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See detailOutils pour le diagnostic et la remédiation des difficultés d'acquisition de la lecture en 1re et 2e années du primaire
Deum, Mélanie ULg; Gabelica, Catherine; Lafontaine, Annette ULg et al

Report (2007)

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le ... [more ▼]

L’apprentissage de la lecture constitue une étape importante pour les enfants; certains d’entre eux l’attendent avec impatience, d’autres le redoutent. La lecture est en effet un processus complexe, on le sait: l’apprenti lecteur doit apprendre à maîtriser différentes stratégies mais aussi à les coordonner. Les obstacles peuvent donc se situer à différents niveaux et les difficultés peuvent s’ancrer très tôt dans la scolarité, d’autant que les élèves ne sont pas tous égaux lorsqu’ils débutent dans l’apprentissage de la lecture-écriture. Laisser passer l’occasion d’identifier les forces sur lesquelles on pourra s’appuyer, ou les points faibles pour y réagir de manière adéquate dès les étapes initiales de l’apprentissage peut être lourd de conséquences: les difficultés s’accumulent et augurent d’un parcours d’échecs qui peut brouiller les élèves précocement et parfois définitivement avec la lecture, faute d’un diagnostic et d’une remédiation mise en place en temps utile. On connaît toute l’importance de la lecture dans les autres apprentissages scolaires. Même s’il est vrai qu’on apprend à lire toute sa vie, un échec dans les apprentissages de base de la lecture ne se surmonte pas facilement. Or, les outils manquent dans les écoles pour poser un diagnostic fin des difficultés auxquelles certains élèves se heurtent dès leurs premiers pas dans les apprentissages. Les enseignants se sentent démunis face à la réalisation d’un diagnostic précis: ils disent qu’ils peuvent très tôt repérer un élève qui ne suit pas ou n’accroche pas, mais ne savent pas toujours détecter précisément ce qui fait obstacle. Par ailleurs, un sentiment de malaise par rapport à la gestion des difficultés et des différences de niveaux de lecture des élèves a été mis en évidence dans une enquête1 menée auprès d’un échantillon représentatif d’un millier d’enseignants de 1re et 2e années primaires. Très peu d’enseignants estiment être bien préparés pour faire face aux difficultés en lecture et avoir bénéficié d’une formation suffisante en matière de remédiation. Au-delà d’aides plus spécialisées (par l’intervention de logopèdes, par exemple) et du soutien que certains parents peuvent donner à leur enfant, il apparaît essentiel d’apporter une aide aux enseignants responsables de l’apprentissage initial de la lecture. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat is it like to be vegetative or minimally conscious?
Laureys, Steven ULg; Boly, Mélanie ULg

in Current Opinion in Neurology (2007), 20(6), 609-613

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention ... [more ▼]

Purpose of review Patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state continue to pose problems in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. Despite recent waves of international media attention following Terri Schiavo's death and the 'miracle recovery' of Terry Wallis, research efforts aimed at increasing our knowledge about brain function in these conditions remain scarce and must address a series of difficulties, including financial and ethical barriers. Here we review current possibilities and limitations of clinical and para-clinical assessment of chronic disorders of consciousness. Recent findings During the past year the field has witnessed publication of significant, yet isolated, case reports in top-ranking journals, including Science and Nature. Such milestone reports and other impressive recent technological advances in the study of vegetative and minimally conscious patients reveal enthralling areas of science that must find their way to clinical medical reality. Summary Consciousness is a subjective experience whose study has remained within the purview of philosophy for millennia. That has finally changed, and empirical evidence from functional neuroimaging offers a genuine glimpse at a solution to the infamous mind-body conundrum. New technological and scientific advances offer the neurological community unique ways to improve our understanding and management of vegetative and minimally conscious patients. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet Topology Discovery: a Survey
Donnet, Benoît ULg; Friedman, Timur

in IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials (2007), 9(4), 2-15

Since the beginning of the nineties, the internet has undergone impres- sive growth. This growth can be appreciated in terms of the equipment, such as routers and links, that has been added, as well as in ... [more ▼]

Since the beginning of the nineties, the internet has undergone impres- sive growth. This growth can be appreciated in terms of the equipment, such as routers and links, that has been added, as well as in the numbers of users and the value of commerce that it supports. In parallel to this expansion, over the past decade the networking research community has shown a growing interest in discovering and analyzing the internet topology. Some researchers have developed tools for gathering network topology data while others have tried to understand and model the internet’s properties. These efforts have brought us to a crucial juncture for toplogy measurement infrastructures: while, previously, these were both small (in terms of number of measurement points) and monolithic, we are starting to see the deployment of large-scale distributed systems composed of hundreds or thousands of monitors. As we look forward to this next generation of systems, we take stock of what has been achieved so far. In this survey, we discuss past and current mechanisms for discovering the internet topology at various levels: the IP interface, the router, the AS, and the PoP level. In addition to discovery techniques, we provide insights into some of the well- known properties of the internet topology. [less ▲]

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See detailDu « capital social » à l’utilité sociale : Petite étude sur le lien social chez les personnes précarisées
Italiano, Patrick ULg

Book published by Editions de l'ULG (2007)

Etude de l'évolution du lien social au cours du parcours de vie de personnes en précarité aiguë

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See detailSport et société. Vers une action de la Fondation Roi Baudouin. Rapport définitif
Cloes, Marc ULg; Vandermeulen, Mary

Report (2007)

En Belgique, la Fondation Roi Baudouin est une référence en matière de développement du bien-être des citoyens. Depuis très longtemps, elle est aussi un des piliers belges en matière du développement d ... [more ▼]

En Belgique, la Fondation Roi Baudouin est une référence en matière de développement du bien-être des citoyens. Depuis très longtemps, elle est aussi un des piliers belges en matière du développement d'activités utilisant les vertus sociales du sport et son rôle pour le bien-être de la population. L'Université de Liège a été chargée de réaliser une étude prospective visant à identifier des pistes d'interventions originales susceptibles de rencontrer les besoins actuels des acteurs de terrain dans le domaine du "sport social" et de stimuler le développement de ce dernier en Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles. La première étape a porté sur l'établissement d'un état des lieux non exhaustif des initiatives utilisant le sport 'activité physique en général) comme outil social. Sur base des informations fournies par les acteurs de terrain, il était aussi question d'identifier les raisons justifiant le développement limité des nitiatives locales ou régionales dans ce secteur d'activité et les moyens qui devraient être mis en oeuvre pour remédier à cette situation. Dans une deuxième étape, un groupe de praticiens s'est réuni en vue de faire émerger les pistes d'actions dans lesquelles la Fondation Roi Baudouin pourrait s'investir afin de rencontrer les attentes réelles des citoyens. Des propositions concrètes ont ainsi pu être formulées. Elles peuvent être considérées comme des recommandations ou, mieux encore, comme une source d'inspiration. ... [less ▲]

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See detailCriminologie du crime en col blanc: le centenaire d'un quinquagénaire
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Bosly, Henri; Demanet, Georges; Bernard, Michel (Eds.) et al Cent ans de publication de droit pénal et de criminologie: le centenaire de la revue de droit pénal et de criminologie (2007)

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See detailColliding-wind binaries as non-thermal X-ray emitters: an observational investigation from XMM-Newton to next generation X-ray observatories
De Becker, Michaël ULg

Poster (2007, December)

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to ... [more ▼]

The investigation of massive stars in the radio domain revealed about 25 years ago that some of them are synchrotron emitters, showing that these objects are able to accelerate particles up to relativistic velocities. In this context, non-thermal emission processes such as inverse Compton scattering are expected to be at work in the high-energy domain. For this reason, an observational campaign devoted to the X-ray investigation of non-thermal radio emitters has been carried out with XMM-Newton. However, considering the rather strong thermal X-ray emission from these systems below 10 keV, XMM-Newton does not appear to be the ideal observatory to detect their putative non-thermal X-rays. As a consequence, the advent of next generation X-ray observatories with a bandpass extending significantly above 10 keV (SIMBOL-X, XEUS, NEXT) is expected to provide important results related to the non-thermal high-energy emission from colliding-wind binaries and their capability to accelerate particles. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin de la Société Voltaire n°15
Tilkin, Françoise ULg

E-print/Working paper (2007)

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See detailAn Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian Formulation for the Numerical Simulation of Forming Processes
Boman, Romain ULg; Papeleux, Luc ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Workshop 2007: Advancements in Design Optimization of Materials, Structures and Mechanical Systems (2007, December)

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See detailQuestions de didactique des langues étrangères, du FLE (cycle de conf.)
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

Scientific conference (2007, December)

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See detailRising Sea Levels threatens the Nile Delta
Attia, Shady ULg

in 'scape : The International Magazine of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism (2007), 2

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the ... [more ▼]

Like many other deltas, Egypt is particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. A relative rise in sea-level of 1 m would submerge much of the delta region within 30 km of the coast during the next 100 years. Rising sea levels would have significant long-term impacts on physical, biological and socio-economic conditions of the Nile Delta. These include the damage and destruction of buildings near beaches, erosion of beaches, salt-water intrusion, and flooding more than 1,200 km2 of Egypt’s Delta Coastline. [less ▲]

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See detailFolate receptor autoimmunity and cerebral folate deficiency in low-functioning autism with neurological deficits
RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Blau, N.; Sequeira, J. M. et al

in Neuropediatrics (2007), 38(6), 276-281

Reduced folate transport to the CNS was identified in two autism spectrum disorders, i.e., Rett syndrome and infantile low-functioning autism with neurological abnormalities. Twenty-five patients with ... [more ▼]

Reduced folate transport to the CNS was identified in two autism spectrum disorders, i.e., Rett syndrome and infantile low-functioning autism with neurological abnormalities. Twenty-five patients with early-onset low-functioning autism with or without neurological deficits, were evaluated for serum folate, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5MTHF), and serum FR autoantibodies of the blocking type to determine the significance of folate receptor (FR) autoantibodies with respect to folate transport across the blood-CSF barrier. In spite of normal serum folate, CSF 5MTHF was low in 23 of 25 patients. The reduced CSF folate in 19 of these 23 patients could be explained by serum FR autoantibodies blocking the folate binding site of the membrane-attached FR on the choroid epithelial cells. Oral folinic acid supplements led to normal CSF 5MTHF and partial or complete clinical recovery after 12 months. Serum FR autoimmunity appears to represent an important factor in the pathogenesis of reduced folate transport to the nervous system among children with early-onset low-functioning autism associated with or without neurological deficits. Early detection of FR autoantibodies may be a key factor in the prevention and therapeutic intervention among this subgroup of patients with autism. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart. [less ▲]

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See detailStabilization of Collective Motion in Three Dimensions : A Consensus Approach
Scardovi, Luca; Leonard, Naomi; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

This paper proposes a methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in three- dimensional Euclidean space. Exploiting the Lie group structure of the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a methodology to stabilize relative equilibria in a model of identical, steered particles moving in three- dimensional Euclidean space. Exploiting the Lie group structure of the resulting dynamical system, the stabilization problem is reduced to a consensus problem on the Lie algebra. The resulting equilibria correspond to parallel, circular and helical formations. We rst derive the stabilizing control laws in the presence of all-to-all communication. Providing each agent with a consensus estimator, we then extend the results to a general setting that allows for unidirectional and time-varying communication topologies. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations and asteroseismic analysis of the rapidly pulsating hot B subdwarf PG 0911+456
Randall, Suzanna K.; Green, Elizabeth M.; Van Grootel, Valérie ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2007), 476

Aims:The principal aim of this project is to determine the structural parameters of the rapidly pulsating subdwarf B star PG 0911+456 from asteroseismology. Our work forms part of an ongoing programme to ... [more ▼]

Aims:The principal aim of this project is to determine the structural parameters of the rapidly pulsating subdwarf B star PG 0911+456 from asteroseismology. Our work forms part of an ongoing programme to constrain the internal characteristics of hot B subdwarfs with the long-term goal of differentiating between the various formation scenarios proposed for these objects. So far, a detailed asteroseismic interpretation has been carried out for 6 such pulsators, with apparent success. First comparisons with evolutionary theory look promising, however it is clear that more targets are needed for meaningful statistics to be derived. Methods: The observational pulsation periods of PG 0911+456 were extracted from rapid time-series photometry using standard Fourier analysis techniques. Supplemented by spectroscopic estimates of the star's mean atmospheric parameters, they were used as a basis for the “forward modelling” approach in asteroseismology. The latter culminates in the identification of one or more “optimal” models that can accurately reproduce the observed period spectrum. This naturally leads to an identification of the oscillations detected in terms of degree ℓ and radial order k, and infers the structural parameters of the target. Results: The high S/N low- and medium resolution spectroscopy obtained led to a refinement of the atmospheric parameters for PG 0911+456, the derived values being T_eff = 31 940 ± 220 K, log g = 5.767 ± 0.029, and log He/H = -2.548 ± 0.058. From the photometry it was possible to extract 7 independent pulsation periods in the 150-200 s range with amplitudes between 0.05 and 0.8% of the star's mean brightness. There was no indication of fine frequency splitting over the 68-day time baseline, suggesting a very slow rotation rate. An asteroseismic search of parameter space identified several models that matched the observed properties of PG 0911+456 well, one of which was isolated as the “optimal” model on the basis of spectroscopic and mode identification considerations. All the observed pulsations are identified with low-order acoustic modes with degree indices ℓ = 0,1,2 and 4, and match the computed periods with a dispersion of only 0.26%, typical of the asteroseismological studies carried out to date for this type of star. The inferred structural parameters of PG 0911+456 are T_eff = 31 940 ± 220 K (from spectroscopy), log {g} = 5.777 ± 0.002, Mast/Msun = 0.39 ± 0.01, log{M_env/Mast} = -4.69 ± 0.07, R/Rsun = 0.133 ± 0.001 and L/Lsun = 16.4 ± 0.8. We also derive the absolute magnitude MV = 4.82 ± 0.04 and a distance d = 930.3 ± 27.4 pc. [less ▲]

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See detailConsensus under general convexity
tuna, S. E.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in Proceedings of the 46th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (2007, December)

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed to characterize contraction of a set through orthogonal projections. For discrete-time multi-agent systems, quantitative estimates of convergence (to a consensus) rate are provided by means of contracting convex sets. Required convexity for the sets that should include the values that the transition maps of agents take is considered in a more general sense than that of Euclidean geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailFe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), a synthetic analogue of wolfeite
Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2007), 63(Part 12), 119-121

This paper reports the hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure refinement of diiron(II) phosphate hydroxide, Fe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), obtained at 1063 K and 2.5 GPa. This phosphate is the synthetic ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the hydrothermal synthesis and crystal structure refinement of diiron(II) phosphate hydroxide, Fe-2(II)(PO4)(OH), obtained at 1063 K and 2.5 GPa. This phosphate is the synthetic analogue of the mineral wolfeite, and has a crystal structure topologically identical to those of minerals of the triplite-triploidite group. The complex framework contains edge-and corner-sharing FeO4(OH) and FeO4(OH)(2) polyhedra, linked via corner-sharing to the PO4 tetrahedra (average P-O distances are between 1.537 and 1.544 angstrom). Four five-coordinated Fe sites are at the centers of distorted trigonal bipyramids (average Fe-O distances are between 2.070 and 2.105 angstrom), whereas the coordination environments of the remaining Fe sites are distorted octahedra (average Fe-O distances are between 2.146 and 2.180 angstrom). The Fe-O distances are similar to those observed in natural Mg-rich wolfeite, except for two Fe-O bond distances, which are significantly longer in synthetic Fe-2(2+) (PO4)(OH). [less ▲]

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See detailImmobilisation de la lipase de Yarrowia lipolytica.
Alloue, W. A. M.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; El Mejdoub, Thami ULg et al

Poster (2007, December)

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See detailCaractérisation physiologique et biochimique du processus de vieillissement du tubercule de pomme de terre (Solanum tuberosum L.)
Delaplace, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2007)

Potato seed tuber is considered as a model organ to study plant ageing. Besides, its physiological age greatly influences germination pattern and thus agronomical performance. In order to unravel the ... [more ▼]

Potato seed tuber is considered as a model organ to study plant ageing. Besides, its physiological age greatly influences germination pattern and thus agronomical performance. In order to unravel the biochemical processes underlying ageing, potato seed tubers (cv. Bintje and Désirée) were stored at 4°C for 7 months and regularly sampled to assess both physiological and biochemical parameters. Physiological age markers (PAI, incubation period) evolution was measured and allowed us to define a reference frame more accurate than the chronological age. A correlation has also been established with the growth parameters (number of stems, duration before emergence). In parallel, two biochemical approaches allowed us to assay proteome and antioxidant system modifications occurring during ageing. Protein pattern evolution was assessed by DIGE after hot SDS extraction. During ageing, 93 spots were strictly up- or down- regulated while 4 others exhibited an abundance curve with a transient maximum. After manual picking of 43 selected spots based on their expression profile, 32 proteins were identified by MS/MS. Differentially expressed proteins are mainly involved in patatin catabolism, stress response, glycolysis, protein turn-over and lipid oxidation. A complementary targeted approach has then been set up based on the free radical ageing theory. SOD, CAT, APX and POX activities as well as ascorbate, glutathione, carotenoid and phenolic compound contents were measured during ageing. These data seem to indicate that the antioxidant system undergoes marked changes in response to an increased production of reactive oxygen species. However, no accumulation of oxidative damages has been observed on lipids and proteins. All these kinetic data allowed us to build an integrated ageing model. These results are discussed in the above-mentioned theoretical context. [less ▲]

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