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See detailImproving dairy cow fertility using milk-based indicator traits
Bastin, Catherine ULg; Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (2014, August)

Improvement of dairy cow fertility by means of genetic selection has become increasingly important over the last decades. Because fertility traits are difficult to measure and have low heritabilities ... [more ▼]

Improvement of dairy cow fertility by means of genetic selection has become increasingly important over the last decades. Because fertility traits are difficult to measure and have low heritabilities, indicator traits are of interest to supplement the prediction of genetic merit for female fertility. This paper examines milk-based traits that could be potential predictor of fertility: changes in protein and fat composition, fat to protein ratio, urea, lactose, ketone bodies, and mid-infrared prediction of body energy traits. The pattern of genetic correlations between these traits and fertility over days in milk is likely related to the cow’s energy balance state. Furthermore, changes in milk fatty acid profile were demonstrated as good potential predictors of fertility. Finally, additional research is warranted to investigate the association over the lactation between fertility and changes in milk biomarkers, potentially predicted by mid-infrared analysis of milk. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to simulate quickly and efficiently a flow over a spillway ?
Goffin, Louis ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

Conference (2014, August)

Flows over hydraulic structures, such as weirs or spillways, can be modelled using different techniques. New models such as SPH or PFEM are becoming more and more popular. These models are particle and/or ... [more ▼]

Flows over hydraulic structures, such as weirs or spillways, can be modelled using different techniques. New models such as SPH or PFEM are becoming more and more popular. These models are particle and/or meshless and consequently require a lot of computational power. Other methods such as VOF also require a lot of computational time. In the frame of 2-D vertical flows, other techniques use much less computation time. For irrotationnal flows, solving the Laplace equation can be done very efficiently. The difficulty of this method lies in the definition of boundary conditions. The free-surface, which is naturally determined when using Lagrangian methods, needs a heavy iterative solving due to its non-linear nature when expressed in the frame of the Laplace equation. This paper will present an original technique that allows a quicker and easier determination of the free-surface. An irregular mesh for boundaries is used and discussed. The method is validated with analytical solutions and experimental measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of pulmonary hypertension in dogs with chronic pulmonary diseases by thoracic ct-angiography.
Couvreur, T.; Roels, Elodie ULg; Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg et al

in Proceedings of the ECVDI Meeting, Utrecht - Netherlands - 27-30 August 2014 (2014, August)

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See detailNumerical Investigation of Cooling in the Continuous Fiber Glass Drawing Process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Terrapon, Vincent ULg; Simon, Philippe

in Proceedings of the 15th International Heat Transfer Conference (2014, August)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through an array of thousands of small orifices (i.e., the ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite material consists in drawing a glass melt at high temperature through an array of thousands of small orifices (i.e., the bushing plate) into fibers using a winder. This process is sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause a fiber to break during the drawing process. This paper analyzes how the stress in the fiber depends on the controlling parameters of the process. The approach relies on numerical simulations and sensitivity analysis. Both a semi-analytical one-dimensional model and a more complex two-dimensional axisymmetric model are used. It is first found that radial variations across the fiber are small compared to changes in the axial direction and that the one-dimensional approximation is accurate enough to describe the major trends in the process. Sensitivity analyses on some physical parameters controlling the heat transfers and on process parameters are then performed to identify strategies to reduce the axial stress. In particular, it is shown that, for a given fiber diameter, the stress is minimized if the glass melt temperature and the drawing velocity are increased. This approach is then applied to quantify the effect of inhomogeneous heat patterns on a bushing plate with a large number of fibers. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing milk spectral data for large-scale phenotypes linked to mitigation and efficiency
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Book of abstracts of the 65th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2014, August)

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as ... [more ▼]

Even if producing milk efficiently has always been a major concern for producers, the direct environmental impact of their cows is becoming a novel one. Traits linked to this issue were identified as methane emission (CH4), dry matter intake (DMI) and feed efficiency (FE); however they are available on a small scale. Researches showed that CH4 could be predicted from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectra, allowing large-scale recording at low cost. The main objective of this study was to show, using a modelling approach, that DMI and FE could be derived from milk MIR spectra. For that, knowledge of body weight (BW) is required; however it was unknown in this study. Derived procedure was based on milk yield and composition, MIR CH4, and modelled standard animal requirements, allowing the prediction of expected BW. An external validation was conducted based on 91 actual records. 95% confidence limit for the difference ranged between -0.66 and 18.84 kg for BW, from -0.02 to 0.26 kg/day for DMI, and from -0.02 to 0.002 kg of fat corrected milk/kg DM for FE. Root mean square errors were 39.66 kg, 0.56 kg/d, and 0.03 kg/DM for the 3 studied traits. P-value for the t-test was not significant for BW and DMI. This suggests the possibility to obtain expected BW and therefore DMI from MIR spectra. Single trait animal test-day models used 1,291,850 records to assess the variability of studied traits. Significant variations were observed for the lactation stage, parity, genetics, and age. These findings were in agreement with the literature except for early lactation. This suggests in conclusion that the MIR information gave similar results for DMI and CH4 for the major part of lactation. The use of this novel method to predict expected BW offers new possibilities interesting for the development of genomic and genetic tools. [less ▲]

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See detailThe instability strip of ZZ Ceti white dwarfs
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Fontaine, G.; Brassard, P. et al

Conference (2014, August)

The determination of the location of the theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip in the log g − Teff diagram has remained a challenge over the years, due to the lack of a suitable treatment for convection ... [more ▼]

The determination of the location of the theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip in the log g − Teff diagram has remained a challenge over the years, due to the lack of a suitable treatment for convection in these stars. We report here a detailed stability survey over the whole ZZ Ceti regime, including the low and extremely low masses. We computed to this aim 29 evolutionary sequences of DA models with various masses, chemical layering, and core compositions. These models are characterized by the so- called ML2/α=1.0 convective efficiency and take into account the important feedback effect of convection on the atmospheric structure. We computed pulsation spectra for these models with the Liège nonadiabatic pulsation code MAD, which is the only one to conveniently incorporate a full time-dependent convection treatment and, thus, provides the best available description of the blue edge of the instability strip. On the other hand, given the failure of all nonadiabatic codes to account properly for the red edge of the strip, including MAD, we tested the idea that the red edge is due to energy leakage through the atmosphere. Using this approach, we found that our theoretical ZZ Ceti instability strip accounts remarkably well for the boundaries of the empirical strip. [less ▲]

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See detailDeveloping situational judgment tests to assess organizational citizenship behaviours
Lothe, Benoit ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, August)

a) Purpose As Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important outcomes (e.g. job performance, unit productivity, organizational efficiency, etc.) and are valued by ... [more ▼]

a) Purpose As Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important outcomes (e.g. job performance, unit productivity, organizational efficiency, etc.) and are valued by managers as well, Organ, Podsakoff and Podsakoff (2010) assert the need “to try to identify and select those job candidates who have a propensity to exhibit these behaviours” (p.314). This study provides some empirical evidence about using Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for this specific target and allows us to discuss the main methodological issues in the development of such SJTs. b) Method Based on relevant best practices and recommendations from the literature (e.g. Weekley, Ployhart & Holtz, 2006), two distinct SJTs were especially developed to comply with OCBs assessment. The two SJTs differ on their job specificity degree (project manager in the industrial sector vs transversal function in the services sector), both propose ten different work related situations and, for each stem, five action proposals are available. Data were collected through online survey on two different samples (220 white collars professionals and 291 university students). Professionals were allowed to choose which SJT they wanted to participate, students were randomized within the two SJTS. An experimental manipulation of the response instructions (ipsative vs normative) was added within the student sample. OCBs were concurrently collected using self-reported measurement scales. c) Results In both samples (respectively professionals and students), the internal consistency was higher for the “job specific” SJT (α = .79 & .81) than for the “transversal job” SJT (α = .49 & 64). Notwithstanding, significant relations were found between the SJT scores and overall OCB ratings for both of the SJT forms in each of the two samples (r ranged from .30 to .57). Other specifics findings also provided substantial evidence for the concurrent validity of the SJTs to measure sub-dimensions of OCBs (altruism, courtesy, civic virtue, sportsmanship, loyalty and voice). d) Conclusions This study is, to our knowledge, the first to address the development and validation of a SJT for the assessment of OCBs. Review of the literature indicates that researches on techniques to predict OCBs are scarce and the present findings appear to surpass the average personality traits validity coefficients (r= .20) according to Organ & al. (2010)’s meta-analysis. There are two main practical implications. The first is the opportunity to use OCBs-SJTs as an alternative to assess applicants OCBs for job-specific or generic personnel selection issue. The second is to provide methodological development advices (e.g. the choice of response instruction) to ensure the SJT match the OCBs assessment requirement. Principal current limitations call for further research development that will be discussed: using different sources of OCBs rating, testing the incremental validity on personality tests, determining whether OCBs-SJTs are correlated with cognitive ability and establishing criterion validity with job performance. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining magnetic and seismic studies to constrain processes in massive stars
Neiner, C.; Degroote, P.; Coste, B. et al

in IAUS 302 - Magnetic Fields Throughout Stellar Evolution (2014, August)

The presence of pulsations influences the local parameters at the surface of massive stars and thus it modifies the Zeeman magnetic signatures. Therefore it makes the characterisation of a magnetic field ... [more ▼]

The presence of pulsations influences the local parameters at the surface of massive stars and thus it modifies the Zeeman magnetic signatures. Therefore it makes the characterisation of a magnetic field in pulsating stars more difficult and the characterisation of pulsations is thus required for the study of magnetic massive stars. Conversely, the presence of a magnetic field can inhibit differential rotation and mixing in massive stars and thus provides important constraints for seismic modelling based on pulsation studies. As a consequence, it is necessary to combine spectropolarimetric and seismic studies for all massive classical pulsators. Below we show examples of such combined studies and the interplay between physical processes. [less ▲]

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See detailModel-Based Computation of Total Stressed Blood Volume from a Preload Reduction Experiment
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which ... [more ▼]

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which is a treatment for cardiac failure. From an engineering point of view, this parameter dictates the cardiovascular system's dynamic behavior. Current methods to determine this parameter involve repeated phases of circulatory arrests followed by fluid administration. In this work, a method is developed to compute stressed blood volume from preload reduction experiments. A simple six-chamber cardiovascular system model is used and its parameters are adjusted to pig experimental data. The parameter adjustment process has three steps: (1) compute nominal values for all model parameters; (2) determine the most sensitive parameters; and (3) adjust only these sensitive parameters. Stressed blood volume was determined sensitive for all datasets, which emphasizes the importance of this parameter. The model was able to track experimental trends with a maximal mean squared error of 11.77 %. Stressed blood volume has been computed to range between 450 and 963 ml, or 15 to 28 ml/kg, which matches previous independent experiments on pigs, dogs and humans. Consequently, the method proposed in this work provides a simple way to compute total stressed blood volume from usual hemodynamic data. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of aging technique and muscle on physicochemical stability and antioxidant capacity of high-oxygen atmosphere packed beef
Didimo Imazaki, Pedro Henrique ULg; Tahiri, Assia ULg; Thimister, Jacqueline ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

The aim of this study was to compare the effect of aging technique (wet-aging vs. carcass-aging), muscle (longissimus dorsi vs. rectus femoris) and previous vacuum storage time on color and lipid ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to compare the effect of aging technique (wet-aging vs. carcass-aging), muscle (longissimus dorsi vs. rectus femoris) and previous vacuum storage time on color and lipid stability of beef packaged in high-oxygen atmosphere. After a seven-day wet- or carcass-aging step, longissimus dorsi and rectus femoris muscle cuts from 4 Belgian Blue cows were vacuum packaged and stored at −1 °C for up to 28 days. At different times, part of these samples was repackaged under modified atmosphere – 70 % O2:30 % CO2 –, and stored during 7 days at +4 °C. The following parameters were evaluated at different intervals: color (CIE L*a*b*), metmyoglobin %, lipid oxidation (TBARS), antioxidant enzyme activities (catalase, glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase), alpha-tocopherol and fat content. The sensitivity of modified atmosphere repacked meat cuts to oxidation was influenced by the conditions of the previous aging period (wet > carcass conditions), muscle (rectus femoris > longissimus dorsi) and length of the vacuum storage. Oxidation stability could be associated with catalase activity, and no association could be established with the alpha-tocopherol content. [less ▲]

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See detailMultidisciplinary approaches and fractionations to study lower termite symbiotic system and ligno-cellulose digestion
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

Wood-feeding termites are a considerable source of enzymes active on ligno-cellulosic compounds. These enzymes are produced by the termite host and some representatives of its symbiotic microbial ... [more ▼]

Wood-feeding termites are a considerable source of enzymes active on ligno-cellulosic compounds. These enzymes are produced by the termite host and some representatives of its symbiotic microbial community, and are of particular interest in regard second generation biofuel. However, the complexity of microbial interactions renders micro-organisms isolation very difficult. Culture-independent methods permitted to gather a large amount of data and to understand a little more the role of each microbial population, particularly the prokaryotes. Proteomics allows working on the final product of gene expression, and corresponds more to the real operation of the digestive system. In order to investigate such a complex system, it is necessary to use multidisciplinary approaches and to fractionate this system. Zymography or affinity chromatography are used in parallel of routine proteomics techniques such as two-dimensional gel electrophoresis associated to MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry and nano-LC ESI-MS/MS. We used an artificial-diet based rearing to induce changes in microbial population balance. We performed preliminary assay to investigate the glycosylated proteome in the hindgut of a lower termite, using Multi-Lectin Affinity Chromatography (M-LAC) and enzymatic activity of harvested fractions was assessed on cellulosic substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailAn AC OPF-based Heuristic Algorithm for Optimal Transmission Switching
Capitanescu, Florin; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Proceedings of the 18th Power Systems Computation Conference (2014, August)

This paper focuses on reducing generators dispatch cost by means of transmission line switching. The problem is formulated as a mixed-integer nonlinear program (MINLP) optimal power flow (OPF). A scalable ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on reducing generators dispatch cost by means of transmission line switching. The problem is formulated as a mixed-integer nonlinear program (MINLP) optimal power flow (OPF). A scalable heuristic algorithm is proposed to break-down the complexity of the problem due to the huge combinatorial space. The algorithm aims at providing the sequence of lines to be removed from service, one at the time, until no further decrease in the dispatch cost can be obtained. It identifies the line candidate for removal at each step by exploiting the (continuously relaxed values of) lines breaker statuses at the solution of a relaxed OPF problem. The algorithm thus relies on solving a sequence of OPF problems formulated as nonlinear programs (NLPs). The effectiveness of the approach is demonstrated on the IEEE118-bus system. Results show that the approach can provide good quality sub-optimal solutions with relatively small computational effort and by removing only few lines from service. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of segmentation and investor recognition through the lens of cross-listing activity
Mouchette, Xavier ULg; Muller, Aline ULg; Carrieri, Francesca

Conference (2014, August)

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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 detailEnhancement of ray tracing method for radiative heat transfer: application to EUI space instrument
Jacques, Lionel ULg; Masset, Luc ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the 15th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-15 (2014, August)

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the ... [more ▼]

The finite element method (FEM) is widely used in mechanical engineering, in particular for space structure design. However, FEM is not yet often used for thermal engineering of space structures where the lumped parameter method is still dominant. Radiative exchange factors (REFs), used to calculate radiative thermal exchanges in space, are usually computed through Monte Carlo ray tracing. Due to the large number of elements composing a FE model, the computation of the REFs is prohibitively expensive. The isocell method aims at reducing the computational effort of the REFs with FEM, by decreasing the number of rays required to achieve a given accuracy. Based on Nusselt’s analogy, the ray direction sampling is carried out by sampling the unit disc to derive the ray directions. The isocell method is a special case of stratified sampling. It divides the unit disc into cells of almost same area and shape from which random points are generated. This enhances the uniformity of the ray directions and leads to faster convergence. This isocell method is associated with different surface sampling to derive the REFs. The method is benchmarked against ESARAD, the standard thermal analysis ray tracing engine used in the European aerospace industry. One entrance baffle of the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) instrument developedat the Centre Spatial de Liège in Belgium is used as benchmarking case. Solar Orbiter is an European Space Agency mission to be launched in a Sun-centered 0.28 perihelion orbit. [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 detailCT FEATURES OF A LACRIMAL GLAND TUMOR IN A DOG
Etienne, Anne-Laure ULg; Grauwels, Magda ULg; Storms, Goedele ULg et al

Poster (2014, August)

Background: In the dog, neoplasms of the lacrimal gland are rare. Lacrimal cysts were also reported. Computed tomography (CT) scan findings of these lacrimal gland abnormalities have not been described in ... [more ▼]

Background: In the dog, neoplasms of the lacrimal gland are rare. Lacrimal cysts were also reported. Computed tomography (CT) scan findings of these lacrimal gland abnormalities have not been described in dogs. Purpose: The present report describes clinical and CT features of a lacrimal gland tumor in a dog. Methods: A 3,5 year old female intact Leonberger with a good general health status was presented with a progressive swelling at the level of the supero-temporal area of the left upper eyelid and of the bulbar conjunctiva since 3 weeks. Ocular examination revealed a slight enophthalmia and a ventronasal strabismus, the presence of a firm mass in the upper eyelid which was anteriorly well circumscribed and extending posteriorly between the globe and the orbital ligament. Findings: A CT scan pre- and post- contrast studies of the head were performed. A 3 cm hypoattenuating (+/- 10 HU) ovoid mass was observed dorsolateral to the indented left globe. This mass was well circumscribed by an unevenly thick irregular soft tissue- attenuating wall (50HU), which was strongly contrast-enhanced (150HU) and measured about 2 to 10mm in thickness. The left globe was displaced caudoventromedially. No adjacent bone lesion, or foreign body was observed. No normal left lacrimal gland was observed. These findings were suggestive of an abscess or an orbital tumor with a necrotic/cystic center; a lacrimal cyst was considered less likely because of the unevenness and the thickness of the wall. Complete surgical ablation was done by a modified lateral orbitotomy. Histopathology revealed a mixed benign tumor of the lacrimal gland and a lymphocytic necrotic adenitis. Six months postoperatively no recurrence is noted and the tear production is 15mm/min. Conclusion: The lacrimal gland is located dorsolateral to the globe and produces tears. In human medicine, a wide range of lacrimal gland pathologies were described and assessed by computed imaging techniques. Pleomorphic adenomas (mixed benign tumor) could reveal irregular bone erosion and could undergo malignant transformation. In dogs, lacrimal cysts were described as thin walled structures.4 Only few articles reported lacrimal gland tumor. To the authors knowledge, CT findings of a lacrimal gland tumor have not been described previously. In conclusion, lacrimal gland tumor should be included in the differential diagnosis of a firm ovoid cystic/necrotic mass dorsolateral to the orbit. [less ▲]

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See detailA relaxation scheme to combine Phasor-Mode and Electromagnetic Transients Simulations
Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Aristidou, Petros ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 18th Power System Computation Conference (2014, August)

This paper deals with a new scheme for coupling phasor-mode and electromagnetic transients simulations. In each simulation, an iteratively updated linear equivalent is used to represent the effect of the ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with a new scheme for coupling phasor-mode and electromagnetic transients simulations. In each simulation, an iteratively updated linear equivalent is used to represent the effect of the subsystem treated by the other simulation. Time interpolation and phasor extraction methods adapted to this scheme are presented and compared to existing methods. Finally, simulation results obtained with a 74-bus test system are reported. [less ▲]

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See detailDiplomacia pública, ¿de la teoría a la práctica?: El caso de la Unión Europea en Brasil
Azpíroz Manero, María Luisa ULg

Conference (2014, August)

El entusiasmo académico por la diplomacia pública no se refleja en una atención específica a la misma en las estrategias de política exterior de la Unión Europea (UE). Sin embargo, su presencia se revela ... [more ▼]

El entusiasmo académico por la diplomacia pública no se refleja en una atención específica a la misma en las estrategias de política exterior de la Unión Europea (UE). Sin embargo, su presencia se revela en múltiples iniciativas en las que los agentes no gubernamentales tienen un papel clave como receptores o actores: actividades de cooperación, de intercambio, informativas. La diplomacia pública es una actividad diplomática y de comunicación política internacional que busca influenciar a públicos extranjeros con el fin de contribuir al logro de objetivos de política exterior y/o generar una imagen positiva. Funciona como una herramienta efectiva para movilizar recursos de poder blando, un poder basado en la atracción y la persuasión que se produce de modo indirecto cuando los actores políticos movilizan recursos como la cultura, los valores, las instituciones y las estrategias de política exterior. Pese a la crisis económica, la UE conserva un gran potencial de poder blando. Por eso, y dada la relevancia de Brasil como socio prioritario en la región latinoamericana, este artículo investiga qué diplomacia pública ha desarrollado la UE en este país los últimos tres años, así como su correspondencia con el cuerpo teórico sobre esta actividad. [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 detailDiversity and correlation of Givetian records in southern Belgium
Pas, Damien ULg; Poulain, Geoffrey; Labaye, Corentin et al

in Berichte des Institutes für Erdwissenschaften der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (2014, August), 19

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See detailAnisotropic resistivity tensor of melt-cast Bi2212 superconductors from QTA
Dellicour, Aline ULg; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Lutterotti, Luca et al

Conference (2014, August)

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See detailModel-Based Computation of Total Stressed Blood Volume from a Preload Reduction Experiment
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Chase, J. Geofrrey et al

in Preprints of the 19th World Congress (2014, August)

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which ... [more ▼]

Total stressed blood volume is an important parameter for both doctors and engineers. From a medical point of view, it has been associated with the success or failure of fluid resuscitation therapy, which is a treatment for cardiac failure. From an engineering point of view, this parameter dictates the cardiovascular system’s dynamic behavior. Current methods to determine this parameter involve repeated phases of circulatory arrests followed by fluid administration. In this work, a method is developed to compute stressed blood volume from preload reduction experiments. A simple six-chamber cardiovascular system model is used and its parameters are adjusted to pig experimental data. The parameter adjustment process has three steps: (1) compute nominal values for all model parameters; (2) determine the most sensitive parameters; and (3) adjust only these sensitive parameters. Stressed blood volume was determined sensitive for all datasets, which emphasizes the importance of this parameter. The model was able to track experimental trends with a maximal mean squared error of 11.77 %. Stressed blood volume has been computed to range between 450 and 963 ml, or 15 to 28 ml/kg, which matches previous independent experiments on pigs, dogs and humans. Consequently, the method proposed in this work provides a simple way to compute total stressed blood volume from usual hemodynamic data. [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 detailInnovative lactation stage specific prediction of CH4 from milk MIR spectra
Vanlierde, Amélie; Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

in Book of abstracts of the 65th annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2014, August)

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See detailAffective Forecasting About Future Events: My Friend Better Than Me?
Christophe, Virginie ULg

Poster (2014, July 31)

Recent findings suggest that we neglect our personality to predict our future emotional reactions to specific events by focusing only on the events, inducing wrong forecasts. An interesting question to ... [more ▼]

Recent findings suggest that we neglect our personality to predict our future emotional reactions to specific events by focusing only on the events, inducing wrong forecasts. An interesting question to investigate is that our friends could predict better our affective states about future events because they take into account our personal dispositions. In the present study, sixty-nine pairs of students (participant/friend) were asked to predict their emotional reactions and those for a friend on a 7-point Likert scale, ranging from 1 (very bad) to 7 (very good) two months before they will obtain their results for one examination. All the participants were contacted by SMS the day when the results were available, and were requested to rate their present affective states. Results showed that emotional predictions were different as compared to the current emotions for extreme results (upper than 8/10, and below 4/10) for the main participants but also for their friends, meaning that all the subjects predicted more positive emotions than current ones for very good results, and more negative emotions than current ones for very bad results. In contrast, the predictions were right for middle results (between 5/10 and 7/10) for both groups. These findings do not show that our friends are better predictors of our future emotional states than us. One possible explanation is that in present study, both participants and friends were concerned about the future event (i.e., academic results). So, our friends could be better forecasters only in the case of future events not shared. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of patient's voice quality for T1A glottis carcinoma after endoscopic laser surgery or radiotherapy
Poncelet, Mélanie; DEMEZ, Pierre ULg; Moreau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 30)

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See detailAlgorithmic and Computational Advances for Fast Power System Dynamic Simulations
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the IEEE PES General Meeting (2014, July 30)

In this paper, some algorithmic and computational advances are presented for power system dynamic simulations. The heart is a Schur-complement-based solution algorithm, stemming from domain decomposition ... [more ▼]

In this paper, some algorithmic and computational advances are presented for power system dynamic simulations. The heart is a Schur-complement-based solution algorithm, stemming from domain decomposition methods, applied to the differential-algebraic equation model. This algorithm is then accelerated computationally, by employing parallel computing techniques, and numerically, by exploiting time-scale decomposition and localization. Models of a real medium-scale system and a realistic large-scale test system are used for the performance evaluation of the proposed methods. [less ▲]

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See detailJamming Signal Immunity Tests on GSM-R Communications Compared to EMC Basic Standards
Beauvois, Véronique ULg; Fontana, Michele; Canavero, Flavio et al

Conference (2014, July 29)

This paper presents the work being done in SECRET project (European Program FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement number “285136”) to strengthen the European rail network against the potential jamming of ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the work being done in SECRET project (European Program FP7/2007-2013 under grant agreement number “285136”) to strengthen the European rail network against the potential jamming of the railway communications. Standardized immunity tests, currently conducted on communication equipment in the presence of electromagnetic (EM) interferences are presented. It then presents the tests carried out in SECRET to assess the resistance of railway communication systems face the signals generated by telecommunication jammers. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of non-polyQ regions on the aggregation process by polyQ proteins into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg; Willet, Nicolas ULg; Buell, Alexander K et al

Poster (2014, July 28)

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated proteins. This polyQ expansion is thought to be the major determinant in the development of neurotoxicity, triggering protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils. A large body of evidence however indicates that non-polyQ regions modulate the aggregation process triggered by polyQ expansions. The interplay between the polyQ tract and non-polyQ regions is complex and still not fully understood. In order to better understand it, we previously designed and characterized model polyQ proteins made of the beta-lactamase BlaP and a 23, 30, 55 or 79Q tract inserted in position 197 or 216. These chimeras recapitulate the aggregation properties of polyQ disease-associated proteins: there is a Q threshold for the formation of amyloid fibrils, and above the threshold, the longer the polyQ, the faster the aggregation. Moreover, the structure of BlaP (native or unfolded) and the position of insertion of the polyQ tract (197 versus 216) influence their aggregation properties. In this work, (i) we will discuss the role of the conformation of the host protein, BlaP, and of the location of the polyQ within BlaP on the different phases of amyloid fibril formation, the nucleation and elongation steps, using mainly quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS); and (ii) we will investigate the precise aggregation threshold and the modulating role of the N- and C-terminal polyQ flanking sequences in position 197 of BlaP by creating and characterizing new chimeras containing intermediate length polyQ tracts in position 197, or polyQ tracts inserted between two cleavage sites in position 197, respectively. Our results highlight a linear dependence of the polyQ length on the elongation rate whatever the insertion site and the conformation of BlaP. These two parameters however drastically influence the ability of a polyQ tract to trigger the nucleation and the elongation steps of amyloid fibril formation. Finally, we observed that the propensity to form amyloid fibrils and its rate seems to be largely dependent on the polyQ length and on the polyQ flanking sequences. Altogether our results contribute to identify the important species and elements (polyQ or non-polyQ regions, monomers, oligomers or fibrils) during the aggregation process into amyloid fibrils to interfere with the latter associated with neurotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of non-polyQ regions on the aggregation process by polyQ proteins into amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline ULg

Conference (2014, July 26)

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated ... [more ▼]

Nine neurodegenerative disorders, referred to as polyglutamine diseases and including Huntington’s disease, are associated with the abnormal expansion of a polyglutamine tract inside nine unrelated proteins. This polyQ expansion is thought to be the major determinant in the development of neurotoxicity, triggering protein aggregation into amyloid fibrils. A large body of evidence however indicates that non-polyQ regions modulate the aggregation process triggered by polyQ expansions. The interplay between the polyQ tract and non-polyQ regions is complex and still not fully understood. In order to better understand it, we previously designed and characterized model polyQ proteins made of the beta-lactamase BlaP and a 23, 30, 55 or 79Q tract inserted in position 197 or 216. These chimeras recapitulate the aggregation properties of polyQ disease-associated proteins: there is a Q threshold for the formation of amyloid fibrils, and above the threshold, the longer the polyQ, the faster the aggregation. Moreover, the structure of BlaP (native or unfolded) and the position of insertion of the polyQ tract (197 versus 216) influence their aggregation properties. In this work, (i) we will discuss the role of the conformation of the host protein, BlaP, and of the location of the polyQ within BlaP on the different phases of amyloid fibril formation, the nucleation and elongation steps, using mainly quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS); and (ii) we will investigate the precise aggregation threshold and the modulating role of the N- and C-terminal polyQ flanking sequences in position 197 of BlaP by creating and characterizing new chimeras containing intermediate length polyQ tracts in position 197, or polyQ tracts inserted between two cleavage sites in position 197, respectively. Our results highlight a linear dependence of the polyQ length on the elongation rate whatever the insertion site and the conformation of BlaP. These two parameters however drastically influence the ability of a polyQ tract to trigger the nucleation and the elongation steps of amyloid fibril formation. Finally, we observed that the propensity to form amyloid fibrils and its rate seems to be largely dependent on the polyQ length and on the polyQ flanking sequences. Altogether our results contribute to identify the important species and elements (polyQ or non-polyQ regions, monomers, oligomers or fibrils) during the aggregation process into amyloid fibrils to interfere with the latter associated with neurotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailStreamable Laguerre-Voronoi Tessellation Model for Tomographic Images
Leblanc, Christophe ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Wan, Fangyi et al

Conference (2014, July 25)

Introduction. Nowadays, the interest in foam materials is growing in several engineering fields [1]. Foams can exhibit a nonlinear mechanical behavior [2], which is highly depen- dent on their ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Nowadays, the interest in foam materials is growing in several engineering fields [1]. Foams can exhibit a nonlinear mechanical behavior [2], which is highly depen- dent on their microstructure [3]. Thus designing foams with specific mechanical properties can be very challenging. The present contribution is part of the ARC-Bridging project [4], whose objective is to predict the mechanical behavior of complex microstructured mate- rials via numerical simulations. A possible classification of foam models into two groups is: random models and deterministic models [5]. The random models frequently require statistical estimations of their parameters [6], whereas the deterministic models generally require numerically expensive image analyse. Indeed, classical analysis steps involve a distance tranform, a watershed and, optionally, a h-minima transform [5, p. 22], which can be computationally demanding [7, 8, 9]. Contribution. In the present Laguerre–Voronoi tessellation model, the image analysis part neither involes the watershed transform, nor the h-minima transform. Instead, fol- lowing the original idea of A.M. Lopez-Reina et E. Béchet [10], these two transforms are respectively replaced by a Hessian-based removal of spurious extrema and a clustering of the remaining maxima. This substitution allows the processing of large 3D-images by slices, i.e. “streaming”. The only limitation is enforced by the distance transform: the “feature” voxel of a given voxel should belong to the same slice. For foam images, this condition is fulfilled as long as the slice’s thickness is larger than the maximal foam cell’s size. Conclusion and perspectives. The aim of this contribution is to provide an efficient tessellation model for tomographic images of foams. From input tomographic images, this model provides a geometry model which will be used as an input for finite element simulations under the ARC-Briding project [4]. Simulation results will be compared with experimental measures. [less ▲]

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See detailEuropean Union Public Diplomacy through the EEAS: the cases of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico
Azpíroz Manero, María Luisa ULg

Conference (2014, July 25)

Public diplomacy is a promising activity for international political actors to promote a positive image abroad. It also provides opportunities for dialogue, understanding and mutual benefit when ... [more ▼]

Public diplomacy is a promising activity for international political actors to promote a positive image abroad. It also provides opportunities for dialogue, understanding and mutual benefit when communicating and addressing challenges. Within the European Union (EU), the Lisbon Treaty and the European External Action Service (EEAS) have given a new strength to foreign policy. The EEAS, launched in December 2010, is the EU's main institution for public diplomacy. Argentina, Brazil and Mexico are relevant Latin American partners for the EU because of their size, population and political and economic potency in the region. This paper aims to answer the following questions: What is the context of EU relations with Argentina, Brazil and Mexico during the period of study (2011-2013)? What have been the EU's foreign policy and strategies towards these countries? How have public diplomacy and the work of the EEAS in these countries supported the objectives and strategies? This research includes information gained through the consultation of publications, official documents and interviews with personnel from the EEAS, both in Brussels and in the EU delegations in Latin America. [less ▲]

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See detailGeometrical validity of high-order pyramidal finite elements
Johnen, Amaury ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

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See detailBrokers and intermediaries in environmental governance, Southern Sri Lanka
Rosillon, Caroline ULg

Conference (2014, July 23)

Since the end of the civil war in 2009, rural Southern Sri Lanka is facing growing tensions between fast economic development and the conservation of biodiversity, which contributes to the notoriety of ... [more ▼]

Since the end of the civil war in 2009, rural Southern Sri Lanka is facing growing tensions between fast economic development and the conservation of biodiversity, which contributes to the notoriety of the island. In order to preserve the green areas of the country, both the government and international institutions have made great efforts to implement projects combining biodiversity protection and poverty reduction as their objectives. Within that context, this paper focuses on a specific category of stakeholders, emerging from the implementation of the aforementioned projects: a wide range of intermediaries between local communities and the State, or international institutions. Based on an ethnographic study of two protected areas in Southern Sri Lanka, the paper will examine the role of those intermediaries in the implementation of environmental governance models and ideologies in local arenas. I will also analyze the complex relationships between those brokers and other categories of individuals or groups within the community: people living in protected areas, traditional figures of power, social and political elites, etc. Using fieldwork illustrations, I will stress how the emergence of brokers and intermediaries in the context of nature conservation may lead to the reorganization of social and political relationships at the local scale. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of differential item functioning using the lasso approach
Magis, David ULg; Tuerlinckx, Francis; De Boeck, Paul

Conference (2014, July 22)

The purpose of this talk is to present a novel approach to detect differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. Unlike standard DIF methods that perform an item-by-item analysis ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this talk is to present a novel approach to detect differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. Unlike standard DIF methods that perform an item-by-item analysis, we consider a logistic regression model including item-group interaction (i.e. DIF) effects of all items simultaneously. The method is based on penalized maximum likelihood estimation of a model with a lasso penalty on all possible DIF parameters. Optimal penalty parameter selection is investigated through several known information criteria (such as AIC and BIC) as well as a newly developed weighted alternative. A simulation study was conducted to compare the global performance of the suggested “lasso DIF” method to the logistic regression and Mantel-Haenszel methods, and to evaluate the different optimal penalty parameter selection methods. It is concluded that for small samples the lasso DIF approach globally outperforms the logistic regression method, and also the Mantel-Haenszel method, especially in the presence of item impact, while it yields similar results with larger samples. [less ▲]

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See detailRécits de vie d’adolescents. Humeur dépressive et figures parentales
Poudat, Céline; Boulard, Aurore ULg

in 4ème Congrès Mondial de Linguistique Française (2014, July 22)

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See detailThe performance of mobile devices' inertial measurement unit for the detection of cattle's behaviors on pasture
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 21)

Over the past decade, the Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) concept has taken a considerable place in the development of accurate methods for a better management of farm animals, as Precision Agriculture ... [more ▼]

Over the past decade, the Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) concept has taken a considerable place in the development of accurate methods for a better management of farm animals, as Precision Agriculture has done for crop production. Mass consumption mobile devices have nowadays the possibility to record accurately user movements with their Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). We used iPhone 4S to detect accurately cattle behaviors such as grazing and ruminating with the aim of performing a precision grazing management on the near future. Results showed accuracies ranging between 84% and 100% when detecting these two major behaviors by analyzing recorded raw signals in the time-domain. Ongoing research tries to link these behaviors to different pasture characteristics and performs a refined signal processing analysis for a better monitoring of some possible behavioral changes. [less ▲]

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See detailSeed dispersal by western lowland gorillas: what about gut passage effect?
Haurez, Barbara ULg; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Conference (2014, July 21)

Animal-mediated seed dispersal is an essential ecological process in the tropics. Among African primates, the critically endangered western lowland gorilla (WLG) seems to fulfill many characteristics of ... [more ▼]

Animal-mediated seed dispersal is an essential ecological process in the tropics. Among African primates, the critically endangered western lowland gorilla (WLG) seems to fulfill many characteristics of an effective seed disperser. WLG preferentially disperses species of various seed-size into open canopy habitats suitable for seedling growth. However, few studies have addressed the effects of the passage through the digestive tract on germination. Thus, the effectiveness of WLG in ecological processes governing forest dynamics and regeneration is still poorly known. Seed dispersal by WLG was studied in Central Gabon and Southeast Cameroon. Dispersed seed were identified from fresh fecal samples. Comparative germination trials based on 5 treatments (seeds from fresh fruits, seeds from fresh fruits surrounded by pulp, seeds from fresh fruits with fecal matrix, seeds from feces and seeds from feces with fecal matrix) were realized for 13 species. We recorded germination success for all species and germination delay for 6 species. Our results suggest a neutral gut passage effect for 54% and positive effect for 40% of tested species. Germination success enhancement was linked to another factor than pulp suppression. For two species, pulp suppression enhanced germination success, but not gut passage. The presence of pulp or fecal matrix surrounding the seed seemed to longer germination delay, while gut passage would not fasten germination. Globally, we conclude that WLG dispersed seeds are not damaged by gut passage. Consequently, WLG is thought to provide effective ecological services that could be essential to the maintenance and the recovery of forest ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailThe VORTEX project: first results and perspectives
Absil, Olivier ULg; Mawet, Dimitri; Delacroix, Christian ULg et al

in Marchetti, Enrico; Close, Laird; Véran, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Adaptive Optics Systems IV (2014, July 21)

Vortex coronagraphs are among the most promising solutions to perform high contrast imaging at small angular separations from bright stars. They feature a very small inner working angle (down to the ... [more ▼]

Vortex coronagraphs are among the most promising solutions to perform high contrast imaging at small angular separations from bright stars. They feature a very small inner working angle (down to the diffraction limit of the telescope), a clear 360 degree discovery space, have demonstrated very high contrast capabilities, are easy to implement on high-contrast imaging instruments, and have already been extensively tested on the sky. Since 2005, we have been designing, developing and testing an implementation of the charge-2 vector vortex phase mask based on concentric sub-wavelength gratings, referred to as the Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM). Science-grade mid-infrared AGPMs were produced in 2012 for the first time, using plasma etching on synthetic diamond substrates. They have been validated on a coronagraphic test bench, showing broadband peak rejection up to 500:1 in the L band, which translates into a raw contrast of about 6e-5 at 2λ/D. Three of them have now been installed on world-leading diffraction-limited infrared cameras, namely VLT/NACO, VLT/VISIR and LBT/LMIRCam. During the science verification observations with our L-band AGPM on NACO, we observed the beta Pictoris system and obtained unprecedented sensitivity limits to planetary companions down to the diffraction limit (0.1"). More recently, we obtained new images of the HR 8799 system at L band during the AGPM first light on LMIRCam. After reviewing these first results obtained with mid-infrared AGPMs, we will discuss the short- and mid-term goals of the on-going VORTEX project, which aims to improve the performance of our vortex phase masks for future applications on second-generation high-contrast imager and on future extremely large telescopes (ELTs). In particular, we will briefly describe our current efforts to improve the manufacturing of mid-infrared AGPMs, to push their operation to shorter wavelengths, and to provide deeper starlight extinction by creating new designs for higher topological charge vortices. Within the VORTEX project, we also plan to develop new image processing techniques tailored to coronagraphic images, and to study some pre- and post-coronagraphic concepts adapted to the vortex coronagraph in order to reduce scattered starlight in the final images. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat, how, and why to mix research methods in the study of career patterns?
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg

Conference (2014, July 20)

Political careers have become more diversified in multi-level systems over the last decades. In ‘classic’ federations (e.g. the US, Canada, and Germany), regional offices have become attractive positions ... [more ▼]

Political careers have become more diversified in multi-level systems over the last decades. In ‘classic’ federations (e.g. the US, Canada, and Germany), regional offices have become attractive positions with the process of professionalization. In newly regional political systems (e.g. Belgium, Spain, and the UK), the regional level has been quickly perceived by ambitious candidates as a professionalized political arena. Overall, regional positions in multi-level contexts are no longer conceived as amateur positions or mere stepping stones towards the national level. Despite the growing literature on the topic, several methodological questions remain nonetheless opened. This paper discusses the benefits and limitations of a mix-methods research design relevant for the study of elites’ career patterns. Specifically, the paper presents how and why mixing two quantitative and qualitative methods: survival analysis and life story interviews (for the purpose of illustration, the paper relies on empirical data: 1.831 careers and 84 life stories). Firstly, I introduce separately the added-value of each research methods (I especially discuss the benefits of these approach to collect and analyze longitudinal data in a context of multi-level system). Secondly, I demonstrate how these two methods permit to better understand elites’ career patterns in the context of multi-level systems. [less ▲]

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See detailA Bi-Objective Location-Allocation Model for Intermodal Terminals
Mostert, Martine ULg; Caris, An; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014, July 18)

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See detailInventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTI in closed-loop supply chain
Iassinovskaia, Galina; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Riane, Fouad

Conference (2014, July 17)

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) among different partners of a ... [more ▼]

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their Returnable Transport Items (RTIs) among different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. This research deals with an inventory-routing problem with pickups and deliveries of RTIs. A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small instances. To handle realistic large size problems, a clustering algorithm is coupled with a simulation model. This hybrid heuristic allows assessing the benefits of information and RTIs sharing among partners. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of Motherhood on Women's Retirement Income : Six EU countries
Bould, Sally; Crespi, Isabella; Krekula, Clary et al

Conference (2014, July 17)

women have to face to a higher risk of widowhood but the incidence of divorce is also greater. Those life events have an impact on their economic security. Nevertheless, this impact is not the same in ... [more ▼]

women have to face to a higher risk of widowhood but the incidence of divorce is also greater. Those life events have an impact on their economic security. Nevertheless, this impact is not the same in each country.... [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 detailThe Man in the Moon: A Survival of Germanic Mythology?
Dor, Juliette ULg

Conference (2014, July 17)

Men and women imagined the presence of the Man in the Moon in order to account for the spots in the full moon. There are a number of references to him (and sometimes to a woman) in English folklore and ... [more ▼]

Men and women imagined the presence of the Man in the Moon in order to account for the spots in the full moon. There are a number of references to him (and sometimes to a woman) in English folklore and literature (seal of Walter de Grendon, nursery rhymes, Neckam, ME poem, Chaucer, Shakespeare…). He was thought to have been exiled there and carries a thorn bush on his back because he once stole thorns from hedges (or violated some religious commandment). There is a variant of the legend in Snorri: the moon-god Máni (ON ‘moon’) once took two children from earth when they were coming from a spring carrying a bushel and a pole on their shoulders; as can be seen from the earth, the boy and the girl are still in the sky and follow the moon. I want to argue that this familiar Scandinavian and English figure – but also present in France and Wallonia -probably derives from an ancient Germanic myth that developed slightly differently among the Northern and Western countries, and that the two traditions eventually merged due to the contacts between the Scandinavians and the English. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of an anti-termite treatment on hindgut content metaproteome
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Fossépré, Marie; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 16)

Introduction Termites are studied for many aspects of their biology. Historically known as pests in regard of human activities, these insects were more recently intensively investigated in the biofuel ... [more ▼]

Introduction Termites are studied for many aspects of their biology. Historically known as pests in regard of human activities, these insects were more recently intensively investigated in the biofuel context. Symbiotic interactions occurring along the termite gut are of particular interest for both of these scopes. In this study we compared hindgut metaproteome of termites fed with an anti-termite treatment and an untreated diet. Material & Methods Termites were fed with Whatman paper for 84 hours. For untreated and treated diet respectively, paper was moisten with water and a sub lethal suspension of tannins associated with boric acid (BAT). Termite hindgut content proteome was extracted and digested. Peptides were analyzed through nano-LC-ESI-MS/MS using an Orbitrap analyzer. Proteins identification was realized by Mascot search in a homemade termite protein sequences database. Non redundant peptides with a score above identity threshold were blasted against NCBI nr database and results of this blast were analyzed using MeGAn 5. Results High resolution mass spectrometry allowed identification of around 1500 and 1000 non redundant peptides respectively for water and ABT treatment. Peptides were parsed following their taxonomic and functional attribution in order to highlight differences in hindgut metabolism such as cellulose digestion or detoxification process. Identification of ubiquitous proteins also revealed differences in symbiotic populations balance. Conclusions Despite the sub lethal concentration for the anti-termite treatment, significant perturbation of hindgut metabolism was observed. Tannins are slightly repulsive for termites compared to boric acid alone, and this has to be taken in account. These results will be completed with biochemical assays, microscopic observations and 2D-DIGE MALDI-TOF/TOF experiment, analyzing potentially synergistic effect between boric acid and tannins. [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 detailMultinational Compagnies, Social Responsibility and Human Resource Manager
Robert, Jocelyne ULg; Goemans, Adeline; Delhez, Gauthier

Conference (2014, July 16)

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See detailLigand-independent Identification of orphan GPCR Signaling pathways
Dupuis, Nadine ULg

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See detailModification of Conductivity, Superhydrophilicity and Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 Thin Films Through Carbon Nanotubes Doping
Léonard, Géraldine ULg; Remy, Simon; Malengreaux, Charline ULg et al

Poster (2014, July 15)

In this work, a superhydrophilic and photocatalytic material allowing to reduce the accumulation of electrostatic charges is developed. The superhydrophilicity and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films ... [more ▼]

In this work, a superhydrophilic and photocatalytic material allowing to reduce the accumulation of electrostatic charges is developed. The superhydrophilicity and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films provide the “easy-to-clean” property. Indeed, superhydrophilicity induces a very low contact angle between TiO2 and water leading to the formation of a water film at the surface of the material. The photocatalytic activity, responsible for the pollutant decomposition, is explained by the excitation of the semiconductor under UV light leading to the formation of electron-hole pairs. The electrical conductivity of semiconductor TiO2 is very low leading to the accumulation of electrostatic charges and so the surface becomes a dust trap. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are electrical conductors and their introduction in TiO2 could increase the conductivity. The incorporation of MWCNTs can modify the superhydrophilicity of TiO2. The photoactivity can be improved by reducing the electron-hole recombination rate. MWCNTs play a role in electron transfer and allow to decrease the recombination of electron-hole pairs. Two sol-gel syntheses were studied in alcohol and water respectively. In the alcoholic medium, monolayer films are obtained by dip-coating on alkaline free glass and calcined at 300, 400 or 500°C. The thermal treatment allows to crystallize TiO2 in the anatase form. In the aqueous synthesis, monolayer film are obtained by dip-coating on alkaline free glass. The TiO2 shows already the anatase structure. The characterizations of the samples have confirmed the nanotube presence in the aqueous synthesis, and in the alcoholic synthesis at 300°C and 400°C but not at 500°C. The highest conductivity is obtained from the syntheses in alcohol and the calcination at 300°C. That sample does not exhibit a high photoactivity because of its poor crystallinity. The films without MWCNTs are superhydrophilic but the contact angle increase with the incorporation of MWCNTs. The superhydrophilicity is lost with MWCNTs introduction. MWCNTs increase the roughness, the thickness and the electron transfer of the TiO2 matrix. This induces an enhancement of the photoactivity under UV. The comparison between the two syntheses shows that the alcoholic synthesis (400°C) is the best for pure film. When MWCNTs are introduced, the improvement is higher in the case of aqueous synthesis than in the case of alcoholic synthesis. The aqueous synthesis leads to more active photocatalysts than the alcoholic synthesis. [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 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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De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 15)

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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 detailHigher Symmetries of the conformal Laplacian
Radoux, Fabian ULg

Conference (2014, July 14)

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See detailStudy of the specific interaction between Fluorescent PDMAEMA and human Platelets
Flebus, Luca ULg; Lombart, François ULg; Martinez, Lucia et al

Conference (2014, July 12)

Hemoreactivity of the poly (2-(dimethylamino) ethylmethacrylate) polymer (PDMAEMA) under a free form (thus not as a “PolyElectrolyte Complex”) was assessed. In order to facilitate the in vitro monitoring ... [more ▼]

Hemoreactivity of the poly (2-(dimethylamino) ethylmethacrylate) polymer (PDMAEMA) under a free form (thus not as a “PolyElectrolyte Complex”) was assessed. In order to facilitate the in vitro monitoring of this polycation and especially to follow its reactivity blood we have labeled it with fluorescein adopting a new chemical route of synthesis. Unexpectedly, using flow cytometry, this study showed a higher affinity of PDMAEMA for platelets than for red blood cells. [less ▲]

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See detailCompeting One-Way Essential Complements : the Forgotten Side of the Net Neutrality Story
Broos, Sébastien ULg; Gautier, Axel ULg

Conference (2014, July 11)

We examine the incentives of an internet service provider (ISP) to break net neutrality by excluding internet applications competing with its own products, a typical example being the exclusion of VoIP ... [more ▼]

We examine the incentives of an internet service provider (ISP) to break net neutrality by excluding internet applications competing with its own products, a typical example being the exclusion of VoIP applications by a telecom company offering internet and voice services. We show that exclusion is not a concern when the ISP is a monopoly because it can extract the additional surplus created by the application through price rebalancing. By contrast, when ISP’s compete, in an attempt to differentiate, only one ISP will offer the app. Applying a no-exclusion rule in this case can lead to monopoly. [less ▲]

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Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Clément, Benoit; Riva, Raphaël ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 11)

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See detail(Wrong) representations of physical activity, from definition to recommandations
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, July 10)

Faisant partie intégrante de notre vie quotidienne, l’activité physique et la sédentarité constituent deux notions qui s’opposent dans la conception d’un style de vie sain. Les recherches actuelles ... [more ▼]

Faisant partie intégrante de notre vie quotidienne, l’activité physique et la sédentarité constituent deux notions qui s’opposent dans la conception d’un style de vie sain. Les recherches actuelles montrent que chacune d’elles devrait faire l’objet d’une attention particulière. Toutefois, qu’ils fassent partie du grand public ou appartiennent à des professions liées à la santé, il apparait que les individus ne construisent pas toujours des représentations adéquates à propos des bonnes habitudes de vie. Dans la perspective d’influencer favorablement la culture des citoyens en matière d’activité physique, il s’avère donc nécessaire de rappeler régulièrement les informations clés qui devraient être retenues et appliquées dans la vie de tous les jours. Afin d’illustrer la manière avec laquelle les représentations peuvent constituer le fil rouge d’un processus amenant les gens à adopter un style de vie physiquement actif et peu sédentaire, nous passerons brièvement en revue la définition de l’activité physique, l’identification de ses effets et les recommandations proposées actuellement par les agences de santé publique. Nous utiliserons différentes approches ludiques originales, susceptibles de faire vivre aux participants des expériences visant à stimuler le traitement des informations et à privilégier leur rétention. Au niveau de la définition de l’activité physique, l’objectif consistera à faire ressortir les différentes dimensions de l’activité physique. Puisque les recherches les plus récentes en soulignent l’incidence de plus en plus marquée, nous insisterons également sur la distinction entre les différents niveaux d’intensité de la pratique. Ensuite, une classification des effets bénéfiques de l’activité physique sera proposée avant une révision des recommandations internationales. Les modalités de présentation originales qui seront mises en place stimuleront la prise de conscience de certaines mauvaises représentations, courantes dans le public. La dernière partie de l’exposé consistera à illustrer les contre-arguments à opposer à ceux qui ne sont pas encore convaincus qu’ils pourraient bouger davantage. [less ▲]

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See detailLiterature through Technology. Depicting the Future of the Book from Verne to Barjavel
Stienon, Valérie ULg

Conference (2014, July 10)

French futuristic novels tend to develop a wide range of representations regarding the book of the future as it is impacted by technical inventions, from the phone to the digital paradigm through ... [more ▼]

French futuristic novels tend to develop a wide range of representations regarding the book of the future as it is impacted by technical inventions, from the phone to the digital paradigm through photography and film: Albert Robida’s “phono-livre” (La Vie électrique, 1890), Octave Uzanne’s “storyographe” powered by electricity from the human body, Henri Allorge’s “bibliophone” (Le grand cataclysme, 1922), Léon Daudet’s “cinébiblat” and “cinélivre” (Le Napus, 1927), Maurice Renard’s telepathic book (Un homme chez les microbes, 1928) or even René Barjavel’s “télélecture” (Ravage, 1943) among others. It is well known that the historical antagonism between Science and the Humanities deeply influenced the disciplinary boundaries and the respective values of the two fields. But it also appears that such a disciplinary discussion does involve the issue of the material and tangible forms of the book considered as an object. Futuristic novels put a specific emphasis on the acoustic, visual and tactile avatars of the book within a sociocultural context characterized by the rise of Applied Sciences and media communication. Do these new media and formats compete with or complement to the former book patterns? Are such representations of the book as an audiovisual item some response to the predicted decline of the Humanities? Or are they rather a means of asserting the faith in a new forthcoming kind of literature? Although science may badly affect literature so as to produce an impoverishing mechanization of literary style (Jules Verne, Paris au XXe siècle, 1863), it also gives a valuable opportunity to create more ergonomic formats for a wider distribution and a more easily handheld book. Since the late 19th century until WWII, many futuristic novels propose to consider the book as it is located at the junction of Science and the Humanities rather than in their dichotomous opposition. Regarded as a specific leitmotiv, such a topic of technological and transmedia conversions of the book leads to reconsider the evolution of the identity paradigm of France as a “literary nation”. It also gives the opportunity to investigate the discrepancies and coincidences between the conjectural scope of these futuristic novels and the factual history of technological advances. [less ▲]

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See detailSupercritical CO2, impregnation to prepare drug-loaded implants: inpregantion of anti-inflammatory drugs into sutures
Champeau, Mathilde; Tassaing, Thierry; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 10)

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See detailOutils d’étude pour caractériser l’impact de l’ hydrodynamique sur la culture de cellules animales adhérentes cultivées sur microporteurs en bioréacteurs à cuve agitée
Collignon, Marie-Laure ULg

Conference (2014, July 10)

Cette présentation montre l'importance du choix des conditions d'agitation lors de la culture de cellules animales adhérentes sur microporteurs en bioréacteurs à cuve agitée. Elle montre des exemples d ... [more ▼]

Cette présentation montre l'importance du choix des conditions d'agitation lors de la culture de cellules animales adhérentes sur microporteurs en bioréacteurs à cuve agitée. Elle montre des exemples d'outils pour caractériser à l'échelle locale l'hydrodynamique au sein de ces bioréacteurs et une approche Euler-Lagrange qui a terme permettra de faire le lien entre l'hydrodynamique et la réponse cellulaire grâce à l'établissement de l'historique de conditions rencontrées localement par les cellules. [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 detailSynthesis of degradable polyphosphoester copolymers for templating calcium carbonate drug delivery carriers
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Calvignac, Brice et al

Conference (2014, July 09)

Degradable acid bearing polyphosphoester (PPE) copolymers were prepared by combination of organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization and click chemistry. Their solution behavior and ability to complex ... [more ▼]

Degradable acid bearing polyphosphoester (PPE) copolymers were prepared by combination of organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization and click chemistry. Their solution behavior and ability to complex calcium ions were studied as well as their capacity to template CaCO3 particles dedicated to drug delivery. [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 detailApproximation algorithms for multi-dimensional vector assignment problems
Crama, Yves ULg

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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 consumption of pornography and sexuality during adolescence : between exploratory behaviour and risks of deviant behaviour
Glowacz, Fabienne ULg; Puglia, Rosa ULg

Conference (2014, July 09)

Pornographic consumption or exposure to sexually explicit media (SEM) during adolescence raises many questions, in particular concerning its incidence on the level of a teenager's psychosexual development ... [more ▼]

Pornographic consumption or exposure to sexually explicit media (SEM) during adolescence raises many questions, in particular concerning its incidence on the level of a teenager's psychosexual development and sexual behaviour. Adolescence is a stage of identity formation, characterized by the adoption of risk taking and exploratory behaviours, of which the consumption of pornography is part. Whereas some studies noticed an impact of the exposure to sexually explicit media on the level of the subject's psychosexual development, attitudes towards sexuality and sexual behaviour, other studies do not highlight any significant links between the voluntary or involuntary exposure to pornography and risk taking sexual behaviours. Two researches will be presented to deal with this question. The first study, relating to a sample of 319 teenagers aged between 15 to 18 (52% boys), shows that 85% of the subjects have already seen pornographic material, the average age a child first views pornography being between 10 and 14. Our results indicate that the forms of exposure to SEM as well as the representations of pornography and the impact of pornographic material on their sexuality are different depending on the subject's gender. Our second study, relating to a sample of 47 juvenile sexual offenders, will make it possible to consider the forms of consumption of these young people and the possible links between their sexual offence and the consumption of pornography. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of multiple-point geostatistics on groundwater flow and transport in media with complex geological heterogeneity: lessons learnt and remaining challenges
Huysmans, Marijke; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Proceedings (2014, July 09)

Multiple-point geostatistics has been increasingly applied on groundwater problems in the last ten years. Several case studies have been published indicating simulating realistic geological heterogeneity ... [more ▼]

Multiple-point geostatistics has been increasingly applied on groundwater problems in the last ten years. Several case studies have been published indicating simulating realistic geological heterogeneity using multiple-point geostatistics can significantly improve groundwater flow and solute transport predictions. There are however several remaining challenges when applying multiple-point geostatistics to groundwater problems often suffering from data scarcity. These challenges might be the reason why multiple-point has been used to a much lesser extent by practitioners than by researchers. This paper gives an overview of the current challenges and discusses new advancements to overcome them. The following questions will be discussed: How to obtain 3D training images? Can the representativity of the used training image be validated ? How sensitive are groundwater calculations to the selection of the training image? Is it worth incorporating fine scale geological heterogeneity in groundwater problems or are other features (boundary conditions, data uncertainty/quality, …) more important for improving predictions? How can multiple-point geostatistics be used without suffering from very long computation times for the numerical models? Is overparametrization of groundwater models an issue ? What are the practical obstacles to apply multiple-point geostatistics by groundwater practitioners? [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse des facteurs de perception du risque de mauvaise localisation de la tumeur par les travailleurs dans un service de radiothérapie
Kamto Kenmogne, Marius ULg

Conference (2014, July 08)

A la suite des scandales médicaux de Toulouse et d’Epinal, la sécurité des soins en radiothérapie a connu un intérêt croissant. En même temps qu’une réglementation plus exigeante est émise, des méthodes ... [more ▼]

A la suite des scandales médicaux de Toulouse et d’Epinal, la sécurité des soins en radiothérapie a connu un intérêt croissant. En même temps qu’une réglementation plus exigeante est émise, des méthodes de gestion de risques issues de l’industrie sont expérimentées et les résultats des expériences publiés. Toutefois, ces méthodes sont souvent basées sur des hypothèses à priori sur le comportement humain et aucune n’analyse spécifiquement comment les risques sont évalués par les divers acteurs et groupes d’acteurs intervenant dans le processus de prise en charge du patient. Le présent article fournit les résultats d’une étude empirique analysant les facteurs psychologiques expliquant les différences de perception du risque de mauvaise localisation par les travailleurs d’un service de radiothérapie. Il démontre que les médecins qualifiés d’experts minimisent ce risque en s’appuyant d’une part sur leur connaissance de la fréquence de réalisation du risque et des conséquences pour le patient et d’autre part sur leur expérience et leurs compétences pour le prévenir et le réduire. Le personnel d’administration qualifié de profane ne s’estime pas concerné par ce risque. Bien que beaucoup le considèrent comme élevé, ils n’ont pas d’avis sur les différents facteurs de perception proposés dans le cadre d’analyse de Slovic. [less ▲]

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See detailDu processus aux soins intégrés : expérience de gestion de projet bottom-up
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; BASSLEER, Bernard ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 08)

Implementation of blood conservation strategies is a current issue in a public health view, especially in cardiac surgery. A service project has been initiated in the cardiovascular department of the CHU ... [more ▼]

Implementation of blood conservation strategies is a current issue in a public health view, especially in cardiac surgery. A service project has been initiated in the cardiovascular department of the CHU of Liege aiming to develop a blood conservation program. This project has evolved into the creation of a clinical pathway of the cardiac surgery patient and then into an institutional model for the development of other clinical pathways. This evolution leads to meet with the missions and strategic objectives of the Institution and some national projects. The process of this approach weaves a horizontal and vertical grid. The multidisciplinary membership, supported by medical and nursing leadership and the institutional support, will determine the sustainability of this project. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial communities associated to common bean seed - A mechanism of local adaptation of plants?
Klaedtke, Stephanie ULg; Barret, Mathieu; Chable, Véronique et al

in Chable, V; Goldringer, I; Howlett, SA (Eds.) et al Diversity strategies for organic and low input agricultures and their food systems .Book of abstracts of Solibam final congress, Nantes, 7-9 July 2014 (2014, July 08)

The effects of crop genotype and cultivation site on microbial communities associated to seed of Phaseolus vulgaris were assessed on 33 seed lots. These seed lots were obtained by multiplying 5 initial ... [more ▼]

The effects of crop genotype and cultivation site on microbial communities associated to seed of Phaseolus vulgaris were assessed on 33 seed lots. These seed lots were obtained by multiplying 5 initial seed lots of different cultivars in two contrasting environments for 2 years in 3 replicates. An additional commercial control lot was introduced the second year. The diversity of fungal and bacterial communities was analyzed by high-throughput sequencing of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene and the fungal ITS1 region, respectively. Results showed that the structure of the fungal and the bacterial communities is significantly affected by the cultivation site. [less ▲]

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See detailTaking Cadaveric Decomposition Chemistry out of Flatland
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Perrault, K; Stadler, S et al

Conference (2014, July 07)

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See detailL'hôpital, une entreprise comme les autres ? Oui, mais ...
Van Caillie, Didier ULg

Conference (2014, July 07)

A l’instar d’une entreprise industrielle, l’hôpital actuel présente les caractéristiques suivantes, quel que soit son statut ou sa localisation : Il est constitué d’un ensemble de ressources rares et ... [more ▼]

A l’instar d’une entreprise industrielle, l’hôpital actuel présente les caractéristiques suivantes, quel que soit son statut ou sa localisation : Il est constitué d’un ensemble de ressources rares et limitées, de nature humaines, techniques, financières et immatérielles (savoirs et connaissances), dont il doit justifier d’une utilisation efficiente (en clair, maximiser le rapport output/coût) en regard des attentes diverses et parfois contradictoires de ses différentes parties prenantes (patients, collaborateurs, autorités de financement, autorités de contrôle) s’il veut remplir le rôle de création de valeur sociétale naturellement dévolu à toute organisation. En terme managérial, son défi quotidien est de : Gérer de manière coordonnée des flux multiples (flux des patients physiques, objets des soins ; flux des médicaments et des traitements, nécessaires à la fluidité du flux des patients ; flux d’information, traduction virtuelle des patients physiques nécessaire lui aussi à la fluidité du flux des patients) dans un souci permanent d’efficience multiple : garantir le bon soin au bon patient au bon moment avec l’information suffisante, les médicaments et l’infrastructure adéquate, le tout, au moindre coût. Simultanément, coordonner en permanence l’ensemble des ressources humaines, matérielles et financières de l’organisation, et surtout motiver la principale ressource critique, l’ensemble des collaborateurs (corps médical, corps infirmier, corps technicien de support, corps de support à la gestion), en résolvant de manière continue les défis quotidiens d’une bonne communication interpersonnelle (dans et entre les services), d’une motivation individuelle alignée sur les besoins et les attentes de l’organisation et d’une parfaite coordination avec les attentes du patient. [less ▲]

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See detailNouvelle stratégie opérationnelle aux urgences : le Triage infirmier avancé.
JOBE, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, July 07)

Confronté au problème de surpopulation, conséquence de leur fréquentation sans cesse croissante, les services d’urgence ont mis en place des stratégies opérationnelles basées sur des filières de soins ... [more ▼]

Confronté au problème de surpopulation, conséquence de leur fréquentation sans cesse croissante, les services d’urgence ont mis en place des stratégies opérationnelles basées sur des filières de soins organisées au départ de systèmes de triage des patients. Pareils outils ont démontrés leur intérêt mais s’avèrent aujourd’hui insuffisant, raison pour laquelle de nouvelles stratégies voient le jour. Un d’elle, le triage infirmier avancé, permettant à un infirmier d’initier la démarche diagnostique juste après la catégorisation du patient, semble être une promesse d’avenir. Une étude portant sur un triage infirmier avancé pour les patients se présentant pour une douleur thoracique a été menée récemment au CHU de Liège. Les résultats encourageant de cette étude révèlent un gain de temps dans la prise en charge des patients en faveur de ce nouveau système et une durée totale de séjour aux urgences réduites, principalement en période de surpopulation. Il se confirme donc que le triage infirmier avancé, couplé à un triage classique, particulièrement en période de surpopulation, améliore la prise en charge des patients en terme de temps et réduit le temps total de séjour aux urgences combattant par là la surpopulation. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of players' level on racket speed and ball accuracy in the tennis serve
Tubez, François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Cordonnier, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 06)

INTRODUCTION Serve in modern tennis game is an important offensive weapon for players (1-2). In kinematic analysis, serve is the most studied stroke of this game. The aim of our study was to compare the ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION Serve in modern tennis game is an important offensive weapon for players (1-2). In kinematic analysis, serve is the most studied stroke of this game. The aim of our study was to compare the performance of two specific populations: international players versus national players. In particular, racket speed at impact and accuracy of ball were assessed. METHODS A tennis court was reconstructed in a motion analysis laboratory. The position of the racket was evaluated in 3D at a frequency rate of 200 Hz. Tests were performed on 6 professional players (international level) and 9 non-professional players (national level). Each of them served 25 trials in direction of the “T” area of deuce diagonal. Two squares of 1m² and 2 m² respectively were delimited on the corner of the serve square. The instruction for both groups was to serve in the “T” area with the highest ball speed and minimal ball rotation (flat serve). RESULTS Although the forward speed of the racket at impact was identical between the two groups of players (International 36.35 ± 2.37 m/s and national 36.37 ± 2.90 m/s, p-value 0,991), the accuracy and consistency of serves on the target area is better for international players group (1m² area: International 33% ± 7% and national 14% ± 12%, p-value 0.0053; 2m² area (including 1m² area): International 71% ± 8% and national 54% ± 12%, p-value 0.0096; Out of zone: International 29% ± 8% and national 46% ± 12%, p-value 0.014). DISCUSSION High-velocity ball seems to be a key factor for serve performance (3). It is known that there is a relationship between racket speed and ball velocity (4). Both groups have high racket speed. However, international players serve with better accuracy and consistency than national players. We hypothesize that these differences are due to capacity of international players to adapt to a particular environment. Moreover, international players could give priority to consistency over velocity. We conclude that high-velocity serve is not a sufficient criterion to perform at international level; consistency and accuracy are two important factors to reach this level. [less ▲]

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See detailIslands as reference stations for environmental studies: the case of Calvi Bay in Corsica
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Lejeune, Pierre

Conference (2014, July 05)

Islands are subject to human activities and their impacts on land and marine ecosystems. They are also often isolated from some of the continental influences but on the other hand different kind of human ... [more ▼]

Islands are subject to human activities and their impacts on land and marine ecosystems. They are also often isolated from some of the continental influences but on the other hand different kind of human activities can be concentrated in small areas. These characteristics make possible the management of many programs that use whole islands, or some of their parts, as a reference station for environmental studies. From this perspective, the program STARE-CAPMED has begun in 2012 at STARESO, an oceanographic research station established at Calvi Bay (Corsica) since the early 70’s. It aims to create a reference station for the study of emerging local and global anthropogenic impacts on marine pristine ecosystems. Several universities are involved in this project and provide their expertise in various fields of marine sciences. This program provides a precise view of the environmental processes that occur, which are strongly linked with economic and cultural issues. [less ▲]

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See detailLe roi Léopold et la Commission nationale des sciences
Pirot, Pascal ULg

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See detailThe Belgian Monuments Men During and After the Second World War
Houbart, Claudine ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detailImportance of quantitative return-to-field criteria
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Cordonnier, Caroline ULg; Lehance, Cédric ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detail"Faire voir par l'histoire" : l'usage du passé contre Mazarin durant la Fronde
Saal, Caroline ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detail"Muette d'émotion. La Diva recomposée"
Belloi, Livio ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

Cette communication s'attache à étudier les résurgences de la diva dans le cinéma expérimental contemporain, en particulier dans "Diva Dolorosa" (Peter Delpeut, 1999) et dans "Film ist." (Gustav Deutsch ... [more ▼]

Cette communication s'attache à étudier les résurgences de la diva dans le cinéma expérimental contemporain, en particulier dans "Diva Dolorosa" (Peter Delpeut, 1999) et dans "Film ist." (Gustav Deutsch, 2002). [less ▲]

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See detailGoverning by numbers or democratizing measurement : The policy and practices of quality management in universities
Fallon, Catherine ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

Quality management frequently appeals to performance indicators (PI) without questioning their constructed and contextual dimension and the reduction of the social complexity they induce. Practices and ... [more ▼]

Quality management frequently appeals to performance indicators (PI) without questioning their constructed and contextual dimension and the reduction of the social complexity they induce. Practices and discourses in this field tend to swing between two antinomic registers: strenghtening of a managerial approach by the authorities and new participatory expectations by stakeholders. Quality-oriented approaches and performance measurement advocates a quantitative practice based on a top-down, standardised approach focused on statistical knowledge and advocating a desire of transparency and increasing efficiency. The indicator-based measurement also endorses a legitimacy and accountability function (Zittoun 2009). Quantification of social phenomenon leads to a double reductionism : PI reduce social complexity to a single figure, and contribute at the same time to a normative twist of public action when pushing forward the search for performance and efficiency as main objective of policies while downplaying other less measurable social or environmental dimensions (Salais, 2010). In the last decade, public governance focused so much on numbers and benchmarking that the digits and indicators seem to structure the whole decision making process instead of being a simple adjuvant to it (Dahler-Larsen 2012, Ogien 2009). Simutaneously, local actors have to translate in local practices the policy indicators that where defined by experts far away from local concerns. This top down approach puts the autonomy of local professionals under pressure (Chauvière 2007). These tensions could be resolved by defining new modes of coordination between experts and the knowledge of stakeholders. Beyond the criticism of “governing by numbers” the hypothesis is to test the emergence of new families of context rich operational indicators, supporting local participation (Didier et al 2013). This paper proposes to analyze these tensions in the case of the development of quality management processes in universities in Belgium and show how the development of quantification mechanisms resisted participatory processes in the definition of indicators and statistical models (Fallon & Leclercq 2013). It will question how can stakeholders be involved in the definitions of measures, contribution to the framing of the convention of what is locally important and what is not. [less ▲]

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