Research in Progress

#1  Name of the Research

Pilot evaluation of the risk conditions at emergency exits in public and private buildings in the Dominican Republic.

Description: The project consists of the analysis and evaluation of the safety of emergency exists and escape routes in public and private buildings that have a high concentration of users, with living, commercial, health, sports, cultural, historical, educational, and recreational use, that endanger the life of users: a proposal framed within the objectives of the National Development Strategy of the Secretariat of State for Economy, Planning, and Development (SEEPYD).
Lead Researcher:  Architect Munia Margarita Cumberbath Jiménez.
Escuela/Dpto.:  School of Architecture and Urban Development.

#2  Name of the Research

Quantitative Research in architecture.  Critical review of the bibliographical production in Dominican architecture and its relevance to the profile of the graduate in the study programs

The Project consists of a literary review of architecture texts to create a specialized bibliography on Dominican Architecture, collecting the bibliographical data on Dominican and foreign texts where there could exist a total or partial reference on urban development and Dominican buildings and their authors.  This collection must cover most or all the published and reference documentation, as well as articles in newspapers, magazines, degree projects or theses, and Internet graphics, as the last and most recent source of consultation.
Lead Researcher:  Architect Mauricia Josefina Domínguez Rodríguez.
School/Dept.:  School of Architecture and Urban Development

#3  Name of the Research

Registry of Modern Architecture in the City of Santo Domingo.

Description: This proposal is a record of the works from the modern period, based on the identification, location, quantification, inventory, and classification of cultural real estate created during the decades from 1930 to 1980.  The Modern Movement during the first decades of the XXth Century changed the face of cities and architecture that had prevailed up to that time.  It arrived late in Santo Domingo, together with the dictatorship, and as a result of the need to rebuild a city destroyed by Hurricane San Zenón in 1930.  The Modern Movement was popular in Santo Domingo for over four decades, with repercussions on subsequent architecture in the city.  The effects of and adjustment to the tropical climate are elements relevant to the chronological discourse on the history of Dominican architecture.
Lead Researcher:  Architect Linda María Roca Pezzotti.
School/Dept.:  School of Architecture and Urban Development.

 #4  Name of the Research

Impact on health and the environment by the burning of tires in lime production in the community of Miracielo, Province of San Cristóbal.

Description: This Project addresses the possible impact on occupational, populational, and environmental health caused by the incineration of old tires, used to produce energy in artisanal ovens in lime production in Miracielo, Province of San Cristóbal.
Lead Researcher:  Engineer Juan Roberto Suriel.
School/Dept.:  School of Environment and Natural Resources.

#5  Name of the Research

Theoretical evaluation in Neurotransmitters and Neuro-medications.

Description: The purpose of this research is to demonstrate that, by using calculations of Hückel´s planar ring molecules, we can describe a model that will explain the interaction of each one of the brain´s neurotransmitters at each energy level, after applying this same model to medications used in the nervous system in order to take into consideration their orbital interaction to explain their effects and in some cases how the structure of some of these medications can influence several of the brain´s energy levels by increasing the field of action.  These evaluations will use a system provided by the University of Calgary, Canada, which can be obtained free of charge off the Internet.
Lead Researcher:  Dr. Jesús Gilberto Concepción García.
School/Dept.: Dept of Chemistry.

#6  Name of the Research

Elasto-mechanical properties of Dominican Bamboo.

Description: Bamboo is a fast-growing grass with excellent mechanical properties as well as great resistance to inclement weather.  For decades it has been grown in selected greenhouses, and its production has been applied to the production of a variety of articles, mostly furniture and decorative utensils.  The objective of the present research is to establish the elastic and mechanical characteristics of the different varieties cultivated in this country, in order to be able to recommend and publish design values for larger-sized structurally resistant constructions.
Lead Researcher:  Engineer Alfredo Cross Frías.
School/Dept.: Civil Engineering School.

#7  Name of the Research

Study of social and biological determinants and progress in genetic studies associated with non-syndromic lip malformation and/or cleft palate in patients of the foundation “Fundación Niños que Ríen,” Dominican Republic.

Description:  Cleft lip and/or palate is the most frequent cranial-facial malformation in humans.  In the Dominican Republic there are no publications or statistical bases showing us the behavior of this problem.  Nevertheless, there are several foundations who perform surgery to correct this pathology.  For this reason this study has been undertaken in cooperation with the National University of Colombia, and given the fact that genes associated with this malformation have already been identified, it also will attempt to make progress in the area of genetics.  The objective is to study the social and biological determinants and achieve progress in the study of genetics related to lip malformation and/or cleft palate.
Lead Researcher:  Dr. María Guadalupe Silva.
School/Dept.:  School of Dentistry.

#8  Name of the Research

Influence of the Environment on the Deterioration of Construction Materials in National Heritage Buildings.

Description:  This research seeks to determine the causes for the deterioration of materials employed in historic buildings of the Dominican Republic, and solutions for their preservation.  This research Project, in addition to preventing irreparable loss in the composition of our national heritage of buildings, will leave infrastructure for proper, reliable mining research that can serve to defend the riches of our subsoil.
Lead Researcher:  Architect Esteban Prieto Vicioso.

#9  Name of the Research

Medicinal Plants Used in the Dominican Republic

Description:  Document all the plants used by Dominicans for their health benefits, based on information from ordinary people.  The results will be of significant importance for the country, since medical professionals will have information that will greatly improve understanding between physician and patient.  In terms of health policies, the Dominican Republic can begin to implement a health model that is actually based on the needs of its population, not just in terms of conventional epidemiological data, but also involving traditional concepts and practices.  On the scientific level, it will contribute to the development of new medications based on medicinal plants (phyto-chemicals).  The highly endemic nature of Dominican flora means it´s very probable to find endemic plants with sanitary or health-related applications. Most endemic plants of the Dominican Republic have not been studied phyto-chemically.  This means that they could hold a treasure in chemical components as yet unknown to science, with biological and pharmacological activity, and therefore very innovative in the development of new medications.

Lead Researcher:  Dr. Carles Roersch.
School/Dept.:  Dept. of Biology.

#10  Name of the Research

Methodology for the recuperation of daily flow rates through hydrometric information.

Description:  The present study will allow us to evaluate the feasibility and reliability of small stores of water and their impact on the supply of potable and irrigation water, in rural communities throughout the sub-humid zones of the Dominican Republic.  The country could establish a plan to increase nation-wide storage of over 500 million cubic meters, through the construction of small dams, using for their design information of daily water levels in the existing hydrometric stations.
Lead Researcher:  Engineer Marcelo Jorge Pérez.
School/Dept.:  School of Civil Engineering.

 #11  Name of the Research

Study of the quality of concrete in the City of Santo Domingo.

Description:  Determine compliance with environmental and quality standards in the production of concrete in the Dominican Republic.
Lead Researcher:  Engineer William Read Espaillat.
School/Dept.:  School of Civil Engineering.

#12  Name of the Research

Life in the years 10/66: ten years monitoring and improving health expectations, focusing on the fragility of older persons in lower- and middle-income countries.

Description:  Determine the changes in the prevalence of dementia, chronic vascular diseases, fragility and dependence, as well as their incidence, risk factors and impact, and their relationship with the demographics of aging and the transition in health experienced in this country, and evaluate the effectiveness of a community intervention strategy in fragile and dependent older adults in selected areas of Villa Francisca, San Carlos, Zona Colonial, and Mejoramiento Social,  in the period of 2016 to 2018.

#13  Name of the Research

Reproductive Cycle of the Penaeidae Family of Samaná Bay, as a Tool for the Organization of the Fishing Industry.

Descripción: Determinar el ciclo y potencial reproductivo de la familia de los Penaeidae  en la zona pesquera de la Bahía de Samaná, por el efecto de la a

Description: Determine reproductive cycle and potential of the Penaeidae family in the fishing zone of Samaná Bay due to the effect of fishing.  The objective is to determine the peaks or highest periods of reproduction of the species that compose this family, together with the periods of greatest density of the post-larvae, and be able to propose seasonal no-fishing or prohibition periods, as a tool for organization, and which will allow more sustainable fishing with greater profitability and environmental feasibility.  This will be done by taking field samplings of over a 24-months period, through the gathering of information on fishing, the taking of samples of adult female and male organisms, and the collecting of zooplankton to determine the densities of post-larvae from this family, with the use of new technologies to provide follow-up and support to this research, in addition to being a point of departure for the use of this technology for relevant actions in fishing activities.  It will culminate with an audio-visual report as a training and publication tool.

Lead Researcher: Marcia Josefina Beltré Díaz, MSc.
School/Dept.:  Dept. of Biology.

#14  Name of the Research

Evaluation of Silviculture/Forestry Behavior of Eight Species of Bamboo as an Alternative to the Demand for Native Wood for Construction in the Dominican Republic.

Description: Bamboo are multi-purpose species that can be used to create a large variety of products, such as construction materials, pulp and paper, planks, energy, medicines, food, ornaments, and many others.  Many countries around the world engage in intense cultivation of bamboo for different products.  According to González M., Campos J., and Cabrera J. (2011), given the scarcity of natural fibers and wood products for the production of pulp and paper, and the manufacture of furniture and construction elements, traditional bamboo-producing countries have reevaluated the utility of these species, undertaking vast plantings as for example in China, where there are a little over 6 million hectares planted, India with 2 million hectares, and Brazil with 200,000 hectares.  In the Dominican Republic bamboo has been used to protect the hydrographic basins and catchments, for the manufacture of artisan furniture, the construction of housing, and for ornamental purposes.  Nevertheless, it´s not used extensively, and there are very few commercial plantations.  The wide variety of uses, rapid vegetative growth, low rate of rotation, significant potential of bamboo species as a substitute for imported wood, and the lack of information available about its adaptability in the Dominican Republic are what motivate this research project, to evaluate the behavior of silviculture and forestry of eight species of bamboo as an alternative to the demand for native wood for construction in the Dominican Republic. This research includes evaluation of these species in five different climate zones with conditions that favor large-scale cultivation.

Lead Researcher: Engineer Fracisco Sanchis Guardiola.
School/Dept.:  School of Agronomy.