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See detailFirst on-sky results with ARGOS at LBT
Orban De Xivry, Gilles ULg; Rabien, Sebastian; Busoni, Lorenzo et al

in First on-sky results with ARGOS at LBT (2016, July)

One year and an half after ARGOS first light, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) laser guided ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system has been operated on both sides of the LBT. The system fulfills ... [more ▼]

One year and an half after ARGOS first light, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) laser guided ground-layer adaptive optics (GLAO) system has been operated on both sides of the LBT. The system fulfills the GLAO promise and typically delivers an improvement by a factor of 2 in FWHM over the 4'×4' field of view of both Luci instruments, the two near-infrared imagers and multi-object spectrographs. In this paper, we report on the first on-sky results and analyze the performances based on the data collected so far. We also discuss adaptive optics procedures and the joint operations with Luci for science observations. [less ▲]

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See detailChallenge testing with Brochothrix thermosphacta on minced pork meat shows interest to couple metagenetics to metabolomics to study food spoilage
Baré, Ghislain ULg; Cauchie, Emilie ULg; Leenders, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, July)

The spoilage of perishable foods is mainly caused by bacterial activity. The risk of unwanted bacterial growth is particularly high in the minced pork meat. In this work, the natural microbial ... [more ▼]

The spoilage of perishable foods is mainly caused by bacterial activity. The risk of unwanted bacterial growth is particularly high in the minced pork meat. In this work, the natural microbial contaminants of the minced pork meat were followed by 16S ribosomal DNA deep sequencing (metagenetics) during aging tests at different temperatures. Brochothrix thermosphacta MM008 strain was selected as one of the main contaminants responsible for the spoilage of the meat. Minced pork meat previously sterilized by gamma irradiation was inoculated with B. thermosphacta MM008 for challenge tests measuring growth and then incubated at different temperatures. Minced meat samples were taken and analyzed by H-NMR 1D at time 0 and at final time (from 14 to 19 days, depending on the incubation temperature). Orthogonal partial least square discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA) showed that samples, regardless of the incubation temperature, could be splitted into 3 groups according to their spectral profile: 1) samples taken at time 0, 2) samples inoculated with B. thermosphacta and taken at final time, 3) samples uninoculated, taken at final time. From the analysis of the metabolomics data, higher concentrations of glycerol, glucose, taurine, lactate, carnitine, betaine and glycine were identified in the samples of uninoculated minced pork meat and an increased production of creatine, acetate and acetone was found in the samples of minced pork meat inoculated with B. thermosphacta MM008. These observations showed that -omics technologies (metagenetics and metabolomics) could be used conclusively to study microbial spoilage of minced pork meat. [less ▲]

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See detailA vascular plant precursor from North Gondwana
Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

in 4th International Meeting of Agora Paleobotanica, Brussels 7-10 July 2016 (2016, July)

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See detailThe mechanical control of peri-implant bone remodeling investigated by in vivo imaging and in silico modeling
Li, Zihui; Betts, Duncan; Kuhn, Gisela et al

Conference (2016, July)

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See detailNew spore data from the Lower Devonian Posongchong Formation from Wenshan, Yunnan, China
Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg; Rial, Gonzalo; Xue, Jinzhuang et al

in 4th International Meeting of Agora Paleobotanica, Brussels 7-10 July 2016 (2016, July)

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See detailApplications of the multiple timescale spectral analysis in wind engineering
Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Zingoni, Alphose (Ed.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (2016, July)

The random response of civil engineering structures to the buffeting action of wind loads is typically composed of several components, usually referred to as the background component, in the low fre ... [more ▼]

The random response of civil engineering structures to the buffeting action of wind loads is typically composed of several components, usually referred to as the background component, in the low fre- quency zone and the resonant component(s) in the neighborhood of modal natural frequencies. It has become customary to study separately and add the contributions of these components to the total response, at least as far as the second order response (variance of structural responses) is concerned. Such a decomposition exists but is less usual for the computation of covariances of modal coordinates or of structural displacements, which are in turn necessary for the determination of internal stresses. The question of such a decomposition also holds for nonlinear systems, or even for the higher statistical moments of a linear structural system, should the response be non Gaussian. With very wide ranges of applicability, the Multiple Timescale Spectral Analysis summarizes under a unified framework recent works aiming at the development of such decompositions. This paper briefly pictures this particular theory based on perturbation methods, and provides illustrations of its applicability to the problems cited above. [less ▲]

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See detailDistinct cerebral metabolic patterns related to high pain sensitivity in episodic or chronic migraine patients and healthy volunteers
D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Lisicki Martinez, Marco ULg; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience (2016, July)

Introduction Allodynia, i.e. pain evoked by a non-painful stimulus, is prevalent in chronic pain and in migraine where it augments with disease severity and chronicity [1]. Central sensitization is ... [more ▼]

Introduction Allodynia, i.e. pain evoked by a non-painful stimulus, is prevalent in chronic pain and in migraine where it augments with disease severity and chronicity [1]. Central sensitization is thought to be the culprit [2]. It is not known, however, which central areas are involved. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether brain metabolism in subjects that are more sensitive to pain is different between migraine patients and healthy controls. Subjects and methods Quantitative heat sensory testing on the forehead and 18FDG-PET were performed in 55 subjects: 20 healthy volunteers (HV, 21-59 years, 5M), 21 patients with episodic migraine in the interictal phase (MO, age range: 20-63 years, 5M) and 14 patients with chronic migraine (CM, age range: 22-62 years, 1M). The 3 cohorts were subdivided according to the median heat pain threshold into subgroups with low and high pain thresholds. PET results were compared between these subgroups in each cohort. Data analyses were restricted to areas of the pain/salience matrix. Results There was no significant difference in heat pain thresholds between HV (median: 43.7 °C), MO median: 44.2°C) and CM (median: 43.3°C) (p=0.64). In an SPM-ANOVA, a contrast modelling the potential gradual effect of increased differences in pain sensitivity in relation to disease severity showed significant metabolic changes in bilateral thalamus and midbrain (p < 0.001). Additional analyses revealed that hypometabolic areas in subgroups with a low heat pain threshold differed between HV (anterior cingulate and somatosensory cortices), MO (lower pons and somatosensory cortex) and CM (midbrain and thalamus) (Figure 1). Conclusion Overall migraine patients do not have reduced heat pain thresholds. However, hypometabolic areas related to high thermal pain sensitivity are strictly cortical in HV, but comprise the pons in episodic migraine and are restricted to midbrain and thalamus in chronic migraine. The distinct central correlates of heat pain sensitivity in migraine patients might therefore represent a biomarker of migraine and its chronification. Legend to figure Figure 1. Hypometabolic areas in low pain threshold subgroups in HV (green), MO (orange) and CM (red). p < 0.01 for display purpose. Résumé en Français: Titre: Métabolisme cérébral distinct en relation avec la sensibilité à la douleur entre sujets sains, migraine épisodique et migraine chronique. Les migraineux ont une sensibilité anormale à la douleur. Les mécanismes cérébraux en sont inconnus. Nous avons comparé le métabolisme cérébral chez des sujets sains et chez des migraineux épisodiques ou chroniques et correlé les résultats avec le seuil douloureux. Les aires cérébrales hypométaboliques liées à un seuil douloureux bas diffèrent entre groupes: régions corticales chez les sujets sains, aires corticales et sous-corticales dans la migraine épisodique, régions sous-corticales dans la migraine chronique .Le contrôle central de la douleur semble modifié distinctement dans les formes de migraine, ce qui pourrait en constituer un biomarqueur et avoir des implications thérapeutiques. [less ▲]

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See detailLe dossier CAPAES : outil de professionnalisation des formateurs?
Scheepers, Caroline ULg

Conference (2016, July)

Aujourd’hui, les formateurs des hautes écoles belges francophones sont tenus de décrocher le CAPAES, pour lequel il faut avoir validé des cours universitaires et avoir présenté devant une commission ... [more ▼]

Aujourd’hui, les formateurs des hautes écoles belges francophones sont tenus de décrocher le CAPAES, pour lequel il faut avoir validé des cours universitaires et avoir présenté devant une commission composite un dossier professionnel. Lequel dossier mobilise de solides compétences réflexives, puisque son auteur doit faire état de son parcours professionnel, mais aussi analyser et décrire un dispositif didactique dans lequel il est impliqué et dont il doit montrer le caractère professionnalisant. Ma contribution vise à rendre compte d’une vaste enquête adressée aux formateurs qui réalisé ce dossier professionnel. Qu’ont-ils appris par le biais de cette épreuve? Quelles difficultés ont-ils rencontrées ? Quelles tensions ont émergé ? Ont-ils été soutenus pour effectuer la tâche prescrite ? Estiment-ils qu’elle fut professionnalisante? Ont-ils révisé leurs conceptions en matière d’écriture ? Enfin, ont-ils reconsidéré leur façon d’encadrer les tâches d’écriture des étudiants? [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a mountain ultra-marathon on cardiac biomarkers
Le Goff, Caroline ULg; Gergelé, Laurent; Kaux, Jean-François ULg et al

in Crossing borders through sport science (2016, July)

Objectives. While moderate exercise has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supra-physiological effort are not clear yet. In particular, the physiological consequences of ... [more ▼]

Objectives. While moderate exercise has beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system, consequences of a supra-physiological effort are not clear yet. In particular, the physiological consequences of ultramarathons need to be further documented. The aim of the study was to assess the changes of various cardiac biomarkers after a mountain ultra-marathon. Material and methods. Blood and urine samples were collected on 28 runners (17 men) participating to the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (105km, total positive elevation: 5600 m) at 3 different times: before the race (Pre), within 1 h after the finish (Post) and 7 days after the finish (D+7). Several biomarkers involved in heart disease (coronary syndrome, heart failure and fibrosis) and in inflammation were assayed on different analyzers such a COBAS® (for CKMB,TnThs, NT-proBNP, H-FABP and CRPs) and KRYPTOR® (for Copeptin). ST2 was measured manually with the Presage kit from CRITICAL DIAGNOSTIC®. Results. Plasma levels of cardiac markers (CKMB, TnThs, NT-proBNP, copeptin, H FABP, ST2) and inflammation (CRPs) increased significantly at Post. Means values increased from Pre to Post as follows: 2.3 to 91.9 UI/L for CKMB (p<0.0001); 7.6 to 31.7 ng/L for TnThs (p<0.0001); 41.7 to 1190.5 ng/L for NT-proBNP, 4.2 to 22.9 pmol/L for copeptin (p=0.001); 3.6 to 107.8 ng/mL for H-FABP (p<0.0001), 29.7 to 126.2 ng/mL for ST2 (p<0.0001); 0.5 to 29.1 mg/L for CRPs (p<0.0001). With the exception of a few (H-FABP, ST2, CRPs) biomarkers in some subjects, all values were back to Pre values at D+7. Discussion-conclusion. Prolonged strenuous running exercise caused an elevation in cardiac biomarkers. Elevation in CK-MB levels lacks specificity for cardiac damage as runners have increased CKMB from skeletal muscles as well. Previous studies suggested that exercise induced TnThs elevation is a benign reversible physiologic phenomenon but this parameter, as well as H-FABP, could be a sign of ischemia. Different phenomena occurred such as stretch of myocytes causing an increase in pressure or volume and neurohormonal activation which can explain the Copeptine and NT-proBNP increase, while ST2 is a biomarker of cardiac remodeling and fibrosis. CRP is an acute phase compound that tends to increase following a strenuous and prolonged bout of exercise and/or muscular injury. As the values tended to return within the normal reference range values within 7 days after the race, our study suggests that there is no permanent structural damage at the myocardium level. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart co-phasing system for segmented mirror telescopes
Simar, Juan Felipe ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Surdej, Jean ULg

Poster (2016, June 30)

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror ... [more ▼]

One of the main challenges in space observations is to observe always fainter and more compact objects. This can be achieved by increasing the telescope diameters. So, increasing the primary mirror diameters of the telescopes is the challenge solution but it is technically impossible to manufacture monolithic mirrors larger than 10m in diameter. The use of segmented mirrors thus becomes mandatory. This paper describes the results of a light co-phasing setup mounted in laboratory. This setup is able to correct a piston from 200μm to 15 nm based on coarse (200μm to 300nm) and fine (300nm to 15nm) measurement methods. Both measurements are then chained in a feedback system in order to completely co-phase and keep the segments aligned. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling new stellar companions from the EXOZODI survey : follow up
Marion, Lindsay ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Ertel, Steve et al

Poster (2016, June 30)

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square ... [more ▼]

In 2012, we have conducted a survey of nearby main sequence stars with VLTI/PIONIER to search for the presence of circumstellar dust. We focused on the use of the closure phases and the square visibilities in a combined way to search for faint companions around the whole sample. In this process, we found four new stellar companions, for which we conducted follow-up observations in 2014. This follow up allows us to confirm the four detections, and to detect another new companion. Only the case of HD202730 remains ambiguous. [less ▲]

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See detailNational PESS report : Belgium
Cloes, Marc ULg; Mouton, Alexandre ULg

Conference (2016, June 29)

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See detailFast and not furious: an inquiry into the current low-risk/high-gain configuration of public participation
Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Charlier, Nathan ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 29)

For several years scholars pointed at the development of a “participatory turn” in science, technology and innovation (STI). Decisively informed by STS, “public involvement” and then “public engagement” ... [more ▼]

For several years scholars pointed at the development of a “participatory turn” in science, technology and innovation (STI). Decisively informed by STS, “public involvement” and then “public engagement” with STI have been enacted in a broad array of participatory experiments across Europe. These experiments were usually informed by rhetoric of citizen empowerment and distributed governance, against the limitations of technocratic approaches and traditional innovation processes, in order to “enrich”, “deepen”, “broaden” the knowledge base of our democracies. As “embarked researchers”, STS scholars played a crucial role in facilitating and legitimizing the organization of participatory events engaging a variety of publics. This paper will rely on the knowledge and expertise we gathered when organizing multiple participatory events over the last decade, while still trying maintain a critical distance with regard to our own engagement and the types of participation we contributed to enact. More specifically, we propose to draw on the lessons learnt from two recent projects, the organization of a citizens’ summit (Europe Wide Views on Sustainable Consumption) and a prospective study to gauge the potential of involving users in a Living Lab in the health sector in Wallonia. These two projects produced different publics (“citizens-consumers” or “users”), were informed by different political rationales (“sustainability” or “inclusive innovation”), took place in diverse settings (a European FP7 project or a project funded by the Walloon Region) and connected to several narratives of public empowerment through participation (“being heard in policymaking” or “accelerating and improving health”). Our contribution maps and compares the different instrumental and strategic framings of the engagement of publics in those two projects, emphasizing the roles attributed to fabricated publics but also the construction of categories such as the “state” and the “economy”. It unpacks some critical issues related to the methods and techniques used in the concrete implementation of participatory exercises such as, for example, the relation between the assigned tasks, the allowed forms of dialogue between the participants, the room for engagement with the issue(s) at stake and the broader understanding of processes these inputs were supposed to contribute to. Our analysis highlights a tension between the justificatory rationales for public engagement and its specific enactments. In these fast and optimized exercises, participants and their inputs become resources that need to be methodologically maximized and from which “value” may be extracted for instrumental use, i.e. innovation or policy-making. In this configuration in which, we argue, most participation experiments are stuck, the increasing involvement of publics in either policy-making or innovation will only be likely to produce low risk and high gain for powerful actors, who manage to take the best advantage of unpaid and uncritical labour from participants. Due attention (including self-reflexive critique) will be paid to alternative framings and critical insights, which were methodologically eliminated or ‘tamed’ to avoid threatening the design of the overall participatory exercise. By externalizing critique to favour unconditional compliance with imposed notions of the “greater good”, we scrutinize the risk for participation to become a mere space of experimentation for the sake of innovation and economic growth. Furthermore, we argue that critical scholarly work should help to move beyond this particular division of labour and responsibilities between the spheres of science, society and the state in order to avoid re-enacting traditional conceptions of the policy-making process and innovation pathways. [less ▲]

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See detailMerging carbon dioxide utilisation, bioresources and CO2-based process for sustainable low carbon footprints polyurethanes
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic ... [more ▼]

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic driver for developing future low carbon footprints materials and technologies. With a global production estimated to 18 million tons for 2016, polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important polymers in our everyday life with applications in automotive, in building and construction, in coating, in the medical field, as flexible and rigid foams for thermal and/or acoustic insulation. Industrially, PU is produced by step-growth polymerization between di- or polyisocyanates and di- or polyols. However, isocyanates are extremely toxic compounds and made from even more toxic and explosive phosgene. Prolonged exposure to isocyanates vapour results in serious health damages such as skin irritation, asthma or DNA mutation whereas phosgene causes death. Because of the toxicity issues of these compounds associated to drastic changes in the REACH regulations limiting/banning the use of isocyanates, there is a need today to develop new greener and safer alternatives to produce PU. Valorising CO2 as C1 feedstock for producing precursors entering in the synthesis of polyurethanes by a non-isocyanate route (NIPU) is a promising route to solve this challenge the polyurethane sector is facing. Through its global objective focussing on the synthesis of isocyanate-free low carbon footprint foamed materials for thermal insulation this research highlights benefits of merging bio-resources with carbon dioxide transformation and “physical” utilization. The success of the project relies on 3 key steps involving: i) The synthesis of bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates using new highly efficient organocatalysts: Due to the low reactivity of CO2 versus epoxides, addition of catalysts in the reaction medium is necessary. If lot of catalysts have been developed, their use generally suffers from some drawbacks. Indeed, most of the metal-based catalysts are highly sensitive to hydrolysis and oxidation or/and poorly selective and additionally, some of them are toxic whereas less/non-toxic and eco-friendly organocatalysts such as ionic liquids and halide salts are generally only efficient at very high temperature and pressure, so favouring the decomposition of catalyst. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new highly-efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst that showed unexpected catalytic activity for the fast (within a few minutes) and selective addition of CO2 onto model epoxides and epoxidized vegetable oils under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The use of this powerful dual organocatalyst was further extended to the first organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonate entering the synthesis of CO2-sourced conventional PUs. ii) The synthesis of sustainable non-isocyanate polyurethanes: Sustainable NIPUs were produced by step-growth polymerization between the so-produced bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates and biosourced amino-telechelic comonomers derived from linseed fatty acids according to a process compatible with existing industrial infrastructures (extrusion). iii) The foaming of NIPUs: Sustainable foams with thermal insulation were produced by the supercritical CO2 assisted foaming technology. Due to its solubility in polymers, CO2 can replace conventional flammable VOCs and ozone depletion chemical or physical blowing agents such as diazo compounds, hydrocarbons (pentane, isopentane…) or inert gases (nitrogen…) to produce (ultra)lightweight microcellular foams. By finely choosing the CO2 impregnation and the foaming conditions, foams with a thermal conductivity as low as 0.052 Wm-1K-1 were produced. Our study shows that CO2 is not only sequestered in the material for long-term application, but is also valorized as a blowing agent in the production of sustainable thermally insulating NIPU foams. Such low carbon footprints materials will contribute to energy conservation and savings by reducing CO2 emissions [less ▲]

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See detailExploring potentialities of RanbP2-type Zinc Fingers in RNA-binding proteins design
De Franco, Simona ULg; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 29)

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of ... [more ▼]

Transcriptomes consist of several classes of RNAs, whose roles are central to innumerable biological processes as well as diseases. These observations justify the increasing interest in the engineering of functionalized RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) to specifically manipulate RNA function. In this context, the RanBP2-type Zinc Finger (ZF) domain emerged as a suitable scaffold for single-stranded RBPs design. The present study aimed to identify the sequence-specificity of several naturally occurring RanBP2-type ZFs by in vitro selection and use the natural variation in their substrate to create arrays of ZF domains displaying customized specificity. A parallel kinetic and thermodynamic characterization of ssRNA-ZFs interaction was performed by Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC) and BioLayer Interferometry (BLI), respectively. Although our data showed that only little variations in the recognized sequence could be observed for the studied ZFs, they contribute to elucidate the molecular basis for the RanBP2-type ZF-ssRNA interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailA Selective and Highly Sensitive MIR Photoacuostic Sensor for Trace Gas Monitoring
Lassen, M; Lamar, L; Balslev-Harder, D et al

Conference (2016, June 28)

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See detailCitizen science in the nuclear field: An exploration of its potential in governing nuclear incidents, accidents, and post-disaster situations
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel; Van Hoyweghen, Ine et al

Conference (2016, June 28)

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. As CS serves public purposes (e.g ... [more ▼]

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. As CS serves public purposes (e.g. educational goals) and emanates within democratic and participatory cultures (e.g. the open science movement), it potentially broadens scientific research and facilitates public participation in science policy. Whereas the role of CS is well documented in fields such as amateur astronomy, biohacking, video gaming, etc., there is a dearth of research about the role of CS in the nuclear field. Yet, following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, CS has demonstrably contributed to filling knowledge and information gaps, as citizens in the affected areas monitor radioactivity in the environment and communicate about environmental risks (e.g. Citizens’ Radioactivity Monitoring Project). In this process, citizen scientists have voiced ardent criticism of government and industry, as these institutes are seen to deliberately inhibit open knowledge sharing. Taking these insights as an entry point, this paper probes the potential of CS in the governance of nuclear incidents/accidents, emergency situations, and in post-disaster recovery. Drawing on past and present CS initiatives connected to nuclear incidents and accidents in Japan, the USA, Canada, and the UK, it conceptualizes the social spaces in which CS emerges; ascertains which knowledge, information and decision-making challenges CS addresses; and determines which collective lessons can be drawn to ensure more legitimate and socially robust nuclear governance. Particular attention is given to the role governments, industries, and established scientists can, and should, assume as potential facilitators, patrons, or challengers of a more collective, open approach to disaster preparedness and response. The latter category comprises social scientists, who in Japan have been criticized for “disengaging” with CS practice, thereby limiting opportunities for contextual learning about disasters and even hampering post-trauma disaster recovery. The paper engages with the following conference themes: The future role of publics in processes of government/governance; Empowering publics in new innovation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailHolocene paleoclimate reconstructions from belgian continental archives
Allan, Mohammed ULg; VERHEYDEN, sophie; CRUCIFIX, Michel et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high ... [more ▼]

Speleothems and peatbogs presented in Belgium are interesting archives for atmospheric pollution record and climate variability. Both archives are reliable continental environmental archives of high interest due to their dating possibilities and their possibility to preserve multi-proxy records of environmental and climatic dynamics. Combining studies on speleothems and peatbogs from the same area will provide an age-constrained reconstruction of climatic variability at annual resolution for key intervals of the Holocene. The reconstructed precipitation and temperature curves in NW European settings, as proposed in HOPES, are essential to better constrain the Northern Hemisphere climatic record and to test climate models. Our strategy is derived from a comparative study of two continental archives speleothems and peatbogs. Time series of elemental and stable isotope geochemistry will be established for the 2 archives. For peatbog, the reconstructions of temperature (derived from stable C and O isotope), precipitation (derived from humification) and dust flux (from elementary geochemical signature) would track climate changes with subdecadal resolution. As an innovative part, Laser Ablation analyse of elemental geochemistry on impregnated peat section will allow to reach an annual resolution in the dust flux. For speleothems, records of temperature (derived from oxygen and carbon isotopic composition of calcite) and effective rainfall (derived from geochemical ratios) would reach a seasonal resolution. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping and investigating phase anomalies in GPS data onboard Low Earth Orbiters
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Bruinsma, Sean; Loyer, Sylvain et al

Poster (2016, June 28)

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on ... [more ▼]

To face important societal challenges like sea level variations, climate change and natural hazards management (tsunami detection, earthquakes, crustal deformations…), modern science rely more and more on precise geodesy. Precise Orbit Determination (POD) is of major concern in the frame of altimetry or gravity recovery missions like GOCE or GRACE. Using the GPS receiver onboard, orbits at cm-level accuracy are generally achieved in both kinematic and reduced-dynamic approaches using dual frequency code and phase measurements. GPS data processing generally uses the Ionospheric-Free (IF) combination to get rid of the ionospheric delay, which is varying with the season, latitude, local time and solar activity. However, large discrepancies in the orbit determination are still observed over polar and equatorial regions, which turn into artefacts and errors in the derived scientific products (gravity field, sea surface height…). More precisely, large RMS values are strongly correlated to phase anomalies occurring on GPS receivers: cycle slips, data unavailability or enhanced measurement noise, especially on L2 signal. Phase anomalies are generally observed when the satellite orbit crosses regions where ionospheric scintillations occur, which are defined as rapid fluctuations in phase and amplitude of the GNSS signals. The occurrence of scintillations exhibits large day-to-day variations and depends mainly on geomagnetic latitude, season and local time. At low latitudes, maximum occurrence of scintillations is observed 15-20° on either side of the geomagnetic equator. Scintillations also occur at auroral and polar latitudes, where their intensity increases with increasing geomagnetic activity. This paper aims at detecting, mapping and understanding the phase anomalies experienced by LEO satellites and analyzing their correlation with geomagnetic activity, latitude, season and local time. Several LEO satellites at different altitudes are analyzed (e.g. SWARM, GRACE or JASON), which allows a multi-layer analysis of the underlying ionospheric phenomenon, including scintillation. The latter are generally measured with several indices, like the amplitude index S4 or the phase index SigmaPhi (σφ), which are usually derived from 100Hz measurements performed by dedicated scintillation monitors. In this study, we compute a similar index (called pseudo-σφ) using GPS phase data at 1Hz coming from POD GNSS antenna. A detailed study of the occurrence rate and the severity of pseudo-σφ, together with cycle slips and other spurious phase data, will be performed for different LEO satellites. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of nitrogen stress on winter wheat by multispectral vision based on reflectance measurements and textural descriptors
Marlier, Guillaume ULg; Gritten, Fanny; Fraipont, Guillaume ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 27)

Hand-held sensors (SPAD meter, N-Tester, …) are used for detecting the leaves nitrogen concentration (Nc) on the basis of an optical detection of the chlorophyll concentration. These devices are active ... [more ▼]

Hand-held sensors (SPAD meter, N-Tester, …) are used for detecting the leaves nitrogen concentration (Nc) on the basis of an optical detection of the chlorophyll concentration. These devices are active sensors: an internal radiation source emits light and transmission through a leaf is measured in the red (650 nm) and in the near-infrared (920 nm) spectral regions. These devices present several drawbacks. The nitrogen concentration is gained by an indirect way through the chlorophyll concentration and the leaves have to be fixed in a defined position for the measurements. These drawbacks could be overcome by an imaging device that measures the canopy reflectance. In this context, the objective of the paper is to analyse the potential of different image parameters for estimating nitrogen concentration. The tests were carried out on parcels submitted to total nitrogen inputs of 180 kg N.ha-1 but with different fertilization modalities. Reference Nc measurements were obtained by the Kjeldahl method and a Hydro N-Tester (Yara). The developed imaging system comprised a CMos camera and a set of 22 interference filters ranging from 450 to 950 nm mounted on a wheel steered by a stepper motor. The image acquisition and the motor rotation were controlled by a program written in C++. The crop was imaged vertically at one meter height. The raw images presented 1280x1024 pixels covering an area of approximately 0.5x0.4 m and were recorded with a 12-bit luminance resolution. To deal with the natural irradiance variability of the scene, a white reference was used and the integration time was automatically adjusted for each image. The image treatment included the segmentation of Photosynthetically Active Leaves (PAL) by using Bayes theorem and the computation of the mean PAL reflectance after correction of background and illumination fluctuations. Nc was estimated on the basis of the 22 filters by Partial Least Square (PLS) method and by four filters selected by Best Subset Selection (BSS). In comparison with the Kjeldahl method, the estimation of Nc by the Hydro N-Tester, the PLS and the BSS (filters 600-80, 950-100, 650-40 and 450-80 nm) gave determination coefficient and standard error respectively equal to of 0.53, 0.29 %; 0.67, 0.21%; 0.56 and 0.25%. This indicated that the full multi-spectral approach gave significantly better Nc estimation than a portable device and suggested that a camera equipped with four filters would give similar results. In addition to these promising results, the Nc measurement were correlated to leaf area measurements and textural descriptors. For this purpose, image analysis based on Grey Level Co-occurrence Matrix (GLCM), Fourier transform and spatial autocorrelation were performed to characterize the nitrogen state of the crop. [less ▲]

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See detailNappe Vibration Mitigation Techniques for Free-overfall Structrures
Lodomez, Maurine ULg; Crookston, Brian M.; Tullis, Blake P. et al

in Full Proceedings: Hydraulic Structures and Water System Management (2016, June 27)

Nappe vibration is a phenomenon that has been witnessed in the field for a variety of different free overflow hydraulic structures operating at low heads, such as fountains, crest gates, and weirs. This ... [more ▼]

Nappe vibration is a phenomenon that has been witnessed in the field for a variety of different free overflow hydraulic structures operating at low heads, such as fountains, crest gates, and weirs. This phenomenon is visually characterized by oscillations in the thin nappe cascading downstream of the control structure. These oscillations can produce a significant level of noise and acoustic pressure waves, which can increase the environmental and societal impacts of the hydraulic structure. As a result, a detailed investigation has been undertaken to identify practical and effective mitigation solutions for free-overfall structures where nappe vibration may be of concern. Research is being performed with a prototype-scale linear weir (weir length of 3.5 m and fall height of 3 m) located at the Engineering Hydraulics laboratory of the University of Liège, to assess the effectiveness of various crest modifications and any corresponding impacts to hydraulic efficiency (i.e., flow rate). The test matrix includes the optimization (position and spacing of elements) of three mitigation solutions which are projecting bolts, deflectors and step. In addition, a high-speed camera and audio equipment have been used to evaluate effectiveness of the configurations in reducing nappe vibration. Finally, this practical study has identified countermeasures suitable for retrofits and new construction, easy to construct, durable, hydraulically efficient, and with minimal potential for debris collection. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the temporal dynamics of suspended sediment fluxes using discrete sampling and continuous turbidity measurements in the Meuse and Scheldt watersheds (Wallonia, Belgium)
Van Campenhout, Jean ULg

Conference (2016, June 27)

Soil erosion may be apprehended at different scales and different time intervals in order to quantify the transport of suspended sediment at the outlet of large watersheds. In the Walloon region, several ... [more ▼]

Soil erosion may be apprehended at different scales and different time intervals in order to quantify the transport of suspended sediment at the outlet of large watersheds. In the Walloon region, several projects were conducted to estimate the erosion rates in watersheds ranging from 16 to 2900 km². Both discrete sampling methods (allowing the coverage of a large area through field campaigns during major floods or moderate hydrological events) and continuous turbidity measurements devices (studying a small number of locations with a small sampling interval and a wide range of sampled flow rates) were tested in these projects. At the region scale (Figure 1), the mean annual sediment erosion rate reaches several hundreds of tons per square kilometre and per year in the loess belt (Senne, Dyle and Gette watersheds) with a huge sensibility to extreme hydrological events while the mean annual sediment transport value reaches 20 t.km-2.yr-1 in Lorraine, 34 t.km-2.yr-1 in Ardenne and 69 t.km-2.yr-1 in Entre-Vesdre-et-Meuse. The aims of our researches are 1) the determination of the effect of the sampling frequency on the annual sediment transport rate estimation ; 2) the definition of the prerequisites to perform efficient turbidity measurements in rivers with high suspended load concentrations ; 3) the identification of the sources of errors due to the interpolation methods through a comparison of several methods proposed in the literature allowing the quantification of long-term erosion rates using a small number of discrete samples ; 4) the observation and explanation of clockwise and anti-clockwise hysteresis loops in relationship with the sequence of floods occurring in large watersheds and 5) the highlighting of the regional differentiation in the erosion rates, particle size and proportion of organic matter in the suspended load samples due to spatial variations of the soil substrate and the land cover characteristics. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical education and leisure: What’s the link?
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2016, June 27)

All around the world, practitioners and researchers point out that people are becoming less and less physically active and adopt more and more sedentary behaviours. Such changes in the Human lifestyle ... [more ▼]

All around the world, practitioners and researchers point out that people are becoming less and less physically active and adopt more and more sedentary behaviours. Such changes in the Human lifestyle could have dramatic consequences as pointed out by the ‘Designed to move’ movement (Morris, 2013). To fight against that irresistible evolution, the need of a multisectorial approach is illustrated by the complexity of the socio-ecological model (Sallis et al., 2006). It underlines the large array of variables that play in the physical activity that someone is able to integrate into his/her life. Nevertheless, school has been identified as one major pillar of the promotion of an active lifestyle (van Sluijs et al., 2007). According to the knowledge and specific competences that they acquire during their studies, physical education (PE) teachers are considered as the potential cornerstones of such action (Tappe & Burgeson, 2004). While it was traditionally focused on the development of the youth’s physical, motor, and social competences of the students, since two decades, PE is increasingly more associated to the preparation of physically educated citizens. It means that what the students learn during their PE lessons should be useful outside the school and for a lifelong term. This concept is become a determining pedagogical principle: the physical literacy (Whitehead, 2013). In parallel, PE teachers are now requested to play a role on the health of their students despite if few evidence confirm that they can be successful in influencing the future behaviours of the children/adolescents to who they teach (Green, 2014). New pedagogical approaches are proposed nowadays in order to increase the effectiveness of the PE teachers’ intervention. This is linked to another pedagogical principle: accountability. Leisure activities enter progressively in the PE curriculum. Students benefit of more experiences that they could operate in their community. This requires more partnerships between school and leisure actors in order to implement original projects. Students must learn to become autonomous and smart decision makers able to identify the way to integrate PA in their leisure. [less ▲]

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See detailConception of a near-IR spectrometer for ground-based observations of massive stars
Kintziger, Christian ULg; Desselle, Richard ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 27)

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships ... [more ▼]

In our contribution, we outline the different steps in the design of a fiber-fed spectrographic instrument that intends to observe massive stars. Starting from the derivation of theoretical relationships from the scientific requirements and telescope characteristics, the entire optical design of the spectrograph is presented. Specific optical elements, such as a toroidal lens, are introduced to improve the instrument’s performances. Then, the verification of predicted optical performances is investigated through optical analyses such as resolution checking. Eventually, the star positioning system onto the central fiber core is explained. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the ionosphere using new GNSS
Warnant, René ULg; Deprez, Cécile ULg; Wautelet, Gilles ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 27)

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See detailStrain induced vortex core switching in planar magnetostrictive nanostructures
Ostler, Thomas ULg

Conference (2016, June 26)

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See detailEmerging Hybridities under Networked Agribusiness in Argentina
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

Conference (2016, June 24)

Science and Technology Studies (STS) are paying greater attention to the interactions between new technologies and politico-economic orders. Dynamics of promises and expectations with regard to ... [more ▼]

Science and Technology Studies (STS) are paying greater attention to the interactions between new technologies and politico-economic orders. Dynamics of promises and expectations with regard to technological developments, and their uptake, play a major role in shaping political-economic policies, institutional practices and wider societal mutations. Informed by the theoretical perspective of co-production (Jasanoff 2004), this paper addresses the political economy of GM soy agriculture in Argentina as both epistemic and social orders. We engage ‘micro’ perspectives looking at situated social experiments with farmers and their interrelations with ‘macro’ phenomena such as capital-labour relations and forms of ‘neoliberalism’. We find that the emerging hybridities in present time’s Argentina are caught between the promissory futures of agroindustrial innovation and the historical, political and material conditions of agricultural production that give rise to these presents in the first place. Looking at three of such hybridities (the blurring of boundaries between modern/national, agriculture/industry and leasing/ownership), we highlight the ways in which elements of political-economic structures and human agency got bound up with technoscientific advances (Jasanoff 2015). Our contribution reveals the importance of the concept of ‘network’ to make sense of the dominant logic of agribusiness and it amounts to ‘rugged’ approach to networks with due attention to the complex topographies of circulating power and morality. [less ▲]

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See detailThe implication of short-term memory in numerical magnitude processing: evidence from Turner syndrome
Attout, Lucie ULg; Noël, Marie-Pascale; Rousselle, Laurence ULg

Poster (2016, June 24)

Most studies on early magnitude representation focused on the visual modality with no possibility to disentangle the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on visual ... [more ▼]

Most studies on early magnitude representation focused on the visual modality with no possibility to disentangle the influence of visuo-spatial skills and short-term memory (STM) abilities on visual quantification processes. In order to specify the influence of visuo-spatial and STM processing on numerical abilities, a series of magnitudes comparison tasks differing on visuo-spatial processing requirement (no/high), on the nature of the magnitude to be processed (continuous/discrete/symbolic magnitude) and on WM demands (simultaneous/sequential presentation) were administred to twenty patients with Turner syndrome (TS), a genetic condition characterized by poor mathematical achievement, low spatial skills and reduced STM abilities. Our results showed a lower acuity than a control group matched on verbal IQ when participants with TS compared the numerical magnitudes of stimuli presented sequentially (low visuo-spatial processing and high STM load: Dot sequence and Sound sequence). No difference was observed in the numerical comparison of sets presented simultaneously or when comparing continuous and symbolic magnitude stimuli. Besides, the group difference in sequential tasks disappeared when controlling for STM abilities. These results highlight the importance of STM abilities to extract numerosity through a sequential presentation and underline the importance of considering the impact of format presentation on magnitude judgments. [less ▲]

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See detailMarijan Molé à l'aube du nouveau comparatisme indo-iranien
Swennen, Philippe ULg

Conference (2016, June 24)

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See detailImpact of fire on resilience of tropical dry forests: miombo in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Hick, Aurélie ULg

Conference (2016, June 23)

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia ... [more ▼]

Dry tropical forests are widespread in continental Africa where they account for 70-80% of forested area. Miombo is a dry forest characterized by the dominance of trees in the genera Brachystegia, Julbernardia and Isoberlinia. Dry-season fires are a characteristic feature of these forests. Fire is not a frequent natural disturbance but they originate from anthropic. The impact of fire on forest species depends on the intensity and timing in relation to plant phenology. Due to urban pressure, more than 85% of woodland forests were converted to savannahs given several degree of forest degradation in the landscape. After a disturbance, tropical forest ecosystem can return to a trajectory close to the original ecosystem. The time it takes for this ecosystem recover to its predisturbance ecological condition is termed resilience. Loss of resilience can trigger a shift to another ecological state with ecosystems that are different in species and/or that are different in their functional and structural aspects. The broad goal of our study was to examine impact of fire on resilience of miombo after human disturbances. Mosaic of the MODIS 500m burned area product from 2002 to 2012 were used to calculate return frequency of fires around Lubumbashi. Five degrees of miombo degradation have been established : no degraded forest/little disturbed (level 1), moderately degraded forest (level 2), degraded forest (level 3), severely degraded forest (level 4) et deforested (level 5). For each degree of degradation, 9 circular plots (18 m radius, 0.1ha) were established, excepted for level 4 where 8 plots were laid. Within each circular plot, all woody individuals >= 2 cm diameter at breast height (DBH) were tagged, measured (height and diameter) and identified. Tree seedlings < 2 cm DBH and of height > 20cm were also sampled and identified. Herbaceous biomass was measured. Floristic composition in level 4 corresponded to fire-tolerant species. In other degree of forest degradation, most abundant species in mature trees consisted to tolerant or semi-tolerant species. Floristic composition of regeneration in most degraded degree consisted to a mixte of miombo species and fire-tolerant species. Fire has an impact on resilience of miombo after human degradation. Level 4 corresponded to a typical floristic community of a chipya habitat, where all woody species are fire tolerant. Fire can lead degraded miombo toward an alternative stable degraded states. [less ▲]

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See detailResponse to droughts and heat waves of the productivity of natural and agricultural ecosystems in Europe within ISI-MIP2 historical simulations
François, Louis ULg; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Dury, Marie ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 23)

According to the projections of climate models, extreme events such as droughts and heat waves are expected to become more frequent and more severe in the future. Such events are known to severely impact ... [more ▼]

According to the projections of climate models, extreme events such as droughts and heat waves are expected to become more frequent and more severe in the future. Such events are known to severely impact the productivity of both natural and agricultural ecosystems, and hence to affect ecosystem services such as crop yield and ecosystem carbon sequestration potential. Dynamic vegetation models are conventional tools to evaluate the productivity and carbon sequestration of ecosystems and their response to climate change. However, how far are these models able to correctly represent the sensitivity of ecosystems to droughts and heat waves? How do the responses of natural and agricultural ecosystems compare to each other, in terms of drought-induced changes in productivity and carbon sequestration? In this contribution, we use ISI-MIP2 model historical simulations from the biome sector. Eight dynamic vegetation models have participated in the biome sector intercomparison of ISI-MIP2: CARAIB, DLEM, JULES, LPJ-GUESS, LPJml, ORCHIDEE, VEGAS and VISIT. We focus the analysis on well-marked droughts or heat waves that occured in Europe after 1970, such as the 1976, 2003 and 2010 events. For most recent studied events, the model results are compared to the response observed at several eddy covariance sites in Europe, and, at a lager scale, to the drops in crop productivities reported in national statistics or to the drought impacts retrieved from satellite data (Terra MODIS instrument). [less ▲]

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See detailReceding-Horizon Control of Distributed Generation to Correct Voltage or Thermal Violations and Track Desired Schedules
Soleimani Bidgoli, Hamid ULg; Glavic, Mevludin ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proceedings of the 19th PSCC (2016, June 23)

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a real-time, centralized control system acting on the active and reactive powers of distributed generators when the network experiences voltage and/or thermal limits violation. The control resorts on multi-step receding-horizon optimization. The objective is to minimize the deviations of Dispersed Generation Units (DGU) active and reactive powers from reference values. The reactive power corrections have priority over the active ones. Furthermore, the formulation is such that DGU powers are restored to their desired schedule as soon as operating conditions allow doing so. Three modes of operation of the proposed controller are presented, involving dispatchable units as well as DGUs operated to track maximum power output. The effectiveness of the proposed control is illustrated through detailed simulations of a 75-bus, 11-kV system hosting 22 DGUs. [less ▲]

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See detailAssaying asparagine content in a complex matrix using a spectrophotometric method
Lecart, Brieuc ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Anseeuw, Laurent et al

Poster (2016, June 23)

In this study we show, on 15 wheat varieties, the ability to assay the asparagine content in a complex matrix such as wheat flour by a simple spectrophotometric assay. This method is easier, faster and ... [more ▼]

In this study we show, on 15 wheat varieties, the ability to assay the asparagine content in a complex matrix such as wheat flour by a simple spectrophotometric assay. This method is easier, faster and cheaper than conventional chromatography analysis and allow to discriminate quickly which materials has high or low level of this amino acid. Asparagine is an amino acid present in free form in the food biomass and has the property of reacting with the free sugars during the Maillard reactions that occur during baking at temperatures above 120°C. The Acrylamide resulting from this reaction chain has been identified as reprotoxic, genotoxic and carcinogenic in animals since 1986. The present method allowed us to identify wheat varieties with significantly lower or higher asparagine contents (α=0.05). Therefore, this method can be used to identify wheat varieties or other plants with low asparagine content to use preferentially in products designed for food. [less ▲]

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See detailPublic Education Expenditures, Growth and Income Inequality
Artige, Lionel ULg; Cavenaile, Laurent

Conference (2016, June 23)

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See detail« Comment le réel a déjoué mes plans » : de quelques romans contemporains sur l’emprise par le récit
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Huppe, Justine ULg

Conference (2016, June 23)

L’un des mérites paradoxaux des pratiques de storytelling, que C. Salmon a contribué à faire connaître au public francophone, réside dans le crédit dont bénéficie aujourd’hui l’idée de pouvoir du récit ... [more ▼]

L’un des mérites paradoxaux des pratiques de storytelling, que C. Salmon a contribué à faire connaître au public francophone, réside dans le crédit dont bénéficie aujourd’hui l’idée de pouvoir du récit. Cette idée place les producteurs littéraires dans une position ambivalente : perçu, d’un côté, comme une menace à leur autonomie et une atteinte au capital fictionnel dont ils sont les dépositaires légitimes, cet « art de raconter des histoires » est aussi une arme à détourner dans une entreprise de guérilla contre-narrative, voire un moyen pour la littérature de reconquérir ses pouvoirs premiers. Dans cette logique d’affrontement, on s’est cependant peu soucié, au fond, de ce que les fictions littéraires elles-mêmes avaient à dire sur le sujet : s’il est vrai que le récit est une prise sur le monde et un moyen d’emprise sur autrui, comment prennent-elles en charge ces situations ? La diffusion tant des pratiques de storytelling que de leur dénonciation ne pouvait rester sans effet sur la production littéraire. Or, le pouvoir du récit est aujourd’hui un thème régulièrement frayé par les romanciers, dans une série de textes qui présentent des convergences remarquables du point de vue des situations qu’ils décrivent. Dans Un Roman russe (2007), Emmanuel Carrère voit sa vie bouleversée pour avoir publié un récit érotique adressé à la femme qu’il aimait, décrivant les réactions de celle-ci à la lecture de son texte lors d’un voyage en train programmé par le narrateur. La même tentation démiurgique de (re)construction de la réalité par le récit habite le héros du triptyque d’Antoine Bello (Les Falsificateurs 2007 ; Les Éclaireurs 2009 ; Les Producteurs 2015), recruté par une organisation secrète, le Consortium de Falsification de la Réalité, pour laquelle il récrit littéralement l’histoire en falsifiant des archives sur la base de scénarios qui finiront par échapper à leurs créateurs, déclenchant une crise de conscience lorsque le héros découvre qu’Al-Qaïda est en réalité le produit d’une saga scénaristique qui a mal tourné. Dans La Revanche de Kevin (2015), Iegor Gran fait preuve de la même cruauté à l’égard de son protagoniste : pour dénoncer les faux-semblants du monde littéraire, Kevin H. fait lui-même œuvre d'imposture, et finit piégé par ses propres mystifications. Karoo de Steve Tesich (1998), devenu depuis sa traduction française en 2012 un véritable phénomène littéraire, participe des mêmes ressorts narratifs : écrivain raté, incapable de s’enivrer comme de montrer son affection à son fils, Saul « Doc » Karoo parachève sa propre destruction en appliquant à son existence les mêmes recettes qu’il inflige aux mauvais scénarios que Hollywood lui demande de récrire. Dans chacun de ces textes, le protagoniste peut faire siens les mots de Carrère au sujet de son récit censé « faire effraction dans le réel »: « le réel a déjoué mes plans ». Avec leurs personnages-scénaristes, mauvais démiurges châtiés par un réel plus résistant que leurs tentatives de le scripter, ces romans (d)énoncent cette modalité narrative du pouvoir que Citton appelle scénarisation, ou capacité d’agencer le comportement d’autrui à travers l’acte de narration. Mais il s’agit d’un savoir immanent à ces romans, une connaissance de la fiction sur elle-même, relevant de sa fonction cognitive. Récits conscients de l’emprise du récit, ils engagent une autre forme de réflexivité que celle des romans que la critique anglo-saxonne qualifie de « postmodernes », qui mettaient en scène leur propre fonctionnement romanesque : assumant pleinement leur statut fictionnel, ils ne jouent de la frontière entre réalité et fiction que pour mieux conforter l’idée que la réalité, bien que médiée et construite par les récits, « déborde » sans cesse. S'ils ne s'opposent pas frontalement au « Nouvel Ordre narratif », ces romans thématisent les effets perlocutoires des récits, mais surtout leur insuffisance face à la force de rappel du réel. Notre communication analysera ces dispositifs fictionnels d’un point de vue formel et socio-pragmatique. [less ▲]

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See detailPoétique auctoriale et écriture collaborative
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

Conference (2016, June 23)

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See detailRole of the Ras-GTPase activating protein Rasa3 in Angiogenesis processes
Orban, Tanguy ULg

Poster (2016, June 22)

Rasa3 is a member of the Ras GAP1 subfamily and is known to function as dual GAP (GTPase activating protein) for Ras and Rap1 smallGTPases. Homologous knockout mice expressing a catalytically-inactive ... [more ▼]

Rasa3 is a member of the Ras GAP1 subfamily and is known to function as dual GAP (GTPase activating protein) for Ras and Rap1 smallGTPases. Homologous knockout mice expressing a catalytically-inactive Rasa3 protein die during embryonic life from massive bleedings due to destabilisation of endothelial junctions. The main goal of this project is to investigate and characterize the role of Rasa3 in angiogenesis which is the process by which new blood vessels develop from pre-existing ones. Here, we show that loss of function of Rasa3 in Huvecs (Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells) affects their angiogenic potential. Interestingly, we found that inactivation of Rasa3 impacts migration/adhesion-related properties of endothelial cells. Using phase contrast microscopy and TIRF technology we showed that Rasa3 inactivation doesn’t affect cell directionality and that the stronger adhesion of cells on fibronectin is due to a downregulation of adhesion turnover. We showed that these alterations can be attributed to the hyperactivation of the smallGTPase Rap1 and downregulation of FAK/SRC signalling. We suggest that in the absence of Rap1, hyperactivation of FAK/SRC following integrin engagement could explain the different phenotypes observed. Altogether these preliminary results suggested a critical function of Rasa3 in angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing phytostabilisation as a way to conserve threatened endemic species from the Southeastern D.R. Congo
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Le Stradic, Soizig ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 22)

Metalliferous outcrops of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are recognized as some of the largest copper-cobalt deposits of the world. They support unique vegetation with around 600 ... [more ▼]

Metalliferous outcrops of the southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are recognized as some of the largest copper-cobalt deposits of the world. They support unique vegetation with around 600 metallophyte species including rare and endemic species. Since 1900s, the exploitation of the Cu-Co outcrops in D.R. Congo has considerably increased, impacting environment and putting public health at risk. Phytostabilisation is a suitable technology to decrease the bioavailability of heavy metals in highly polluted soils. This technic has been successfully implemented in the vicinity of Lubumbashi with the grass Microchloa altera. The long term maintenance of such technic requires a good understanding of the interspecific relationship like competition and facilitation. This study aims to test the success of establishment of four herbaceous species from the southeastern DRC presenting conservation priority and to assess the potential role of M. altera as nurse plant in this context. Two annual species and two perennial species were sown in experimental design with soil amendments crossed with vegetation cover. The emergence, the growth and the survival were followed during the vegetation season and the resprout was measured for perennial species. M. altera had a distinct effect on the emergence and the survival of the annual and perennial species but affected negatively the growth of individuals for all species. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of autobiographical knowledge in episodic future thinking
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

Conference (2016, June 22)

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See detailAnatomie chirurgicale du plancher Pelvien et du rétropéritoine chez la femme
Bonnet, Pierre ULg

Conference (2016, June 22)

Leçon introductive reprenant les notions anatomiques essentielles à maîtriser lors de l'approche chirurgicale du pelvis et du rétropéritoine chez la femme. Approche constructive par la réalisation ... [more ▼]

Leçon introductive reprenant les notions anatomiques essentielles à maîtriser lors de l'approche chirurgicale du pelvis et du rétropéritoine chez la femme. Approche constructive par la réalisation extemporanée de schémas projetés. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign criteria and experimental performance - Extended end-plate
Demonceau, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2016, June 21)

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See detailNatural radioactivity and elemental composition of sands in the Douala region, Littoral of Cameroon Using Portable XRF and HPGe detector
Guembou Shouop, Cébastien Joel ULg; Ndontchueng Moyo, Maurice; Chene, Grégoire ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF ... [more ▼]

Twenty four sand samples from seven sand quarries alone the Gulf of Guinea, Douala Littoral region of Cameroon, were analyzed using high purity germanium detector and a portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometer. A comprehensive study was conducted to determine the natural radioactivity concentrations and the geological provenience of sand samples from seven different quarries sites of the Douala, a popular city, and its surroundings. The radioactivity investigation was performed by using high resolution gamma-ray spectrometry. From the measured gamma-spectra, the average activity concentrations were determined for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and 235U for a depth of 5–25 cm. Results of this study were compared to values from other locations around the world. X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) measurements were performed for the quantitative elemental analysis of the sands, revealing the major, minor and trace elements present in the investigated samples. Reference marine and geological sample are used to check precision and accuracy of the equipment for major and minor components. From XRF experimental results it was possible to estimate the geological provenience of the analyzed sands. These data record the radioactivity background levels in sands and could be used as reference information in Cameroon. The comparison of major (Si, Al), minor (K, Ca,Fe), and trace (Ti, Mn, Zr, Rb, Sr) element ratios was made. The results indicate that the levels of Si and Al can be very helpful in subgroup definition and provide useful clues to the raw materials used for glassmaking in Cameroon. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of cooking and species on intestinal fermentation patterns of vegetables in a humanized in vitro model of the gastro-intestinal tract
Kalala Bolokango, Gaetan ULg; Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Njeumen Lemotio, Georges Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 21)

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of ... [more ▼]

Obesity and associated pathologies have dramatic consequences on patients’lives as well as high societal costs. Because of the role of intestinal dysbiosis and microbiota make-up on the pathogenesis of obesity, several strategies such as eating prebiotics and dietary fibre supplements are being investigated to reshape the intestinal microbial communities of obese patients. Beyond supplement, dietary fibre is supplied through plant ingredients in the meals. In the framework of the multidisciplinary research project Food4Gut, the use of vegetables rich in specific targeted dietary fiber, namely fructans, is being scrutinized for its ability to induce positive changes in the intestinal ecophysiology. Because expected effect might differ according the content in dietary fibre and fructans, the soluble:insoluble ratio, as well as the cooking of the vegetables, the fermentation patterns of several vegetables are being investigated in an dual in vitro model combining enzymatic hydrolysis to an in vitro fermentation step using faecal inoculums from humans, to evaluate the performance of gut microbiota, modulation of metabolic functions. Six vegetables were sampled in triplicates (N=3) and steamed for 20 to 30 min.: Jerusalem artichoke, salsify, asparagus, pumpkin, fennel and swede. They were chosen because they display a variety of contents in fructans, soluble (SDF) and insoluble dietaryfibre (IDF). Steamed vegetable samplesand burgers from local fast food restaurants (negative control) were hydrolyzed in vitro why porcine pepsin and pancreatin to mimic digestion in the upper gut and indigested fiber residues were recover using a 6kDa dialysis membrane.Subsequently, in vitro fermentation is being run with independent fecal inoculums from obese and lean patients (N=4). Fermentation kinetics over 24h as well as short-chain fatty acid production and profiles will be compared according to the individual donor and the vegetable species and multivariate analysis will be used to explore the relationships between donor, vegetable species and composition and fermentation patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailCryopreservation of cyanobacteria in the BCCM/ULC collection: experimental set-up of protocols
Crahay, Charlotte ULg; Renard, Marine ULg; Day, John G et al

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See detailRéinventer son enseignement : Pourquoi ? Comment ?
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Conference (2016, June 21)

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See detailInfluence of frugivore taxa on the generation of plant recruitment foci and on the composition of plant recruits’ communities
Trolliet, Franck ULg; Forget, Pierre-Michel; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 20)

Frugivores can disperse seeds in a spatially contagious pattern and generate recruitment foci (e.g. under fruiting trees). This process is increasingly explored to understand the influence of frugivores ... [more ▼]

Frugivores can disperse seeds in a spatially contagious pattern and generate recruitment foci (e.g. under fruiting trees). This process is increasingly explored to understand the influence of frugivores on the spatial organization of plant communities, and can also serve as a method to efficiently monitor the consequences of animal extirpation. However, there is limited evidence contrasting the influence of different frugivores taxa on the creation of recruitment foci under fruiting trees, and, similarly, on the overall composition of plant communities. Here, we aimed (i) to compare the role of hornbills and primates in creating recruitment foci, and (ii) to investigate how the presence of hornbills, primates and elephants influence the overall composition of plant recruit’s community in an anthropized forest-savanna mosaic in DR Congo. We firstly compared the community of recruits (0.5-2 m high) in 25-m² plots below hornbill-dispersed trees (Staudtia kamerunensis, N=32), primate-dispersed trees (Dialium spp., N=26), and in control plots located below other tree species (N= 4900 m²). Secondly, we considered all plots to compare the community of recruits in five sites characterized by contrasted levels of hunting and housing different seed disperser communities. Our preliminary results indicate (i) communities of recruits below hornbill-dispersed trees are significantly more dense and richer than in control plots, unlike these below primate-dispersed trees. Also, (ii) recruits in sites less affected by hunting, housing more large frugivores, including elephants, tend to belong to species with longer seeds. We conclude that hornbills generate recruitment foci under fruiting trees, which can serve as an efficient tool to monitor the ecological consequences of their extirpation. Moreover, we discuss the potential influence of the different studied frugivore taxa and the risk of their extirpation from afro-tropical forests on the composition of plant recruits’ community. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing herbarium records to explore the ecological differentiation between closely‐related tree species in tropical Africa
Gorel, Anaïs ULg; Duminil; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 20)

Background: Tree hypothesis are invoked to explain species distribution and evolutionary history of tree clades in tropical Africa: 1) The forest refuge hypothesis postulates that contractions of lowland ... [more ▼]

Background: Tree hypothesis are invoked to explain species distribution and evolutionary history of tree clades in tropical Africa: 1) The forest refuge hypothesis postulates that contractions of lowland forests during the climatic oscillations of the Pleistocene could have driven allopatric speciation between fragmented populations; 2) The ecological gradient hypothesis states that environmental gradients promote parapatric speciation; 3) The vanishing refuge hypothesis reconciles the two previous hypotheses and postulated a diversification process through climate-driven habitat fragmentation and exposure to new environments. Disentangling the respective influence of environmental and historical factors requires information on phylogeny, as well as information on geography and the environmental space used by species. In this study, we aimed to determine the environmental factors constraining the distribution of African tree species in order to explore ecological divergence and speciation processes. Method: We focused on three African Erythrophleum species (Fabaceae, Caesalpinioideae) that are economically and socially important, providing timber and non-timber resources. Erythrophleum ivorense, Erythrophleum suaveolens and Erythrophleum africanum also show contrasted distributions in Africa. To determine species climatic niche, we used a combination of species presence data gathered from 606 herbarium records and environmental factors (19 BIOCLIM variables). We used Species Distribution Models (SDM, MaxEnt algorithm) in combination with similarity metrics to quantify the degree of niche divergence between species. Results: We showed that the distribution of Erythrophleum species are substantially determined by climate (especially annual rainfall and temperature range) and support the ecological gradient hypothesis. Moreover, the main traits (e.g. wood density and leaf area) and growth rates previously reported among Erythrophleum species confirmed a differential adaptation to drought. Conclusion: Herbarium data provide valuable information on the distribution of species over the whole range. In tropical regions where extensive inventories data are extremely rare, herbarium records in combination with presence-only SDM offer opportunities to explore speciation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganic Rankine cycle modelling and the ORCmKit library: analysis of R1234ze(Z) as drop-in replacement of R245fa for low-grade waste heat recovery
Ziviani, Davide; Dickes, Rémi ULg; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg et al

in Proceedings of ECOS 2016 (2016, June 20)

Due to the wide interest in organic Rankine cycles (ORCs) as a sustainable technology and the importance of numerical analyses and optimization procedures while considering such systems, we created a ... [more ▼]

Due to the wide interest in organic Rankine cycles (ORCs) as a sustainable technology and the importance of numerical analyses and optimization procedures while considering such systems, we created a dedicated open-source library named “ORC modelling Kit” (ORCmKit). The comprehensive library includes single com-ponents and overall models for subcritical, transcritical and supercritical ORCs. Three main programming environments are currently supported: Matlab, Python and EES (Engineering Equation Solver). A detailed steady-state cycle model of a small-scale regenerative ORC with a single-screw expander is used to evalu-ate the performance influence of R1234ze(Z) as a drop-in replacement of R245fa currently used in the instal-lation. The ORC system is used to recover low-grade waste heat with a temperature range between 90°C and 120°C. A thermal oil heater is used to simulate the heat source. A parametric study is carried out to in-vestigate the performance of the system throughout the range of interest in order to optimize the ORC with R1234ze(Z). [less ▲]

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See detailCdk1 is a critical mediator of ischemic/hypoxic neuronal death
Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg

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See detailPlace of customary rights mapping initiatives in conservation policies
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Karsenty, Alain

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See detailORCmKit: an open-source library for organic Rankine cycle modelling and analysis
Dickes, Rémi ULg; Ziviani, Davide; van den Broek, Martjin et al

in Proceedings of ECOS 2016 (2016, June 20)

As for many other technologies, modelling and simulation of organic Rankine cycles (ORCs) are crucial for design, optimization and control purposes. However, model development is often time consuming and ... [more ▼]

As for many other technologies, modelling and simulation of organic Rankine cycles (ORCs) are crucial for design, optimization and control purposes. However, model development is often time consuming and the scientific community lacks of open-access tools to study ORC systems. For these reasons, researchers from the universities of Liège and Ghent in Belgium gathered their knowledge and created “ORC modelling Kit” (ORCmKit), an open-source library dedicated to the steady-state simulation and analysis of organic Rankine cycles. Both component-level and cycle-level models are provided and different ORC architectures can be simulated. For each of the main component of ORC systems, different models are available with increasing complexity which allows a wide range of modelling possibilities. In order to remain general and accessible to as many people as possible, three widely used programming languages are covered within ORCmKit, i.e. Matlab, Python and EES (Engineering Equation Solver). Besides source codes, ORCmKit also includes calibration tools for empirical and semi-empirical models as well as a complete documentation for ease of use. [less ▲]

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See detailStorytelling in Videogames: From “Narrative” Towards “Fictional Universe”
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

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See detailVisual artificial grammar learning in children with SLI : Is variability the key ?
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Demelenne, Pauline et al

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See detailMonitoring partnership networks- A graph theory approach
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Treiblmaier, Horst; Gerschberger, Markus

Conference (2016, June 17)

Recently, companies are forming strong relationships with their strategic suppliers and customers in order to maximize their profit in the global market. Such a partnership or strategic alliance is based ... [more ▼]

Recently, companies are forming strong relationships with their strategic suppliers and customers in order to maximize their profit in the global market. Such a partnership or strategic alliance is based on the mutual needs of both parties. A partnership network is formed by different strategic firms (e.g., suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers) who intend to establish strong relationships together but without losing their ownership, power and control on the firm. For example, if supplier X has a strong relationship with customer Y and Y has a strong relationship with supplier Z, then X, Y and Z can form a partnership network with three nodes (X, Y and Z) and two edges (X ->Y and Z->Y). In this paper, we develop a statistical methods to study the normal behaviour of partnership networks. We furthermore develop a methodology that will help diagnose the nature of identified unusual network behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailEstetrol Attenuates Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Preclinical Studies
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 17)

Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) accompanied by gray and white matter ... [more ▼]

Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) accompanied by gray and white matter injuries occurring in neonates. Perinatal HIE still remains a challenge in perinatal medicine. About 20% of affected newborns die in the postnatal period, and an additional 25% will sustain childhood disabilities. So far no medical treatment provides important neuroprotection against HIE. Studies of new neuroprotective agents in animal models of HIE may have importance for the development of new compounds and treatment strategies for this pathological condition. Estetrol (E4) is a recently described estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. It has important antioxidative activity. To study the neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of E4 in vivo neonatal HIE model of 7-day-old newborn rat pups was used. Rat pups body temperatures were examined along with their body and brain weights. Brains were studied at the level of the hippocampus and cortex. Intact cell counting and expressions of markers for neuronal cell viability (microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP-2)), neurogenesis (doublecortin (DCX)) and angiogenesis (vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF)) were evaluated by histo- and immunohistochemistry. The serum levels of brain damage markers (S100B and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)) were measured by ELISA. Our results demonstrate for the first time that E4 has a significant neuroprotective and therapeutic effects. It decreases the early gray matter loss and promotes neuro- and angiogenesis in vivo. Estetrol treatment has no effects on body weight, brain weight or body temperature. Taken together, E4 might become an important safe and physiological substance to treat neonatal HIE. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Adaptive Facades: The Case Study of AGC Headquarter in Belgium
Attia, Shady ULg; Bashandy, Hamza

in Belis, Jan; Louter, Christian (Eds.) Challenging Glass 5 (2016, June 17)

The evaluation of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available façade performance evaluation tools ... [more ▼]

The evaluation of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available façade performance evaluation tools have limited applicability for such advanced building facades. This paper presents a case study for an adaptive glass façade and evaluates its performance. The evaluation focuses mainly on pre and post construction phase of adaptive facades: The design assist phase (including the durability test, visual mockup, onsite panel mounting and weather stripping), the commissioning phase (field verification and performance testing) and the monitoring phase. The selected project is a nearly zero energy building with unique façade comprising thermal isolated glass sunshades printed with white silk screen. These louvers respond dynamically and automatically to the angle of the sun which improves the control over energy consumption, solar radiation and glare with the ability to admit natural light into the building. The paper is part of the research activities of working group 3 of the European COST Action 1403 on “Adaptive Facades “. Different methods were used for evaluation, this include: interviews with the architect, façade engineer and technical control specialist, reviews of standard and codes and a systematic process mapping. A documentation of the case study describing the post construction occupant comfort and façade operation was prepared. This paper’s audience is mainly architects, building façade engineers together with facility managers concerned with the process of design, construction and operation of adaptive glass facades. The outcome of this study identifies effective strategies for the design and performance evaluation of optimal adaptive facades. [less ▲]

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See detailCapturing fine-level structure using unsupervised clustering method with multiple data types
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Tongsima, Sissades; Shaw, Philip James et al

Poster (2016, June 17)

Several methods exist to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure using SNP-based or haplotype-based information (Price et al. 2006, Lawson et al. 2012). Here, we propose an ... [more ▼]

Several methods exist to detect shared genetic ancestry or to identify population substructure using SNP-based or haplotype-based information (Price et al. 2006, Lawson et al. 2012). Here, we propose an unsupervised clustering method built on the ipPCA algorithm (Intarapanich et al. 2009). Our method supports both ordinal and categorical data, and it can be applied to panels of single locus and/or multiple loci data, or gene-based integrative summaries (Fouladi et al. 2015). Our method involves an iterative process using binary and ternary splits based on multivariate Gaussian mixture modeling of PCs and Clustering EM estimation as in (Lebret et al. 2015). To evaluate its performance, we examined different simulated scenarios of 2-4 populations, 500-8,000 individuals, 5,000-20,000 independent SNPs in HWE, and FST=[0.0007,0.006] (Balding and Nichols 1995), with 100 replicates for each scenario. SNPs were treated as categorical or continuous including ancestry-corrected SNPs. Haplotype-based runs used HapMap 3 data: CHB, CHD, and JPT. In simulated scenarios of extremely subtle structure (FST=[0.0009,0.006]), a population classification accuracy of 92% or greater was obtained, which was superior to ipPCA. Also in case of the HapMap populations, promising results to detect fine structure were obtained. We are convinced that our method has a potential to detect fine-level structure and it will be important in molecular reclassification studies of patients once underlying population structure has been removed. [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutional Pedagogies on the Edge between Politics and Therapy
Wustefeld, Sophie ULg; Janvier, Antoine ULg

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Evrard, Brigitte ULg

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See detailSleep deprivation affects brain global cortical responsivenes
Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Chellappa, S; Ly, J et al

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Crucifix, Benoît ULg; Rommens, Aarnoud ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

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See detailSequence-based association analysis identifies coding and non-coding variants in HFM1, MLH3, MSH4, MSH5, RNF212 and RNF212B with large effects on male and female recombination rate in cattle
Kadri, Naveen Kumar ULg; Harland, Chad ULg; Faux, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 15)

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle populations from France, New-Zealand and the Netherlands. We identify 2,395,177 crossover (CO) events in sperm cells transmitted by 2,940 sires ... [more ▼]

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle populations from France, New-Zealand and the Netherlands. We identify 2,395,177 crossover (CO) events in sperm cells transmitted by 2,940 sires to 94,516 offspring, and 579,996 CO events in oocytes transmitted by 11,461 cows to 25,332 offspring. When measured in identical family structures, the average number of CO in males (23.3) was found to be larger than in females (21.4). The heritability of global recombination rate (GRR) was estimated at 0.13 in males and 0.08 in females. The genetic correlation was equal to 0.66, indicating that shared variants are influencing GRR in both genders. Haplotype-based genome-wide association studies revealed seven genome-wide significant QTL. Variants identified by next-generating sequencing in 5 Mb windows encompassing the QTL peaks were imputed in order to perform a sequence-based association analysis. For four QTLs, we identified missense mutations in genes known to be involved in meiotic recombination among the most significantly associated variants. Most of the identified mutations had significant effects in both genders with three of them accounting each for approximately 10% of the genetic variance in males (the allelic substitution effect being approximately equal to one additional CO per genome). Thus, a large fraction of the genetic variance is associated with missense mutations in genes known to be involved in meiotic recombination. Our results are very different from reports of recombination in other species. For instance, in human, recombination rate is higher in females, distinct variants affect recombination rate in males and females, and the genetic correlation is close to 0, whereas in cattle, we observed a higher recombination rate in males controlled by shared variants effective in both sexes. [less ▲]

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See detailCogelled xerogel catalysts for applications in gazeous phase
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

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See detailLignin as a bio-based flame retardant additive: Pretreatments overview
Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg

Poster (2016, June 12)

Lignin is a cross-linked phenol polymers from plant cells wall and is the third most abundant organic material after cellulose and hemicelluloses. This substance was studied as a flame retardant for ... [more ▼]

Lignin is a cross-linked phenol polymers from plant cells wall and is the third most abundant organic material after cellulose and hemicelluloses. This substance was studied as a flame retardant for various polymers and represents an interesting opportunity to create more eco-friendly and safer plastics and resins. This poster explains one potential technology to extract lignin: the organosolv treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailWater familiarization testing battery adapted for young children
Vandermeulen, Mary ULg; Schietecatte, Delphine; Delvaux, Anne ULg et al

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See detailImplementing new technologies in PE : The arduous path of a group of teachers
Cloes, Marc ULg; Renier, Damien

Conference (2016, June 11)

Nowadays, adolescents are totally integrated into the digital generation. Tablets, smartphones, and other apps belong to their normal life while most of their teachers sometimes try yet to discover what a ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, adolescents are totally integrated into the digital generation. Tablets, smartphones, and other apps belong to their normal life while most of their teachers sometimes try yet to discover what a computer is. In physical education, several authors showed that new tools can be used during practical lessons in a way to improve the learning environment and motivation of the students. As the videotape recorder in the past, current technologies represent resources that have to be adapted to the teaching strategies and not considered as miraculous tools that will solve all problems. On the other hand, one has to consider that youth are particularly attracted by digital tools that offers a growing range of possibilities to stimulate students’ critical thinking, autonomy, and involvement. This study aimed to help a group of PE teachers to use new technologies in their classes. Considering that his colleagues and he (grades 10-12) were not effective in using new technologies, one PE teacher from a secondary school invited us to propose a series of activities in order to let them identifying a way to take benefit from available ICTs. An interactive process has been implemented in order to put the teachers in the center of their development. A four steps approach was designed: (1) identification of the perceived benefits of ICTs and of the available tools, selection of one objective and one tool (4 teachers/5); (2) organization of a focus group to identify a practical way to use the selected tool (2/3); (3) preparation of a model lesson (3/3); follow up after 6 months (3/3). For several reasons, even if interesting projects of lessons were developed, they did not have been implemented. The study underlines the difficulties that PE teachers can meet when trying to innovate. [less ▲]

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See detailTenure choice and the tax treatment of mortgage loans in Belgium
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg

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See detailHOME BLOOD PRESSURE IN KIDNEY TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS (Ktr)-VALIDITY OF DIFFERENT SCHEDULES OF SELF-MONITORING
Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2016, June 11)

Office blood pressure (OBP) coupled with 24-h ambulatory monitoring (24-h ABPM) or home self-monitoring (HBPM) allow a more accurate assessment of BP control in treated hypertensive patients and ... [more ▼]

Office blood pressure (OBP) coupled with 24-h ambulatory monitoring (24-h ABPM) or home self-monitoring (HBPM) allow a more accurate assessment of BP control in treated hypertensive patients and identification of different phenotypes of BP. ESH/ESC guidelines (2013) recommended 7 days of home measurements (3 days at least) but that duration is questioned. The present study examined if we can reduce, and to what extent, the 7-days schedule for home measurements in treated hypertensive kidney transplant recipients (ktr) while keeping a reliable assessment of their BP status? [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a standard measure of the ability of a structure to resist a natural fire
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Garlock, Maria; Kodur, Venkatesh (Eds.) Structures in Fire (Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference) (2016, June 10)

Fire brigades face a major threat when intervening in a building in fire: the possibility of structural collapse during the cooling phase of the fire, or soon thereafter. In the current approaches to ... [more ▼]

Fire brigades face a major threat when intervening in a building in fire: the possibility of structural collapse during the cooling phase of the fire, or soon thereafter. In the current approaches to structural fire engineering, the fire resistance rating (R) is generally the only measure taken into consideration to characterize the fire performance of structural elements, although this measure does not reflect the response in real fire conditions. In this work, a standard measure is proposed to characterize the ability of structural members to resist a natural fire including the decay phases. This measure yields information about the potential occurrence of delayed failure as a function of the duration of the fire before it started to decrease, whether by self-extinction or due to the action of the fire fighters. The paper presents the method to derive this new standard measure as well as results for different typologies of structural elements. Finally, the interpretation and practical consequences are discussed, in particular regarding the safety of fire fighters during an intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailFire fragility functions for community resilience assessment
Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Garlock, Maria

in Garlock, Maria; Kodur, Venkatesh (Eds.) Structures in Fire (Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference) (2016, June 10)

This work provides a framework to evaluate the response of buildings in a community to fire following earthquake. As part of the framework, the paper discusses two methodologies: (1) how to develop fire ... [more ▼]

This work provides a framework to evaluate the response of buildings in a community to fire following earthquake. As part of the framework, the paper discusses two methodologies: (1) how to develop fire fragility functions; (2) how the fire fragility functions can be used in conjunction with an original fire ignition model to estimate the potential losses in a community from fire following earthquake. The paper focuses in particular on the development of fire fragility functions for an entire building to measure the probability of reaching a damage state given a fire scenario. Next, the paper proposes an ignition model to evaluate the probability of fire ignition after an earthquake. The ignition model together with fragility functions measure the probability of damage from fire following earthquake given an earthquake scenario. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical parameters in deriving fire fragility functions for steel gravity frames
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

in Garlock, Maria; Kodur, Venkatesh (Eds.) Structures in Fire (Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference) (2016, June 10)

Fire fragility functions can be used to characterize the probabilistic vulnerability of buildings to fire in the context of urban resilience assessment. A methodology has been proposed to develop such ... [more ▼]

Fire fragility functions can be used to characterize the probabilistic vulnerability of buildings to fire in the context of urban resilience assessment. A methodology has been proposed to develop such functions for multi-story steel buildings. However, a large number of parameters with uncertainties play a role in the process of constructing the fragility functions. The goal of this research is to identify the critical parameters that most affect the global fire safety by investigating the sensitivity of the fragility functions to different input parameters. Sensitivity in parameters affecting the fire model, the heat transfer process and the thermo-mechanical response is examined. The effects of different design assumptions at the system level are also studied. The presented approach is useful for selecting the prevailing parameters in a fire reliability analysis and it provides important information for modeling tools that can be used to evaluate resilience for fire scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detail“Dare to save a life at school”: implementation of a basic life support cycle in the PE curriculum
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Laurent, Charlotte; Collin, Manon ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 10)

Introduction In Europe, about 400,000 people have a sudden cardiac arrest every year, with a survival rate of 5-10% (ERC, 2015). Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could increase this survival ... [more ▼]

Introduction In Europe, about 400,000 people have a sudden cardiac arrest every year, with a survival rate of 5-10% (ERC, 2015). Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) could increase this survival rate by 2-3 times. Unfortunately, less than 20% of the general population is able to perform it effectively (Plant & Taylor, 2013). Besides, most of the public facilities are now equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs). In a physical literacy perspective (Whitehead, 2013), PE teachers are ideally placed to teach basic life support (BLS) to their students (Colquhoun, 2012). Methods In this pilot study, a female PE teacher was trained to a BLS cycle adapted to the PE curriculum. The BLS cycle, including 6 sessions of PE, was developed in a participatory approach by a team of BLS specialists, PE teacher educators and by the PE teacher herself. During this BLS cycle, students learned the CPR & AED protocols, taught by different teaching styles (practice, reciprocal, self-check) with hands-on application on training manikin and AED. A process analysis was performed from the video recording of the sessions and from satisfactory questionnaires. Students’ knowledge of the BLS protocol was assessed by a 14 open-ended questionnaire at baseline (T0) and after the intervention (T1). Practical application of the BLS protocol was assessed on a manikin measuring CPR performance at T1. Results and conclusions The BLS program was taught to two classes of high school female students (n=52), aged 17.1 ± 0.3 years. At T0, if students were mostly aware of the emergency number (71.4%), very few were able to localise the chest compression (14.3%) and AEDs’ electrodes (2%) areas. Most of them did not feel able to perform BLS (89.8%) and would agree to learn it during PE lessons (97.9%). Results at T1 are expected to highlight improvements of the theoretical and practical BLS’ competencies of the students. [less ▲]

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See detailL'intelligence stratégique : protection mon patrimoine, une question d'éducation
Leroy, Patrick ULg

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See detailLe groupe ACME : logiques de l'interstice (disciplinaire, nationale, méthodologique)
Crucifix, Benoît ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg; Meesters, Gert

Conference (2016, June 10)

Interdisciplinarité : si la recherche en bande dessinée s'est, dans une certaine mesure, constituée en discipline (associations disciplinaires, congrès et conférences, revues scientifiques, etc.), son ... [more ▼]

Interdisciplinarité : si la recherche en bande dessinée s'est, dans une certaine mesure, constituée en discipline (associations disciplinaires, congrès et conférences, revues scientifiques, etc.), son inscription au cœur des institutions reste tributaire de l'insertion de ces recherches au sein d'autres départements et, donc, d'autres disciplines. Le cas d'ACME offre un exemple de structuration au sein de l'institution universitaire qui s'exécute autour d'un travail de rassemblement collectif interdisciplinaire, chaque membre apportant les outils méthodologiques de sa formation et de sa discipline : ACME est ainsi autant ancré dans les études littéraires que dans l'histoire de l'art ou les études en communication. Les résultats de ces recherches, comme le livre L'Association : une utopie esthétique et éditoriale1, exhibent une convergence de regards, jetant différents perspectives sur un objet commun. Le travail interdisciplinaire se situe donc à deux niveaux : à la fois dans le regard porté par le chercheur sur un objet qui n'« appartient » pas traditionnellement à la discipline à laquelle il ou elle est formé-e (transdisciplinarité), et dans les résultats concrets de publication qui unifient différentes approches disciplinaires (pluridisciplinarité). Objets d'étude et échelles d'analyse : pour permettre cette convergence de regards disciplinaires, ACME s'est rassemblé autour d'objets d'étude permettant ce genre de rassemblement, d'où le choix d'objets éditoriaux et collectifs (L'Association, Spirou) ou de questions transversales (la dissidence, l'abstraction). Ces études conjuguent plusieurs perspectives et échelles d'analyses : des propositions systémiques et englobantes aux analyses les plus fines d'œuvres singulières. Entre distant reading et close reading, le groupe ACME, par le biais de son interdisciplinarité, se livre peut-être à une forme d'entre-deux, une « mid-level reading », de la bande dessinée qui rend compte des multiples interactions entre macro- et micro-niveau. Dimension transnationale : en lien avec l'interdisciplinarité, le groupe ACME a aussi mis en avant le dialogue des langues et des traditions critiques, qui résulte en partie de l'ancrage de certains de ses membres dans des départements de langues étrangères (anglais, néerlandais). Ce choix s'est de plus concrétisé dans le bilinguisme opté pour la collection « ACME » aux Presses universitaires de Liège. Alors que les recherches en bande dessinée dans le monde francophone et anglo-saxon se déroulent encore trop souvent en parallèle et/ou dans une ignorance respective, ACME se joint ainsi à d'autres initiatives d'établir un dialogue constructif entre ces deux traditions critiques. [less ▲]

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See detailConversion of visual post fire measurements into fire severity with the aid of thermo-plastic analysis for retrofitting
Molkens, Tom; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Van Coile, Ruben

in Garlock, Maria; Kodur, Venkatesh (Eds.) Structures in Fire (Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference) (2016, June 10)

At Koksijde in Belgium a severe fire took place in an apartment building in 2015, resulting in the death of a young man and visible structural damage to four balconies. Following the fire, experts were ... [more ▼]

At Koksijde in Belgium a severe fire took place in an apartment building in 2015, resulting in the death of a young man and visible structural damage to four balconies. Following the fire, experts were mandated to assess the damage and the need for structural repair. They estimated that the balconies had to be refurbished but that there were no other structural elements affected, in particular the slab inside the apartment could be left in place with only a surface treatment and new plaster finishing. However, the floor slab in the apartment located above the fire apartment exhibited several visual indications that the fire could have had a structural impact, such as residual deformations and cracks in the tiles. This paper presents a methodology to infer the fire severity based on post-fire measurements and non-linear thermo-plastic numerical simulations. Finally, knowing the fire severity, its effect on the structure is evaluated and a reliability-based assessment is made of the residual load bearing capacity of the slab. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Pierre Nothomb à Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, l’influence d’un père
Lanneau, Catherine ULg

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Si l'on souhaite comprendre et analyser le parcours politique de Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb (président du PSC, député, sénateur, ministre, vice-Premier Ministre, ministre d'Etat), il semble difficile de ... [more ▼]

Si l'on souhaite comprendre et analyser le parcours politique de Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb (président du PSC, député, sénateur, ministre, vice-Premier Ministre, ministre d'Etat), il semble difficile de faire abstraction de la dynamique familiale et de ne pas évoquer, en préambule, la figure du père, l’avocat, écrivain et homme politique catholique Pierre Nothomb. Les documents disponibles (AGR, Archives et Musée de la Littérature, UCL), la plupart de la main de Pierre Nothomb, permettent de mieux décrypter les rapports à la fois étroits et compliqués entre les deux hommes et le regard porté par Pierre sur les débuts de la carrière politique de son fils (1958-1966). [less ▲]

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