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See detailIs there a global procedural learning deficit in children with Specific Language Impairment ?
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Lejoly, Kelly ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 13)

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research ... [more ▼]

The study of procedural learning abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (Procedural Deficit Hypothesis, PDH; Ullman & Pierpont, 2005) remains a relatively unexplored field of research. Since most evidence comes from studies using tasks which involve learning of sequenced patterns, research using other procedural learning paradigms (like motor adaptation tasks) is needed to further evaluate the PDH in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Therefore, in this study, we examined the ability of children with and without SLI to learn, consolidate and generalize a mirror-tracing task, a paradigm that does not involve sequence learning and had never been used in SLI. Children with SLI and typical developing (TD) matched children participated in the study. Children with SLI were included if they scored below -1.25 SD of the expected normative performance in at least 2 language areas. Both groups had to trace ten 5-pointed stars seen only in mirror-reversed view in two learning sessions separated by a one-week delay. The transfer phase consisted in tracing a new figure. The time required to complete the tracing, and the number of errors committed were recorded. Full results will be presented and discussed during the presentation of the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailTMS can selectively activate and condition two different sets of excitatory synaptic inputs to corticospinal neurons in humans
Sommer, Martin; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Cioccia, Matteo et al

Poster (2014, November)

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now ... [more ▼]

Background: Current protocols or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) induce mixed facilitatory and inhibitory effects. More selective, quasi-monophasic high-frequency stimulators now become available. We sought to investigate the impact of current direction and pulse width on intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS) effects on human motor cortex excitability. Also, we estimated strength-duration time constants from motor threshold and input-output (IO) curves for PA and AP orientations. Methods: We stimulated the dominant hand representation of the motor cortex in 15 healthy subjects, using “unidirectional biphasic” pulses generated by a controllable TMS machine (cTMS-3, Rogue Resolutions Ltd., Cardiff, UK), connected to a standard figure-8 coil. iTBS was applied conventionally, using 20 sequences of 2 seconds iTBS (10 bursts at 5 Hz burst repetition frequency, each burst consisting of 3 pulses of 80 % AMT intensity repeated at 50 Hz frequency). In separate sessions pulses differing in current direction and shape were applied: a) posterio-anterior (PA) current direction in the brain, 75 μs (iTBS_PA75). b) AP current direction, 45 μs (iTBS_AP45). Before and for 30 minutes after iTBS, we monitored the modulation of motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitude from the dominant first dorsal interosseus using conventional, monophasic, suprathreshold pulses generated by a Magstim 2002 stimulator, inducing PA currents in the brain, at 0.2 Hz frequency. In an additional study on ten healthy subjects, we investigated the effect the two coil orientations with three different pulse widths (30, 60 and 120 μs) on the IO curve and the latency of the motor evoked potentials (MEPs). Results: iTBS_AP45 yielded a pronounced and slightly delayed inhibition of MEP amplitude in all but one subjects, it was unrelated to the MEP latency differences. iTBS_PA75 had a variable and inconsistent effect that was in part related to the latency differenceAP-LM , in that long latency differences were correlated with the induction of inhibition rather than facilitation. We found a longer time constant for AP than PA orientation. MEP latencies yielded an interaction between pulse width and orientation, due mainly to longer onset latencies following AP stimuli of short duration. Conclusions: Current direction influences the outcome of iTBS, with a preference for AP currents. PA and AP stimuli activate the axons of neurones with different time constants. Those activated by AP pulses excite corticospinal outputs with a longer latency than those activated by PA pulses. AP pulses of short duration recruit long latency inputs most selectively. [less ▲]

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See detailRecyclage des briques cassées pour améliorer les propriétés céramiques des argiles plastiques (Meknès, Maroc)
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; El Boudour El Idrissi, Hicham ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 27)

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite ... [more ▼]

Dans le Bassin de Saïs (nord ouest du Maroc), les argiles du Miocène de la région de Meknès sont utilisées dans l’industrie céramique locale pour la fabrication des briques. Ces argiles riches en smectite et en carbonates, ont une granulométrie très fine, marquée par la quasi absence de la fraction sableuse. Ces propriétés les rendent très plastiques, ce qui engendre des taux de retrait importants au séchage et à la cuisson et des problèmes de qualité du produit fini qui s’en suivent (fissurations, déformations et casses pendant les processus de séchage et de cuisson). Dans le but de palier à ce problème et d’améliorer la qualité du produit fini, nous proposons au cours de cette étude de recycler les déchets de briques cassées. Afin d'atteindre ces objectifs, 4 formulations ont été réalisées à base d’argiles plastiques, riches en smectite et des casses de briques broyées. Des quantités de 5, 10, 15 et 20% de briques broyées ont été ajoutées à la pâte destinée à la confection des briques. Des analyses minéralogiques par diffraction des rayons X (DRX), chimiques par spectrométrie de fluorescence (XRF), granulométrique par granulométrie laser, ainsi que les limites d’Atterberg ont été effectuées. Les résultats minéralogiques montrent une diminution de la teneur en carbonates (calcite) et en argile totale (principalement smectite), lors des ajouts successifs de briques broyées. La fraction sableuse augmente progressivement, jusqu’à atteindre 30% pour une formulation avec 20% de casses de briques. Cette granulométrie plus grossière diminue la plasticité de la pâte et permet d’éviter les déformations et les fissures pendant le processus du séchage. De plus, l’ajout des casses de briques dilue les carbonates, ce qui permet d’améliorer la qualité du produit cuit. Ces résultats indiquent que le recyclage des déchets de briques, présente un intérêt à la fois économique et écologique. Des essais de comportement au séchage et à la cuisson ainsi que des essais mécaniques complèteront cette étude. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatic artifact detection for whole-night polysomnographic sleep recordings
Coppieters't Wallant, Dorothée ULg; Chellappa, Sarah Laxhmi ULg; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 17)

Detecting of bad channels and artifacts for whole-night polysomnographic recordings is very time consuming and tedious. We therefore developed an automatic procedure to automatize this job.

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See detailMémoire épisodique et vieillissement normal : L'effet de la manipulation de la facilité de traitement perceptif en reconnaissance
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 16)

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité ... [more ▼]

Etant donné que le vieillissement normal s’accompagne d’un déclin de la recollection tandis que la familiarité reste préservée, les tâches mnésiques facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité permettraient de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en mémoire épisodique. Cette étude a évalué deux questions : 1) L’utilisation de la familiarité en reconnaissance peut-elle être favorisée en augmentant la différence de facilité de traitement perceptif (fluence) entre les items étudiés et les nouveaux items ? ; 2) Cette manipulation permet-elle de réduire l’effet de l’âge ? Deux tâches de reconnaissance ont été proposées à 24 participants jeunes et 24 participants âgés. Dans une tâche « sans recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux ne possédaient aucune lettre commune. L’exposition préalable aux mots cibles induisait donc une fluence sur les mots, mais également sur les lettres de sorte que la différence de fluence devenait un indice saillant et fiable pour distinguer cibles et distracteurs. Dans une tâche « avec recouvrement », les mots cibles et les mots nouveaux contenaient des lettres communes. Les résultats ont répliqué l’effet de l’âge sur la recollection (réponses Remember), avec préservation de la familiarité (réponses Know). Par ailleurs, nous observons 1) une amélioration de la discrimination dans la tâche « sans recouvrement », avec un plus grand nombre de reconnaissances correctes et moins de fausses reconnaissances (les deux basés sur la familiarité). De plus, 2) les différences liées à l’âge dans la capacité à discriminer cibles et distracteurs (reconnaissances correctes - fausses reconnaissances) étaient significativement réduites dans la tâche sans recouvrement par rapport à la tâche avec recouvrement. Ces données suggèrent que minimiser la similarité perceptive entre les mots cibles et les mots distracteurs, et donc augmenter la fluence, permet de réduire les différences liées à l’âge en reconnaissance en facilitant l’utilisation de la familiarité. [less ▲]

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See detailRebuilding the educational system in post-conflict context in Kosovo - Survival of the Unmik’s provisions to support the living together through primary education
Pierre, Alexia ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports ... [more ▼]

In the aftermaths of the Cold War, the International Community adopts the objective of Education for All. Indeed, Education appears as a tool of social and economical development worldwide and supports global development. Education allows individuals to take part effectively and actively in the collective life of the society they belong to. Soon after the adoption of this objective, the war is identified as the major obstacle in the fulfillment of this objective of Education for All. The international stakeholders takes their stand in favor of the continuation of the schooling during protracted crisis and wars, what lead to the education in emergency. This education has to spread values, behaviors and attitudes that attack the roots of the conflict. An objective of peace building and conflict prevention is since added to education. In a same temporality, the Kosovo Albanians were submitted to a segregationist policy headed by the Government of Milosevic, the Republika Srpska. This Government aims to make the Kosovo an unmixed territory, inhabited only by Serbs. Kosovo Albanians are rejected from all the state positions and state-owned entreprises. Education appears as a convergent point of the communities antagonisms and a critical issue between Serbs and Albanians in Kosovo. The freedom of being educated in their mother tongue is denied to the Kosovo Albanians through the policy of the Republika Srpska. The Kosovo Albanians react in setting up a parallel education system, in which virtually all the Albanian children intend school from 1992 to 1998. This parallel education system can be seen as a strong element of the pacific resistance of the Kosovo Albanians and a factor of social strength. This parallel educational system collapsed in 1998 due to the war situation in Kosovo. During this internal armed conflict, violations of the Law of war and of the International humanitarian Law are so huge that Nato intervenes through a military air campaign. This military intervention is immediately followed by a civil administration mission, the Unmik, whose mandate is to normalize the life of the inhabitants of Kosovo. Unmik is a restorative model not dedicated to the war victims. The restorative aspects for victims can be seen in the reinstallation of the Kosovo Albanians as full-right citizens. When arriving in Kosovo, Unmik faces two systems of education. Unmik’s first objective is to rebuild a unified education system in Kosovo. Along with objectives of democratization and modernization of a system inherited from a communist model. This intervention is an opportunity to promote and support peace education and conflict prevention through education, in echo with the latest international provisions on education. To achieve this objective of peace building and conflict prevention through education, the pedagogical methods, the contents of teaching and the structure of the education system has to be reformed and restructured. My work aims to explore the reconstruction process of the education system in Kosovo and the operationalization of the provisions that turn education as a tool of peace and conflict prevention, in the primaries schools of Prishtina. My approach is qualitative, inspired by the systemic perspective. The aim of this research is not to evaluate the results of the new Kosovo education system. This work is designed to explore the process of this post-war reconstruction, and to understand how international provisions come within this process and are effectively implemented in the primaries schools. The research question is on the present survival and effectiveness of these provisions in the primaries schools of Prishtina. This work was done first by a confrontation between a corpus of international normative texts on education and a legislative and normative corpus of local texts on education. This first step was dedicated to the selection of the special provisions relative to education as a tool of peace building. It appears that Civic Education and History are the two main teachings in the broadcasting of elements that helps to create a social cohesion. The tools for the data collection were based on the elements selected through this bibliographical research, as the analysis table of the empirical datas. Standardized questionnaires has been completed by teachers in History and Civic Education, and by Directors of the primaries school of Prishtina. Interviews with Kosovo people who were involved in the rebuilding process of the education system were carried out. The results highlights that International Community massively imposed this new model of education, what is visible through the identical profiles of all the schools that participated to the research. It appears that such an intervention is limited by the specificities and the reality of the Kosovo, which were not taken into consideration enough to make this new education system fit well to the very specific aspects of Kosovo. The question of the adaptability of such a model, created out of the Kosovo and without sufficient rely on the local population, is raised through this study. Indeed, the actual education system in Prishtina faces huge challenges in terms of equipment, funding and space. These challenges were not met by the Unmik’s work and are still existing, when the legislative and normative frame is continually developed in respect of the international developments in the matter. Indeed, fundamental education has to be a way to get competencies leading to a democratic citizenship, instead of a way to acquire only school basic knowledge. The potential in peace building and conflict prevention of the present education system in Kosovo is not able to be fully developed. If all the international provisions are well translated into the local provisions and operationalized in the primaries schools, the system has reached its limits and is not able to overcome its numerous challenges. Moreover, there is still two independent systems of education in Kosovo, and the education dedicated to the peace building and conflict prevention reaches only children intended schools of the official system. Serbs children are still educated in the same perspective than during the war. In a long terme perspective, the Kosovo education system will not be able to produce the expected outcomes. This contains risks of resurgence of the conflict. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychological processes mediating the link between depression severity and the level of behavioural activation: Assessment of a conceputal model
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between depression and BA is well-established in the scientific literature. According to theoretical models of depression, psychopathology is also characterized by biases in five sets of psychological processes (PP): self-image (e.g. self-esteem), negative repetitive thoughts (e.g. ruminative thoughts), experiential avoidance (e.g. mindfulness), environmental satisfaction (e.g. environmental reward observation) and emotional regulation (e.g. distress tolerance). Therefore, the present study aims to identify PP mediating the relationship between depression and the level of BA. In order to reach this objective, a conceptual model is tested. METHOD. 361 adults (x ̅ age=36, σ=15), from clinical and non-clinical settings, fulfilled a series of questionnaires assessing several variables: sociodemographic data, depression, anxiety, level of BA and the above-cited five sets of PP. Covariance structure analysis will be conducted in order to test the conceptual model mentioned above. RESULTS. Some preliminary results are presented. As expected, a negative significant correlation between depression and BA (r=-.66, p<.01) have been highlighted. Negative significant correlation appeared between BA and the measured PP: self-esteem (r=-.27, p<.01), ruminative thinking (r=-.53, p<.01), environmental reward observation (=-.13, p<.05). Positive significant correlations appeared between BA and mindfulness (r=.49, p<.01) and distress tolerance (r=.26, p<.01). DISCUSSION. The preliminary results are in line with our hypotheses. Indeed, the level of BA is negatively linked to PP usually biased in depression such as self-esteem. The mediating role of these PP between depression and the level of BA will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of mild heat stress periods on milk production, milking frequency and rumination time of grazing cows milked by an automatic milking system
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, September 10)

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than ... [more ▼]

Grazing dairy cows milked by an automatic system (AS) experienced mild heat stress (HS) periods, twice during the summer. The daily temperature humidity index (THI) during these periods were higher than 72. Milk production, as well as milking frequency, rumination time and milk fat to protein ratio (F/P) during these periods were compared to adjacent periods with mean THI of 61. The daily milking frequency, the total number of visits to AS and the milk production were significantly higher in HS periods (2.12 vs 1.97, 2.99 vs 2.69, and 19.7 vs 18.5 kg milk per cow, respectively). There were significant interactions between times and periods for milking frequency and number of visits, while the daily rumination time was significantly lower (339 vs 419 min) and the F/P in milk tended to be decreased (1.17 vs 1.23). These results could be explained by changes in cow behaviour during HS periods. [less ▲]

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See detailCFD Comparison of hydrodynamics between BIOSTAT® Cultibag STR and standard Stirred Cell Culture Bioreactors
Calvo, Sébastien ULg; Delafosse, Angélique ULg; Crine, Michel ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 10)

Single-use bioreactors have been increasingly used for animal cell cultures on microcarriers in screening experiments. Because of their manufacturing process, the shape of these kinds of vessels such as ... [more ▼]

Single-use bioreactors have been increasingly used for animal cell cultures on microcarriers in screening experiments. Because of their manufacturing process, the shape of these kinds of vessels such as the BIOSTAT® Cultibag STR one, is limited. For example, technical constraints on weld seams limit angles to 30° and no baffle may be installed. The shape of standard re-usable vessels may thus not be exactly reproduced and the flow structure may thus significantly differs from the flow structure in standard bioreactors. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the conditions of conidiation for the bio-fungicide Pseudozyma flocculosa
ZAKI, Omran

Poster (2014, September 07)

Pseudozyma flocculosa is a useful fungus and is used in biological control of mildew. The reproduction of this fungus seems to be exclusively asexual by conidia’s production. The latter physiological form ... [more ▼]

Pseudozyma flocculosa is a useful fungus and is used in biological control of mildew. The reproduction of this fungus seems to be exclusively asexual by conidia’s production. The latter physiological form seems to be resistant to downstream process and storage conditions. Therefore, it represents the most commonly form used in agriculture as Fungicide. However, production of conidia in submerged culture is usually uncertain, often with very low yield. Despite the advantages that P. flocculosa offers in biological control, its use remains largely limited compared with that of chemical fungicides. This is probably due to the difficulty to produce mature conidia with high yields. In this work, our aim is to decipher developmental phases of conidia by this useful strain. We start by conidia production in submerged and semisolid fermentation. We then focus on comparative study of different kinds of obtained conidia. [less ▲]

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See detailI know what you did last summer - High resolution mapping of wild boar damages with drones
Michez, Adrien ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg; Lehaire, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses ... [more ▼]

Wild boar ability to cause important damages to agricultural lands is not anymore to be demonstrated. These damages often raise conflicts between farmers and hunters due to the associated economic losses. Objective and accurate method for real impact assessment of losses suffered by farmers is thus needed. Currently,in Wallonia damage assessment is performed from the ground by experts, asked to evaluate precisely the area impacted. This task is time and man power consuming. Moreover, damaged areas are often large and consequently, sampling is mandatory and can induce accuracy issues. Recent development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV / drone) toghether with lower cost and better accessibility for civil society and scientific community, makes now possible the use of this technology for wildlife researches. Through photogrammetric 3D reconstruction of the field crop, UAV can allow to objectively and precisely measure the area impacted by wild boar damages. In a context of increasing issues caused by wild boar to agriculture, and the need for stakeholders for accurate impact assessment, we tested an innovative approach to estimate more effectively the area impacted by wild boar. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive microbiology combined with metagenomic analysis targeted on the 16S rDNA : A new approach for food quality
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, Mariem; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products ... [more ▼]

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products. Metagenomic analysis targeted on 16S ribosomal DNA can elucidate microbial community structures at a muche higher resolution than was previously possible. Combined with predictive microbiological models, a new approach was investigated to take into account bacterial populations dynamics in perishable foods under different environmental conditions. White pudding samples, a typical Belgian pork meat product, were packed under food wrap (atmospheric air condition). Durability studies were conducted at 4°C, 12°C and a dynamic temperature profile according to the NF V01-003 standards (4°C (1/3 of the shelf life) - 8°C (2/3 of the shelf life)) during 15 days. The effect of organic acids was also investigated using a lactic acid (1.8% w/w) treatment. At each day of the trials, classical microbiological (total flora) and 16S rDNA metagenomic analysis were carried out on all these samples. For the metagenomic analysis, a sequencing library was generated, targeting the V1-V3 region of the 16S rDNA. The two major bacterial populations were thus identified (Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta) and predictive microbiology models used to assess the growth parameters. Cardinal parameters for temperature were collected on the two main bacterial species. The model was validated using the data obtained at a dynamic temperature profile. The results of the simulations for Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta show a good compliance between predicted and observed data. Compared to culture based methods on selective media and previous independent culture techniques, metagenomic analysis combined with predictive microbiology gives more valuable information, and could be considered as a technological breakthrough to control the quality or for accurately determining shelf life. [less ▲]

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See detailCortical excitability dynamics of during sleep deprivation set PVT performance
Borsu, Chloé; Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Ly, Julien ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailIntroducing the Belgian Science and Technology Studies Network (BSTS)
Meyers, Gert; Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Thoreau, François ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

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See detailRole of estradiol in the feminization of lordosis behavior
Trouillet, Anne-Charlotte ULg

Poster (2014, September)

The classic theory of mammalian brain and behavioral sexual differentiation holds that an organizational action of testosterone, secreted perinatally by the male’s testes, controls male-typical aspects of ... [more ▼]

The classic theory of mammalian brain and behavioral sexual differentiation holds that an organizational action of testosterone, secreted perinatally by the male’s testes, controls male-typical aspects of brain and behavioral development, whereas no active perinatal sex hormone signaling is required for female-typical differentiation. However, it has recently been shown using aromatase knock out (ArKO) mice, which are deprived of estradiol due to a targeted mutation in the aromatase gene, that estradiol may also actively contribute to the differentiation of female-typical aspects of behavior over a specific pre-pubertal period. Sexual behavior is a well known sexually dimorphic behavior, and thus provides a good model for studying the sexual differentiation of the brain. Female ArKO mice showed significantly lower levels of lordosis behavior than wild type controls following adult ovariectomy and treatment with ovarian hormones. This deficit was restored by treating female ArKO mice with estradiol benzoate between postnatal days 15 and 25. However, the mechanism by which estradiol acts prepubertally in female mice to feminize lordosis behavior remains to be elucidated. Therefore, in a first attempt, we will determine which neuropeptides are in particularly sensitive to estradiol action over the prepubertal period. We will focus on neuropeptides which have been shown to be implicated in lordosis behavior. Studies by the group of Micevych have proposed an important role for NPY and beta-endorphin (B-END) neurons in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) in the estradiol-mediated activation of lordosis behavior in female rats. An in vitro study recently showed that kisspeptin directly activates arcuate (ARC) B-END neurons. This is particularly interesting since unpublished results from our laboratory showed that Kp neurons are directly involved in the expression of lordosis behavior. We are thus currently determining the expression of NPY, B-END, and kisspeptin in the ARC as well as μ-opioid receptors MORs in the MPN over the prepubertal period and their possible modulation by prepubertal estradiol treatment. Interestingly, we also observed that our treatment may have an organizational effect on the regulation of energy balance. Indeed, administration of estradiol over the prepubertal period restores a normal weight in ArKO mice, which are normally obese in adulthood. It has been shown that ArKO mice present a lower spontaneous physical activity which can be one cause of their obesity. However, our treated mice did not show an increase in their locomotion behavior. These new observations suggest that estradiol during prepubertal development may have an additional role in the organization of brain circuits regulating the energy balance. [less ▲]

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See detailSELF BROADENING COEFFICIENTS AND IMPROVED LINE INTENSITIES FOR THE v7 BAND OF C2H4 NEAR 10.5 µm, AND IMPACT ON ETHYLENE RETRIEVALS FROM JUNGFRAUJOCH SOLAR SPECTRA
Vander Auwera, Jean; Fayt, André; Tudorie, Marcella et al

Poster (2014, September)

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of ... [more ▼]

Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self-broadening coefficients for the ν7 band of 12C2H4. The measured self-broadening coefficients exhibit a dependence on both J and Ka. Compared to the corresponding information available in the latest edition of the HITRAN spectroscopic database, the measured line intensities were found to be higher by about 10 % for high J lines in the P branch and lower by about 5 % for high J lines of the R branch, varying between these two limits roughly linearly with the line positions. The impact of the presently measured line intensities on retrievals of atmospheric ethylene in the 949.0–952.0cm 1 microwindow was evaluated using a subset of ground-based high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station. The use of HITRAN 2012 with line intensities modified to match the present measurements led to a systematic reduction of the measured total columns of ethylene by -4.1 +/- 0.1 %. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatization of mirror - tracing skill in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Desmottes, Lise ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 ... [more ▼]

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 and 12 years old, were administered the mirror-tracing task during two 10-trials sessions separated by one week. An auditory interference task was introduced at the end of the procedural learning phase to test skill automatization. Results: Interestingly, no between-group difference was revealed in learning and automatization measures except for a specific subgroup of DCD children (n=5) who experienced difficulties in skill automatization. Conclusion: The results of our preliminary study highlighted the heterogeneity of the deficit presented in DCD and they emphasized the importance to explore further the lack of automatization in DCD. [less ▲]

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See detailA post-mortem study of physiopathological characteristics of genital tracts of culled dairy cows in South Vietnam.
Nguyen Kien, Cuong; Okouyi, Marcel; Hanzen, Christian ULg

Poster (2014, August 28)

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See detailUse of high performance computing in animal breeding
Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2014, August 28)

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and ... [more ▼]

High-perfomance computing facilities proposing shared-memory and distributed-memory multiprocessors are becoming available. With those clusters, parallel computing could lead to increased performances and problem sizes. However, to our knowledge and especially for variance components estimations, most software available in animal breeding, based on sparse matrices computations, do not allow parallel computing and are limited by memory accessible by the central processing unit, or allow parallel computing only for options with dense matrices computations, which limits anyway problem sizes due to storage of dense matrices. The aim was to propose simple and effective modifications for the BLUPF90 family of programs to reduce computing time with consideration of required memory. Modifications were based on academic free packages proposing solver and sparse inversion for sparse symmetric indefinite linear systems. First, modifications concerned the sparse inversion subroutine implemented in the package FSPAK. Rearrangements of 'do' loops to allow optimizations of computer operations by some compilers and addition of OpenMP directives were performed. The ordering operation was modified to more easily compare a multiple minimum degree algorithm (MMD; implemented in FSPAK) and a multilevel nested dissection algorithm (implemented in METIS 4.0.3). Second, the package PARDISO Version 5.0.0 was used instead of FSPAK. This package proposes in particular a parallel solver and sparse inversion on shared-memory multiprocessors. Modified FSPAK and PARDISO were compared to original FSPAK using MMD through REMLF90. Different models, such as univariate or bivariate (random regressions) test-day animal and single-step genomic models, were tested. All jobs were run 5 times. With an appropriate ordering algorithm, speedup for each REMLF90 iteration were up to 7.5 for modified FSPAK and up to 22.8 for PARDISO with 2 threads. With 4 threads, speedup increased to 8.3 and 32.5, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailCreation of universal MIR calibration by standardization of milk spectra: example of fatty acids
Grelet, Clément; Fernandez Pierna, Juan; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 25)

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See detailEarthquake imprints on 400 years of marine sedimentation in the western Gulf of Corinth, Greece
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Poster (2014, August 18)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. In the western tip of the Rift, no major historical earthquake (Mw≥6) is known for the last 300 yrs, while the geodetic extension rate is the highest of the whole Corinth Rift. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to look for sedimentary signature of past earthquakes. 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved in different environments: two shelves (40 and 100 m deep), one sub-basin (180 m deep) and the deep Gulf axis (330 m deep). The cores are 0.5 to 0.85 m long, permitting to analyze up to 400 yrs of sedimentation. Several sedimentological analyses have been performed: magnetic susceptibility, grain-size, XRF, ASM. Chronology is based on 137Cs and 210Pb decay. In parallel, an in-depth analysis of existing and newly found documents has been done to re-interpret macroseismic intensity fields of historical earthquakes and to build an updated earthquake catalogue for the area. These new data allowed us to estimate a macroseismic intensity threshold for submarine slope failures in the area, based on 16 reported events. Sedimentary events have been identified in all cores. On the first shelf, despite a visually homogenous, silty, sedimentation, 3 events have been highlighted by high resolution grain-size analysis and 210Pb decay profile’s disturbances. The upper one could be a back-wash flow tsunami deposit. On the second shelf, 4 high-concentration density flow deposits occurred with a recurrence time of ~58 yrs. In the canyon and in the sub-basin, sandy turbidites occurred with recurrence times of ~26 and ~56 years respectively. The possible seismic origin of these deposits is discussed based on their sedimentary characteristics and the macroseismic intensities assessed for the sediments source areas for each core location. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of spray retention on a 3D black-grass plant model as a function of spray nozzle and formulation using a process-driven approach
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 13)

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products can be variable because of the different amount of spray solution intercepted and retained by leaves. On one hand, the spray interception by plants is affected by nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as by the plant architecture. On the other hand, the spray retention is affected by application parameters resulting from droplet size and velocity as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. In this paper, spray retention is tackled with a physical approach at the droplet scale. The methodology deals with high-speed imaging to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and the spray granulometry. The 3D reconstruction of a black-grass plant involves a structured light technique. The overall spray retention was determined by using an interception algorithm combined with a process-driven retention approach as a function of the spray nozzle and formulation used. The interception model allowed determining the spray retention by a single plant and discriminating application parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distributions intercepted by single plant. Such a model can be used to increase the understanding of interactions between spray techniques and plant architectures. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding properties of a bulk Bi-2223 superconducting hollow cylinder subjected to an inhomogeneous magnetic field
Hogan, Kevin ULg; Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 12)

Bulk superconducting materials are well suited for magnetic shielding applications. At low frequencies, the performances of superconductors are higher than those of conventional ferromagnetic materials ... [more ▼]

Bulk superconducting materials are well suited for magnetic shielding applications. At low frequencies, the performances of superconductors are higher than those of conventional ferromagnetic materials. In shielding applications, two situations may be encountered. The first one corresponds to the case where the screen has to shield a volume from the magnetic field in its environment; this corresponds to an “immunity” problem. In the second situation, the screen has to prevent the magnetic field generated by an electronic device from perturbing its environment; this is an “emission” problem. So far, superconducting screens have been extensively studied in “immunity” and were subjected to uniform magnetic fields. In “emission”, the magnetic field is no longer uniform because a local magnetic source has to be placed inside the screen. In this work, we have studied experimentally at 77K the magnetic flux penetration in a Bi-2223 superconducting hollow cylinder subjected to a non-uniform quasi-static magnetic field generated by a small coil placed inside the sample. Two configurations were investigated: axial and transverse; corresponding respectively to the situation where the axis of the coil is coaxial or perpendicular to the axis of tube. We also investigate the influence of the sweep rate of the magnetic field on the magnetic shielding performances. Planar and circular (i.e. at constant distance of the tube) mappings of the magnetic field at proximity of the external surface of the tube were obtained thanks to a bespoke experimental setup using a three axes miniature Hall probe. It was observed that the three components of the magnetic field measured outside are affected differently by the superconducting screen. A simple one-dimensional model based on the conservation of magnetic flux and the Bean model was developed for the axial configuration. It was found to be in accordance with experimental data. It allows one to predict the maximal magnetic flux that can be generated inside the coil before the tube is fully penetrated and a magnetic field is measured outside the tube. Finally, it was observed that the inner surface of the tube is subjected to a magnetic field higher than the one at the same place without the tube. This concentration phenomenon arises because of the diamagnetic behaviour of the superconductor. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental study of the magnetic shielding performances of a Bi2223 tube closed by a Bi2223 cap.
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Hogan, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 12)

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. However, the shielding factor (defined as the ratio between the applied magnetic induction and the magnetic induction measured inside ... [more ▼]

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. However, the shielding factor (defined as the ratio between the applied magnetic induction and the magnetic induction measured inside the tube) decreases towards tube extremities because of the field penetration through the open ends of the tube. To improve the performances at tube extremities, the tube should be closed. This can be achieved by using a superconducting vessel or by closing both extremities with a cap. The purpose of the present work is to study experimentally the shielding performances of a Bi2223 tube closed by a superconducting Bi2223 cap. The cap is a circular plate with a diameter equal to the outer diameter of the tube and there is no superconducting joint between the cap and the tube. Our interest is to characterize the effect of the cap on the shielding factor distribution along the tube axis when only one extremity of the tube is closed. We also study the effect of the gap size between the cap and the tube in axial configuration. Finally, a tube closed at its both ends is also characterized. All experiments are carried out at 77K. The tube is subjected to a quasi-static (“DC”) uniform magnetic field. A Hall probe measures the three components of the local magnetic induction along the axis of the tube as a function of the applied magnetic induction. Results show that the shielding performances in the axial configuration are highly improved at the closed extremity as the cap reduces the penetration through the open end. The shielding factor distribution along the tube axis is affected by the presence of the cap. For an open tube, the shielding factor is maximum near the center and decreases towards both extremities. For the tube closed at one extremity, the shielding factor is maximum at the closed extremity and decreases towards the center. Moreover, the shielding factor distribution between the tube center and the open extremity is not affected by the presence of the cap. The experimental results show that, a small gap between the tube and the cap, which can be necessary for applications, does not strongly affect the magnetic shielding performances of the assembly. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Neurocognitive Underpinnings of Multitasking Capacities in Persons Diagnosed with Schizophrenia
Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Levaux, Marie-Noëlle ULg et al

Poster (2014, August 10)

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular during multitasking activities. Multitasking refers to activities where the person has ... [more ▼]

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular during multitasking activities. Multitasking refers to activities where the person has to: carry out and alternate between different tasks that vary in terms of priority, difficulty and duration; define the tasks’ targets; and where the person is faced with unexpected problems during the realization of these tasks (Burgess, 2000). However, the neurocognitive underpinnings of multitasking have never been explored in schizophrenia. Further, only two cognitive models exist in the literature, based on a student sample (Logie et al., 2011) and a neurological sample (Burgess et al., 2000). Both of these models suggest three primary constructs including Memory, Planning and Intent. However, there are several limitations related to the way multitasking was evaluated in these studies. We thus developed a computerized real-life activity task designed to take into account the multitasking nature of certain everyday life activities where participants are required to prepare a room for a meeting – the Computerized Meeting Preparation Task (CMPT). Using this new task, and based on previous studies (Burgess et al., 2000; Logie et al., 2011), the aim of the present study was to evaluate a new cognitive model of multitasking ability and that takes into account certain cognitive processes that are not integrated in existing models. Fifty-seven individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and 41 matched healthy controls completed the CMPT. Participants were also evaluated with a battery of cognitive tests. The results suggest that the CMPT has a good sensitivity. Moreover, structural equation modelling confirmed the three underlying constructs of multitasking (Memory, Planning and Intent) which are underpinned by several cognitive functions and multitasking aspects. Taken together, this new cognitive model and the CMPT could be a good basis for cognitive intervention on multitasking. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance on a Computerized Shopping Task in Bipolar Disorder and Alcohol Dependency
Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Michel, Céline; Pellegrini, Nadia et al

Poster (2014, August 10)

Persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcohol dependency are frequently subject to cognitive impairments and encounter difficulties during everyday life activities. However, little is known how ... [more ▼]

Persons diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcohol dependency are frequently subject to cognitive impairments and encounter difficulties during everyday life activities. However, little is known how these deficits interact in real life. Moreover, previous studies have primarily used questionnaires or observational methods to assess everyday life functioning, both of which contain a number of limits. In order to address some of these limits, we developed a computerized real-life activity task, in particular, a shopping task where participants are required to shop for a list of 8 grocery store items in a virtual supermarket. Twenty individuals diagnosed with alcoholic dependence and 21 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder were compared with healthy controls (20 and 21, respectively), matched for age, sex and educational level. All participants completed the shopping task, and both clinical groups were evaluated with an extensive battery of cognitive tests (assessing executive functioning, attention, processing speed and memory), clinical scales and a measure of real world functioning. Results showed that, for both clinical groups, performance on the computerized shopping task significantly differentiated patients and healthy controls for a number of variables, especially total time to complete the shopping task. Performances on shopping task variables, in both clinical groups, were also significantly correlated with cognitive tests measuring processing speed, episodic memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibition. Finally, performances on the computerized shopping task were significantly correlated with real world functioning in both patient groups. These findings suggest that the computerized task used in the present study provides a valid indication of the level of real world functioning for these clinical populations, and therefore may be viewed as a valuable instrument in both an evaluation and remediation context. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of entomopathogenic fungi in mosquito control: which kind of production for which efficiency?
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Delvigne, Frank ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

Poster (2014, August 06)

Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) are zoonotic vectors responsible for numerous infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance such as filariasis, malaria and encephalitis. As part of an ... [more ▼]

Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) are zoonotic vectors responsible for numerous infectious diseases of medical and veterinary importance such as filariasis, malaria and encephalitis. As part of an integrated vector control, entomopathogenic fungi could be developed as biopesticides in two ways: spores and metabolites recognized as effective virulence factors. Solid-state fermentation enhances spore production and induces the secretion of metabolites quantitatively and qualitatively different from submerged fermentation, which impairs fungal metabolic efficiency. In this context, we showed high spore productivity of solid-state media based on agro-industrial substrates as wheat bran. Spores remained pathogenic, as revealed by classical toxicity tests and electron microscopy. However, the absence of free water makes culture parameter variations difficult to control in large-scale. Recently, we performed a bioreactor design intended for simultaneous spore and metabolite production, combining the technological advantages of submerged and solid-state fermentations. Biofilm fermentation (i.e. growth of fungal biomass on an inert support immerged in a nutrient medium) is a tremendous production system favouring the secretion of insecticidal metabolites in the liquid medium as we showed recently. This is also an interesting tool to provide an overview of the complexity of the metabolic pathways involved in the regulation of extracellular metabolites secretion because corresponding genes are reported to be differentially expressed from classical fermentation systems. Researches in vector control are currently intensified. In this context, the identification of genes and metabolites specifically expressed during biofilm fermentation will help to develop new technologies related both to the design of bioreactor and the production of insecticidal proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of lectins as virus competitors in aphid vectors: from fundamental to applied approaches
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Chen, Ju Lian; Yong, Liu et al

Poster (2014, August)

Aphids remain difficult virus vectors to be controlled in many crops. Within this context of biological control against aphids and investigation on virus transmission (both non persistent Potato virus Y ... [more ▼]

Aphids remain difficult virus vectors to be controlled in many crops. Within this context of biological control against aphids and investigation on virus transmission (both non persistent Potato virus Y (PVY) and Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) and persistent Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus, the use of lectins was developed. Indeed, the effects of lectin binding to glycoprotein aphid receptors on virus transmission were tested in laboratory via the use of artificial diets using different virus models. Differential effects on virus transmission efficiency were determined. By example, a strong interference between GNA and PVY was observed. In consequence, the lectin was considered as promising proteins and could be potential competitors to virus. For further research, a fast protein liquid chromatography was performed to identify aphid proteins related to binding to efficient lectin competitors. Moreover, to detect involved proteins in aphids, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis approach coupled to mass spectrometry was developped to identify the glycosylated proteins determining virus transmission efficiency. Use of lectins for both fundamental and applied approaches were discussed to investigate aphid – virus interactions [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission from magnetic massive stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Petit, Véronique; Rindbrand, Mélanie et al

Poster (2014, August)

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See detailUnderstanding of the diversity of earthquake turbiditic flows in a single lake: the case of the Lake Hazar on the East Anatolian Fault
Lamair, Laura ULg; Hage, Sophie ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

The East Anatolian Fault (EAF) is a major left-lateral strike-slip fault accommodating with the conjugate North Anatolian Fault the westward extrusion of the Anatolian Plate away from the Arabia-Eurasia ... [more ▼]

The East Anatolian Fault (EAF) is a major left-lateral strike-slip fault accommodating with the conjugate North Anatolian Fault the westward extrusion of the Anatolian Plate away from the Arabia-Eurasia collision zone. The East Anatolian Fault ruptured over most of its length during the 19th century in a series of magnitude ~7 earthquakes. During the 20th century this fault was less active with only two events of magnitude greater than 6. This absence of large earthquakes has resulted in relatively little attention being paid to the East Anatolian Fault compared to the North Anatolian Fault, which has ruptured during the last century in several earthquakes of Ms~7. To constrain the seismic history of the East Anatolian Fault in its central part, we focus on the Hazar Lake, occupying a 20 km long pull-apart basin. Short cores and long sedimentary cores were collected at three different sites to retrieve a paleoseismic record. Small correlative coarse-grained sedimentary events are identified in all cores. The age of the events is inferred combining radiocarbon and radionuclide (137 Cs and 210Pb) dating. We present here detailed analyses of three sedimentary events assigned respectively to the historical earthquakes occurring in 1789, 1513-1514, 1285. The source of the sedimentary events is different at the three sites. We combine X-ray imagery, magnetic susceptibility, grain-size and XRF measurements with thin section analysis to investigate the nature of sedimentary events. The analyses show first that the three sedimentary events are different. The magnitude of the terrigenous signal varies significantly. Second the correlative events have a different expression at the three sites. So each site has a different and specific sensitivity. In particular, an individual event can be composed of several coarse-grained sub-events of different magnitude with a time lapse in between greater than a week. The latter is reveals by the presence of bioturbation in particular by chironomids in individual thin sand layers. Thin section also shows that subevents are gradded. Each coarse-grained layer is thus a separated turbiditic flow. The site with the highest sensitivity is the one located near the near-shore steep submarine southern slopes overhanged by the steep subaerial slopes of the Hazar Mountains. The rivers draining the Hazar Mountains are ephemeral and provide a restricted sedimentary supply. In addition, seismic reflection data show that the submarine slopes do not to accumulate a significant sedimentary load. However on these steep slopes, an earthquake intensity of 6 or less is enough to trigger a slope failure and the associated turbiditic flow. We conclude that the different sub-events at this site may record a complete earthquake sequence, i.e the main-shock and its foreshocks and aftershocks. [less ▲]

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See detailAphid - symbiont interactions : multitrophic "omic" approaches to investigate multitrophic interactions
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Bauwens, Julien ULg; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

« Omics » found recent developments due to significant improvement and availability of both separation and identification methods. For proteomics, functional information’s linked to the studied proteins ... [more ▼]

« Omics » found recent developments due to significant improvement and availability of both separation and identification methods. For proteomics, functional information’s linked to the studied proteins was brought when compared to genomic approach. For these reasons, a panel of tools is available to determine the proteome patterns related to differential adaptation of insects to cope with plant defence mechanisms or to transmit virus. The adaptation and metabolic changes of aphids in relation to host plants focusing on the role of the bacterial endosymbionts was investigated. Use of artificial diet including diverse antibiotics but also the comparison of proteomes related to whole aphid and respective purified bacterial symbionts were studied to identify the respective origin and function of proteins constituting the studied proteomes. Diverse methods including 2D-DIGE, liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry and data bank investigations were developed. From the proteome investigation, characterisation of good and bad virus vectors was also performed in different aphid - plant - virus models. Particular proteins of interest were selected. This broad proteomic approach will be discussed as an interesting and reliable tool to study the biologically involved proteins from aphids in response to several environmental changes [less ▲]

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See detailX-raying the winds of the evolved massive binary HDE228766
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Mahy, Laurent; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

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See detailIdentification and comparison of proteome patterns of English Grain Aphids on resistant and susceptible wheat
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Barrios San Martin, Joceline; C. RAMÍREZ, Claudio et al

Poster (2014, August)

Some varieties of wheat are resistant to some aphid clones of the English Grain Aphid (Sitobion avenae). This study used 2D-DIGE coupled with protein identification by Maldi-Tof-MS to compare the proteome ... [more ▼]

Some varieties of wheat are resistant to some aphid clones of the English Grain Aphid (Sitobion avenae). This study used 2D-DIGE coupled with protein identification by Maldi-Tof-MS to compare the proteome patterns of English Grain Aphids on resistant (Llareta) and susceptible (Huayún) wheat lines. Aphids were exposed to wheat during 2 weeks (short term: ST) and 4 weeks (long term: LT). Four treatments were compared: Llareta-ST, Llareta-LT, Huayún-ST, Huayún-LT. Experiment was conducted using different Sitobion avenae clones whose symbionts were previously characterized. Results showed that aphids had low performance on resistant plants. Seventy-two protein spots showed significant quantitative differences among the four treatment groups. Proteomic approach will allow a better understanding of interaction mechanisms between aphids and wheat. [less ▲]

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See detailHARBIYE AQUEDUCT: A RECORD OF PAST EARTHQUAKES
Lamair, Laura ULg; Degée, Hervé ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

This paper presents a detailed analysis of Harbiye aqueduct (Hatay, Turkey). The region is situated at the junction of two major faults (East Anatolian fault and the Dead Sea fault) and is well known for ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a detailed analysis of Harbiye aqueduct (Hatay, Turkey). The region is situated at the junction of two major faults (East Anatolian fault and the Dead Sea fault) and is well known for his important historic seismicity. The aqueduct is located close to Antioch on the Orontes (known as Antakya). The city was founded in the third century BC. Harbiye aqueduct is characterized by different stages of building (Benjelloun et al., submitted). A phase is dated to Caligula period. After the 37 AD earthquake, the aqueduct was rebuilt. We noticed the presence of two dissociated travertine and a changing of masonry material. We also observed several damages and repair structures dating from Roman time. We assume that our observations are the results of one or more earthquakes. Since the construction of the aqueduct, historical seismic records mention 13 earthquakes that provoked severe damages in the city of Antioch (Guidoboni et al. 1994, Al-Tarazi, 1999, Över et al. 2002). The last one occurred in 1872 (M=7.2). In order to test our hypothesis, we modelled the structure of the aqueduct by using FineLg, a software developed at University of Liege. The seismic signals were chosen in the European Strong-motion database (Ambraseys et al., 2002) according the following criteria: a bedrock station (to avoid site effect), a strike-slip fault mechanism and a distance between the station and the epicenter around 20-30 km. The aqueduct is located at about 25 km of the Dead Sea Fault. We tested several magnitudes for the purpose of estimate the magnitude of the earthquake(s) which destroy(s) the studied aqueduct. Our results highlight the bond between the magnitude, the damage and the weakness area of this type of structure. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters for individual birth weight, weaning weight and final weight of crossbred pigs from Piétrain boars
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Wavreille, José; Piedboeuf, Maureen et al

Poster (2014, August)

Genetic parameters for birth weight (BWT), weaning weight (WWT), and final weight (BW) were estimated for crossbred pigs from Piétrain boars raised in test station. Estimates of direct heritability were ... [more ▼]

Genetic parameters for birth weight (BWT), weaning weight (WWT), and final weight (BW) were estimated for crossbred pigs from Piétrain boars raised in test station. Estimates of direct heritability were moderate (0.25 to 0.42), suggesting that genetic improvement of growth would be possible. Estimates of maternal heritability were 0.24 for BWT and WWT, and 0.05 for BW, indicating that the genetic influence of the dam on growth was not negligible until weaning. Genetic correlations between direct and maternal effects for BWT and WWT were moderate and unfavorable (-0.52 and -0.57 respectively). Direct genetic correlations were high and favorable between traits (0.40 to 0.75), suggesting that a high BWT is a good predictor to produce pigs with high final weight. Maternal genetic correlations between traits were low (0.01 to 0.03). Selection for higher BWT would increase final market weight but should be balanced with survival traits. [less ▲]

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See detailCrop association to improve aphid biological control
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

This research focused on the development of sustainable alternative methods to control aphids, giving special emphasis on cultural practices and plant management systems. Increasing the diversity within ... [more ▼]

This research focused on the development of sustainable alternative methods to control aphids, giving special emphasis on cultural practices and plant management systems. Increasing the diversity within crops may have several beneficial effects on pest control, creating attractive habitats for indigenous beneficial fauna and simultaneously deterring pests (“push-pull” approach). In this field study, two wheat/pea associations (mixed cropping and strip cropping) where compared to monocultures of pea and wheat. The abundance and diversity of adult aphidophagous beneficials (predators and parasitoids) were accessed weekly, using yellow traps, while aphids were observed directly on plants. All individuals were identified down to the level of species. In both crops, the percentage of aphid infestation and density of colonies were significantly higher in monocultures during the abundance periods. The mixing was particularly beneficial for the pea, while strip cropping was more efficient for the wheat. Concerning beneficials, their abundance was also significantly higher in monocultures, comparing with the other treatments. This study shows that increasing diversity within crops can prevent them from aphid infestations. However, additional methods are needed to attract more efficiently the aphidophagous beneficials, in order to promote the natural control of aphids. [less ▲]

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See detailA First Look at the Nonadiabatic Properties of Pulsating Accreting White Dwarfs of the GW Lib Type
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P. et al

Poster (2014, August)

We present results of a detailed stability survey of the pulsation properties of accreting white dwarfs of the GW Lib type. This is based on several state-of-the- art white dwarf evolutionary sequences ... [more ▼]

We present results of a detailed stability survey of the pulsation properties of accreting white dwarfs of the GW Lib type. This is based on several state-of-the- art white dwarf evolutionary sequences with varying envelope compositions, from pure hydrogen to pure helium. Using the same tools as in Van Grootel et al. (2013), where we have presented the first consistent view of the ZZ Ceti instability strip, we have mapped the GW Lib instability strip over the effective temperature-surface gravity plane, and as a function of envelope composition. We find that the location of the GW Lib instability domain is a strong and continuous function of the assumed envelope composition. We can accomodate all of the known GW Lib pulsators in various strips according to their atmospheric compositions. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscriptomics and Proteomics of a Secondary Green Alga.
Perez, Emilie ULg; Lapaille, Marie; Degand, Hervé et al

Poster (2014, August)

Euglena gracilis is a secondary green alga related to trypanosomes that derives from a secondary endosymbiosis between a phagotrophic ancestor and a prasinophycean green alga. Our general objective is to ... [more ▼]

Euglena gracilis is a secondary green alga related to trypanosomes that derives from a secondary endosymbiosis between a phagotrophic ancestor and a prasinophycean green alga. Our general objective is to study the metabolic interactions established between the secondary plastid and the mitochondrion after the endosymbiotic event and to determine the phylogenetic origin of the genes encoding the proteins involved in the energetic pathways. As a first step, we analysed the subunit composition of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, both in silico and by targeted proteomics, to assess the extent of its similitude with the respiratory chain of Trypanosomatidae. We have shown that Euglena shares many additional subunits with trypanosomes, which suggests that these subunits are not especially associated to a parasitic lifestyle. As a second step, we sequenced the total transcriptome of Euglena and determined the phylogenetic origin of each predicted transcript using a database of about 1000 complete proteomes representing the diversity of life. These analyses confirmed that Euglena recruited its genes from a very diverse set of sources. As a third step, we performed a high-throughput analysis of the mitochondrial proteome of Euglena. Our MS/MS experiments, taking advantage of the availability of our transcriptome, mostly recovered mitochondrial proteins, which indicates that our mitochondrial extracts were quite pure. The identified proteins encompassed about 15 different mitochondrial pathways. We are now in the process of comparing the expression levels of both the transcripts and the corresponding proteins across a range of culture conditions selected to differently stimulate the mitochondrion and the plastid. [less ▲]

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See detailResorcinol-Formaldehyde Carbon Xerogels as Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes: Synthesis, Grinding, Coating on current collector and Electrochemical characterization
Piedboeuf, Marie-Laure ULg; Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg et al

Poster (2014, July 17)

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries show great advantages over traditional batteries and are extensively used for consumer electronic devices due to their high energy density and long cycle life. However ... [more ▼]

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries show great advantages over traditional batteries and are extensively used for consumer electronic devices due to their high energy density and long cycle life. However, the improvement of performance of current lithium-ion batteries requires the optimization of the materials used (electrolyte and electrodes). Therefore, tremendous efforts have been dedicated to exploring new materials with high capacity, excellent cycling performance, low cost and high safety features [1-4]. As an example, carbon xerogels are promising candidates in the development of new high performance C-based anode materials for Li-ion batteries, since such carbonaceous materials show very small changes of volume during the charge/discharge process, providing an improved cycle life. Nevertheless, hard carbons also exhibit quite high irreversible capacity losses due to their intrinsic high microporosity and, compared to graphite, a poor rate performance related to slow diffusion of Li in the internal structure [5-6]. To reduce these disadvantages, the structural and textural characteristics need to be carefully controlled. Also, due to the different morphology of these materials compared to graphite, the deposition of carbon xerogels on current collectors needs to be studied in detail. In this work, porous carbon xerogels were synthetized from Resorcinol-Formaldehyde mixtures by adjusting the pH of the solution in order to obtain different mesopore sizes. Monoliths of carbon xerogels were obtained after drying of the polymer gel and pyrolysis [7]. Mercury intrusion porosimetry and nitrogen adsorption techniques (BET) was used to characterize the pore texture of the carbon xerogels. These monoliths were ground to particles around 10 µm for all the samples. The resulting powders were then mixed with a binder and a solvent to form slurries and then cast on copper foil using a bar coater. After evaporation of the solvent, the resulting coatings were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for the morphology and their thickness was monitored by profilometry. The resulting electrodes were subjected to electrochemical characterization. Since the particle sizes and the method of coating was the same for all the samples, it was possible to evaluate selectively the influence of the textural and structural parameters of the different carbon materials on their performances. Electrochemical characterizations were performed using charge-discharge galvanostatic curves and cyclic voltammetry in Li/C half cells between 0.005 and 1.5 V vs. Li+/Li. References 1) Goodenough J.B., Kim Y. J. Power Sources 2011; 196(16): 6688-6694. 2) Bruce P.G. Solid State Ionics 2008; 179: 752-760. 3) Armand M., Tarascon J.-M., Nature 2008; 451: 652-657. 4) Scrosati B., Garche J., J. Power Sources 2010 ; 195 : 2419-2430. 5) Yuan X., Chao Y.-J., Ma Z.-F., Deng X., Electrochemistry Communications 2007 ; 9 : 2591-2595. 6) Zanto E.J., Ritter J.A., Popov B.N., Proceedings - Electrochemical Society 1999; 98-16: 71-8. 7) Job N., Théry A., Pirard R., Marien J., Kocon L., Rouzaud J., Béguin F., Pirard J. Carbon 2005; 43: 2481-2494. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom variability to stability: The acquisition of phonemes in French speaking children aged 30 to 53 months.
MacLeod, Andrea; Maillart, Christelle ULg

Poster (2014, July 16)

When children first begin to produce the phonemes of their language, their productions are characterized by a high degree of variability (e.g., Ferguson & Farwell, 1975). As children’s phonological ... [more ▼]

When children first begin to produce the phonemes of their language, their productions are characterized by a high degree of variability (e.g., Ferguson & Farwell, 1975). As children’s phonological representations become more defined, their productions become more stable. In fact, the observation of variability beyond the early-word stage has been used as a diagnostic criteria for sub-types of phonological disorders (Dodd et al. 2005). Despite the clinical significance of phonological variability, there exists no normative data that can be used to objectively describe this variability in French. The goal of the present study was to describe variability and stability among French-speaking children between the ages of 30 and 53 months. A total of 153 children participated in the present study and were equally distributed in four groups (aged 30-35, 36-41, 42-47, and 48-53 months). We created a picture identification task with 65 target words, which contained the consonants of French in word initial, medial and final position. The children were asked to produce this series of words three times. Two measures of variability were used. (1) A consonant level analysis that investigated the stability of consonants regardless of word or syllable position. (2) A word level analysis that investigated the consistency of productions across the three series (Holm et al., 2007). The preliminary analysis focused on the consonant level analysis and revealed that the youngest group of children aged 30 to 35 months were significantly more variable than the oldest group aged 48-53 months. This shift from variability to stability will be discussed in terms of the development phonological representations. In addition, the clinical significance of variability will be discussed in light of these findings. [less ▲]

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See detailDo tree species influence community structure and richness of Ammonia Oxidizing Bacteria at three temperate forest sites?
Malchair, Sandrine ULg; Carnol, Monique ULg

Poster (2014, July 15)

Introduction: The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function remains a controversial subject with numerous open questions. In Europe, the conversion of coniferous monocultures into ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function remains a controversial subject with numerous open questions. In Europe, the conversion of coniferous monocultures into broadleaved or mixed stand is considered to face ecological and economical risks posed by coniferous monocultures. Belowground effects of such a change in the dominant tree species is however largely unknown, although bacteria regulate many soil processes and some groups, like ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB) are highly sensitive to environmental stress. Objectives: The aims of this study were to investigate (i) AOB community structure and richness under several tree species, (ii) microbial/environmental factors related to AOB diversity, (iii) the relationship between AOB diversity and the nitrification process. Materials and methods: Forest floor (Of, Oh) was sampled under European beech, sessile oak, Norway spruce and Douglas fir at three sites. AOB community structure and richness was assessed by PCR-DGGE and sequencing. Samples were analysed for net N mineralization, potential nitrification, basal respiration, microbial biomass, microbial or metabolic quotient, pH, total nitrogen, extractable ammonium, organic matter content and exchangeable cations. Results: AOB community structure and tree species effects on AOB diversity were site-specific. Factors regulating ammonium availability, i.e. net N mineralization or microbial biomass, were related to AOB community structure. AOB richness was not related to nitrification. Conclusions: Our research revealed that, at larger spatial scales, site specific characteristics may be more important that tree species in determining AOB richness and community structure. Within sites, tree species influence AOB diversity. The absence of a relation between AOB richness and nitrification points to a possibly role of AOB abundance, phenotypic plasticity or the implication of ammonia oxidizing archaea in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailAre expectancies and peers involved in the relation between depressive mood, anxiety and cannabis use in adolescence?
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Quertemont, Etienne ULg; Boulard, Aurore ULg

Poster (2014, July 15)

Background: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among teenagers and depression is one of the most common psychopathologies in adolescence. The specific symptom of depressive mood is present in ... [more ▼]

Background: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among teenagers and depression is one of the most common psychopathologies in adolescence. The specific symptom of depressive mood is present in 30% to 40% of adolescents in regular school settings. Links between cannabis use and depression have been highlighted, especially in adolescence. But questions remain about the strength of the association between lifetime cannabis use, depressive mood and anxiety, and about the mechanism underpinning the link. Aim: The aim of this study was to clarify the relationship between depressive mood and lifetime cannabis use in adolescents, particularly through the mediating role of anxiety and cannabis use effect expectancies, and the moderating role of peer cannabis use. Methods: A questionnaire was administered to 1,246 Belgian teenagers aged 16–17 years. ANOVA, chi-square, logistic regressions and mediation/moderation analyses were carried out to model lifetime cannabis use. Results: Depressive mood was positively correlated with lifetime cannabis use. Social anxiety, trait-anxiety and cognitive impairment effect expectancies mediated the effect of depression on lifetime cannabis use. The direct effect of depression on lifetime cannabis use increased when mediators were introduced into the relation, revealing their suppressive effects. The number of peer cannabis users moderated this model. Conclusion: Findings are discussed in terms of potential risk factors (depressive mood) or protective factors (anxiety and expectancies) for lifetime cannabis use, including the self-medication hypothesis. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies of early interactions among infants aged 4 to 6 months furtherly diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder and their developmental trajectories and outcome at 4 years old.
Boulard, Aurore ULg; Wolff, Marion; Morange-Majoux, Françoise et al

Poster (2014, July 14)

The purpose of this study is to observe and analyze the social skills of infants aged 4 to 6 months later diagnosed with autism. Through the family films collected, we compared 28 children later diagnosed ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to observe and analyze the social skills of infants aged 4 to 6 months later diagnosed with autism. Through the family films collected, we compared 28 children later diagnosed with autism to 28 typically developing children strictly matched on chronological age and sex. To do this, we used the social behavior assessment scale (SBAS). This scale measures the behavior of the infant (turning his head, looking, smile, vocalize ...) in response to 5 parental stimuli (1.calling by her / his name, 2.saying peek-a-boo, a vocal sound 3.Producing , 4.filmed in silent 5.simultaneous interactions with one or more persons). Then we analyzed the responses behaviors of these children with the software "the observer". Results show evidence that, contrary to infants with typical development, infants later diagnosed as autistic made less visual contact, smile or vocalize less in response to parental stimuli. However, even if the responses of autistic children are statistically different in quantity (compared to the control group), responses to parental stimuli are still present. In a second step, we studied the developmental trajectories of children with autism. Our hypothesis was that children with a low score at the SBAS would have a lower global development score than the children with a high score at the SBAS at 3 years old. Our results validate our hypothesis. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf broadening coefficients and improved line intensities for the n7 band of C2H4 near 10.5 mm, and impact on ethylene retrievals from Jungfraujoch solar spectra
Vander Auwera, Jean; Fayt, André; Tudorie, Marcela et al

Poster (2014, July 10)

Ethylene (ethene, C2H4) is a tropospheric pollutant on the Earth, also present as a by-product of methane photochemistry in the atmosphere of outer solar system bodies. Remote sensing of ethylene in the ... [more ▼]

Ethylene (ethene, C2H4) is a tropospheric pollutant on the Earth, also present as a by-product of methane photochemistry in the atmosphere of outer solar system bodies. Remote sensing of ethylene in the infrared range relies on the 10 mm region. This spectral range corresponds to the excitation of 7 modes of vibration of 12C2H4, 4 of which being infrared active (see Fig. 1 of [1]). The corresponding n10, n7, n4 and n12 bands are located near 826, 949, 1026 and 1442 cm-1, respectively [1]. Among these, the n7 band is the strongest, indeed used for remote sensing measurements of ethylene. Relying on high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra recorded in Brussels, the present work involved extensive measurements of individual line intensities and self broadening coefficients for the n7 band of 12C2H4. Compared to the corresponding information available in the latest edition of the HITRAN spectroscopic database (HITRAN 2012 [2]), the measured line intensities were found to be higher by about 10 % for high J lines in the P branch and lower by about 5 % for high J lines of the R branch, varying between these two limits roughly linearly with the line positions. Test calculations performed in this work indicated that these discrepancies could result from the relative values of the transition moments of the n10, n7 and n12 bands used when the information provided in HITRAN was generated (the transition moment of the n4 band was set to zero). The measured self broadening coefficients exhibit a dependence on both J and Ka, which was modeled empirically. The spectroscopic information for ethylene available in HITRAN 2012 was modified to match the present observations. The impact of these modifications on retrievals of atmospheric ethylene was then evaluated via FTIR retrievals in the 949.0 – 952.0 cm-1 microwindow, from a subset of ground-based high-resolution FTIR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station. The new line intensities were found to lead to a reduction of the measured total columns of ethylene by -4.1±0.1 %, compared to the use of HITRAN 2012. [less ▲]

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See detailA longitudinal perspective of alcohol use among adolescents: the predictive role of peers and internalizing factors.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg; Quertemont, Etienne ULg

Poster (2014, July 09)

Alcohol is the most commonly used psychoactive substance among teenagers. Consumption is influenced by environmental factors and personal characteristics, events or experiences. High use can lead to ... [more ▼]

Alcohol is the most commonly used psychoactive substance among teenagers. Consumption is influenced by environmental factors and personal characteristics, events or experiences. High use can lead to substantial problems, especially after an early consumption. Detecting and preventing an increase of alcohol use among teenagers, through the identification of risk and protective factors, seems essential in terms of public health. This study aimed to examine the progression of use in young teenagers, to identify protective and risk factors of alcohol use (including peers and internalizing factors) and to specifically focus on the influence of social anxiety. A questionnaire was administered twice to 877 teenagers (49.94% female, M=15.61) with one year interval (T1 and T2). Sex, age, alcohol use, number of friends, social comparison, trait-anxiety, social anxiety and depression were assessed through validated scales. T-test for paired sample and hierarchical regressions were performed. During the follow-up year, the average alcohol use significantly increased. A positive social comparison at T1 significantly predicted alcohol use at T2. The more teenagers positively compared themselves to their friends and felt popular, the more they consume alcohol. A similar significant effect was demonstrated for depression. The more young people manifested depressive affects at T1, the more they used alcohol at T2. However, social anxiety significantly protected from this substance use. More social anxiety at T1 was associated with less alcohol consumption at T2. The number of friends and trait-anxiety at T1 did not significantly influence alcohol use at T2. A positive social comparison and depressive affects could be considered as risk factors, whereas social anxiety could be defined as protective factor. At this developmental period, young people suffering from social anxiety symptoms subsequently use less alcohol, maybe due to the lack of contact with this substance usually socially consumed, whereas more popular and integrated teenagers are more at risk. The present results challenge the tension-reduction model according to which alcohol is consumed to reduce anxious affects and to facilitate social relationships. However, results suggest that alcohol might be used to reduce unpleasant depressive affects. [less ▲]

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See detailWhich links exist between depression, engagement in activities’ level and several psychological processes?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, July 09)

In Europe, depression affects 33.4 millions of people every year. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of disabilities in 2030. This highlights the need for ... [more ▼]

In Europe, depression affects 33.4 millions of people every year. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of disabilities in 2030. This highlights the need for available, effective and efficient treatments of this psychopathology. In order to offer such treatments, there is a need for a deep understanding of depression’s mechanisms. Depression is characterized by a decrease of the level of engagement in activities: for instance, depressed patients stay in bed, don’t see friends, don’t go out anymore and can be on sick leave for a long period of time. Reciprocally, this decrease maintains depressive symptoms. This link between depression and level of engagement in activities is well-established in the scientific literature. However, no study has, until yet, determined which psychological processes are mediators of this link. Therefore, this study’s aim is to determine these psychological processes. In order to reach this aim, 500 subjects, suffering from psychopathology or not, will fulfill a set of questionnaires. These questionnaires will assess mood (anxiety and depression), level of engagement in activities and five categories of psychological processes that have been selected from different theoretical models of depression (self-image, environmental satisfaction, negative repetitive thoughts, experiential avoidance and emotional regulation). Statistical analysis will be performed in order to confirm a LISREL model. Data collection is ongoing and results will be presented and discussed during the congress. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-scale stochastic optimization using non-stationary geostatistics for uncertainty assessment of groundwater flow and solute transport, in the framework of a near surface radioactive waste disposal
Rogiers, Bart; Laloy, E.; Gedeon, Matej et al

Poster (2014, July 09)

Uncertainty quantification is very much needed to support decision making related to e.g. environmental impact assessment for waste disposal sites. A probabilistic result provides a much stronger basis ... [more ▼]

Uncertainty quantification is very much needed to support decision making related to e.g. environmental impact assessment for waste disposal sites. A probabilistic result provides a much stronger basis for decision making compared to a single deterministic outcome. Accurate posterior exploration of high-dimensional and CPU-intensive models, which are often used for environmental impact assessment, is however a challenging task. To quantify the uncertainty associated with solute transport in the framework of a near surface radioactive waste disposal in Mol/Dessel, Belgium, we investigate combining the adaptive Metropolis (AM) McMC algorithm for updating the global model parameters, and adaptive spatial resampling (ASR) for updating of the spatially distributed model parameters, by block sampling. The forward model used is a groundwater flow model conditioned on borehole and direct push data, that accounts for non-stationary heterogeneity in hydraulic conductivity. The obtained flow solutions are used for solute transport simulations, and the results are compared with a different groundwater flow model parameterization, that makes use of homogeneous hydrogeological layers. Moreover, a number of simulations is performed to assess the effect of realistic dispersivity, which is derived from outcrop investigations. The obtained results indicate that the combination of AM and ASR using block sampling seems not to be very efficient for McMC sampling with the forward model used in this study. However, using the algorithm in optimization mode seems to work fine, and provides an alternate way for exploring the parameter space and the prediction uncertainty. [less ▲]

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See detailThe paleoearthquake record of the Cinarcık Segment of the North Anatolian Fault in the Marmara Sea (Turkey) and its implication regarding past historical rupture scenario across the Marmara Sea
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Drab, Laureen; Albini, P et al

Poster (2014, July 07)

Istanbul and its 12 million inhabitants borders the Marmara Sea, a submarine pull-apart basin related to the North Anatolian Fault (NAF), a major strike slip fault that ruptures in M>7 earthquakes ... [more ▼]

Istanbul and its 12 million inhabitants borders the Marmara Sea, a submarine pull-apart basin related to the North Anatolian Fault (NAF), a major strike slip fault that ruptures in M>7 earthquakes. Constraining the recurrence rate of M>7 earthquakes that threaten the megacity is problematic because the active faults are submarine. For assessing past submarine earthquake ruptures of the Cinarcik Fault Segment located just south of Istanbul, we studied two sedimentary cores and identified seismoturbidites related to historical ruptures. Earthquake related turbidites are identified in both cores, based on their distinctive sedimentological and geochemical signatures. The seismoturbidites recorded in one of the core named Klg04 are inferred to record only mass wasting events related to the rupture on the Cinarcik Segment because of its specific geomorphological location. To constrain the seismoturbidites chronology, we combine short-lived radionuclide, radiocarbon and paleoinclination data. The first four seismoturbidites recorded match the 1894, 1509, 14th century and 989 historical earthquakes. The obtained age model allows us to discuss past historical rupture scenario across the Marmara Sea. The fact that the 1766 earthquakes are not recorded is further discussed based on new macroseismic intensity data and sedimentary records East of the Cinarcik Basin. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation des effets à court terme de l’intervention « Bougerplus » sur les connaissances en matière d’activité physique des seniors
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Rompen, Jérôme ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, July 03)

La littérature actuelle suggère qu’une meilleure connaissance en matière d’AP encouragerait à l’adoption d’un style de vie plus actif. L’objectif principal de cette étude était d’identifier les effets de ... [more ▼]

La littérature actuelle suggère qu’une meilleure connaissance en matière d’AP encouragerait à l’adoption d’un style de vie plus actif. L’objectif principal de cette étude était d’identifier les effets de trois interventions différentes sur la connaissance en matière d’AP chez les seniors d’une commune francophone belge. D’une durée de 3 mois, l’intervention se composait d’un site internet et d’un cours collectif. Quatre groupes de seniors provenant de la même commune ont été formés : contrôle (C), Internet (I), cours collectif (CC) et combiné (CCI). Des questionnaires ont été complétés par les participants avant l’intervention (T0), après l’intervention (T1) et après deux mois de suivi (T2). Une évolution significative des connaissances en matière d’AP a été constatée pour les groupe CCI et CC entre T0 et T2. L’intervention combinant un cours collectif ainsi qu’un outil Internet semble la plus efficace pour améliorer à court-terme les connaissances en matière d’AP chez les seniors. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison du niveau d’estime de soi dans deux populations ayant des caractéristiques démographiques différentes : des arbitres et des non-arbitres
Van Hoye, Martin ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, July 03)

Si le sport forge le caractère, l’arbitrage devrait également responsabiliser les individus qui l’exercent. Aussi, on peut considérer que les arbitres pourraient développer une meilleure estime d’eux ... [more ▼]

Si le sport forge le caractère, l’arbitrage devrait également responsabiliser les individus qui l’exercent. Aussi, on peut considérer que les arbitres pourraient développer une meilleure estime d’eux-mêmes ? Dans cette recherche, nous avons tenté de vérifier cette hypothèse en analysant le niveau d’estime de soi de deux échantillons distincts : des arbitres de basket-ball (n=163) et des personnes n’ayant aucune expérience au niveau de l’arbitrage (n=163). L’instrument que nous avons utilisé est « l’Echelle de l’Estime de Soi » (EES). La moyenne générale au questionnaire est légèrement supérieure chez les arbitres (30,9 vs 30,5) mais il ne s’agit pas d’une différence significative (p=0,8372). L’ancienneté dans l’arbitrage ou l’âge des individus ne semblent pas être un facteur influençant l’estime de soi des arbitres. Il conviendrait de vérifier s’il en est de même dans les autres disciplines sportives que le basket-ball. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation des effets à court terme de l’intervention « Bouger plus » sur la pratique d’activité physique des seniors
Rompen, Jérôme ULg; Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Grimont, Pierre et al

Poster (2014, July 03)

Des outils basés sur un site internet sont efficaces pour promouvoir l’activité physique (AP) chez les seniors (Ammann et al., 2013). Cette étude avait pour but d’évaluer les effets de l’intervention « ... [more ▼]

Des outils basés sur un site internet sont efficaces pour promouvoir l’activité physique (AP) chez les seniors (Ammann et al., 2013). Cette étude avait pour but d’évaluer les effets de l’intervention « Bouger plus » sur la pratique d'AP de sujets de 50 ans et plus, au sein d’une commune. Quatre groupes ont reçu une intervention différente pendant trois mois : un site internet (I), un cours collectif (CC), une combinaison des deux (CCI) et pas d'intervention (CO). Des questionnaires ont permis d’évaluer les résultats. Ceux-ci montrent une évolution positive du stade de changement de comportement vis-à-vis de l’AP, au cours de l’intervention, pour les groupes I et CCI. De plus, le niveau de pratique est resté stable malgré la période hivernale pour les groupes CC et CCI alors qu’il a chuté pour le groupe CO. L’intervention a donc eu des effets positifs à court terme sur les comportements en matière d’AP, particulièrement quand le site internet et les cours collectifs étaient combinés. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse qualitative du fonctionnement du centre de formation d’une fédération sportive
Lacrosse, Zoé ULg; Martin, Valentine; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, July 03)

Cette étude qualitative analyse le fonctionnement d’un centre de formation pour jeunes athlètes de haut niveau dont la finalité consiste à leur permettre de mener conjointement leurs études et leur ... [more ▼]

Cette étude qualitative analyse le fonctionnement d’un centre de formation pour jeunes athlètes de haut niveau dont la finalité consiste à leur permettre de mener conjointement leurs études et leur carrière sportives. Dans la perspective d’aider la structure à améliorer ce qui est mis en place, notre objectif consiste à décrire la situation actuelle. D’un point de vue pratique, nous avons interrogé les dirigeants (n=4) du centre, les sportifs (n=34), leurs parents (n=10), les coaches (n=3) ainsi que plusieurs intervenants externes (médecin, directeur d’école, etc. ; n = 3). Nous avons également réalisé un certain nombre d’observations informelles et collecté des questionnaires permettant de faire émerger le ressenti des joueurs quant à leur vie au sein du centre. Les résultats indiquent (a) un manque de suivi diététique et psychologique, (b) des relations relativement bonnes entre les acteurs sauf entre les joueurs et les éducateurs et, (c) la nécessité d’améliorer les infrastructures. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude de la notoriété des sportifs belges francophones de haut niveau
THEUNISSEN, Catherine ULg; Danse, Nicolas; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, July 03)

L’objectif de cette étude est d’analyser la notoriété des sportifs belges francophones de haut niveau ainsi que l'image de la population à leur égard. Pour obtenir ces informations, nous avons choisi ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de cette étude est d’analyser la notoriété des sportifs belges francophones de haut niveau ainsi que l'image de la population à leur égard. Pour obtenir ces informations, nous avons choisi d’interroger un échantillon représentatif de 400 sujets ayant fait l’objet d’une sélection aléatoire basée sur des critères sociodémographiques. Le questionnaire, soumis par téléphone et en face-à-face, porte sur la notoriété spontanée et assistée ainsi que sur l'image des sportifs. Il a été élaboré avec l'aide d'un expert en marketing. Après analyses, nous pouvons classer les sportifs en termes de notoriété. Nous constatons également que certains sont perçus comme de véritables héros tandis que d'autres véhiculent plutôt une image négative. Ces informations s’avèrent cruciales pour les sportifs et leurs entraîneurs dans le sens où à un taux de notoriété élevée et une image positive s’associent plus aisément sponsors pendant la pratique et contrat de reconversion en fin de parcours. [less ▲]

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See detailLa verbalisation: un outil performant permettant une amélioration de l'estime de soi? Analyse de cas chez des arbitres de basket-ball
Van Hoye, Martin ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

Poster (2014, July 03)

L’estime de soi représente une dimension importante de notre personnalité, notamment chez les adolescents, souvent poussés par un important besoin de se montrer compétents en toute situation. Notre ... [more ▼]

L’estime de soi représente une dimension importante de notre personnalité, notamment chez les adolescents, souvent poussés par un important besoin de se montrer compétents en toute situation. Notre objectif consistait à améliorer l’estime de soi de jeunes arbitres de basket-ball (n=22) à l’aide d’une verbalisation d’après match. Nous avons comparé les résultats obtenus entre un groupe expérimental et un groupe contrôle. A l’issue de cette étude, nous n’avons observé aucun changement chez les sujets du groupe contrôle. Par ailleurs, une légère amélioration non-significative a été observée dans le groupe expérimental (+1,2/40). D’autre part, d’autres analyses nous permettent de conclure que l’utilisation de la verbalisation a bel et bien été bénéfique aux sujets expérimentaux. Nous pensons que ces arbitres réfléchiraient plus spontanément sur leur prestation. Ceci pourrait les aider à progresser, aussi bien en tant qu’arbitre qu’en tant qu’individu à proprement parler. Indirectement, cela les aiderait à augmenter leur estime de soi. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular adaptations in mouse skeletal muscle following eccentrically versus concentrically biased training
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; Lacrosse, Zoé ULg; Simonet, Arnaud et al

Poster (2014, July 02)

Introduction The molecular adaptations specifically induced by different muscle contraction types have only been partially elucidated. We previously demonstrated that eccentric contractions in human ... [more ▼]

Introduction The molecular adaptations specifically induced by different muscle contraction types have only been partially elucidated. We previously demonstrated that eccentric contractions in human quadriceps elicited proteome modifications that suggest a muscle fiber typology adaptation (Hody et al. 2011). We address this question in a more systematic way by examining the effects of different running modes on the mouse muscle proteome and the muscle fiber typology on the whole quadriceps. Methods Male adult mice (C57BL6) were randomly divided into downhill running (DHR, quadricipital eccentrically biased contractions), uphill running (UHR, quadricipital concentrically biased contractions) and untrained control (CONT) groups. Running groups performed five training sessions on an inclined treadmill for 75 to 135 min/day and the quadriceps muscles were dissected 96 hours after the last session. Muscle protein extracts of DHR and UHR groups (n=4/group) were subjected to a 2D-DIGE analysis coupled with mass spectrometry. The assessment of fiber type, size and number was performed on the rectus femoris of the three groups (n=6/group) using myosin heavy chain (MHC) immunofluorescence. Results In the proteomic analysis, eight spots identified as the fast MHC isoforms exhibited a lower abundance in DHR compared to UHR (p<0.05, t-test). In contrast, ATP synthase subunit a and tubulin ß were more expressed in DHR (p<0.05). Immunohistological analysis revealed a significant higher proportion of type I and IIa fibers for DHR compared to UHR or CONT groups (p<0.05, one-way ANOVA). Discussion Our data demonstrate that the eccentrically biased contractions in mice induced specific adaptations in protein expression as well as in muscle fiber type and size which may reflect a more oxidative muscle phenotype. The differences in stress placed on the muscle between both trainings may be responsible for some unique adaptations resulting from the eccentrically biased training. Eccentric training is known to protect skeletal muscles against exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) which may occur after intense eccentric contractions (Chen et al. 2010; Hody et al. 2011). It is also suggested that fast glycolytic muscle fibers are more vulnerable to EIMD than oxidative fibers (Lieber and Friden, 1988). Therefore, it would be interesting to investigate whether the molecular changes induced by an eccentrically biased training are involved in protection against EIMD. References Chen TC, Chen HL, Lin MJ, Wu CJ, Nosaka K. (2010). Med Sci Sports Exerc 42, 1004-1012. Hody S, Leprince P, Sergeant K, Renaut J, Croisier JL, Wang F, Rogister B. (2011). Med Sci Sports Exerc 43, 2281-2296. Lieber RL, Friden J. (1988). Acta Physiol Scand 133, 587-588. [less ▲]

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See detailAre agricultural ecosystems important BVOC « exchangers »? Evidences from 2 measurement years on croplands at Lonzée (Belgium)
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Schoon, Niels et al

Poster (2014, July 01)

For the last decades, agricultural ecosystems have been a key biome for diverse socio-economical, environmental and climatic issues. And one of these climatic issues is just BVOC (Biogenic Volatile ... [more ▼]

For the last decades, agricultural ecosystems have been a key biome for diverse socio-economical, environmental and climatic issues. And one of these climatic issues is just BVOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds) emission from terrestrial ecosystems. Indeed, those compounds which are mostly emitted by plants play a great role in the atmospheric chemistry, thereby influencing the Earth surface radiative budget and the tropospheric air quality. However, so far, very few is known about BVOC exchange by crops, implying that huge uncertainties remain about qualifying, quantifying and determining sources/sinks and driving mechanisms of BVOC exchanges between croplands ecosystems and the atmosphere. We present here the first long term BVOC fluxes measurement study conducted on maize (2012) and winter wheat (2013), respectively the second and first most important worldwide crops (FAOSTAT). BVOC exchange was measured using the disjunct by mass scanning eddy covariance technique (+ PTR-MS, Ionicon) at the Lonzée Terrestrial Observatory (ICOS site) in Belgium. Main results are: (i) crops emit mainly methanol; (ii) BVOC fluxes from studied crops is lower than in literature, suggesting that agricultural ecosystems are poor BVOC exchangers; (iii) soil is a significant BVOC source. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission from magnetic massive stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Petit, V.; Rindbrand, M. et al

Poster (2014, July 01)

Magnetically confined winds of early-type stars are expected to be sources of bright and hard X-rays. In an attempt to clarify the systematics of the observed X-ray properties, we have analyzed a large ... [more ▼]

Magnetically confined winds of early-type stars are expected to be sources of bright and hard X-rays. In an attempt to clarify the systematics of the observed X-ray properties, we have analyzed a large series of Chandra and XMM observations, corresponding to over 100 exposures of 60% of the known magnetic massive stars listed recently by Petit et al. (2013). We notably show that the X-ray luminosity is strongly correlated with mass-loss rate, in agreement with predictions of magnetically confined wind models. We also investigated the behavior of other X-ray properties (plasma temperature, absorption, variability), yielding additional constraints on models. This work not only advances our knowledge of the X-ray emission of massive stars, but also suggests new observational and theoretical avenues to further explore magnetically confined winds. [less ▲]

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See detailThe X-ray bright massive stars in Cyg OB2
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Cazorla, Constantin ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg

Poster (2014, July 01)

As a complement to the results from the Cyg OB2 Chandra Legacy program, we present in this contribution the detailed analysis of the four X-ray bright massive stars dominating the cluster. Cyg OB2 #5, #8A ... [more ▼]

As a complement to the results from the Cyg OB2 Chandra Legacy program, we present in this contribution the detailed analysis of the four X-ray bright massive stars dominating the cluster. Cyg OB2 #5, #8A, and #9 are binary or multiple massive stars in the Cyg OB2 association displaying several peculiarities, such as bright X-ray emission and non-thermal radio emission. Our X-ray monitoring of these stars reveals the details of their behavior at high energies, which can be directly linked to wind-wind collisions (WWCs). In addition, the X-ray emission of Cyg OB2 #12, an evolved massive star, shows a long-term decrease, which could hint at the presence of a companion (with associated colliding winds) or indicate the return to quiescence of the system following a recent eruption. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatiotemporal distribution of last 500 yrs turbidites in the Western Gulf of Corinth, Greece: implications for the characterization of historical earthquakes
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Poster (2014, July 01)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 10 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 6 occurred during the last century. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 10 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 6 occurred during the last century. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. Despite a long earthquake catalogue, estimations of earthquake hazard remain problematic because of the difficulty to associate each historical event to one of the many active faults mapped in the area. Consequently, combining seismology, history and paleoseismology in an interdisciplinary approach is here necessary and is the goal of the ANR-SISCOR project. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to (1) better constraint the length of the active offshore faults, and (2) look for sedimentary signature of historical earthquakes. 600 km of high resolution seismic reflexion data have been acquired during two surveys and 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved. The latters are 0.5 to 1 m long, allowing us to analyze about 500 yrs of sedimentation. Two new faults potentially able to trigger M>5.5 earthquakes have been mapped in the northern part of the gulf based on seismic data. Sedimentary events (turbidites sensu lato) have been identified in some cores, essentially in the deep basin and in a 180m-deep sub-basin close to the northern coast. The comparison with the critically reviewed historical records shows that some of these events could have been triggered by historical earthquakes. The link between these potential earthquakes sedimentary signatures, historical events and active faults is discussed based on intensity maps and our new active fault map. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly dispersed iron xerogel catalysts for p-nitrophenol degradation by photo-Fenton effects
Mahy, Julien ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

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Since the beginning of the industrial era, the various human activities have increased steadily, leading to a rapid technological development and a high population growth. Thus, the expansion of the ... [more ▼]

Since the beginning of the industrial era, the various human activities have increased steadily, leading to a rapid technological development and a high population growth. Thus, the expansion of the industry has heavily polluted the atmosphere, soil and water with negative consequences for humans and environment [1]. To decrease this pollution, it exists various treatment methods: chemical, physical and biological [2,3]. Among all these methods, a recent way of treatment is the degradation of pollutants in soils or waters by Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions [3] which use H2O2, iron-based compounds and UV light. In this way, several Fe2O3/SiO2 xerogel catalysts were synthesized by cogelation method by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ions [4]. Five samples were synthesized: four samples with different percentage of iron (0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2.5 theoretical wt% confirmed by ICP-AES measurements), and a sample of pure silica. TEM pictures, nitrogen adsorption-desorption and mercury porosimetry measurements have established that EDAS plays a role of nucleating agent of silica particles [5,6] and allows to anchor iron particles inside silica network [4]. Indeed, it results iron nanoparticles of diameter 1-1.5 nm encapsulated in silica particles with sizes of about 10-30 nm in diameter. The species of iron was determined by Mössbauer spectroscopy and only Fe3+ ions were observed in xerogel catalysts. Then, the Fenton and photo-Fenton effect of these catalysts were evaluated on the degradation of p-nitrophenol (PNP) in aqueous medium in different conditions. Results show that Fe2O3/SiO2 xerogels present a photo-Fenton effect with H2O2, reaching with a sample 99 % of degradation after 24 h. [1] M. A. Khan, A. M. Ghouri, Environmental pollution: its effects on life and its remedies, Journal of Arts, Science & Commerce (Vol. 2), 2011, pg 276-285. [2] M. S. Kuyukina , I. B. Ivshina, Biology of rhodococcus: chapter 9, Springer, 2010, pg 232-256. [3] J. J. Pignatello, E. Oliveros, A. MacKay, Advanced Oxidation Processes for Organic Contaminant Destruction Based on the Fenton Reaction and Related Chemistry, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology (Vol. 36), 2006, pg 1-84. [4] B. Heinrichs, L. Rebbouh, J.W. Geus, S. Lambert, H.C.L. Abbenhuis, F. Grandjean, G.J. Long, J.-P. Pirard, R.A. van Santen, Iron (III) species dispersed in porous silica through sol-gel chemistry, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Vol. 354), 2008, pg 665-672. [5] S. Lambert, C. Alié, J.-P. Pirard, B. Heinrichs, Study of textural properties and nucleation phenomenon in Pd/SiO2 , Ag/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (Vol. 342), 2004, pg 70-81. [6] B. Heinrichs, S. Lambert , N. Job , J.-P. Pirard, in "Catalyst Preparation: Science and Engineering, J. R. Regalbuto (Ed.)", CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, 2007, p. 163-208. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh throughput sequencing analysis reveals genetic variability and selection pressure in different murine norovirus genomic regions during in vitro replication
Mauroy, Axel ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Nezer, Carine et al

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Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most ... [more ▼]

Murine norovirus (MuNoV), a single stranded positive sense RNA virus belonging to the Caliciviridae family, is considered as a representative model for human norovirus infections, one of the most important etiological cause of both epidemic and sporadic gastroenteritis cases worldwide. Four open reading frames are described into its genome: ORF1 codes the non-structural (NS) proteins, including the viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp); ORF2 codes the single capsid protein (VP1), wherein two domains are present: a relatively conserved domain (“shell”) and a more variable domain (“protruding”); ORF3 codes a minor structural protein; and ORF4, currently only found in viruses genetically related to MuNoV codes a virulence factor. In this study, we demonstrated by high throughput sequencing that, during serial passages of MuNoV in cell culture, the substitution rates, estimated by Bayesian inferences, did not significantly differ across the five targeted genomic regions except one. These rates were similar in four genomic regions encompassing partial non-structural 1-2 protein (NS1-2)-, NS5-, NS6-, NS7 (RdRp)- and VP1-coding sequences (coding the conserved part of the protein also including the ORF4 region). In the partial minor structural protein-coding region, this substitution rate was however estimated to be at least one log higher when expressed as substitution/site/day. The precise localisation of the detected nucleotide point mutations (substitution, deletion and insertion) were reported as well as the quantitative increase or decrease of the sequences harbouring them along ten cell culture passages. The non-silent amino acid mutations were also depicted in 3D models for four out of the five studied regions. These results have important implications for different norovirus research fields, especially in terms of diagnosis, classification methodology and genetic evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a new automatic drowsiness quantification system for drivers
Wertz, Jérôme ULg; François, Clémentine ULg; Verly, Jacques ULg

Poster (2014, July)

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents ... [more ▼]

Drowsiness is a major cause of various types of accidents, and particularly of driving accidents. Scientific studies report that drowsiness would be responsible for 20 to 30% of driving accidents. Drowsiness can result from, among others, sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, alcohol, some medications, or performing a monotonous task. While all persons are likely to be drowsy at some point during the day, some persons are more prone than others to being drowsy at almost any time of the day; e.g. 6 to 11% of the population suffers from severe chronic excessive daytime sleepiness. Three main classes of methods can be used to characterize the level of drowsiness of a driver without disturbing him. These classes are respectively related to vehicle behavior (e.g. via lateral movements), driver behavior (e.g. via steering wheel movements), and driver physiological state (e.g. via eye movements). Since drowsiness is a physiological state, it seems particularly meaningful to use physiology-based methods to characterize it. Among these, the most significant ones rely on polysomnography and/or oculography. Polysomnography is viewed by some practitioners as the reference in the domain, but it is very sensitive to artifacts, and it is not very practical for use while driving. Ocular parameters are recognized to be good and reliable physiological indicators of drowsiness, and, thus, oculography seems to be the most sensible way to characterize drowsiness in practice. We have thus developed an experimental, fully automatic drowsiness monitoring system (software/algorithms) based on the physiological state of a person. This system uses ocular parameters extracted from images of the eye (i.e. photooculography) to determine a level of drowsiness on a continuous numerical scale from 0 to 10, with 0 corresponding to "very awake" (or "very vigilant") and 10 to "very drowsy". The ultimate goal of this system is to prevent drowsiness-related accidents for driving and other applications. The reported study shows that our system exhibits promising capability for road safety. Fourteen healthy volunteers (7 M, 7 F, mean age 23.7, range 21-33 years) participated in an experiment in a driving simulator, where they were asked to perform three driving sessions/runs (two of 45 minutes and one of 60 minutes) in different sleep-deprivation conditions (with up to 28 hours of complete sleep deprivation). During each session, we recorded both a high frame rate video of one eye and a set of driving parameters. Subsequently, for each successive minute in the session, we used our algorithms to extract ocular parameters from the video images and to produce a level of drowsiness, and we computed the standard deviation of lateral position (SDLP) from the driving parameters. The results show (1) that the (computed) SDLP increases when the (computed) level of drowsiness increases, and (2) that the level of drowsiness increases when the level of sleep deprivation increases. These results indicate that our algorithms for producing a level of drowsiness work in a meaningful way. The experiment protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of our university. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular detection of six high importance endosymbiotic bacteria in Belgian wild-caught mosquitoes
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina ULg; Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2014, July)

Introduction Several disease vectors presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. One of an alternative solution was to use endosymbiotic bacteria because their probably interactive ... [more ▼]

Introduction Several disease vectors presented a resistance to various pesticides currently used. One of an alternative solution was to use endosymbiotic bacteria because their probably interactive effects with their host. According to the introduction risks of mosquito born disease and their dispersion, we propose to investigate the prevalence of six endosymbiontic bacteria in wild-caught Culicidae in Belgium. Methods Eleven species of Belgian fields mosquitoes (Culex pipiens s.l., Cx. torrentium, Cx. hortensis, Anopheles claviger, An. maculipennis s.l., An. plumbeus, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus geniculatus, Oc. dorsalis, Aedes albopictus and Coquillettidia richiardii) were used for the screening of six genera endosymbiotic bacteria (Wolbachia sp., Commamonas sp., Delftia sp., Pseudomonas sp., Acinetobacter sp. and Asaia sp.) according to their possible impact in mosquito biology. PCR was done for the screening and positives bands were sequenced and deposited in GenBank. Results Total of 144 larvae and 32 adults were used. Wolbachia, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and Asaia were found in mosquitoes with different proportions, according to stages (adults, larvae) with a predominance of Pseudomonas in all species, as far as Acinetobacter and Asaia also have a high prevalence. Commamonas and Delftia were absent from all species tested, either in larvae and in adults. Discussion Choice of endosymbiotic bacteria studied here was allowing of their importance in literature. For Pseudomonas, it showed that this bacteria could produced ovipositon attractants for mosquito. Acinetobacter was suggested efficient in transmission and maintenance within host populations. Asaia was capable of efficiently crossing body barriers and colonizing different organs. Wolbachia was currently the most studied bacteria which plays an important role in the genetic manipulation of the host. Present advances in understanding the mosquito–microbiota relationships may have a great impact in a better understanding of some traits of mosquito biology and in the development of innovative mosquito-borne disease-control strategies. [less ▲]

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See detail3D analysis and determination of stride parameters for different type of foot strike in running
Deflandre, Dorian ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Schwartz, Cédric ULg et al

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The purpose of the study was to compare methods for the determination of foot strike and toe off for runners with different foot strike patterns. A 3D optoelectronic system usually used in motion ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the study was to compare methods for the determination of foot strike and toe off for runners with different foot strike patterns. A 3D optoelectronic system usually used in motion laboratories was compared with tools commonly used on the field: an optical based detection system (OptoGait) and an accelerometer based system (Myotest). [less ▲]

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See detailDroplet synchronization in multiple interconnected parallel channels
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Gilet, Tristan ULg

Poster (2014, July)

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that ... [more ▼]

In droplet microfluidics, the pairing of droplets in parallel channels is sometimes required, e.g. to control their encounter and to promote their coalescence. Prakash and Gershenfeld [1] showed that passive synchronization could be achieved with bubbles in a ladder-like channel network. Bubbles flow in the rails and induce recirculation in the interconnecting rungs, which supposedly provides the feedback and subsequent synchronization. Ahn et al. recently extended this study to trains of droplets in flow-rate-driven conditions [2]. We here present an extensive experimental and theoretical investigation of droplets synchonization in multiple parallel channels. Droplets are produced with independent flow-focusing structures. Several experimental conditions are tested, including several geometries (and subsequent flow resistance) and inlet conditions (pressure-driven vs. flow-rate-driven). An extension to three rails is also considered. The microfluidic chips are designed with the help of a lumped-element model in which droplets are driven by the flows. [1] M. Prakash and N. Gershenfeld, Science 2007, 315, 832-835 [2] Ahn et al., Lab-on-a-chip, 2011, 11, 3956-3962 [less ▲]

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See detailBiological indicators of soil quality over landscape spatial scales: a case study in Southern Belgium
Krüger, Inken ULg; Chartin, Caroline; Van Wesemael, Bas et al

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Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short ... [more ▼]

Biological indicators are organisms or biological processes whose values give quantitative information on the capacity of a soil to function. Their fast dynamic allows to detect changes on short timescales. Five biological indicators (basal respiration, nitrogen mineralisation, microbial carbon and nitrogen, earthworm abundance and biomass, functional microbial diversity) as well as two ecophysiological indices (microbial quotient and metabolic quotient) were tested for their power to characterize the biological soil quality on a landscape level at 60 sites in two South-Belgian landscape units were investigated. All biological indicators differed significantly between the two landscape units showing the biological indicators to be discriminatory on a landscape level. Within each landscape unit, no relationships between biological indicators were found, underlining the need to measure multiple biological indicators. The results represent the first data for a South-Belgian monitoring network of biological soil quality. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of Pt/Carbon Xerogel Electrocatalysts for PEM Fuel Cells by the Multiple SEA Method
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

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See detailMetacognition and school learning: Use of the DELV program in primary school
Nobile, Debora ULg; Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2014, July)

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010 ... [more ▼]

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011). It includes 8 types of decontextualized exercises which notably allow to develop the learner’s metacognitive knowledge and skills (for more details, see Büchel, 2013). They also make it possible to work on cognitive and psycho-affective aspects. Transfer can thus be better developed. This tool is really useful (for more details, see Berger & Büchel, 2013) and, in our opinion, still not sufficiently known. Our main purpose is to present (a) its objectives, (b) the variables worked on (cognitive, metacognitive and psycho-affective), (c) possible uses in a school context within classes (e.g., the “sandwich method”) and (d) the outcome we can expect. References - Berger, J.-L., & Büchel, F.P. (2013), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications. Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - - Büchel, F.P. (2013). Le programme DELV – Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Evaluation scientifique auprès d’enfants et d’adolescents sans ou avec difficultés d’apprentissage. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 293-336). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Büchel, F.P., & Büchel, P. (1997). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens und Denkens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene. Aarau, Switzerland: Sauerländer. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2009). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (3. vollständig überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2010). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (4. überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2011). DELV. Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Tegna, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. [less ▲]

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See detailSentence repetition task as a powerful diagnostic tool in French children with SLI
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg

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Sentence repetition is considered as a psycholinguistic marker of specific language impairment (SLI) (i.e., Redmond et al., 2011). However, little is known about specificity and sensitivity for most ... [more ▼]

Sentence repetition is considered as a psycholinguistic marker of specific language impairment (SLI) (i.e., Redmond et al., 2011). However, little is known about specificity and sensitivity for most language tests, especially in French (Thordardottir et al., 2011). This study aims at assessing the specificity and sensitivity of a sentence repetition task frequently used in clinical evaluations (Chevrie-Muller et al., 2010). This task could be especially interesting because clinicians can compute separate linguistic scores depending on the answers produced by the children, enabling them to get a glimpse of the areas of language difficulties in these children. Fourty-four school-age children with SLI, and 34 age-and-IQ-matched controls participated in this study. Children with SLI were diagnosed by certified speech-language pathologists and attained specific language classes in special needs schools from at least one year. Moreover, they scored more than -1.25 SD below expected normative performance in at least 2 language areas on other standardised tests used in previous studies including French children with SLI. Results show that both sensitivity and specificity of general scores were high (over 80%) at three cut-off points widely used in clinical practice: -1SD, -1.25 SD, -2 SD. Moreover, an exploratory factorial analysis indicates that two distinct factors can be dissociated in children productions: a morphosyntactic factor and a lexico-semantic factor, together explaining 96.48% of the variance in production scores. These results reveal that the sentence repetition task is a powerful diagnostic tool in French children with SLI. [less ▲]

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See detailA parent-implemented language intervention in lower socioeconomic status populations
Martinez Perez, Trecy ULg; Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Mulquet, Amandine et al

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See detailThe Amik Lake in Southern Turkey over the last 4000 years, a new paleoseismological record of ruptures along the Northern Dead Sea Fault
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Lebeau, Hèlène et al

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The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of a pull-apart basin. The Basin is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle ... [more ▼]

The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of a pull-apart basin. The Basin is crossed by The Dead Sea Fault (DSF), a major neotectonic structure in the Middle East extending from the Red Sea in the south to the East Anatolian Fault Zone in the north. Around the Amik Basin, continuous human occupation is attested since 6000-7000 BC. Indeed the low-lying Amuq plain is covered by tell settlements first explored by Robert Braidwood in the 1930s. Our objective in this presentation is to look at major paleo-environmental changes recorded in the Amik Lake over the last 4000 years and in particular its potential paleoseimic sedimentary record. The lake has been drained and progressively dried up since the mid-50s so that it is not watered during the summer season and constitutes a unique opportunity to collect sediment records. Sediments were collected at 1 cm to 2 cm intervals in a trench and in cores up to a depth of 5 meters in the clay deposits. A diverse array of complementary methods is applied to study the records: magnetic susceptibility, grain size, organic matter and inorganic carbon (L.O.I), XRD mineralogy, XRF geochemistry, carbon geochemistry and clay mineralogy. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating. The sedimentary record shows large earthquake related structural disturbances and smaller siliciclastic sedimentary events. The siliciclastic input would be related to enhanced detritical sedimentation related to earthquake shaking. The latter is further investigated looking at intensities and shake maps related to the last 19th century M>7 earthquakes in the area and landslide prone area in the lake catchment. [less ▲]

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See detailPLANTIGRADY DUE TO A LOCALIZED MYOPATHY IN TWO NEWBORN BELGIAN BLUE CALVES
Genart, Marie; Evrard, Laurence ULg; Garcia da Fonseca et al

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See detailL’ancrage dans les herbiers à Posidonia oceanica. Conséquences chimiques de la destruction mécanique ?
Abadie, Arnaud ULg

Poster (2014, June 26)

La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un ... [more ▼]

La plante marine endémique de Méditerranée Posidonia oceanica, ou posidonie, forme en Corse des herbiers colonisant les substrats depuis la surface jusqu’à 40 m de profondeur. Ces herbiers constituent un véritable écosystème, l’un des plus riches en espèces de Méditerranée. Ils jouent un rôle écologique essentiel en oxygénant le milieu grâce à la photosynthèse et en séquestrant du CO2 au sein de leur complexe racinaire dans le sédiment (ou "matte"). Ces activités métaboliques entraînent une importante modification des conditions biogéochimiques du substrat qui favorisent le maintien de la plante. Les herbiers ont également une grande importance économique servant de nurserie pour de nombreuses espèces exploitées par la pêche commerciale et récréative. Les herbiers de posidonie se développant dans les zones côtières, ils sont impactés par les activités anthropiques (urbanisation, pollution, fermes aquacoles, ancrage) qui peuvent entraîner d’importantes destructions et des régressions de leur zone de recouvrement. L’ancrage intensif dans les herbiers à faible profondeur y génère des trouées, ou "intermattes". Les destructions engendrées par les navires de petite taille (< 10 m) peuvent, dans certaines conditions, être recolonisées par la posidonie. Cependant, dans la plupart des zones d’ancrage intensif en Corse, les intermattes ne sont pas recolonisées et leur surface peut souvent augmenter. De plus, certaines zones sont soumises à l’ancrage intensif de navires de plaisance de grande taille (> 20m), susceptibles de générer des intermattes d’une étendue plus importante. Ce phénomène d’expansion ne peut s’expliquer par la seule destruction mécanique. L’arrachage de la strate foliaire de la posidonie par les ancres semble entraîner de profondes modifications physiques et chimiques dans le sédiment. La photosynthèse via les feuilles étant ainsi altérée, il n’y a plus d’oxygénation du sédiment via les racines de la posidonie et un milieu anoxique défavorable à son développement paraît se créer. Des composés toxiques pour la plante, tel que le sulfure d’hydrogène (H2S), pourraient alors s’introduire dans ses tissues entraînant une limitation de son développement, voire sa disparition menant ainsi à une amplification des dégâts mécaniques de l’ancrage. Des observations seront réalisées tout autour de la Corse et notamment dans la Baie de Calvi, site atelier de la Méditerranée, qui a été définie pour mener la phase d’expérimentation. Les données récoltées à l’issue de ces travaux de recherches, réalisés dans le cadre d’un doctorat en entreprise (bourse CIFRE), seront compilées afin de mettre au point de nouveaux outils d’analyse de l’impact de l’ancrage. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the conformational changes during desolvation of ions using orthogonal mobility methods (CE-IM MS)
Far, Johann ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 24)

Routine analyses using Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection became a very popular due to the low limit of detection, great sensitivity, selectivity and specificity. Moreover MS enables structural elucidation ... [more ▼]

Routine analyses using Mass Spectrometry (MS) detection became a very popular due to the low limit of detection, great sensitivity, selectivity and specificity. Moreover MS enables structural elucidation and physical (or physicochemical) properties determination using low amount of not especially pure samples. One of these properties is substantially the stoichiometry determination of non-covalent complexes such as Ligand receptor systems (e.g. DNA-drugs, Hormones/drugs-receptor, quaternary structure arrangement of polypeptides, …). MS determination in native condition (Native MS) of this stoichiometry allows large scale screening of potential drugs candidates in pharmaceutical context. The addition of Ion-Mobility (IM) to mass spectrometry (IM-MS) with computational chemistry support allows the structural conformation monitoring (as Collisional Cross Section or CCS) and the elucidation of interactions of the non-covalent complexes. Nonetheless such determinations suppose/assume that desolvation steps and gas phase transfer during MS detection do not modify the tridimensional structure of these systems or the magnitude order of the involved interactions (dipole-dipole, dipole-ion, ion-ion, hydrophobic interactions). Further studies (Circular Dichroism, Nuclear Magnetic resonance, UV-Visible spectra …) are generally required to confirm the MS data but there are unfortunately time consuming. This project proposes the coupling of Capillary Electrophoresis (CE) to IM-MS in order to obtain in one injection the quantitative and qualitative data of non-covalent complexes and the monitoring of tridimensional conformation modification between the liquid and gas phase. Indeed CE allows the determination of numerous physicochemical properties (dissociation constant, pK values, hydrodynamic radius determination …). The structural data (i.e. hydrodynamic radius and CCS) are compared to the data obtained by IM-MS as a proof of concept using tryptic digest of Bovine Serum Albumine (BSA). [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of decoherence-free states caused by dipole-dipole interactions
Damanet, François ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum ... [more ▼]

Decoherence, known as the consequence of the coupling of any quantum system to its environment, causes information loss in the system and represents a major problem in the physical realization of quantum computers [1]. Decoherence-Free States (DFS) are considered as a possible solution to this problem. A set of trapped cold atoms placed in a DFS state will be immune against decoherence due to spontaneous emission. However, because of dipole-dipole interactions between atoms, induced dephasing effects are likely to destroy the coherence and drive the system out of its DFS [1, 2]. In this work, we study numerically the dynamics of a set of two-level atoms initially in a DFS with respect to dissipative processes by solving the master equation including both dissipative dynamics and dipole dipole interactions. We fo- cus our attention on the infuence of dipolar coupling on the radiated energy rate and coherence of the system as in [3]. In particular, by averaging over many realizations of close randomly distributed atomic positions, we show the formation of a superradiant-like pulse and we study its properties as a function of the dipolar coupling strength. [1] D. A. Lidar & K. B. Whaley, Lectures Notes in Phys., Vol. 622, p83-120, Springer (2003). [2] M. Gross & S. Haroche, Physics reports 93, 301-396 (1982). [3] W. Feng, Y. Li & S-Y. Zhu, Phys. Rev. A 88, 033856 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of SFC interest for the determination of cholecalciferol and its impurities un pharmaceuticals
Andri, Bertyl ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg; Klinkenberg, Régis et al

Poster (2014, June 23)

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See detailChemical abundances of fast-rotating OB stars
Cazorla, Constantin ULg; Morel, Thierry ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 23)

Fast rotation in massive stars is predicted to induce mixing in their interior, but recent observations have challenged this concept by revealing a population of fast-rotating stars with normal nitrogen ... [more ▼]

Fast rotation in massive stars is predicted to induce mixing in their interior, but recent observations have challenged this concept by revealing a population of fast-rotating stars with normal nitrogen abundances at their surface (Hunter et al. 2009, A&A, 496, 841; Brott et al. 2011, A&A, 530, A116, but see Maeder et al. 2014, A&A, 565, A39). However, as the binary fraction of these stars is unknown, the importance of mass-transfer processes cannot be quantified. As a result, no definitive statements about the ability of single-star evolutionary models including rotation to reproduce these observations can be made. Our work combines for the first time a detailed surface abundance analysis with a radial-velocity monitoring for a sample of bright, fast-rotating Galactic OB stars to put strong constraints on stellar evolutionary and interior models. [less ▲]

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See detailSymmetric N-qubit anticoherent states
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed ... [more ▼]

Entanglement is among the key features of quantum mechanics. In the last decade, a lot of efforts has been made to quantify the amount of entanglement of various multipartite states, either pure or mixed. In particular, the search for maximally entangled states (states maximizing certain measures of entanglement) has focused a great deal of attention, see e.g. Refs. [1–4]. In this work, we present a comprehensive study of maximally entangled symmetric N-qubit states with respect to the definition of Gisin [1]. According to this definition, a state is maximally entangled if all its one-qubit reduced density matrices are maximally mixed. These states maximize various entanglement measures, such as von Neumann and Meyer-Wallach entropies [5]. They are unique up to local unitaries within the class of states interconvertible under stochastic local operations and classical communication (SLOCC) [3]. Besides, they are conjectured to be maximally entangled with respect to the Negative Partial Transpose measure of entanglement [6]. As appreciated by B. Kraus, they play an important role in the determination of the local unitary equivalence of multiqubit states [7]. Moreover, they are maximally fragile (in the sense that they are the states which are the most sensitive to noise) and therefore have been proposed as ideal candidates for ultrasensitive sensors [1]. We provide general conditions for a symmetric state with an arbitrary number of qubits to be maximally entangled and identify families of SLOCC classes which do not contain any such states. We also compute various measure of entanglement associated with those states in order to characterize them further and find all maximally entangled states up to 4 qubits. We finally prove that maximally entangled states coincide with anticoherent states of order 1. According to the definition of Ref. [8], a symmetric state of N qubits is anticoherent to order t iff 〈(S·n)k〉 is independent of n for k = 1, . . . , t where n is a tridimensional unit vector and S is the collective spin operator associated to the N-qubit system. [1] N. Gisin, H. Bechmann-Pasquinucci, Phys. Lett. A 246 (1998). [2] A. Higuchi, A. Sudbery, Phys. Lett. A, 272, 213 (2000). [3] F. Verstraete, J. Dehaene, B. De Moor, Phys. Rev. A 68, 012103 (2003). [4] J. Martin, O. Giraud, P. A. Braun, D. Braun and T. Bastin, Phys. Rev. A 81, 062347 (2010). [5] D. A. Meyer, N. R. Wallach, J. Math. Phys. 43, 4273 (2002). [6] I. D. K. Brown, S. Stepney, A. Sudbery, and S. L. Braunstein, J. Phys. A 38, 1119 (2005). [7] B. Kraus, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 020504 (2010). [8] J. Zimba, EJTP 3, 10 (2006). [less ▲]

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See detailGeneration of artificial magnetic fields using dipole-dipole interactions
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2014, June 23)

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman ... [more ▼]

In 1996, Lloyd [1] showed that the dynamics of complex many-body quantum systems can be efficiently simulated by quantum computers, an idea first put forward by Manin [2] and further developed by Feynman [3]. Although the first quantum computers of a few qubits have been realised experimentally [4, 5], the advent of scalable quantum computers might take another few decades. An alternative tool in the context of simulation is a highly controllable quantum system able to mimic the dynamics of other complex quantum systems, known as an analog quantum simulator. Cold neutral atoms and trapped ions have been shown to be versatile quantum simulators [6, 7] thanks to their high flexibility, controllability, and scalability. They permit one to study a wide range of problems arising from atomic physics, relativistic quantum physics, or cosmology [8]. Since neutral atoms do not carry any net charge, the simulation of electric and magnetic condensed matter phenomena, such as the spin Hall effect, seems out of reach. To overcome this apparent difficulty, the idea has been proposed to create artificial electromagnetic potentials for neutral atoms based on atom-light interaction [9– 12]. These artificial potentials act on neutral atoms as real electromagnetic potentials act on charged particles. Many works on artificial gauge potentials induced by atom-light interactions adopt a single-particle approach [12]. The predicted potentials are then supposed to be valid for a system of weakly interacting atoms. So far, the consequences of atom-atom interactions on the generation of artificial gauge fields has little been studied. The aim of this work is to study the artificial gauge fields arising from the interaction of two Rydberg atoms driven by a common laser field [13]. In this situation, we show that the combined atom-atom and atom-field interactions give rise to nonuniform, artificial gauge potentials. We identify the mechanism responsible for the emergence of these gauge potentials. Analytical expressions for the latter indicate that the strongest artificial magnetic fields are reached in the regime intermediate between the dipole blockade regime and the regime in which the atoms are sufficiently far apart such that atom-light interaction dominates over atom-atom interactions. We discuss the differences and similarities of artificial gauge fields originating from resonant dipole-dipole [14] and van der Waals [15] interactions. We also give an estimation of experimentally attainable artificial magnetic fields resulting from this mechanism and we discuss their detection through the deflection of the atomic motion. [1] S. Lloyd, Science 273, 1073 (1996). [2] Yu. I. Manin, Computable and uncomputable, Sovetskoye Radio, Moscow, 1980. [3] R. P. Feynman, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 21, 467 (1982). [4] L. DiCarlo, J. M. Chow, J. M. Gambetta, Lev S. Bishop, B. R. Johnson, D. I. Schuster, J. Majer, A. Blais, L. Frunzio, S. M. Girvin, and R. J. Schoelkopf, Nature 460, 240 (2009). [5] N. Xu, J. Zhu, D. Lu, X. Zhou, X. Peng, and J. Du, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 130501 (2012). [6] I. Buluta and F. Nori, Science 326, 108 (2009). [7] I. Bloch, J. Dalibard and S. Nascimbéne, Nature Physics 8, 267 (2012). [8] R. Blatt and C. F. Roos, Nature Physics 8, 277 (2012). [9] G. Juzeliunas and P. Öhberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 033602 (2004). [10] G. Juzeliunas, P. Öhberg, J. Ruseckas, and A. Klein, Phys. Rev. A 71, 053614 (2005). [11] G. Juzeliunas, J. Ruseckas, P. Öhberg, and M. Fleischhauer, Phys. Rev. A 73, 025602 (2006). [12] J. Dalibard, F. Gerbier, G. Juzeliu ̄nas, and P. Öhberg, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 1523 (2011). [13] A. Cesa and J. Martin, Phys. Rev. A 88,062703 (2013). [14] A. Gaëtan, Y. Miroshnychenko, T. Wilk, A. Chotia, M. Viteau, D. Comparat, P. Pillet, A. Browaeys, and P. Grangier, Nature Physics 5, 115 (2009). [15] L. Béguin, A. Vernier, R. Chicireanu, T. Lahaye, and A. Browaeys, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 263201 (2013). [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of ion mobility for structural analysis and analytical chemistry: Use of selective IMS shift reagents (SSR)
Kune, Christopher ULg; Far, Johann ULg; Delvaux, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 19)

Ion mobility is a gas phase separation technique based on the Collisional Cross Section (CCS) of ions. It discriminates isobaric and isomeric ions provided their CCS difference is larger than the ... [more ▼]

Ion mobility is a gas phase separation technique based on the Collisional Cross Section (CCS) of ions. It discriminates isobaric and isomeric ions provided their CCS difference is larger than the instrumental resolution. This work proposes a new method to overcome this limitation while providing additional structural information. A Selective Shift Reagent (SSR) is a ligand specifically modifying the CCS of ions. Indeed specific non-covalent complexes can be form with a suitable SSR to reach the required selectivity and the CCS induced shift. A CID dissociation of the complex may be used after IMS separation to produce specific MS/MS spectra of the targeted analyte. This concept paves the way for new analytical strategies by ion mobility based on non-covalent complex formation. [less ▲]

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