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See detailImpact of steam explosion treatment on chemical configuration of Tall Fescue lignin : structural elucidation using NMR spectroscopy
Maniet, Guillaume ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Gillet, Sébastien ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 24)

In the economic and energy context of our society, it is universally recognized that alternatives to petrochemicals products must be found. To overcome this problem, renewable lignocellulosic biomass ... [more ▼]

In the economic and energy context of our society, it is universally recognized that alternatives to petrochemicals products must be found. To overcome this problem, renewable lignocellulosic biomass could be used to produce high value products. To achieve this objective, pretreatment processes are required to allow the breakdown of lignocellulosic structure and increase accessibility of the material. In this way, steam explosion is a thermo-mechano-chemical pretreatment which allows the opening of lignocellulosic material structural components and includes modifications of the physical properties of the material, hydrolysis of hemicellulosic components and modification of the chemical structure of lignin [1]. This study is focused on the impact of various steam explosion treatments on the chemical configuration of tall fescue lignin. NMR analyses perform on the Festuca L. pretreated samples show variations of links with treatment intensity. Observations show double phenomen :re-polymerization and depolymerization of the lignin structure during steam explosion process [2]. In parallel, HPSEC analyses show modifications in the molecular weight of the lignin obtained after the steam explosion treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between particles in a magnetocapillary self-assembly
Lagubeau, Guillaume ULg; Darras, Alexis; Grosjean, Galien ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 24)

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See detailA capillary Archimedes’ screw
Darbois-Texier, Baptiste ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2014, November 23)

As used by Egyptians for irrigation and reported by Archimedes, a screw turning inside a hollow pipe can pull out a fluid againt gravity. At a centimetric scale, an analagous system can be found with a ... [more ▼]

As used by Egyptians for irrigation and reported by Archimedes, a screw turning inside a hollow pipe can pull out a fluid againt gravity. At a centimetric scale, an analagous system can be found with a drop pending on a rotating spiral which is tilted toward the horizontal. The ascent of the drop to the top of the spiral is considered and a theoretical model based on geometrical considerations is proposed. The climb of the drop is limited by the fluid deposition on the screw at high capillary number and by a centrifugation phenomenon. We find out the range of fluid proprities and spiral characteristics for which an ascending motion of the drop is possible. Finally we discuss the efficiency of such system to extract a fluid from a bath at a centrimetric scale. [less ▲]

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See detailL'ECMO, Témoignage de deux infirmiers
KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg; BODSON, Sébastien ULg

Conference (2014, November 22)

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See detailFoucault et Deleuze et Sami-Ali : postmodernité et psychothérapie.
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, November 22)

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See detailSpécificités syntaxiques des types de discours dans les Quatre Livres des Rois (12e s.)
Mazziotta, Nicolas ULg; Glikman, Julie

Conference (2014, November 21)

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See detailOn the finiteness and uniqueness of the weighted likelihood estimator of ability in polytomous IRT models
Magis, David ULg; Verhelst, Norman

Conference (2014, November 21)

In item response theory (IRT), the weighted likelihood (WL) estimator has become a central method to estimate ability levels of respondents. Primarily introduced with dichotomous IRT models (Warm, 1989 ... [more ▼]

In item response theory (IRT), the weighted likelihood (WL) estimator has become a central method to estimate ability levels of respondents. Primarily introduced with dichotomous IRT models (Warm, 1989), it was later extended to polytomous IRT models (Samejima, 1998). However, very few information is available about the behavior of the WL estimator, and especially about the uniqueness of the ability estimates as well as their finiteness. The purpose of this talk is to establish that with polytomous item response models, the WL estimator of ability always returns finite values. This result is valid for the class of difference models and divide-by-total models, independently of the number of items and the response patterns. However, such estimates may not necessarily be unique, as the WL solving equation may provide several optimal values. Some examples are considered to illustrate both findings. [less ▲]

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See detailHow does gender socialisation influence teenagers' behaviors ? : Contribution of ISRD-2 and ISRD-3 to this question
Gavray, Claire ULg

Conference (2014, November 21)

In both gender groups, young people entering the spiral of violence negatively often react against personal insecurity, against a hostile and little promising environment. But those environments still ... [more ▼]

In both gender groups, young people entering the spiral of violence negatively often react against personal insecurity, against a hostile and little promising environment. But those environments still differ between girls and boys according to the sphere which remains the most valorized, 'suitable' for them (public and competitive sphere for the boys, family and emotional sphere for the girls). ISRD data allow to show links between, on one side, the production of not authorized and violent behaviors and, on the other side, gendered concrete life, gendered attitudes and values. The theory of the societal vulnerability (Walgrave, Vettenburg) and the theory of recognition (Honneth) are confirmed. [less ▲]

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See detailSolar Wind Interaction with the Magnetosphere of Jupiter : Impact on the Magnetopause and the Aurorae
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 20)

The outcome of the interaction between the solar wind and the Jovian magnetic field bears many differences compared to the Earth's case. At Earth, the solar wind is the major particle and energy source in ... [more ▼]

The outcome of the interaction between the solar wind and the Jovian magnetic field bears many differences compared to the Earth's case. At Earth, the solar wind is the major particle and energy source in the magnetosphere. At Jupiter, the tremendous volcanism on the moon Io is the main plasma source and Jupiter's rapid rotation (relative to its size) is the main energy source for the particles populating its magnetosphere. Combined with a weaker solar wind pressure and a larger Alfvén Mach number as the distance from the Sun increases, all these parameters modify the relative importance of large scale Dungey reconnection and viscous interaction at the magnetopause. In order to study these differences, here we present a statistical analysis of magnetopause waves and flux tube event on the Jovian magnetopause, based on in-situ measurement from the spacecraft that flew-by or orbited around Jupiter. Moreover, variations of the solar wind have significant impact on the Jovian magnetospheric current systems and such changes reflect on the aurora. In this presentation, we will also review the recent findings concerning the aurora at Jupiter and their relationship with the solar wind. [less ▲]

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See detailA Debate on Responsible Research and Innovation
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2014, November 20)

In the space of just a few years the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), or in Dutch Maatschappelijk verantwoord innoveren (MVI), has gained considerable ground: NWO has an MVI-program ... [more ▼]

In the space of just a few years the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), or in Dutch Maatschappelijk verantwoord innoveren (MVI), has gained considerable ground: NWO has an MVI-program that has so far funded three rounds of research proposals; Horizon 2020 regularly refers to RRI; and there is now a new journal devoted to RRI. In this panel we focus on the following questions: • How could the concept become so popular in such a relatively short time? • What, if anything, is new in RRI, when we compare it to e.g. CTA, participatory TA, Public Engagement, etc? • If we want to make research and innovation more responsible and responsive to society’s needs, what are the opportunities and obstacles? • What are the conditions for successful mainstreaming of RRI? Panel members Frank Kupper (Athena Institute) Hub Zwart (Centre for Society and the Life Scences), Michiel van Oudheusden (author of a dissertation on Flemish RRI initiatives), and Tsjalling Swierstra (co-founder of the Journal for RI) share their thoughts with colleagues in the audience. [less ▲]

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See detailBoolean Functions for Classification: Logical Analysis of Data
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2014, November 20)

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See detailOn the Use of Principal Component Analysis for Parameter Identification and Damage Detection in Structures
Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

Conference (2014, November 20)

Modal analysis is used extensively for understanding the dynamic behaviour of structures as well as for structural health monitoring or damage detection based on output-only measurements. In this ... [more ▼]

Modal analysis is used extensively for understanding the dynamic behaviour of structures as well as for structural health monitoring or damage detection based on output-only measurements. In this presentation, a different approach based on principal component analysis is considered. Principal component analysis (PCA), also called proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), is a multi-variate statistical method that aims at obtaining a compact representation of the data. In the present paper, PCA (POD) is used for three purposes, namely damage detection, structural health monitoring and identification of nonlinear parameters. The key idea of PCA is to reduce a large number of measured data to a much smaller number of uncorrelated variables while retaining as much as possible of the variation in the original data. To this purpose, an orthogonal transformation to the basis of the eigenvectors of the sample covariance matrix is performed, and the data are projected onto the subspace spanned by the eigenvectors corresponding to the largest eigenvalues. This transformation has the property to decorrelate the signal components and to maximize variance. The first problem to which PCA is applied here is the damage detection problem. When applied to vibration measurements, it can be shown that the basis of eigenvectors (called the proper orthogonal modes) span the same subspace as the mode-shape vectors of the monitored structure. Thus the damage detection problem may be solved using the concept of subspace angle between a reference subspace spanned by the eigenvectors of the initial (undamaged) structure and the subspace spanned by the eigenvectors of the current (possibly damaged) structure. The second problem concerns structural health monitoring of civil engineering structures when environmental effects (e.g. the influence of the variation of the ambient temperature) have to be removed from the structural changes. In this case, PCA may be applied on identified modal features (e.g. the natural frequencies) to separate the changes due to environmental variations from the changes due to damage sources. This procedure is illustrated on the example of a real bridge located in Luxembourg. The third problem is related to the estimation of nonlinear parameters using model updating techniques. In this case, the most interesting property of PCA is that it minimizes the average squared distance between the original signal and its reduced linear representation. When applied to nonlinear problems, PCA gives the optimal approximating linear manifold in the configuration space represented by the data. The linear nature of the method is appealing because the theory of linear operators is still available. However, it should be borne in mind that it also exhibits its major limitation when the data lie on a nonlinear manifold. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitements conservateurs de la gonarthrose
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2014, November 20)

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See detailSpatial Analysis of GNSS Measurements from an Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver (ISMR) Network
Lonchay, Matthieu ULg; Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Cornet, Yves ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 19)

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and ... [more ▼]

The ionosphere has always been a major limitation for GNSS positioning applications. Free electrons in the ionosphere perturb the propagation of GNSS radio signals involving both refraction and diffraction effects. In particular, small-scale ionospheric irregularities generated by different physical processes may cause scattering effects on GNSS signals, producing rapid fluctuations of the signal phase and amplitude as a result. Such scintillations of GNSS signals are responsible for critical consequences regarding applications, such as precise positioning, due to many resulting effects: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receivers collect high-rate GNSS data. Specific scintillation parameters, such as the well-known S4 and Phi60 indices, are built on high-rate measurements performed on GNSS signals and provide additional information to characterize the intensity of such an event occurring at a specific geographic location at a given time. Spatial Statistics belong to the field of Spatial Analysis, Geography and GIS (Geographic Information System). This discipline allows to perform analyses of data which are localised in space. Ionospheric Scintillation observations achieved by ISMR stations can be characterized by a set of attributes (S4, Phi60, Rate of TEC, etc.) including also the geographic location of their respective Ionospheric Pierce Point (IPP). By combining the simultaneous Multi-GNSS ISMR measurements from a network of ISMR stations, we can obtain a spatially denser data set, able to support spatial statistics tests. The idea of our research is to provide a spatio-temporal analysis of ionospheric scintillation events over Equatorial regions by applying spatial statistics on ISMR Multi-GNSS measurements. In particular, by using spatial statistics, we aim to resolve specific issues regarding ionospheric scintillation data from an ISMR network established in Brazil. The research consists in spatially describing the data set, detecting and measuring potential spatial autocorrelation, determining the scale of the spatial dependency and finally producing an interpolated scintillation sky map at a given time. In terms of applicability of the methodology, our research project consists in exploiting the spatio-temporal analysis performed on ionospheric scintillation data in order to improve the performances and the reliability of Absolute GNSS Positioning algorithms under moderate ionospheric scintillation conditions. By assessing correlations existing between specific ISMR data and classic GNSS observations, the method could be extended to a more general usage which would be independent of ISMR measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailGravitational lensing search for dark matter halos
Biernaux, Judith ULg

Conference (2014, November 19)

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See detailDo we need dark matter in cosmology?
Magain, Pierre ULg; Hauret, Clémentine ULg

Conference (2014, November 19)

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See detailThe physical education teacher as a physical activity promoter: Current developments
Cloes, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, November 19)

The physical education teacher is considered as a cornerstone of the physical activity promotion in the schools. This presentation proposes answers to three questions: (1) Why to promote physical activity ... [more ▼]

The physical education teacher is considered as a cornerstone of the physical activity promotion in the schools. This presentation proposes answers to three questions: (1) Why to promote physical activity at school? (2) Why the PE teacher should play a central role? (3) How the PE teacher could play such role? In conclusion, it is important to remember that (1) PE teachers should become the cornerstones of the PA promotion at school; (2) They have to be involved in PE as well as in the other dimension of PA at school; (3) They have to collaborate (they are not alone), and; (4) Pre service and inservice PETE has to be adapted to show the way and change the mentalities [less ▲]

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See detailPlate-forme interactive au service des grandes populations d’étudiants suivant un cours de Physique
Marique, Pierre-Xavier ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

Conference (2014, November 18)

La réforme des études de médecine introduite en 2012 en Communauté Française (Belgique) a fortement modifié les programmes de cours, entre autres celui de physique, pour lequel certaines notions sont ... [more ▼]

La réforme des études de médecine introduite en 2012 en Communauté Française (Belgique) a fortement modifié les programmes de cours, entre autres celui de physique, pour lequel certaines notions sont désormais considérées comme prérequises. Conscientes que celles-ci ne sont pas toujours acquises par les étudiants, les équipes pédagogiques de l'ULg ont élaboré des systèmes de remédiation. Un espace en ligne a notamment été développé, parallèlement au cours présentiel, afin de permettre aux enseignants et aux étudiants d'évaluer les difficultés et lacunes de ces derniers et d’y remédier. Cet outil est conçu pour offrir une aide spécifique adaptée à chacun malgré le nombre important d’étudiants inscrits (800 en 2013). Ils peuvent y travailler, de manière progressive et autonome, les aspects théoriques (notes et tests formatifs) et pratiques (exercices, problèmes décomposés ou non). Des tests diagnostiques en début et fin de parcours permettent aux apprenants d’apprécier leur évolution. De plus, la plate-forme centralise différents outils interactifs (forums, calendrier, annonces, …) accompagnant l’étudiant dans l’organisation de son parcours. Les premières analyses de traces indiquent une corrélation entre travail en ligne et réussite. Une adaptation progressive de l’outil sera basée sur l’analyse des résultats et du ressenti de étudiants. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign and implementation of a T impedance matching network for the radiocommunication subsystem aboard the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite
Boutaayamou, Mohamed ULg; Crosset, Nicolas ULg; Werner, Xavier ULg et al

in Proceedings of the URSI Forum 2014 (2014, November 18)

We describe how we handled an unexpected impedance matching issue on the receiver side (at UHF) of the radiocommunication system aboard the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite of the University of Liège. Our approach ... [more ▼]

We describe how we handled an unexpected impedance matching issue on the receiver side (at UHF) of the radiocommunication system aboard the OUFTI-1 nanosatellite of the University of Liège. Our approach relied on a combination of novel analytical developments combined with experimentation. [less ▲]

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See detailGlutamate controls brain estrogen synthesis during sexual interactions
de Bournonville, Catherine ULg; Aourz, Najat; Van Eeckhaut, Ann et al

Poster (2014, November 17)

Besides their long-lasting effects mediated by a modulation of gene transcription, brain-derived estrogens can rapidly regulate (within minutes) reproductive behaviors. In vitro, the activity of aromatase ... [more ▼]

Besides their long-lasting effects mediated by a modulation of gene transcription, brain-derived estrogens can rapidly regulate (within minutes) reproductive behaviors. In vitro, the activity of aromatase (AA), the enzyme responsible for the conversion of androgens into estrogens, is also regulated on a similar short time-scale, via phosphorylation of the enzyme resulting from changes in neuronal activity or glutamate release. Acute changes in AA have been documented ex vivo in specific brain regions following exposure to social or stressful stimuli but the mechanism underlying these regulations is not known. To investigate whether glutamate is implicated in these rapid changes in AA, male quail received a unilateral injection of kainate in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM). The left and right preoptic areas were collected 20 min later and assayed separately by the tritiated water technique for AA. As shown previously in preoptic explants maintained in vitro, AA was downregulated in the kainate-injected hemisphere as compared to the non-injected side. To determine whether the decline in AA detected in the POM after a sexual interaction could be mediated by an increased release of glutamate in this region, extracellular glutamate concentration was measured by in vivo microdialysis with a probe implanted in the POM of sexually mature males. Dialysate was collected every 3 minutes over three periods of 15 min when the male was (1) alone, (2) allowed to freely copulate with a female and (3) alone again. A transient rise in extracellular glutamate concentration was observed specifically and immediately after the expression of cloacal contact movements, when semen is transferred to the female. Glutamate returned to a basal level after the female was removed. Together, these results indicate that the mechanism of acute regulation of aromatase activity by glutamate identified in vitro is potentially responsible for the acute regulation of the enzyme observed in vivo following copulation. As rapid changes in brain estrogen synthesis and its actions are apparently related to the control of sexual motivation rather than sexual performance, follow up experiments should now determine whether the release of glutamate in the POM occurs in parallel with an increase in motivation or follows the termination of the copulatory sequence. [less ▲]

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See detailLes changements sociétaux sont-ils promoteurs de bien-être au travail ?
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, November 17)

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See detailSpecific properties of bone marrow mesenchymal and neural crest-derived stem cells: Relevance in spinal cord injury therapy.
Neirinckx, Virginie ULg; Agirman, Gulistan ULg; Marquet, Alice ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 17)

Spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment represents a critical issue in clinical research and patient care. Stem cell-based replacement therapies have already been proposed worldwide, especially studying stem ... [more ▼]

Spinal cord injury (SCI) treatment represents a critical issue in clinical research and patient care. Stem cell-based replacement therapies have already been proposed worldwide, especially studying stem cells from the adult bone marrow stroma. Previous studies focusing on those cells did not specifically consider their intrinsic embryonic heterogeneity, thus intermingling different stem cells subpopulations to treat experimental SCI or even injured patients. In this study, we decided to compare adult bone marrow neural crest-derived stem cells (NCSC) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), and highlight which of their specific properties could be relevant in therapeutic perspectives. In that purpose, we compared NCSC and MSC isolated from adult mouse bone marrow. We then compared the effects that both cell types could exert once grafted inside an injured spinal cord. Cells were injected into the spinal cord of mice that right after a spinal cord contusion at the T11-12 spinal level. Our results indicate that both MSC and NCSC-injected mice recovered locomotion abilities faster than control mice (as assessed by BMS scoring). Additionally, we observed that after 28 days post-injury, the lesion volume tended to decrease in mice that received cell graft compared to control group. Interestingly, it appeared that MSC seemed to be able to modulate inflammation inside the lesion, more than NCSC. Indeed, MSC-graft increased early neutrophil and macrophage recruitment in the bloodstream and inside the spinal cord, and increased the number of arginase-1-expressing cells remaining in the spinal cord after 28 days. In parallel, we compared the secretome of both NCSC and MSC, and noticed some interesting differences: MSC secreted several chemokines reflecting possible immunomodulating properties, while NCSC secreted products might be able to enhance neurite outgrowth. Indeed, preliminary data showed that NCSC induced neuritogenesis on primary neurons in vitro. Altogether, those results should help to improve and optimize cell-based therapies parameters and/or to define precise and efficient pharmacological treatments for SCI patients. [less ▲]

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See detailGNSS observational bias in the frame of ionospheric studies
Wautelet, Gilles ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Poster (2014, November 17)

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See detailContrasting the role of Ih and ICaT currents in post-inhibitory rebound mechanisms in reciprocal-inhibitory networks
Dethier, Julie ULg; Drion, Guillaume ULg; Sepulchre, Rodolphe

Poster (2014, November 16)

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which ... [more ▼]

Models with reciprocal inhibition are ubiquitous in the literature. For instance, common rhythmic motor behaviors produced by central pattern generators (CPGs) involve half-center oscillators, which consist of two inhibitory neurons that are not endogenous oscillators, but produce rhythmic outputs when reciprocally connected (Marder & Calabrese 1996). Models of thalamocortical spindle oscillations also suggest that the rhythm originates from the thalamic reticular nucleus, which consists in interacting inhibitory nonoscillatory neurons (Wang & Rinzel 1992). [less ▲]

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See detail"Preußisch-deutsch" und "wallonisch". Zur Identitätsproblematik der Malmedyer Wallonie im Ersten Weltkrieg
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Conference (2014, November 15)

Durch die Artikel 32-34 des Versailler Vertrags wurden die beiden deutschen Grenzkreise Eupen und Malmedy nach einer umstrittenen Volksbefragung im Jahr 1920 Belgien zugeschlagen. Dabei wies der Kreis ... [more ▼]

Durch die Artikel 32-34 des Versailler Vertrags wurden die beiden deutschen Grenzkreise Eupen und Malmedy nach einer umstrittenen Volksbefragung im Jahr 1920 Belgien zugeschlagen. Dabei wies der Kreis Malmedy eine Besonderheit auf: er war zwei- bzw. dreisprachig Deutsch-Wallonisch-Französisch. Tatsächlich waren rund 10.000 Wallonen seit den Entscheidungen des Wiener Kongresses von 1815 Bürger Preußens und später des Kaiserreichs gewesen. Der Beitrag fragt nach ihrer Identität im Kaiserreich, wo sie zu Kollateralopfern der gegen größere Minderheiten gerichteten Germanisierungspolitik wurden, woraus ein wallonischer Kulturpartikularismus an der deutsch-belgischen Grenze resultierte. Dabei wird auch deren Offenheit während des langen 19. Jahrhunderts deutlich, die durch intensive grenzüberschreitende soziale, wirtschaftliche und auch kulturelle Kontakte gekennzeichnet ist. Der Beginn des Ersten Weltkriegs wurde deshalb als umso dramatischer empfunden. Die Haltung der Bevölkerung in der so genannten Preußischen Wallonie während des Kriegs ist jedoch bisher von der Forschung kaum in den Blick genommen worden. Deutlich lässt sich jedoch der Einfluss eines sich nunmehr erheblich beschleunigenden Nationalisierungsprozesses an der Grenze zum besetzten Belgien ausmachen. Auf der Grundlage der im Staatsarchiv Eupen erhaltenen Bestände des Kreisarchivs Malmedy im Kreis sollen die Auswirkungen des Krieges auf die kleinste Minderheit im Westen dargestellt werden. Gefragt werden soll nach Misstrauensbekundungen „von oben“, nach potentiellen Loyalitätskonflikten, z.B. in Form von Desertionen, ggf. nach Nachkriegsvorstellungen der Betroffenen und nach einem Wandel von Zugehörigkeitsgefühlen. Besonderes Augenmerk wird dabei auf jene (überaus seltenen) Akteure gelegt, die schon vor 1914 einen Anschluss des Gebietes an Belgien gefordert hatten und die sich der besonderen Aufmerksamkeit der preußischen Behörden gewiss sein konnten. Kaum zu überschätzen ist auch die Bedeutung der Pfarrer, die in einer als streng katholisch geltenden Region erheblichen Einfluss auf das politisch-gesellschaftliche Leben und – selbstverständlich – auf die Trauerarbeit für gefallene Soldaten (deren Zahl sich auf einige Hundert beläuft) nahmen. Nicht zuletzt stellt sich die Frage nach der Erfahrung des Kriegsendes und der darauf folgenden Besatzungszeit durch britische Truppen, die im August 1919 von belgischen Soldaten abgelöst wurden. Diese Fragen sind bisher, so sie denn überhaupt gestellt worden sind, zumeist aus der Perspektive des Staatenwechsels von 1920 beantwortet worden. Der Kampf einiger Akteure für die Behauptung einer wallonischen Identität innerhalb des Kaiserreichs wurde in der belgisch-nationalen Historiographie zu einem Kampf für die Eingliederung durch Belgien umgedeutet, die Zugehörigkeit zu Preußen zum dark age der lokalen Vergangenheit erklärt – wobei die Zugehörigkeit zur französisch-wallonischen Sprachgemeinschaft hier eine andere Ausgangslage schaffte als für ebenfalls an Belgien abgetretenen deutschsprachigen Gemeinden um die Städte Eupen und St. Vith. Diese Narrative entfalteten ihre durchschlagende Wirkung jedoch erst nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und der 1940 erfolgten Wiedereingliederung Eupen-Malmedys durch das „Großdeutsche Reich“. Der Beitrag unternimmt den Versuch, die Entwicklung der Jahre 1914-1920 nicht von ihrem Ende her zu betrachten, wobei der – bisher vernachlässigten – erfahrungsgeschichtlichen Perspektive besondere Bedeutung zukommt. Insofern zielt er ebenfalls darauf ab, die Grenzgeschichte aus der Zentrum-Peripherie-Perspektive zu lösen und – auch sehr kleine – Grenzregionen als Akteur (und nicht als bloßes Objekt) zu fassen. [less ▲]

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See detailBorréliose: mythe ou réalité ?
Amory, Hélène ULg; Houben, Rosa ULg; Pitel, Pierre Hugues et al

Conference (2014, November 15)

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See detailEffect of “diagnosis threat” in clinical setting
Fresson, Megan ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

Poster (2014, November 14)

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT ... [more ▼]

Objective. When reminded of their neurological history, mild traumatic brain injured (TBI) students underperform on neuropsychological tests (Suhr & Gunstad, 2002). To date, this “diagnosis threat” (DT) phenomenon has mainly been studied with a non-clinical and high-functioning population (university students). The aim of this study was twofold: to study this phenomenon with neurological patients and to examine the mechanisms responsible for underperformance. Method. Patients (18-55 years-old) who had sustained a TBI or a stroke were recruited from ambulatory and hospitalized cares, and then assigned to one of three conditions : Patients attention was drawn on (1) their neurological disease and the neuropsychological components of the upcoming tasks (DT group) ; (2) their intact sensory capacities and the sensorial components of the tasks (Neutral group); or (3) their better cognitive abilities compared to Alzheimer disease patients (Stereotype boost group). After these instructions, patients carried out cognitive tasks and completed questionnaires. Results. Preliminary analyses (n=18) showed that, on the z-score of executive functioning, the DT group performed worse than both the neutral group (p=.03) and the stereotype boost group (p=.05), but did not differ for the attentional and memory scores. Instructions also had an impact on cognitive self-efficacy, with the neutral group demonstrating greater score than the negative one (p=.08). Furthermore, the self-efficacy score tended to correlate with the score of executive functioning (r=.37). Conclusions. Results show that the DT phenomenon has an impact on cognitive performances in clinical setting, at least on executive functions, which are usually demonstrated to be the most sensitive to stereotype effects. [less ▲]

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See detailRé-Créations Familiales: ruptures, pertes et nouvelles appartenances
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

Conference (2014, November 14)

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See detailLe rôle de l'altérité dans la conscience malheureuse hégélienne
Petteni, Oriane ULg

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See detailRé-créations familiales entre ruptures, pertes et nouvelles appartenances
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

Conference (2014, November 14)

Les familles recomposées font face à de multiples transitions.Au cœur de ces transitions, différents processus de redéfinition interactionnelle et mythique sont attendus. Parmi ceux-ci, la construction ... [more ▼]

Les familles recomposées font face à de multiples transitions.Au cœur de ces transitions, différents processus de redéfinition interactionnelle et mythique sont attendus. Parmi ceux-ci, la construction des nouvelles appartenances qui prévoit la gestion des ruptures ainsi que la construction de nouveaux repères affectifs et sociaux. Dans la pratique psychothérapeutique, nous rencontrons souvent des couples et des familles qui ont « mal » aux transitions et qui se proposent comme « suspendues » entre un passé non reproductible et un futur imperceptible. A travers des situations cliniques et de recherche avec des familles recomposées, l’intervention portera sur l’intérêt d’aborder ces transitions complexes à travers le concept de perte ambiguë. Ce travail prévoit, non pas tant une élaboration définitive des précédentes appartenances mais bien une co-création de ponts affectifs entre le passé et le présent, l’écriture de nouveaux scripts pour le futur ainsi que la gestion d’appartenances multiples et ce, également à travers la re-dynamisation de ressources et de potentialités évolutives chez les couples, familles et leurs réseaux. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic efficiency of milk production farms in Hanoi Suburbs, Vietnam
Le Dinh, Khan; Phan Dang, Thang ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2014, November 14)

Dairy production has presented in Vietnam since 50 years, but these dairy farms really developed from 2001. In the period 2001 – 2010, the average growth rate of dairy herds was up to 30% per year ... [more ▼]

Dairy production has presented in Vietnam since 50 years, but these dairy farms really developed from 2001. In the period 2001 – 2010, the average growth rate of dairy herds was up to 30% per year. However, fresh milk production satisfies about 20-25% of milk consumption. The rural areas of Hanoi Province are large for dairy production. This province builds the 7 agro-ecological sub-regions for the development of dairy farming, in which Ba Vi District is a most of sub-regions for dairy production development. But the average size is about 2.5 cows per farm. This research aims to better understand how the factors in milk sector adapt to current economic conditions in Hanoi suburbs through analyzing farming systems. These studies were conducted from January to August 2012 on 43 dairy farms with different production scales at Ba Vi District to characteristic of dairy farming systems. The data were collected by interviewing and keeping records at the farms that have milk production. The results showed that three dairy production systems in these zones: (1) Dairy small farming system has from 1 to 3 cows per farm; (2) The medium farming system has from 4 to 5 cows per farm; and (3) The dairy intensive farming system has more 5 cows per farm. The economic activities were really diversified with landless per household farm such as rice production, gardens, grass production and sylviculture. Land resources per farm of intensive farming system were largest including 9,239 m² for garden around the household; 2,574 m² for rice land; 563 m² of grass area and 3,325 m² for sylviculture. While the small farming system has the lowest potential land, each household has only 2,815 m² of garden; 1,795 m² of rice land; 2,095 m² of grazing land. The medium farming system has about 3,150 m² of garden; 2,220 m² of rice land and 3,891 m² of grazing land. Milk production cycle was quite long with intensive farming system, up to 324 days comparing with 299 days per cycle with medium farming system and to 306 days per cycle with small-scale farmers. This difference was not statistically signification (P> 0.05). Average milk production yield per cow was high with medium farming system (16 kg per cow per day) in comparison with 15 kg per day at intensive and small farming systems (P> 0.05). Milk production yield has been improved in the past years with crossbreed cows such as Holstein-Friesian 50% and 75%. But this productivity was still considered to be lower than the milk production yield with dairy cows raised in Moc Chau District under Son La Province with 20.5 kg per cow per day and 6,250 kg of milk per cow per cycle). In addition, in the period from 2006 to 2012, fresh milk prices at farm gate have continued to rise for the farmers, while feed prices increased in the period from 2006 to 2010 and these feed prices were stable between 2011 and 2012. In the period of 2006 to 2012, fresh milk prices at farm gate increased from 0.17 USD per kg in 2006 to 0.60 USD per kg in 2012 and feed prices were from 0.15 USD per kg in 2006 increasing to 0.39 USD per kg in 2012. The net incomes were calculated per a cow per year reached 1,274 USD with the small-scale farming households to 1,476 USD with medium farming system. The net income per kg of fresh milk at farm gate obtained from 0.28 USD with small farming system to 0.31 USD with medium farming system. The net household income was high from dairy production, from 2,437 USD per farm per year with small farming system to 5,487 USD per farm per year with intensive farming system. The net labor family income gained from 997 USD per active per year with small farming system to 2,757 USD per active per year with intensive farming system. Thus, dairy production farms in recent years in Hanoi Suburbs provide very high economic efficiency for farmers in comparison with other agricultural activities at the farms. This explains why the rate of dairy family farming has grown very fast in the studied zones in the period from 2009 to 2012. This trend will continue to grow in the future. This research was also showed that the price of fresh milk plays a crucial role for profitable at farm level. But medium farming system with the size from 4 to 5 dairy cows per farm is more profitable with current economic conditions at farms. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical modelling of interface traps in GeSn MOS structures
Baert, Bruno ULg; Cerica, Delphine; Schmeits, Marcel ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 13)

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See detailWhen food cultures meet. Ethnographic analysis of belongings and positionings.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Poster (2014, November 13)

The displacement of human beings is always accompanied by the movement of things and practices which travel with them. This is an obvious statement that indeed leads to interesting studies on the material ... [more ▼]

The displacement of human beings is always accompanied by the movement of things and practices which travel with them. This is an obvious statement that indeed leads to interesting studies on the material culture involved by people’s mobility. Within this culture are food habits, objects of numerous scholars’ researches often focusing on culinary changes (or resistances) linked to migration paths. Far for being the only issue at stake when studying migrant’s food practices – moreover frequently assumed as originally static prior to migration –, this matter is likely to overshadow other significant dynamics. Such as those which occur when supposedly different food cultures meet, thus leading to the mobilization of belongings by groups who want to take a specific position toward one another. My paper is aimed at analysing this encounter. The assumption is that it shapes a space which corresponds to a tertium quid, that is a dimension where not only the boundaries of food cultures fade, proving of an original indeterminacy and interchangeability of practices, but also where individuals constantly change their reciprocal position depending on the perspective of the gaze upon them. To show these dynamics, I will present the ethnographic data stemmed from my doctoral research about the culinary practices of a group of Moroccan migrant women living in Milan hinterland. I will support my presentation with visual materials collected during an eighteen month fieldwork which included observations and interviews inside homes as well as in public events such as an Arab cooking class. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche électro-physiologique non invasive des malformations du développement cortical: EEG
RIKIR, Estelle ULg

Conference (2014, November 13)

L’électro-encéphalogramme (EEG) de surface, technique non invasive et peu couteuse, demeure la pierre angulaire de la mise au point des épilepsies. Le développement de dispositifs d’enregistrement au ... [more ▼]

L’électro-encéphalogramme (EEG) de surface, technique non invasive et peu couteuse, demeure la pierre angulaire de la mise au point des épilepsies. Le développement de dispositifs d’enregistrement au moyen de 64 à 256 électrodes a permis d’augmenter considérablement la résolution spatiale de l’EEG de surface (Lantz et al., Clin Neurophysiol 2003). D’autre part, le développement de l’imagerie de source électrique (ISE) a permis au moyen de modèles mathématiques de localiser le générateur cortical responsable du signal EEG enregistré en surface (Scherg et al., 1990; Pascual-Marqui, 2002). Les malformations corticales (MCs) représentent un large spectre d’anomalies structurelles congénitales (Barkovich et al., Brain 2012) et constituent une des principales causes d’épilepsie de l’adulte (Spencer & Huh, Lancet Neurol 2008). Cette épilepsie s’avère malheureusement pharmaco-résistante dans la plupart des cas (85%) (Papayannis et al., Seizure 2012). Si les MCs sont hétérogènes d’un point de vue structurel (radiologique et anatomopathologique), les études électro-physiologiques (EEG) ont démontré que cette hétérogénéité existait également au niveau fonctionnel, non seulement entre les différents types de MCs mais aussi parfois au sein d’une même malformation. Les dysplasies corticales focales (DCF), hautement épileptogènes (Chassoux et al., Brain 2000; Aubert et al., Brain 2009), restent « invisibles » à l’IRM dans 30 à 50 % des cas (Hauptman et al., Epilepsia 2012). Dans ce cas, l’EEG de surface et l’ISE aident à la localisation du foyer épileptique (Brodbeck et al., Epilepsia 2010; Rikir et al.,Epilepsia 2014). Morphologiquement, aucune anomalie en EEG de surface n’est spécifique d’une DCF (Sisodiya et al., Lancet Neurol 2009). Les MCs, notamment les schizencéphalies et polymicrogyries, sont parfois très vastes et impliquent structurellement plusieurs régions lobaires et sous-lobaires, compliquant l’approche chirurgicale. L’EEG haute résolution couplé à l’ISE peut montrer le caractère hétérogène de la malformation en terme d’épilpetogénicité et désigner ainsi la partie impliquée dans les crises d’épilepsie (Rikir et al., 2014 ; Maillard et al., 2009). En cas de malformation multifocale (sclérose tubéreuse de Bourneville, hétérotopies nodulaires), les anomalies EEG critiques et inter-critiques désignent parfois une origine unifocale des crises épileptiques rendant éventuellement possible un traitement chirurgical. Enfin, il a été montré prospectivement que l’EEG haute densité couplé à l’ISE contribuait à localiser la zone épileptogène dans les épilepsies en rapport les MCs , qu’il présentait une valeur ajoutée par rapport à une mise au point classique basée sur l’enregistrement VIDEOEEG et l’IRM cérébrale, et qu’il était particulièrement indiqué en cas d’IRM négative ainsi qu’en cas de discordance entre hypothèses électro-cliniques (VIDEOEEG) et données structurelles (IRM) (Rikir et al., Epilepisa 2014). [less ▲]

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

Poster (2014, November 13)

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

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

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See detailSanté mentale et travail - les enjeux sociétaux
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

Conference (2014, November 13)

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See detailL’impact de la gestion des obstacles à la libre circulation des poissons
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

Conference (2014, November 13)

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See detailLa francophonie dans tous ses états
Baiwir, Esther ULg

Conference (2014, November 12)

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See detailInfluence de la vitesse de croissance sur le classement de lames de bardage de Douglas wallon (Belgique)
Pollet, Caroline; Henin, Jean-Marc; Hebert, Jacques ULg et al

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See detailDISTRIBUTION OF CAPSULAR POLYSACCHARIDES OF STREPTOCOCCUS AGALACTIAE STRAINS FROM URUGUAY. MULTIPLEX PCR VERSUS CONVENTIONAL CAPSULAR SEROTYPING
Rodriguez Cuns, Grisel ULg; BOREUX, Raphaël ULg; ADAMS, Pauline et al

in XIX Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases, Program and Abstract book (2014, November 11)

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See detailSmart cross-linked polymer micelles for drug delivery
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie ULg; Ergül, Zeynep ULg et al

Conference (2014, November 11)

Nowadays, polymer crosslinking is widely used in industry to improve or to impart new properties to existing polymer material. In the pharmaceutical field, polymer crosslinking is of great interest for ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, polymer crosslinking is widely used in industry to improve or to impart new properties to existing polymer material. In the pharmaceutical field, polymer crosslinking is of great interest for the elaboration of drug delivery devices, mostly hydrogels. Nevertheless, crosslinking is also very useful in nanovectorization of active principle. Indeed, each day, new drugs are synthesized and available on the market but in too many cases, the high hydrophobicity of some drugs makes them useless because of the absence of an appropriated administration method. The encapsulation of the drug into a nanocarrier, typically in the hydrophobic core of a polymer micelle, allows a significant increase of the drugs concentration in water in addition to the protection of the active principle against degradation. However, polymer micelles suffer of the main drawback to not be stable, leading to a premature release of the drug, when the concentration falls down the critical micellar concentration (CMC), which it is rapidly observed after intravenous injection. In order to get rid of the CMC, crosslinking of the micelle core is the most proposed strategy. Nevertheless, the crosslinking of the micelle core may have a non-negligible effect on the drug loading but mainly on the drug release due to the sequestration of the drug in the network. Over the last years, our lab investigated several strategies for the crosslinking of the micelle core made of amphiphilic and biocompatible block copolymers generally by UV radiation in order to fulfill the increasingly stringent requirements of biomedical applications. These strategies are very helpful to prepare injectable nanosized cross-linked particles loaded with an active particle. For some systems, the effect of the crosslinking rate on the drug loading and the drug release was evaluated using a model drug. As the crosslinking may interfere with the drug release after internalization of the carrier into the cell, a reversible crosslinking of the micelle core was proposed. Typically, the introduction of disulfide bond as inter-chain links allowed to delay the drug release by diffusion whereas into the cell, the reduction of the disulfide bridges into corresponding thiol led to the fast disassemble of the micelle and the specific release of the drug into cytoplasm. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques et stratégies alimentaires dans l'Antiquité tardive : l'apport de la papyrologie
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

Conference (2014, November 10)

Sans équivalent dans le monde antique et tardo-antique en raison des conditions climatiques favorables de l’Égypte, les sources papyrologiques, qu'elles soient littéraires, documentaires, magiques ou ... [more ▼]

Sans équivalent dans le monde antique et tardo-antique en raison des conditions climatiques favorables de l’Égypte, les sources papyrologiques, qu'elles soient littéraires, documentaires, magiques ou chrétiennes, écrites en grec, en latin ou même en copte, fournissent de nombreuses informations sur les denrées alimentaires, non seulement produites et importées dans le Pays du Nil durant la période byzantine (à partir de l'accession au principat de Dioclétien, en 284, jusqu'à la conquête arabe, en 641), mais également exportées et consommées dans le reste de l'Empire romain et dans d’autres contrées, ainsi que sur la manière de les utiliser. Après avoir inventorié les papyrus contenant des références à des produits alimentaires, leur genre, leur provenance, leur forme, leur langue et leur écriture, à l'aide de quelques exemples, on s’interrogera sur leur contenu et sur ce qu’il révèle des pratiques et stratégies alimentaires d’une société multiculturelle (Égyptiens, Grecs, Romains, Juifs, etc.) depuis l’époque hellénistique, de l’internationalisation et de l’intensification des relations commerciales sous l’Empire romain, sans oublier l’influence des préceptes religieux. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Airline Container Loading Problem with Pickup and Delivery
Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

Conference (2014, November 09)

We address the problem of allocating containers into predefined positions of a carrier, in this case aircraft, under several realistic structural and safety constraints. The originality of our approach is ... [more ▼]

We address the problem of allocating containers into predefined positions of a carrier, in this case aircraft, under several realistic structural and safety constraints. The originality of our approach is to allow multi-trips with pickup and delivery at some intermediate locations. The objective is to minimize the economic and environmental costs including the impact of the intermediate operations. We resort to an integer linear model. Numerical experiments have been performed using a standard B\&C library. Heuristics are developed to speed up the process. [less ▲]

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See detail« Roman policier métaphysique et récit de l’échec »
Dechene, Antoine ULg

Conference (2014, November 09)

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See detailRetrievals of formaldehyde from ground-based FTIR and MAX-DOAS observations at the Jungfraujoch station and comparisons with GEOS-Chem and IMAGES model simulations
Franco, Bruno ULg; Hendrick, François; Van Roozendael, Michel et al

Conference (2014, November 07)

As a ubiquitous product of the oxidation of many Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde (HCHO) plays a key role as a short-lived and reactive intermediate in the atmospheric photo-oxidation ... [more ▼]

As a ubiquitous product of the oxidation of many Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde (HCHO) plays a key role as a short-lived and reactive intermediate in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways leading to the formation of tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosols. We have successfully retrieved HCHO columns from ground-based Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) solar spectra and UV-Visible Multi-AXis Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (MAX-DOAS) scans recorded during the July 2010 – December 2012 time period at the Jungfraujoch station (Swiss Alps, 46.5 °N, 8.0 °E, 3580 m a.s.l.). Characterization of the retrieved products has revealed different vertical sensitivity between both remote sensing techniques. Furthermore, HCHO amounts simulated by two state-of-the-art Chemical Transport Models (CTMs), GEOS-Chem and IMAGESv2, have been compared to FTIR total columns and MAX-DOAS 3.6 – 8 km partial columns, accounting for the respective vertical resolution of each ground-based instrument. Using the CTMs outputs as intermediate, FTIR and MAX-DOAS retrievals have shown consistent seasonal modulations of HCHO throughout the investigated period, characterized by summertime maximum and wintertime minimum. Such comparisons have also highlighted that FTIR and MAX-DOAS provide complementary products for HCHO above the Jungfraujoch station. [less ▲]

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See detailLes lettres des tirailleurs rwandais
Singiza, Dantès ULg

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See detailUse of lipid probes as matrices for MALDI Imaging applications
Longuespée, Rémi ULg; Alberts, Deborah ULg; Pottier, Charles et al

Poster (2014, November 07)

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See detailDe la sociologie de la littérature à une sociologie par la littérature
Ledent, David ULg

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See detailDevelopment of a high throughput de novo sequencing platform for peptidic toxins combining proteomics and transcriptomics
Degueldre, Michel ULg; Verdenaud, Marion; Zuniga, Sheila et al

Poster (2014, November 07)

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See detailPollution and Siltation of Rivers in the Western Highlands of Cameroon: a Consequence of Farmland Erosion by Runoff
Djoukeng, Henri Grisseur ULg; Tankou, Christopher Mubeteneh; Degré, Aurore ULg

Conference (2014, November 05)

In the western highlands agro-ecological zone of Cameroon, rivers are constantly silted and polluted with waste from cultivated plots. This study investigated on the characterization and quantification of ... [more ▼]

In the western highlands agro-ecological zone of Cameroon, rivers are constantly silted and polluted with waste from cultivated plots. This study investigated on the characterization and quantification of sediment from plots cultivated in the watershed Méloh; among these sediment we highlighted soil, plant residues, chemical packages and plastic casing used for irrigation. In a natural rocky bottom wells, we performed for a period of three years the collection, differentiation and measurement of trapped sediment in the cultivated part of river that runs through the watershed. The total cultivated area is about 7.5 ha; slopes are operated between 14% and 17%. During the years 2012 and 2013 where farmers practiced both flatbed and ridging along the steepest slope, two methods of land preparation that do not contribute positively to water conservation, we collected an average of 10.429 t.ha-1. During the 2013 crop year, with the participation of curious farmers we experimented tied ridging in a potato; this technique was adopted on 75% of plots in 2014 and we collected 3.586 t.ha-1, a decrease of 65.61% compared to the average of previous years. This study showed that traditional agricultural practices are a cause of siltation and pollution of the Méloh river, thus almost all rivers in the study area by what the topography is similar and agriculture the main activity. Tied ridging significantly reduced siltation of rivers; it is thus an effective technique to fight against water pollution in mountain agriculture. [less ▲]

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See detailForest inventory with Terrestrial LiDAR: what about Hand-Held Mobile LiDAR?
Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Bartholomeus, Harm; Piboule, Alexandre et al

Conference (2014, November 05)

For a decade, studies of the application of static Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) in plotwise forest inventories are giving more and more effective results. In spite of the improvements occurring in ... [more ▼]

For a decade, studies of the application of static Terrestrial Laser Scanner (TLS) in plotwise forest inventories are giving more and more effective results. In spite of the improvements occurring in processing scan data to extract forest attributes, the occlusion effect is still limiting the processing efficiency. A multi-scan approach is recommended to reduce this effect. However, such approach needs pre-scan preparations (setting up the plot, targets positioning), it requires data registration and it comes at a higher data collection cost. In this study we explore the potential of a Hand-held mobile LiDAR System (HMLS) as new LiDAR tool to scan forest plots. HMLS data are compared to static TLS data (single and multi-scan) in terms of data acquisition, registration time and quality of automatic DBH extraction. The low weight, small size of the instrument and no targets requirements reduce the time of pre-scan preparations to the time needed for single scan which is 6 times less than scanning a plot with 5 scans. The registration time depends of the time spent to scan the plot and it is of the same magnitude than single scan. The resulting point cloud of the HMLS is noisier than TLS point clouds. Nevertheless, error on DBH estimations is similar to scanning a plot with a TLS positioned at 5 locations. RMSE is higher than multi-scan and close to single scan for trees detected by the both LiDAR technologies. This first study exhibits the high potential of HMLS by its simple use, which needs only one operator while presenting similar results in automatic DBH extraction than static TLS. Technology and registering method improvements of this type of mobile LiDAR will reduce the noise of the point cloud, which might reduce the DBH RMSE. [less ▲]

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See detailIncorporate agroecology within research : The on-going story of four young researchers
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Artru, Sidonie ULg; Boeraeve, Fanny ULg et al

in Broadening Scopes on Food, Squeezing Urban Hinterlands (2014, November 04)

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See detailÉmissions gazeuses en production porcine
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg

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See detailDisentangling the sources of phenotypic variation in Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.: the role of seed traits
Ortmans, William ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Poster (2014, November 03)

When invading new environments, a plant invader may express new phenotypes as a result of different ecological and genetic processes. It includes phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, environmental ... [more ▼]

When invading new environments, a plant invader may express new phenotypes as a result of different ecological and genetic processes. It includes phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation, environmental maternal effects, and genetic drift. The quantification of each of these factors is crucial in the study of biological invasions. Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. invasion success is strongly linked to seed characteristics (dispersal by human activities, long-lived soil seed bank, etc.). Known as an opportunist and a colonizer, the species is often limited by the competition from other plants. In the early stages of development, the seedlings can be quickly outcompeted and a rapid growth is therefore a major advantage. First, this study aims to analyze the seed traits variation, and to detect an impact of these traits on the early development of the seedling (environmental maternal effect). Second, we aimed to quantify the respective role of phenotypic plasticity, environmental maternal effect, local adaptation and genetic drift on seedlings phenotype. Variability of seeds from 3 geographical zones (Belgium – Centre of France – South of France) was assessed. We measured the seed variation in mass, length, width, circularity, and pigmentation. Seeds were disposed in growth chamber under two temperature treatments. After two months, we compared seedling phenotypic variation in germination time, height, aboveground biomass, belowground biomass, early competitive performance, and the final leaf area. We found a high variability of seed traits. Seeds were varying significantly among zones, populations, and parents, with more than 30% of the variation attributable to the mother plant identity. The main sources of seedling phenotypic variation appeared to be phenotypic plasticity and environmental maternal effect. No genetic differentiation was detected in this study. Seed mass was positively correlated to seedling biomass, early competitive performance, and the final leaf area. The relevance of traits reflecting environmental maternal effect is discussed. Phenotypic plasticity and seed characteristics appear to play a major role in the invasion success. [less ▲]

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See detailBiostratigraphic and chemostratigraphic constraints of the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup (Meso-Neoproterozoic age), Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kabamba Baludikay, Blaise ULg; Bekker, Andrey; Baudet, Daniel et al

Conference (2014, November 03)

The Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup is a sedimentary sequence unaffected by regional metamorphism [1]. It was deposited between 1174 ± 22 Ma and ca. 800 Ma in the intracratonic failed-rift SMLL “Sankuru-Mbuji-Mayi ... [more ▼]

The Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup is a sedimentary sequence unaffected by regional metamorphism [1]. It was deposited between 1174 ± 22 Ma and ca. 800 Ma in the intracratonic failed-rift SMLL “Sankuru-Mbuji-Mayi- Lomami- Lovoy” basin [2] which extends from SE to NW between Katanga and Kasai Provinces. And overlies the Mesoproterozoic Kibaran Belt Supergroup (in the eastern part of SMLL basin) while in the Western part, where we focused our work, it rests unconformably upon Archean Dibaya Granitic Complex [3]. The amygdaloidal basaltic pillow lavas (948 ± 20 Ma) overlie the Mbuji-Mayi Supergroup, at the confluence of Mbuji-Mayi and Sankuru rivers [4]. Lithostratigraphically, this Supergroup consists in two distinct successions: a lower siliciclastic sequence (~500m) of BI Group and an upper carbonatic sequence (~1000m) with stromatolitic build-ups and black shales of BII Group [2]. Our own and previous sedimentological observations [5] indicate facies ranging from subtidal, low-energy stromatolitic environments to overlying intertidal to supratidal evaporitic settings of lagoon and sabkha. Here we present data on microfossil diversity and carbon isotope chemostratigraphy from the Kanshi, Lubi and Kafuku drillholes. The well-preserved and diverse assemblage of acritarchs and filamentous forms includes prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and is similar to other coeval assemblages described worldwide outside of Africa. The presence of the acanthomorph acritarch Trachyhystrichosphaera aimika is significant as it is indicative of the late Meso- to early Neoproterozoic age elsewhere, and is reported for the first time in Central Africa. So far, 56 species belonging to 31 genera were identified, dramatically increasing the previously reported diversity [6, 7]. Chemostratigraphy based on δ13Ccarb values for 290 samples, records, for the BI Group, predominantly negative values down to -8 to -9 ‰ VPDB with few samples having more positive, up to +3 ‰, values. Although the siliciclastics-rich sediments in the lower part of the BI Group likely record early diagenetic signal, carbonates in the upper part of the BI Group show similar patterns in both the Lubi and Kafuku drill cores with the sharp fall from +1 to +3 ‰ values to -8 to -7 ‰ and recovery back to +1 ‰ values over 40 to 70 m of section. The BII Group shows a less dramatic rise from -1 ‰ to +4 to +5 ‰ over more than 150 m of section. These large-scale variations differ from the steady-state carbon cycle of the late Mesoproterozoic [8] and are typical of the early Neoproterozoic record [9]. The project is supported by the EU FP7 ERC Stg ELITE. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-Dispersion Spectroscopic Observations of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) with the Subaru Telescope
Shinnaka, Yoshiharu; Kawakita, Hideyo; Nagashima, Masayoshi et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2014, November 01), 46

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was one of the Oort cloud comets and dynamically new. This comet was broken at its perihelion passage on UT 2013 November 28.1 (at Rh ~ 17 solar radius). We observed the comet C ... [more ▼]

Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was one of the Oort cloud comets and dynamically new. This comet was broken at its perihelion passage on UT 2013 November 28.1 (at Rh ~ 17 solar radius). We observed the comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) on UT 2013 November 15 with the High Dispersion Spectrograph (HDS) mounted on the Subaru Telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Its heliocentric and geocentric distances were 0.601 and 0.898 AU, respectively. We selected the slit size of 0”.5 x 9”.0 on the sky to achieve the spectral resolution of R = 72,000 from 550 to 830 nm. The total exposure time of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was 1200 seconds. We detected many emission lines caused from radicals (e.g., CN, C2, NH2), ions (H2O+), atoms ([OI] and Na I) and also many unidentified lines in the spectra. We report the (1) the ortho-to-para abundance ratios (OPRs) of water and ammonia estimated from the high-dispersion spectra of H2O+ and NH2, (2) the green-to-red line ratio of forbidden oxygen emissions, (3) the isotopic ratios of C2 (the carbon isotopic ratio from Swan band) and CN (the carbon and nitrogen isotopic ratios from red band), (4) the sodium-to-continuum ratio of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). </PRE></BODY></HTML> [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic fields in O stars
Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Mathys, Gauthier; Griffin, E.; Kochukhov, O. (Eds.) et al Putting A Stars into Context: Evolution, Environment, and Related Stars (2014, November 01)

During the last decade, large-scale, organized (generally dipolar) magnetic fields with strengths between 0.1 and 20 kG have been detected in dozens of OB stars. This contribution reviews the impact of ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, large-scale, organized (generally dipolar) magnetic fields with strengths between 0.1 and 20 kG have been detected in dozens of OB stars. This contribution reviews the impact of such fields on the stellar winds of O-type stars, with emphasis on variability and X-ray emission. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter’s polar auroral dynamics
Grodent, Denis ULg; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg

in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts (2014, November 01)

The morphology of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora is commonly described in terms of components located inside (poleward of) or outside (equatorward of) the main oval emission. These components may also be ... [more ▼]

The morphology of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora is commonly described in terms of components located inside (poleward of) or outside (equatorward of) the main oval emission. These components may also be discriminated by their temporal behaviour, where the narrowest parts of the main “oval” remain relatively stable over time periods of several hours, and the satellite footprints show large variability with timescales of minutes. Inside the main emission the so-called polar aurora, presumably corresponding to the polar cap mixing open and closed magnetic field lines, is characterized by rapid motions taking the form of swirls, giving rise to the “swirl region” and by intermittent brightenings in the “active region”. Coarse analysis of these motions suggests that they are too fast to respond to an equatorial magnetospheric forcing. Instead, they appear to be related to processes taking place in or above the ionosphere where distances travelled by plasma waves match those of the subtended auroral emission. Here, we present a preliminary improved analysis of the auroral motion in the polar region based on the application of an iterative “Advection Corrected Correlation Image Velocimetry” (ACCIV) method (Asay-Davis et al., 2009). This method allows one to build velocity fields quantifying local and overall auroral motions which may then be used to constrain their origin. [less ▲]

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See detailResponse of Microchannel Plate (MCP) Detectors to MeV Electrons: Beamline tests in support of Juno, JUICE, and Europa Mission UVS instrument investigations
Retherford, Kurt D.; Davis, Michael W.; Greathouse, Thomas K. et al

in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts (2014, November 01)

The response of Microchannel Plate (MCP) detectors to far-UV photons is excellent. MCPs provide a photon-counting capability that is especially useful for high-quality stellar and solar occultation ... [more ▼]

The response of Microchannel Plate (MCP) detectors to far-UV photons is excellent. MCPs provide a photon-counting capability that is especially useful for high-quality stellar and solar occultation measurements. However, use of MCPs within the Jovian magnetosphere for UV measurements is hampered by their ~30% detection efficiency to energetic electrons and ~1% efficiency to γ-rays. High-Z shielding stops energetic electrons, but creates numerous secondary particles; γ-rays are the most important of these for MCPs. These detected particles are a noise background to the measured far-UV photon signal, and at particularly intense times their combination can approach detector global count rates of ~500 kHz when operating at nominal HV levels. To address the challenges presented by the intense radiation environment experienced during Europa encounters we performed electron beam radiation testing of the Juno-UVS flight spare cross-delay line (XDL) MCP in June 2012 at MIT’s High Voltage Research Laboratory (HVRL), and again in Nov. 2013 adding an atomic-layer deposition (ALD) coated test-MCP, to measure the detection efficiency and pulse height distribution characteristics for energetic electrons and γ-rays. A key result from this UVS-dedicated SwRI IR&D project is a detailed characterization of our XDL’s response to both particles (electrons and γ-rays) and photons as a function of HV level. These results provide confidence that good science data quality is achievable when operating at Europa closest approach and/or in orbit. Comparisons with in-flight data obtained with New Horizons Pluto-Alice MeV electron response measurements at Jupiter (Steffl et al., JGR, 2012), LRO-LAMP electron and proton event data, and Juno-UVS Earth proton-belt flyby data, and recent bench tests with radioactive sources at Sensor Sciences increase this confidence. We present a description of the test setup, quantitative results, and several lessons learned to help inform future beamline test experiments dedicated to instrument developments for NASA's next large mission to Europa and ESA's JUICE mission to Ganymede. [less ▲]

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See detailThe TRAPPIST comet survey in 2014
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Opitom, Cyrielle ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2014, November 01), 46

TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is a 60-cm robotic telescope that has been installed in June 2010 at the ESO La Silla Observatory [1]. Operated from Liège (Belgium) it is ... [more ▼]

TRAPPIST (TRAnsiting Planets and PlanetesImals Small Telescope) is a 60-cm robotic telescope that has been installed in June 2010 at the ESO La Silla Observatory [1]. Operated from Liège (Belgium) it is devoted to the detection and characterisation of exoplanets and to the study of comets and other small bodies in the Solar System. A set of narrowband cometary filters designed by the NASA for the Hale-Bopp Observing Campaign [2] is permanently mounted on the telescope along with classic Johnson-Cousins filters. We describe here the hardware and the goals of the project. For relatively bright comets (V < 12) we measure several times a week the gaseous production rates (using a Haser model) and the spatial distribution of several species among which OH, NH, CN, C2 and C3 as well as ions like CO+. The dust production rates (Afrho) and color of the dust aredetermined through four dust continuum bands from the UV to the red (UC, BC, GC, RC filters). We will present the dust and gas production rates of the brightest comets observed in 2014: C/2012 K1 (PANSTARRS), C/2014 E2 (Jacques), C/2013 A1 (Siding Springs) and C/2013 V5 (Oukaimeden). Each of these comets have been observed at least once a week for several weeks to several months. Light curves with respect to the heliocentric distance will be presented and discussed. [1] Jehin et al., The Messenger, 145, 2-6, 2011.[2] Farnham et al., Icarus, 147, 180-204, 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailSearch for Satellite Effects on Saturn's Auroras in Cassini UVIS Data
Pryor, Wayne R.; Esposito, Larry; Jouchoux, Alain et al

in AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts (2014, November 01)

The Cassini UVIS has been obtaining Saturn auroral images since 2004. We have previously reported instances when the main auroral oval brightened briefly in a quasi-periodic fashion near the sub-Mimas ... [more ▼]

The Cassini UVIS has been obtaining Saturn auroral images since 2004. We have previously reported instances when the main auroral oval brightened briefly in a quasi-periodic fashion near the sub-Mimas longitude. Here we examine the large set of auroral images obtained from close range and high sub-spacecraft latitudes. We will plot the brightness of the individual auroral measurements as a function of local time, and as a function of the location of Mimas and other moons to test for any correlations. [less ▲]

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See detailTRAPPIST monitoring of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring)
Opitom, Cyrielle ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (2014, November 01), 46

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is a long period comet discovered by Robert H McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia on January 3, 2013 at 7.2 au from the Sun. This comet will make a close encounter ... [more ▼]

C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is a long period comet discovered by Robert H McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia on January 3, 2013 at 7.2 au from the Sun. This comet will make a close encounter with Mars on October 19, 2014. At this occasion the comet will be extensively observed both from Earth and from several orbiters around Mars.On September 20, 2013 when the comet was around 5 au from the Sun, we started a monitoring with the TRAPPIST robotic telescope installed at La Silla observatory [1]. A set of narrowband cometary filters designed by the NASA for the Hale-Bopp Observing Campaign [2] is permanently mounted on the telescope along with classic Johnson-Cousins B, V, Rc, and Ic filters.We observed the comet continuously at least once a week from September 20, 2013 to April 6, 2014 with broad band filters. We then recovered the comet on May 20. At this time we could detect the gas and started the observations with narrow band filters until early November, covering the close approach to Mars and the perihelion passage.We present here our first results about comet Siding Springs. From the images in the broad band filters and in the dust continuum filters we derived A(θ)fρ values [3] and studied the evolution of the comet activity with the heliocentric distance from September 20, 2013 to early November 2014. We could also detect gas since May 20, 2014. We thus derived gas production rates using a Haser model [4]. We present the evolution of gas production rates and gas production rates ratios with the heliocentric distance.Finally, we discuss the dust and gas coma morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailLa sociologie implicite de la littérature
Ledent, David ULg

in Narrative Knowing / Récit et savoir (2014, November)

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See detailRobust detection of local outliers in multivariate spatial data
Ernst, Marie ULg

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Multivariate spatial data are geographical locations on which non spatial variables are measured. Such data may contain two types of outliers: global and/or local. Focus is here on local outlier whose ... [more ▼]

Multivariate spatial data are geographical locations on which non spatial variables are measured. Such data may contain two types of outliers: global and/or local. Focus is here on local outlier whose attribute values lie far from the values taken by its neighbors. This poster has three main objectives. The first is to review some local detection techniques that seem to perform well in practice. Secondly, an adaptation to one of these is suggested to further develop its local characteristic. Then simulations based on Matérn model are reported and discussed in order to compare in an objective way the different detection techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of sampling effort on mammalian paleodiversity: the fossil record of large and small mammals compared
Santaella, Beatriz; Figueirido, Borja; Cascales - Miñana, Borja ULg et al

in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2014 (2014, November)

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See detailLes stratégies industrielles de valorisation de la biomasse végétale en Région Wallonne
Richel, Aurore ULg

Conference (2014, November)

Cet exposé décrit les stratégies industrielles de valorisation des matières premières végétales en Région Wallonne et les différences par rapport aux modèles européens et internationaux existants. Les ... [more ▼]

Cet exposé décrit les stratégies industrielles de valorisation des matières premières végétales en Région Wallonne et les différences par rapport aux modèles européens et internationaux existants. Les matières premières disponibles pour le bioraffinage de 1ère et 2ème générations sont listées sur base des données accumulées par les équipes de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. Les avantages et limitations de ces matières premières sont décrits. Les technologies de conversion commercialisables sont proposées en fonction des contraintes socio-économiques de la Wallonie: bioraffineries autonomes, intégrées, etc. Divers exemples de réalisations commerciales ou en prototypes sont proposés, de même que certains projets de R&D dans ce domaine. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic Analysis of two cystatin C assays using samples of 2057 older adults - The Berlin initiative study
Ebert, natalie; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Martus, Peter et al

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See detailHighly sophisticated compound droplets on fiber arrays
Weyer, Floriane ULg; Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg et al

Poster (2014, November)

The poster shows a drop of oil containing four soapy water droplets of four different colors : red, orange, green and blue. This sophisticated object is created thanks to a fiber array. Fiber networks ... [more ▼]

The poster shows a drop of oil containing four soapy water droplets of four different colors : red, orange, green and blue. This sophisticated object is created thanks to a fiber array. Fiber networks allow processes such as droplet motion, fragmentation, trapping, releasing, mixing and encapsulation. Therefore, by using a vertical fiber decorated with successive nodes, compound droplets can be created. A soapy water droplet, with a specific color, is placed at each intersection. Then, a silicon oil droplet glides along the vertical fiber, encapsulates and collects the water droplets at each node leading to the formation of a compound droplet with four different components. [less ▲]

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See detail« La médiation, une justice de seconde zone ? Les modes alternatifs de résolution des conflits, le droit et l’héritage à Cotonou »
Andreetta, Sophie ULg

Conference (2014, November)

Dans la plupart des familles de Cotonou, l’héritage est source de conflits. Qu’il s’agisse de frères et sœurs et de la gestion du patrimoine commun, d’un administrateur qui accapare l’ensemble des ... [more ▼]

Dans la plupart des familles de Cotonou, l’héritage est source de conflits. Qu’il s’agisse de frères et sœurs et de la gestion du patrimoine commun, d’un administrateur qui accapare l’ensemble des ressources, d’une veuve chassée par les enfants de ses coépouses, chaque famille fait l’objet d’une anecdote, de tensions latentes ou de conflits ouverts. Si certains n’hésitent pas à saisir les tribunaux, la justice constitue la plupart du temps le dernier recours. En cas de désaccord, quelles sont les démarches entreprises avant le tribunal? Il existe une série d’instances de médiation en matière familiale, depuis les sages de la famille ou du village, jusqu’aux tribunaux de conciliation ou aux ONG d’assistance juridique. Comment les héritiers choisissent-ils le forum auquel s’adresser ? Je m’intéresserai également au fonctionnement de ces institutions parajudiciaires, à la manière dont le droit y est mobilisé, dont les conflits y sont résolus ou renvoyés vers les tribunaux. [less ▲]

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See detailPropuesta de estrategia para la producción de biocombustibles de biomasa lignocelulósica
Ramos-Sanchez, L.B.; Cujilema-Quitio, M.C.; Leon-Revelo, G. et al

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See detailGBS and antibiotic resistance: threat to therapy
MELIN, Pierrette ULg

in XIX Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases, Program and Abstract book (2014, November)

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See detailImpact of the dialysis membrane on the Vitamin D metabolims markers
CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DUBOIS, Bernard ULg; Urena, Pablo et al

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See detailGBS and antibiotic resistance: threat to therapy
MELIN, Pierrette ULg

in XIX Lancefield International Symposium on Streptococci and Streptococcal Diseases, Program and Abstract book (2014, November)

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

Poster (2014, November)

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

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

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See detailEarly detection of university students in potential difficulty : a case study
Hoffait, Anne-Sophie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

Conference (2014, November)

Rate of success in the first year at University in Belgium is very low regarding other foreign universities. The University of Liege, as other Universities, has already taken different initiatives. But by ... [more ▼]

Rate of success in the first year at University in Belgium is very low regarding other foreign universities. The University of Liege, as other Universities, has already taken different initiatives. But by early identifying students who have a high probability to face difficulties if nothing is done, the Universities might develop adapted methods to attack the problem with more emphasis where it is more needed and when it is still possible. Thus we want to develop a decision tool able to identify these students to help them. For that, we consider three standard datamining methods: logistic regression, artificial neural networks and decision trees and focus on early detection, i.e. before starting at the University. Then, we suggest to adapt these three methods as well as the classification framework in order to increase the probability of correct identification of the students. In our approach, we do not restrict the classification to two extreme classes, e.g. failure or success, but we create subcategories for different levels of confidence: high risk of failure, risk of failure, expected success or high probability of success. The algorithms are modified accordingly and to give more weight to the class that really matters. Note that this approach remains valid for any other classification problems for which the focus is on some extreme classes; e.g. fraud detection, credit default... Finally, simulations are conducted to measure the performances of the three methods, with and without the suggested adaptation. We check if the factors of success/failure we can identify are similar to those reported in the literature. We also make a ``what-if sensitivity analysis''. The goal is to measure in more depth the impact of some factors and the impact of some solutions, e.g., a complementary training or a reorientation. [less ▲]

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