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See detailImpact of uncertainty in climate forcing on projections of the West Antarctic ice sheet over the 21st and 22nd centuries
Payne, A.J.; Cornford, S.L.; Martin, D.F. et al

E-print/Working paper (2013)

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See detailImpact of uranium mining and processing on the environment of mountainous areas of Kyrgyzstan
Torgoev, Isakbek; Aleshyn, U; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg

in Uranium in the Aquatic Environment (2002)

Abstract: In this report the results of analysis of modern geo-ecological situation in areas of uranium mining and milling in the territory of Kyrgyzstan are presented. Major threats for the mountain ... [more ▼]

Abstract: In this report the results of analysis of modern geo-ecological situation in areas of uranium mining and milling in the territory of Kyrgyzstan are presented. Major threats for the mountain environment and citizens which are connected to mining and processing of the uranium are due to the contamination of the hydrosphere by radio nuclides, and due to the stimulation of dangerous natural and technological processes (landslides, mudflows, destruction of the tailings and dumps) with unfavorable ecological consequences. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of urban form on daily travel: a comparative analysis
Cools, Mario ULg; Laterrasse, Jean; Le Néchet, Florent

Conference (2013)

Along with the emergence of Mega City Regions (MCRs) in Europe, mobility patterns have become increasingly polycentric. Since urban planning issues are especially difficult at this scale, it is important ... [more ▼]

Along with the emergence of Mega City Regions (MCRs) in Europe, mobility patterns have become increasingly polycentric. Since urban planning issues are especially difficult at this scale, it is important to assess the impact of the different evolutions in Mega City Region on important indicators such as daily travel times and daily travel distances. Therefore, in this study the differences between monocentric and polycentric MCRs in terms of travel distances and travel times for constraint and unconstraint mobility are investigated. To this end, four different MCRs were selected for the study: the Paris and Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan areas and the Randstad and Belgian Mega-City Region. For these MCRs regions, the travel times and distances were derived from the national travel surveys. Special attention was paid to the harmonization exercise based, calculating the daily travel distances for 7 different purposes and 9 different transport modes. With respect to the socio-demographics, the least common denominator was used to define comparable socio-demographics. Results indicate clear differences between the monocentric and polycentric regions, especially with respect to shopping and leisure trips. In addition, some policy interventions could be defined based upon the results of the disaggregation based on the socio-demographics. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of visual complexity on visual short-term memory in children with specific language impairment
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Pauquay, Sarah et al

in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (2012), 18

Many studies have assessed visual short-term memory (VSTM) abilities in children with specific language impairment (SLI), with contrasting results: some studies observed preserved VSTM capacities while ... [more ▼]

Many studies have assessed visual short-term memory (VSTM) abilities in children with specific language impairment (SLI), with contrasting results: some studies observed preserved VSTM capacities while others reported impaired VSTM. The present study explores the hypothesis that the complexity of the visual information to be encoded and stored might underlie these discrepancies. Four VSTM conditions were administered to a group of 15 children with SLI, as well as to two groups of typically developing children, matched for chronological age and for VSTM capacity for visually simple stimuli, respectively. The stimuli to be remembered varied in their visual similarity and in the number of their visual features. Across the four VSTM conditions, children with SLI showed significantly reduced performance relative to an age-matched control group, and they were more strongly affected by visual similarity and number of features when compared to a control group matched for VSTM capacity for visually simple stimuli. The present results support the hypothesis that stimulus complexity is a determining factor of the poor VSTM performances in children with SLI. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of visual modality on acoustic assessment of rooms
Defays, Aurore ULg; Safin, Stéphane ULg; Billon, Alexis ULg et al

Poster (2011, May 27)

In the context of the conception of a multimodal immersive environment aimed to support the task of assessing the acoustical quality of rooms based on numerical simulations, we study the relationship ... [more ▼]

In the context of the conception of a multimodal immersive environment aimed to support the task of assessing the acoustical quality of rooms based on numerical simulations, we study the relationship between image and sound. Auralias project aims to develop an immersive environment for a collaborative work between architects and acousticians combining 3D sound rendering and 3D view of the room model. In this study, we analyzed the impact of a room picture on the acoustic assessment. We chose reverberation as acoustic parameter. First, we confronted 70 subjects with a sound clip and asked them to assess the reverberation degree (control condition). Then, we divided the subjects into three groups and repeated the same judgment task. However, in the first group, subjects listening the sound clip were confronted with a room picture consistent with the sound. In the second group, they were confronted with a « distractor » room picture (no link with the sound). In the last group, they listened the sound clip without any room picture. Our results showed a positive impact of consistent pictures on reverberation assessment but we found no effect of distractor pictures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of visual perceptual learning on sleep and local slow wave initiation
Mascetti, Laura ULg; Muto, Vincenzo ULg; Matarazzo, Luca et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2013)

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See detailImpact of vocal load during a prolonged reading task with specific emphasis on the output level
Remacle, Angélique ULg; Roche, Anne ULg; Finck, Camille ULg et al

Conference (2010, October 18)

La charge vocale se définit comme la quantité d'utilisation vocale en termes de durée et d'intensité vocale. Dans cette étude, nous tentons d'étudier la charge vocale selon ces deux aspects. Pour ce faire ... [more ▼]

La charge vocale se définit comme la quantité d'utilisation vocale en termes de durée et d'intensité vocale. Dans cette étude, nous tentons d'étudier la charge vocale selon ces deux aspects. Pour ce faire, nous avons proposé une tâche de lecture à 50 femmes non fumeuses, âgées de 22 à 47 ans, chez qui l'examen phoniatrique a exclu la présence de toute pathologie vocale. L'impact de la durée de l'utilisation vocale a été étudié à l'aide de récoltes de mesures toutes les 30 minutes, au cours d'une lecture de deux heures. Nous avons réalisé des mesures objectives (Fréquence fondamentale, Jitter %, Shimmer %, Noise-to-Harmonic Ratio, étendue fréquentielle, dynamique d'intensité, temps maximum de phonation) ainsi qu'une auto évaluation sur une échelle visuelle analogique (qualité vocale, sensation d'effort, de fatigue et d'inconfort laryngé au cours de la lecture). Afin de mettre en évidence l'effet de l'intensité, chaque participante a réalisé deux fois la tâche de deux heures de lecture, à minimum trois jours d'intervalle afin de permettre la récupération entre les deux conditions de test. Une première fois à intensité conversationnelle (entre 60 et 65 dB), une seconde fois à intensité élevée (entre 70 et 75 dB). L'objectif était d'étudier les modifications liées à la durée et à l'intensité de l'utilisation vocale ainsi que l'impact de l'échauffement et de la fatigue vocale sur les paramètres étudiés. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of vocal load on breathiness: Perceptual evaluation
Remacle, Angélique ULg; Schoentgen, Jean; FINCK, Camille ULg et al

in Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology (2014), 39(3), 139-146

Objectives: To evaluate the impact on voice of 2 hours of continuous oral reading. Methods: Fifty normophonic women underwent two sessions of voice loading in which the required intensity level varied: 60 ... [more ▼]

Objectives: To evaluate the impact on voice of 2 hours of continuous oral reading. Methods: Fifty normophonic women underwent two sessions of voice loading in which the required intensity level varied: 60-65 dB(A) for the first session, and 70-75 dB(A) for the second session. Ten expert judges evaluated the breathiness of one sentence recorded before and after each loading session. Pairs of stimuli were presented randomly to the judges, who were asked to designate the breathiest sample. Results: A significant decrease in breathiness was observed following both sessions, suggesting an improvement of voice subsequent to loading. When comparing the two intensity levels, no difference was found for breathiness after vocal loading. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of winter feeding strategies on the growth of young dairy heifers in Wallonia
Picron, Pascale ULg; Turlot, Amélie; Froidmont, Eric et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailImpact of work on health
Hansez, Isabelle ULg

in Vandenbrande, T; Vandekerckhove, S; Vendramin, P (Eds.) et al Quality of work and employment in Belgium (2012)

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See detailImpact of work variables and safety appraisal on well-being at work
Hansez, Isabelle ULg; Taeymans, sophie; Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULg

in Pikaar, R. N.; Koningsveld, E. A. P.; Settels (Eds.) Proceedings of the 16th World Congress of Ergonomics (2006)

Work environments have been encountering tremendous changes since the early 1990s. The enlargement of flexibility practices has raised concerns about well-being at work but also about safety. These two ... [more ▼]

Work environments have been encountering tremendous changes since the early 1990s. The enlargement of flexibility practices has raised concerns about well-being at work but also about safety. These two research areas, i.e. safety and well-being at work, have a strong tradition of diagnosis and research but there are few examples in the literature that attempt to link the two areas. Our goal in this study was to analyze the impact of both work variables and safety appraisal on well-being within a context of organizational changes. We used questionnaires on 4297 workers from a large company in the energy sector that has encountered big organizational changes these last years. Job control dimensions, safety appraisal, eustress and distress were measured using existing questionnaires. The results give some evidence for an additive explanation of eustress when adding safety appraisal in the hierarchical regression analysis. The additive effect of safety appraisal on distress was also significant but not enough strong to be considered seriously. A path analysis has shown that the effect of management safety climate on distress was rather an indirect effect through the job control dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact physiologique et pathologique du stress oxydant chez le cheval
De Moffarts, Brieuc; Kirschvink, Nathalie; Pincemail, Joël ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2005), 149(1), 1-9

Oxidative stress has become of increasing interest in research and in equine and human medicine. If the pro-oxidant burden overwhelms the endogenous antioxidant defence of the organism, the arising ... [more ▼]

Oxidative stress has become of increasing interest in research and in equine and human medicine. If the pro-oxidant burden overwhelms the endogenous antioxidant defence of the organism, the arising imbalance between pro- and antioxidants is defined as oxidative stress. Different pathways might increase the generation of reactive oxygen species ( ROS) and results in oxidative stress. In physiological conditions, like during moderated exercise, the balance between ROS production and antioxidants allows to maintain an optimal organic function. In the light of the potentially deleterious role of excessive ROS production and the evidence that exercise-induced oxidative stress occurs in horses, the assessment of the antioxidant status should be considered in sport horses. Recent researches indicate that oxidative stress may play a role in physiopathology of several pathological syndromes in horses. Therefore, with classical treatment, the controlled administration of antioxidants appears interesting for the modulation of these processes, as well as in sport horses during intense exercise period. [less ▲]

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See detailL’impact relatif de la langue-toit sur une famille lexicale des dialectes locaux : les cas de « voisin », « voisiner », « voisinage » dans les dialectes de Wallonie
Baiwir, Esther ULg

in Iliescu, Maria; Siller-Runggaldier, Heidi; Danler, Paul (Eds.) Actes du XXVe congrès international de linguistique et de philologie romanes (t. IV) (2010)

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See detailImpact studies and water management with WolfHydro : a new physically based hydrological solver
Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Mouzelard, Thibaut; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (2001, December)

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See detailImpact thérapeutique du dépistage de l’ischémie myocardique silencieuse chez le sujet diabétique de type 2
Wallemacq, Caroline ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2008), 168(4), 1800-1804

Coronary artery disease is the major cause of mortality of type 2 diabetic subjects. Its early diagnosis to prevent progression and clinical events has intuitive appeal. Somehow, rationale for screening ... [more ▼]

Coronary artery disease is the major cause of mortality of type 2 diabetic subjects. Its early diagnosis to prevent progression and clinical events has intuitive appeal. Somehow, rationale for screening has not been clearly established. Screening should not modify the medical therapy because diabetic subjects have to be treated in a secondary prevention strategy. We have no data from randomized trials concerning a better outcome after revascularization in this specific population. The question how to select the high risk population to be screened has no response by now. SPECT and stress echocardiography seem valuable for screening but not for risk stratification. A large randomized clinical trial is required to confirm the cost-utility ratio of such a screening. [less ▲]

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See detailL'impact thermique et écologique du fonctionnement des centrales électriques sur la Sambre et la Meuse
Everbecq, Etienne ULg; Bourouag, Mohamed ULg; Deliège, Jean-François ULg et al

Report (2000)

L’objectif de cette étude est de mieux comprendre et de quantifier (via la modélisation mathématique) les phénomènes qui se déroulent dans le milieu aquatique au droit et en aval des centrales électriques ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de cette étude est de mieux comprendre et de quantifier (via la modélisation mathématique) les phénomènes qui se déroulent dans le milieu aquatique au droit et en aval des centrales électriques, en particulier les effets du cumul des prises d’eau et rejets thermiques sur l’écosystème aquatique. L'étude concernait les centrales électriques situées sur la Meuse en région wallonne : la centrale de Tihange, la centrale des Awirs, la centrale de Seraing et la centrale d’Angleur. L'étude a été organisée en 4 phases : i) la détermination de l'impact élémentaire de chaque centrale et la détermination de scénarios de fonctionnement des centrales; ii) la détermination de l'impact hydrologique et de l'impact thermique (individuel et cumulé) du fonctionnement des centrales électriques sur la Meuse; iii) la détermination de l'impact écologique du fonctionnement des centrales électriques sur l’écosystème Meuse; iiii) l'examen des actions possibles pour minimiser les impacts [less ▲]

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See detailDe impact van Van Ostaijen. Een gesprek met Geert Buelens
Spinoy, Erik ULg; Willockx, Dietlinde; Peeters, Patrick

in Freespace Nieuwzuid (2001), 2(7), 3-28

This is the text of an interview with Geert Buelens, author of an important study of Paul van Ostaijen's influence on modern Flemish poetry.

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See detailEl impacto de las migraciones cochabambinas en el marco de las transformaciones globales de las migraciones
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Ledo, Carmen; Yepez, Isabel

in Solé, Carlota; Parella, Sonia; Cavalcanti, Leonardo (Eds.) Migración boliviana y prácticas transnacionales (in press)

¿Donde se ubica Bolivia en los cambios migratorios de la era global caracterizados por sus vínculos transnacionales? Para responder esta pregunta, se investiga el caso de los emigrantes procedentes de la ... [more ▼]

¿Donde se ubica Bolivia en los cambios migratorios de la era global caracterizados por sus vínculos transnacionales? Para responder esta pregunta, se investiga el caso de los emigrantes procedentes de la ciudad de Cochabamba. En esta ciudad, en marzo del 2009 el CEPLAG-CIUF, realizamos una encuesta de gran amplitud con el propósito de entender las diversas facetas de las migraciones cochabambinas contemporáneas y determinar cómo estas se relacionan con las tendencias globales que acabamos de destacar . Los resultados de dicha encuesta son la base de este artículo. En vista de los requerimientos estadísticos y analíticos del estudio, para realizar la encuesta se visitaron alrededor de 40 mil predios y se encuestaron 15 400 mil hogares. Un tercio de los hogares encuestados declaró tener al menos un familiar en el extranjero. Estos hogares se denominan en este artículo “hogares transmigrantes”. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts and mechanisms of action of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the hermaphroditic freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Giusti, Arnaud ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Adverse impacts exerted by molecules called endocrine disruptors on reproduction have been extensively described in vertebrates. However, endocrine-disrupting chemicals might alter reproduction of ... [more ▼]

Adverse impacts exerted by molecules called endocrine disruptors on reproduction have been extensively described in vertebrates. However, endocrine-disrupting chemicals might alter reproduction of invertebrate species, at lower concentrations or through different modes of action, with consequences on population growth and stability. Among invertebrates, molluscs have been shown to be very sensitive to endocrine disruptors and were therefore proposed as model species for the development of OECD guideline for the testing and the assessment of reprotoxic effect of chemicals, including EDCs. The hermaphrodite gastropod species Lymnaea stagnalis is a candidate species for the development of such guidelines. In this context, the aim of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of the impacts and the mechanisms of action of endocrine disrupting chemicals on the reproduction of L. stagnalis. The chemicals tested in the present work were chosen based on their interactions with the endocrine system of vertebrates. Testosterone is the natural ligand of the androgen receptor in vertebrates. Three different molecules were selected for their antagonism of the androgen receptor in vertebrates: the synthetic steroid cyproterone acetate, the dicarbamide fungicide vinclozolin and the organophosphate insecticide fenitrothion. Chlordecone is an organochlorinated pesticide, which binds oestrogen receptors in vertebrates. Finally, two organotin compounds, triphenyltin and tributyltin, are able to induce the development of imposex, imposition of male sex organs in females, in gonochoric gastropod molluscs. Results of the present work are divided into two main sections. Firstly, we investigated the impacts of the selected chemicals on the reproduction of L. stagnalis. Our results displayed that TBT, TPT, and chlordecone are able to induce adverse impacts on the reproduction of L. stagnalis through a reduction of the cumulative number of eggs and clutches produced per individual. The assessment of the quality of eggs produced showed that exposure to the chemicals, except TPT, increases the frequency of abnormal eggs laid. The impacts on egg quality were observed at lower concentrations than those affecting the classical reproductive endpoints assessed in reprotoxicity tests in this species. Our results highlight that the implementation of egg quality as an endpoint should increase the sensitivity of the reprotoxicity test with L. stagnalis. The second section of results aims at providing new insights on the mechanisms of action of putative endocrine disruptors in L. stagnalis. Results from chapter 3 and 4 allowed us to select chemical treatments (testosterone, tributyltin, cyproterone acetate, and chlordecone) that induced adverse effects, by interacting with the endocrine system, on the reproduction of L. stagnalis. In Chapter 5, we analysed endogenous concentrations of testosterone, in its free and esterified forms, in the reproductive organs of L. stagnalis. Exposure to waterborne testosterone has confirmed that molluscs can take up this steroid from environmental media and that a homeostatic regulation of endogenous concentrations occurs through the esterification of steroids to fatty acid esters. Moreover, our results support that testosterone is endogenously synthesised in L. stagnalis, as it has been suggested in other mollusc species. However, the impacts on the reproduction and the modifications of endogenous concentrations of testosterone reported in this thesis could not be associated. In chapter 6, proteomic experiments were used to identify proteins differently expressed in reproductive organs of L. stagnalis exposed to testosterone, tributyltin, cyproterone acetate, and chlordecone. Modifications in the expression of three proteins involved in L. stagnalis reproduction (i.e., ovipostatin, yolk ferritin and PIWI) could be associated with the alterations of reproductive endpoints reported in chapters 3 and 4, therefore suggesting possible endocrine disruption mechanisms. Altogether, the results obtained in the present work provide evidences of interactions between chemicals and the endocrine system of this hermaphrodite species. Moreover, the additional sensitive reproductive endpoints described in this thesis (i.e., egg quality) as well as the identification of particular proteins (i.e., ovipostatin, yolk ferritin and PIWI) and their differential expression patterns following chemical exposure, provide reliable tools to screen potency of toxicants to be endocrine disruptors in a partial life cycle test on the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts and uncertainties of upscaling of remote sensing data validation for a semi-arid woodland.
Hufkens, K; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Dong, Q H et al

Poster (2008)

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