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See detailA multi-epoch XMM-Newton campaign on the core of the massive Cygnus OB2 association
Rauw, Grégor ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2011), 536

Context. Cyg OB2 is one of the most massive associations of O-type stars in our Galaxy. Despite the large interstellar reddening towards Cyg OB2, many studies, spanning a wide range of wavelengths, have ... [more ▼]

Context. Cyg OB2 is one of the most massive associations of O-type stars in our Galaxy. Despite the large interstellar reddening towards Cyg OB2, many studies, spanning a wide range of wavelengths, have been conducted to more clearly understand this association. X-ray observations provide a powerful tool to overcome the effect of interstellar absorption and study the most energetic processes associated with the stars in Cyg OB2. <BR /> Aims: We analyse XMM-Newton data to investigate the X-ray and UV properties of massive O-type stars as well as low-mass pre-main sequence stars in Cyg OB2. <BR /> Methods: We obtained six XMM-Newton observations of the core of Cyg OB2. In our analysis, we pay particular attention to the variability of the X-ray bright OB stars, especially the luminous blue variable candidate Cyg OB2 #12. <BR /> Results: We find that X-ray variability is quite common among the stars in Cyg OB2. Whilst short-term variations are restricted mostly to low-mass pre-main sequence stars, one third of the OB stars display long-term variations. The X-ray flux of Cyg OB2 #12 varies by 37%, over timescales from days to years, whilst its mean log L[SUB]X[/SUB]/L[SUB]bol[/SUB] amounts to - 6.10. <BR /> Conclusions: These properties suggest that Cyg OB2 #12 is either an interacting-wind system or displays a magnetically confined wind. Two other X-ray bright O-type stars (MT91 516 and CPR2002 A11) display variations that suggest they are interacting wind binary systems. Based on observations collected with XMM-Newton, an ESA Science Mission with instruments and contributions directly funded by ESA Member States and the USA (NASA).Full Table 2 and Table 4 are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via <A href="http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/536/A31">http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/536/A31</A> [less ▲]

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See detailSprache und Dialekt in der Euregio Maas-Rhein
Vromans, Joseph ULg

Scientific conference (2011, December 01)

The Meuse-Rhine Euregion (the Region of Aachen, the German-speaking Community of Belgium, the Belgian Province of Liège, the Belgian Province of Limburg and the southern part of the Dutch Province of ... [more ▼]

The Meuse-Rhine Euregion (the Region of Aachen, the German-speaking Community of Belgium, the Belgian Province of Liège, the Belgian Province of Limburg and the southern part of the Dutch Province of Limburg) is an interesting area from a linguistic point of view: the official languages of the three countries in in the Euregion are Dutch (in Belgium and the Netherlands), French (in Belgium) and German (in Belgium and Germany); regional languages / dialects are Limburgish (which is recognised as a regional language in Dutch Limburg), Ripuarian and Walloon. [less ▲]

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See detailGuide destiné à la formation d’animateurs pour les « animations pédagogiques »
Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Gilson, Julien; Prunier, Emmanuelle et al

Book published by édité par le COLEACP (2011)

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See detailValorisation de la Carte Numérique des Sols de Wallonie et d’une base de données disponible en analyse de sols, dans le cadre de l’évaluation du risque de pollution des eaux souterraines par les pesticides
Bah, Boubacar Billo ULg; Vanclooster, Marnik; Oger, Robert ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(S2), 709-726

This study shows how the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia and the associated soil database Aardewerk can be combined with the MetaPEARL model to assess the sensitivity of agricultural soils to pesticide ... [more ▼]

This study shows how the Digital Soil Map of Wallonia and the associated soil database Aardewerk can be combined with the MetaPEARL model to assess the sensitivity of agricultural soils to pesticide transfer into underground water tables in Wallonia (Southern Belgium). MetaPEARL is based on an analytical expression which describes the concentration of leached pesticides at the soil profile bottom depending on available data on soil characteristics, climate and pesticide properties. The results show an important soil sensitivity to pesticide transfer with a coefficient of retention on organic matter (Kom) very weak (about 10 dm3.kg-1) or with a relatively high half-life time (DT50 about 60 days). In this case, the pesticide is weakly retained by soil organic matter or slowly degraded and then stays available in the soil and can be quickly leached during rainfalls. In other respects, the pesticide sensitivity to leaching is strongly correlated with soil texture and its organic matter content. It is also observed that the concentration of leached pesticide is strongly depending of the rainfall surplus (water flux into the soil or hydrous balance). A sensitivity analysis has shown that the model is very sensitive to soil thickness, to organic matter content, to the bulk density of the mineral fraction by textural classes and of the organic matter. Therefore, these pedological variables have to be assessed with the highest precision to avoid adding further uncertainty to the predictions obtained. On the basis of the most sensitive soil variables, the analysis of “spatial” uncertainty related to the results delivered by MetaPEARL, due to the consideration of an unique representative value by soil type and by region (deterministic approach), shows that this approach tends to under-estimate the concentration of pesticide leached in the soil. And that compared to the use of a stochastic simulation (probabilistic approach) which takes into account the soil characteristic variability within a given soil type. This stochastic approach allows also the calculation of a more relevant threshold of risk probability (percentile) which can be compared to an imposed standard in view to enhance a sustainable management of natural resources. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation initiale des enseignants à l'éveil scientifique: comment en faire une occasion d'apprentissage pour tous?
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Simons, Germain; Crahay, Marcel ULg et al

in Beckers, Jacqueline; Crahay, Marcel (Eds.) Approche par compétences et réduction des inégalités d'apprentissage entre élèves : de l'analyse des situations scolaires à la formation de enseignants (2011)

L'approche par compétences en sciences prônée par le décret nécessite de travailler la démarche scientifique en classe de façon complète : poser une question, formuler une hypothèse, chercher des ... [more ▼]

L'approche par compétences en sciences prônée par le décret nécessite de travailler la démarche scientifique en classe de façon complète : poser une question, formuler une hypothèse, chercher des résultats, expérimentaux ou non, exploiter ces résultats et conclure provisoirement. Cette façon de travailler est complexe et la façon dont l'enseignant va mettre en oeuvre les choses peut engendrer ou non des inégalités d'un élève à l'autre. Cet article est le récit d'une formation initiale d'enseignants du primaire. [less ▲]

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See detailInstruments de gestion économique des crises sanitaires touchant les animaux de production en Europe
Vandeputte, Sébastien ULg; Humblet, Marie-France ULg; Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique / Office International des Epizooties = Revista Cientifica y Tecnica / Officina Internacional de Epizootias = Scientific and Technical Review / International Office of Epizootics (2011), 30(3), 683-701

The importance of animal health crises has considerably increased over the last few years. When a crisis occurs, farmers can receive financial support through various public, private and mixed ... [more ▼]

The importance of animal health crises has considerably increased over the last few years. When a crisis occurs, farmers can receive financial support through various public, private and mixed compensation schemes. Economic losses resulting from diseases may be direct and indirect. If a disease is covered by European Union regulations then countries have a legal obligation to partly compensate farmers for direct losses, either directly through the national budget, or through a specific fund. The European Veterinary Fund also cofinances these losses. Only a few countries provide compensation for indirect losses. The private insurance sector also provides protection against some direct and indirect losses but the risks covered are variable. To encourage farmers to subscribe to this kind of insurance, some public authorities provide subsidies to help pay the premium. Insurance companies do not generally cover the risks linked to contagious diseases, but some companies do extend cover to include this type of risk. Several alternatives, such as mutual funds, are available to improve risk coverage. There is a lack of harmonisation among the various compensation schemes of different countries. Public authorities cannot provide full compensation, but mutual funds and private insurance companies are alternatives that should be further investigated and their use should be extended to other countries. A classification of diseases would harmonise the situation at the European level. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique bibliographique - Supplément 2000-2004
Veymiers, Richard ULg; Bricault, Laurent; Budischovsky, Marie-Christine et al

in Veymiers, Richard; Bricault, Laurent (Eds.) Bibliotheca Isiaca II (2011)

Chronique bibliographique qui, sur le modèle de "l’Inventaire Bibliographique des Isiaca" (IBIS), publié dans les "ÉPRO" entre 1972 et 1991, recense, avec un commentaire critique, les publications ... [more ▼]

Chronique bibliographique qui, sur le modèle de "l’Inventaire Bibliographique des Isiaca" (IBIS), publié dans les "ÉPRO" entre 1972 et 1991, recense, avec un commentaire critique, les publications touchant aux cultes isiaques entre 2000 et 2004. [less ▲]

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See detailL'identité wallonne aujourd'hui
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Germain, P.; Robaye, R. (Eds.) L'Etat de la Wallonie. Portrait d'un pays et de ses habitants (2011)

L'article fait le point sur le sentiment d'appartenance à la Wallonie et comment il a évolué au sein de la population au sein des quinze dernières années. Il remet en évidence la complémentarité naturelle ... [more ▼]

L'article fait le point sur le sentiment d'appartenance à la Wallonie et comment il a évolué au sein de la population au sein des quinze dernières années. Il remet en évidence la complémentarité naturelle entre le sentiment belge et le sentiment wallon. Il montre que le sentiment d'appartenance est évolutif, qu'il dépend non seulement de l'actualité mais des stratégies d'acteurs politique, économiques ou médiatiques. Il fait aussi l'hypothèse que l'identité wallonne, en terme de contenus, se définit davantage par un modèle socio-économique partagé que par des symboles et qu'elle ne présente donc pas de caractère d'identité nationale. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-Scale Fire Test of Unprotected Cellular Beam Acting in Membrane Action
Vassart, Olivier; Bailey, C. G.; Hawes, M. et al

in Journal of Structural Fire Engineering (2011), 2(4), 259-268

This paper describes a full scale fire test performed the 27th of February 2010 on a composite floor for analysing the possibility of tensile membrane action to develop when the unprotected steel beams in ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a full scale fire test performed the 27th of February 2010 on a composite floor for analysing the possibility of tensile membrane action to develop when the unprotected steel beams in the central part of the floor are made of cellular beams. The natural fire was created by a wood crib fire load of 700 MJ/m2 and the 9 × 15 m floor survived the fire that peaked at 1000°C and lasted for 90 minutes. Blind predictions of the air temperature development by the software OZone and of the structural behaviour by the software SAFIR which proved quite satisfactory are also described. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociation between preseason functional tests and injuries in youth football: a prospective follow-up
Frisch, Anne ULg; Urhausen, Axel; Seil, Romain et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (2011), 21(6), 468-76

This prospective cohort study aimed at identifying player-related risk factors for injuries in youth football as determined by extensive preseasonal screening. All male U15-U19 players from a regional ... [more ▼]

This prospective cohort study aimed at identifying player-related risk factors for injuries in youth football as determined by extensive preseasonal screening. All male U15-U19 players from a regional football school (season 2007-2008; n = 67) underwent preseason evaluations assessing physical fatigue, emotional stress and injury history (questionnaire), anthropometric variables, general joint laxity (Beighton score), lower limb coordination (functional hop tests), aerobic fitness (shuttle run test), strength of knee extensor and flexor muscles (isokinetic tests), static and dynamic balance (force plate tests), and explosive strength (jump tests on force plate). Football exposure and all football-related injuries (n = 163) were recorded during the entire subsequent season (44 weeks). Total injury incidence was 10.4 injuries/1000  h and was higher in competition than in training [relative risk = 3.3; CI(95%) (2.39; 4.54); P < 0.001]. Lower limb injuries were most frequent (87%). Acute contact injuries represented 37%, while intrinsic (noncontact and chronic) injuries amounted to 63%. Of all the variables tested, only physical fatigue was significantly associated with injury, as revealed by univariate and multivariate analyses. The same result was observed when considering only intrinsic injuries as outcome. A single preseason test session may be of limited interest in the framework of an injury prevention strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailRelaxation schemes for min max generalization in deterministic batch mode reinforcement learning
Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Boigelot, Bernard ULg et al

in 4th International NIPS Workshop on Optimization for Machine Learning (OPT 2011) (2011, December)

We study the min max optimization problem introduced in [Fonteneau, 2011] for computing policies for batch mode reinforcement learning in a deterministic setting. This problem is NP-hard. We focus on the ... [more ▼]

We study the min max optimization problem introduced in [Fonteneau, 2011] for computing policies for batch mode reinforcement learning in a deterministic setting. This problem is NP-hard. We focus on the two-stage case for which we provide two relaxation schemes. The first relaxation scheme works by dropping some constraints in order to obtain a problem that is solvable in polynomial time. The second relaxation scheme, based on a Lagrangian relaxation where all constraints are dualized, leads to a conic quadratic programming problem. Both relaxation schemes are shown to provide better results than those given in [Fonteneau, 2011]. [less ▲]

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See detailLa performance de l’Etat-providence européen. Quel enseignement pour la Belgique?
Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg; Perelman, Sergio ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

in Regards Economiques (2011), 93

Dans ce numéro de Regards économiques, nous présentons une mesure multidimensionnelle de la performance des Etats- providence de l’Union européenne. Cette mesure permet de comparer la performance des pays ... [more ▼]

Dans ce numéro de Regards économiques, nous présentons une mesure multidimensionnelle de la performance des Etats- providence de l’Union européenne. Cette mesure permet de comparer la performance des pays de l’Europe des 15 avec celle des 12 nouveaux membres; elle donne aussi la possibilité de tester l’hypothèse d’un éventuel dumping social; enfin elle peut être utilisée pour mieux appréhender la performance de la protection sociale de la Belgique et de ses composantes régionales. [less ▲]

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See detailFibrosis and pulmonary function tests - New therapeutic options for respiratory diseases.
Clercx, Cécile ULg

in Proceedings of the Meeting of German specialists in internal medicine (ECVIM-CA-Internal Medicine) - Viernheim - 3rd December 2011 (2011, December)

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See detailEvaluation of organic dust components cytotoxicity on thp1 monocytes-derived-macrophages using high content analysis
Ramery, Eve ULg; O'Brien, Peter James

in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2011, December), 40(4), 583

Background: Organic dust contains pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce, following chronic exposure, significant airway diseases. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells ... [more ▼]

Background: Organic dust contains pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) which can induce, following chronic exposure, significant airway diseases. Mononuclear phagocytes are key protecting cells of the respiratory tract. Several studies have investigated the effects of PAMPs, and mainly endotoxins, on cytokine production. However the sub-lethal cytotoxicity of organic dust components on macrophages has not been tested yet. The novel technology of high content analysis (HCA) is already used to assess subclinical drug-induced toxicity. It combines the capabilities of flow cytometry, intracellular fluorescence probes, and image analysis and enables to perform rapid multiple analysis in large numbers of samples. Objectives: The purpose of the present study was, by using HCA, to investigate the cytotoxicity of the 3 major PAMPs contained in organic dust, ie. endotoxin (LPS), peptidoglycan (PGN) and β-glucans (zymosan) on THP-1 monocyte-derived macrophages. Methods: LPS was used at concentrations of 0.005, 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1 and 1 μg/ml; PGN and zymosan were used at concentrations of 1, 5, 10, 50, 100 and 500 μg/ml. Cells were exposed to PAMPs for 24 hours. In addition, the oxidative burst and the phagocytic capabilities of the cells were tested. Results: An overlap between PGN intrinsic fluorescence and red/far-red fluorescent dyes occurred, rendering the evaluation of some parameters impossible for PGN. LPS induced sub-lethal cytotoxicity at the lowest dose (from 10 ng/ml). However, the most spectacular changes occurred with zymosan. In addition, zymosan, but not LPS, induced phagosome maturation and oxidative burst. Conclusions: Given the fact that β-glucans can be up to 100 fold more concentrated in organic dust than LPS, these results suggest that β-glucans could play a major role in macrophages impairment following heavy dust exposure and will deserve further investigation in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantile regression in nonparametric location-scale models with censored data
Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Van Keilegom, Ingrid

Conference (2011, December)

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See detailEntretien avec David Toscana
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in Caravelle : Cahiers du Monde Hispanique et Luso-Bresilien (2011), 97(2), 241-248

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See detailChronique bibliographique - 2005-2008
Veymiers, Richard ULg; Bricault, Laurent; Budischovsky, Marie-Christine et al

in Bricault, Laurent; Veymiers, Richard (Eds.) Bibliotheca Isiaca II (2011)

Chronique bibliographique qui, sur le modèle de "l’Inventaire Bibliographique des Isiaca" (IBIS), publié dans les "ÉPRO" entre 1972 et 1991, recense, avec un commentaire critique, les publications ... [more ▼]

Chronique bibliographique qui, sur le modèle de "l’Inventaire Bibliographique des Isiaca" (IBIS), publié dans les "ÉPRO" entre 1972 et 1991, recense, avec un commentaire critique, les publications touchant aux cultes isiaques entre 2005 et 2008. [less ▲]

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See detailLotze en Amérique. Le renouveau réaliste en philosophie chez Santayana
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

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See detailConstrained sparse estimation for improved fault isolation
Borguet, Sébastien ULg; Léonard, Olivier ULg

in Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines & Power (2011), 133(12), 121602

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See detailRapport d'activité du projet Health CoP 2011
Denis, Brigitte ULg; Snoeck, Céline ULg

Report (2011)

Rapport d'activité en lien avec les actions menées en milieu hospitalier. Création et animation de communautés de pratique supportées par les TIC.

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