogos y teorías psicológicas de Europa Oriental en la historia de la psicología de América del Sur (Notes About East European Psychologists and Psychological Theories in tahe History of Psychology in South America

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN: Psicólogos de Europa Oriental tuvieron un rol importante en los años iniciales de desarrollo de la psicología en América del Sur. En el presente artículo se describe el trabajo y la influencia de cuatro de ellos: Waclaw Radecki (1887-1953, Béla Székely (1899-1955, F. Oliver Brachfeld (1908-1967 y Hélène Antipoff (1892-1974. Además, teorías provenientes de Rusia y la Unión Soviética encontraron una amplia resonancia entre los psicólogos sudamericanos, como la teoría de Pavlov y las ideas de Vygotsky que atrajeron el interés de los especialistas en la región, quienes las consideraron alternativas válidas frente a la psicología proveniente de los Estados Unidos, sobre todo en la década de1960, cuando predominaba una fuerte atmósfera antiestadounidense en esa parte del mundo. ABSTRACT: Psychologists from Eastern Europe had an important role in the initial years of the development of psychology in South America. In the present communication is the work and influence of four of them: WaclawRadecki (1887-1953, BélaSzékely (1899-1955, F. Oliver Brachfeld (1908-1967 and Hélène Antipoff (1892-1974. Furthermore, theory from Russia and the Soviet Union found a wide resonance among South American Psychologists as Pavlov's theory and the ideas of Vygotsky caught the interest of specialists in the region, who considered them valid alternatives to the psychology coming from the United States, at a time as in the 1960 when a strong anti-american atmosphere prevailed in that part of the world.

  2. Comparative studies on health industry major setting between China and America%中美健康产业相关专业设置的比较研究

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    王逊; 文庠; 吴勉华

    2015-01-01

    It is of great significance to develop health industry for both economic and social advance. To adapt to such tendency, some medical colleges have actively adjusted their major settings. Comparatively speaking, American colleges lay stress on health administration and preservation while Chinese colleges put emphasis to preventive medicine and sanitary control, which indicates a certain distance from requirements of social progress and health industry development. We should use overseas experience for reference and meanwhile adequately explore our native resources so as to develop new traditional Chinese medicine related majors that are urgently needed by the society.%大力发展健康产业对于经济和社会发展具有重大意义,为了顺应这一发展趋势,相关医学院校在专业设置方面积极予以调整。相较而言,美国院校的专业设置将重点放在了对健康的管理和维护上,我国公共卫生学院以预防医学和卫生管理为主,相较于社会发展需要和健康产业发展要求尚存在较大距离。我们在借鉴国外经验的同时,也当充分挖掘我们的本土资源,大力发展中医药学,大力发展经济社会急需的、与传统中医药学科相关的新兴学科专业。

  3. Comparative Study on the Marketing Theories of 4P and 4C%4P 与4C 营销理论的比较研究

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    尹坤; 李欣

    2015-01-01

    The marketing theories of 4P and 4C can’t be replaced by each other from the perspectives of the theories and the application related with the origination and development of marketing mix.They are origi-nated in different marketing environment and are not contradicted in essence.Hence,it is claimed that the theories of 4P and 4C should be mixed in application according to the industry peculiarities,market compe-tition condition and the different stages of the products.%从营销组合的产生与发展以及理论和应用层面分析认为,4P 和4C 营销理论之间不存在谁取代谁的关系,它们产生于不同的营销环境,没有本质的矛盾。在此基础上提出应该根据具体的行业特征、市场竞争状况和产品所处的不同的生命周期阶段来对4P 和4C 进行组合运用。

  4. Comparing the utility of the theory of planned behavior between boys and girls for predicting snack food consumption: implications for practice.

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    Branscum, Paul; Sharma, Manoj

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to use the theory of planned behavior to explain two types of snack food consumption among boys and girls (girls n = 98; boys n = 69), which may have implications for future theory-based health promotion interventions. Between genders, there was a significant difference for calorie-dense/nutrient-poor snacks (p = .002), but no difference for fruit and vegetable snacks. Using stepwise multiple regression, attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and subjective norms accounted for a large amount of the variance of intentions (girls = 43.3%; boys = 55.9%); however, for girls, subjective norms accounted for the most variance, whereas for boys, attitudes accounted for the most variance. Calories from calorie-dense/nutrient-poor snacks and fruit and vegetable snacks were also predicted by intentions. For boys, intentions predicted 6.4% of the variance for fruit and vegetable snacks (p = .03) but was not significant for calorie-dense/nutrient-poor snacks, whereas for girls, intentions predicted 6.0% of the variance for fruit and vegetable snacks (p = .007), and 7.2% of the variance for calorie-dense/nutrient-poor snacks (p = .004). Results suggest that the theory of planned behavior is a useful framework for predicting snack foods among children; however, there are important differences between genders that should be considered in future health promotion interventions.

  5. The comparative study of theories and tools application in performance evaluation of hospital human resources%医院人力资源绩效评价理论与工具应用比较研究

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    刘丹; 乐虹

    2012-01-01

    Human resource management is based on the modern theories of human resource management. In recent years, some domestic scholars began to apply some advanced management theories into hospital human resources management, such as incentive theory, psychological contract theory, the theory of organizational commitment and iceberg theory. Human resource management theory has great sense for the performance evaluation, so that the choice of performance appraisal methods is the important content of human resource management. In order to provide reference for the hospital managers, the authors developed a comparative analysis among the key performance indication assessment method, 360 degree evaluation method, Balanced Scorecard to find the suitable performance management tool for hospitals.%医院人力资源管理是建立在现代人力资源管理理论的基础之上的.近年来国内一些学者尝试把一些先进的人力资源管理理论运用到医院人力资源绩效管理中,包括"激励理论"、"心理契约理论"、"组织承诺理论"、"冰山理论"等.人力资源管理理论对绩效考核有重大的指导意义,绩效考核方法的选择是人力资源管理的重要内容.本文通对360度考核法、平衡计分法等的适用性进行比较分析,选择适合的绩效管理工具,以期为医院管理者提供借鉴.

  6. Comparative Study on the Nominal Value of Wind Loads on Tall Buildings Among the Codes of China, America and Japan%中美日三国规范高层结构风荷载标准值对比

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    张军锋; 葛耀君; 柯世堂; 赵林

    2011-01-01

    Most international codes and standards provide guidelines and procedures for assessing the along-wind nominal value of equivalent static wind loads on tall buildings. Despite their analogous multiple-parameters expression, notable scatter exists among the parameters and so among the nominal values of wind loads and wind effects predicted by the various codes and standards. Based on the comparative study of parameters, the GB50009 (China), ASCE7 (American), and AIJ (Japan) were selected as the representative codes in the Asia-Pacific region, and the calculation principles and methods of the nominal value of equivalent wind loads in the along-wind direction were reviewed. Pa-rameters such as the basic wind velocity, wind profile, turbulence intensity, gust effect factor and also the inter-influ-ence among them were considered. The gust effect factor and the influence on it were also expounded. A detail exam-ple including three representative buildings was presented to illustrate the overall comparison and the main findings were also highlighted in the example and the relevant discussion. The results show that the along-wind nominal value of equivalent static wind loads is the largest in AU and more or less the same in GB50009 and ASCE7.%世界各国规范对高层结构的顺风向风荷载标准值都取多参数表达的计算式,各参数取值的差异最终反映到荷载标准值的大小.以参数分析为基础,对亚太地区具有代表性的中美日三国荷载规范关于普通高层结构顺风向风荷载标准值的取值原则和计算思路进行了对比.研究了基本风速、风剖面、紊流度、脉动效应系数等各参数的取值以及各参数间的相互影响,分析了脉动效应系数的取值和影响因素.以三个不同高度的典型结构为例,分别采用三国规范计算风荷载标准值及特征响应,并对不同国家规范荷载标准值和响应的差异进行了讨论.结果表明,对于结构顺风

  7. Social Pedagogy in North America: historical background and current developments

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    Full Text Available In North America, the use of the term ‘social pedagogy’ is a relatively new phenomenon, but social pedagogical practices have been used for a long time. The recent interest in the field of social pedagogy can be explained in part by the publication of an unprecedented volume of books and articles in English language, the creation of a new international journal, the simultaneous development of graduate programs in social pedagogy in the UK and the USA, and the establishment of a social pedagogy association that brings together academics and practitioners. In North America, social pedagogy thinking is influenced by the history of the field, by current social pedagogy theory and practice in other parts of the world, and by several traditions that connect education with social change. The paper discusses ten of them: indigenous education, progressive education, social movement learning, community development, public pedagogy, popular education, participatory action research, social economy, participatory democracy, and critical theory

  8. A Comparative Analysis and In-depth Understanding of Value Theory%价值理论的比较分析与深化认识

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    李松龄

    2012-01-01

    The research object of labor theory is relations of production, and research methods include the overall and average methods; the object of the utility theory is productivity, and research methods include the individual and varying analytical methods. Deepening the understanding of the theory of value means to combine both study and research methods, to recognize the two forms of capital profits: profits transformed from surplus value and deviation of price from the value, to alter the traditional understanding of the transformation of the form of surplus value, reveal the law of the market economy, and to explain the emergence of new problems and new situations in the construction of the socialist market economy.%劳动价值论的研究对象是生产关系,研究方法是总体的和平均的分析方法;效用价值论的研究对象是生产力,研究方法是个别的和变化的分析方法。深化价值理论的认识,就是要把两者的研究对象和研究方法有机地统一起来,用来认识资本利润的两种形式:剩余价值转化形式的利润和价格背离价值形式的利润,以区别于资本利润全是剩余价值的转化形式的传统认识,揭示市场经济的运动规律,解释社会主义市场经济建设中出现的新问题和新情况。

  9. 2014 Building America House Simulation Protocols

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    Wilson, E. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Engebrecht, C. Metzger [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Horowitz, S. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Hendron, R. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

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    As Building America has grown to include a large and diverse cross-section of the home building and retrofit industries, it has become more important to develop accurate, consistent analysis techniques to measure progress towards the program's goals. The House Simulation Protocol (HSP) document provides guidance to program partners and managers so they can compare energy savings for new construction and retrofit projects. The HSP provides the program with analysis methods that are proven to be effective and reliable in investigating the energy use of advanced energy systems and of entire houses.

  10. Latin America`s emerging non-proliferation consensus

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    Redick, J.R.

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    Latin America`s incorporation into the international nuclear non-proliferation regime is well advanced. The 1967 Tlatelolco Treaty, which established a regional nuclear-weapon-free zone (NWFZ), is nearing completion. A signal event occurred January 18, when Argentina and Chile deposited instruments of ratification to the treaty, leaving Brazil and Cuba the only major countries in Latin America that are not yet contracting parties. And after more than two decades of concern about the nuclear programs and policies in Argentina and Brazil, there is room for great optimism that Brazil may now be moving quickly on important non-proliferation issues. Even Cuba, the {open_quotes}bad boy of the neighborhood{close_quotes} in the eyes of many, which held aloof from the Tlatelolco process for three decades, has stated its willingness to join the zone in the future.

  11. Human rights and the right to abortion in Latin America

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    Alejandra Zúñiga-Fajuri

    2014-01-01

    The scope of this study is to question the fact that in some countries in Latin America (Chile, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic) abortion is still forbidden in all situations. Even after all the debate on this thorny issue, the theory of human rights is not often used in the defense of abortion. This is clearly related to the pervasive, albeit unspoken belief that, due to their condition, pregnant women inherently lose their full human rights and should surrender a...

  12. Anaglyph, North America

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    This anaglyph (stereoscopic view) of North America was generated with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). It is best viewed at or near full resolution with anaglyph glasses. For this broad view the resolution of the data was first reduced to 30 arcseconds (about 928 meters north-south and 736 meters east-west in central North America), matching the best previously existing global digital topographic data set called GTOPO30. The data were then resampled to a Mercator projection with approximately square pixels (about one kilometer, or 0.6 miles, on each side). Even at this decreased resolution the variety of landforms comprising the North American continent is readily apparent.Active tectonics (structural deformation of the Earth's crust) along and near the Pacific North American plate boundary creates the great topographic relief seen along the Pacific coast. Earth's crustal plates converge in southern Mexico and in the northwest United States, melting the crust and producing volcanic cones. Along the California coast, the plates are sliding laterally past each other, producing a pattern of slices within the San Andreas fault system. And, where the plates are diverging, the crust appears torn apart as one huge tear along the Gulf of California (northwest Mexico), and as the several fractures comprising the Basin and Range province (in and around Nevada).Across the Great Plains, erosional patterns dominate, with stream channels surrounding and penetrating the remnants of older smooth slopes east of the Rocky Mountains. This same erosion process is exposing the bedrock structural patterns of the Black Hills in South Dakota and the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Lateral erosion and sediment deposition by the Mississippi River has produced the flatlands of the lower Mississippi Valley and the Mississippi Delta.To the north, evidence of the glaciers of the last ice age is widely found, particularly east of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and around the

  13. Comparing the content of leadership theories and managers' shared perceptions of effective leadership: a Q-method study of trainee managers in the English NHS.

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    Freeman, Tim

    2013-08-01

    Health service managers face potential conflicts between corporate and professional agendas, a tension sharpened for trainees by their junior status and relative inexperience. While academic leadership theory forms an integral part of contemporary management development programmes, relatively little is known of trainees' patterned subjectivities in relation to leadership theories. The objective of this study was to explore such subjectivities within a cohort of trainees on the National Health Service Graduate Management Training Scheme (NHS GMTS), a 'fast-track' programme which prepares graduate entrants for director-level health service management posts. A Q-method design was used and four shared subjectivities were identified: leadership as collaborative social process ('relational'); leadership as integrity ('moral'); leadership as effective support of subordinates ('team'); and leadership as construction of a credible leadership persona ('identity'). While the factors broadly map onto competencies indicated within the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework which underpin assessments of performance for this student group, it is important not to overstate the governance effect of the assessment regime. Rather, factors reflect tensions between required competencies, namely the mobilisation of diverse interest groups, the ethical base of decisions and the identity work required to convince others of leadership status. Indeed, factor 2 ('moral') effectively defines leadership as the embodiment of public service ethos.

  14. Comparing the content of leadership theories and managers' shared perceptions of effective leadership: a Q-method study of trainee managers in the English NHS.

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    Freeman, Tim

    2013-08-01

    Health service managers face potential conflicts between corporate and professional agendas, a tension sharpened for trainees by their junior status and relative inexperience. While academic leadership theory forms an integral part of contemporary management development programmes, relatively little is known of trainees' patterned subjectivities in relation to leadership theories. The objective of this study was to explore such subjectivities within a cohort of trainees on the National Health Service Graduate Management Training Scheme (NHS GMTS), a 'fast-track' programme which prepares graduate entrants for director-level health service management posts. A Q-method design was used and four shared subjectivities were identified: leadership as collaborative social process ('relational'); leadership as integrity ('moral'); leadership as effective support of subordinates ('team'); and leadership as construction of a credible leadership persona ('identity'). While the factors broadly map onto competencies indicated within the NHS Leadership Qualities Framework which underpin assessments of performance for this student group, it is important not to overstate the governance effect of the assessment regime. Rather, factors reflect tensions between required competencies, namely the mobilisation of diverse interest groups, the ethical base of decisions and the identity work required to convince others of leadership status. Indeed, factor 2 ('moral') effectively defines leadership as the embodiment of public service ethos. PMID:25595001

  15. La investigación sobre violencia contra las mujeres en América Latina: entre el empirismo ciego y la teoría sin datos Research on violence against women in Latin America: from blind empiricism to theory without data

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    Roberto Castro

    2003-02-01

    Full Text Available La investigación en torno a la violencia contra las mujeres en América Latina enfrenta una paradoja: el número de investigaciones es sumamente bajo, al mismo tiempo que existe una suerte de agotamiento del tema sin haberse dado aún respuestas definitivas sobre la naturaleza y las causas del problema. Ello responde a la orientación predominantemente empírica de las investigaciones, y a su falta de anclaje en la teoría sociológica más general. La investigación que se apoya en la teoría social suele ignorar las mediaciones existentes entre los arreglos estructurales y la conducta específica de los individuos, así como el carácter interaccional de la violencia. La investigación empírica, por su parte, presenta resultados inconsistentes y suele incurrir en problemas metodológicos tales como confusión operacional, y obviedad de los hallazgos y de las recomendaciones. Para enriquecer la investigación es indispensable diseñar nuevas investigaciones sustentadas en el corpus conceptual de las ciencias sociales y abandonar los diseños ateóricos y meramente estadísticos. Sólo así será posible imaginar las nuevas preguntas de investigación que requiere el problema de la violencia.Research on violence against women in Latin America presents an interesting paradox: while the number of studies is quite small, there also appears to be a sense that research on this topic has been exhausted, despite the lack of any definitive responses to the nature and causes of the problem. This results from the boom in studies with a strong empirical focus, lacking any basis in more general sociological theory. On the other hand, research using social theory tends to ignore the existing mediations between structural arrangements and any individual specific behavior, as well as the interactive nature of domestic violence. Meanwhile, empirical research presents inconsistent results and tends to run into methodological problems such as operational

  16. WOMEN LEADERSHIP AND GLOBAL POWER: EVIDENCE FROM THE UNITED STATES AND LATIN AMERICA

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    Arup K. Sen; Jessica E. Metzger

    2010-01-01

    This paper examines leadership theories along with the advancement of women within the United States as well as in Latin America. Data from an exploratory survey of 19 women executives in Latin America and 19 women executives in the United States suggest that globalization has transformed the way in which organizations perceive and carry out leadership today. Globalization has paved the way for a new type of leadership style that is more collaborative and less hierarchal, in which relationshi...

  17. A Comparative Study on Family Education between China and America

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    王大利

    2011-01-01

    Family education is one of the earliest and most important form of education, which is related to a person' s whole life. It plays a vital role in shaping a child' s world view, character, and thinking mode. With the social development, high qualified tal

  18. A comparative test of the theory of reasoned action and the theory of planned behavior in the prediction of condom use intentions in a national sample of English young people.

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    Sutton, S; McVey, D; Glanz, A

    1999-01-01

    Based on the theories of reasoned action (TRA) and planned behavior (TPB), predictors of condom use intentions were investigated in 949 young people (16-24 years of age) from a national survey conducted in England. Contrary to expectations, the TPB did not perform significantly better than the TRA, even among women. Measures of past behavior were the best predictors of intentions and attenuated the effects of attitude and subjective norm. There was only weak evidence for the multiplicative assumption underlying the TRA and TPB. Although the TRA components were not the strongest predictors, the beliefs on which they are based are potentially amenable to change through information-based intervention programs. A number of practical suggestions for developing intervention strategies are offered.

  19. Why Schools in America Should Not Be Like Schools in Singapore

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    Hong, Barbara S. S.

    2014-01-01

    America is not Singapore and Singapore cannot be America. So why are we often comparing ourselves to high-performing countries based on international exams? Despite the educational crisis many U.S. schools are facing, Americans should be cautious not to mimic another country's model within our diverse classrooms. We are largely grounded on…

  20. Internationalisation in Higher Education in Latin America: Policies and Practice in Colombia and Mexico

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    Berry, Caroline; Taylor, John

    2014-01-01

    There is now an extensive literature about internationalisation in higher education. However, much of the research relates to North America and Europe. This paper is concerned with internationalisation in Latin America and seeks to consider perceptions and experiences in Colombia and Mexico, and to compare practice in the public and private…

  1. Algunos Animales de Latino America = Some Animals of Latin America.

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    Thompson, Kathryn F. B.

    Developed by the Latin American Culture Studies Project for educators of elementary level children, these materials are designed to teach students the Spanish and English names of animals found in Latin America. The lesson includes coloring sheets, duplicating masters, fact sheets, the card game Maymayguashi, and directions for preparation. (DB)

  2. Remember Native America! The Earthworks of Ancient America.

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    Balthazar, Richard

    In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries prehistoric earthworks were to be seen throughout North America. Fascinated colonialist and European settlers attributed these mysterious mounds to mythic Eurocentric sources rather recognizing them as evidence of prehistoric Amerinds. By the end of the nineteenth century interest in the…

  3. Waltz's Theory of Theory

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    Wæver, Ole

    2009-01-01

    Kenneth N. Waltz's 1979 book, Theory of International Politics, is the most influential in the history of the discipline. It worked its effects to a large extent through raising the bar for what counted as theoretical work, in effect reshaping not only realism but rivals like liberalism...... and reflectivism. Yet, ironically, there has been little attention to Waltz's very explicit and original arguments about the nature of theory. This article explores and explicates Waltz's theory of theory. Central attention is paid to his definition of theory as ‘a picture, mentally formed' and to the radical anti......-empiricism and anti-positivism of his position. Followers and critics alike have treated Waltzian neorealism as if it was at bottom a formal proposition about cause-effect relations. The extreme case of Waltz being so victorious in the discipline, and yet being consistently mis-interpreted on the question of theory...

  4. Micro-universes and Situated Critical Theory: Postcolonial and Feminist Dialogues in a Comparative Study of Indo-English and Lusophone Women Writers

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    Passos, J.F. da Silva de Melo Vilela

    2003-01-01

    This dissertation studies six texts written by women (three Indo-English novels, a novel and an anthology of short stories from Cape Verde and a novel from Mozambique). The three Lusophone texts (literature written in Portuguese, though it is not Portuguese literature) are compared to the Indo-Engli

  5. Density functional theory based comparative study of electronic structures and magnetic properties of spinel ACr2O4 (A  =  Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) compounds

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    Das, Debashish; Ghosh, Subhradip

    2015-10-01

    Using the DFT+U method and generalized gradient approximation (GGA) we perform the first systematic study of the chromite series ACr2O4 (A  =  Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) by computing their structural and magnetic properties. The results are analyzed by their electronic structures. We find that in spite of varying structural distortions, the electronic structures are very similar across the series. Such similarities are responsible for qualitative uniformities in their magnetic phases at low temperatures, as observed in the experiments. We find that the strong electron-electron correlation, along with competing magnetic exchange splitting and the crystal field splitting, are responsible for their electronic properties such as the electronic band gaps. Our results regarding the magnetic exchange parameters are in good agreement with the available results and show the relative importance of the pairwise exchange interactions in each of the compounds. The ground state magnetic spin structures and the ferrimagnetic transition temperatures obtained from these exchange parameters, in combination with a phenomenological theory, qualitatively agree with the experiments and other theoretical results.

  6. A Comparative Study on Situation Theories of Goffman and Meyrowitz%戈夫曼和梅洛维茨“情境论”比较

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    车淼洁

    2011-01-01

    在以往有关梅洛维茨和戈夫曼的“情境论”的中文文献中,对于二者的相似性和延续性方面的强调较多。本文通过对二者“情境论”的比较发现,梅洛维茨对戈夫曼的延续并非那么密切,二者无论是概念的定义,还是论述的原理、重心和特性,以及理论的来源和归属都有所不同,前者偏向符号互动论脉络,后者偏向技术主义路线。%This paper discovered that the continuity between Meyrowitz and Goffman's situation theories is vague than that have been expected. There are more differences than similarities in their concept definition, principle, focus and traits. Further, they have d

  7. Interpretation of Fire Symbolization through the Homeostasis Theory and Mythological Criticism (with Special Attention on Persian Mythology, Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh, and Comparative View

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    Full Text Available Mythological criticism is one of the main methods of contemporary literary criticism that has been based on findings of contemporary psychology and anthropology and history of civilisation, has been influenced particularly by the theories of Carl Gustav Jung, about the “collective unconscious” and “archetypes” that his psychology has been called analytic psychology, and his analytic method for mythology has been referred to as “Analytic Mythology.” In this paper, we observe the symbolism of fire in myths, with this approach. The opposition and the projection of formation of homeostasis between the elements is a result of psychological projection of collective unconscious contents on environmental subjects, in order to overcome on the nature. Meanwhile, there are the roles for the fire that it are observed in the world of mythology, including in the Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh and they are divided into two parts: First, in mythology, element of fire, as a higher element and the intermediate in between heaven and earth, is a symbol of the appearance of divine transfigure and eminence of a spiritual material in the world. Second, it is a symbol of heavenly power and object of the All-Powerful God’s torture (fire of hell, which this stage is a terrible and torrid shibboleth (the shibboleth of fire, that should be passed to a higher stage. Key words: mythological criticism, archetype, collective unconscious, Jung, Shahnameh, fire.

  8. Weight Gain Prevention for College Freshmen: Comparing Two Social Cognitive Theory-Based Interventions with and without Explicit Self-Regulation Training

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    Elizabeth A. Dennis

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The college transition represents a critical period for maintaining a healthy weight, yet intervention participation and retention represent significant challenges. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and acceptability of two interventions to prevent freshman weight gain. One intervention provided opportunities to improve outcome expectations and self-efficacy within a social cognitive theory framework (SCT, while the other targeted the same variables but focused on explicit training in self-regulation skills (SCTSR. Methods. Freshmen (n=45 aged >18 years were randomized to a 14-week intervention, SCT or SCTSR; both included online modules and in-class meetings. Of the 45 students randomized, 5 withdrew before the classes began and 39 completed pre- and posttesting. Primary outcomes included body weight/composition, health behaviors, and program acceptability. Analyses included independent sample t-tests, repeated measures ANOVA, and bivariate correlational analyses. Results. Body weight increased over the 14-week period, but there was no group difference. Percent body fat increased in SCTSR but not SCT (mean difference: SCTSR, +1.63 ± 0.52%; SCT, −0.25 ± 0.45%; P=0.01. Class attendance was 100% (SCTSR and 98% (SCT; SCTSR students (>50% remarked that the online tracking required “too much time.” Conclusions. The intervention was well received, although there were no improvements in weight outcomes.

  9. Weight Gain Prevention for College Freshmen: Comparing Two Social Cognitive Theory-Based Interventions with and without Explicit Self-Regulation Training.

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    Dennis, Elizabeth A; Potter, Kerry L; Estabrooks, Paul A; Davy, Brenda M

    2012-01-01

    The college transition represents a critical period for maintaining a healthy weight, yet intervention participation and retention represent significant challenges. The objective of this investigation was to evaluate the preliminary efficacy and acceptability of two interventions to prevent freshman weight gain. One intervention provided opportunities to improve outcome expectations and self-efficacy within a social cognitive theory framework (SCT), while the other targeted the same variables but focused on explicit training in self-regulation skills (SCTSR). Methods. Freshmen (n = 45) aged >18 years were randomized to a 14-week intervention, SCT or SCTSR; both included online modules and in-class meetings. Of the 45 students randomized, 5 withdrew before the classes began and 39 completed pre- and posttesting. Primary outcomes included body weight/composition, health behaviors, and program acceptability. Analyses included independent sample t-tests, repeated measures ANOVA, and bivariate correlational analyses. Results. Body weight increased over the 14-week period, but there was no group difference. Percent body fat increased in SCTSR but not SCT (mean difference: SCTSR, +1.63 ± 0.52%; SCT, -0.25 ± 0.45%; P = 0.01). Class attendance was 100% (SCTSR) and 98% (SCT); SCTSR students (>50%) remarked that the online tracking required "too much time." Conclusions. The intervention was well received, although there were no improvements in weight outcomes.

  10. A comparative analysis of in-medium spectral functions for $N(940)$ and $N^*(1535)$ in real-time thermal field theory

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    Ghosh, Sabyasachi

    2015-01-01

    In the real-time thermal field theory, the nucleon self-energy at finite temperature and density is evaluated where an extensive set of pion-baryon ($\\pi B$) loops are considered. On the other side the in-medium self-energy of $N^*(1535)$ for $\\pi N$ and $\\eta N$ loops is also determined in the same framework. The detail branch cut structures for these different $\\pi B$ loops for nucleon $N(940)$ and $\\pi N$, $\\eta N$ loops for $N^*(1535)$ are addressed. Using the total self-energy of $N(940)$ and $N^*(1535)$, which contain the contributions of their corresponding loop diagrams, the complete structures of their in-medium spectral functions have been obtained. The Landau and unitary cut contributions provide two separate peak structures in the nucleon spectral function while $N^*(1535)$ has single peak structure in its unitary cuts. At high temperature, the peak structures of both at their individual poles are attenuated while at high density Landau peak structure of nucleon is completely suppressed and its un...

  11. Innovation and productivity in services: Empirical evidence from Latin America

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    Crespi, G.A.; Tacsir, E.; Vargas, F.

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyses and compares the determinants of innovation in the service industry and its impact on labour productivity at the firm level in three countries of Latin America (Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay). The main findings show that, similar to what is observed in the manufacturing industry,

  12. Science Education in the Boy Scouts of America

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    Hintz, Rachel Sterneman

    2009-01-01

    This study of science education in the Boy Scouts of America focused on males with Boy Scout experience. The mixed-methods study topics included: merit badge standards compared with National Science Education Standards, Scout responses to open-ended survey questions, the learning styles of Scouts, a quantitative assessment of science content…

  13. Student Discipline in Colonial America.

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    Petry, John R.

    The basis for the severe discipline imposed on school children in colonial America, especially in the Puritan colonies, was the belief in original sin. The child was regarded as being born in sin and thus depraved and prone to sin. The purpose of education was to enable children to read the Bible and thus change the behavior which otherwise would…

  14. Indigenous autonomy in the Americas

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    Xanthaki, A.

    2015-01-01

    The American continent has a long tradition of autonomous regimes, both territorial and non-territorial. Autonomous regimes of American indigenous communities in particular have not been the subject of intense discussion and comparison, partly because the task of discussing such autonomous regimes in the whole of the Americas represents a huge challenge.

  15. Brain Injury Association of America

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    ... Only) 1-800-444-6443 Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) Brain injury is not an event or an outcome. ... misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. People who sustain brain injuries must have timely access to expert trauma ...

  16. Spina Bifida Association of America

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    Exceptional Parent, 1974

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    The Statement of the Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) explains SB as a malformation of the central nervous system, reports the formation of SBAA in 1974, explains SBAA's emphasis on local chapter organization, and describes SBAA services, including a bimonthly publication, public education efforts, and research validation projects. (GW)

  17. America's Consumerocracy: No Safe Haven

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    Daily, Nancy Lee; Swain, Letitia Price; Huysman, Mary; Tarrant, Cynthia

    2010-01-01

    Recently the authors completed a course designed to expand and deepen their knowledge about America's consumerocracy and the methods that give it the immense power it has. As a result of their reading and shared thinking in this course, Teaching Adolescents in a Consumer Society, they feel strongly motivated and better prepared to craft…

  18. Language Politics in Latin America

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    Rajagopalan, Kanavillil

    2005-01-01

    This paper is an attempt to take stock of the politics of language as it has been playing out in Latin America, ever since the countries in this region were colonized by European powers, mainly Spain and Portugal. Linguistic imperialism is by no means a new phenomenon in this part of the world. In more recent times, the relentless advance of…

  19. Language Documentation in the Americas

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    Franchetto, Bruna; Rice, Keren

    2014-01-01

    In the last decades, the documentation of endangered languages has advanced greatly in the Americas. In this paper we survey the role that international funding programs have played in advancing documentation in this part of the world, with a particular focus on the growth of documentation in Brazil, and we examine some of the major opportunities…

  20. Socially Engaged Buddhist Nuns: Activism in Taiwan and North America

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    Karma Lekshe Tsomo

    2015-01-01

    The last decades of the twentieth century have been a time of new visibility and social activism for Buddhists in Taiwan and around the world. This paper compares the social engagement of nuns in the Chinese Buddhist tradition in Taiwan and North America. I would like to argue that whereas nuns in Taiwan have developed a variety of approaches to social involvement, their counterparts in the Chinese diaspora in North America have had to face a set of challenges specific to overseas Chinese com...

  1. Social Movements in Southeast Asia and Latin America

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Three recent works – Social Activism in Southeast Asia, Social Movements in Latin America: Neoliberalism and Popular Resistance, and Southeast Asia and the Civil Society Gaze: Scoping a Contested Concept in Cambodia and Vietnam – provide a timely update on the contemporary landscape of social movements in Southeast Asia and Latin America. These works are also relevant for broader theoretical discussions on social movements and provide a basis for future inter-regional comparative studies.

  2. North America and Asia Pacific LNG markets

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    The liquefied natural gas (LNG) export opportunities in the Asia Pacific market were reviewed. Some of the differences that affect a North American LNG projects compared to more typical LNG projects were also outlined. The two main aspects of the LNG market in North America include the establishment of LNG import terminals on the east and southern coasts of the United States and the development of export oriented LNG projects. The Pac-Rim LNG project calls for initial delivery to South Korea of 4.0 MTPA by the end of 2000. A large LNG project has also been proposed for the year 2005 which would use Prudhoe Bay gas. Generally, in North America, there is little use for large scale LNG import projects because of the vast pipeline network that delivers gas reliably and at low cost anywhere in North America. However, LNG remains a good alternative for the Asia Pacific region because of the lack of a pipeline network. Also, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the three main centers for LNG demand, have no domestic energy supplies and rely on imported energy sources. China is another major market opportunity for LNG. The Pac-Rim LNG project differs from others of its kind in that usually, an LNG project is based on the availability of large reservoirs of natural gas owned by state governments and involves production agreements with multi-national oil and gas companies. This scenario is simply not possible in Canada's deregulated environment. In contrast, the existence of upstream facilities, technical expertise, and low capital costs, hence reduced risks and time to develop an LNG project, gives Canada significant advantages. 3 tabs., 3 figs

  3. NOrth AMerica Soil (NOAM-SOIL) Database

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    Miller, D. A.; Waltman, S. W.; Geng, X.; James, D.; Hernandez, L.

    2009-05-01

    NOAM-SOIL is being created by combining the CONUS-SOIL database with pedon data and soil geographic data coverages from Canada and Mexico. Completion of the in-progress NOrth AMerica Soil (NOAM-SOIL) database will provide complete North America coverage comparable to CONUS. Canadian pedons, which number more than 500, have been painstakingly transcribed to a common format, from hardcopy, and key- entered. These data, along with map unit polygons from the 1:1,000,000 Soil Landscapes of Canada, will be used to create the required spatial data coverages. The Mexico data utilizes the INEGI 1:1,000,000 scale soil map that was digitized by U. S. Geological Survey EROS Data Center in the mid 1990's plus about 20,000 pedons. The pedon data were published on the reverse side of the paper 1:250,000 scale Soil Map of Mexico and key entered by USDA and georeferenced by Penn State to develop an attribute database that can be linked to the 1:1,000,000 scale Soil Map of Mexico based on taxonomic information and geographic proximity. The essential properties that will be included in the NOAM-SOIL data base are: layer thickness (depth to bedrock or reported soil depth); available water capacity; sand, silt, clay; rock fragment volume; and bulk density. For quality assurance purposes, Canadian and Mexican soil scientists will provide peer review of the work. The NOAM-SOIL project will provide a standard reference dataset of soil properties for use at 1km resolution by NACP modelers for all of North America. All data resources, including metadata and selected raw data, will be provided through the Penn State web site: Soil Information for Environmental Modeling and Ecosystem Management (www.soilinfo.psu.edu). Progress on database completion is reported.

  4. A company I can trust? Organizational lay theories moderate stereotype threat for women.

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    Emerson, Katherine T U; Murphy, Mary C

    2015-02-01

    Women remain under-represented in the leadership of corporate America. According to stereotype threat theory, this under-representation may persist because women are concerned about being stereotyped in business settings. Three studies investigated whether an entity (fixed), compared with an incremental (malleable), organizational lay theory is threatening for women evaluating a consulting company. Men and women viewed a company mission statement or website containing an entity or incremental theory. Results revealed that women--more so than men--trusted the entity company less than the incremental company. Furthermore, only women's mistrust of the entity company was driven by their expectations about being stereotyped by its management. Notably, when combined with high or low representations of female employees, only organizational lay theories predicted trust. Finally, people's--particularly women's--mistrust of the entity company led them to disengage more before interacting with a representative. Implications for women's experiences and outcomes in workplace settings are discussed. PMID:25534242

  5. Literate America on Illiterate America: An Essay Review of "Illiterate America."

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    Gee, James Paul

    1986-01-01

    Reviews Jonathan Kozol's book, "Illiterate America." Asserts that Kozol's argument is insensitive to cultural variation and stems from an unquestioning commitment to humanism. Argues that conventional definitions of "literacy" have tended to be more closely related to particular social structures and values than to cognitive development and…

  6. Rethinking imperialist theory and US imperialism in Latin America

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    2011-01-01

    En este artículo criticamos la teorización contemporánea sobre el imperialismo por su reducción al ámbito económico y su carencia de un análisis de clase e institucional específico dentro del estado imperialista. En el contexto de este argumento, establecemos la importancia del análisis de clase para aprovechar las dinámicas de cambio del poder imperialista procediendo a argumentar la alineación de las fuerzas de clase en el mundo de la economía, en sus interacciones con la configuración del ...

  7. A Comparative-Interdisciplinary Study of the Production and Publication of Works of Fiction by Simin Daneshvar and Belgheis Soleimani on the Basis of the Theory of Paratextuality

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Interdisciplinary studies confirm the fact that different branches of the humanities are closely connected with each other and increase each others’ efficiency. Since comparative interdisciplinary studies also include fields that are not purely literary, such as printing and publishing industries, the present study aims to analyze how cultural products achieve a better marketing through designing processes. Paratextuality, from Genette’s point of view, is the theoretical basis of this study, and peritexts and epitexts in the novels of Daneshvar and Soleimani are analyzed here. First, we define “comparative interdisciplinary study” and then discuss the peritexts and the epitexts in their novels. This is a library-based research; however, data is also collected through interviews with the publishers of their novels, Kharazmi, Ghoghnoos and Cheshmeh publications. It is a descriptive-analytical study and its findings show that there are some features in the appearance of books that motivate the customers to buy them. During years, because of cultural structures, advertising strategies and critical reviews, these features have changed. However, this study shows that the scope of the changes in the novels of Soleimani is vaster; in other words, by changing such features, publishers have been able to create a better marketing for Soleimani, even though he is less known than Daneshvar.

  8. Comparative Analysis for the Urban Metabolic Differences of Two Types of Cities in the Resource-Dependent Region Based on Emergy Theory

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    Chang Liu

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Urban metabolism analysis has become a useful and effective tool to explore urban socio-economic processes. In this research, in order to explore the similarities and differences of metabolic characteristics and variation rules of different types of resource-dependent cities, we selected two cities—Taiyuan and Jincheng, the capital and a traditional resource-dependent city of Shanxi province, respectively, as research subjects, we also established an urban metabolic evaluation framework by employing a set of eight emergy-based indicators from socio-economic data from 2007 to 2014, and compared the similarities and discrepancies from the perspectives of metabolic structure, intensity, pressure, and efficiency, and put forward some suggestions for pursuing sustainable development for both cities and pointed out that more types of resource-dependent cities should be incorporated in future research work.

  9. Health outcomes among HIV-positive Latinos initiating antiretroviral therapy in North America versus Central and South America

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    Cesar, Carina; Koethe, John R; Giganti, Mark J; Rebeiro, Peter; Althoff, Keri N; Napravnik, Sonia; Mayor, Angel; Grinsztejn, Beatriz; Wolff, Marcelo; Padgett, Denis; Sierra-Madero, Juan; Gotuzzo, Eduardo; Sterling, Timothy R; Willig, James; Levison, Julie; Kitahata, Mari; Rodriguez-Barradas, Maria C; Moore, Richard D; McGowan, Catherine; Shepherd, Bryan E; Cahn, Pedro

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    Introduction Latinos living with HIV in the Americas share a common ethnic and cultural heritage. In North America, Latinos have a relatively high rate of new HIV infections but lower rates of engagement at all stages of the care continuum, whereas in Latin America antiretroviral therapy (ART) services continue to expand to meet treatment needs. In this analysis, we compare HIV treatment outcomes between Latinos receiving ART in North America versus Latin America. Methods HIV-positive adults initiating ART at Caribbean, Central and South America Network for HIV (CCASAnet) sites were compared to Latino patients (based on country of origin or ethnic identity) starting treatment at North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD) sites in the United States and Canada between 2000 and 2011. Cox proportional hazards models compared mortality, treatment interruption, antiretroviral regimen change, virologic failure and loss to follow-up between cohorts. Results The study included 8400 CCASAnet and 2786 NA-ACCORD patients initiating ART. CCASAnet patients were younger (median 35 vs. 37 years), more likely to be female (27% vs. 20%) and had lower nadir CD4 count (median 148 vs. 195 cells/µL, p<0.001 for all). In multivariable analyses, CCASAnet patients had a higher risk of mortality after ART initiation (adjusted hazard ratio (AHR) 1.61; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.32 to 1.96), particularly during the first year, but a lower hazard of treatment interruption (AHR: 0.46; 95% CI: 0.42 to 0.50), change to second-line ART (AHR: 0.56; 95% CI: 0.51 to 0.62) and virologic failure (AHR: 0.52; 95% CI: 0.48 to 0.57). Conclusions HIV-positive Latinos initiating ART in Latin America have greater continuity of treatment but are at higher risk of death than Latinos in North America. Factors underlying these differences, such as HIV testing, linkage and access to care, warrant further investigation. PMID:26996992

  10. Health outcomes among HIV-positive Latinos initiating antiretroviral therapy in North America versus Central and South America

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    Carina Cesar

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Latinos living with HIV in the Americas share a common ethnic and cultural heritage. In North America, Latinos have a relatively high rate of new HIV infections but lower rates of engagement at all stages of the care continuum, whereas in Latin America antiretroviral therapy (ART services continue to expand to meet treatment needs. In this analysis, we compare HIV treatment outcomes between Latinos receiving ART in North America versus Latin America. Methods: HIV-positive adults initiating ART at Caribbean, Central and South America Network for HIV (CCASAnet sites were compared to Latino patients (based on country of origin or ethnic identity starting treatment at North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design (NA-ACCORD sites in the United States and Canada between 2000 and 2011. Cox proportional hazards models compared mortality, treatment interruption, antiretroviral regimen change, virologic failure and loss to follow-up between cohorts. Results: The study included 8400 CCASAnet and 2786 NA-ACCORD patients initiating ART. CCASAnet patients were younger (median 35 vs. 37 years, more likely to be female (27% vs. 20% and had lower nadir CD4 count (median 148 vs. 195 cells/µL, p<0.001 for all. In multivariable analyses, CCASAnet patients had a higher risk of mortality after ART initiation (adjusted hazard ratio (AHR 1.61; 95% confidence interval (CI: 1.32 to 1.96, particularly during the first year, but a lower hazard of treatment interruption (AHR: 0.46; 95% CI: 0.42 to 0.50, change to second-line ART (AHR: 0.56; 95% CI: 0.51 to 0.62 and virologic failure (AHR: 0.52; 95% CI: 0.48 to 0.57. Conclusions: HIV-positive Latinos initiating ART in Latin America have greater continuity of treatment but are at higher risk of death than Latinos in North America. Factors underlying these differences, such as HIV testing, linkage and access to care, warrant further investigation.

  11. Neo-newtonian theories

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    2015-01-01

    General Relativity is the modern theory of gravitation. It has replaced the newtonian theory in the description of the gravitational phenomena. In spite of the remarkable success of the General Relativity Theory, the newtonian gravitational theory is still largely employed, since General Relativity, in most of the cases, just makes very small corrections to the newtonian predictions. Moreover, the newtonian theory is much simpler, technically and conceptually, when compared to the relativistic theory. In this text, we discuss the possibility of extending the traditional newtonian theory in order to incorporate typical relativistic effects, but keeping the simplicity of the newtonian framework. We denominate these extensions neo-newtonian theories. These theories are discussed mainly in the contexts of cosmology and compact astrophysical objects.

  12. Early Earthquakes of the Americas

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    Ni, James

    2004-11-01

    Robert Kovach's second book looks at the interplay of earthquake and volcanic events, archeology, and history in the Americas. Throughout history, major earthquakes have caused the deaths of millions of people and have damaged countless cities. Earthquakes undoubtedly damaged prehistoric cities in the Americas, and evidence of these events could be preserved in archeological records. Kovach asks, Did indigenous native cultures-Indians of the Pacific Northwest, Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas-document their natural history? Some events have been explicitly documented, for example, in Mayan codices, but many may have been recorded as myth and legend. Kovach's discussions of how early cultures dealt with fearful events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are colorful, informative, and entertaining, and include, for example, a depiction of how the Maya would talk to maize plants in their fields during earthquakes to reassure them.

  13. Nuclear governance in Latin America

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    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The article provides an outlook of the regional relations concerning nuclear technology in Latin America. For that purpose, we initially discuss the historic relationship of the Latin American countries with the set of rules, norms, principles and organizations involved in nuclear governance. The article provides an analysis of the connection between the multilateral institutional framework and the bilateral arrangements aimed at curbing the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region. The current state of nuclear cooperation among the countries of the region is also mapped. In addition, the article assesses the peaceful use of nuclear technology in the region and the potential expansion of the use of nuclear energy by the Latin American countries. Considerations on the trends for nuclear cooperation among the countries of Latin America are also offered.

  14. Pleistocene Palaeoart of the Americas

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    Robert G. Bednarik

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In contrast to the great time depth of Pleistocene rock art and mobiliary ‘art’ in the four other continents, the available evidence from the Americas is very limited, and restricted at best to the last part of the final Pleistocene. A review of what has so far become available is hampered by a considerable burden of literature presenting material contended to be of the Ice Age, even of the Mesozoic in some cases, that needs to be sifted through to find a minute number of credible claims. Even the timing of the first colonization of the Americas remains unresolved, and the lack of clear-cut substantiation of palaeoart finds predating about 12,000 years bp is conspicuous. There are vague hints of earlier human presence, rendering it likely that archaeology has failed to define its manifestations adequately, and Pleistocene palaeoart remains almost unexplored at this stage.

  15. Building America House Simulation Protocols

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    Hendron, Robert [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Engebrecht, Cheryn [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2010-09-01

    The House Simulation Protocol document was developed to track and manage progress toward Building America's multi-year, average whole-building energy reduction research goals for new construction and existing homes, using a consistent analytical reference point. This report summarizes the guidelines for developing and reporting these analytical results in a consistent and meaningful manner for all home energy uses using standard operating conditions.

  16. MICROSCALE CHEMISTRY IN LATIN AMERICA

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    Jorge G. Ibáñez

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available A brief account of the development of Microscale Chemistry in Latin America is here presented. The US National Microscale Chemistry Center (Merrimack College, Massachusetts was instrumental in the initiationof several centers. Its Mexican counterpart, the Mexican Microscale Chemistry Center (CMQM, has been a key player in this process. Other participating countries include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Cuba,Guatemala, Perú and Uruguay.

  17. Developing nanotechnology in Latin America

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    Kay, Luciano; Shapira, Philip

    2008-01-01

    This article investigates the development of nanotechnology in Latin America with a particular focus on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Based on data for nanotechnology research publications and patents and suggesting a framework for analyzing the development of R&D networks, we identify three potential strategies of nanotechnology research collaboration. Then, we seek to identify the balance of emphasis upon each of the three strategies by mapping the current research profile of those...

  18. Latin America: emerging nuclear market

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    The need for nuclear power in Latin American countries is surveyed. It is concluded that Latin America offers the greatest external market for all exporters of nuclear reactors and associated services in the near future. Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia are the only countries with fossil-fuel reserves adequate to meet their requirements in the next 20 to 30 years. Nuclear power is a necessity to maintain or improve the standard of living in the countries of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Peru

  19. Music Therapy in South America

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    2001-01-01

    Music is one of the most important and strongest types of cultural expression in South America. With diverse roots in the myriad of cultures of the many countries which shape our continent, music contributes to the South American identity. Distinct sounds, rhythms, styles and instruments compose a musical tissue, in which it is possible to recognize the special colors of a specific country or the printed image of the sonorous "language" from a special region.

  20. Public Health in the Americas

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    2010-12-01

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    In this special issue the four articles focus on population health in terms of primary care and preventive medicine. This critical area of health often receives less attention than health care issues (more so in the popular press but also in academic analyses.Upon reviewing these very interesting and illuminating articles it was striking that despite significant cultural, economic, geographic and historical differences there are many commonalities which exist throughout the Americas.

  1. Natural gas in Latin America

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    Despite having proven reserves equal to that of North America, natural gas has traditionally played a minor role in the energy policies of Latin American countries, being considered secondary to oil. There has, therefore, been a neglect of the sector with a resultant lack of an adequate infrastructure throughout the region, perhaps with the exception of Argentina. However, with a massive increase in energy demand, growing concerns with environmental matters and a need to reduce the massive pollution levels in major cities in the region, natural gas is forecast to play a much greater role in Latin America's energy profile, with final consumption forecast to rise at 5.4% per annum for the next 15 years. This book assesses both the development of the use of natural gas in the power industrial sector and proposals for its growth into the residential, commercial and transport sectors. It analyses the significant investment required and the governments' need to turn to the private sector for investment and innovation. Natural Gas in Latin America analyses the possibilities and pitfalls of investing in the sector and describes the key trends and issues. It analyses all aspects of the gas industry from exploration and production to transportation and distribution to end users. (Author)

  2. Breaking away to South America

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    2011-01-01

    In December 2010, Peter Dreesen of CERN’s Technology Department (TE) returned from a long trip to South America. In four months he traversed the entire Andean range, from the equator to a latitude of 55 degrees south—on a bicycle!   Peter Dreesen on the Salar de Uyuni Lake, Bolivia. 11 000 kilometres is one long bike ride! And yet, that’s what Peter Dreesen did, travelling from Quito, Ecuador to Ushuaia, Argentina. Peter, an engineer in the TE Department, is no novice: the year before, he cycled from Paris to Peking, a distance of 13 500 kilometres, in just over four months. His latest voyage began last August, when he loaded his bicycle and boarded a plane for South America. In the saddle. After a week of acclimatisation at three thousand metres altitude, Peter left Quito on 6 August 2010. He arrived in Ushuaia (el fin del mundo, the end of the world, as it’s known in South America) on 12 December 2010. He recounts: “It was a bizarre sensation...

  3. Empirical comparison of theories

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    The book represents the first, comprehensive attempt to take an empirical approach for comparative assessment of theories in sociology. The aims, problems, and advantages of the empirical approach are discussed in detail, and the three theories selected for the purpose of this work are explained. Their comparative assessment is performed within the framework of several research projects, which among other subjects also investigate the social aspects of the protest against nuclear power plants. The theories analysed in this context are the theory of mental incongruities and that of the benefit, and their efficiency in explaining protest behaviour is compared. (orig./HSCH)

  4. Presidential and Prime Ministerial Women in the Americas: A List with Interpretations

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    Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The Americas and Latin America in particular are sharply in advance of the global norm when it comes to the incidence of female presidential and prime ministerial leadership. One reason is the relatively high and increasing incidence of democracy on the two continents. Another is that the Americas are more progressive than other parts of the world. The relatively peaceful state of the region over the last half century is an additional factor, for women favor peace and force works to their disadvantage. The theory that dynastic advantages account for the prominence of female leadership in the Americas is erroneous. United States has lacked female leadership because of a countervailing male culture that blocks women’s aspirations, and because the nation has been on a near-permanent war footing. In an appendix, the arguments are supported by a table listing the world’s “Women Prime Ministers and Presidents 1960-2010.”

  5. 行业协会在国家知识产权体制中的地位-以中美比较为基础%The Status of Trade Association in National Intellectual Property System:Comparative Research on China and America

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    As the increasing importance of Intellectual property to economy development, developed countries like America and Japan have been taking various measures to strengthen the creation, protection and operation of IP right, almost composed to be an IP system. Within it, trade association plays a signiifcant role as mechanisms of service and negotiation. By comparative research on trade associations in China and America, we find that specific functions of trade association in one country varied and depend on a handful of factors including overall IP strategy, the need of industry or enterprise, channel between trade association and government. Under the context of China nowadays, we suggest that trade association in IP-related industry should set IP department within it Providing basic IP services; provide special services based on the need of enterprise and the character of the industry; build institutionalized relationship of talking and collaboration between trade association and IP administrative department; Trade association should make and enforce the IP strategy of industry.%20世纪80年代以来,知识产权对于经济发展的重要性越来越明显,美国、日本等发达国家一直都致力于采取各种措施加强知识产权创造、运用和保护,已渐成体制。而行业协会是其中非常重要的协调和服务机制。通过中、美对比可以发现,行业协会在具体知识产权功能的发挥上有所不同,这主要取决于不同知识产权的战略目标设定、产业或企业的需求、与政府的沟通和合作机制等因素。结合当前中国的现实情况,建议:(一)知识产权相关产业的行业协会应内设知识产权部门,提供基础知识产权服务;(二)行业协会特别提供符合产业特点的知识产权服务;(三)建立行业协会与知识产权行政部门的沟通与合作机制;(四)行业协会制定并实施行业知识产权发展战略。

  6. Massa marginal na América Latina: mudanças na conceituação e enfrentamento da pobreza 40 anos após uma teoria Marginal Mass in Latin America: changes in how poverty is conceptualised and addressed 40 years after the theory

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    Hayda Alves

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available As abordagens e expressões da questão social como pobreza envolvem discussões acerca da configuração e do enfrentamento de fraturas sociais, vinculadas ao processo de reestruturação produtiva capitalista, em diversas dimensões: econômicas, políticas, culturais e sociais. O objetivo do artigo é rever esse debate, passados 40 anos da teoria de marginalidade latino-americana, que inaugurou um olhar específico sobre a pobreza a partir da tese de massa marginal de Jose Nun. Ao longo desse período, são destacadas singularidades dos olhares sobre a pobreza como questão social na América Latina e a aproximação com os teóricos franceses da exclusão social. Após a década de 1990, observa-se o direcionamento do debate na perspectiva teórica da exclusão social, operacionalizada como uma categoria capaz de revelar processos de fragilização e ruptura da coesão social a partir de múltiplos níveis e dimensões relacionais.Approaches to, and expressions of, social issues as poverty involve discussing how social fractures connected with the process of capitalist restructuring are shaped and to be addressed in several dimensions (economic, political, cultural and social. This paper aims to review this debate 40 years after Jose Nun's marginality theory turned a fresh eye to Latin American poverty. It highlights singularities over that period in ways of looking at poverty as a social issue in Latin America and the approximation with French theorists of social exclusion. After the 1990's the debate is steered by the theoretical perspective of social exclusion, operationalised as a category capable of revealing the weakening and breakdown of social cohesion in terms of multiple levels and relational dimensions.

  7. Hepatitis B seroprevalence in Latin America.

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    Silveira, T R; da Fonseca, J C; Rivera, L; Fay, O H; Tapia, R; Santos, J I; Urdeneta, E; Clemens, S A

    1999-12-01

    The seroprevalence of hepatitis B was investigated in over 12,000 subjects in six countries of Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela. Each study population was stratified according to age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Antibodies against hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) were measured in order to determine hepatitis B infection. The highest overall seroprevalence was found in the Dominican Republic (21.4%), followed by Brazil (7.9%), Venezuela (3.2%), Argentina (2.1%), Mexico (1.4%), and Chile (0.6%). In all the countries an increase in seroprevalence was found among persons 16 years old and older, suggesting sexual transmission as the major route of infection. In addition, comparatively high seroprevalence levels were seen at an early age in the Dominican Republic and Brazil, implicating a vertical route of transmission.

  8. We Make This Road by Walking: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Diaconal Ministers as Emancipatory Educators of Adults

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    Gable, Nancy Eileen

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this mixed method study was to discover how diaconal ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) practice their ministry and describe and understand their role as educators of adults. The theoretical framework of the study was informed by the intersection of critical theory, feminist theory, and liberation…

  9. Articles on Comparative Literature in China

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    2005-01-01

    <正>Imperialist Hegemony,Cultural Self-Consciousness and Comparative Literature Yue Daiyun The End of Course Theory of Comparative Literature:also a Talk of the Debate about Advanced Theory of Comparative Literature Fang Hanwen

  10. Z Theory

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    Nekrasov, Nikita

    2004-01-01

    We present the evidence for the existence of the topological string analogue of M-theory, which we call Z-theory. The corners of Z-theory moduli space correspond to the Donaldson-Thomas theory, Kodaira-Spencer theory, Gromov-Witten theory, and Donaldson-Witten theory. We discuss the relations of Z-theory with Hitchin's gravities in six and seven dimensions, and make our own proposal, involving spinor generalization of Chern-Simons theory of three-forms. Based on the talk at Strings'04 in Paris.

  11. 霍布斯、卢梭社会契约理论之比较分析%The comparative analysis of Hobbes and Rousseau’s social contract theory

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    朱慧嫣; 陈文华

    2014-01-01

    社会契约理论是近代西方思想家提出的关于国家起源及政府构建的系统理论阐述。在众多社会契约理论中,其中以霍布斯与卢梭之思想最为突出,霍布斯主张通过订立契约建立强大的君主集权制国家,其思想核心为“主权在君”;而卢梭则主张通过订立契约建立民主共和国,其核心思想为“主权在民”。通过将霍布斯、卢梭的社会契约理论放在历史长河中审视,并结合时代背景,比较契约订立原因、授权范围和主权行使方式,充分了解其优缺点,及其可行性,为现代政治生活提供借鉴和指导。%The social contract theory is put forward by the modern western thinkers about national origin theory and building the system of government. Hobbes argues that to enter into a contract to build a strong autocratic monarchy country, the core of his thought is "monarch has sovereignty";Rousseau argues that through the conclusion of the contract the establishment of a democratic republic, the core of his thought is"citizens have sovereignty". Look at Hobbes, Rousseau's social contract theory, combined with times background, reason, scope of authorization, and compare their contracts sovereignty, fully understand its advantages and disadvantages and feasibility, provide reference and guidance for the modern political life.

  12. A Comparatively Analyzing on Two Course Constructing Theory of Social Studies in USA%美国两种社会科课程内容建构理论的比较

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    马微微; 马玲玲

    2015-01-01

    文章介绍了环境扩展模式和学科结构模式两种课程内容建构理论,并参照传统学习理论对两种模式进行了比较分析。环境扩展模式在课程方案的设计上考虑到了儿童已有的经验,以社区扩大为“纬”体现了儿童的认知随空间变化的特点。布鲁纳的学科结构模式认为:“结构”是一种能够起启发作用的工具,学科概念是学习的关键。学生必须不断扩展和增强自身的学习活动,通过对概念的组织来构建学科体系,以此达到学习的目的。%This paper introduces two course-constructing theory the environmental -extending model and the subject-structure model ,and compares the two theory to traditional studying theory .The environmental-extending model on the design of the cur‐riculum plan takes into consideration the experience of children ,to expand community with weft embodies the characteristics of children’s cognitive vary in space .Bruner’s subject-structure model takes structure as an inspirational tool and scientific concept is the key to learning .Students must be continuously expand and enhance their learning activities ,through the concept of organiza‐tion to construct the discipline system ,to achieve the goal of learning.

  13. The emergence of scientific management in America

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    Sorin-George Toma; Ana-Maria Grigore; Paul Marinescu

    2014-01-01

    A scientific approach to management was initiated for the first time in America in the late 19th century. Scientific management arose mainly from the need to increase efficiency in America, but other key factors were the spread of big businesses and the expanding application of science in industry. The aims of our paper are to present the emergence of scientific management in America and to emphasize the contribution of some of the most representatives American authors to its development. The...

  14. Fuglene. Audubon: Birds of America

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    Schlichtkrull, Torsten

    2010-01-01

    the Royal Library and the University Library, joined the library cooperation of the 1800’s on an equal standing with the other two libraries. The Classen’s Library and the library’s founder, industrialist JF Classen are described briefly in this article. Due to two library mergers the Birds of America...... is now owned by the Royal Library. The acquisition of the Danish set by the Classen’s Library is examined by analyzing previously unpublished letters and is described for the first time, although not comprehensively, in this article. The provenance of this work, as described by Waldemar Fries in 1973...

  15. Una visita en Sud America

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    1982-09-01

    Oisfrute de una estadfa en el Hotel La Silla, el mejor hotel de Sud America con su tan unica atmosfera extraterrestre! Los espera su calificado personal de experimentados hoteleros, jefes de cocina, etc., ansiosos todos de satisfacer sus deseos hasta el mas mfnimo detalle. Naturalmente nuestro espacioso restaurant de tres estrellas ofrece un completo surtido de exquisitas comidas y deliciosos tragos (conocedores usualmente eligen "Oelicia Orion" 0 "Centauro Especial"). EI servicio cempleto durante 24 horas incluye nuestra ya mundialmente famosa "Cena de medianoche para los miradores de estrellas", por eso - no olvide: No pierda la oportunidad de una estadfa en EL HOTEL LA SILLA - una experiencia maravillosa!

  16. Nutritional situation in the Americas.

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    1994-09-01

    PAHO member countries maintain food and nutrition surveillance systems. The prevalence of malnutrition among children aged 0-4 in Latin American and Caribbean countries ranges from 0.8% in Chile to 38.5% in Guatemala. It is 2.9% in the US. Low height-for-age is most common among children aged 0-4 in Guatemala (57.9%), Bolivia (38.3%), Peru (35.2%), and Ecuador (34%). The interval between observations of malnutrition prevalence ranged from 22 years in Honduras to 3-4 years in Nicaragua and Panama. Overall, there was a downward trend in malnutrition rates in the Americas. Yet, malnutrition is increasing in Guatemala and Panama. Breast feeding, good weaning practices, appropriate feeding during disease episodes, nutrition education, and programs for immunization and control of diarrhea and respiratory diseases account for the downward trend. Anemia rates among pregnant women (=or 11 g Hb/dl) vary from 13% in Asuncion, Paraguay, to 61% in Misiones, Argentina. Those for preschoolers range from 22% to 45% in Brazil and 27% to 53% in Peru. The prevalence of goiter is more than 50% in Merida, Venezuela, and Chameza, Colombia. It differs greatly in different areas within the same country. Most countries have laws requiring iodination of all salt for human consumption, yet violations are common. Certain areas of the countries in the Americas have vitamin A deficiency rates ranging from 5% to 48.8%. Some countries have enacted laws for sugar enrichment with retinol palmitate to reduce vitamin A deficiency. During the 1970s, deaths from chronic diseases related to nutrition increased 105% in South America, 56% in Central America, Mexico, and Panama, and 21% in the Caribbean. Prevalence of obesity among children aged 0-6 varies from 2.2% in Nicaragua and Brazil to 10.7% in Chile. Adult obesity is most common in Uruguay (about 50%). It is more common among females than males. The highest rates among 20-29 year olds are in Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Peru. The US adult obesity

  17. Are civil wars to blame for crime in Central America?

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    Ana Sofia Cardenal Izquierdo

    2008-01-01

    The countries of Central America are high up on the list of nations with the highest crime rates in the world. According to the literature, the most common argument is that these high crimerates are a legacy of the armed conflicts of the 1980s. This article subjects this theory to an empirical examination. Even though the analysis is preliminary and limited, the results serve to question theexistence of such a link between war and crime. The data show that the areas most affected by war in E...

  18. Research Agenda for the Built Environment in Latin America

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    Claudia Beatriz Murray

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper disseminates the outcomes of a series of interdisciplinary and multi-sector research seminars that focused on current development problems in a region of fast urban growth. Qualitative data was collected during round table discussions and workshops involving practitioners and government officials from some of the largest economies in Latin America. The authors then grouped these discussions into coherent themes and framed them into current scholarly debates. After assessing the suitability of theory to respond to practice, the paper concludes with four key areas for further research, with the final aim to encourage more scholarly analysis that can better inform development policy in emerging economies.

  19. Postmodernist America and the Teaching of Traditional German Fairy Tales (Little Red Cap).

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    Robbins, Dot

    The teaching of German in America is analyzed from a postmodernism perspective and in comparison with the long-term commitment to learning a foreign language in Europe. Two points are considered: (1) most innovative teaching methodologies were derived in the 1970s from humanist psychology, not from second language acquisition theory; and (2) the…

  20. Eyeless in America, the Sequel: Hollywood and Indiewood's Iraq War on Film

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    Blackmore, Tim

    2012-01-01

    This article builds on conclusions drawn in the article "Eyeless in America," by the same author and considers how 50 American films about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan intended to function as what Jacques Ellul called "integration propaganda" fared. This article considers and rejects a number of theories about why most feature war films failed…

  1. Thinking social sciences from Latin America at the epochal change

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    Jaime Antonio Preciado Coronado

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available From the legacy of an original disciplinary approach, as the Dependence theory and its Marxian critics, or the neo-structural economic theory founded by The Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA, the Latin-American social sciences deny the Anglo-European centered approaches, in the way of reaffirming its own critical thinking, including the neo-colonial practices. The challenge for this critical thinking is to be, simultaneously, cosmopolitan and Latin American’s one. In this process, the Latin-American social thinking is regaining its own originality and its vigorous proposals, thanks to a rich south-south dialogue, that implies a global character of its reflections and the questioning of its universal references. Although neither classical nor western Marxism are hegemonic within critical theory, the (neo Marxism enriched with criticism of the coloniality of power, the theory of World-System, critical geopolitics and political ecology recover the field of critical theory in key founder of an epochal thinking time. Epistemological debates with post-structuralism and postmodern approaches configure various recent developments in critical theory

  2. Building America Top Innovations 2012: House Simulation Protocols (the Building America Benchmark)

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    2013-01-01

    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes the DOE-sponsored House Simulation Protocols, which have helped ensure consistent and accurate energy-efficiency assessments for tens of thousands of new and retrofit homes supported by the Building America program.

  3. Skylab photography applied to geologic mapping in northwestern Central America

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    Rose, W. I., Jr.; Johnson, D. J.; Hahn, G. A.; Johns, G. W.

    1975-01-01

    Two photolineation maps of southwestern Guatemala and Chiapas were made from S190 photographs along a ground track from Acajutla, El Salvador to San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico. The maps document a structural complexity spanning the presumed triple junction of the Cocos, Americas, and Caribbean plates. The Polochic fault zone, supposedly the Americas-Caribbean plate boundary, is a sharply delineated feature across western Guatemala. Westward of the Mexican border it splays into a large number of faults with NW to SW trends. The structural pattern is quite different to the north (Americas plate) and to the south (Caribbean plate) of the Polochic fault, though both areas are dominated by NW-trending lineations. Within the Central American volcanic chain, the lineation patterns support the segmented model of the Benioff Zone, by showing a concentration of transverse lineations in the predicted locations, most notably NE-trending elements near Quezaltenango, Guatemala. The structural pattern obtained from the maps are compared to patterns described on recently published maps of more southerly parts of Central America, to begin a synthesis of the structure of the convergent plate boundary.

  4. Spin density distribution in open-shell transition metal systems: A comparative post-Hartree-Fock, Density Functional Theory and quantum Monte Carlo study of the CuCl2 molecule

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    Caffarel, Michel; Scemama, Anthony; Ramírez-Solís, Alejandro

    2014-01-01

    We present a comparative study of the spatial distribution of the spin density (SD) of the ground state of CuCl2 using Density Functional Theory (DFT), quantum Monte Carlo (QMC), and post-Hartree-Fock wavefunction theory (WFT). A number of studies have shown that an accurate description of the electronic structure of the lowest-lying states of this molecule is particularly challenging due to the interplay between the strong dynamical correlation effects in the 3d shell of the copper atom and the delocalization of the 3d hole over the chlorine atoms. It is shown here that qualitatively different results for SD are obtained from these various quantum-chemical approaches. At the DFT level, the spin density distribution is directly related to the amount of Hartree-Fock exchange introduced in hybrid functionals. At the QMC level, Fixed-node Diffusion Monte Carlo (FN-DMC) results for SD are strongly dependent on the nodal structure of the trial wavefunction employed (here, Hartree-Fock or Kohn-Sham with a particula...

  5. Codimension two lump solutions in string field theory and tachyonic theories

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    Moeller, Nicolas

    2000-01-01

    We present some solutions for lumps in two dimensions in level-expanded string field theory, as well as in two tachyonic theories: pure tachyonic string field theory and pure $\\phi^3$ theory. Much easier to handle, these theories might be used to help understanding solitonic features of string field theory. We compare lump solutions between these theories and we discuss some convergence issues.

  6. Lianas as invasive species in North America: Chapter 28

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    Leicht-Young, Stacey A.; Pavlovic, Noel B.

    2015-01-01

    Liana diversity is typically low in the temperate zones; however, the influx of non-native invasive liana species in North America has increased local diversity at the expense of native habitats and species. Some of the most illustrative studies of invasive lianas in temperate North America compared the biological traits of invasive lianas with native congeners or ecological analogs. The majority of these studies focused on two species, Celastrus orbiculatus (oriental bittersweet) and Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle). Temperate zone lianas generally have higher photosynthetic rates than other early successional species and their host trees. Invasive lianas are having an increasing impact on the dynamics and trajectories of North American plant communities. They often exhibit superior growth and survival compared to their native counterparts, and in some cases, invasive lianas may directly contribute to the decline of their native correlates.

  7. Atomic energy in Latin America

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    Most countries in Latin America, including all those on the mainland, are Members of the Agency. Interest in the possibilities of nuclear energy has led to considerable activity, much of it in direct collaboration with the IAEA. Member States in the region are: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela. Of these, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela are operating, and Mexico and Uruguay are constructing, research reactors, while Chile and Peru are studying proposals. Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay have all agreed to accept Agency safeguards for reactors. The possibility of future needs for nuclear power is under examination by several countries, in some cases being related to desalination of water. All atomic work in Latin America is devoted to peaceful uses, and note-worthy progress has been made with proposals for a treaty which would make the whole region a militarily de-nuclearized zone. It is proposed that when this comes into effect the Agency will be asked to apply the controls developed in its safeguards system, and to carry out the inspections necessary to establish that work in progress is solely for peaceful purposes

  8. Gastroenterology training in Latin America

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    Henry Cohen; Roque Saenz; Luiz E de Almeida Troncon; Maribel Lizarzabal; Carolina Olano

    2011-01-01

    Latin America is characterized by ethnic, geographical, cultural, and economic diversity; therefore, training in gastroenterology in the region must be considered in this context. The continent's medical education is characterized by a lack of standards and the volume of research continues to be relatively small. There is a multiplicity of events in general gastroenterology and in sub-disciplines, both at regional and local levels, which ensure that many colleagues have access to information. Medical education programs must be based on a clinical vision and be considered in close contact with the patients. The programs should be properly supervised, appropriately defined,and evaluated on a regular basis. The disparity between the patients' needs, the scarce resources available, and the pressures exerted by the health systems on doctors are frequent cited by those complaining of poor professionalism. Teaching development can play a critical role in ensuring the quality of teaching and learning in universities.Continuing professional development programs activities must be planned on the basis of the doctors' needs, with clearly defined objectives and using proper learning methodologies designed for adults. They must be evaluated and accredited by a competent body, so that they may become the basis of a professional regulatory system. The specialty has made progress in the last decades, offering doctors various possibilities for professional development. The world gastroenterology organization has contributed to the speciality through three distinctive, but closely inter-related, programs: Training Centers, Train-the-Trainers, and Global Guidelines, in which Latin America is deeply involved.

  9. China to be Latin America's2nd largest trade partner in 2015

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    2011-01-01

    Xnhua reported that China will become Latin America's second largest trade partner as early as in 2015,the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) said on September 8.Osvaldo Kacef,director of ECLAC's Economic Development Division,said the current China-Latin America trade volume has already reached that of Europe.

  10. HEAVY ION FUSION SCIENCE VIRTUAL NATIONAL LABORATORY 2nd QUARTER 2010 MILESTONE REPORT. Develop the theory connecting pyrometer and streak camera spectrometer data to the material properties of beam heated targets and compare to the data

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    This milestone has been accomplished. We have extended the theory that connects pyrometer and streak spectrometer data to material temperature on several fronts and have compared theory to NDCX-I experiments. For the case of NDCX-I, the data suggests that as the metallic foils are heated they break into droplets (cf. HIFS VNL Milestone Report FY 2009 Q4). Evaporation of the metallic surface will occur, but optical emission should be directly observable from the solid or liquid surface of the foil or from droplets. However, the emissivity of hot material may be changed from the cold material and interference effects will alter the spectrum emitted from small droplets. These effects have been incorporated into a theory of emission from droplets. We have measured emission using streaked spectrometry and together with theory of emission from heated droplets have inferred the temperature of a gold foil heated by the NDCX-I experiment. The intensity measured by the spectrometer is proportional to the emissivity times the blackbody intensity at the temperature of the foil or droplets. Traditionally, a functional form for the emissivity as a function of wavelength (such as a quadratic) is assumed and the three unknown emissivity parameters (for the case of a quadratic) and the temperature are obtained by minimizing the deviations from the fit. In the case of the NDCX-I experiment, two minima were obtained: at 7200 K and 2400 K. The best fit was at 7200 K. However, when the actual measured emissivity of gold was used and when the theoretical corrections for droplet interference effects were made for emission from droplets having radii in the range 0.2 to 2.0 microns, the corrected emissivity was consistent with the 2400 K value, whereas the fit emissivity at 7200 K shows no similarity to the corrected emissivity curves. Further, an estimate of the temperature obtained from beam heating is consistent with the lower value. This exercise proved to be a warning to be skeptical

  11. Innovation and productivity in services: Empirical evidence from Latin America

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    Crespi, G.A.; Tacsir, E.; Vargas, F

    2014-01-01

    This paper analyses and compares the determinants of innovation in the service industry and its impact on labour productivity at the firm level in three countries of Latin America (Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay). The main findings show that, similar to what is observed in the manufacturing industry, service firms that invest the most in innovation activities are more likely to introduce changes or improvements in their production process and/or product mix, and those firms that innovate have h...

  12. Lost Decades? : economic performance in post-independence Latin America

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    Prados de la Escosura, Leandro

    2009-01-01

    In this paper the economic performance of post-independence Latin America is assessed in comparative perspective. The release from the colonial fiscal burden was partly offset by higher costs of self-government, while the opening of independent Latin American countries to the international economy represented a handmaiden of growth. Regional disparities increased after independence, so generalisations about the region's long-run behaviour are not straightforward. However, on average, per capi...

  13. Latin America wind market assessment. Forecast 2013-2022

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    2013-10-15

    Wind Power Activities by Country: Developers/Owners, Wind Plant Sizes, Wind Turbines Deployed, Commissioning Dates, Market Share, and Capacity Forecasts Latin American markets are a subject of intense interest from the global wind industry. Wind plant construction across Latin America is modest compared to the more established markets like the United States, Europe, and China, but it is an emerging market that is taking off at a rapid pace. The region has become the hottest alternative growth market for the wind energy industry at a time when growth rates in other markets are flat due to a variety of policy and macroeconomic challenges. Globalization is driving sustainable economic growth in most Latin American countries, resulting in greater energy demand. Wind is increasingly viewed as a valuable and essential answer to increasing electricity generation across most markets in Latin America. Strong wind resources, coupled with today's sophisticated wind turbines, are providing cost-effective generation that is competitive with fossil fuel generation. Most Latin American countries also rely heavily on hydroelectricity, which balances well with variable wind generation. Navigant Research forecasts that if most wind plants under construction with planned commissioning go online as scheduled, annual wind power installations in Latin America will grow from nearly 2.2 GW in 2013 to 4.3 GW by 2022. This Navigant Research report provides a comprehensive view of the wind energy market dynamics at play in Latin America. It offers a country-by-country analysis, outlining the key energy policies and development opportunities and barriers and identifying which companies own operational wind plants and which wind turbine vendors supplied those projects. Market forecasts for wind power installations, capacity, and market share in Latin America, segmented by country and company, extend through 2022. The report also offers an especially close analysis of Brazil and Mexico

  14. Corporate responsibility reporting of the largest forest industry companies in North America

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    Li, Ning

    2009-01-01

    Forest products marketing This exploratory study aims to analyze the CR reporting by eleven largest forest products companies in North America. Both annual reports and sustainability reports produced in year 2006 by eleven largest forest products companies in North America were chosen for this very study. To ensure the comparability of the results, the study adopts the similar variables in operationalizations by Routto (2008), who studied the CR reporting of European forest products compan...

  15. Why Has Latin America Sped Up Ahead of the Philippines in Economic and Political Reform?

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    Alonso i Terme, Rosa

    2015-01-01

    This paper compares trends in key economic, political and social development outcomes in the Philippines with those of Latin America, particularly since the 1990s. To do so, it uses standard indicators of development, including measures of institutional quality and good governance. The paper finds that Latin America is not only at a higher level of development, but has also made faster progress in most areas than the Philippines. This is especially the case as regards GDP per capita, poverty,...

  16. Electricity and gas regulation in Latin America

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    Cameron, Peter N.

    1998-08-01

    Contains Executive Summary and Chapters on: Background Information; The Electricity Chain; The Gas Chain; The Regulatory Structure; International Activity; Argentina; Bolivia; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru; Venezuela; Central America; Other Latin American Markets; Non-Latin America Markets; The Caribbean. (Author)

  17. BAT-BORNE RABIES IN LATIN AMERICA

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    Luis E. Escobar; A. Townsend Peterson; Myriam Favi; Verónica Yung; Gonzalo Medina-Vogel

    2015-01-01

    The situation of rabies in America is complex: rabies in dogs has decreased dramatically, but bats are increasingly recognized as natural reservoirs of other rabies variants. Here, bat species known to be rabies-positive with different antigenic variants, are summarized in relation to bat conservation status across Latin America. Rabies virus is widespread in Latin American bat species, 22.5%75...

  18. Developments in Impact Assessment in North America

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    Beginning with a background of recent global developments in this area, this presentation will focus on how global research has impacted North America and how North America is providing additional developments to address the issues of the global economy. Recent developments inc...

  19. SOUTH AMERICA: INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD SUPPLY POTENTIAL

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    Ronalds W. Gonzalez

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available South America has substantial potential to expand its forest plantations and raw material supply. From 1997 to 2005, South America had a high annual growth rate in the production of industrial roundwood, with Brazil and Chile being the most important countries. In the same period, Asia had the only negative regional production growth rate in the world, and China became the largest round wood importer in the world. This paper summarizes the status of production, consumption, imports, and exports of industrial roundwood and forest products in South America. Produc-tion and exports from South America have continually increased at annual growth rates exceeding the forestry sector in general and the U.S. in particular. Based on timber growing investments to date, a strong timber production and forest products manufacturing sector has developed in the Southern Cone countries of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay, and is increasing in other countries in Latin America. There will be continued opportunities for forest plantations and new manufacturing facilities throughout South America, tempered somewhat by perceived country financial and political risks. These opportunities will allow South America to increase its share of world production and increase imports to North America and to Asia.

  20. Biomass energy in Central America

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    The objective of this paper is to introduce the concept of biomass to energy issues and opportunities in Central America. In this region, made up of seven countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama), the biomass sector has the potential to play a crucial role in alleviating the environmental and development predicaments faced by all economies of the region. This paper assesses the available biomass resources at the regional and country levels and gives an overview of the current utilization of biomass fuels. It also describes the overall context in which the biomass-to-energy initiatives are immersed. At the regional level, biomass energy consumption accounts for more than 50% of total energy consumption. In regard to the utilization of biomass for energy purposes, it is clear that Central America faces a critical juncture at two levels, both mainly in rural areas: in the productive sector and at the household level. The absence of sustainable development policies and practices has jeopardized the availability of biomass fuels, particularly wood. Firewood is an important source of energy for rural industries such as coffee processing, which is one of the largest productive activities in the region. This paper comments on some of the most successful technological innovations already in place in the region, for instance, the rapid development of co-generation projects by the sugar cane industry, especially in El Salvador and Guatemala, the substitution of coffee husks for firewood in coffee processing plants in Costa Rica and El Salvador and the sustainable use of pine forests for co-generation in Honduras. Only one out of every two inhabitants in Central America now has access to electricity from the public grid. Biomass fuels, mainly firewood but also, to a lesser extent, other crop residues such as corn stalks, are the main source of energy for cooking and heating by most of the population. (It is foreseen that by the end

  1. Rara and grammatical theory

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    Rijkhoff, Jan

    2010-01-01

    This paper argues that grammatical theorizing and linguistic typologizing must go hand in hand and that rare typological features play a central role in the interaction of typology and theory. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 discusses a sampling method that (compared to other sampling...... Functional (Discourse) Grammar and sections 4 and 5 are concerned with the crucial role of rara both in theory driven data collection and in data driven theory building....

  2. South America Province Boundaries, 1999 (prv6ag)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — South America is part of Region 6 (Central and South America) for the World Energy Assessment. South America was divided into 107 geologic provinces as background...

  3. Role of electronic correlation in high-low temperature phase transition of hexagonal nickel sulfide: a comparative density functional theory study with and without correction for on-site Coulomb interaction.

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    Zhang, Wei-Bing; Li, Jie; Tang, Bi-Yu

    2013-06-28

    The structural, electronic, magnetic, and elastic properties of hexagonal nickel sulfide (NiS) have been investigated comparatively by Density Functional theory (DFT) and DFT plus correction for on-site Coulomb interaction (DFT+U), in which two different exchange correlation functionals local density approximations (LDA) and general gradient approximations (GGA) in the form of Perdew-Burke-Ernzerhof (PBE) are used. Our results indicate LDA and PBE methods predict hexagonal NiS to be a paramagnetic metal whereas LDA(PBE)+U calculations with reasonable on-site Coulomb interaction energy give the antiferromagnetic insulating state of low temperature hexagonal NiS successfully. Meanwhile, compared with LDA(PBE) results, LDA(PBE)+U methods give larger lattice parameters, crystal volume, and shear constant c44, consistent with the experimental picture during high-low temperature phase transition of hexagonal NiS, in which an increase of the shear constant c44 and lattice parameters were found in the low-temperature antiferromagnetic phase. The present DFT and DFT+U calculations provide a reasonable description for the properties of high temperature and low temperature hexagonal NiS respectively, which indicates that electronic correlation is responsible for this high-low temperature phase transition.

  4. String theory

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    Marino Beiras, Marcos

    2001-01-01

    We give an overview of the relations between matrix models and string theory, focusing on topological string theory and the Dijkgraaf--Vafa correspondence. We discuss applications of this correspondence and its generalizations to supersymmetric gauge theory, enumerative geometry and mirror symmetry. We also present a brief overview of matrix quantum mechanical models in superstring theory.

  5. Ring Theory

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    Jara, Pascual; Torrecillas, Blas

    1988-01-01

    The papers in this proceedings volume are selected research papers in different areas of ring theory, including graded rings, differential operator rings, K-theory of noetherian rings, torsion theory, regular rings, cohomology of algebras, local cohomology of noncommutative rings. The book will be important for mathematicians active in research in ring theory.

  6. Gravity anomalies, plate tectonics and the lateral growth of Precambrian North America

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    The widespread gravity coverage of North America provides a picture of the gross structural fabric of the continent via the trends of gravity anomalies. The structural picture so obtained reveals a mosaic of gravity trend domains, many of which correlate closely with structural provinces and orogenic terranes. The gravity trend map, interpreted in the light of plate-tectonic theory, thus provides a new perspective for examining the mode of assembly and growth of North America. Suture zones, palaeosubduction directions, and perhaps, contrasting tectonic histories may be identified using gravity patterns

  7. Gravity anomalies, plate tectonics and the lateral growth of Precambrian North America

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    Thomas, M. D.; Grieve, R. A. F.; Sharpton, V. L.

    1988-01-01

    The widespread gravity coverage of North America provides a picture of the gross structural fabric of the continent via the trends of gravity anomalies. The structural picture so obtained reveals a mosaic of gravity trend domains, many of which correlate closely with structural provinces and orogenic terranes. The gravity trend map, interpreted in the light of plate-tectonic theory, thus provides a new perspective for examining the mode of assembly and growth of North America. Suture zones, palaeosubduction directions, and perhaps, contrasting tectonic histories may be identified using gravity patterns.

  8. Racism in America through adaptation

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    Munk, Jakob; Jakobsen, Sebastian; Chung, Jacinta; Schulze, Anja; Papakonstantinou, Vaitza

    2015-01-01

    This study examines the adaptation of the movie 12 Years a Slave from the memoir of Solomon Northup. In order to analyse the adaptation, several theories will be used as guidelines for our research such as adaptation theories and film techniques. The analysis will lead through the different chapters of the book focusing on atmosphere, characters and religion. The main themes dealt with in the book as well as the movie will be linked with the events which unfolded in Ferguson and Baltimore. In...

  9. The emergence of scientific management in America

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    Sorin-George Toma

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available A scientific approach to management was initiated for the first time in America in the late 19th century. Scientific management arose mainly from the need to increase efficiency in America, but other key factors were the spread of big businesses and the expanding application of science in industry. The aims of our paper are to present the emergence of scientific management in America and to emphasize the contribution of some of the most representatives American authors to its development. The methodological approach is literature review. Our paper shows that scientific management was essentially an American achievement that provided useful lessons for the whole human society.

  10. Post-War Central America

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    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available – Terror in the Countryside. Campesino Responses to Political Violence in Guatemala, 1954-1985, by Rachel A. May. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Center for International Studies/Research in International Studies/Latin America Series #35, 2001. – La guerrilla fue mi camino. Epitafio para César Montes, by Julio César Macías. Guatemala: Piedra Santa/Colección Afluentes de Modernidad, 1999. – Testigo de conciencia (Periodismo de Opinión Documentado, by Marco A. Mérida. Guatemala: ARCASAVI, 2000. – Centroamérica 2002. Un nuevo modelo de desarrollo regional, edited by Klaus Bodemer and Eduardo Gamarra. Caracas: Nueva Sociedad, 2002. – Who Governs? Guatemala Five years After the Peace Accords, by Rachel Sieder, Megan Thomas, George Vickers and Jack Spence. Cambridge, Mass.: Hemispheric Initiatives/Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA, January 2002. – Pasos hacia una nueva convivencia: Democracia y participación en Centroamérica, edited by Ricardo Córdova Macías, Günther Maihold and Sabina Kurtenbach. San Salvador: FUNDAUNGO, Instituto de Estudios Iberoamericanos de Hamburgo and Instituto Iberoamericano de Berlin, 2001. – Los desafíos de la democracia en Centroamérica, by René Poitevin and Alexander Sequén-Mónchez. Guatemala: FLACSO, 2002. – Más allá de las elecciones: Diez años después de los acuerdos de paz, edited by Hector Dada Hirezi. San Salvador: FLACSO, 2002. – Guatemala, un proyecto inconcluso: La multiculturalidad, un paso hacia la democracia, by Hugo Cayzac. Guatemala: FLACSO, 2001. – La violencia en el contexto del posconflicto, según la percepción de comunidades urbanas pobres de Guatemala, by Caroline Moser and Cathy McIlwaine. Washington/Bogotá: Banco Mundial-Región de Latinoamérica y el Caribe/Tercer Mundo Editores, 2001. – El lado oscuro de la eterna primavera. Violencia, criminalidad y delincuencia en la postguerra, by Manolo Vela, Alexander Sequén-Mónchez and Hugo Antonio Solares

  11. A Comparative Study of Two Chinese Versions of Emma in the Perspective of Pragmatic Adaptation Theory%语用顺应论视角下《爱玛》两个中译本评析

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    2012-01-01

    以维索尔伦的语用顺应论为指导,从语境因素、语言结构、动态顺应等维度举例比较分析简·奥斯汀的代表作——《爱玛》两个中文版本:张经浩译本和孙致礼译本,由此探讨在文学翻译过程中,译者为了使目的语读者更好地理解原著是如何做出一系列语言选择以顺应原语和目的语的语言和文化。%Taking Verschueren's adaptation theory as theoretical framework,this paper sets out to compare two Chinese versions of Jane Austen's Emma-SUN Zhi-li's version and ZHANG Jing-hao's from contextual aspect,linguistic aspect and dynamic aspect,from which it discusses in the process of literary translation,how translators make linguistic choices to adapt to the source language's characteristic,culture and those of the target language,for the purpose of helping the readers better understand the original works.

  12. Comparative Analysis of Kelly Construction and Choice Doctrine and Rogers Self-theory%凯利建构选择主义与罗杰斯自我理论的比较评析

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    谢盈盈

    2014-01-01

    科学的心理治疗理论都是基于一定的人性观和认识论之上的,凯利和罗杰斯两位美国著名心理学家在对人性和真理的认识上既存在一定程度的契合又有其独到之处。本文拟在阐明两位心理学家观点的基础上,通过对两者的比较评析,以获得对于人性和真理更全面的理解。%Scientific theories are based psychotherapy above a certain view of human nature and epistemology, Kelly and Rogers two famous American psychologist and truth of human nature, there is a certain degree of understanding of both has its unique fit. This paper intends to clarify the basis of two psychologists perspective by comparing commentary on the two, to get to the truth of human nature and a more comprehensive understanding.

  13. DETERMINANTS OF THE SUCCESS OF GLOBAL AND LOCAL BRANDS IN LATIN AMERICA

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to address the issue of the implementation of global and local brands in Latin America by drawing on contingency theory to develop and test hypotheses relating to how product category characteristics affect the success of global and local brands in the region. Hypotheses are tested using data obtained from top brands rankings reported in five Latin American markets (Argentina, Brazil, the Caribbean and Central America, Chile and Mexico. The study design considers estimating a logistic regression on a binomial dependent variable measuring whether 475 top brands are global or local brands, with product category characteristics as independent variables. Results reveal that product categories related to subscriptions, local tastes, high-tech, and global citizenship do have an impact on the success of global and local brands in Latin America.

  14. Supergravity theories

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    Of all supergravity theories, the maximal, i.e., N = 8 in 4-dimension or N = 1 in 11-dimension, theory should perform the unification since it owns the highest degree of symmetry. As to the N = 1 in d = 11 theory, it has been investigated how to compactify to the d = 4 theories. From the phenomenological point of view, local SUSY GUTs, i.e., N = 1 SUSY GUTs with soft breaking terms, have been studied from various angles. The structures of extended supergravity theories are less understood than those of N = 1 supergravity theories, and matter couplings in N = 2 extended supergravity theories are under investigation. The harmonic superspace was recently proposed which may be useful to investigate the quantum effects of extended supersymmetry and supergravity theories. As to the so-called Kaluza-Klein supergravity, there is another possibility. (Mori, K.)

  15. The buffalo in Southern South America

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    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available The number of buffaloes in the American continent is growing at the explosive rate of 12.7 % a year, well above all other continents. Within this context the different situations of the southern part of South America are described, those countries that two hundred years ago were part of the River Plate Viceroyship and the Chile General Command, both of them part of the Spanish empire. The first steps of buffaloes in Paraguay, Bolivia and Uruguay. The expansion of buffaloes in Argentina and their recent start up in Chile. The production systems in the region are described, principally Argentina and Paraguay. The major changes and expansion of agriculture in Argentina are displacing cattle production from the North towards the Tropics, where buffalo has proven to be very superior in productivity compared to cattle production thanks to its very good adaptation to the local conditions. In Paraguay, a totally subtropical country, something very similar is happening. Paraguay has consolidated its sales of buffalo hides and beef. Argentina is well on its way to having a very efficient buffalo beef marketing competing with cattle of the highest quality. Buffalo milk production is still not mature in these countries, although there are several projects underway in Uruguay, Bolivia and Argentina.

  16. From upstream to downstream: Megatrends and latest developments in Latin America`s hydrocarbons sector

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    Wu, Kang; Pezeshki, S.; McMahon, J.

    1995-08-01

    In recent years, Latin America`s hydrocarbons sector has been characterized by reorganization, revitalization, regional cooperation, environmental awakening, and steady expansion. The pattern of these changes, which appear to be the megatrends of the region`s hydrocarbons sector development, will continue during the rest of the 1990s. To further study the current situation and future prospects of Latin America`s hydrocarbons sector, we critically summarize in this short article the key issues in the region`s oil and gas development. These megatrends in Latin America`s hydrocarbons sector development will impact not only the future energy demand and supply in the region, but also global oil flows in the North American market and across the Pacific Ocean. Each country is individually discussed; pipelines to be constructed are discussed also.

  17. Reproductive governance in Latin America.

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    Morgan, Lynn M; Roberts, Elizabeth F S

    2012-01-01

    This paper develops the concept of reproductive governance as an analytic tool for tracing the shifting political rationalities of population and reproduction. As advanced here, the concept of reproductive governance refers to the mechanisms through which different historical configurations of actors - such as state, religious, and international financial institutions, NGOs, and social movements - use legislative controls, economic inducements, moral injunctions, direct coercion, and ethical incitements to produce, monitor, and control reproductive behaviours and population practices. Examples are drawn from Latin America, where reproductive governance is undergoing a dramatic transformation as public policy conversations are coalescing around new moral regimes and rights-based actors through debates about abortion, emergency contraception, sterilisation, migration, and assisted reproductive technologies. Reproductive discourses are increasingly framed through morality and contestations over 'rights', where rights-bearing citizens are pitted against each other in claiming reproductive, sexual, indigenous, and natural rights, as well as the 'right to life' of the unborn. The concept of reproductive governance can be applied to other settings in order to understand shifting political rationalities within the domain of reproduction. PMID:22889430

  18. The Norse discovery of America.

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    Langmoen, Iver A

    2005-12-01

    In the late 8th century, the stage for Viking expansion was set by commercial expansion in northwest Europe, the pressure of an increasing population in limited territorial reserves, and the development of the Viking ships. The Norsemen traveled extensively over the oceans, south to the Holy Land, and north to the White Sea and settled over a wide area from Sicily to Greenland. Historical sources, including the reports by Adam of Bremen and the Icelandic Sagas, describe several expeditions from Greenland to Vinland (somewhere along the east coast of North America) in approximately AD 1000 and later. Historians have arrived at highly different conclusions with respect to the location of Vinland (from Labrador to Georgia), but, in 1960, the Norwegian explorer Helge Ingstad localized ancient house sites on L'Ans aux Meadows, a small fishing village on the Northern beaches of Newfoundland. From 1961 to 1969, Ingstad and his wife, Anne Stine (an archaeologist), led several archaeological expeditions that revealed Viking turf houses with room for approximately 100 people. They also excavated a smithy, outdoor cooking pits, boathouses, a bathhouse, and enclosures for cattle, in addition to several Viking artifacts. The finds were C dated to AD 990 +/- 30. The present report reviews historical and archaeological evidence indicating the sites to which the Vikings traveled and attempted to settle in the new world.

  19. Science and Passion in America

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    Sagredo Baeza, Rafael

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available In addition to increasing our knowledge and understanding of the naturalists who explored America at various times, particularly in the 18th and 19th centuries, we seek to discuss the personal, intimate, private, and sentimental nature of individuals who are usually described as well-bred, parsimonious, unfeeling, objective, rigorous, and methodical. For the same reason, perhaps, they are assumed to have stayed aloof from any form of sentimental or passionate relationships in the course of their excursions, despite the fact that the latter often lasted not for months but for years, and that in some instances were not conducted overland but involved prolonged voyages on the high seas.

    Además de avanzar en el conocimiento y comprensión de los naturalistas que exploraron América en algún momento, particularmente en los siglos XVIII y XIX, nos interesa relevar la dimensión personal, íntima, privada, sentimental, de sujetos que corrientemente son presentados como hombres comedidos, parcos, fríos, objetivos, rigurosos y metódicos y, tal vez por eso, se supone, ajenos a cualquier tipo de relación sentimental o pasional durante sus excursiones. Esto, a pesar de que muchas de ellas se prolongaron no ya por meses, sino que por años y que algunas de ellas no fueron itinerarios terrestres, sino que esencialmente marítimos, con largas temporadas en alta mar.

  20. Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP)

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    McIlvaine, Janet; Chandra, Subrato; Barkaszi, Stephen; Beal, David; Chasar, David; Colon, Carlos; Fonorow, Ken; Gordon, Andrew; Hoak, David; Hutchinson, Stephanie; Lubliner, Mike; Martin, Eric; McCluney, Ross; McGinley, Mark; McSorley, Mike; Moyer, Neil; Mullens, Mike; Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Vieira, Rob; Wichers, Susan

    2006-06-30

    This final report summarizes the work conducted by the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (www.baihp.org) for the period 9/1/99-6/30/06. BAIHP is led by the Florida Solar Energy Center of the University of Central Florida and focuses on factory built housing. In partnership with over 50 factory and site builders, work was performed in two main areas--research and technical assistance. In the research area--through site visits in over 75 problem homes, we discovered the prime causes of moisture problems in some manufactured homes and our industry partners adopted our solutions to nearly eliminate this vexing problem. Through testing conducted in over two dozen housing factories of six factory builders we documented the value of leak free duct design and construction which was embraced by our industry partners and implemented in all the thousands of homes they built. Through laboratory test facilities and measurements in real homes we documented the merits of 'cool roof' technologies and developed an innovative night sky radiative cooling concept currently being tested. We patented an energy efficient condenser fan design, documented energy efficient home retrofit strategies after hurricane damage, developed improved specifications for federal procurement for future temporary housing, compared the Building America benchmark to HERS Index and IECC 2006, developed a toolkit for improving the accuracy and speed of benchmark calculations, monitored the field performance of over a dozen prototype homes and initiated research on the effectiveness of occupancy feedback in reducing household energy use. In the technical assistance area we provided systems engineering analysis, conducted training, testing and commissioning that have resulted in over 128,000 factory built and over 5,000 site built homes which are saving their owners over $17,000,000 annually in energy bills. These include homes built by Palm Harbor Homes, Fleetwood, Southern Energy

  1. Agency Theory

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    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul

    2015-01-01

    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting, and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  2. Agency Theory

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    Linder, Stefan; Foss, Nicolai Juul

    Agency theory studies the problems and solutions linked to delegation of tasks from principals to agents in the context of conflicting interests between the parties. Beginning from clear assumptions about rationality, contracting and informational conditions, the theory addresses problems of ex...... agency theory to enjoy considerable scientific impact on social science; however, it has also attracted considerable criticism....

  3. Packaging Theory.

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    Williams, Jeffrey

    1994-01-01

    Considers the recent flood of anthologies of literary criticism and theory as exemplifications of the confluence of pedagogical concerns, economics of publishing, and other historical factors. Looks specifically at how these anthologies present theory. Cites problems with their formatting theory and proposes alternative ways of organizing theory…

  4. Bathymetry of North America - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The Bathymetry of North America map layer shows depth ranges using colors. The image was derived from the National Geophysical Data Center?s ETOPO2 elevation data,...

  5. Mineral Operations of Latin America and Canada

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set consists of records for over 900 mineral facilities in Latin America and Canada. The mineral facilities include mines, plants, smelters, or refineries...

  6. Microfinance: Lessons Learned in Latin America

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    Tomas C. Miller-Sanabria

    2000-01-01

    The relative success of microfinance in rural credit programs in Latin America is the result of a decentralized development approach stressing a large microenterprise sector, stable and permanent institutions, an appropriate regulatory framework, and a stable economy as essential prerequisites

  7. 77 FR 74048 - Buy America Waiver Notification

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    2012-12-12

    ... State of Michigan and the Government of Canada over the Detroit River linking Detroit, Michigan, to... public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not sufficiently... Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification AGENCY: Federal Highway...

  8. 78 FR 12809 - Buy America Waiver Notification

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    2013-02-25

    ... satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice provides... deficient bridge carrying US-1 over the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth, NH, and Kittery, ME. The... Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification AGENCY: Federal Highway...

  9. Energy market integration in South America

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    This article is a summary of presentations made during the 1997 Winter Meeting panel session on Power and Natural Gas in Latin America: Towards an Integrated Market. Reregulation and demand for energy resources to support economic growth are driving international natural gas and electricity exchange initiatives. Panelists focused on the gas and electric power industry in Latin America in terms of the: transport of gas or transmission of electricity; energy market integration in the southern cone of South America; and issues on gas use for electricity generation in South America countries. Countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru will export natural gas to Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile, an the energy matrices of these countries will change

  10. Nighttime Lights of North America - Direct Download

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This map layer is an image of nighttime lights for North America, including the Caribbean and most of Mexico. The data were collected in 1996 and 1997 as part of...

  11. Comparative Study of Request Strategies in Chinese and English in the Background of Hall’s Theory%霍尔理论背景下汉英请求策略对比研究

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    2015-01-01

    According to the context theory proposed by Anthropologist Edward T .Hall, Chinese culture is high-context cul-ture while the majority of English speaking cultures in the West fall into low-context culture .This paper explores the char-acteristics of request strategies in English and Chinese , and the cultural reasons underlying their differences in the frame-work of context theory .The diversity of request strategies at utterance level in English and the extensive use of discourse strategies in Chinese requests epitomize the preference of overt language code in low context culture and covert language code in high context culture .Compared to the low-context British and American cultures , Chinese culture exhibits polariza-tion in the perception of distance , power and level of imposition , which leads to the differences in the choice of request strategies in the two languages .%人类学家霍尔提出的语境论认为中国文化属于高语境文化,而西方大多数英语国家属于低语境文化。文章在语境论的框架下,阐述了英汉请求策略特点及其差异的深层文化根源。英语请求语多样化的语句层面策略与汉语中语篇策略的广泛应用,体现了低语境文化多用明码信息,高语境文化惯用暗码信息的特点。同时,与处于低语境的英美文化相比,中国文化对请求策略影响因素人际距离、社会权力和强加度的认识与感知呈现两极化。

  12. Preface - rethinking structural reform in Latin America

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    Stephen J. Kay; Michael J. Chriszt

    2004-01-01

    The process of structural reform in Latin America has thus far been uneven, and various economic crises have raised doubts about reforms’ effectiveness and have caused public support for further reforms to wane. To promote and highlight research exploring structural reform’s impact on economic growth and income distribution in Latin America, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) cosponsored the conference “Rethinking Structural Reform in Latin Ameri...

  13. Wind Powering America Initiative (Fact Sheet)

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    2011-01-01

    The U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America initiative engages in technology market acceptance, barrier reduction, and technology deployment support activities. This fact sheet outlines ways in which the Wind Powering America team works to reduce barriers to appropriate wind energy deployment, primarily by focusing on six program areas: workforce development, communications and outreach, stakeholder analysis and resource assessment, wind technology technical support, wind power for Native Americans, and federal sector support and collaboration.

  14. Building America Research-to-Market Plan

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    Werling, Eric [Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Washington, DC (United States)

    2015-11-01

    This report presents the Building America Research-to-Market Plan (Plan), including the integrated Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps (Roadmaps) that will guide Building America’s research, development, and deployment (RD&D) activities over the coming years. The Plan and Roadmaps will be updated as necessary to adapt to research findings and evolving stakeholder needs, and they will reflect input from DOE and stakeholders.

  15. America and China in a New World

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    Robert E.Goodman

    2007-01-01

    <正>America has prided itself for the past 50 years on being a leader in all things:politics,human rights,and economics,However,in this new century,there are new paradigms that are arising that are forcing a change of attitude and views on how America views the rest of the world_and, especially,China.That is the subject of this discourse today.

  16. Grounded theory.

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    Harris, Tina

    2015-04-29

    Grounded theory is a popular research approach in health care and the social sciences. This article provides a description of grounded theory methodology and its key components, using examples from published studies to demonstrate practical application. It aims to demystify grounded theory for novice nurse researchers, by explaining what it is, when to use it, why they would want to use it and how to use it. It should enable nurse researchers to decide if grounded theory is an appropriate approach for their research, and to determine the quality of any grounded theory research they read.

  17. Ring theory

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    Rowen, Louis H

    1991-01-01

    This is an abridged edition of the author's previous two-volume work, Ring Theory, which concentrates on essential material for a general ring theory course while ommitting much of the material intended for ring theory specialists. It has been praised by reviewers:**""As a textbook for graduate students, Ring Theory joins the best....The experts will find several attractive and pleasant features in Ring Theory. The most noteworthy is the inclusion, usually in supplements and appendices, of many useful constructions which are hard to locate outside of the original sources....The audience of non

  18. Atomic theories

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    Loring, FH

    2014-01-01

    Summarising the most novel facts and theories which were coming into prominence at the time, particularly those which had not yet been incorporated into standard textbooks, this important work was first published in 1921. The subjects treated cover a wide range of research that was being conducted into the atom, and include Quantum Theory, the Bohr Theory, the Sommerfield extension of Bohr's work, the Octet Theory and Isotopes, as well as Ionisation Potentials and Solar Phenomena. Because much of the material of Atomic Theories lies on the boundary between experimentally verified fact and spec

  19. Aquatic risk assessment of pesticides in Latin America.

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    Carriquiriborde, Pedro; Mirabella, Paula; Waichman, Andrea; Solomon, Keith; Van den Brink, Paul J; Maund, Steve

    2014-10-01

    Latin America is anticipated to be a major growth market for agriculture and production is increasing with use of technologies such as pesticides. Reports of contamination of aquatic ecosystems by pesticides in Latin America have raised concerns about potential for adverse ecological effects. In the registration process of pesticides, all countries require significant data packages on aquatic toxicology and environmental fate. However, there are usually no specific requirements to conduct an aquatic risk assessment. To address this issue, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry organized a workshop that brought together scientists from academia, government, and industry to review and elaborate on aquatic risk assessment frameworks that can be implemented into regulation of pesticides in Latin America. The workshop concluded that the international framework for risk assessments (protection goals, effects, and exposure assessments, risk characterization, and risk mitigation) is broadly applicable in Latin America but needs further refinement for the use in the region. Some of the challenges associated with these refinements are discussed in the article. It was recognized that there is potential for data sharing both within and outside of the region where conditions are similar. However, there is a need for research to compare local species and environmental conditions to those in other jurisdictions to be able to evaluate the applicability of data used in other countries. Development should also focus on human resources as there is a need to build local capacity and capability, and scientific collaboration and exchange between stakeholders in industry, government, and academia is also important. The meeting also emphasized that, although establishing a regionally relevant risk assessment framework is important, this also needs to be accompanied by enforcement of developed regulations and good management practices to help protect aquatic habitats

  20. A magmatic probe of dynamic topography beneath western North America

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    Klöcking, M.; White, N. J.; Maclennan, J.

    2014-12-01

    A region centered on the Yellowstone hotspot and encompassing the Colorado Plateau sits at an elevation 2 km higher than the cratonic North America. This difference broadly coincides with tomographically observed variations in lithospheric thickness: ~120 km beneath western North America, ~240 km beneath the craton. Thermochronology of the Grand Canyon area, sedimentary flux to the Gulf of Mexico, and river profile inversion all suggest that regional uplift occurred in at least two separate stages. High resolution seismic tomographic models, using USArray data, have identified a ring of low velocity material beneath the edges of the Colorado Plateau. Magmatism coincides with these low velocity zones and shows distinct phases: an overall increase in volume around 40 Ma and a change from lithospheric to asthenospheric signatures around 5 Ma. Volcanism is also observed to migrate north-east with time. Here, we attempt to integrate these different observations with lithospheric thickness. A dynamic topography model of progressive lithospheric erosion over a hot mantle plume might account for uplift as well as the temporal and spatial distribution of magmatism across western North America. Thinning of the lithosphere around the edges of the Colorado Plateau in combination with the hotter mantle potential temperature of a plume could create isostatic and dynamic uplift as well as allowing for melt production. To test this model, we have analysed around 100 samples from volcanic centers across western North America by ICP-MS for rare earth elements (REE). Most of the samples are younger than 5 Ma, and all of them have previously been analysed by XRF. Using trace element ratios such as La/Yb and Nb/Y we assess depth of melting and melt fraction, respectively. In addition, we use REE inversion modelling to estimate melt fractions as a function of depth and temperature of melting. The results are compared to existing constraints on lithospheric thickness and mantle potential

  1. VLA Hosts "Flag Across America"

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    2001-11-01

    The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) hosted the runners and support personnel of the "Americans United Flag Across America" run as the transcontinental memorial and fundraising effort came through New Mexico. The flag run arrived at NRAO's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope west of Socorro, NM, early in the post-Midnight morning of Monday, November 5, and departed after sunrise that morning en route to the Arizona border. Drivers, runners and support personnel stayed overnight at the VLA. During the night, a "VLA Night Owl Run" kept the flag moving around the VLA area until the westward trek resumed after dawn. The run began Oct. 11, one month after the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Organized by employees of American and United Airlines to honor the flight crews lost in those attacks, to show support for U.S. troops and to raise funds to help the victims' families, the run will take an American flag from Boston Logan Airport to Los Angeles International Airport. The Boston-to-Los Angeles trip represents the intended journey of American Flight 11 and United Flight 175, both of which were crashed by terrorists into the World Trade Center. "Our observatory was proud to host this group and honored that they brought this flag through our facility," said Miller Goss, NRAO's director of VLA operations. The runners carried a flag that flew in a U.S. F-16 over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch on Oct. 2, and has visited Ground Zero in Manhattan. The flag is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

  2. Healthy Municipios in Latin America.

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    Restrepo, H E; Llanos, G; Contreras, A; Rocabado, F; Gross, S; Suárez, J; González, J

    1995-09-01

    This article describes the Healthy Municipios movement in Latin America and gives examples of some PAHO projects that could become demonstration projects. The Healthy Municipios movement was established in the early 1990s. The movement aims to promote healthy municipalities according to objectives set forth in the 1987 Ottawa Charter on Health Promotion, the 1992 Declaration of Bogota, and the 1993 Caribbean Health Promotion Charter. The movement is a joint effort of government, the health sector, and the community in promoting health locally. Key features of the movement are its creativity, variety, political strength, and adaptation to local conditions. Technical cooperation serves the purpose of facilitating information exchange and promotes the use of modern techniques of analysis and scientific and technical information. All projects shared the following common features: initiation by the local community with strong political commitment, intersectoral organizational structure, widespread community mobilization and participation, problem solving activities, and a recognizable leader. Pioneering projects include the Comprehensive Project for Cienfuegos, Cuba; the Health Manizales, Colombia; the Network in Mexico; Baruta and El Hatillo, Venezuela; Valdivia, Chile; and San Carlos Canton, Costa Rica. It is concluded that these projects and most others aim to assure equity. These efforts are important for placing health on the political agenda and implementing healthy policies. The Valdivia project, for example, serves a population of about 120,000 in the urban city of Valdivia, the semi-urban area, and rural areas. The project was officially sanctioned by the President of Chile on World Health Day in 1993. Progress was reported in mass communication and school-based programs. Attention was directed also to prevention of risk factors for noncommunicable diseases and to the problem of traffic accidents.

  3. 变异学视域下比较文学跨文明研究的类型及合法性%Types and Validity of Cross-Civilization Studies in Comparative Literature from the Perspective of Variation Theory

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    曹顺庆; 曾诣

    2015-01-01

    变异学视域下的比较文学跨文明研究分为相同比较和差异比较两大类型。其相同比较强调的是话语平等的“求同”,而不是话语覆盖的“同化”;而差异比较则体现为影响研究下的影响变异、平行研究下的阐发变异和平行研究之新范畴的共同话题不同话语这三种类型。影响变异着重关注影响研究中真实但一直被忽视的变异因素;阐发变异则从话语的异质性与双向互动、阐释有效性的内涵类同与过度阐释两方面丰富了传统的平行研究;共同话题不同话语作为平行研究的新范畴,从异质话语比较的维度实现了平行研究的突破。上述诸种跨文明研究类型为差异比较确立了合法性,从学理上丰富了现有比较文学的学科理论,实现了既“求同”又“求异”的真正比较。%Cross-civilization studies in comparative literature from the perspective of variation theory is classified into similarity comparison and difference comparison. The similarity comparison emphasizes “seeking similarities” on the basis of equal discourse rather than “assimilation” based on discourse coverage. And the difference comparison includes the influence variation in the influence study, the interpretation variation in the analogy study, and the new category of the analogy study-common topics in different discourse. The influence variation mainly focuses on the real but neglected variation factors in the influence study. The interpretation variation enriches the traditional analogy study in two aspects: the heterogeneity and two-way interaction of discourse, and the connotation analogy and over-interpretation of interpretive availability. Common topics in different discourse, a new category of the analogy study, is a breakthrough in analogy study on the dimension of heterogeneous discourse. All these cross-civilization studies make difference comparison valid, which enriches the theories

  4. Re-emergence of cholera in the Americas: Risks, susceptibility, and ecology

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    Mathieu JP Poirier

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The re-emergence of cholera in Haiti has established a new reservoir for the seventh cholera pandemic which threatens to spread to other countries in the Americas. Materials and Methods: Statistics from this new epidemic are compared to the 1991 Peru epidemic, which demonstrated the speed and complexity with which this disease can spread from country to country. Environmental factors implicated in the spread of Vibrio cholerae such as ocean currents and temperatures, as well as biotic factors from zooplankton to waterfowl pose a risk for many countries in the Americas. Results: The movement of people and goods from Hispaniola are mostly destined for North America, but occur to some degree throughout the Americas. These modes of transmission, and the probability of uncontrolled community spread beyond Hispaniola, however, are completely dependent upon risk factors within these countries such as water quality and availability of sanitation. Although North America has excellent coverage of these deterrents to the spread of infectious gastrointestinal diseases, many countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean lack these basic services and infrastructures. Conclusions : In order to curb the immediate spread of cholera in Hispaniola, treatment availability should be expanded to all parts of the island and phase II epidemic management initiatives must be developed.

  5. Maslow's Theory of Human Motivation and its Deep Roots in Individualism : Interrogating Maslow's Applicability in Africa

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    Mawere, Munyaradzi; Mubaya, Tapuwa R.; van Reisen, Mirjam; Stam, van Gertjan; Mawere, Munyaradzi; Nhemachena, Artwell

    2016-01-01

    Since the postulation of Abraham Maslow's theory of human motivation, the theory has been celebrated as the determining factor to account for and explain human wants and needs. While the theory has its genealogy from an individualistic society, the United States of America, where it was crafted and

  6. A Comparative Research on Women' s Leisure Constrains Based on Gender Role and Constraints Theory%基于性别角色和制约理论对女性休闲的比较研究

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    高连利; 方旭红; 许丹丹

    2012-01-01

    With the development of economy, the improvement of social status of women and the increasing social pressure, more and more women chose to participate in leisure activities. Analyzing relevant factors restricting women' leisure participation will promote the development of women's leisure activities. However, different research perspectives and conclusions are got in different areas. So comparing the relationships and differences based on combed research about women's leisure constrains in the fields of Gender Role and Constraints Theory will enrich the study of women's leisure and promote the harmonious development of two research areas.%随着社会经济的发展,女性社会地位的提高以及生活压力的加剧,越来越多的女性参与到休闲活动中去。对制约女性休闲参与的相关因素进行分析将会进一步促进女性休闲活动的顺利进行。然而不同研究领域,其研究视角和研究结论也不尽相同。对性别角色和制约理论下关于女性休闲制约的研究进行梳理,比较两个视角下女性休闲制约研究的联系和区别将进一步丰富女性休闲研究内容,并促进两个研究领域的融洽发展。

  7. Towards a New Developmental State: Challenges for Latin America

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    Cristina Zurbriggen

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The political map of Latin America experienced some significant changes during the first decade of the 21st century. After a long period of political and social hegemony of right-wing coalitions, progressive parties assumed office in many countries. Their programs criticised the neoliberal model and underlined the role of the State in the development process. In that context, the 2008 world economic crisis strengthened the debate on the role of the State, particularly in what regards to its rapport with elites and foreign capital, as well as its capacity to lead a development strategy towards more prosperous and just societies. This article revisits two theoretical paradigms (the Neoliberal State and the Developmental State in the light of new approaches from different disciplinary grounds (Political Science, Economic History, Political Economy of Development. We argue the greatest challenge of a new theory and practice of the State in Latin America is to build broad developmental coalitions that are able to counter the centrifugal interests of local elites and transnational corporations. 

  8. Trends in Comparative Education.

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    Altbach, Philip G.

    1991-01-01

    Examines societal and academic factors influencing the development of comparative education since 1945, particularly in the United States. Discusses the dominance of structural functionalism and human capital theory in the 1960s, the recent shift to diverse research orientations and ideologies, and effects of institutional decline and…

  9. An Expansion of Comparative Advantage Theory Based on "Sustainability" Factor%基于“可持续性”要素的比较优势理论拓展

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    杨青龙

    2012-01-01

    Comparative advantage is the difference of opportunity cost among different countries producing the same product. Traditional theories hold that the opportunity cost forming the comparative advantage is mainly production cost. "Sustainability" is a kind of inter-generational public goods, and the opportunity cost of sustainable attrition is inter-generational cost, i. e. the future potential net income abandoned when using some factors now. Therefore, sustainable diversity of different countries embodies discrepancy in inter-generational cost, and " sustainability" is a new factor shaping a country's comparative advantage. If China' s foreign trade excessively depends on comparative advantage of labor force and environment based on cheap labor force and loose environmental regulation policy, it is not sustainable in the long run. We can gradually achieve compatibility of the short-term rationality and the long-term one in the development of foreign trade through the internalization of inter-generational cost. Furthermore, China has to cope with the relationship between trade growth and the consumption of various scarce factors properly, balance the relationship between trade growth and sustainable development, and seek the equilibrium between the gross amount and structure of the present and future trade.%比较优势是不同国家生产同种产品的机会成本差异.传统理论认为,形成比较优势的机会成本主要为生产成本,而“可持续性”是一种代际公共品,耗费“可持续性”要素的机会成本是代际成本,即现在使用某(些)要素所放弃的未来使用之可能带来的纯收益.因此,不同国家的可持续性差异体现为代际成本差异,“可持续性”是塑造一国比较优势的新要素.着中国对外贸易过度依靠当代所具有的劳动力价格低廉和环境规制政策宽松所塑造的劳动力比较优势和环境比较优势,从长期看是不可持续的.通过代际成本内在化,可

  10. Dual Double Field Theory

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    Bergshoeff, Eric A; Penas, Victor A; Riccioni, Fabio

    2016-01-01

    We present the dual formulation of double field theory at the linearized level. This is a classically equivalent theory describing the duals of the dilaton, the Kalb-Ramond field and the graviton in a T-duality or O(D,D) covariant way. In agreement with previous proposals, the resulting theory encodes fields in mixed Young-tableau representations, combining them into an antisymmetric 4-tensor under O(D,D). In contrast to previous proposals, the theory also requires an antisymmetric 2-tensor and a singlet, which are not all pure gauge. The need for these additional fields is analogous to a similar phenomenon for "exotic" dualizations, and we clarify this by comparing with the dualizations of the component fields. We close with some speculative remarks on the significance of these observations for the full non-linear theory yet to be constructed.

  11. Model theory

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    2012-01-01

    Model theory deals with a branch of mathematical logic showing connections between a formal language and its interpretations or models. This is the first and most successful textbook in logical model theory. Extensively updated and corrected in 1990 to accommodate developments in model theoretic methods - including classification theory and nonstandard analysis - the third edition added entirely new sections, exercises, and references. Each chapter introduces an individual method and discusses specific applications. Basic methods of constructing models include constants, elementary chains, Sko

  12. Translating Theory

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    Jaques, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    Generative Linguistics can and should be engaged by those with an interest in Translation Studies while developing their own positions on literary theory in general, but translation theory in particular. Generative theory provides empirical evidence for a free, creative mind that can comprehend, read, speak and translate a language. What is being proposed here contrasts radically with the dominant position of this generation's Translation Studies specialists, who freely incorporate Post-struc...

  13. Comparative study of"imitation theory"--from Platon to Aristotle%“模仿说”比较研究——从柏拉图到亚里士多德

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    胡安奇

    2012-01-01

      “模仿”历来是西方文论和美学史的一条主线,它贯穿于文论和美学的始终。众多的模仿说当中,古希腊柏拉图建立在“理念论”之上的模仿说和亚里士多德“艺术模仿现实”的唯物主义模仿说尤其光彩夺目,他们共同奠定了西方美学、文论的理论基础。本文简要回顾了柏拉图和亚氏模仿说的基本内涵,并对这两种模仿说进行简略的比较,最后小结柏拉图和亚氏师徒二人在模仿说理论上产生分歧的原因。%  "Imitation"has always been the masterstroke of western literary theory and aesthetics history, it runs through in literary theory and aesthetics. In many imitation, ancient Greek Platon’s"imitation theory"built on the"theory of idea"and Aristotle’s materialism imitating of"art imitating reality"is especially bright, together they laid the theory foundation of western aesthetics and literary theory. This paper presents the basic connotation of Platon and Asia 's imitation theory, and a simple comparison between the two kind of imitation theory, finally summarizes the reasons of divergence.

  14. A COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE PERCEIVED APPLICABILITY OF HONEY BEE MATING OPTIMIZATION ALGORITHM (HBMO) AND PARTICLE SWARM OPTIMIZATION (PSO) ALGORITHM BY APPLYING THREE FACTOR THEORY AMONG RESEARCHERS IN TAMIL NADU

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    K. Kalyani; T. Chakravarthi

    2015-01-01

    The perceived applicability of honey bee mating optimization HBMO and Particle Swarm Optimization PSO among the research scholars in Tamil Nadu are understudied. The purpose of the present study is to address this dearth in the literature in three ways: (i) providing descriptive data related to the applicability of these algorithm in their area of study. (ii) Applying Three Factor theory to assess the perceived range of applicability of the two said theories and to develop, a theoretically-ba...

  15. Addendum to the Building America House Simulation Protocols

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    Engebrecht-Metzger, C.; Wilson, E.; Horowitz, S.

    2012-12-01

    As Building America (BA) has grown to include a large and diverse cross-section of the home building and retrofit industries, it has become more important to develop accurate, consistent analysis techniques to measure progress towards the program's goals. The House Simulation Protocols (HSP) provides guidance to program partners and managers so that energy savings for new construction and retrofit projects can be compared alongside each other. The HSP provides the program with analysis methods that are proven to be effective and reliable in investigating the energy use of advanced energy systems and of entire houses.

  16. Addendum to the Building America House Simulation Protocols

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    Engebrecht, C. Metzger [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Wilson, E. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Horowitz, S. [National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)

    2012-12-01

    As DOE's Building America program has grown to include a large and diverse cross-section of the home building and retrofit industries, it has become more important to develop accurate, consistent analysis techniques to measure progress towards the program’s goals. The House Simulation Protocols (HSP) provide guidance to program partners and managers so that energy savings for new construction and retrofit projects can be compared alongside each other. The HSP provides the program with analysis methods that are proven to be effective and reliable in investigating the energy use of advanced energy systems and of entire houses.

  17. PISA TESTS IN LATIN AMERICA: RESULTS IN CONTEXT

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    Guillermina Tiramonti

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The educational reforms implemented in Latin America in the ‘90s introduced changes in the modes of regulation of educational systems based on the adoption of mechanisms for assessing student achievement. Since 2000, eight Latin-American countries (Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru are involved in the PISA tests. The article presents a brief review of the social and educational situation of the Region, relevant for the interpretation and comparative analysis of the results of these tests that is presented below.

  18. Galois Theory

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    Cox, David A

    2012-01-01

    Praise for the First Edition ". . .will certainly fascinate anyone interested in abstract algebra: a remarkable book!"—Monatshefte fur Mathematik Galois theory is one of the most established topics in mathematics, with historical roots that led to the development of many central concepts in modern algebra, including groups and fields. Covering classic applications of the theory, such as solvability by radicals, geometric constructions, and finite fields, Galois Theory, Second Edition delves into novel topics like Abel’s theory of Abelian equations, casus irreducibili, and the Galo

  19. Elastoplasticity theory

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    Hashiguchi, Koichi

    2009-01-01

    This book details the mathematics and continuum mechanics necessary as a foundation of elastoplasticity theory. It explains physical backgrounds with illustrations and provides descriptions of detailed derivation processes..

  20. Are civil wars to blame for crime in Central America?

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    Ana Sofia Cardenal Izquierdo

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available The countries of Central America are high up on the list of nations with the highest crime rates in the world. According to the literature, the most common argument is that these high crimerates are a legacy of the armed conflicts of the 1980s. This article subjects this theory to an empirical examination. Even though the analysis is preliminary and limited, the results serve to question theexistence of such a link between war and crime. The data show that the areas most affected by war in El Salvador and Guatemala are not the ones that show the highest rates of crime. Furthermore, no direct relation exists between the presence of armed conflict and crime rates at a national level. The presence of armed conflict is neither a necessary factor nor a sufficient one for criminal violence. Onthe contrary, this work points to a close link between inequality and crime rates at a national level.

  1. North Pacific seasonality and the glaciation of North America 2.7 million years ago

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    Haug, G. H.; Ganopolski, A.; Sigman, D. M.; Rosell-Mele, A.; G. E. A. Swann; R. Tiedemann; S. L. Jaccard; J. Bollmann; Maslin, M. A.; Leng, M. J.; Eglinton, G.;  ,

    2005-01-01

    In the context of gradual Cenozoic cooling, the timing of the onset of significant Northern Hemisphere glaciation 2.7 million years ago is consistent with Milankovitch’s orbital theory, which posited that ice sheets grow when polar summertime insolation and temperature are low. However, the role of moisture supply in the initiation of large Northern Hemisphere ice sheets has remained unclear. The subarctic Pacific Ocean represents a significant source of water vapour to boreal North America, ...

  2. Psychobiography Training in Psychology in North America: Mapping the Field and Charting a Course

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    Ponterotto, Joseph G.; Reynolds, Jason D.; Samantha Morel; Linda Cheung

    2015-01-01

    Psychobiography holds an important position in the history of psychology, yet little is known about the status of psychobiographical training and dissertation research in psychology departments. This brief report identified psychobiography courses throughout North America and content analyzed a sample of 65 psychobiography dissertations to discern the theories and methods that have most commonly anchored this research. Results identified few psychology courses specifically in psychobiography,...

  3. Corporate social responsibility in emerging markets:case studies of Spanish MNCs in Latin America

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    Lopez Vazquez, Belen; Fornes, Gaston E

    2015-01-01

    Purpose– This paper aims to analyse corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives in emerging markets (EMs) from developed countries-based multinational companies (MNCs).Design/methodology/approach– The analysis is based on eight case studies with data collected through in-depth interviews with senior managers of the companies representing 85 per cent of the Spanish foreign investments in Latin America.Findings– The findings tend to indicate that instrumental theories of CSR seem to apply...

  4. The ribbon continent of northwestern South America

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    Altamira-Areyan, Armando

    The tectonic structure of the Plate Boundary Zone (PBZ) between the Caribbean Plate (CARIB) and the South American Plate (SOAM) is interpreted using models that require CARIB motion from the Pacific into the Atlantic. Those models can be subdivided into: (1) those in which the island arc rocks that are now in the CARIB-SOAM PBZ have collided with the northern South America margin, either obliquely or directly during the Cretaceous or during the Cenozoic, and (2) those in which the island arc rocks now in the CARIB-SOAM PBZ collided with the west coast of South America during the Cretaceous and were transferred to the northern margin by transform motion during the Cenozoic. Magnetic anomalies were first rotated in the Central and South Atlantic, holding Africa fixed to establish how much NOAM had converged on SOAM during the Cenozoic. WSW convergence was discovered to have been accommodated in the northern boundary of the CARIB. There is no evidence of convergence in the form of Cenozoic island arc igneous rocks on the north coast of South America. Those results are consistent only with models of Class (2) that call for transform movement of material that had collided with the west coast of South America along the CARIB-SOAM PBZ on the northern margin of South America. 40Ar/39Ar ages of island arc rocks from northern Venezuela were found to be older than ca 70 Ma, which is consistent with a requirement of models of Class (2) that those rocks are from an island arc which collided with the west coast of South America during Cretaceous times. Testing that conclusion using data from Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago has led to the construction of a new ribbon continent model of the northwestern Cordillera of South America. Because the part of the ribbon continent on the north coast of South America has been experiencing substantial deformation in the Maracaibo block during the past 10 m.y., structures in that body have had to be

  5. Theory of simple liquids

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    Hansen, Jean-Pierre

    1986-01-01

    This book gives a comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the theory of ""simple"" liquids. The new second edition has been rearranged and considerably expanded to give a balanced account both of basic theory and of the advances of the past decade. It presents the main ideas of modern liquid state theory in a way that is both pedagogical and self-contained. The book should be accessible to graduate students and research workers, both experimentalists and theorists, who have a good background in elementary mechanics.Key Features* Compares theoretical deductions with experimental r

  6. Between Theory and Practice

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    Dindler, Christian; Dalsgaard, Peter

    2014-01-01

    We present the notion of ‘bridging concepts’ as a particular form of intermediary knowledge in HCI research, residing between theory and practice. We argue that bridging concepts address the challenge of facilitating exchange between theory and practice in HCI, and we compare it to other....... These constituents specify how bridging concepts, as a form of knowledge, are accountable to both theory and practice. We present an analysis of the concept of ‘peepholes’ as an example of a bridging concept aimed at spurring user curiosity and engagement....

  7. Principles of copula theory

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    Durante, Fabrizio

    2015-01-01

    Principles of Copula Theory explores the state of the art on copulas and provides you with the foundation to use copulas in a variety of applications. Throughout the book, historical remarks and further readings highlight active research in the field, including new results, streamlined presentations, and new proofs of old results.After covering the essentials of copula theory, the book addresses the issue of modeling dependence among components of a random vector using copulas. It then presents copulas from the point of view of measure theory, compares methods for the approximation of copulas,

  8. Cardiovascular Research Publications from Latin America between 1999 and 2008. A Bibliometric Study

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    Colantonio, Lisandro D., E-mail: Lisandro.Colantonio@fulbrightmail.org [Department of Epidemiology - University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, Birmingham (United States); Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires (Argentina); Baldridge, Abigail S.; Huffman, Mark D. [Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago (United States); Bloomfield, Gerald S. [Duke University Medical Center - Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Global Health Institute, Durham (United States); Prabhakaran, Dorairaj [Centre for Chronic Disease Control, New Delhi (India)

    2015-01-15

    Cardiovascular research publications seem to be increasing in Latin America overall. To analyze trends in cardiovascular publications and their citations from countries in Latin America between 1999 and 2008, and to compare them with those from the rest of the countries. We retrieved references of cardiovascular publications between 1999 and 2008 and their five-year post-publication citations from the Web of Knowledge database. For countries in Latin America, we calculated the total number of publications and their citation indices (total citations divided by number of publications) by year. We analyzed trends on publications and citation indices over time using Poisson regression models. The analysis was repeated for Latin America as a region, and compared with that for the rest of the countries grouped according to economic development. Brazil (n = 6,132) had the highest number of publications in1999-2008, followed by Argentina (n = 1,686), Mexico (n = 1,368) and Chile (n = 874). Most countries showed an increase in publications over time, leaded by Guatemala (36.5% annually [95%CI: 16.7%-59.7%]), Colombia (22.1% [16.3%-28.2%]), Costa Rica (18.1% [8.1%-28.9%]) and Brazil (17.9% [16.9%-19.1%]). However, trends on citation indices varied widely (from -33.8% to 28.4%). From 1999 to 2008, cardiovascular publications of Latin America increased by 12.9% (12.1%-13.5%) annually. However, the citation indices of Latin America increased 1.5% (1.3%-1.7%) annually, a lower increase than those of all other country groups analyzed. Although the number of cardiovascular publications of Latin America increased from 1999 to 2008, trends on citation indices suggest they may have had a relatively low impact on the research field, stressing the importance of considering quality and dissemination on local research policies.

  9. Hospital Compare

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country. You can use Hospital Compare to find...

  10. Communication theory

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    Stein, Irene F.; Stelter, Reinhard

    2011-01-01

    Communication theory covers a wide variety of theories related to the communication process (Littlejohn, 1999). Communication is not simply an exchange of information, in which we have a sender and a receiver. This very technical concept of communication is clearly outdated; a human being...

  11. Perturbation theory

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    After noting some advantages of using perturbation theory some of the various types are related on a chart and described, including many-body nonlinear summations, quartic force-field fit for geometry, fourth-order correlation approximations, and a survey of some recent work. Alternative initial approximations in perturbation theory are also discussed. 25 references

  12. Quantum Theory

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    Manning, Phillip

    2011-01-01

    The study of quantum theory allowed twentieth-century scientists to examine the world in a new way, one that was filled with uncertainties and probabilities. Further study also led to the development of lasers, the atomic bomb, and the computer. This exciting new book clearly explains quantum theory and its everyday uses in our world.

  13. “领导干部作风建设”理论与实践的东西方比较%A Comparative Study of Leadership Ethics Theory and Practice between China and the Western World

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    胡威; 蓝志勇

    2012-01-01

    干部作风建设是党的领导人历来十分重视的议题。改革开放以来,中国社会处于激烈的变化中,传统的社会结构和道德观念开始瓦解,新的观念还没有很好地建立,法制环境也在逐步形成和完善之中。在这样的历史背景下,加强干部作风建设,打造新型组织文化,创立良好的国家治理环境,逐渐成为政府管理工作的重中之重。本文探讨和分析了中西方对干部作风建设的不同研究路径、实践经验和话语体系,提出应该总结国内经验、沟通话语体系、借鉴国际经验,通过制度环境建设与制度体系构建等多重方式建立领导干部作风建设的长效机制,以适应我国改革发展的持续性挑战。%China's leaders have always paid serious attention to the work style and ethics of its civil service.Nonetheless,in the process of China's fast change,problems of red-tapes and corruption are still rampant.This paper provides a comparative study between the leadership style and ethics practice and theories between China and the west,and argues that while China and west have different lexicons,terminologies,and discourses in this area,deep down,there are many similarities and common grounds.The Chinese side tends to use periodical movements to enforce its ethics while the western countries tend to build checks and balances in its ethics management system.In order to properly respond to the challenges of China's fast change,a more systematic way is needed for China to design a system of ethics management for executive civil servants.

  14. 英美模式下我国税收理论课的教学比较研究%A Comparative Research on the Teaching of Tax Theory Courses in China under the British and American Model

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    张新

    2013-01-01

    本研究主要目的在于评价税收理论课程的教学中,以教材为主的美式教学方法与以泛读文献为主要方式的英式教学,在课堂应用中的实际效果与各自的优缺点。我们的研究方法是在两个平行的税收经济学课程中采用两种教学方法,并通过对学生在课程论文、考试环节中反映的技术分析能力与阅读水平的考察,结合学生的问卷来比较两类教学效果的不同。实验结果显示,以教材为主的授课方式也许更具综合优势,但充分吸收泛读教学的优点更有利于学生个体化学习方式的形成。%The main aim of this research is to evaluate the text-book-oriented American teaching method and the extensive reading-oriented British teaching method, and their practical ef-fects and advantages as well as disadvantages in classroom appli-cation in the teaching of tax theory courses. The research method is to compare the different effects of the two methods through adopting two teaching methods respectively for two parallel"Eco-nomics of Tax" course, and the survey on students' technical analysis skills and reading ability reflected in their curriculum papers and examinations, as well as the questionnaire investiga-tion on students. The experiment results show that the former possesses more comprehensive advantages, but it will be more conducive to the formation of students' individualized learning styles if it fully absorbs the advantages of the latter.

  15. Uncertainty theory

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    Liu, Baoding

    2015-01-01

    When no samples are available to estimate a probability distribution, we have to invite some domain experts to evaluate the belief degree that each event will happen. Perhaps some people think that the belief degree should be modeled by subjective probability or fuzzy set theory. However, it is usually inappropriate because both of them may lead to counterintuitive results in this case. In order to rationally deal with belief degrees, uncertainty theory was founded in 2007 and subsequently studied by many researchers. Nowadays, uncertainty theory has become a branch of axiomatic mathematics for modeling belief degrees. This is an introductory textbook on uncertainty theory, uncertain programming, uncertain statistics, uncertain risk analysis, uncertain reliability analysis, uncertain set, uncertain logic, uncertain inference, uncertain process, uncertain calculus, and uncertain differential equation. This textbook also shows applications of uncertainty theory to scheduling, logistics, networks, data mining, c...

  16. Potential Theory

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    Lukeš, Jaroslav; Netuka, Ivan; Veselý, Jiří

    1988-01-01

    Within the tradition of meetings devoted to potential theory, a conference on potential theory took place in Prague on 19-24, July 1987. The Conference was organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, with the collaboration of the Institute of Mathematics, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, the Department of Mathematics, Czech University of Technology, the Union of Czechoslovak Mathematicians and Physicists, the Czechoslovak Scientific and Technical Society, and supported by IMU. During the Conference, 69 scientific communications from different branches of potential theory were presented; the majority of them are in­ cluded in the present volume. (Papers based on survey lectures delivered at the Conference, its program as well as a collection of problems from potential theory will appear in a special volume of the Lecture Notes Series published by Springer-Verlag). Topics of these communications truly reflect the vast scope of contemporary potential theory. Some contributions deal...

  17. Genetic Differentiation within the Puccinia triticina Population in South America and Comparison with the North American Population Suggests Common Ancestry and Intercontinental Migration

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    Leaf rust, caused by Puccinia triticina is the most prevalent and widespread disease of wheat in South America. The objective of this study was to determine the number of genetically differentiated groups of P. triticina that are currently present in South America, and to compare the South American ...

  18. Fish biodiversity and conservation in South America.

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    Reis, R E; Albert, J S; Di Dario, F; Mincarone, M M; Petry, P; Rocha, L A

    2016-07-01

    The freshwater and marine fish faunas of South America are the most diverse on Earth, with current species richness estimates standing above 9100 species. In addition, over the last decade at least 100 species were described every year. There are currently about 5160 freshwater fish species, and the estimate for the freshwater fish fauna alone points to a final diversity between 8000 and 9000 species. South America also has c. 4000 species of marine fishes. The mega-diverse fish faunas of South America evolved over a period of >100 million years, with most lineages tracing origins to Gondwana and the adjacent Tethys Sea. This high diversity was in part maintained by escaping the mass extinctions and biotic turnovers associated with Cenozoic climate cooling, the formation of boreal and temperate zones at high latitudes and aridification in many places at equatorial latitudes. The fresh waters of the continent are divided into 13 basin complexes, large basins consolidated as a single unit plus historically connected adjacent coastal drainages, and smaller coastal basins grouped together on the basis of biogeographic criteria. Species diversity, endemism, noteworthy groups and state of knowledge of each basin complex are described. Marine habitats around South America, both coastal and oceanic, are also described in terms of fish diversity, endemism and state of knowledge. Because of extensive land use changes, hydroelectric damming, water divergence for irrigation, urbanization, sedimentation and overfishing 4-10% of all fish species in South America face some degree of extinction risk, mainly due to habitat loss and degradation. These figures suggest that the conservation status of South American freshwater fish faunas is better than in most other regions of the world, but the marine fishes are as threatened as elsewhere. Conserving the remarkable aquatic habitats and fishes of South America is a growing challenge in face of the rapid anthropogenic changes of the 21

  19. Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP II)

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    Abernethy, Bob; Chandra, Subrato; Baden, Steven; Cummings, Jim; Cummings, Jamie; Beal, David; Chasar, David; Colon, Carlos; Dutton, Wanda; Fairey, Philip; Fonorow, Ken; Gil, Camilo; Gordon, Andrew; Hoak, David; Kerr, Ryan; Peeks, Brady; Kosar, Douglas; Hewes, Tom; Kalaghchy, Safvat; Lubliner, Mike; Martin, Eric; McIlvaine, Janet; Moyer, Neil; Liguori, Sabrina; Parker, Danny; Sherwin, John; Stroer, Dennis; Thomas-Rees, Stephanie; Daniel, Danielle; McIlvaine, Janet

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    This report summarizes the work conducted by the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP - www.baihp.org) during the final budget period (BP5) of our contract, January 1, 2010 to November 30, 2010. Highlights from the four previous budget periods are included for context. BAIHP is led by the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) of the University of Central Florida. With over 50 Industry Partners including factory and site builders, work in BP5 was performed in six tasks areas: Building America System Research Management, Documentation and Technical Support; System Performance Evaluations; Prototype House Evaluations; Initial Community Scale Evaluations; Project Closeout, Final Review of BA Communities; and Other Research Activities.

  20. Marxist Theory, Radical Pedagogy, and the Reification of Thought.

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    Freedman, Carl

    1987-01-01

    Compares two books published in the middle 1970s--F. Jameson's "Marxism and Form" and R. Ohmann's "English in America" to show the distinction between the theorists and pedagogues on the academic literary left. (FL)

  1. Evolutionary Theories of Aging and Longevity

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    Leonid A. Gavrilov

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to provide students and researchers entering the field of aging studies with an introduction to the evolutionary theories of aging, as well as to orient them in the abundant modern scientific literature on evolutionary gerontology. The following three major evolutionary theories of aging are discussed: 1 the theory of programmed death suggested by August Weismann, 2 the mutation accumulation theory of aging suggested by Peter Medawar, and 3 the antagonistic pleiotropy theory of aging suggested by George Williams. We also discuss a special case of the antagonistic pleiotropy theory, the disposable soma theory developed by Tom Kirkwood and Robin Holliday. The theories are compared with each other as well as with recent experimental findings. At present the most viable evolutionary theories are the mutation accumulation theory and the antagonistic pleiotropy theory; these theories are not mutually exclusive, and they both may become a part of a future unifying theory of aging.

  2. 中日服务贸易竞争力分解与比较研究--基于恒定市场份额和波特竞争优势理论的分析%The Decomposition and Comparative Research of Service Trade Competitiveness between China and Japan--- Based on constant market share theory and competitive advantage theory of porter

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    张龙; 盛彬彬; 王春秋; 张鑫

    2014-01-01

    中日两国存在频繁的经济往来,对比两国服务贸易竞争力,并对其影响因素进行分解研究,对加快东亚服务贸易合作十分重要。该文运用恒定市场份额法与波特竞争优势理论就中日两国劳动密集型和知识密集型服务业贸易竞争力及分解状态进行分阶段分析,得出中日两国服务贸易竞争力的决定因素存在差异、分类服务贸易出口倾向不同等结论,并在此基础上提出转变经济发展方式、推进区域合作,优化产业内部结构、保护“幼稚”服务业等政策建议。%There are frequent economic exchanges between China and Japan, so it is very important to ac-celerate the process of service trade cooperation in East Asia that comparing bilateral service trade com-petitiveness, and researching the influence factors. This paper uses the constant market share theory and the competitive advantage theory of Porter to analyze the trade competitiveness and decomposition state of different stages of Sino - Japanese labor - intensive and knowledge - intensive services trade, and it con-cludes that the key factors of service trade competitiveness are different between China and Japan and the export orientation of classified service trade is also different. It further proposes policy recommendations including transforming economic development, promoting regional economic cooperation, optimizing in-dustrial internal structure and protecting “childish” service industries.

  3. The Use of Government-Initiated Referendums in Latin America: Towards a Theory of Referendum Causes El uso de los referendos de iniciativa gubernamental en América Latina: Hacia una teoría sobre las causas del uso de votaciones populares iniciadas por el gobierno

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the past two decades there has been a considerable increase in the number of referendums worldwide. The existing literature on direct democracy has so far failed to explain this phenomenon by delivering a consistent theory on the causes of referendums. This explorative study aims at undertaking steps toward closing this gap by focusing on the specific type of facultative government-initiated referendums (FGIR and their use in presidential systems. Using QC A (a case-sensitive technique based on the formal logic of Boolean algebra, this study systematically compares the political opportunity structures of 49 presidential systems from 12 Latin American countries to detect the factors that spurred or obstructed the occurrence of FGIR. It concludes that FGIR are closely linked to high levels of party system fragmentation and divided government, i.e. two factors which have long been deemed problematic in the context of presidential systems, while their obstruction is mainly owed to the specific constitutional provisions regulating the referendum device.En las últimas dos décadas Ma existido alrededor del mundo un considerable aumento en el número de votaciones populares. Sin embargo, la literatura existente sobre democracia directa no na sabido explicar el fenómeno mediante una teoría consistente de las causas de los referendums. Este estudio exploratorio busca dar un paso adelante para cerrar esta brecha, enfocándose en los referendum facultativos iniciados por poderes políticos formales (facultative government-initiated referendums - FGIR y su uso en los sistemas presidenciales. Utilizando OCA (técnica basada en lógica formal de álgebra booleanas, este estudio hace una comparación sistemática de la estructura de oportunidades políticas de 49 sistemas presidenciales de 12 países de América Latina, para detectar los factores que estimulan u obstruyen la ocurrencia de FGIR. Se concluye que los FGIR están fuertemente ligados a

  4. Do citation systems represent theories of truth?

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    Betsy Van der Veer Martens

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available This article suggests that the citation can be viewed not only as a "concept symbol" but also as a "boundary object". The scientific, legal, and patent citation systems in America are examined at the micro, meso, and macro levels in order to understand how they function as commodified theories of truth in contemporary knowledge representation. This approach also offers a meta-theoretical overview of existing citation research efforts in science, law, and technology that may be of interdisciplinary interest.

  5. Should Latin America Fear China? Title: ¿Debe América Latina Temerle a la China?

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    2005-01-01

    This paper compares growth conditions in China and Latin America to assess fears that China will displace Latin America in the coming decades. China's strengths include the size of the economy, macroeconomic stability, abundant low-cost labor, the rapid expansion of physical infrastructure, and the ability to innovate. China's weaknesses, stemming from insufficient separation between market and state, include poor corporate governance, a fragile financial system and misallocation of savings. ...

  6. Quantum theory

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    Bohm, David

    1951-01-01

    This superb text by David Bohm, formerly Princeton University and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Birkbeck College, University of London, provides a formulation of the quantum theory in terms of qualitative and imaginative concepts that have evolved outside and beyond classical theory. Although it presents the main ideas of quantum theory essentially in nonmathematical terms, it follows these with a broad range of specific applications that are worked out in considerable mathematical detail. Addressed primarily to advanced undergraduate students, the text begins with a study of t

  7. Plasticity theory

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    Lubliner, Jacob

    2008-01-01

    The aim of Plasticity Theory is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the contemporary state of knowledge in basic plasticity theory and to its applications. It treats several areas not commonly found between the covers of a single book: the physics of plasticity, constitutive theory, dynamic plasticity, large-deformation plasticity, and numerical methods, in addition to a representative survey of problems treated by classical methods, such as elastic-plastic problems, plane plastic flow, and limit analysis; the problem discussed come from areas of interest to mechanical, structural, and

  8. Mapping Theory

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    Smith, Shelley

    This paper came about within the context of a 13-month research project, Focus Area 1 - Method and Theory, at the Center for Public Space Research at the Royal Academy of the Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. This project has been funded by RealDania. The goals of the research...... project, Focus Area 1 - Method and Theory, which forms the framework for this working paper, are: * To provide a basis from which to discuss the concept of public space in a contemporary architectural and urban context - specifically relating to theory and method * To broaden the discussion of the concept...

  9. Number theory

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    Andrews, George E

    1994-01-01

    Although mathematics majors are usually conversant with number theory by the time they have completed a course in abstract algebra, other undergraduates, especially those in education and the liberal arts, often need a more basic introduction to the topic.In this book the author solves the problem of maintaining the interest of students at both levels by offering a combinatorial approach to elementary number theory. In studying number theory from such a perspective, mathematics majors are spared repetition and provided with new insights, while other students benefit from the consequent simpl

  10. Psychodynamic Theory

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    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available Psychodynamic theory, a theory of personality originated by Sigmund Freud, has a long and complex history within social work and continues to be utilized by social workers. This article traces the theory’s development and explains key concepts with an emphasis on its current relational focus within object relations theory and self-psychology. Empirical support for theoretical concepts and the effectiveness of psychodynamic therapies is reviewed and critiqued. Future directions are discussed, including addressing cultural considerations, increasing research, and emphasizing a relational paradigm

  11. Ramsey theory

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    Hočevar, Mitja

    2015-01-01

    This BCs thesis deals with topics from graph theory. Ramsey theory in its most basic form deals with the problem of determining the minimal positive integer, such that for any edge-coloring of the complete graph of this size with a prescribed number of colors one can find a subgraph of predefined size all of whose edges are of the same colour. These minimal sizes are called Ramsey numbers. In this BCs thesis we present basic notions of graph theory needed to understand the basic theorem of...

  12. Martingale Theory

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    Victor, Oluwafemi Oludu

    2015-01-01

    From ages to ages there had been expectation of individuals on a specific predictions and future occurrences. So also in a game, different participant that involves in those specified game have their various expectations of the results or the output of the game they are involved in. That is why we need a mathematical theory that helps in prediction of the future expectations in our day to day activities. Therefore the Martingale Theory is a very good theory that explains and dissects the expe...

  13. Asian American Educational Attainment and Earning Power in Post-Racial America

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    Covarrubias, Alejandro; Liou, Daniel D.

    2014-01-01

    This policy brief contextualizes the most recent data on mobility of Asian American students within the K to Ph.D. educational system in the new, so-called, colorblind post-racial America. Achievement data on Asian Americans are often presented in the same breath with Whites when compared to the academic achievement of African American, and…

  14. Model theory

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    Hodges, Wilfrid

    1993-01-01

    An up-to-date and integrated introduction to model theory, designed to be used for graduate courses (for students who are familiar with first-order logic), and as a reference for more experienced logicians and mathematicians.

  15. [Nuclear theory

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    This report discusses concepts in nuclear theory such as: neutrino nucleosynthesis; double beta decay; neutrino oscillations; chiral symmetry breaking; T invariance; quark propagator; cold fusion; and other related topics

  16. Concept theory

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    Hjørland, Birger

    2009-01-01

      Concept theory is an extremely broad, interdisciplinary and complex field of research related to many deep fields with very long historical traditions without much consensus. However, information science and knowledge organization cannot avoid relating to theories of concepts. Knowledge...... organizing systems (e.g. classification systems, thesauri and ontologies) should be understood as systems basically organizing concepts and their semantic relations. The same is the case with information retrieval systems. Different theories of concepts have different implications for how to construe......). It is also argued that the historicist and pragmatist understandings of concepts are the most fruitful views and that this understanding may be part of a broader paradigm shift that is also beginning to take place in information science.  The importance of historicist and pragmatic theories of concepts...

  17. Plasma theory

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    A series of lectures on plasma theory with the main headings: introduction; charged particles moving in em fields; the liquid model; transport phenomena in the plasma; wave propagation in plasmas; plasma instabilities. 57 figs. (qui)

  18. Biocultural Theory

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    Carroll, Joseph; Clasen, Mathias; Jonsson, Emelie;

    2015-01-01

    Biocultural theory is an integrative research program designed to investigate the causal interactions between biological adaptations and cultural constructions. From the biocultural perspective, cultural processes are rooted in the biological necessities of the human life cycle: specifically huma...

  19. Continuity theory

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    Nel, Louis

    2016-01-01

    This book presents a detailed, self-contained theory of continuous mappings. It is mainly addressed to students who have already studied these mappings in the setting of metric spaces, as well as multidimensional differential calculus. The needed background facts about sets, metric spaces and linear algebra are developed in detail, so as to provide a seamless transition between students' previous studies and new material. In view of its many novel features, this book will be of interest also to mature readers who have studied continuous mappings from the subject's classical texts and wish to become acquainted with a new approach. The theory of continuous mappings serves as infrastructure for more specialized mathematical theories like differential equations, integral equations, operator theory, dynamical systems, global analysis, topological groups, topological rings and many more. In light of the centrality of the topic, a book of this kind fits a variety of applications, especially those that contribute to ...

  20. Building America Top Innovations 2012: Unvented, Conditioned Crawlspaces

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    This Building America Top Innovations profile describes Building America research which influenced code requirements by demonstrating that unvented, conditioned crawlspaces use 15% to 18% less energy for heating and cooling while reducing humidity over 20% in humid climates.

  1. Graph theory

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    Gould, Ronald

    2012-01-01

    This introduction to graph theory focuses on well-established topics, covering primary techniques and including both algorithmic and theoretical problems. The algorithms are presented with a minimum of advanced data structures and programming details. This thoroughly corrected 1988 edition provides insights to computer scientists as well as advanced undergraduates and graduate students of topology, algebra, and matrix theory. Fundamental concepts and notation and elementary properties and operations are the first subjects, followed by examinations of paths and searching, trees, and networks. S

  2. Adolescent Pregnancy in America: Causes and Responses

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    Domenico, Desirae M.; Jones, Karen H.

    2007-01-01

    Adolescent pregnancy has occurred throughout America's history. Only in recent years has it been deemed an urgent crisis, as more young adolescent mothers give birth outside of marriage. At-risk circumstances associated with adolescent pregnancy include medical and health complications, less schooling and higher dropout rates, lower career…

  3. A World of Hurt: Latin America

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    Ramaswami, Rama

    2009-01-01

    Massive socioeconomic problems have left Latin American education in a dire condition, and decades behind the rest of the globe in integrating technology into teaching and learning. But a few spots in the region offer signs of hope. In this article, the author describes several efforts at tech-based educational reform in Latin America.

  4. "Math for America" Isn't

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    Wolfmeyer, Mark

    2014-01-01

    Aspects of the Math for America organization's actions, aims and affiliations are analyzed for their effects on urban schools and society at large. These aspects are argued as evidence to consider MfA as an agent working against democratic practice and in favor of furthering profit and its resultant inequitable resource distribution. The…

  5. The Race Race: Assimilation in America

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    Balis, Andrea; Aman, Michael

    2013-01-01

    Can race and assimilation be taught? Interdisciplinary pedagogy provides a methodology, context, and use of nontraditional texts culled from American cultural history such as from, theater and historical texts. This approach and these texts prove useful for an examination of race and assimilation in America. The paper describes a course that while…

  6. German Studies in America. German Studies Notes.

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    Sander, Volkmar; Osterle, Heinz D.

    This volume contains two papers, "German Studies in America," by Volkmar Sander, and "Historicism, Marxism, Structuralism: Ideas for German Culture Courses," by Heinz D. Osterle. The first paper discusses the position of German studies in the United States today. The greatest challenge comes from low enrollments; therefore, German departments must…

  7. High School Students and "Read Across America"?

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    Fisher, Julieta Dias; Hill, Ann

    2004-01-01

    Although more commonly associated with elementary school rather than high school students, "Read Across America" celebrations can cater to any age group and generate enthusiasm for reading long after the festivities have ended. In this article, the authors, library media specialists at Washington Township High School in Sewell, New Jersey, share …

  8. 78 FR 48218 - Buy America Policy

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    ... . Background On July 10, 2013, at 78 FR 41492, the FHWA published in the Federal Register a notice seeking... From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Buy America Policy AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),...

  9. Chinese Studies Librarianship in North America

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    Karen T. Wei

    2004-01-01

    Although American libraries had begun collecting Chinese language materials in the 19th century, notably the United States Library of Congress in 1869, Yale in 1878, Harvard in 1879, and Berkeley in 1896, East Asian studies librarianship in North America, including China studies librarianship, was not fully developed until the 1960s. There was no formal organization that represented the interest of Chinese studies librarians because there were few of them and most of them were China scholars rather than trained librarians. More than 100 years later, the number of Chinese studies librarians in North America has increased considerably,primarily in response to the demand in the field of China studies and more recently to the needs of immigrant population and the general public who has an interest in China.This paper traces the history and growth of Chinese studies librarianship in North America, documents the development of the professional organization that represents Chinese studies librarians, and examines the training programs that prepare them for their jobs. It also attempts to propose an international exchange forum aiming to bring together Chinese studies librarians in North America and librarians in China in sharing their experience and expertise to achieve the ultimate goal of serving the users.

  10. Rat Lungworm Expands into North America

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    Emily York, integrated pest management specialist at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, discusses the rat lungworm expansion in North America.  Created: 1/21/2016 by National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).   Date Released: 1/21/2016.

  11. Imaging of subducted lithosphere beneath South America

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    Engdahl, E.R.; Hilst, R.D. van der; Berrocal, J.

    1995-01-01

    Tomographic images are produced for the deep structure of the Andean subduction zone beneath western South America. The data used in the imaging are the delay times of P, pP and pwP phases from relocated teleseismic earthquakes in the region. Regionally, structural features larger than about 150 km

  12. Scientific research in America at risk

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    2008-01-01

    "It is hard to believe, but science in America is struggling. Funding for scientific research has been cut back for years, but this year it is so bad that Fermi National Laboratory in the Chicago area, needs to close down for six weeks in 2008 to make ends meet." (1/2 page)

  13. Black America: Looking Inward or Outward?

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    Jordan, Vernon E.

    1996-01-01

    Presents some observations on what the recent attacks on affirmative action, the O. J. Simpson trial, and the Million Man March say about racism in America. In particular, the author assesses the Million Man March in terms of black leadership and its influence in helping black men to become more involved in constructive community service. (GR)

  14. 77 FR 6170 - Buy America Waiver Notification

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    2012-02-07

    ...'') for rehabilitation of the Congress Parkway Bascule Bridge over the South Branch of the Chicago River... inconsistent with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel and iron products are not... Federal Highway Administration Buy America Waiver Notification AGENCY: Federal Highway...

  15. Science Editing in America: An Overview

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    Barbara Gastel

    2003-01-01

    @@ In America, science editing appears to be an increasingly recognized field. In what settings do American science editors work, and what kinds of work do they do ? What is their educational background? What style manuals and other resources do they use? What organizations serve them? What topics and issues do they find of professional interest?

  16. Micro Insurance Matters in Latin America

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    Goldberg , Mike; Ramanathan, C S

    2008-01-01

    This note discusses the rapidly evolving issue of micro insurance in Latin America and how microfinance institutions (MFIs), insurance companies and donors can respond to its challenges. This note is part of a series summarizing the Department of International Development-Latin American Markets and International Trade Program (DFID-LAMIT) eight-part distance learning program with South Ame...

  17. Child Labour in 1920 Urban America

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    Marco Manacorda

    2006-01-01

    When poor children are working rather than going to school, do their parents work less? And what happens to their siblings? Marco Manacorda looks for answers in the experience of child labour in urban America at the dawn of the jazz age.

  18. What's Cooking in America's Schoolyard Gardens?

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    Salter, Cathy

    2010-01-01

    This article discusses what's cooking in America's schoolyard gardens. From First Lady Michelle Obama's world-famous Kitchen Garden, to Alice Waters' groundbreaking Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, to a nationally recognized elementary school learning garden in the small Midwestern town of Ashland, Missouri, school children are planting…

  19. The Scapegoat Generation: America's War on Adolescents.

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    Males, Mike A.

    Claiming that politicians, private interests, and the media unfairly blame adolescents for America's social problems, this book explodes various myths about teen pregnancy, violence, and risk behaviors. The chapters are: (1) "Impounding the Future," examining trends in various social indicators such as rising rates of child poverty versus…

  20. 78 FR 69531 - America Recycles Day, 2013

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    2013-11-19

    ... that contribute to climate change. In addition, it spurs economic growth, generating billions of... vital to our common welfare. Today, we face new threats--to our environment, our health, and our climate--that require all of us to do our part. On America Recycles Day, we carry forward a great...