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See detailLa détection précoce de la maladie d'Alzheimer
Bastin, Christine ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

Lorsque le diagnostic de maladie d’Alzheimer est posé, les atteintes au niveau du cerveau et l’ampleur des difficultés dans la vie quotidienne ont atteint un seuil critique. Actuellement, les chercheurs ... [more ▼]

Lorsque le diagnostic de maladie d’Alzheimer est posé, les atteintes au niveau du cerveau et l’ampleur des difficultés dans la vie quotidienne ont atteint un seuil critique. Actuellement, les chercheurs et les cliniciens pensent que pour tenter de retarder l’apparition d’une démence, voire même l’empêcher, il faut agir bien avant que les premiers symptômes majeurs apparaissent. Le défi actuel est de trouver les meilleurs outils permettant de détecter le plus tôt possible les premiers signes de la maladie. Etant donné que des changements cognitifs peuvent être détectés très tôt, les neuropsychologues tentent d’identifier parmi les tests qui forment le bilan neuropsychologique ceux qui permettent de prédire au mieux le développement futur d’une maladie d’Alzheimer. Les recherches ont suggéré que les mesures ayant le meilleur pouvoir de prédiction semblent être celles de mémoire épisodique (qui est la capacité à se souvenir d’événements vécus dans un contexte bien précis) et les mesures de fluence verbale (qui est la capacité à citer un grand nombre de mots appartenant à une catégorie ou commençant par une lettre donnée). Le groupe Vieillissement et Mémoire, au sein du Centre de Recherches du Cyclotron (Université de Liège), poursuit actuellement deux lignes de recherche en lien avec la question de la détection précoce de la maladie d’Alzheimer : Premièrement, nous tentons de déterminer si nous pouvons encore mieux détecter les personnes à risque de développer une maladie d’Alzheimer en affinant les mesures de la mémoire. Le point de départ de cette recherche doit être une compréhension approfondie des mécanismes qui régissent le fonctionnement de la mémoire ainsi que de leurs bases cérébrales. Nos premiers résultats ont montré une perte précoce de la capacité à réactiver tous les détails d’un épisode vécu, associée à une déconnexion entre les régions d’un réseau cérébral incluant le cortex cingulaire postérieur et l’hippocampe. Deuxièmement, nous étudions les facteurs protecteurs qui permettent à certaines personnes de mieux résister que d’autres aux effets négatifs du vieillissement et de la pathologie cérébrale. Une étude non encore publiée menée auprès de personnes âgées sans trouble cognitif a montré que plus les personnes avaient étudié longtemps et avaient pratiqué une activité physique au cours de leur vie, meilleure était leur capacité à se souvenir des détails des événements vécus. Enfin, une approche idéale pour Identifier le plus tôt possible qui risque de développer des symptômes de déclin cognitif est l’approche multidisciplinaire. Plutôt que d’évaluer l’intérêt d’une mesure seule, nous proposons de tenir compte de manière combinée des différents éléments qui semblent contribuer à la détection précoce de la maladie d’Alzheimer : modifications neuropathologiques, mesures neuropsychologiques, mesures de la structure et du fonctionnement cérébral, habitudes de vie, changements physiologiques et modification du sommeil. [less ▲]

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See detailComment améliorer la réussite à l'examen d'anatomie en 1ère année de bachelier en médecine? Etude de l'impact d'une activité intégrée dans un dispositif hybride de formation
Ernst, Denise ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg et al

Poster (2015, November 17)

The course of “Introduction to Human Anatomy” is part of the curriculum delivered to the undergraduated students (Freshman year) at the Faculty of Medecine of the University of Liege. The course is taught ... [more ▼]

The course of “Introduction to Human Anatomy” is part of the curriculum delivered to the undergraduated students (Freshman year) at the Faculty of Medecine of the University of Liege. The course is taught in a blending learning mode combining traditional intructor-led and e-learning activities. The MCQ 2 test is one of the three components of the final written exam (which consists of 3 MCQ tests). This test requires students to recognize and identify the organ’s orientation in cross-sections represented in different spatial views. In our study, we tried to evaluate how the online training exercises provided by the instructors team for that particular ability was appreciated by students and if students benefited from this type of online activities to improve their examination results for MCQ 2 test. Further in our research, we asked student about their perceptions of coherence between the aims, methods and evaluation of our entire system. Then this perception has been compared with the overall score of the exam to look for the present of correlation elements. We observed that the MCQ 2 test results are significantly better for students who practiced the new online exercises and for students having seen the value of this activity. The perception of consistency or coherence between the objectives, methods and assessment is not correlated to the overall score of the student. As conclusion, we can declare that the new learning scenario proposed positively enriches the learning environment for students. It can be easily scaled up for important groups and accessed at any time by users. It focusses on specific objectives, is directly linked to the examination system of the course (MCQ 2) and also allows developing a competence expertise related to their future medical profession. [less ▲]

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See detailInsuffisance hépatique aigue: traitement conservateur et alternatives thérapeutiques
DETRY, Olivier ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

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See detailLes biomarqueurs de l'arthrose
Henrotin, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

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See detailHow to circulate "population varieties" inside a locked seed system? Kaol Kozh's case
Hecquet, Corentin ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

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See detailLes urgences par traumatisme fermé ou ouvert de l'abdomen
DETRY, Olivier ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

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See detailD'un Primo en local à un Primo dans le cloud: deux déploiements en deux ans d'une solution discovery à l'Université de Liège
Renaville, François ULg

Conference (2015, November 17)

En février 2013, les Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège ont mis en production la solution discovery Primo, hébergée en local. Le projet s’est étalé sur une dizaine de mois, offrant ainsi aux ... [more ▼]

En février 2013, les Bibliothèques de l'Université de Liège ont mis en production la solution discovery Primo, hébergée en local. Le projet s’est étalé sur une dizaine de mois, offrant ainsi aux professionnels des Bibliothèques la possibilité de se familiariser avec le nouvel outil avant le lancement officiel. Moins d’un an plus tard, les Bibliothèques décidaient de passer au système de gestion de bibliothèque Alma, ce qui impliquait à nouveau le déploiement d’un Primo, cette fois-ci dans le cloud. En six mois, la migration vers Alma et le lancement de la nouvelle interface discovery étaient réalisés. Cette présentation balaye les moments clés des deux projets de déploiement Primo, en mettant l'accent sur la composante organisationnelle, la formation des équipes et la gestion du changement. [less ▲]

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See detailEmotion, violence, cohabitation. A propos de Vers la cohabitation de Judith Butler
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2015, November 16)

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See detailLa guerre comme modèle des rapports de pouvoir. Question à Judith Butler
Caeymaex, Florence ULg

Conference (2015, November 16)

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See detailImpacts of Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria-based Biostimulants on Wheat Growth under Greenhouse and Field Conditions
Nguyen, Minh ULg; Ongena, Marc ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg et al

Poster (2015, November 16)

Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) are one of the main biostimulant classes due to their capacity of stimulating root growth and enhancing soil mineral availability, hence increasing nutrient use ... [more ▼]

Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) are one of the main biostimulant classes due to their capacity of stimulating root growth and enhancing soil mineral availability, hence increasing nutrient use efficiency in crops. The aim of this study is to screen commercially PGPR-containing products to enhance wheat growth and yield in combination with an optimized nitrogen (N) fertilizer application scheme. This could lead to a significant reduction of N fertilizer application without affecting the subsequent grain yields. The screened products collection includes (1) Mix1 (a mix of Azospirillum sp., Azorhizobium sp., and Azoarcus sp.), (2) Mix2 (a mix of Mix1 complemented with two strains of phosphorus-solubilizing Bacillus sp.), (3) Bacillus amyloliquefaciens a, (4) B. subtilis, and (5) B. amyloliquefaciens b. These biostimulants were screened under greenhouse and field conditions in 2014 by using spring and winter wheat varieties respectively. There was a significant increase in root dry weight and in root per shoot ratio of plants inoculated with Mix1. Under field conditions, the interaction between PGPR inoculation and N fertilizer application was assessed. The grain yield was negatively impacted by low N fertilizer applications. Under such conditions, the inoculation of the wheat rhizosphere with Bacillus subtilis increased the grain yield by 15% relative to the water control. However, in the field trial, the variability between plot replicates was high and lead to non-significant results. Based on those results, modified screening strategies for PGPR selection were set up for the 2015 trials to reduce field variability and possibly achieve higher yield increases. [less ▲]

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See detailBien soigner l'arthrose: un enjeu capital pour notre société!
Henrotin, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 16)

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See detailDeterminants of Access to Agricultural Credits for Small Scale Farmers in the Southern Province of Rwanda
Musabanganji, Edouard ULg; Antoine, Karangwa; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Book of Proceedings Sixth International Scientific Agricultural Symposium "AgroSym 2015" (2015, November 15)

This study investigated the determinants of financial inclusion for small scale farmers by focusing on the access to formal and informal agricultural credits in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Data were ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the determinants of financial inclusion for small scale farmers by focusing on the access to formal and informal agricultural credits in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Data were collected from 310 farmers from Huye and Nyamagabe districts through an open-ended structured questionnaire and analysed using the binary logistic regression method. The major findings, on one hand, showed that among the requested and approved agricultural loans, 87.2% and 12.7% were from informal and formal financial institutions respectively. Among those who accessed agricultural credits, 59.7% were from Huye and 40.3% from Nyamagabe. On the other hand, it was revealed that the household characteristics and the community attributes are the most important determinants. Those household characteristics include household income and expenditure, Ubudehe socio-economic category of the household, off-farm employment and the size of the land owned by the household whereas community attributes involve residence area, transport and informal financial services availability. Regarding farmer characteristics, the education level was found to be the only factor affecting the smallholder farmers' access to agricultural credit. In light of the findings, it was recommended to conduct sensitization sessions focusing on the importance of agricultural credits for smallholder farmers especially in the areas with high level of poverty. In addition, there is need to work on alleviating the formal agricultural credits access barriers, and to conduct a study on the dynamics of informal and formal agricultural credits up take and usage by smallholder farmers to explore all dimensions of financial inclusion in the study area. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Q-Codes. From Dunedin 2007 to Hyderabad 2015
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

Conference (2015, November 14)

Aim Coding abstracts of communications of GPs during congress allows more efficient exchange of information through a specific indexing process. Coding with Core Content Classification in General Practice ... [more ▼]

Aim Coding abstracts of communications of GPs during congress allows more efficient exchange of information through a specific indexing process. Coding with Core Content Classification in General Practice/Family Medicine (3CGP/FM), an association of ICPC and of a new tool called Q-Codes means identifying the main concepts the writer is willing to share in his/her contribution. This is called ‘text classification’ or ‘topic list building’ in computer sciences and ‘qualitative data analysis’ in cognitive sciences. The GP is dealing with issues concerning the patient and with issues concerning the management of the job. Symptoms, diagnosis and process are up to what we will call clinical activities. General management as well as ethical or quality related issues are up to what we will call non-clinical or managerial activities. Clinical activities will be identified in the abstracts by the use of the International Classification of Primary Care second edition, electronic, version 5 (ICPC-2 e ver5). Managerial activities will be identified in the abstracts by the use of the Q-Codes, version 2.1, 2015 which we are explaining now in detail. Method The European cross-lingual portal of health terminologies for indexing and searching Web resources (www.hetop.eu) is using the OWL 2 Web Ontology Language, relying for instance to Bioportal and connected to the world of the Internet of data. We have developed the terminological content of 183 items called Q-codes using a graphic Interface, filling the knowledge base with relevant information about the concept studied, linking them to professional terminologies like MeSH, or to lay ones like Babelnet and DBpedia, if any, and relying them to top bibliographic free full text citations of the domain. Results 183 Q-Codes have been designed and 177 extensive terminological records are available online, for now for beta testers. The whole process is described on http://docpatient.net/3CGP. The ongoing version of the Q-codes is available here in 6 languages http://docpatient.net/3CGP/Q-Codes_ver_2_2.pdf The poster present a general overview of the terminological development. [less ▲]

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See detailFungal skin infections: from the clinic to the laboratory
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg

Conference (2015, November 14)

Superficial fungal infections are largely represented in the world population and are mainly caused by dermatophytes. Clinical signs can be confusing and it is important to get a rapid diagnostic to apply ... [more ▼]

Superficial fungal infections are largely represented in the world population and are mainly caused by dermatophytes. Clinical signs can be confusing and it is important to get a rapid diagnostic to apply the right treatment.The diagnostic procedures are still culture-based methods but molecular technologies are recently available under commercial kits and will be probable part of a new algorithm in the laboratory diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailDer Wiederaufbau der deutsch-belgischen Beziehungen nach 1945
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Conference (2015, November 14)

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See detailDe Freaks à Decasia, de l'image du monstre à l'image monstrueuse
Jousten, Lison ULg

Conference (2015, November 13)

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See detailL’entrée à l’école maternelle, le vécu des familles en situation de précarité
Pirard, Florence ULg; Morgante, Aurélie; Housen, Marie ULg

Conference (2015, November 13)

Notre communication a pour objectif de mieux comprendre le vécu des familles lors de l’entrée de leur(s) enfant(s) à l’école maternelle en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (FWB, Belgique), en particulier ... [more ▼]

Notre communication a pour objectif de mieux comprendre le vécu des familles lors de l’entrée de leur(s) enfant(s) à l’école maternelle en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles (FWB, Belgique), en particulier celui des familles en situation de précarité. Elle pose la question de la transition et de l’entrée à l’école maternelle dans le parcours des enfants et de leur famille, question peu étudiée dans les recherches belges et internationales. Elle s'inscrit dans un contexte caractérisé par une entrée relativement précoce à l'école maternelle (2 ans et demi) et une fréquentation massive comparativement aux taux de participation enregistrés dans d’autres pays européens. Pour beaucoup d’enfants, cette entrée représente la première expérience de vie dans un cadre professionnel car en FWB, comme dans les autres pays où l’offre de services est divisée, seule une partie des jeunes enfants ont accès à une place en milieux d’accueil avant l’école maternelle (27,7 % de taux de couverture en milieux d’accueil à la fin de l’année 2010 pour les moins de 3 ans), les enfants des familles en situation de précarité étant les moins représentés. Dans ce contexte, les résultats de nos recherches fondés sur des entretiens à visée compréhensive menés avec des parents, essentiellement des mères montrent les difficultés à établir un dialogue à partir de l’expérience de vie des enfants dans l’institution éducative qui semble souvent peu visible et compréhensible malgré l'importance que les participants lui est accorde. Ils nous amènent à réinterroger les pratiques d’accueil et d’éducation dans une perspective de coéducation, la formation initiale des professionnelles et plus largement les conditions d’un développement professionnel continu [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of the Q-Codes semantic knowledge base in General Practice/Family Medicine
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Grosjean, Julien; Darmoni, Stefan

Poster (2015, November 13)

Aim ; Coding abstracts of communications of GPs during congress allows more efficient exchange of information through a specific indexing process. Coding with Core Content Classification in General ... [more ▼]

Aim ; Coding abstracts of communications of GPs during congress allows more efficient exchange of information through a specific indexing process. Coding with Core Content Classification in General Practice/Family Medicine (3CGP/FM), an association of ICPC and of a new tool called Q-Codes means identifying the main concepts the writer is willing to share in his/her contribution. This is called ‘text classification’ or ‘topic list building’ in computer science and ‘qualitative data analysis’ in cognitive science. The GP is dealing with issues concerning the patient and with issues concerning the management of the job. Symptoms, diagnosis and process are what we will call clinical activities. General management as well as ethical or quality related issues are up to what we will call non-clinical or managerial activities. Clinical activities will be identified in the abstracts by the use of the International Classification of Primary Care second edition, electronic, version 5 (ICPC-2 e ver5). Managerial activities will be identified in the abstracts by the use of the Q-Codes, version 2.1, 2015 which we are explaining now in detail. Method ; www.hetop.eu is the European cross-lingual portal of health terminologies for indexing and searching Web resources. The portal uses OWL 2 Web Ontology Language. We have developed the terminological content of 183 items called Q-codes using a graphic interface, populating the knowledge base with relevant information about the concepts studied. These concepts are linked to: (i) professional terminologies such as MeSH, (ii) lay terminologies such as Babelnet and DBpedia, and (iii) top bibliographic free full text citations of the domain GP/FM. Results ; One hundred and eighty-three Q-Codes have been designed and 177 extensive terminological records are available online for now for beta testers. The whole process is described on http://docpatient.net/3CGP. The ongoing version of the Q-codes is available here in 6 languages http://docpatient.net/3CGP/Q-Codes_ver_2_2.pdf This poster present a general overview of the terminological development, showing the relations of the Q-Codes QT3, Quality Assurance [less ▲]

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See detailFourniture de pages web expliquant la médecine du travail aux médecins généralistes
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; Mortelmans, Katrien

Conference (2015, November 13)

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See detailSnow cover evolution and its impact on flooding in the Ourthe River catchment (southeast of Belgium) over the period 1958­-2014 using the MAR model
Wyard, Coraline ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

Conference (2015, November 13)

The Ourthe River (southeast of Belgium) is one of the main tributaries of the Meuse River with a catchment area of 3500 km². About 50 % of the floods which occur in the Ourthe River catchment are due to ... [more ▼]

The Ourthe River (southeast of Belgium) is one of the main tributaries of the Meuse River with a catchment area of 3500 km². About 50 % of the floods which occur in the Ourthe River catchment are due to rainfall events associated with the melting of the snow which covers the Ardennes in winter. In this study, hydroclimatic conditions favourable to flooding were reconstructed over the period 1958-2014 using the regional climate model MAR (« Modèle Atmosphérique Régional ») forced by the ERA-interim reanalysis and by the NCEP1 reanalysis. As validation, the MAR results were compared to weather station-based data. A trends analysis was then performed in order to study the evolution of conditions favourable to flooding in the Ourthe River catchment. When the MAR model is forced by the NCEP1 reanalysis, results show a significant decrease in hydroclimatic conditions favourable to flooding because of a decrease in snow accumulation as well as a decrease in the frequency of extreme precipitation events in winter. When MAR is forced by the ERA-interim reanalysis, non-significant trends are found, which could be explained by an underestimation of the precipitation amount computed by the ERA-40 reanalysis before 1979. Further studies are needed to explain the decreasing trends in snow accumulation and extreme precipitation events. Moreover, an hydrological model could also be forced by the MAR outputs in order to improve flood detection. [less ▲]

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See detailFarms for Future? Contribution of agroecological farms to the delivery of ecosystem services
Boeraeve, Fanny ULg; Dendoncker, Nicolas; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 12)

In the western part of the Hainaut province in Belgium, a dynamic network of several farms intentionally incorporates biodiversity within their practices and across multiple scales. While it is suggested ... [more ▼]

In the western part of the Hainaut province in Belgium, a dynamic network of several farms intentionally incorporates biodiversity within their practices and across multiple scales. While it is suggested that such diversification of agricultural practices supports ecological processes in turn favoring biomass production and providing other ecosystem services (ES) to society, few studies have actually attested this fact. A recent review by Kremen and Miles (2012) comparing the provision of 12 ES in organic and conventional systems concludes that ‘integrated whole-system studies of the influence of different farming practices on multiples ES are critically needed’; a conclusion confirmed by the few existing farm-scale ES assessments. This research’s goal is to fulfill this gap by providing comprehensive knowledge about the socio-ecological performance of such systems. To achieve this, we rely on the tool of integrated ES assessment, which includes both a biophysical and a social valuation. Such value-pluralism is of high relevance in agricultural contexts, where multiple values are required to capture the diversity of needs and wants that nature can contribute to fulfill for society and individuals. With the aim to get better insights into societal values, a ‘field thesis committee’ was launched. This latter one includes local farmers and citizens who are consulted throughout the research. For instance, at the start of the project, a participative ES selection was organized to guide the research towards ES important in the eyes of local stakeholders. The presentation first introduces the innovative multi-actor and multi-disciplinary approach developed in this project. Preliminary results are then presented and interpreted. We believe our approach can bring significant contribution to body of knowledge on the reconciliation of social and environmental expectancies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Roll of Small Businesses in Traditional Handcraft in Rural Development: A Case-Study Of Hanoi Suburban Rattan Enterprises
Nguyen, Thi Thu Hien ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; NGUYEN, Van Nghien

in International Conference on Emerging Challenges, Hanoi 12 november 2015 (2015, November 12)

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is ... [more ▼]

Rural industrial development and new rural development programmes are the main target of Vietnam in the process of industrialization – modernization of the country. To expedite this process, it is necessary to promote the development and encourage the contributions of small enterprise in general and small enterprise rural in particular because practices in many countries show the important role of small and micro enterprises in local development. This paper presents the initial results of research to understand the economic–social contributions of rural enterprises to local development through the mobilization of local resources as well as establishment of the economic-social relations in local of rattan’s enterprises in the suburb of Hanoi, and then propose some measures to facilitate the operation of enterprises and promote the contribution of rattan’s enterprises for local development. [less ▲]

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See detailFROM METABOLOMICS STUDY OF AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION (AMD) TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PDK INHIBITORS
Arslan, Deniz ULg; Schoumacher, Matthieu ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Arslan, Deniz (Ed.) Gazi Pharma Symposium Abstract Book (2015, November 12)

Metabolomics is one of the most recent technologies in the Omics sciences defined as “the comprehensive characterization of small molecules (called metabolites) in different biological samples.” This ... [more ▼]

Metabolomics is one of the most recent technologies in the Omics sciences defined as “the comprehensive characterization of small molecules (called metabolites) in different biological samples.” This methodology can be applied in many areas, such as biomarker discovery, clinical studies, drug efficacy and toxicity evaluation, diagnostic tools, quality control or drug discovery. Its capability to extract biochemical information associated with a cellular or biological system makes this technique a powerful tool for Medicinal Chemistry. In this work, we present a 1H NMR metabolomics study applied to therapeutic target discovery. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness in the elderly population of industrialized countries. This blindness results from the deterioration of the macula, a small part of the retina specialized for the high-acuity vision. Exudative AMD, called “wet”, is characterized by the formation of new blood vessels growing under the retina according to a process named choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Currently, the aetiology and pathogenesis of AMD remain unclear. Nevertheless, a recent metabolomics study performed on the serum of “wet” AMD patients and on a CNV murine model, that mimics the effect of “wet” AMD, have demonstrated that lactate level is clearly involved in the severity of the pathology as well as the relationship between lactate, CNV and AMD. According to this result, we suggest a new therapeutic approach of AMD based on the normalization of blood lactate level. The modulation of the lactate plasma concentration by treatment of the animals with synthetic compounds and more specifically Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase (PDK) inhibitors significantly decrease the CNV. Starting from these results, development of new PDK inhibitors could open the way to innovative treatment opportunities in AMD disease. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction multimédia à l’ULg : vers une typologie des usages pédagogiques et des ressources mobilisées
Martin, Pierre; Van de Poël, Jean-François ULg; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg

Conference (2015, November 10)

Ce poster introduit à une typologie de productions multimédia pédagogiques. Elle est issue d’une recherche à caractère exploratoire conduite sur plus de 1000 productions réalisées par IFRES-eCampus dans ... [more ▼]

Ce poster introduit à une typologie de productions multimédia pédagogiques. Elle est issue d’une recherche à caractère exploratoire conduite sur plus de 1000 productions réalisées par IFRES-eCampus dans le studio multimédia de l'Université de Liège. La typologie a ceci de particulier qu'elle associe chaque catégorie multimédia identifiée à une estimation des ressources nécessaire à sa production, sur le plan pédagogique, technique et de l'accompagnement. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel outil d'entrainement proposer aux étudiants de médecine suivant un cours de physique ?
Marique, Pierre-Xavier ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

Poster (2015, November 10)

La réforme des études de médecine mise en application dès la rentrée académique de septembre 2012 en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles a introduit une liste abondante de prérequis dans les cours dits de « ... [more ▼]

La réforme des études de médecine mise en application dès la rentrée académique de septembre 2012 en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles a introduit une liste abondante de prérequis dans les cours dits de « sciences fondamentales » (physique, chimie, biologie)et a favorisé l’évaluation sous forme de questions à choix multiples en première année de bachelier. Or, les étudiants sortant de l’enseignement secondaire maîtrisent rarement, pour de multiples raisons, l’ensemble des prérequis. Par ailleurs, ils sont très peu entraînés à ce mode d’évaluation et n’en maîtrisent donc pas les spécificités. Lors de leur arrivée à l’université, les causes d’échec des étudiants sont multiples. Parmi celles-ci, nous pouvons citer le temps d’adaptation de l’étudiant au système supérieur, la difficulté d’apprendre la nouvelle matière vue au cours (problèmes de méthode de travail, quantité de matière plus importante, laps de temps plus court pour l’assimiler, …) et, éventuellement, une mauvaise maîtrise des prérequis. Cela nous a poussé à développer un outil d’apprentissage du cours de physique. Nous avons opté pour une plate-forme en ligne afin qu’elle soit accessible à chaque instant et de n’importe quel endroit moyennant une connexion internet. L’étudiant peut notamment y travailler la nouvelle matière, ou les prérequis, via une série de tests formatifs présentés sous forme de QCM. L’étudiant peut à tout moment générer un test selon trois paramètres : la(les) matière(s) qu’ils souhaitent travailler, le temps qu’il désire y consacrer et le niveau de maîtrise qu’il souhaite atteindre à ce moment-là. La matière vue au cours a préalablement été décomposée en cinq grands thèmes. L’étudiant peut, lors de l’ouverture d’une session choisir un ou plusieurs de ces thèmes. Le nombre de questions figurant dans son test formatif dépendra de la durée qu’il aura préalablement sélectionnée (30, 60, 90 ou 120 minutes). Un barème de 10 questions par heure, identique aux conditions d’examens, est appliqué. L’étudiant pourra, en outre, choisir un niveau parmi trois échelons de difficultés. Les questions de chacune des cinq matières, issues notamment des examens des années antérieures, ont été évaluées par plusieurs membres de l’équipe pédagogique et ont été affublées d’un niveau de difficulté de 1 à 4. Vingt pools de questions ont alors été créés, soit un par niveau de difficulté de question et par matière. Une attention particulière est apportée à la rédaction des questions notamment afin de respecter les règles de conception développées par Leclercq (Leclercq, 1986) et sériant les niveaux d’abstraction des questions selon les taxonomies de Bloom (Bloom, 1956) Une fois les trois paramètres sélectionnés par l’étudiant, un test formatif est généré automatiquement. Un nombre de questions, fixé par la durée choisie par l’étudiant, est tiré aléatoirement en respectant le niveau de difficulté (du test) que l’étudiant a choisi. Le niveau « faible » de test proposera uniquement des questions de niveaux 1 et 2, le niveau « moyen », des questions de niveaux 1, 2 et 3 et le niveau « fort » des questions de niveaux 2, 3 et 4. L’étudiant pourra visualiser son état d’avancement dans la maîtrise de chacun des thèmes grâce à un rapport qu’il pourra à tout moment générer. Ce rapport détaillera également quel type (théorie, application directe de formule, problèmes, …) de questions l’étudiant a tendance à réussir ou rater. Une vue simplifiée et ludique, à l’aide de médailles à gagner sera également proposée à l’étudiant. A l’aide de cette vue simplifiée et du rapport complet, l’équipe pédagogique pourra travailler plus efficacement avec l’étudiant si cela demande un rendez-vous de remédiation. Outre cet outil, la plate-forme propose le travail des prérequis et de la nouvelle matière sous différentes forme (vidéos d’expérience à commenter, résolution guidée de problèmes, forums, questions débats, …) [less ▲]

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See detailCollaborer avec des enseignants-témoins en formation pédagogique d’adultes – Finalités, difficultés et plus-values
Leduc, Laurent ULg; Detroz, Pascal ULg; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg

Poster (2015, November 10)

En prélude à une étude empirique, ce poster problématise la décision pédagogique de faire intervenir, au cours d’une formation, des enseignants pour témoigner devant d’autres enseignants de leur pratique ... [more ▼]

En prélude à une étude empirique, ce poster problématise la décision pédagogique de faire intervenir, au cours d’une formation, des enseignants pour témoigner devant d’autres enseignants de leur pratique. Le poster recourt au QQOQCP (qui-quoi-où-quand-comment-pourquoi), une méthode qui allie simplicité et souci de complétude dans le balisage initial d’un phénomène. Sans remettre en cause la richesse des témoignages par des enseignants dans un contexte de formation, ni la satisfaction que beaucoup de participants estiment en retirer, le poster plaide pour une approche raisonnée des témoignages en soulignant certaines tensions et ambiguïtés qui peuvent marquer ces derniers. [less ▲]

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See detailRural landscape design: think local, involve locals
Boeraeve, Fanny ULg; Pipart, Nathalie; Dendoncker, Nicolas et al

Conference (2015, November 10)

The urge to involve stakeholders from the start of ecosystem service (ES) assessments is increasingly addressed in literature. This is even more the case when studying rural landscape planning for which ... [more ▼]

The urge to involve stakeholders from the start of ecosystem service (ES) assessments is increasingly addressed in literature. This is even more the case when studying rural landscape planning for which impacts on ES have proved to be highly context specific. Despite the growing amount of social ES valuations, few studies integrate them to a biophysical ES assessment. To fill in this gap, we developed a methodology where the social ES valuation directly serves the biophysical ES assessment. By combining components of the Delphi and the focus group methods, our approach allows to provide good insights on the preferred ES within the studied locality. Thanks to the deliberative phase, it also provides information on the divergences and convergences among the social values held by local stakeholders. The underpinning aim of the exercise is to reach a consent within the group. Conversely to a consensus where the decision must be unanimous, a consent seeks decisions where nobody has fundamental opposition to it. We believe that applying such approach has the potential to: - guide the biophysical ES assessment towards ES which are relevant to the study area and important in the eyes of local stakeholders; - create opportunity for collective social learning; - identify networks of influences and/or social interdependencies related to ES; - empower local stakeholders while enhancing the democratic process of decision-making. The presentation first introduces the backbone of the methodology. Two case-studies in which we applied the innovative approach will then be presented. The first case study relates to local ES assessment carried out in agroecological and conventional farms in a Western locality in Belgium. The second case-study relates to a land consolidation scheme project. Outcomes of the approach applied in both cases are put forward, and adaptation of the methodology for the distinct purposes and contexts are elucidated. [less ▲]

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See detailWalES: an integrated database to assess ecosytem services
Maebe, Laura ULg; Pipart, Nathalie; Dendoncker, Nicolas et al

Poster (2015, November 10)

While the significance and needs of Ecosystem Services (ES) valuation is now more pregnant in decision processes, the design of operational tools remains complex because of the multiplicity and diversity ... [more ▼]

While the significance and needs of Ecosystem Services (ES) valuation is now more pregnant in decision processes, the design of operational tools remains complex because of the multiplicity and diversity of information sources, indicator types, scales of interest and the variety of managers. The most important challenges are 1) to build strong links between administrations responsible for information flows and scientists working on ES emerging definitions and valuations and 2) to re-organize these flows to link biodiversity assessment, environmental monitoring and social expectations to provide a common reference system. In Wallonia, the heads of several regional administration and academic institutions proposed to the Government to mutualize theirs skills and means to build WalES: a transdisciplinary Walloon platform on ES. Its conceptual model for ES assessment is based on a Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework promoted by European Environment Agency to disentangle biodiversity and environment (state indicators) from ecosystem services (impact indicators). Ecosystem biocapacity is approached by a combination of ecological conditions (e.g. soil type and moisture, topography), main land use classes and management methods (pressures/responses indicators). ES indicators, proxy and models are declined along these three potential dimensions at different levels of precision and related to providing, benefiting, and negatively impacted stakeholders. We will present the original Walloon approach of a common and shared information system detailing data and data flows useful to assess ES, collecting relevant experiences and methods on ES valuation. The comparison of these information sources allows us to identify best practices, to combine the various data in order to improve their accuracy and to highlight missing data and methods needing further development. In this way, this operational database supports an integrated assessment of ES by measuring their diversity of components (capacity, flow and demand), values (biophysical and social) and their interactions at different scales. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of head-up and head-down displays in stereoscopic driving simulation environment
Grogna, David ULg; Sodnik, Jaka; Verly, Jacques ULg et al

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See detailConduire un projet techno-pédagogique avec trois universités francophones belges
Vincke, Grégoire ULg; Marée, Raphaël ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg et al

Poster (2015, November 10)

L’imagerie numérique devient omniprésente dans beaucoup de métiers, dont ceux de la médecine. Sa montée en puissance questionne l’université quant à la meilleure manière d’entraîner les étudiants à lire ... [more ▼]

L’imagerie numérique devient omniprésente dans beaucoup de métiers, dont ceux de la médecine. Sa montée en puissance questionne l’université quant à la meilleure manière d’entraîner les étudiants à lire, interpréter, comparer, contextualiser et discuter ces ressources inédites. A l’université, ces compétences s’acquièrent principalement, aux premiers stades de la formation, dans les cours d’histologie. Dans ce contexte, l’IFRES a initié un projet wallon (Appel Germaine Tillion / Convention n°1318185 http://histoweb.ifres.ulg.ac.be ) dont l’objectif est la transformation de la plate-forme logicielle wallonne Cytomine – http://cytomine.be une solution Web existante d'échange, de visualisation, d'annotation et d’analyse collaborative semi-automatique d'images numérisées – en un système d’activités pédagogiques tirant parti des initiatives partielles existant chez les partenaires et des évolutions techniques les plus récentes. Le projet HistoWeb travaille à cette transformation en s’appuyant, au plan conceptuel, sur l’exploration de la notion d’« écologie d’apprentissage ». Le projet compte parmi ses partenaires 3 universités (ULB, UNamur, Liège) et exige donc de chercher un équilibre entre des développements techno-pédagogiques susceptibles de les intéresser tous et des développements spécifiques et en prise avec les écologies d’apprentissage propres à chaque institution. Le poster présente les manières choisies par l’IFRES pour coordonner l'ensemble du projet, travaillant tantôt individuellement tantôt collectivement avec les différents partenaires. Le poster aura un mot par ailleurs sur la collaboration entre pédagogues et développeurs informatiques. En effet, l’IFRES, sur toute la durée du projet est appelé à travailler avec une équipe de recherche (Systmod) dépourvue de familiarité avec les leviers de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage. Il évoquera aussi les collaborations espérées d’un passage en Open source. Le poster pourra apporter des éclairages aux questions : - qu’entend-on précisément par collaboration lorsqu’il s’agit de mener de la « recherche » dans un contexte académique ? Il sera ici question de cet équilibre entre convergence et différentiation. - Qui est susceptible de se développer professionnellement ? Les bénéfices tirés du projet par les uns et les autres au niveau pédagogique seront ici évoqués. [less ▲]

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See detailThe notion of trade sanctions and the EU system
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

Conference (2015, November 09)

The main rule in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, some limitations should be introduced for protecting non-economic interests, such as security. One of the ways for ensuring these interests is ... [more ▼]

The main rule in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, some limitations should be introduced for protecting non-economic interests, such as security. One of the ways for ensuring these interests is represented by national strategic trade control systems. In case of violation of these rules, sanctions should be provided. The contribution aims at analysing the existing sanctions in trade law area, distinguishing between "internal penalties", meant as the violation of export control regimes, and "external sanctions", referred to the violation of embargoes. The analysis is a comparative one, and focuses particularly on the EU level. [less ▲]

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See detailSTAtion of Reference and rEsearch on Change of local and global Anthropogenic Pressures on Mediterranean Ecosystems Drifts: The STARECAPMED project
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Binard, Marc ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 08)

The Marine and Oceanographic Research Station STARESO in the Calvi Bay, Corsica (France), is a unique tool in a preserved natural site that includes all the characteristic ecosystems of the Mediterranean ... [more ▼]

The Marine and Oceanographic Research Station STARESO in the Calvi Bay, Corsica (France), is a unique tool in a preserved natural site that includes all the characteristic ecosystems of the Mediterranean littoral. The station, established in 1970, has archived environmental data for decades. The STARECAPMED project, multidisciplinary, articulates itself around these two main features. Its objective is to understand how human activities can interact with the fundamental processes that govern the functioning of the different coastal ecosystems of a Mediterranean bay. The understanding of these interactions involves: (i) the identification of the anthropogenic pressures; (ii) the quantification of their impacts on the ecosystems; (iii) the prioritization of these impacts. STARECAPMED also aims to confirm the relevance of the use of the Calvi Bay as a reference in the study of local and global pressures and the changes they may cause on the structure and the functioning of Mediterranean coastal ecosytems. [less ▲]

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See detail) The spatial variability of trace element bioaccumulation processes: Tools to environmental management
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Lejeune, Lejeune; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 07)

As transitional environments, coastal meadows are particularly vulnerable to pollution. Trace elements remain contaminants of concern because of their persistence, their ability to accumulate in biota and ... [more ▼]

As transitional environments, coastal meadows are particularly vulnerable to pollution. Trace elements remain contaminants of concern because of their persistence, their ability to accumulate in biota and their toxicity. Local, regional, national and cross-border programs are thus initiated to monitor their environmental occurrence. Sentinel organisms, or bioindicators, have been widely used to this end since they accumulate the bioavailable and thus potentially toxic fraction of contaminants. In the framework of the STARECAPMED project, the accumulation of trace elements in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile was studied at different spatial scales: along a radial (100 m scale), in a bay (1 km scale), along the French Mediterranean littoral (10-100 km scale) and along the whole Mediterranean coastline (100-1000 km scale). Results showed that the contamination of the sampled shoots could vary as much at opposite scales. This benthic primary producer accumulates contaminants sequestered in the sediments, in addition to their dissolved fraction in the water column. The sediments also offer a time integration of coastal pollution and thus amplify the pollution signal recorded by the seagrass, resulting in the observed spatial variability. These results demonstrate that the in-depth knowledge of the ecology of the monitored bioindicator and the interactions it shares with its environment cannot be ignored. Such failure could lead to erroneous interpretations of the levels of contamination of monitored sites, and points out the need to define a sampling strategy based on the monitoring objectives and the selected bioindicator. [less ▲]

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See detailThe trace element contamination of coastal waters: A holistic approach to environmental monitoring surveys
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

Conference (2015, November 07)

Sustained monitoring programs are necessary to evidence the efficacy of regulatory controls on pollutant discharges and to assess the health status of ecosystems. Within this perspective, this study aimed ... [more ▼]

Sustained monitoring programs are necessary to evidence the efficacy of regulatory controls on pollutant discharges and to assess the health status of ecosystems. Within this perspective, this study aimed to monitor the coastal trace element contamination of the whole Mediterranean, using Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile as bioindicator. But sustainable coastal management also requires the development of appropriate classification systems intended, among other purposes, for environmental managers and policy makers. The combined utilization of several complementary monitoring tools - water quality scale, pollution index, spatial analysis - successfully led to the development of such an operational classification system: it allowed to assess contamination threats and to depict contamination gradients of the entire Mediterranean, while assessing more regional and local impacts. Consequently, such holistic approaches should be privileged to accurately monitor the contamination rate of coastal waters and to transfer relevant information on this composite problem to environmental managers and policy makers. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévoir/prévenir la contamination : récit d’anticipation et hygiénisme
Stienon, Valérie ULg

Conference (2015, November 07)

Au croisement de la médecine, de l’urbanisme et du réformisme social, les théories hygiénistes influencent profondément les conceptions du vivre-ensemble au XIXe siècle en France. Au même moment, les ... [more ▼]

Au croisement de la médecine, de l’urbanisme et du réformisme social, les théories hygiénistes influencent profondément les conceptions du vivre-ensemble au XIXe siècle en France. Au même moment, les romans d’anticipation développent des préoccupations similaires à travers leurs visions de la communauté : conditions fragiles de la santé publique, mesures prophylactiques contre l’épidémie, mises à l’épreuve du corps social et des infrastructures urbaines. Émile Souvestre envisage l’allaitement des enfants à la vapeur (Le Monde tel qu’il sera, 1846), Jules Verne conçoit France-Ville comme la « cité du bien-être » centrée sur la propreté (Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum, 1879), Léon Daudet satirise une autocratie médicale devenue meurtrière par l’application outrancière des lois d’hygiène (Les Morticoles, 1894) et Paul Adam présente l’organisation des villes selon les cycles de la reproduction, favorisant la femme enceinte mais rendant stérile le soldat (Les Lettres de Malaisie, 1898). Les convergences entre les théories hygiénistes et les récits d’anticipation reposent non seulement sur un discours social et idéologique privilégiant certaines topiques comme la contamination, mais aussi sur des formes d’expression spécifiques, l’hygiénisme ayant généré nombre d’écrits – du traité à l’essai – caractérisés par leur propre poétique. Poser des principes, édicter des lois, recenser les composantes du corps social, réformer les mœurs, cartographier la ville et catégoriser ses habitants : ces démarches cognitives et les rhétoriques qui leur sont associées transitent aussi par la fiction romanesque, qui les fait siennes. On propose d’examiner ce double aspect : entre théorie et application, entre discours social et roman, comment la fiction d’anticipation s’approprie-t-elle l’hygiénisme pour en confirmer les principes, les critiquer ou les réinventer ? Quelles sont les modalités de ce dialogue à la fois prédictif et prescriptif (intégration, citation, transposition) ? Enfin, une évolution est-elle perceptible au long de la seconde moitié du siècle ? [less ▲]

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See detailL'ostéopathie: mythe ou réalité?
Henrotin, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 07)

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See detailPrise en charge non pharmacologique de la gonarthrose; actualités et perspectives
Henrotin, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 07)

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See detailImpact of Regiella insecticola infection on EBF production in Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris
Bauwens, Julien ULg; Mazzucchelli, Gabriel ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 06)

Symbionts of aphids influence their host from many points of view. We investigate the potential influence of bacterial symbionts on the production and emission of the aphid alarm pheromone, E-β-franesene ... [more ▼]

Symbionts of aphids influence their host from many points of view. We investigate the potential influence of bacterial symbionts on the production and emission of the aphid alarm pheromone, E-β-franesene. Some trends could be observed in the total EβF production. Particularly, aphid strains infected by Buchnera only seemed to produce less alarm pheromone. By contrast, the presence of Regiella insecticola seemed to increase EβF production. Mevalonate pathway was investigated by RT-qPCR. This analysis showed a slightly lower transcription level o mIPPS in Regiella-infected strains. This enzyme is involved in the last step of EβF production. By contrast, two enzymes involved respectively in the linkage and release of farnesyl moeities on proteins c-terminal ends. Escape tests were conducted to assay if these results were traduced by differential behavior in front of a predator. Preliminary results showed significantly higher dropping behavior for Regiella-infected strains. [less ▲]

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See detailDo changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration affect aphid alarm signaling?
Boullis, Antoine ULg; Appeldoorn, Claire; Oostrom, Marjolein et al

Conference (2015, November 06)

The effects of global atmospheric changes on vegetation and associated insect populations are increasingly studied, but how these gases affect the interactions between herbivore insects and their natural ... [more ▼]

The effects of global atmospheric changes on vegetation and associated insect populations are increasingly studied, but how these gases affect the interactions between herbivore insects and their natural enemies is less clear. As the efficacy of natural enemies is governed largely by behavioral mechanisms, changes in the behavior of insect prey defenses can change the dynamics of insect populations. The impact of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations on aphid population dynamic is well documented. However, few publications about their chemical ecology are reported. Aphids are using many chemical signals to communicate with each other or with their environment. For example aphids produce an alarm pheromone to signal the presence of a natural enemy in the colony. For our experiments, aphids Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) were reared on Vicia faba L. in home-made Plexiglas® chambers, allowing us to control the CO2 concentration, temperature and humidity. Aphids were reared under both ambient (aCO2 ≈ 400 ppm) and elevated (eCO2 ≈ 800 ppm) CO2 concentration for several generations. Here we quantified the emission of (E)-β-Farnesene (EβF - main compound of alarm pheromone) released by predated aphids reared under ambient or elevated CO2 concentration, with two different methods: a real-time analysis, and the total amount analysis. The EβF content of whole aphid bodies was also analyzed, as well as the escape behavior of aphid colony according to the growing conditions of aphid populations. These results will be discussed in terms of biological control in future climate. [less ▲]

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See detailGame studies in french speaking area
Hurel, Pierre-Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 05)

Dans cette communication, j'ai présenté le champ des "game studies" à mon laboratoire d'accueil, le GAP, au sein duquel j'ai effectué un séjour de recherche d'octobre à décembre 2015. J'ai présenté les ... [more ▼]

Dans cette communication, j'ai présenté le champ des "game studies" à mon laboratoire d'accueil, le GAP, au sein duquel j'ai effectué un séjour de recherche d'octobre à décembre 2015. J'ai présenté les principales spécificités du champ francophone (tel quel le recours à Henriot), les institutions structurant le milieu (OMNSH, LabJMV, etc.) et quelques travaux récents et reconnus. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomakers of osteoarthritis
Henrotin, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, November 05)

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See detailApplications de la terre crue en construction
Grigoletto, Sophie ULg; Paul, Julien; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 05)

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en ... [more ▼]

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en collaboration avec l’entreprise MOBIC, ont permis de développer des produits permettant l’amélioration de l’inertie thermique de panneaux à ossature bois. L’effet de l’apport de la couche d’inertie au sein des constructions à ossature bois a été quantifié expérimentalement par l’instrumentation de modules jumeaux de 20m². Cet effet sur le confort thermique a également été modélisé par des simulations thermiques en vue de quantifier les bénéfices sur les surchauffes en été, les réductions des consommations énergétiques en hiver pour divers scénarii au moyen d’un programme de simulation dynamique des échanges thermiques et des bilans d’énergie au sein de bâtiments [less ▲]

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Grigoletto, Sophie ULg; paul, Julien

Conference (2015, November 05)

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en ... [more ▼]

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en collaboration avec l’entreprise MOBIC, ont permis de développer des produits permettant l’amélioration de l’inertie thermique de panneaux à ossature bois. L’effet de l’apport de la couche d’inertie au sein des constructions à ossature bois a été quantifié expérimentalement par l’instrumentation de modules jumeaux de 20m². Cet effet sur le confort thermique a également été modélisé par des simulations thermiques en vue de quantifier les bénéfices sur les surchauffes en été, les réductions des consommations énergétiques en hiver pour divers scénarii au moyen d’un programme de simulation dynamique des échanges thermiques et des bilans d’énergie au sein de bâtiments [less ▲]

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See detailVariation radiale de l'angle des microfibrilles de cellulose et de la longueur des trachéides chez le Douglas
Vaianopoulos, Céline; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Jourez, Benoît ULg

Poster (2015, November 04)

Le Douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii) connaît depuis quelques décennies un essor important en Wallonie, du fait entre autre de son potentiel de croissance supérieur à celui de l’Epicéa. Néanmoins, la ... [more ▼]

Le Douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii) connaît depuis quelques décennies un essor important en Wallonie, du fait entre autre de son potentiel de croissance supérieur à celui de l’Epicéa. Néanmoins, la sylviculture appliquée à cette essence est généralement calquée sur celle de l’Epicéa, ce qui ne permet pas nécessairement de profiter pleinement du potentiel de l’espèce. Aussi, pour guider l’action des sylviculteurs, une étude visant à évaluer l’impact de la vitesse de croissance sur les propriétés du bois de Douglas a été initiée. Il est admis aujourd’hui que l’angle des microfibrilles de cellulose (AMF) de la paroi des trachéides, ainsi que la longueur des trachéides, en complément de caractéristiques telles que la masse volumique, la largeur des cernes ou la texture, pourraient permettre d’expliquer plus finement le comportement mécanique du bois sans défaut. Afin de tenter de le démontrer, dans un premier temps, l’étude a porté sur les variations de l’AMF et de la longueur des trachéides au sein des arbres en fonction de différents paramètres : la largeur des cernes, l’âge du cerne, la position radiale et la hauteur dans l’arbre. Par la suite, ces résultats seront utilisés pour identifier les relations entre les propriétés mécaniques du bois et ses caractéristiques anatomiques. L’objectif final est de relier les caractéristiques de croissance avec les propriétés du bois produit et d’en déduire des recommandations sylvicoles. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ Gênes autour de Boucicaut. L'armée royale française face à la révolte de 1409-1410
Masson, Christophe ULg

Conference (2015, November 04)

La fin de la puissance française à Gênes est marquée par une révolte qui renversa le pouvoir de Charles VI. Prenant la route de la capitale ligure, le gouverneur royal, le maréchal Jean Le Meingre, dit ... [more ▼]

La fin de la puissance française à Gênes est marquée par une révolte qui renversa le pouvoir de Charles VI. Prenant la route de la capitale ligure, le gouverneur royal, le maréchal Jean Le Meingre, dit Boucicaut, alors en Lombardie, regroupa autour de lui une armée composée de troupes françaises et piémontaises, le prince d'Achaïe et comte de Piémont étant à l'époque un de ses plus fidèles alliés, si pas le dernier en terre d'Italie. C'est à l'étude de cette société militaire particulière, organisée autour d'une personnalité et en perpétuelle recomposition – à la suite entre autres de l'envoi de renforts depuis Paris – que nous nous intéresserons dans le cadre de cette communication. Il s'agira dans un premier temps de dresser le profil de cette compagnie, en mettant avant tout en évidence la place que jouèrent dans son organisation les réseaux de sociabilité du maréchal de France – expérience des expéditions d'Orient, ordre de l'écu vert à la dame blanche... On y rencontrera certains des plus fidèles compagnons d'armes du maréchal, dont certains furent à ses côtés lors de la bataille d'Azincourt, tel Louis de Boisredont. Il s'agira donc non seulement d'identifier ces hommes d'armes, artisans ou clercs mais surtout de comprendre les raisons de leur présence aux côtés du maréchal. Dans un second temps, nous nous intéresserons à la pratique de la guerre qui fut celle de cette troupe, dans un terroir qui était presque parfaitement étrangers aux usages de la « guerre anglaise ». Comment celle-ci se définissait-elle et quelles furent ses originalités ? Il importera également de constater en quelle mesure celle-ci a pu peser sur les dernières années que Jean Le Meingre passa à combattre en France, et notamment sur son plan de bataille dressé à la veille de la bataille d'Azincourt. Cette communication tirera un grand profit non seulement des chroniques italiennes et des dépêches diplomatiques qui se firent l'écho de cette campagne mais surtout d'un document d'archive d'une valeur exceptionnelle, le compte KK 40 des Archives nationales, composé sur ordre de Boucicaut au lendemain de son retour en France en vue de se faire rembourser par Charles VI l'argent qu'il avança pour l'entretien de son armée. Celui-ci se trouve au cœur de nos recherches actuelles puisque nous travaillons actuellement à son édition qui, nous l'espérons, pourra être achevée et publiée au cours de l'année 2016. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring The quality Loss Performance of Products
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Treiblmaier, Horst

Conference (2015, November 03)

This paper presents a control chart based on the Taguchi (1986)’s loss function for monitoring the performance of a process and its capability in monetary form. The proposed chart monitors the loss due to ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a control chart based on the Taguchi (1986)’s loss function for monitoring the performance of a process and its capability in monetary form. The proposed chart monitors the loss due to poor quality to the society. The proposed control chart also allows for simultaneously monitoring both changes of the mean and variance. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive Façades System Assessment: An initial review
Attia, Shady ULg; Favoino, Fabio; Loonen, Roel et al

in Advanced Building Skins (2015, November 03)

The assessment of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available building energy standards and codes ... [more ▼]

The assessment of adaptive facades presents a challenge because there is no established evaluation strategy to systematically reach this goal and many of the available building energy standards and codes have limited applicability for such advanced facades system. This paper reviews current evaluation methods for assessing adaptive facades system through a literature review. It also discusses occupant behaviour, post occupancy evaluation and commissioning issues and presents the procedures. The paper is part of the activities of Working Group 3 in COST Action TU1403 - Adaptive Facades Network. So far we could not find a protocol for assessment of adaptive facades. The reviewed literature is scattered lacking a focus on adaptive facades. There is no agreement on defining what are adaptive facades (sometimes named intelligent, smart, dynamic). We could define specialized technology monitoring techniques to assess the performance of technologies such as fabric-integrated solutions (e.g. electrochromic glazing, phase-change materials, building-Integrated Photovoltaics with heat recovery (BIPV/T, shade shutters) and advanced controls. The review is used to identify gaps in existing assessment methods and helps develop strategies for the holistic evaluation and assessment of adaptive facade systems as part of high performance buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailPluto's atmosphere from stellar occultations in 2012 and 2013
Dias-Oliveira, Alex; Sicardy, Bruno; Lellouch, Emmanuel et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

We present results from two Pluto stellar occultations observed on 18 July 2012 and 04 May 2013, and monitored respectively from five and six sites in South America. Both campaigns involved large ... [more ▼]

We present results from two Pluto stellar occultations observed on 18 July 2012 and 04 May 2013, and monitored respectively from five and six sites in South America. Both campaigns involved large telescopes (including the 8.2-m VLT at ESO/Paranal). The high SNR ratios and multi-chord coverage provide amoung the best Pluto atmospheric profiles ever obtained from the ground.We show that a spherically symmetric, clear (no-haze) and pure N2 atmosphere with a unique temperature profile satisfactorily fits the twelve lightcurves provided by the two events. We find, however, a small but significant increase of pressure of 6% (6-sigma level) between the two dates, with values of 2.16 ± 0.2 and 2.30 ± 0.01 μbar at the reference radius 1275 km, respectively.We provide atmospheric constrains between 1190 km and 1450 km from Pluto's center, and we determine the temperature profile with accuracy of a few km in vertical scale. Our model shows a stratosphere with strong positive gradient between 1190 km (at 36 K, 11 μbar) and r =1215 km (6.0 μbar), where a temperature maximum of 110 K is reached. Above it is a mesosphere with negative thermal gradient of -0.2 K/km up to 1,390 km (0.25 μbar), at which point, the mesosphere connects itself to a more isothermal upper branch at 81 K. This profile provides (assuming no troposphere) a Pluto surface radius of 1190 ± 5 km, consistent with preliminary values obtained by New Horizons. Currently measured CO abundances are too low to explain the negative mesospheric thermal gradient. We explore the possibility of an HCN (recently detected by ALMA) cooling. This model, however, requires largely supersaturated HCN. Zonal winds and vertical compositional variations of the atmosphere are also unable to explain the observed mesospheric trend.These events are the last useful ground-based occultations recorded before the 29 June 2015 occultation observed from Australia and New Zealand, and before the NASA's New Horizons flyby of July 2015. This work can serve as a benchmark in the New Horizons context, enabling comparisons between ground-based and space results concerning Pluto's atmospheric structure and temporal evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailNitrogen Isotopic Ratios in Cometary NH2: Implication for 15N-fractionation in Ammonia
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

Isotopic ratios in cometary molecules are diagnostic for the physico-chemical conditions where molecules formed and are processed, from the interstellar medium to the solar nebula. Usually temperatures at ... [more ▼]

Isotopic ratios in cometary molecules are diagnostic for the physico-chemical conditions where molecules formed and are processed, from the interstellar medium to the solar nebula. Usually temperatures at the molecular formation control the fractionation of the heavier element in molecular species, e.g., D-fractionation in water.In cometary volatiles, the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in CN have been well observed (Manfroid et al. 2009, A&A, 503, 613, and reference therein) and is consistent with the ratio in HCN (a most probable parent of CN) measured in few comets (Bockelée-Morvan et al. 2008, ApJ, 679, L49). Those ratios are enriched compared to the proto-solar value by a factor of ~3. In contrast to those Nitriles, there are only few reports on [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in Ammonia (as Amine) (Rousselot et al. 2014, ApJ, 780, L17; Shinnaka et al. 2014, ApJ, 782, L16). Ammonia (NH[SUB]3[/SUB]) is usually the most abundant and HCN is the second most abundant N-bearing volatiles in cometary ice. Especially, recent observations of [SUP]15[/SUP]NH[SUB]2[/SUB] revealed the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in NH[SUB]3[/SUB] are comparable to those of CN. However, from the viewpoint of theoretical work, the enrichment of [SUP]15[/SUP]N in cometary NH[SUB]3[/SUB] cannot be reproduced by current chemical network models. Information about the diversity of the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in NH[SUB]3[/SUB] of individual comets is needed to understand the formation mechanisms/environments of NH[SUB]3[/SUB] in the early solar system.To clarify the diversity of the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in cometary NH[SUB]3[/SUB], we determine the [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in NH[SUB]3[/SUB] for more than ten comets individually which include not only Oort cloud comets but also short period comets by using the high-resolution optical spectra of NH[SUB]2[/SUB]. These spectra were obtained with both the UVES mounted on the VLT in Chile and the HDS on the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.The derived [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N ratios in NH[SUB]3[/SUB] for more than ten comets show high [SUP]15[/SUP]N-enrichment compared with the elemental abundances of nitrogen in the Sun by about factor of ~3 and has no large diversity depending on these dynamical properties. We discuss about the origin of the formation conditions of cometary NH[SUB]3[/SUB] and its physico-chemical evolution in the solar nebula based on our and other results.This work was supported by JSPS, 15J10864 (Y. Shinnaka). [less ▲]

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See detailGustave Serrurier-Bovy, architecte, commerçant et industriel
Folville, Xavier ULg

in Art nouveau et écologie : Mélanges (2015, November 01)

« Il ne faut pas travailler pour un monde qui disparaît mais pour un monde nouveau dont on peut prévoir l’avènement ». Architecte par vocation et formation, puis commerçant, ensuite créateur et industriel ... [more ▼]

« Il ne faut pas travailler pour un monde qui disparaît mais pour un monde nouveau dont on peut prévoir l’avènement ». Architecte par vocation et formation, puis commerçant, ensuite créateur et industriel, le Liégeois Gustave Serrurier (1858-1910) est rapidement convaincu de la nécessité de lier l’architecture aux arts décoratifs. Il le fait avec la conviction politique et esthétique qu’une production industrialisée permettra de donner au plus grand nombre l’environnement artistique auquel tout être peut prétendre. Il pressent que le temps de l’artisanat est en passe d’être révolu et équipe progressivement ses ateliers de machines modernes. Si ses premières créations restent empreintes de l’esprit constructif des artisans néogothiques, s’il emploie ensuite des jeux de lignes courbes, tendues et maîtrisées, le début du XXe siècle le voit évoluer vers toujours plus de simplicité constructive et plus de rigueur géométrique. Grâce au mobilier, aux objets et aux aménagements d’intérieurs qu’il crée et fait réaliser par la centaine d’ouvriers de ses ateliers liégeois, sa firme prend rapidement une ampleur internationale et se fait remarquer dans les expositions universelles comme celle de Saint-Louis (U.S.A.) en 1904. Anticipant sur ce que seront les motivations d’un Bauhaus, ses préoccupations sociales et esthétiques conduisent Serrurier à imaginer un mobilier de plus en plus économique, rationnellement construit, adapté à l’usage et au lieu de destination, par exemple pour une habitation ouvrière à l’Exposition universelle de Liège en 1905. Là, un mobilier en orme équipe la salle commune égayée d’une frise au pochoir et de rideaux de lin garnis de carrés colorés. On y remarque un meuble à usage multiple, tout à la fois armoire, secrétaire et bibliothèque, sans autre décor que sa composition équilibrée ; banc, table et chaises sont faits d’éléments assemblés par des vis apparentes. C’est à cette même époque que Serrurier développe la ligne “Silex”, particulièrement représentative ; conçue de façon tout à fait originale et pragmatique, exécutée en bois blanc et décorée au pochoir, la plupart des assemblages de menuiserie sont remplacés par des vis apparentes. La découpe des planches se montre économe en matière. Une chaise, objet d’utilité commune, se doit d’être robuste, ergonomique et peu coûteuse à produire : ici, la production en série est aisée et pourra être assurée dans ses ateliers équipés de scies mécaniques et autres machines-outils. A l’examen, une chaise de cette série exprime bien les qualités de designer industriel de son concepteur et le place à l’avant-garde de son temps ; elle illustre aussi ses ambitions, tant sociales qu’esthétiques, et sa volonté d’un « art pour tous ». [less ▲]

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See detailFive years of comet narrow band photometry and imaging with TRAPPIST
Opitom, Cyrielle ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

TRAPPIST is a 60-cm robotic telescope in La Silla Observatory [1] mainly dedicated to the study of exoplanets and comets. The telescope is equipped with a set of narrow band cometary filters designed by ... [more ▼]

TRAPPIST is a 60-cm robotic telescope in La Silla Observatory [1] mainly dedicated to the study of exoplanets and comets. The telescope is equipped with a set of narrow band cometary filters designed by the NASA for the Hale-Bopp observing campaign [2]. Since its installation in 2010, we gathered a high quality and homogeneous data set of more than 30 bright comets observed with narrow band filters. Some comets were only observed for a few days but others have been observed weekly during several months on both sides of perihelion. From the images, we derived OH, NH, CN, C[SUB]2[/SUB], and C[SUB]3[/SUB] production rates using a Haser [3] model in addition to the Afρ parameter as a proxy for the dust production. We computed production rates ratios and the dust color for each comet to study their composition and followed the evolution of these ratios and colors with the heliocentric distance.The TRAPPIST data set, rich of more than 10000 images obtained and reduced in an homogeneous way, allows us to address several fundamental questions such as the pristine or evolutionary origin of composition differences among comets. The evolution of comet activity with the heliocentric distance, the differences between species, and from comet to comet, will be discussed. Finally, the first results about the one year campaign on comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) and our recent work on the re-determination of Haser scalelengths will be presented.[1] Jehin et al., The Messenger, 145, 2-6, 2011[2] Farnham et al., Icarus, 147, 180-204, 2000[3] Haser, Bulletin de l’Académie Royal des Sciences de Belgique,63, 739, 1957 [less ▲]

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See detailPied douloureux de l'enfant sportif
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

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See detailOutgassing and chemical evolution of C/2012 S1 (ISON)
Dello Russo, Neil; Vervack, Ronald J.; Kawakita, Hideyo et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

Volatile production rates, relative abundances, rotational temperatures, and spatial distributions in the coma were measured in C/2012 S1 (ISON) using long-slit high-dispersion (λ/Δλ ~ 25,000) infrared ... [more ▼]

Volatile production rates, relative abundances, rotational temperatures, and spatial distributions in the coma were measured in C/2012 S1 (ISON) using long-slit high-dispersion (λ/Δλ ~ 25,000) infrared spectroscopy as part of a worldwide observing campaign. Spectra were obtained on UT 2013 October 26 and 28 with NIRSPEC at the W. M. Keck Observatory, and UT 2013 November 19 and 20 with CSHELL at the NASA IRTF. H[SUB]2[/SUB]O was detected on all dates, with production rates increasing by about a factor of 40 between October 26 (R[SUB]h[/SUB] = 1.12 AU) and November 20 (R[SUB]h[/SUB] = 0.43 AU). Short-term variability of H[SUB]2[/SUB]O was also seen as the production rate increased by nearly a factor of two during observations obtained over a period of about six hours on November 19. C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]6[/SUB], CH[SUB]3[/SUB]OH and CH[SUB]4[/SUB] abundances were slightly depleted relative to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O in ISON compared to mean values for comets measured at infrared wavelengths. On the November dates, C[SUB]2[/SUB]H[SUB]2[/SUB], HCN and OCS abundances relative to H[SUB]2[/SUB]O appear to be close to the range of mean values, whereas H[SUB]2[/SUB]CO and NH[SUB]3[/SUB] were significantly enhanced. We will compare derived chemical abundances in ISON to other comets measured with infrared spectroscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailChariklo's size, shape and orientation from stellar occultations
Bérard, Diane; Sicardy, Bruno; Assafin, Marcelo et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

Chariklo is the largest Centaur object known to date, and it is surrounded by dense and narrow rings (Braga-Ribas et al. Nature 508, 72, 2014). The size, shape and orientation of the central body are ... [more ▼]

Chariklo is the largest Centaur object known to date, and it is surrounded by dense and narrow rings (Braga-Ribas et al. Nature 508, 72, 2014). The size, shape and orientation of the central body are important parameters to better understand the dynamics of the rings.In that context, we have analyzed three stellar occultations by Chariklo and its main ring observed on June 3, 2013, April 29, 2014 and June 28, 2014. Elliptical limb fitting to Chariklo’s main body occultation chords has been performed, where we denote a (resp. b) the semi-major (resp. semi-minor) axis of the limb. Preliminary results indicate that Chariklo’s limb is elliptical with axes ratio b/a~0.89. We obtain a~133 km and b~119 km, providing an equivalent radius of R[SUB]equiv[/SUB]=√(ab)~126 km. The rms dispersion of the fit, about 4 km, is compatible with local topographic features on a small icy body. For comparison, an equivalent radius of R[SUB]equiv[/SUB]= 119±5 km, based on thermal data, is given by Fornasier et al, AA 518, L11, 2014, while Duffard et al. AA 568, A79, 2014 estimate a= 122 km and b= 117 km.Our results are obtained under the simplifying assumption that the main ring is circular and that its center coincides with that of Chariklo. Caveats and error bars will be discussed, and dynamical implications will be presented. In particular, rough estimations of the ring apsidal precession rates will be given, as well as constraints on Chariklo's density. [less ▲]

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See detailReport on the ground-based observation campaign of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2015, November 01), 47

Rosetta gets closer to the nucleus than any previous mission, and returns wonderfully detailed measurements from the heart of the comet, but at the cost of not seeing the large scale coma and tails. The ... [more ▼]

Rosetta gets closer to the nucleus than any previous mission, and returns wonderfully detailed measurements from the heart of the comet, but at the cost of not seeing the large scale coma and tails. The ground-based campaign fills in the missing part of the picture, studying the comet at about 1000 km resolution, and following how the overall activity of the comet varies. These data provide context information for Rosetta, so changes in the inner coma seen by the spacecraft can be correlated with the phenomena observable in comets. This will not only help to complete our understanding of the activity of 67P, but also to allow us to compare it with other comets that are only observed from the ground.The ground-based campaign includes observations with nearly all major facilities world-wide. In 2014 the majority of data came from the ESO VLT, as the comet was still relatively faint and in Southern skies, but as it returns to visibility from Earth in 2015 it is considerably brighter, approaching its perihelion in August, and at Northern declinations. I will present results from the 2014 campaign, including visible wavelength photometry and spectroscopy, and the latest results from 2015 observations. [less ▲]

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See detailGustave Serrurier-Bovy : un architecte à l’aube de la modernité
Folville, Xavier ULg

in Art nouveau et écologie : Mélanges (2015, November 01)

Abstract A l'extrême fin du 19e siècle, l'Art nouveau s’épanouit sous des formes diversifiées, parfois contradictoires, mais partageant généralement la même volonté de rompre avec l'académisme et l ... [more ▼]

Abstract A l'extrême fin du 19e siècle, l'Art nouveau s’épanouit sous des formes diversifiées, parfois contradictoires, mais partageant généralement la même volonté de rompre avec l'académisme et l'historicisme du siècle finissant. Parmi les acteurs de cet Art nouveau, certains ne retiennent que le côté décoratif d’une nouvelle esthétique. Très tôt cependant, au cœur même de ce mouvement d’avant-garde, apparaissent les prémices du renouvellement qui le condamnera et conduira au Modernisme. Quelques travaux de Gustave Serrurier – mobilier ou architecture – méritent d’être observés sous cet angle. [less ▲]

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See detailMusic and Musicality in Caryl Phillips’s Crossing the River
Mascoli, Giulia ULg

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This paper deals with Caryl Phillips, a contemporary British author of Caribbean descent, whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, testifies to his interest in music, both thematically and formally ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with Caryl Phillips, a contemporary British author of Caribbean descent, whose work, both fiction and non-fiction, testifies to his interest in music, both thematically and formally: countless references to music can be found in the titles of his books, in scenes involving musical performances, in the use in the narrative of musical terminology, but also in intriguing structural analogies with musical forms. My proposal is to analyse the influence of music in Phillips’s novel Crossing the River (1993; London: Vintage), which has been described as his most jazzy text. Very much like jazz -- which is for the Barbadian poet Edward Kamau Brathwaite “a cry from the heart of the hurt man”-- Phillips’ writing gives a voice to the victims of history, to shattered individuals in pain whose tragic fate is viewed at once as personal and collective. The novel not only illustrates the thematic overlaps between his narrative and the issues addressed in the lyrics of the African American musical tradition, such as discrimination and family disruption, but also exemplifies the author’s formal musical influence through the recurrent and creative use of meaningful variations in rhythm and of repetitions, which are again focal constituents of jazz. Throughout the novel, especially in the sections framing the narrative, the continual modulation of purposeful words such as “listen”, the variation of rhythm through punctuation and stressed/unstressed syllables, the reiterated elements, create a sonic pattern that goes over and over in the readers’ mind. My contention is that Phillips’ musical language crucially contributes to the emotional impact of his lyrical prose, which generates in the readers mixed feelings of sympathy and disorientation and prevents them from forgetting the characters’ stories which resonate long after closing the book. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement par denosumab chez des hommes à masse osseuse basse: résultats à 24 mois de l'étude ADAMO
Chapurlat, R.; Langdahl, B.; Teglbjaerg, C. et al

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2015, November), 82(S1), 123-124

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See detailSpecies diversity and abundance of aphids and their natural enemies in a crop association
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Hatt, Séverin ULg; Starý, Petr et al

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Crop associations can be efficient to reduce aphid populations, by disrupting the visual and olfactory location of host plants. However, increasing the chemical and structural complexity of vegetation can ... [more ▼]

Crop associations can be efficient to reduce aphid populations, by disrupting the visual and olfactory location of host plants. However, increasing the chemical and structural complexity of vegetation can also decrease the searching efficiency of predators and parasitoids, which are not always more abundant in complex habitats. Using attractive semiochemicals such as methyl salicylate (MeSA) combined with a crop association seems promising to maximise aphid control. We compared the abundances of aphids and their natural enemies between a wheat-pea mixture (with and without MeSA) and pure stands, using yellow traps and observations on plants. Significantly higher numbers of pea aphids (Acyrthosiphon pisum) were observed in the pure stand of pea compared with the mixture (with and without MeSA) in 2013 and 2014. Concerning aphid natural enemies, hoverfly larvae abundance was not significantly different between treatments in both years. Parasitoid mummies were significantly more abundant in the pure stand of pea compared with the mixture (with and without MeSA) in 2014. Fifty-two aphid species were collected in yellow traps, as well as 12 Aphidiinae and four Aphelinus species. Acyrthosiphon primulae, Aphelinus daucicola, Aphelinus fusciscapus, Aphidius asteris, Aphidius eadyi, Metopolophium frisicum, Praon barbatum, and Trioxys auctus were recorded for the first time in Belgium. Besides determining the effects of a wheat-pea mixture (with or without MeSA) on aphid control, this study contributed to increase the knowledge on aphid and their parasitoid diversity in Belgium, by recording new species and establishing the first Aphidiinae and Aphelinus national checklist. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude technique et dendrochronologique de la roue découverte dans le puits du château fort de logne
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg; Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Wéry, Benoit

in Frébutte, Christian (Ed.) Pré-actes des Journées d'Archéologie en Wallonie (2015, November)

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See detailInfusion of third-party mesenchymal stream cells after liver transplantation: a phase-1, open-label, clinical study
DETRY, Olivier ULg; VANDERMEULEN, Morgan ULg; DELBOUILLE, Marie-Hélène ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 1027

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone mar- row progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) are multipotent bone mar- row progenitors that have demonstrated significant immunosuppressive effects in various in vivo and in vitro studies. This study aimed to be the first evaluation of the safety and tolerability of MSC infusion after liver transplantation in a prospective, controlled phase-1 study. Methods: 10 liver transplant recipients under standard immunosuppression (TAC-MMF-low dose steroids until day 30) received 1.5–3 9 106/kg third party MSC on post-operative day 3 ` 2. These patients were prospectively compared to a group of 10 control liver recipients. Primary endpoints were MSC infusion toxicity, and incidence of cancer and opportunistic infections at month 6. Secondary endpoints were patient and graft survivals and rejection at month 6, as well as the effects of MSC on recipients’ immune function and on immunohistology of at month 6 graft biopsies. Results: No MSC infusional toxicity was observed. Both groups were comparable in terms of donor and recipient characteristics. There was no difference in primary end-points between control and MSC groups. No patient developed de novo cancer. There was no statistical difference in patient and graft survivals or in rejection rates. There was no graft rejection in the MSC group. Month-6 graft biopsies were not different according to Banff and fibrosis scores. Discussion: This phase 1 study showed excellent tolerability and safety of a single infusion of third-party MSC after liver transplantation. There were no graft safety issues and no excess of immunosuppression after MSC injection. Further analyses of consequences of MSC injection on the immune profile are needed. The possibility of avoiding calcineurin-inhibitors with repeated MSC injections as main immunosuppressive therapy and/of tolerance induction by MSC infusion should be investigated by further studies. This study is in part supported by an ESOT Senior Clinical Research Grant and by the University of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailA consecutive series of 100 controlled DCD liver transplantation
DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg; Ledinh, H et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 109296

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) have been proposed to partially overcome the organ donor shortage. DCD-LT remains controversial, with reported increased risk of graft loss and retransplantation. The authors retrospectively reviewed a single centre experience with controlled DCD-LT in a 12-year period. Patients and Methods: 100 DCD-LT were consecutively performed between 2003 and 2014. All donation and procurement procedures were performed as controlled DCD in operative rooms. Data are presented as median (ranges). Median donor age was 57 years (16–83). Median DRI was 2.16 (1.4–3.4). Most grafts were flushed with HTK solution. Allocation was centre-based. Median recipient MELD score at LT was 15 (7–40). Mean follow-up was 35 months. No patient was lost to follow-up. Results: Median total DCD warm ischemia was 19 min (10–39). Median cold ischemia was 235 min (113–576). Median peak AST was 1132 U/l (282– 21 928). Median peak bilirubin was 28 mg/dL. Patient survivals were 90.7%, 75.5% and 70.7% at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Graft survivals were 88.7%, 72.1% and 67.1% at 1.3 and 5 years, respectively. Biliary complications included mainly anastomotic strictures and extrahepatic main bile duct ischemic obstruction, that were managed either by endoscopy or hepatico- jejunostomy. No PNF or graft loss due to ischemic cholangiopathy was observed in this series. Discussion: In this series, DCD LT appears to provide results similar to classical LT. Short cold ischemia and recipient selection with low MELD score may be the keys to good results in DCD LT, in terms of graft survival and avoidance of ischemic cholangiopathy. If symptomatic ischemic cholangiopa- thy is diagnosed, adequate management with endoscopy and surgical hepaticojejunostomy may avoid graft loss and retransplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Observations of Molecular Nitrogen by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph on MAVEN
Stevens; Evans; Schneider et al

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Schneider; Deighan; Jain et al

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Muhabie, Yohannes Tekle ULg; Caprace, Jean-David ULg; Petcu, Cristian ULg et al

in Improving the Installation of Offshore Wind Farms by the use of Discrete Event Simulation (2015, November)

The offshore wind energy development is highly affected by the condition of the weather at sea. Hence, it demands a well-organized planning of the overall process starting from the producers’ sites until ... [more ▼]

The offshore wind energy development is highly affected by the condition of the weather at sea. Hence, it demands a well-organized planning of the overall process starting from the producers’ sites until the offshore site where the turbines will finally be installed. The planning phase can be supported with the help of Discrete Event Simulation (DES) where weather restrictions, distance matrix, vessel characteristics and assembly scenarios are taken into account. The purpose of this paper is to simulate the overall transport, assembly and installation of the wind turbine components at sea. The analysis is carried out through DES considering both the real historical weather data (wind speed and wave height) and probabilistic approach. Results of the study, applied to the real Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) configuration, are showing a good agreement between the two proposed models. The results point out that the probabilistic approach is highly affected by the semi-random numbers used to model the stochastic behavior of the input variable so that several iterations (200 to 400) are required to reach the convergence of the simulation outputs. We suggest that seasonality of the outputs of both models are preserved, i.e. the variation of the results depending on the variation of the weather along the year. These findings provide a new framework to address risks and uncertainties in OWF installations. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and variability of the Martian upper atmosphere: Ultraviolet dayglow observations by MAVEN/IUVS
Deighan; Jain; Lo et al

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See detailBurundi: L'enseignement et apprentissage du français aux élèves rapatriés
Nshinyabashira, Guy-André ULg

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Burundi: The teaching and learning of French returnees students Summary of the report 1965, 1969, 1972 and from April 2015 1988.1993 alas, Burundi lives recurrently a political-ethnic violence spiral that ... [more ▼]

Burundi: The teaching and learning of French returnees students Summary of the report 1965, 1969, 1972 and from April 2015 1988.1993 alas, Burundi lives recurrently a political-ethnic violence spiral that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Burundian and forced into internal and external exile more one million Burundi. Since 2006, most of these exiles began returning voluntarily, while others are forcibly evicted from Tanzania to neighboring provinces of Burundi. In total, 478 865 people have been repatriated since 2002 and 95.068 in 2008. And since August 2013, following the political tensions between Rwanda (northern Burundi) and Tanzania (east and southern Burundi) 10,000 5à Burundi refugees were forcibly repatriated a week. People in school age integrate the education system in place where French is a language taught and teaching language. It was initiated in classes, intercultural dialogue of languages and cultures in contact between students who speak Swahili and English on one hand and on the other hand their hosts who speak Kirundi and French elementary level. However, resistors extending to verbal or physical violence are seen following their remoteness of linguistic realities of their migratory journey To achieve the objectives of social inclusion and school integration strategies have been implemented to allow newcomers to develop a practice more or less adequate French. Cultural sessions with spontaneous participation and freedom to use the language they master the most (French, English, Swahili and Kirundi) facilitated the initiation of a synergy in training in French with other languages of the course migration of our learners Based on a work tool, basic lexicon in four languages taught in Burundi in 2011 funded a priority solidarity fund for French cooperation I introduced theatrical improvisations activities such as motivational tools and learning about living together and reconciliation and for the personal development of learners pleasure of learning French and to learn French we have prepared and performed a sequence on reconciliation Patrice Faye and each repetition was , simultaneously, subject to a French lesson . This was a source of cohesion among our learners. The motivation was strengthened and despite their learning difficulties and communicate a positive report to the French language has gradually developed and installed. Note , for all practical purposes, a dramatic decision in 2006 , months after the end of a terrible war , was to install the compulsory teaching of languages in the first four primary year to a student population of six years following a 90% rural population . This was to teach simultaneously Kirundi (L1) , mother tongue, French (L2 ), English (L3) and Kiswahili (L4) , widespread language in the neighboring States. This measure was the subject of a scientific and political debate it is easy to guess. This issue has , subsequently made subject of my thesis project title ; " Burundi : The teaching and learning of French to college kids repatriated from Tanzania and the East of the DRC .Profils language , school conditions and educational proposals" Burundi : L’enseignement et apprentissage du français aux élèves rapatriés Résumé de la communication 1965, 1969, 1972, 1988,1993 et depuis avril 2015 hélas, le Burundi vit de manière récurrente une spirale de violences politico-ethnique qui a emporté la vie des centaines de milliers de burundais et contraint à l’exil intérieur et extérieur plus d’un million de burundais. Depuis 2006, la plupart de ces exilés ont commencé à rentrer de façon volontaire, tandis que d’autres sont expulsés de force de la Tanzanie, vers des provinces limitrophes du Burundi. Au total, 478.865 personnes ont été rapatriées depuis 2002, et 95.068 en 2008. Et depuis août 2013, suite aux tensions politiques entre le Rwanda (au nord du Burundi) et la Tanzanie (à l’Est et sud du Burundi), 5à 10.000 réfugiés burundais étaient rapatriés de force par semaine . Les personnes en âge scolaires intègrent le système éducatif en place où le français est une langue enseignée et langue d’enseignement. Il s’agissait d’initier, dans les classes, un dialogue interculturel des langues et cultures en contact entre les élèves qui parlent le swahili et l’anglais d’une part et d’autre part leurs hôtes qui parlent le kirundi et un français de niveau élémentaire. Cependant, des résistances allant jusqu’aux violences verbales voire physiques s’observent suite à leur éloignement des réalités linguistiques de leur parcours migratoire. Afin de réaliser les objectifs d’insertion sociale et d’intégration scolaire, des stratégies ont été mises en œuvre pour permettre aux nouveaux arrivants de développer une pratique plus ou moins suffisante du français. Des séances culturelles avec une participation spontanée et liberté d’utiliser la langue qu’on maîtrise le plus (français, anglais, swahili et le kirundi ) ont facilité la mise en route d’une formation en français en synergie avec les autres langues du parcours migratoire de nos apprenants en nous basant sur un outil de travail, Lexique de base en quatre langues enseignées au Burundi,2011 financé par un fonds de solidarité prioritaire de la coopération française . J’ai introduit des activités d’improvisations théâtrales, comme outils de motivation et d’apprentissage, sur le vivre ensemble et la réconciliation, puis, pour l’épanouissement personnel des apprenants au plaisir d’apprendre en français et d’apprendre le français, nous avons préparé et joué une séquence sur la réconciliation de Patrice FAYE et chaque répétition faisait, en même temps, objet d’une leçon de français. Ceci a été une source de cohésion entre nos apprenants. La motivation s’était renforcée et malgré leurs difficultés d’apprentissage et de communiquer, un rapport positif à la langue française s’est peu à peu élaboré et installé. Notons, pour toutes fins utiles, qu'une décision spectaculaire prise en 2006, quelques mois après la fin d'une épouvantable guerre, était d'installer l'enseignement obligatoire de quatre langues dès la première année du primaire, à une clientèle scolaire de six ans issue d'une population à 90 % rurale. Il s'agissait d'enseigner en même temps le kirundi (L1), langue maternelle, le français (L2), l'anglais (L3) et le kiswahili (L4), langue répandue dans les États voisins. Cette mesure a été l'objet d'un débat scientifique et politique qu'il est aisé de deviner. Cette question a, par la suite, fait objet du titre mon projet de thèse ; « Burundi : L’enseignement et apprentissage du français aux jeunes collégiens rapatriés de Tanzanie et de l’Est de la RDC .Profils linguistiques, conditions scolaires et propositions didactiques » [less ▲]

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See detailComparable transplant outcomes between DBD and DCD kidney grafts up to 5 years post-transplant: single centre experience
Ledinh, H; DETRY, Olivier ULg; DE ROOVER, Arnaud ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 193-194188

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and ... [more ▼]

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the most recent results of kidney transplantation (KT) from donation after brain death (DBD) and circulatory death (DCD). Primary endpoints were graft and patient survival, and graft function. Acute rejection and post-operative complications were assessed as secondary endpoints. Patient and Methods: This retrospective mono-center review consisted of 226 DBD- and 104 DCD-KT between 2008 and 2014. Results: Graft survival was comparable between two groups (95.1 vs. 91.1% at 1 year, 92.8 vs. 91.1% at 3 years and 89.2 vs. 91.1% at 5 years). 46% and 40% of graft loss were attributed to patient death with a functioning graft and rejection. Patient survival was comparable between 2 groups (97.8 vs. 95.1% at 1 year, 94.1 vs. 91.2% at 3 years, and 89.6 vs. 82.3% at five years). Etiology of patient death included cardiac arrest (16.7%), infection (16.7%), cancer (13.3%), and unknown cause (46.7%). Delayed graft function occurred in 14.6% of DBD- and 30.8% of DCD-KT (p = 0.001). Primary non function was encountered in 2.6% DBD- and 4.8% DCD-KT (p = ns). Graft function was worse in DCD than DBD up to 3 months post-transplant (p = 0.034), however, no difference existed afterwards. Biopsy-proven acute rejection was found in 12.8% and 13.5% of DBD- and DCD-KT during an average 3 months post- transplant (p = ns). This rate was 7.1% vs. 8.9% on surveillance biopsy performed between 3 and 6 months post-transplant (p = ns). Post-operativecomplication rate was comparable between 2 groups, concerning patient death, reoperation, transfusion, perirenal hematoma, macroscopic hematuria, urinary obstruction, wound problem, and infection. Nevertheless, contamination of preservation solution occurred more commonly in DCD than DBD (0.4% vs. 3.8%, p = 0.036). Conclusions: Despite worse early graft function, DCD-KT was not inferior to that originating from DBD up to 5 years post-transplant, therefore deserves to be used. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity vs. Stability: a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct fluvial morphodynamics of Wadi Selloum in the vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’ammar (Morocco)
Bartz, Melanie; Rhixon, Gilles; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

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The impact of environmental changes on the emergence and dispersal of anatomically modern humans (AMH) is particularly important in North Africa, since the Straits of Gibraltar might have served as ... [more ▼]

The impact of environmental changes on the emergence and dispersal of anatomically modern humans (AMH) is particularly important in North Africa, since the Straits of Gibraltar might have served as western migration route for AMH from Africa to Europe. The prehistoric rock shelter of Ifri n’Ammar in NE Morocco reveals discontinuous Middle and Late Palaeolithic occupation phases since ~170 ka. Our study focuses on Wadi Selloum deposits to unravel palaeoenvironmental features and geomorphological aspects of the direct vicinity of Ifri n’Ammar. As a tributary of the Moulouya River, the catchment area of this ephemeral stream amounts to ~290 km², spanning elevations between ~700 and 200 m above sea level. Headwaters of the 35 km long Wadi Selloum drain Mesozoic limestone and dolomite. The application of luminescence dating techniques on Wadi Selloum deposits yielded burial ages between 1.3 ± 0.2 ka and 78 ± 7 ka, covering morphodynamically stable and active phases. Overbank fines include well-developed soil horizons as evidence of stability and of more humid periods than today around 80 ka and during the Holocene. This is supported by pedofeatures discovered in thin sections as well as the composition of clay minerals of the wadi sediments. Disordered clay minerals and partly illite/chlorite mixed-layer characterize the soil levels. Levels relatively rich in chlorite, illite, ankerite and quartz are interpreted as corresponding to relatively dry periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of clay minerals more advanced in the relative stability scale, such as kaolinite. Smectite is taken to indicate a climate with contrasting seasons and a pronounced dry season. In contrast, coarse-grained deposits, which are partly characterised by calcrete layers, point to drier conditions after 80 ka and 14 ka. In addition, the lack of palaeosols confirms morphodynamic activity during these periods. Acknowledgement. This research is supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) within the framework of the CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe” (http://www.sfb806.uni-koeln.de/). [less ▲]

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Otto; Planque; Lamote et al

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BARREA, Christophe ULg

in 72ème Congrès du Gbpf: De Morphée au cauchemar (2015, November)

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See detailThe pragmatics of correlation or how models reshape the government of technical objects
Thoreau, François ULg; Laurent, Brice

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In this paper we focus on how models carry out correlations and how correlations are used as techniques of government. Correlations are fragile exercises which put together two phenomenon, e.g. one ... [more ▼]

In this paper we focus on how models carry out correlations and how correlations are used as techniques of government. Correlations are fragile exercises which put together two phenomenon, e.g. one nanoparticle and one toxic effect, without linking them with a straight causality. We examine correlations in the situated case of QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) models applied to the toxicity of nanoparticles. Using scientific and regulatory documentation related to QSAR, and the preliminary results of an empirical study of a QSAR project conducted in France, we analyze the initial expectations, i.e. providing knowledge on nanoparticles useful for regulatory purposes, and how this ambition was confronted to the refusal of nanoparticles to feed the QSAR models in a satisfying way. We argue that this led to "thinking on the edge" the wonders and worries of correlation. This calls for a pragmatics of correlation: what does it do? Which are the effects and consequences of a "co-relating" approach? Exploring these questions leads us to examine the type of knowledge produced through models applied to large sets of data, and how it contributes to certain types of regulatory objectivity, particularly in the European legal context. Thus, we discuss the ways in which a pragmatics of correlation offers analytical entry points for the study of the contemporary transformation of the public administration of technical objects.   [less ▲]

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Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

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See detailThe Twelfth Camel and the Legacy of the Deconstruction in Architectural Practices
Bodart, Céline ULg

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Most of recent anthologies on architectural theory concede that the encounter between architects and the derridean philosophy of deconstruction has marked a kind of turning point in our architectural ... [more ▼]

Most of recent anthologies on architectural theory concede that the encounter between architects and the derridean philosophy of deconstruction has marked a kind of turning point in our architectural practices (Sykes, 2010; Mallgrave, Goodman, 2011; Greig, Cairns, Heynen, 2012). Yet this specific episode of our late history seem still provoke a kind of discomfort in the French-speaking part of the contemporary architectural debate. It is as if no one could take on what this disciplinary crossing of the mid-eighties both has produced and has not succeeded in producing. So now, thirty years later, how to be the heirs of such a theoretical experiment? “Inheritance is never a given; it is always a task. It remains before us” (Derrida, 1994). The present paper will attempt to develop what is at stake in the question of the inheritance of deconstruction in architecture. But if inheritance is a “task”, the concern is not here to simply describe it but to take on this task; the concern is to take part at the always ongoing building of this theoretical inheritance. Based on a thesis research still in progress, the paper will present some of the methodological experiments (Despret, 2001) set up in order to build an inheritance for deconstruction in the French-speaking part of architectural debate, and more specifically the original French translation of Wigley's essay, “The Architecture of Deconstruction: Derrida's Haunt”. The translation is here to be understood as an artifact from which new ways to inherit this historical turning of architectural theory can be built. But how to build such an inheritance in a way that doesn't erase its contradictions? And what does it mean to build it today ? The entire methodological apparatus of this attempt of translation will be display as a speculative process, considering theory as a living material for architectural creation. [less ▲]

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See detailTransfusion needs during liver transplantation at the chu of liege (belgium): characteristics and preoperative predictive factors
PAGE, Isaline ULg; HANS, Grégory ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 461272

Introduction: Liver transplantation (LT) can result in significant bleeding requiring transfusion of allogenic blood products, which potentially leads to postoperative morbidity and mortality (1). This ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Liver transplantation (LT) can result in significant bleeding requiring transfusion of allogenic blood products, which potentially leads to postoperative morbidity and mortality (1). This study aimed to determine transfusion needs during LT in our institution and its preoperative predictive factors. Material and Methods: Two hundred LT performed at the CHU Liege between 2006 and 2012 were respectively reviewed (age = 55 ` 11 yo, BMI = 25.5 ` 4.4 kg/m2, F/M = 45/155, MELD score = 19 ` 10). Transfu- sion needs of the different blood products during POD 0, and POD 0–7 were recorded. Parameters associated with the transfusion of more than 2 units of RBC (p ≤ 0.1) were identified using the Kruskal Wallis and chi square tests (table 1). These parameters were then placed into a backward stepwise logistic regression model for the transfusion of more than two units of RBC at POD 0. A p value threshold ≥0.1 was used for leaving the model. Results: Transfusion needs were: RBC = 2[0–4], FFP = 4[2–7], PLT = 1[0– 1] during POD 0; and RBC = 3[0–6], FFP = 6[3–10], PLT = 1[0–2] during POD 0–7. Preoperative factors independently associated with the transfusion of more than two units of RBC were preop Hb (0.6 [0.46–0.79], p < 0.001) and MELD score (1.13 [1.06–1.20], p < 0.001). Discussion: These results suggest that preop Hb and MELD score are associated with blood requirements during LT. [less ▲]

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See detailThird-party mesenchymal stem cell infusion in kidney transplant recipient: 6-month safety interim analysis
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 223-224278

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) have immunomodulating properties and could be used as immunosuppressive agents. We report the 6- month safety results for the 5 first patients treated with MSC ... [more ▼]

Background: Mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) have immunomodulating properties and could be used as immunosuppressive agents. We report the 6- month safety results for the 5 first patients treated with MSC after kidney transplantation (KTx). Here, we address 3 specific safety issues: immunization against MSC and engraftment syndrome defined as acute graft dysfunction not related to rejection and over-immunosuppression. Patients and method: MSC production was carried out locally. MSC were not matched with kidney recipients’ HLA. Included patients were non-immunized, first transplant recipients from deceased donors. MSC (1.5–3.0 9 106/kg) infusion was planned 3 to 5 days post KTx. Patients with cardiovascular instability post KTx were excluded. All patients were treated with Basiliximab induction, Tacrolimus, Mycophenolate Mofetil and Steroid. We prospectively screened for anti-HLA antibodies at month 1, 3 and 6. Informed consent was obtained from all participants. The local ethical committee approved the protocol. Results: Collectively there were 23/50 and 29/50 HLA mismatches (MM) with kidney and MSC donor respectively, out of which 5 were shared MM. One patient developed de novo DSA, 2 patients anti-HLA antibodies against shared kidney/MSC MM and 1 patient developed 2 specific antibodies against MSC (MSCSA) at month 6. All antibodies were anti HLA class I except for 1. We did not observe any “engraftment” syndrome. Three patients experienced non- severe opportunistic infections: 1 CMV reactivation and 2 polyoma-BK virus viremia.Conclusion: We did not observe any strong safety signal. We did however observe some degree of immunization in 3 patients: 2 developed antibodies against shared kidney/MSC donor HLA MM and 1 MSCSA. [less ▲]

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See detailERT monitoring of water infiltration process through a landfill cover layer
Dumont, Gaël ULg; Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

in Berichte der Geologischen Bundesanstalt, 112 (2015, November)

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See detailPolymer chemistry for theragnostics
Liu, Ji; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Duguet, Etienne et al

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Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to adapt their physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli ... [more ▼]

Stimuli-responsive nano-materials have been playing increasingly important roles in the biomedical field due to their ability to adapt their physico-chemical properties in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength, magnetic field, etc. Nanohybrids combining inorganic particles and stimuli-responsive polymers are particularly well-suited to develop advanced drug nanocarriers for targeted delivery and concomitant diagnostics. Based on the recent developments in controlled radical polymerization, especially cobalt-mediated radical polymerization, various hybrid nanostructures have been synthesized and tested as drug delivery systems able to trigger the drug release in response to dedicated environment conditions or external stimuli. Studies on cytotoxicity, cellular uptake and in vitro triggered release with cell culture will also highlight the potential of these new materials. [less ▲]

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See detailIntra-cultivar potential of Desmanthus spp. as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy for tropical livestock pastoral systems
Vandermeulen, Sophie ULg; Ramírez-Restrepo, Carlos Alberto; Singh, Sultan et al

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Improved agricultural efficiency and reduction in the impacts of tropical livestock farming on habitat degradation require global approaches that enhance ruminant farming functionality in terms of feed ... [more ▼]

Improved agricultural efficiency and reduction in the impacts of tropical livestock farming on habitat degradation require global approaches that enhance ruminant farming functionality in terms of feed use efficiency, emissions and food security. This study evaluated the in vitro mitigation potential of the prostrate to erect, herbaceous Desmanthus spp. pasture legume adapted to semiarid clay soil land types in northern Australia. D. bicornutus, D. leptophyllus and D. virgatus were seasonally harvested from commercial plots by Agrimix Pty. Ltd. Samples of the legumes and the control Rhodes grass (Chloris gayana) using ruminal fluid from grazing Brahman (Bos indicus) steers were incubated in vitro (Ankom RF1 Technology) for 24, 48 and 72 h. Overall, the in vitro organic matter degradability (OMD) and methane production between Desmanthus species differed (P < 0.001). Compared to the control (0.656 ± 0.027 proportion of total OM) at 48 h of incubation, D. leptophyllus showed lower OMD (0.479 ± 0.016), while D. bicornutus (0.688 ± 0.016) and D. virgatus (0.619 ± 0.015) were different from each other, but similar to the control. Methane production (ml/g OM) was 15.7 ± 1.54, 3.7 ± 0.89, 12.0 ± 0.95 and 11.7 ± 0.95, respectively. It is suggested that the impact of these attributes may benefit household farmers in developing economies to expand productivity, improve livelihoods and meet the growing food consumption. Further analyses of the intra-cultivar characteristics of Desmanthus spp. will complement the design of sustainable and efficient interventions across tropical pastoral feeding systems, with a particular emphasis on large-scale grazing operations. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of timing administration of mesenchymal stromal cells on serum creatinine following renal ischemia/ reperfusion in rats
ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; Rowart, Pascal ULg; POMA, Laurence ULg et al

in Transplant International (2015, November), 28(S4), 1129

Experimental models of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) have suggested protective effects of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) therapy. Still, param- eters of MSC injection, including volume, route and ... [more ▼]

Experimental models of renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) have suggested protective effects of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) therapy. Still, param- eters of MSC injection, including volume, route and timing of cell administration, remain largely debated. Particularly, MSC infusion in mouse has been shown to be beneficial “a priori” but deleterious “a posteriori” of renal I/R injury. In order to further investigate the influence of the timing of MSC administration, we used 10-week-old Lewis rats categorized in 4 groups. Groups 1 (MSC D-7, n = 10) and 2 (MSC D + 1, n = 7) received caudal i.v. injection of MSC (1.5 9 106 in 1 ml of saline) 7 days before or 1 day after renal I/R, respectively. Control groups 3 (saline D-7, n = 6) and 4 (saline D + 1, n = 6) received equal volume of saline at similar time points. Left renal ischemia (by clamping of the renal pedicle) lasted 45 min. Right nephrectomy was simultaneously performed. Blood sample was collected from inferior vena cava at 48 h post reperfusion. MSC phenotype was confirmed by FACS analysis. In groups 1 and 3, serum creatinine (SCr) reached 1.4 ` 0.7 versus 2.4 ` 0.8 mg/dl, respectively (p < 0.05). In groups 2 and 4, SCr was 4.9 ` 0.7 versus 3.3 ` 0.9 mg/dl, respectively (p < 0.001). Furthermore, SCr levels were statistically worse when MSC were administered after renal I/R in comparison to a priori infusion (p < 0.0001). In conclusion, MSC administration 7 days prior to renal I/R attenuates kidney injury in comparison to (i) saline infusion or (ii) MSC infusion 1 day after renal I/R. Conversely, on the basis of SCr levels, MSC therapy performed after renal I/R worsens kidney injury in rats. [less ▲]

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Cette communication s’appuie sur les résultats issus d’une recherche menée dans une entreprise européenne du secteur des télécommunications, portant sur le travail à distance. Elle valorise en particulier ... [more ▼]

Cette communication s’appuie sur les résultats issus d’une recherche menée dans une entreprise européenne du secteur des télécommunications, portant sur le travail à distance. Elle valorise en particulier les apports des travaux de Goffman dans l’analyse de ce phénomène, tant sur le plan méthodologique que sur le plan de l’analyse. Dans le cadre de cette étude, l’équipe de recherche a élaboré une méthodologie d’observation multifocale, visant à cerner certains aspects du travail à distance généralement oblitérés par la littérature, essentiellement basée sur des pratiques déclaratives. Le recours à cette méthode d’observation permet ainsi de mettre en évidence des stratégies d’interaction mises en place par les acteurs à distance, choisissant de rendre visibles ou, a contrario, de maintenir cachées certaines attitudes lors d’interactions à distance. Par ailleurs, la mobilisation du concept de cadres de l’expérience, au coeur des travaux de Goffman, met également en évidence deux enjeux pour lesquels les différents cadrages d’une même situation influence la perception de dispositifs RH. Les résultats obtenus enrichissent l’appréhension des dispositifs de gestion du travail et du management à distance, en intégrant la compréhension et l’expérience qu’ont les acteurs des dispositifs ainsi que la manière dont ils se les approprient. [less ▲]

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