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See detailQuantitative multi-parameter mapping in parkinson’s disease: preliminary results
Rouillard, Maud ULg; D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Albinet, Cedric et al

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See detailEvent justice and social entity justice: A cross-lagged analysis
Marzucco, Laurence ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, May)

ABSTRACT This study aimed to examine the directionality of the relationship between event justice and social entity justice. Using two samples and a cross-lagged panel analysis with two measurement times ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT This study aimed to examine the directionality of the relationship between event justice and social entity justice. Using two samples and a cross-lagged panel analysis with two measurement times, social entity justice was found to predict event justice (procedural, distributive, interpersonal and informational justice event), supporting the top-down process. PRESS PARAGRAPH The life of organizations is punctuated by a wide range of managerial decisions (e.g., hiring, performance appraisal or organizational change). Facing such events, employees evaluate the fairness of the situation experienced. However, little is known about how employees develop justice judgments. This study shows that employees’ fairness perceptions about their organization influence their interpretation of the fairness of subsequent events involving the organization. Building and fostering a climate of justice is therefore of primary importance for organizations, since global fairness perceptions about the organization may help employees to perceive a specific event, such as a managerial decision, as being fair. [less ▲]

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See detailOutplacement adequacy and benefits: The mediating role of retrospective justice
Marzucco, Laurence ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Poster (2014, May)

ABSTRACT We examined the relationships between perceived outplacement adequacy, retrospective justice and outplacement benefits for redundant employees using outplacement services. Based on an ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT We examined the relationships between perceived outplacement adequacy, retrospective justice and outplacement benefits for redundant employees using outplacement services. Based on an outplacement experience perceived as adequate, victims formed retrospective justice perceptions about their former organization that in turn, impacted their negative emotions, well-being, future perspectives and job search. PRESS PARAGRAPH The increasing prevalence of organizational downsizing has been matched by growth in the provision of outplacement services over the last decade. Despite this rapid growth and ongoing need for outplacement services, little is yet known about the perceived adequacy and the benefits of these services for redundant employees using them. Our results indicated that an outplacement experience perceived as adequate for redundant employees retrospectively fosters their impressions of justice about the dismissing organization; this leads in turn to satisfactory benefits for them: reduction of negative emotions, enhancement of their perceived well-being, future perspectives, and job-seeking activities. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat you should know before starting minimal invasive liver resection: an overview
DETRY, Olivier ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2014, May), 114(3), 117

Laparoscopic liver surgery has evolved over the last 2 decades. Advancements in surgical technology, surgical technique, and postoperative care have aided in lifting barriers to laparoscopic liver ... [more ▼]

Laparoscopic liver surgery has evolved over the last 2 decades. Advancements in surgical technology, surgical technique, and postoperative care have aided in lifting barriers to laparoscopic liver resections (LLR). LLR might decrease morbidity and hospitalisation stay compared to open approach, and importantly in liver surgery, may decrease postoperative costal pain. However, in hepatic surgery as in all abdominal procedures, laparoscopic approach is a mean but not a goal. The possibility of LLR should neither modify indications for surgery nor the type of resection. Physiologic modifications induced by CO2 pneumoperitoneum should be known by the surgical and anaesthetic team involved in LLR. Pneumoperitoneum decreases cardiac output, and this decrease could be worsened by the reverse Trendelenburg position and by hepatic hilar clamping. CO2 pneumoperitoneum decreases hepatic blood flow. This is a clear advantage for limiting blood loss during LLR, but this also might increase liver ischemia during Pringle liver hilum clamping, a manoeuvre that should be avoided in LLR. Low venous pressure might decrease blood loss by the small supra hepatic veins, but may also further decrease cardiac output. Several devices may be used for liver section, without evidence of the superiority of one device compared to others. Endo GIA might be very helpful to control the major liver vessels, as branches of portal vein or suprahepatic veins. Significant CO2 embolism is a rare complication, and conversion to open approach for haemorrhage should be performed only if blood loss is controlled. Up to now, there is no clear scientific evidence that laparoscopic approach provides any advantage compared to open approach. SILS, LESS or even robotic approaches should only considered as purely experimental. Current barriers to LLR will continue to fall in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailApprentissage par renforcement bayésien versus recherche directe de politique hors-ligne en utilisant une distribution a priori: comparaison empirique
Castronovo, Michaël ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Fonteneau, Raphaël ULg

in Proceedings des 9èmes Journée Francophones de Planification, Décision et Apprentissage (2014, May)

Cet article aborde le problème de prise de décision séquentielle dans des processus de déci- sion de Markov (MDPs) finis et inconnus. L’absence de connaissance sur le MDP est modélisée sous la forme ... [more ▼]

Cet article aborde le problème de prise de décision séquentielle dans des processus de déci- sion de Markov (MDPs) finis et inconnus. L’absence de connaissance sur le MDP est modélisée sous la forme d’une distribution de probabilité sur un ensemble de MDPs candidats connue a priori. Le cri- tère de performance utilisé est l’espérance de la somme des récompenses actualisées sur une trajectoire infinie. En parallèle du critère d’optimalité, les contraintes liées au temps de calcul sont formalisées rigoureusement. Tout d’abord, une phase « hors-ligne » précédant l’interaction avec le MDP inconnu offre à l’agent la possibilité d’exploiter la distribution a priori pendant un temps limité. Ensuite, durant la phase d’interaction avec le MDP, à chaque pas de temps, l’agent doit prendre une décision dans un laps de temps contraint déterminé. Dans ce contexte, nous comparons deux stratégies de prise de déci- sion : OPPS, une approche récente exploitant essentiellement la phase hors-ligne pour sélectionner une politique dans un ensemble de politiques candidates et BAMCP, une approche récente de planification en-ligne bayésienne. Nous comparons empiriquement ces approches dans un contexte bayésien, en ce sens que nous évaluons leurs performances sur un large ensemble de problèmes tirés selon une distribution de test. A notre connaissance, il s’agit des premiers tests expérimentaux de ce type en apprentissage par renforcement. Nous étudions plusieurs cas de figure en considérant diverses distributions pouvant être utilisées aussi bien en tant que distribution a priori qu’en tant que distribution de test. Les résultats obtenus suggèrent qu’exploiter une distribution a priori durant une phase d’optimisation hors-ligne est un avantage non- négligeable pour des distributions a priori précises et/ou contraintes à de petits budgets temps en-ligne. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term evolution and seasonal modulation above Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8.0°E): Optimisation of the retrieval strategy, comparison with model and independant observations
Bader, Whitney ULg; Stavrakou, J; Muller, J-F et al

Poster (2014, May)

Methanol (CH3OH) is the second most abundant organic compound in the Earth’s atmosphere after methane. In this work, we present the first long-term time series of methanol total, lower tropospheric and ... [more ▼]

Methanol (CH3OH) is the second most abundant organic compound in the Earth’s atmosphere after methane. In this work, we present the first long-term time series of methanol total, lower tropospheric and upper tropospheric-lower stratospheric partial columns derived from the analysis of high resolution Fourier transform infrared solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch station (46.5°N, 3580 m a.s.l.). The retrieval of methanol is very challenging due to strong absorptions of ozone in the region of the selected 8 band of CH3OH. Two wide spectral intervals have been defined and adjusted in order to maximize the information content. Methanol does not exhibit a significant trend over the 1995-2012 time period, but a strong seasonal modulation characterized by maximum values and variability in June-July, minimum columns in winter and a peak-to-peak amplitude of 130 %. In situ measurements performed at the Jungfraujoch and ACE-FTS occultations give similar results for the methanol seasonal variation. The total and lower tropospheric columns are also compared with IMAGESv2 model simulations. There is no systematic bias between the observations and IMAGESv2 but the model underestimates the peak-to-peak amplitude of the seasonal modulations. [less ▲]

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See detailLiens entre le statut socio-économique et la consommation de substances chez les adolescents : Quelles incidences pour les filles et les garçons ?
Mathys, Cécile ULg; Hénin, Tamara; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Conference (2014, May)

La consommation de substances à l’adolescence constitue une conduite à risque qui n’en est pas moins populaire chez les jeunes. Ses facteurs explicatifs sont régulièrement examinés, toutefois, les liens ... [more ▼]

La consommation de substances à l’adolescence constitue une conduite à risque qui n’en est pas moins populaire chez les jeunes. Ses facteurs explicatifs sont régulièrement examinés, toutefois, les liens qui unissent le statut socio-économique et la consommation de substances ne sont toujours pas clairs. Par exemple, le concept de statut socio-économique reste difficilement appréhendable du point de vue de l’adolescent et la question de la différence entre les genres demeure. Cette étude se propose d’analyser dans quelle mesure le statut socio-économique peut prédire, directement et par effet d’interaction avec l’estime de soi, autre prédicteur examiné, la consommation d’alcool et de substances illicites au sein des deux sexes. Des mesures auto-rapportées et standardisées ont été administrées à 330 adolescents, âgés de 14 à 17 ans, et provenant de différents types d’enseignement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, respectivement 162 filles (moy. âge = 15,6 ans) et 168 garçons (moy. âge = 15,6 ans). A l’aide de statistiques réalisées par SPSS, nous pouvons premièrement montrer une différence significative dans la consommation de substances entre les filles et les garçons (t (328) = 2,21, p= 0,03). Deuxièmement, le statut socio-économique ne serait pas significatif chez les garçons (b = 0,48, 95% CI [-0,59, 1,56], t = 0,89, NS), tandis qu’il expliquerait marginalement la consommation de substances chez les filles (b = 0,11, 95% CI [-0,003, 0,21], t = 1,91, p = 0,06). D’autre part, la relation positive entre le statut socio-économique et la consommation de substances s’avèrerait plus forte lorsque les jeunes filles présentent des niveaux peu élevés d’estime de soi (b = -0,33, 95% CI [-0,06, -0,004], t = -2,27, p = 0,02). Cette étude se conclut par une discussion concernant l’implication de ces résultats, notamment en matière de compréhension des facteurs explicatifs de la consommation d’alcool et de substances illicites chez les filles et chez les garçons. [less ▲]

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See detail« La flexicurité : une politique des idées ? Regards croisés d’acteurs institutionnels belges en 2013 »
Beuker, Laura ULg; Gérard, Julie ULg; Orianne, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2014, May)

Cette communication porte sur la traduction, en Belgique, d’une politique européenne de l’emploi – la flexicurité – par différents acteurs institutionnels. À partir d’une analyse documentaire et d’une ... [more ▼]

Cette communication porte sur la traduction, en Belgique, d’une politique européenne de l’emploi – la flexicurité – par différents acteurs institutionnels. À partir d’une analyse documentaire et d’une vingtaine d’entretiens semi-directifs, nous étudierons la manière dont ces acteurs s’approprient et interprètent la flexicurité. Nous nous appuierons principalement sur les apports récents de la sociologie de l’action publique, en particulier l’approche cognitive des politiques publiques (Surel, 2000 ; Muller et Surel, 1998) et l’européanisation des politiques d’emploi (Palier et Surel, 2007 ; 2010). Nous montrerons que cette appropriation a donné lieu, en Belgique, à une transformation de sens conféré à la sécurité, celle-ci étant dorénavant substitué à celui de la flexibilité. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a reliable processing pipeline for the non-intrusive measurement of feet trajectories with lasers
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Azrour, Samir ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) (2014, May)

Reliable measurements of feet trajectories are needed in some applications, such as biomedical applications. This paper describes the data processing pipeline used in GAIMS, which is a non-intrusive ... [more ▼]

Reliable measurements of feet trajectories are needed in some applications, such as biomedical applications. This paper describes the data processing pipeline used in GAIMS, which is a non-intrusive system that measures feet trajectories based on multiple range laser scanners. Our processing pipeline relies on a new tracking paradigm, and it is based on two innovative algorithms: the first algorithm localizes the feet directly from the observed point cloud without any clustering, and the other algorithm identifies the feet. After reviewing the various types of noise affecting the point cloud, this paper explains the limitations of the classical processing approach and gives an overview of our new pipeline. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is established by discussing the results that have been obtained in several studies based on GAIMS. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mineuse de la tomate et ses risques agriculturaux
De Backer, Lara ULg; Verheggen, François ULg

Conference (2014, May)

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See detailL'enfant placé au carrefour de ses appartenances
Aubinet, Suzanne ULg

Poster (2014, May)

Michard (2009) nous dit de la loyauté qu’elle est l’armature de l’appartenance et à Neuburger de souligner qu’en plus d’être un socle sur lequel l’identité se structure, l’appartenance contient et limite ... [more ▼]

Michard (2009) nous dit de la loyauté qu’elle est l’armature de l’appartenance et à Neuburger de souligner qu’en plus d’être un socle sur lequel l’identité se structure, l’appartenance contient et limite les effets des relations (2003). Pour Onnis (2008) c’est dans la dialectique entre identité et appartenance que naît l’individualité qui, elle, se réalise dans la relation (Dolto, 1988). Plymackers (2006) insiste sur les notions d’espaces où se nouent ces relations mais aussi de temps où ces dernières se jouent. L’enfant, par des mouvements dialectiques d’allées et venues avec son/ses système(s) d’appartenances tisse pas à pas les prémices de son identité. Ses relations structurent et étayent ce processus et la temporalité constitue le squelette de celui-ci. Mais qu’en est-il de ces enfants placés, maltraités, déplacés ? Qu’en est-il si le conflit ou le clivage de loyauté entre famille(s) et institution(s) rend l’étayage de l’appartenance ardu ? Qu’en est-il si la discontinuité des espaces et des relations prédomine et si le processus d’individuation est suspendu par une séparation arbitraire dictée par un autrui qui « n’appartient pas » ? L’analyse clinique de cas d’enfants aux vécus chaotiques rythmés par de nombreux placements nous permet de décortiquer les particularités de ce processus complexifié par ces ruptures d’espaces, ces loyautés morcelées, ces appartenances diffuses et d’en cerner les impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailNo interest for a second close infiltration of platelet-rich plasma to treat upper patellar tendinopathies
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Buhler, Frédéric et al

in European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (2014, May), 50(Suppl. 1 to No. 3), 21639-002-

Background: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to ... [more ▼]

Background: Some clinical series have evaluated the effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the treatment of jumper’s knee. Although it is possible that a single infiltrative administration may prove to be an effective treatment for this indication, most of the existing studies evaluated the effects of 2 or 3 successive infiltrations. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether 2 infiltrations of PRP proves more effective than a single treatment. Methods: Twenty patients suffering from jumper’s knee for over than 3 months were enrolled into the study and split into two randomized groups (1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP, respectively). The follow-up evaluation consisted of VAS, IKDC and VISA-P scores, along with algometer, isokinetic and ultrasounds evaluations. Results: The concentration of the PRP used for each infiltration was similar in both groups, and contained no red or white cells. Results revealed no difference in treatment efficacy between the groups. Conclusion: The comparison between 1 or 2 infiltrations of PRP did not reveal any difference between the 2 groups after a follow-up period of 3 months. A second closely-timed infiltration of PRP to treat jumper’s knees is not necessary to improve the efficacy of this treatment in the short term. [less ▲]

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See detailCinacalcet treatment at the time of transplantation is associated with a significant risk of delayed graft function in kidney transplant recipients
Jouret, François ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; GROSCH, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Transplant International (2014, May), 27(S1), 167

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been implicated in the ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) cascade in heart, liver and brain. Renal I/R occurs at the time of transplantation (Tx), with a deleterious ... [more ▼]

The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) has been implicated in the ischemia/ reperfusion (I/R) cascade in heart, liver and brain. Renal I/R occurs at the time of transplantation (Tx), with a deleterious impact on early graft function. Here, we retrospectively investigated if the use of cinacalcet, a CaSR agonist, in kidney transplant recipients (KTR) influences early graft recovery. All KTR from 2007 to 2012 in our Academic Hospital were prospectively included in a database. Patients actively treated with cinacalcet on the day of Tx were retrospectively identified from this database and matched with controls on (i) type of donor (living [LD], deceased after brain or circulatory death [DCD]); (ii) cold ischemic time (CIT) ` 1 h; (iii) residual diuresis (` 500 ml); and (iv) donor age (` 5 years). Delayed graft function (DGF) was defined as dialysis requirement after Tx. Baseline characteristics were compared between groups with student’s t-test or Chi-2 as appropriate. The endpoint was the percentage of DGF in both groups. Among 337 KTR, 36 (10.7%) were treated with cinacalcet at Tx. Control group included 61 patients. Characteristics of patients and donors are summarized in the table. DGF occurred in 42 and 23% of cinacalcet-treated and control groups, respectively (p = 0.05). These retro- spective observations suggest that CaSR activation at the time of Tx impairs early graft recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand les femmes veulent leur part. L'héritage et la justice à Cotonou
Andreetta, Sophie ULg

Conference (2014, May)

Depuis plusieurs années maintenant, le Bénin tente de réaliser l’un des principes clés des normes internationales : l’égalité. Evoqué dans la constitution de 1990, ce principe est aujourd’hui au centre de ... [more ▼]

Depuis plusieurs années maintenant, le Bénin tente de réaliser l’un des principes clés des normes internationales : l’égalité. Evoqué dans la constitution de 1990, ce principe est aujourd’hui au centre de nombreuses modifications législatives visant, entre autres, à ‘moderniser’ les textes datant pour la plupart de la période coloniale. Parmi ces derniers, le Code des Personnes et de la Famille réforme le droit civil en matière de divorces, de garde d’enfants, et de successions. C’est cette dernière question qui retiendra mon attention. En effet, alors que dans la plupart des coutumes, les femmes n’héritent pas des biens immeubles, cette nouvelle loi déclare tous les héritiers égaux, accordant également au conjoint survivant la pleine propriété du quart de la masse successorale. Je me pencherai donc sur le parcours de ces femmes qui recourent à la justice pour « réclamer leur part » du patrimoine successoral. Pourquoi décident-elles de s’opposer à leurs familles ? Quels sont leurs intermédiaires ? Quels sont les différents forums possibles, les étapes préalables au tribunal ? Comment interprètent-elles, ou utilisent-elles le droit étatique ? Enfin, une fois le tribunal saisi, c’est également la question de l’application des principes du droit qui se pose. Quels sont les arguments des uns et des autres à l’audience ? Comment les juges parviennent-ils à trancher? Mais surtout, comment leurs décisions sont-elles mises en œuvre au-delà du tribunal ? [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche de demain sur le vieillissement
Adam, Stéphane ULg

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2014, May), 12(Supplément 1), 4-5

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See detailSEDIMENTS OXIDATION BY SEAGRASSES: INFLUENCE ON THE S CYCLE IN POSIDONIA OCEANICA (L.) DELILE INTERMATTES DYNAMIC
Abadie, Arnaud ULg; Lejeune, Pierre; Pergent, Gérard et al

Poster (2014, May)

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica forms meadows and develops a complex of rhizomes, roots and sediment which is called “matte”. P. oceanica meadows show discontinuity patterns in the form of ... [more ▼]

The Mediterranean seagrass Posidonia oceanica forms meadows and develops a complex of rhizomes, roots and sediment which is called “matte”. P. oceanica meadows show discontinuity patterns in the form of sand or dead matte (matte without living shoots) patches, called “intermattes”, which can have natural or anthropogenic origins. Mechanical processes (e. g. currents, anchoring) can initiate intermattes formation but their dynamic after creation seems to be linked with the sediment chemistry, especially with S cycle. P. oceanica plays an important role in controlling coastal belowground biogeochemistry, in particular by oxidizing sediments through the release of O2 by roots. This process allows creating more suitable condition for plant growth and colonization. The lack of H2S oxidation in SO4 2- can lead to limitation of the plant development or its regression. In order to investigate the effect of oxidation condition in sediments on intermattes dynamic and the neighboring meadow, we initiate, in December 2013, a study on six intermattes (three natural, three anthropogenic) at different depths in Calvi Bay, in Corsica (France). We hypothesize that redox potential and H2S concentration in sediments play an important role in the regression of P. oceanica meadows, particularly after a mechanical anthropic impact like anchoring. It also may be possible that two different kinds of processes are involved for each type of intermatte. Regular samplings throughout two years are planed with the aim of evaluating the seasonal variations of physicochemical parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailAlkaline hydrolysis for animal carcass disposal: a regulatory challenge
Van der Meulen, Karen; Custer, René; Houthoofd, Koen et al

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See detailToggling a genetic switch using reinforcement learning
Sootla, Aivar; Strelkowa, Natalja; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th French Meeting on Planning, Decision Making and Learning (2014, May)

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q iteration. This algorithm infers the control law directly from the measurements of the system’s response to external control inputs without the use of a mathematical model of the system. The measurement data set can either be collected from wet-lab experiments or artificially created by computer simulations of dynamical models of the system. The algorithm is applicable to a wide range of biological systems due to its ability to deal with nonlinear and stochastic system dynamics. To illustrate the application of the algorithm to a gene regulatory network, the regulation of the toggle switch system is considered. The control objective of this problem is to drive the concentrations of two specific proteins to a target region in the state space. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor alpha in pituitary tumours
Rotondi, S; Modarelli, A; Rostomyan, L et al

in Endocrine Abstracts (2014, May)

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See detailToggling a genetic switch using reinforcement learning
Sootla, Aivar; Strelkowa, Natalja; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 9th French Meeting on Planning, Decision Making and Learning (2014, May)

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we consider the problem of optimal exogenous control of gene regulatory networks. Our approach consists in adapting an established reinforcement learning algorithm called the fitted Q iteration. This algorithm infers the control law directly from the measurements of the system’s response to external control inputs without the use of a mathematical model of the system. The measurement data set can either be collected from wet-lab experiments or artificially created by computer simulations of dynamical models of the system. The algorithm is applicable to a wide range of biological systems due to its ability to deal with nonlinear and stochastic system dynamics. To illustrate the application of the algorithm to a gene regulatory network, the regulation of the toggle switch system is considered. The control objective of this problem is to drive the concentrations of two specific proteins to a target region in the state space. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-Temporal Analysis of Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillations in the Frame of Absolute GNSS Positioning Algorithms
Lonchay, Matthieu ULg; Cornet, Yves ULg; Aquino, Marcio et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

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. The ionospheric refraction mainly results in a modification of the propagation speed of the GNSS electromagnetic signals, inducing an error (propagation delay or phase advance depending on the observable) in GNSS measurements. In the frame of absolute positioning techniques, single-frequency algorithms usually exploit an ionospheric model to mitigate the ionospheric error while dual-frequency algorithms, such as the well-known Precise Point Positioning (PPP), take the benefit of the availability of two frequencies and the fact that the ionosphere is a dispersive medium to construct an ionosphere-free mathematical model. But these two strategies are not able to counteract the effect of the ionospheric diffraction which is due to small-scale irregularities in the free electron density. By scattering GNSS signals, these irregularities generate rapid fluctuations (scintillations) in the amplitude and phase of GNSS signals with critical consequences for GNSS applications: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. The goal of our research is to develop a strategy to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillations on absolute GNSS positioning techniques, in particular the SPP (Standard Point Positioning) and the PPP (Precise Point Positioning). The strategy is based on the adjustment of the stochastic model. In order to construct the stochastic model (diagonal and non-diagonal elements) and study the correlation between observables, we adopted a “spatial” and an “empirical” approach. The spatial approach consists in a study of the spatial autocorrelation existing in scintillations effects on GNSS signals. The spatial autocorrelation is detected by using specific spatial analysis techniques applied on data from a network of ISMR (Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver) stations located at equatorial and polar latitudes, where scintillations effects are most severe. The knowledge of how scintillation effects are spatially correlated is helpful for determining a coherent stochastic model. The empirical approach does not take into account the phenomenon spatiality and the locations of the measurements but only the observation data. Its objective is to determine the statistical correlation which exists between GNSS measurements during a scintillation event by using a moving filter applied on GNSS observation and scintillation data. The spatial approach exploits data and data locations while the empirical approach is based only the data itself. [less ▲]

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See detailRecords of human activity during the late-Holocene in the soils of the African dense humid forest
Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past ... [more ▼]

Recently, several authors gathered data about the presence of past human populations in tropical regions covered by dense forest nowadays. In central Africa, there is a growing body of evidence for past human settlements along the Atlantic coast, but very little information is available further inland. In this perspective, soil records seem to be the most appropriated so as to appraise the spatial and temporal extent of human activity in the African dense humid forest. In this paper, we thus aimed to present a synthesis of the archaeological and archaeobotanical data obtained during several fieldwork campaigns in an archaeologically unexplored area of 200,000 km² located in southern Cameroon and the northern Republic of Congo. A total of 275 test pits, among them 30 pedological pits up to 150 cm deep, were excavated in the study area. So as to get a long temporal scale as well as a fine resolution spatial scale, we quantified wood charcoal and charred endocarps in soil samples by layers of 10 cm taken for 100 pits located along transects of systematic sampling. Spatial projections were performed using statistics together with multivariate analyses. AMS radiocarbon dating allowed interpreting the temporal framework. Evidence of past human activities through either artifacts or charred botanical remains was observed in all pits, in particular with the ubiquitous presence of charcoal at each site. Main charcoal peaks were interpreted as fields (slash-and-burn agriculture) in the vicinity of ancient villages, the later marked by the presence of both potsherds and oil palm endocarps. The dichotomy of these kinds of activities may have impacted differentially the environment during the past. The set of 73 radiocarbon dates extending from 15,000 BP to the present time provided more dates in the late-Holocene showing a bimodal distribution which was interpreted as two phases of human expansion with an intermediate phase of population crash. The 2300–1300 BP phase is correlated with the migrations of supposed farming populations from northwestern Cameroon. Between 1300 and 670 BP, less material could be dated. Following that population collapse, the 670–20 BP phase corresponds to a new period of human expansion known as the Late Iron Age. The dates obtained support the established chronology reported for whole central Africa. This study underlines the necessity of fieldwork efforts and of the usefulness of archives sealed in soil records so as to bring new, extensive and precise evidence of human activities in the Congo Basin. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrieval of HCHO from MAX-DOAS measurements at the high-altitude alpine station of Jungfraujoch (46.5°N, 8.0°E)
Hendrick, François; Fayt, Caroline; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 30)

Formaldehyde (HCHO) plays an important intermediate role in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways. It is produced during the oxidation of methane and many non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs ... [more ▼]

Formaldehyde (HCHO) plays an important intermediate role in the atmospheric photo-oxidation pathways. It is produced during the oxidation of methane and many non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) which participate to the formation of tropospheric ozone and secondary organic aerosols. HCHO is also directly released by biomass burning and fossil fuel combustion and to a lesser extent by vegetation. Measuring this species is therefore of major importance for air quality and climate change monitoring. In this presentation, HCHO near-surface concentrations and vertical column densities are retrieved from MAX-DOAS measurements performed at the high-altitude station of Jungfraujoch (3580m asl) in the Swiss Alps from July 2010 till December 2012. Although being most of the time located in the free troposphere, this station can be temporarily affected by pollution events originating from the valley, leading to a local increase of air pollutant concentrations. The capability of the MAX-DOAS technique to retrieve HCHO in such high-altitude location is investigated. The spatial representativeness and the impact of cloud cover on the measurements is also discussed. For verification purpose, our retrievals are compared to collocated FTIR observations, taking into account the difference in vertical resolution between both techniques. Simulations from the 3D-CTM IMAGES are also used to further assess the observed seasonal and diurnal cycles of HCHO surface concentration and vertical column. [less ▲]

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See detailA new analysis of the optical polarisation alignments of quasars
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg

Poster (2014, April 30)

Introduction of a new statistical method dedicated to the analysis of polarisation orientations and presentation of some results of its application to the sample of optical polarisation measurements of ... [more ▼]

Introduction of a new statistical method dedicated to the analysis of polarisation orientations and presentation of some results of its application to the sample of optical polarisation measurements of 355 quasars. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermediaries, transport costs and interlinked transaction
Tharakan, Joseph ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

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See detailQuasi-periodic flares in Jupiter's aurora : new results
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Badman, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, April 29)

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode ... [more ▼]

Two recent Hubble Space Telescope observation campaigns have been dedicated to the Jovian Far-UV aurora (GO 12883 – PI: D. Grodent and GO 13035 – PI: S. Badman). Both of them made use of the Time-Tag mode of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), a high time resolution mode which allows to observe temporal variations on timescales of tens of seconds. In the present study, we focus on sudden and spectacular bursts of auroral emissions taking place in the active region located poleward of the main emissions and called “flares”. A previous study, based on only two image sequences acquired with rather unfavorable viewing angles, showed that these flares could reappear quasi-periodically on time scales of 2-3 minutes. Phenomena with similar timescales have been identified by in-situ spacecraft in relativistic electron and radio data as well as in reconnection signatures, for example. But the physical mechanism behind these ubiquitous signatures remains to be unveiled. Here we make use of the most recent and much larger data set to study in further details the occurrence rate, the period, the location, the extent and the motion of these quasi-periodic flares and to compare their behavior in both hemispheres. Quantifying these parameters allows us to narrow down the possibilities among likely explanations and provide a tentative scenario for these short timescale quasi-periodic features. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamique des forêts irrégulières et mélangées: de la modélisation aux recommandations sylvicoles
Ligot, Gauthier ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

Close-to-nature management of forests has been increasingly advocated and practiced. However forest managers often face difficulties in maintaining the mixture of species with different shade tolerance ... [more ▼]

Close-to-nature management of forests has been increasingly advocated and practiced. However forest managers often face difficulties in maintaining the mixture of species with different shade tolerance. We studied this issue in uneven-aged acidophile medio-European beech forests. In these forests, while forest management has achieved regular timber production, it has rarely succeeded in promoting a diversified natural regeneration. In view of this, our objective is to refine our knowledge about the dynamic of uneven-aged mixed forests using a modelling approach. A set of consistent models were carried out to describe stand dynamic with, in particular, models of regeneration growth and light interception. The models were then implemented in a simulator in order to perform prospective analysis. In contrast to expectations, we found that saplings of beech, the shade-tolerant species, had the highest height growth rate at all light levels. Beech saplings reached an optimum growth at transmittance of 10%, whereas oak saplings needed more than 20%. These results indicate that oak saplings are systematically outcompeted by beech saplings across the light gradient. Thus, the control of canopy opening is not sufficient to promote the natural regeneration of oak beneath a stand also containing beech. Taking into account these latter results, we compared cutting strategies varying in type and intensity. Creating gaps of about 500 m² provided adequate light for small regeneration clumps. Cutting from below, species-specific cutting and uniform cutting were also appropriate but uniform cutting required higher harvest intensity. Cutting from above weakly increased understory light and promoted rather shade tolerant species. Finally we provided indications on different strategies that promote the regeneration of less-shade tolerant species, depending on the spatial aggregation of saplings, and the desired post-harvest stand structure and composition. [less ▲]

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See detailVadose zone studies at an industrial contaminated site: the vadose zone monitoring system and cross-hole geophysics
Fernandez de Vera, Natalia ULg; Beaujean, Jean ULg; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 29)

Poster presented at the European Geoscience Union General Assembly 2014. In this poster, the installation of the vadose zone experimental set up is presented along with first results

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See detailTowards deep changes for a more resilient farming system: Examining roles farmers, science and citizens can play in transition
Klaedtke, Stephanie ULg

Conference (2014, April 29)

This lecture considers the complexity of challenges of the agricultural transition from the perspective of farmers, who act at the intersection between the ecology, economy and policy. The lecture will ... [more ▼]

This lecture considers the complexity of challenges of the agricultural transition from the perspective of farmers, who act at the intersection between the ecology, economy and policy. The lecture will start by providing an overview on the resource requirements for our global production chains of life stock and meat, grain and legume farming and say some words on the human diet, and food and feed conversion efficiency of energy-intake through food. This lecture also places a fresh emphasis on the development of local knowledge and locally specific arming and nutrition practices that are adapted to local environments, as a necessary complement to agricultural science striving to make universal claims. This leads on to basic insights on needs for knowledge production in agriculture, and merits and limitations of action research and engaged research, raising questions on how farmers, scientists and citizens might better collaborate to inform choices in food production and consumption. For the future there are some indications on a new trend on new more decentralised governance of the food system including citizen’s involvement in French organic certification and Community based Auditing and citizens science in communities in Australia to work with farmers on reducing environmental impacts and address ensuing trade-offs for farmers as a community. [less ▲]

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See detailLD-based haplotype encoding scheme with iterative pruning principal component analysis (ipPCA) to retrieve population substructures
Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Fouladi, Ramouna ULg; Wangkumhang, Pongsakorn et al

Poster (2014, April 29)

Objective To identify and differentiate between subpopulations using a rich set of genetic markers, as using reduced sets of genetic markers for these purposes can become challenging, especially when ... [more ▼]

Objective To identify and differentiate between subpopulations using a rich set of genetic markers, as using reduced sets of genetic markers for these purposes can become challenging, especially when similar geographic regions are involved or when spurious patterns are likely to exist. Method Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to capture variations between populations and often genome-wide SNP data are pruned based on linkage disequilibrium (LD) patterns. Notably, haplotype composition and the pattern of LD between markers may vary between larger populations but may also play a role within more confined geographic regions. Indeed, knowledge about haplotypes in unrelated individuals can reveal useful information about genetic ancestry. Here, we use iterative pruning principal component analysis (ipPCA) [1] to identify and characterize subpopulations in an unsupervised way. As input data, either pruned genome-wide SNP data are used (using PLINK 1.9 with the "indep-pairwise" option, window size = 100k, r2 < 0.25) or multilocus haplotype information derived from the genome-wide SNP panel (using BEAGLE 3.3.2 to infer haplotype). These approaches are applied to real-life data from 992 Thai individuals [2]. Result Preliminary results indicate that ipPCA applied to pruned SNP data or ipPCA that explicitly uses multilocus information (haplotypes) give complementary information about population substructure for geographically confined populations such as the Thai samples in this study. Both methods address different aspects of population structure. Detailed simulation studies are needed to identify the optimal scenarios for haplotype-based ipPCA. Conclusion In this work, we propose to combine an LD-based haplotype encoding scheme with the ipPCA machinery to retrieve fine population substructures. Despite the complexities that are associated with haplotype inference, added value can be obtained when the LD structure between SNPs is exploited in the search for relevant population strata. References 1. Intarapanich, A., et al., Iterative pruning PCA improves resolution of highly structured populations. BMC Bioinformatics, 2009. 10: p. 382. 2. Wangkumhang, P., et al., Insight into the peopling of Mainland Southeast Asia from Thai population genetic structure. PLoS One, 2013. 8(11): p. e79522. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of a new active faults map and sedimentary cores to the characterization of seismogenic sources in an interdisciplinary approach (Western Gulf of Corinth, Greece)
Beckers, Arnaud ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Beck, Christian et al

Conference (2014, April 28)

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 5 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred during the last 40 years. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly ... [more ▼]

The Corinth rift is one of the fastest spreading rifts on Earth. 5 earthquakes of magnitude greater than 5.8 occurred during the last 40 years. The question of seismic hazard is consequently particularly relevant. Despite a long earthquake catalogue, estimations of earthquake hazard remain problematic because of the difficulty to associate each historical event to one of the many active faults mapped in the area. Consequently, combining seismology, history and paleoseismology in an interdisciplinary approach is here necessary and is the goal of the ANR-SISCOR project. In this framework, we investigated the offshore sediments in order to (1) better constraint the length of the active offshore faults, and (2) look for sedimentary signature of historical earthquakes. 600 km of high resolution seismic reflexion data have been acquired during two surveys and 12 short gravity cores have been retrieved. The latters are 0.5 to 1 m long, allowing us to analyze about 500 yrs of sedimentation. Two new faults potentially able to trigger M>5.5 earthquakes have been mapped in the northern part of the gulf based on seismic data. Sedimentary events (turbidites and mud flows) have been identified in some cores, essentially in the deep basin and in a 180m-deep sub-basin close to the northern coast. The comparison with the critically reviewed historical records shows that some of these events could have been triggered by historical earthquakes. The link between these potential earthquakes sedimentary signatures, historical events and active faults is discussed based on intensity maps and our new active fault map. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of multi-scale variography for inferring the spatial variability of the hydraulic conductivity of a sandy aquifer
Rogiers, Bart; Vienken, Thomas; Gedeon, M et al

Poster (2014, April 28)

In the framework of the disposal of short-lived low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste in a near-surface disposal facility in Dessel (Belgium), extensive characterization of the hydraulic ... [more ▼]

In the framework of the disposal of short-lived low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste in a near-surface disposal facility in Dessel (Belgium), extensive characterization of the hydraulic conductivity (K) in the shallow Neogene aquifer has been performed at a regional scale. In the last few years the small-scale heterogeneity has been additionally characterized by outcrop analogue, hydraulic direct push, and borehole core air permeameter studies. The gathered data now include a) more than 350 hydraulic conductivity measurements on samples from 8 cored boreholes, mostly reaching depths of 50 m and data at 2 m intervals, b) more than 5000 air permeability measurements on the same borehole cores, c) more than 250 cone penetration tests (CPTs) with depths down to 40 m and data at 2 cm intervals, d) over 100 dissipation tests performed during the CPT campaigns, e) 17 direct push injections loggings, 6 hydraulic profiling tool logs, and 6 direct push slug tests, f) several hundreds of air permeability measurements on outcrop analogues of the aquifer sediments, and g) numerous grain size analyses. The current study aims to quantify the heterogeneity of K from the centimetre- to the kilometre-scale and to check the compatibility of the spatial variability revealed by the different datasets. This is achieved through gathering all K values (either direct measurements, calibrated relative K values, or K estimates from secondary data), and the use of variography to quantify spatial variability in terms of two-points geostatistics. The results are discussed, and the main differences between the different data sources are explained. In a final step, different multi-scale variogram models are proposed for capturing the main characteristics of multi-scale variability within the shallow Neogene aquifer in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailCharcoal records reveal past occurrences of perturbations in the forests of the Kisangani region(RDC): vegetation history of the semi-deciduous rainforest
Tshibamba Mukendi, John; Hubau, Wannes; Morin-Rivat, Julie ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 28)

Introduction. Past disturbances have modified the structure and the floristic composition of Central African rainforests. These perturbations represent a driving force for forest dynamics and they are ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Past disturbances have modified the structure and the floristic composition of Central African rainforests. These perturbations represent a driving force for forest dynamics and they are presumably at the origin of present-day forest mosaics. Fire is a prominent forest disturbance, leaving behind charcoal as a witness of past forest dynamics. The question arises whether quantification, dating and botanical identification of ancient charcoal fragments found in soil layers (pedoanthracology) allows a detailed reconstruction of forest history, including the possible occurrence of past disturbances. Material & methods. We organized pedoanthracological excavations in 6 regrowth sites and 48 sites of primary forests of Yangambi, Yoko, Masako and Kole in the Kisangani (RDC). We performed a detailed sampling in different vegetation types of a semi -deciduous rainforest (Yoko). Charcoal sampling was conducted in pit intervals of 10 cm. The charcoal was quantified whereby pottery fragments were also registered. A selection of charcoal fragments has been dated through AMS 14C measurement. Floristic identifications were conducted using. former protocols based on wood anatomy, which is largely preserved after charcoalification. Results. Charcoal was found in most pit intervals. The anthracomass in the soil of regrowth forests (secondary forests) is much higher than in the primary forest: 27,59 mg/kg for secondary forests et 2,53 mg/kg for primary forests. The specific soil anthracomass of the primary forest of the Yoko reserve is higher (7,7 mg/kg) than in Yangambi (1,9 mg/kg) , Masako (1,7 mg/kg) and Kole (0,8 mg/kg). No systematic differences have been found between soil charcoal content of the different forest type representing different forest histories. Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (De Wild.) J. Leonard forests showed surprisingly a higher concentration of soil charcoal. Discussion. Forest disturbances in the Kisangani region appear to be more recent than those in the Mayombe forest in Western RDC ( 3000-2000 calBP (Hubau, 2013)) and those of the Cameroon forest (2300-1300 calBP) (Morin-Rivat, J et al., 2014). Stratified charcoal conserved in the soil is a useful indicator of past forest disturbances. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of multiple-point geostatistics on modelling pumping tests and tracer tests in heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures
Huysmans, Marijke; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Geophysical Research Abstracts (2014, April 28)

In heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures, analysis of pumping and tracer tests is often problematic. Standard interpretation methods do not account for heterogeneity or simulate ... [more ▼]

In heterogeneous environments with complex geological structures, analysis of pumping and tracer tests is often problematic. Standard interpretation methods do not account for heterogeneity or simulate this heterogeneity introducing empirical zonation of the calibrated parameters or using variogram-based geostatistical techniques that are often not able to describe realistic heterogeneity in complex geological environments where e.g. sedimentary structures, multi-facies deposits, structures with large connectivity or curvi-linear structures can be present. Multiple-point geostatistics aims to overcome the limitations of the variogram and can be applied in different research domains to simulate heterogeneity in complex environments. In this project, multiple-point geostatistics is applied to the interpretation of pumping tests and a tracer test in an actual case of a sandy heterogeneous aquifer. This study allows to deduce the main advantages and disadvantages of this technique compared to variogram-based techniques for interpretation of pumping tests and tracer tests. A pumping test and a tracer test were performed in the same sandbar deposit consisting of cross-bedded units composed of materials with different grain sizes and hydraulic conductivities. The pumping test and the tracer test are analyzed with a local 3D groundwater model in which fine-scale sedimentary heterogeneity is modelled using multiple-point geostatistics. To reduce CPU and RAM requirements of the multiple-point geostatistical simulation steps, edge properties indicating the presence of irregularly-shaped surfaces are directly simulated. Results show that for the pumping test as well as for the tracer test, incorporating heterogeneity results in a better fit between observed and calculated drawdowns/concentrations. The improvement of the fit is however not as large as expected. In this paper, the reasons for these somewhat unsatisfactory results are explored and recommendations for future applications of multiple-point geostatistics on pumping tests and tracer tests are formulated. [less ▲]

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See detailCode du développement territorial et politique foncière
Fontaine, Pierre; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2014, April 28)

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See detailMicrofossils’ diversity from the Proterozoic Taoudeni Basin, Mauritania
Beghin, Jérémie ULg; Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Houzay, Jean-Pierre et al

in European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014 Vienna, Austria, 27 April – 02 May 2014 (abstract book) (2014, April 27)

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See detailInorganic and organic carbon spatial variability in the Congo River during high waters (December 2013)
Borges, Alberto ULg; Bouillon, S; Teodoru, C et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailEutrophication counteracts ocean acidification effects on DMS emissions
Gypens, N; Borges, Alberto ULg

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailDisproportionate contribution of riparian inputs to organic carbon in freshwater systems
Marwick, TR; Van Acker, K; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailThe age of river-transported carbon: new data from African catchments and a global perspective
Marwick, TR; Tamooh, F; Teodoru, C et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailDrivers on carbon dioxide emissions from the Scheldt river basin
Gypens, N; Passy, P; Garnier, J et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailAnaerobic methane oxidation in two tropical freshwater systems
Roland, Fleur ULg; Darchambeau, François ULg; Crowe, SA et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailProduction of dissolved organic matter by phytoplankton and its uptake by heterotrophic prokaryotes in large tropical lakes
Morana, C; Sarmento, H; Descy, J-P et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailCarbon cycling in a large, meromictic tropical lake (Lake Kivu, East Africa): insights from seasonal monitoring of biogeochemical depth profiles
Morana, C; Darchambeau, F; Muvundja, F et al

Poster (2014, April 27)

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See detailTemporal variability and spatial dynamics of CO2 and CH4 concentrations and fluxes in the Zambezi River system
Teodoru, C; Borges, Alberto ULg; bouillon, S et al

Conference (2014, April 27)

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See detailPerception of melodic accuracy in occasional singers: role of pitch fluctuations?
Larrouy, Pauline ULg; Pfordresher, Peter Q

Conference (2014, April 26)

When listening to operatic singers performances, our perception of vocal pitch accuracy is influenced by several acoustical parameters such as the fluctuation of the fundamental frequency (i.e vibrato ... [more ▼]

When listening to operatic singers performances, our perception of vocal pitch accuracy is influenced by several acoustical parameters such as the fluctuation of the fundamental frequency (i.e vibrato). In the case of occasional singers, produced pitch is likewise not constant, but the fluctuations in such cases tend not to involve vibrato but to instead involve “scoops” at the beginning and ends of tone, as well as other forms of instability. However, little is known about the fluctuations that characterize occasional singers (including poor-pitch singers) and to what degree these fluctuations influence perception of pitch accuracy. We report results of ongoing research designed to address these issues. First, we describe a descriptive model used to identify perturbations of F0 in occasional singers that differ between accurate and poor-pitch singers. Next, we report results of recent experiments that explore the influence of the pitch fluctuations described by the model on the perception of pitch accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailNanostructured catalysts by sol-gel process
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

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See detailHow to locate intermodal terminals for achieving economic and environmental competitiveness?
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight ... [more ▼]

Europe has a strong commitment to the development of competitive and sustainable transportation. An intermediate objective cited in the “White Paper” is to shift 30% of 300 km and above road freight transportation to more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as rail and water by 2030. Improving and expanding the intermodal network is one way to achieve this goal. However, intermodal transport requires intermodal terminals where the transfer from one mode to another can occur. The location of those terminals is of strategic importance for the competitiveness of intermodal transport. The objective of this paper is therefore to develop a network design model which allows the optimal location of intermodal terminals to be determined, subject to both economic and environmental efficiency. Three possible combinations are considered: (i) Road-only, (ii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and rail (long-haul) and (iii) Intermodal transport using road (drayage) and inland waterways (long-haul). External costs are also included in the analysis, i.e. costs that are generated by an economic agent but supported by other agents of the society. This strategy is in line with the willingness of Europe to internalize external costs. The developed model can be used to test how modal split is influenced by the undertaken policies, such as internalizing external costs in the transportation costs. Tests are carried out on the case study of Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailLes genres en didactique des langues étrangères et en littérature pour la jeunesse. Introduction à la journée du 25 avril 2014.
Simons, Germain ULg; Delbrassine, Daniel ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Dans cette brève communication introductive, nous avons d'abord expliqué les objectifs de cette journée sur le genre dans le domaine de la didactique des langues étrangères et de la littérature pour la ... [more ▼]

Dans cette brève communication introductive, nous avons d'abord expliqué les objectifs de cette journée sur le genre dans le domaine de la didactique des langues étrangères et de la littérature pour la jeunesse. Nous avons ensuite dévoilé le programme de la journée. Enfin, nous avons brièvement présenté les deux orateurs extérieurs, Mme M. Jacquin (Université de Genève) et M. H.-H. Ewers (Université de Francfort). [less ▲]

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See detailExemples de séquences didactiques axées sur différents genres : introduction
Simons, Germain ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Cette brève communication visait à introduire et à contextualiser cinq séquences didactiques articulées autour de la notion de genre. Ces séquences, conçues et mises en pratique par d'anciens étudiants de ... [more ▼]

Cette brève communication visait à introduire et à contextualiser cinq séquences didactiques articulées autour de la notion de genre. Ces séquences, conçues et mises en pratique par d'anciens étudiants de l'ULg dans le cadre de l'AESS/du Master à finalité didactique ou du CAPAES, portaient sur le débat régulé (anglais), le reader digest (anglais et néerlandais), l'entretien d'embauche (espagnol), la Kurzgeschichte (allemand), le Krimi (allemand/langue maternelle). Cette introduction a également permis de rappeler les grandes phases du canevas didactique par situation-problème. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards an Archaeological Information System: improving the core data model
Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULg; Carré, Cyril ULg; Delfosse, Vincent ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 25)

Grounded on archaeological information modeling works undertaken at the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liege, this paper goes a step further in handling time and function imperfection, interpretative ... [more ▼]

Grounded on archaeological information modeling works undertaken at the Geomatics Unit of the University of Liege, this paper goes a step further in handling time and function imperfection, interpretative sequences and people interacting with historical objects. Designed in 2011, the initial model already gathered both geometrical and historical information. It was partially based on the urban data standard City GML mainly for interoperability purposes. Its specificity, the version concept, allowed multiple geometries experiments. That property enabled us to handle geometrical ambiguity and incompleteness. To validate this model, and in a showcase purpose, a first prototype has been realized. One year later this prototype’s model has been improved to manage in a better way all objects’ versions and possible representations. Until now, this model integrates and manages imperfect archaeological data but only partially: the version concept being only dedicated to express geometric ambiguity or imprecision. Henceforth, with the version notion widening, we propose to encompass function and time imperfection as well. It is an important progress because on an archaeological point of view, time and function are quite generally incomplete, uncertain, imprecise or contradictory. Another enhancement must be highlighted: the agent enlistment. Historical characters, on one hand, and contemporaneous people (like authors, archaeologists etc.) on another hand are key elements of archaeological game pieces. Finally, we will describe the way of structuring versions into interpretative sequences. With those improvements, we wish to carry on feeding the scientific debate as much as drafting Archaeological Information Systems. [less ▲]

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See detailLa démarche RAI, historique, philosophie, outils
Delye, Samuel ULg; Maggi, Patrick ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

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See detail"Types de productions langagières" et canevas de séquences didactiques en langues modernes
Simons, Germain ULg; Pagnoul, Pierre ULg

Conference (2014, April 25)

Cette communication était structurée en quatre grands volets. Dans le premier, nous avons exploré la notion de "genre" et celle de "type de production langagière" ainsi que leur présence ou absence dans ... [more ▼]

Cette communication était structurée en quatre grands volets. Dans le premier, nous avons exploré la notion de "genre" et celle de "type de production langagière" ainsi que leur présence ou absence dans les prescrits légaux (référentiels, programmes, outils d'évaluation) en langues modernes en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles mais aussi dans le Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues. Dans le deuxième volet, nous avons présenté et analysé le document "Familles de tâches en langues modernes" où apparaît, pour la première fois, la notion de "types de productions langagières à dominante... descriptive/informative, incitative/injonctive, narrative et argumentative", et avons tenté une clarification opérationnelle des notions de genre et de productions langagières en didactique des langues modernes. Dans le troisième volet, nous avons présenté deux canevas didactiques, un linéaire et l'autre par situation-problème, et avons montré en quoi ce dernier se prêtait particulièrement bien au travail sur le genre. Le concept de "noticing the gap" a été ici convoqué et nous avons fourni un exemple de DEBAT organisé avec la technique dite de "l'aquarium", procédé didactique destiné à mettre tous les élèves à la tâche. Enfin, dans le quatrième et dernier volet, nous avons évoqué les problèmes liés à ce champ de recherche sur le genre et avons proposé quelques pistes de solutions. Différentes références bibliographiques relatives aux quatre parties de l'exposé ont également été proposées au terme de la communication. [less ▲]

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See detailMachine learning techniques to assess the performance of a gait analysis system
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Phan-Ba, Rémy; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in European Symposium on Artificial Neural Networks, Computational Intelligence and Machine Learning (ESANN) (2014, April 24)

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a methodology based on machine learning techniques to assess the performance of a system measuring the trajectories of the lower limbs extremities for the follow-up of patients with multiple sclerosis. We show how we have established, with the help of machine learning, four important properties about this system: (1) an automated analysis of gait characteristics provides an improved analysis with respect to that of a human expert, (2) after learning, the gait characteristics provided by this system are valuable compared to measures taken by stopwatches, as used in the standardized tests, (3) the motion of the lower limbs extremities contains a lot of useful information about the gait, even if it is only a small part of the body motion, (4) a measurement system combined with a machine learning tool is sensitive to intra-subject modifications of the walking pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction aux deux journées d'études : "Questions de genres"
Letawe, Céline ULg; Simons, Germain ULg

Conference (2014, April 24)

Lors de cette brève introduction, nous avons a) rappelé les objectifs de l'Entité de recherche structurelle en Langues et littératures modernes de l'ULg ; b) fourni quelques éléments généraux sur l'objet ... [more ▼]

Lors de cette brève introduction, nous avons a) rappelé les objectifs de l'Entité de recherche structurelle en Langues et littératures modernes de l'ULg ; b) fourni quelques éléments généraux sur l'objet de recherche "genre" ; c) présenté le programme complet des deux journées dans les quatre grands domaines : littérature (en ce compris la littérature pour la jeunesse), linguistique, traduction, didactique, et d) remercié les différents partenaires qui ont contribué à la réalisation de ce symposium. [less ▲]

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See detailPredicting Grain Protein Content of Winter Wheat
Mansouri, Majdi ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in ESANN 2014 Proceedings (2014, April 24)

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See detailLogistics hub: the case of Liège
Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Mostert, Martine ULg; Paquay, Célia ULg

Conference (2014, April 24)

A logistics hub can be defined as a specific area where all the activities relating to transport, logistics and goods distribution are carried out. With its central location in Europe, highly developed ... [more ▼]

A logistics hub can be defined as a specific area where all the activities relating to transport, logistics and goods distribution are carried out. With its central location in Europe, highly developed infrastructures, airport and inland terminals, the region of Liège claims to be a logistics hub. This paper applies a strategic decision model based on seven relevant criteria (infrastructure, proximity to market, land availability, government and industry support, labour supply, origin/destination distances and congestion) to assess the efficiency of the logistics hub of the region of Liège. Two SWOT analyses are performed in parallel to evaluate the positions of Liège Airport and of the inland freight hub, Trilogiport, in relation to their own performances and the competition. The two main development factors of inland freight hubs are considered: the possibility of modal shift from road transport to more environmentally friendly transportation modes and the avoidance of the congestion of the two seaport areas of Antwerp and Rotterdam. This article concludes by highlighting that the bid of the region of Liège and its characteristics should contribute to a more efficient intermodal transport in Europe, helping to boost the distribution of products, and at the same time, encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. However, the development of Liège as an inland freight hub depends on its ability to generate a critical mass, notably thanks to the local businesses, in order to realise economies of scale. [less ▲]

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See detailCirculating microRNAs as diagnostic markers in breast cancer patients and their deregulation under neoadjuvant chemotherapy
FRERES, Pierre ULg

Poster (2014, April 24)

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer among women and there is an urgent need to improve its diagnosis and prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression ... [more ▼]

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death by cancer among women and there is an urgent need to improve its diagnosis and prognosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression and many have been implicated in breast cancer. In this article, we focus on circulating miRNAs as biomarkers for breast cancers and we describe the deregulation of their expression during neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). [less ▲]

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See detailLe psychopathe : apprésentation, chosification de l’alter ego et compétences émotionnelles
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2014, April 23)

La psychopathie est une entité diagnostique « trouble », tant au sein de la tradition psychopathologique que dans les nosographies internationales contemporaines (DSM-IV et DSM-V). Le modèle faisant ... [more ▼]

La psychopathie est une entité diagnostique « trouble », tant au sein de la tradition psychopathologique que dans les nosographies internationales contemporaines (DSM-IV et DSM-V). Le modèle faisant autorité en psychologie forensic est celui développé par R.D. Hare (2003) à travers une échelle diagnostique appelée PCL-R. Ce modèle rencontre, d’un point de vue théorique, plusieurs apories, et, d’un point de vue clinique, de nombreuses impasses. Nous proposons de réaliser un exercice de compréhension psychopathologique axé sur notre pratique clinique en nous inspirant des recommandations du courant de la psychopathologie phénoménologique (Minkowski, 1966 ; Binswanger, 1960 ; Stanghellini, 2006 ; Sass, Parnas & Zahavi, 2011). Celui-ci suggère de procéder par la mise en évidence de la structure psychopathologique qui organise le fonctionnement psychologique du sujet. De façon plus précise, nous centrerons notre propos sur deux dimensions essentielles à l’être-au-monde psychopathique. D’une part, nous réaliserons une comparaison avec l’être-au-monde maniaque à travers les variables de l’apprésentation et de la chosification de l’alter ego – telles que les développe Binswanger (1960). Nous discuterons, d’autre part, du vécu émotionnel propre à la psychopathie qui est davantage source d’adaptation (du moins en certaines situations) que de carence véritable. Ce constat nous permettra de rediscuter brièvement de la notion d’empathie en psychopathologie. Nous verrons que ces dimensions propres à l’existence psychopathique font apparaitre une thématique explicitement absente de la nosographie de Hare, celle de la morale. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatio-Temporal Analysis of Equatorial Ionospheric Scintillations in the Frame of Absolute GNSS Positioning Algorithms
Lonchay, Matthieu ULg; Cornet, Yves ULg; Aquino, Marcio et al

Poster (2014, April 23)

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. The ionospheric refraction mainly results in a modification of the propagation speed of the GNSS electromagnetic signals, inducing an error (propagation delay or phase advance depending on the observable) in GNSS measurements. In the frame of absolute positioning techniques, single-frequency algorithms usually exploit an ionospheric model to mitigate the ionospheric error while dual-frequency algorithms, such as the well-known Precise Point Positioning (PPP), take the benefit of the availability of two frequencies and the fact that the ionosphere is a dispersive medium to construct an ionosphere-free mathematical model. But these two strategies are not able to counteract the effect of the ionospheric diffraction which is due to small-scale irregularities in the free electron density. By scattering GNSS signals, these irregularities generate rapid fluctuations (scintillations) in the amplitude and phase of GNSS signals with critical consequences for GNSS applications: cycle slips, signal power fading, receiver loss of lock and poor resulting satellite geometry. The goal of our research is to develop a strategy to mitigate the effect of ionospheric scintillations on absolute GNSS positioning techniques, in particular the SPP (Standard Point Positioning) and the PPP (Precise Point Positioning). The strategy is based on the adjustment of the stochastic model. In order to construct the stochastic model (diagonal and non-diagonal elements) and study the correlation between observables, we adopted a “spatial” and an “empirical” approach. The spatial approach consists in a study of the spatial autocorrelation existing in scintillations effects on GNSS signals. The spatial autocorrelation is detected by using specific spatial analysis techniques applied on data from a network of ISMR (Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring Receiver) stations located at equatorial and polar latitudes, where scintillations effects are most severe. The knowledge of how scintillation effects are spatially correlated is helpful for determining a coherent stochastic model. The empirical approach does not take into account the phenomenon spatiality and the locations of the measurements but only the observation data. Its objective is to determine the statistical correlation which exists between GNSS measurements during a scintillation event by using a moving filter applied on GNSS observation and scintillation data. The spatial approach exploits data and data locations while the empirical approach is based only the data itself. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies of the Domains II and III of Bacillus subtilis PBP4a in relation with the protein localization
Vanden Broeck, Arnaud ULg; Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Sauvage, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2014, April 23)

Bacillus subtilis PBP4a belongs to the class-C1 PBPs characterized by two internal additional domains of unknown function. Seven lysine residues (K) are protruding from domain II. Four of them have been ... [more ▼]

Bacillus subtilis PBP4a belongs to the class-C1 PBPs characterized by two internal additional domains of unknown function. Seven lysine residues (K) are protruding from domain II. Four of them have been mutated in glutamine residues (Q). Both proteins (WT and Mut4KQ PBP4a) have been produced without signal peptide in E. coli and their sub-cellular localizations determined by measuring the DD-carboxypeptidase activities in the different compartments (cytoplasmic vs membrane attached proteins). In order to detect a possible influence of the PBP4a domain III in the localization of the protein, its encoding sequence has been cloned into pET-28b-BlaP, a vector allowing the production of WT BlaP β-lactamase or BlaP/DIII chimeric protein (with domain III inserted in a permissive loop of BlaP). The nitrocefin hydrolysis activities of BlaP or BlaP/DIII have been measured in the different cellular compartments. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Belgique, un pays complexe
Hermans, Michel ULg

in Perdigon, Marie-France (Ed.) Actes des VIIème entretiens sur l'identité européenne (2014, April 19)

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See detailRéaction immédiate à l'alcool
LIBON, Florence ULg; DEZFOULIAN, Bita ULg; NIKKELS, Arjen ULg

Poster (2014, April 17)

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See detailStudy of a solar concentrator for space based on a diffractive/refractive optical combination
Michel, Céline ULg; Loicq, Jerôme ULg; Thibert, Tanguy ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 16)

The present work proposes a theoretical optical study of a new planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto three spatially separated photovoltaic cells (three ... [more ▼]

The present work proposes a theoretical optical study of a new planar solar concentrator for space applications. The concentrator focuses light onto three spatially separated photovoltaic cells (three single-junctions, dedicated to two different light spectra), allowing for independent control of the output power of each cell. The design, based on a blazed diffraction grating superimposed on a Fresnel lens, combines advantages of both spectral splitting and light focusing. Theoretical model and optimization of the optical design are presented, including the variation of the grating period along the lens. Numerical results are detailed, highlighting the possibility to design a concentrator at more than 10× for each cell, with an optical efficiency of ~71% and less than 10% of losses for tracking errors < ±0.85°. A thermal study completes the work, as well as a first theoretical comparison with a planar Fresnel based solar concentrator focusing on a GaAs cell. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving our vision on human cadaveric decomposition chemistry
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Stadler, S; Perrault, K et al

Conference (2014, April 15)

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See detailCumulative effect of Aox1 inactivation and N source modulation on the cellular proteome of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii - New insights in the metabolic interconnexion between respiration and photosynthesis
Gerin, Stéphanie ULg; Mathy, Grégory; Franck, Fabrice ULg

Conference (2014, April 14)

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, the Aox1 gene encoding the mitochondrial alternative oxidase (AOX) is tightly regulated by the N source: its transcription is stimulated by nitrate and repressed by ammonium ... [more ▼]

In Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, the Aox1 gene encoding the mitochondrial alternative oxidase (AOX) is tightly regulated by the N source: its transcription is stimulated by nitrate and repressed by ammonium. AOX has been proposed to play a key role in regards to the N source by acting as a trigger factor for the TCA cycle to promote the production of reduced cofactors which, together with photo-generated reductant, could contribute to support nitrate assimilation. In the present work, the cellular proteomes of wild-type and AOX-deficient strains grown either on nitrate or ammonium in the presence of acetate have been compared using two dimensional-differential in-gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) coupled to hierarchical clustering and ANOVA-2 statistical analyses in order to further investigate the physiological role(s) of AOX, particularly in regards to the N source. The dramatic up-regulation of chloroplastic components of the carbon-concentrating mechanism (CCM) in response to Aox1 inactivation importantly suggests that AOX plays a key role in the CCM in both N sources by allowing the production of CO2 through the TCA cycle. The concomitant down-regulation of photorespiratory enzymes in cells lacking AOX indicates that such an induction of the CCM could actually be sufficient to over-compensate the effects of AOX deficiency on CO2 availability in the local environment of Rubisco and maintain high rates of inorganic carbon fixation despite lower TCA cycle-mediated CO2 production. The global overexpression of diverse photosynthetic chain and Calvin cycle components in cells lacking AOX further evidences that a tight functional relationship exists between mitochondrial and chloroplastic processes of energy transduction, and that there could be a global redirection of bioenergetics towards photosynthesis to limit the harmful consequences (particularly oxidative stress) of mitochondrial deficiency. The observation that numerous N-responsive proteomic modifications are strongly attenuated (or even abolished) in response to Aox1 inactivation supports that AOX also exerts a more specific role as a central effector of the metabolic plasticity induced by modulating the N source in the growth medium. Our proteomic results tend notably to confirm that respiration (through AOX activity) and photosynthesis collaborate to provide nitrate reduction with electrons in mixotrophic condition and that acetate oxidation could be promoted to support AOX involvement in this context. [less ▲]

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See detailThe International Criminal Court as the Principal Authority for Defining the Boundaries of its own Human Rights Obligations
Deprez, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, April 14)

This paper addresses the applicability of human rights standards to the activity of the International Criminal Court. It argues that, in practice, the Court itself is the key authority when it comes to ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the applicability of human rights standards to the activity of the International Criminal Court. It argues that, in practice, the Court itself is the key authority when it comes to determining the content of its own human rights obligations. This paradox is due to the fact that the only two legal constructions on which the ICC can convincingly and practically be said to be bound by human rights law – i.e. those that are respectively based on general sources of international law and on the Court’s founding treaty – leave much discretion to the interpreter as to the content of the resulting duties. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of an undershoot in chlorophyll fluorescence signal after a saturating pulse in PAM measurements
Fratamico, Anthony ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2014, April 14)

In 1989, Larcher and Neuner have reported the observation of a sudden reversible drop in modulated chlorophyll fluorescence measurements (PAM) immediately after a saturating pulse, and called it “low ... [more ▼]

In 1989, Larcher and Neuner have reported the observation of a sudden reversible drop in modulated chlorophyll fluorescence measurements (PAM) immediately after a saturating pulse, and called it “low-wave”. 25 years later, whereas some papers reported this phenomenon as a trivial detail, scarcely two works have investigated the origin of this particular signal, in which a link with a low CO2 availability seems clear. Our work on Haematococcus pluvialis, a freshwater green microalga, provides a new point of view on this fluorescence undershoot, caused by a rapidly established non-photochemical quenching. We have demonstrated that in the light-adapted state, a low-wave after a saturating flash can be considered as a consequence of an induction process engaged in response to the brief light increase under low CO2 conditions. The non-photochemical quenching during low-waves was found to be dependent on electron transport to oxygen during the preceding flash. Moreover, in conditions in which low-waves were observed in the light-adapted state, the fluorescence induction kinetics in the first minute of lighting after dark-adaptation presented also a reversible strong drop. Nevertheless, at the stationary state, oxygen production and photochemical yield of photosystem II were not affected. Providing a better understanding of the processes underlying low-waves, our work also draws attention on the effect of CO2 concentration on the onset of photosynthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat about Google Scholar when searching information in Human and Physical Geography?
Stirbu, Simona ULg

Conference (2014, April 12)

This study focuses on four bibliographic tools and aims to highlight what the use of the Google Scholar search engine can yield, in comparison with three commercial bibliographical databases: the well ... [more ▼]

This study focuses on four bibliographic tools and aims to highlight what the use of the Google Scholar search engine can yield, in comparison with three commercial bibliographical databases: the well known multidisciplinary database Web of Science (WoS); GeoRef, a specialized data base in geosciences; and FRANCIS, which includes international geographical bibliography. To identify the bibliographic references published yearly between the years 2005 to 2009, ten keywords placed between quotation marks have been searched through the title field of the search tool interfaces. On a monthly basis, from November 2010 to July 2011, an identical process was repeated to get some information on the repeatability of the searches. Initially the whole set of results was analysed, and then the search results of two keywords were studied in more details. The results indicate that GS provides a high overlap with the search results of the other databases, but also yields numerous unique hits. Moreover, it seems that it is also able to find diverse types of literature, while the others are more specialized. [less ▲]

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See detailXenogeneic GVHD in NSG mice: focus on rapamycin
Ehx, Grégory ULg

Conference (2014, April 11)

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