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See detailVirus indexing and sanitation of international banana collection: insights from a 5-year collaborative effort
De Clerck, Caroline ULg; Parmenter, Kathleen; Vandenhouwe, Ines et al

Conference (2014, August 14)

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See detailBarley (Hordeum distichon L.) roots produce volatile aldehydes via the lipoxygenase/hydroperoxide lyase pathway with a strong age-dependent pattern
Delory, Benjamin ULg; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 13)

In chemical ecology, the roles played by root-emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in biotic interactions and the quantitative analysis of such chemicals in root tissues remain poorly documented. In ... [more ▼]

In chemical ecology, the roles played by root-emitted volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in biotic interactions and the quantitative analysis of such chemicals in root tissues remain poorly documented. In this context, this study aims at using a fully automated gas chromatography – mass spectrometry methodology allowing both identification and accurate quantification of VOCs produced by roots of a monocotyledonous plant species at five selected developmental stages from germination to the end of tillering. Results show that barley roots mainly produce four volatile aldehydes, namely hexanal, (E)-hex-2-enal, (E)-non-2-enal and (E,Z)-nona-2,6-dienal. These molecules are well-known linoleic and linolenic acid derivatives produced via the lipoxygenase/hydroperoxide lyase pathway of higher plants. Our findings contrast with analyses documented on aboveground barley tissues that mainly emit C6 aldehydes, alcohols and their corresponding esters. Multivariate statistical analyses performed on individual VOC concentrations indicate quantitative changes in the volatile profile produced by barley roots according to plant age. Barley roots produced higher total and individual VOC concentrations when young seminal roots emerged from the coleorhizae compared to older phenological stages. Moreover, results also show that the C6/C9 volatile aldehyde ratio was the lowest at the end of tillering while the maximum mean value of this ratio was reached in seven day-old barley roots. [less ▲]

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See detailRobustness and efficiency of multivariate coefficients of variation
Aerts, Stéphanie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg; Ruwet, Christel ULg

Conference (2014, August 12)

The coefficient of variation is a well-known measure used in many fields to compare the variability of a variable in several populations. However, when the dimension is greater than one, comparing the ... [more ▼]

The coefficient of variation is a well-known measure used in many fields to compare the variability of a variable in several populations. However, when the dimension is greater than one, comparing the variability only marginally may lead to controversial results. Several multivariate extensions of the univariate coefficient of variation have been introduced in the literature. In practice, these coefficients can be estimated by using any pair of location and covariance estimators. However, as soon as the classical mean and covariance matrix are under consideration, the influence functions are unbounded, while the use of any robust estimators yields bounded influence functions. While useful in their own right, the influence functions of the multivariate coefficients of variation are further exploited in this talk to derive a general expression for the corresponding asymptotic variances under elliptical symmetry. Then, focusing on two of the considered multivariate coefficients, a diagnostic tool based on their influence functions is derived and compared, on a real-life dataset, with the usual distance-plot. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of biocompatible and responsive hydrogels and nanogels made from poly(2-oxazoline)s
Legros, Camille ULg; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; tam, Michael et al

Conference (2014, August 12)

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See detailRestoration of threatened metallophyte populations in Katanga (D.R. Congo): lessons learnt.
Le Stradic, Soizig ULg; Seleck, Maxime ULg; Le Brun, Julie et al

Conference (2014, August 05)

One of the current major challenges consists in integrating economic activities with environmental integrity and social concerns. One of the world’s largest concentrations of copper and cobalt deposits is ... [more ▼]

One of the current major challenges consists in integrating economic activities with environmental integrity and social concerns. One of the world’s largest concentrations of copper and cobalt deposits is located in Katanga (Democratic Republic of Congo) and represents an important source of income for the country. Unique communities and several endemic species are hosted on copper outcrops and are threatened by the extension of mining activities in the area. In theory, translocation or transplantation of structuring and/or endemic species is a suitable substitute to spontaneous succession and a good mean to rescue and conserve the more threatened species. Here we present briefly the global framework developed with a mining company in order to conserve and restore the biodiversity of Cu-Co communities, including, among others, translocation and transplantation of highly threatened species. We recorded low survival of translocated individuals. An alternative was then to produce seedlings of endemic and/or structuring species under nursery conditions for their later transplantation in degraded areas or for conservation purposes. However, the diversity of plant forms and life-forms found in such tropical area limited the production of many species. We highlighted that poor understanding of many of these tropical plants often hampered their regeneration and their use in restoration program. As already noticed, transplantation results are not always reported, especially in case of failure, while such results appear as even more important than successes and have to be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFeeding ecology of harpacticoid copepod species: Insights from stable isotopes analysis and fatty acid profiling
Mascart, Thibaud ULg; De Troch, Marleen; Remy, François ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 04)

Understanding how biodiversity influence ecosystem functioning is a major research question in current ecology research. Trophic diversity within communities strongly affects ecosystem functioning through ... [more ▼]

Understanding how biodiversity influence ecosystem functioning is a major research question in current ecology research. Trophic diversity within communities strongly affects ecosystem functioning through trophic interactions between species. Various studies tackled ecosystem functioning via interactions between trophic guilds such as bottom-up and top-down control. However, few studies focussed on interspecific variability in the feeding ecology of organisms with overlapping trophic niche. Here, we in a North-Western Corsican Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow and its variability over one year. The extensive P. oceanica meadows are occasionally interrupted by bare sand patches which serve as deposition and accumulation area for detritus, mainly derived from senescent macrophytes. These macrophytodetritus accumulation harbour a diverse community of Harpacticoida (Crustacea, Copepoda). The most abundant harpacticoids and their potential food sources (i.e. macrophytodetritus, epiphytic biofilm, macroalgae and particulate matter) were analysed for stable isotope ratios (δ13C, δ15N). Bayesian mixing model (SIAR) showed a minor contribution of macrophytodetritus while the epiphytic biofilm, present on the macrophytodetritus, appeared to be the major food source of harpacticoid copepods. In order to distinguish the several components of the epiphytic biofilm and their contribution, fatty acid profiling was used. The outcome revealed a general harpacticoid diet preference towards diatoms and bacteria, however specialisation for certain components seemed to reduce competition between harpacticoid species. In conclusion, our results underline the importance of multiple biomarker species-specific analysis, especially in complex and dynamic environments where a wide variety of potential trophic niches are present. [less ▲]

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See detailIntraspecific variation of copper tolerance of four endemic plant species from the katangan Copperbelt (D. R. Congo)
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; garin, olivier; Seleck, Maxime ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 04)

Harsh ecosystems are at the origin of speciation processes in plant communities. In metalliferous areas, plants develop physiological adaptations to tolerate metal excesses which lead to high species and ... [more ▼]

Harsh ecosystems are at the origin of speciation processes in plant communities. In metalliferous areas, plants develop physiological adaptations to tolerate metal excesses which lead to high species and population diversity. South of the Katanga province (D.R. Congo), plant communities occur on soils with one of the world’s largest concentrations of copper and cobalt. More than 600 species including 54 endemics are distributed along a copper gradient (up to 10 000 mg kg-1 available Cu) and the populations are isolated on more than 100 copper hills scattered in miombo forest. In order to improve restoration strategies of threatened species, we aimed to identify intraspecific copper tolerance of 4 endemic plant species from katangan copper outcrops: Crotalaria cobalticola, Diplolophium marthozianum, Gladiolus ledoctei and Triumfetta welwitschii. Seeds were collected in 3 different populations in the katangan Copperbelt and sown according three soil contamination modalities: control (no addition of Cu), 100 mg kg-1 and 1000 mg kg-1 of Cu concentration using hydrated copper (II) sulfate. For each combination (species x populations x soils), we had 10 repetitions. For each population, sample of 5 seeds was weighed before seedling in pot in November 2013. One individual by pot was kept for measures. Height (cm), number of leaves, number of flowers and number of fruits were measured once a week during one rainy season. For all species, no significant difference of copper tolerance appeared between populations. In contrast, populations had distinct germination rate and growth rate, especially for T. welwitshii and D. marthozianum. C. cobalticola grew significantly better in highly contaminated soil than other soils. G. ledoctei did not show any significant difference between populations and soil treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailTurnover rates of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in the amphipod Gammarus aequicauda: insights for trophic studies of Mediterranean macrophytodetritus accumulation.
Remy, François ULg; Melchior, Aurélie; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 04)

A quite diverse and abundant macrofauna assemblage is found in the Mediterranean Sea in exported Posidonia oceanica macrophytodétritus accumulations along with meiofauna, microalgae, fungi and bacteria ... [more ▼]

A quite diverse and abundant macrofauna assemblage is found in the Mediterranean Sea in exported Posidonia oceanica macrophytodétritus accumulations along with meiofauna, microalgae, fungi and bacteria. This study focused on a dominant vagile macroinvertebrate species living and feeding in exported dead P.oceanica leaves litter from Calvi Bay (Corsica, France): Gammarus aequicauda. Results of gut content observations and stable isotope analysis (SIAR data) showed clearly that G. aequicauda is the most important dead P. oceanica consumer with up to 50% of dead leaves contribution. An isotopic turnover experiment was conducted with 3 controlled simultaneous treatments: 1. amphipod feeding for 43 days, 2. Green algae feeding for 30 days and 3. Posidonia oceanica litter feeding for 30 days. Individuals (n = 12 to 16) have been sampled every 7 days and whole individual stable isotope analysis have been conducted. An exponential decay regression model and calculations resulted in half-lives for C ranging from 11.72 days (treatment 1) to 51.62 days (treatment 3). Treatment 2 data did not allow us to fit a curve, consequence of a potentially very low turnover rate. For N, no significant increase or decrease of the δ15N values have been observed, and we thus concluded that δ15N was at the equilibrium from the beginning to the end of the experiment. It appears that amphipods feeding on low quality food (high to very high C/N ratio) like algae and Neptune grass dead leaves, show a lower turnover rate for C than amphipods feeding on a high quality animal food (low C/N ratio). Carbon and Nitrogen stable isotope “Trophic Enrichment Factor” (TEF) were calculated for treatments where δ13C or δ15N were at the equilibrium at the end of the experiment. Calculated TEF for nitrogen ranged from 0.53‰ ± 0.439 to 0.96‰ ± 0.424 for treatment 2 and 3 (consistent with detritus-feeder invertebrate values) and was 2.91‰ ± 0.558 for treatment 1 (consistent with predator invertebrate values). For C calculations, a TEF of 0,81‰± 0.39 for treatment 1 and a TEF of 1.19‰ ± 0.824 for treatment 3 were calculated. [less ▲]

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

Conference (2014, August)

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

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

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See detailStructural identifiability analysis of a cardiovascular system model
Pironet, Antoine ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its ... [more ▼]

A simple experimentally validated cardiovascular system model has been shown to be able to track the evolution of various diseases. The model has previously been made patient-specific by adjustment of its parameters on the basis of a minimal set of hemodynamic measurements. However, this model has not yet been shown to be structurally identifiable, which means that the adjusted model parameters may not be unique. The model equations were manipulated to show that, from a theoretical point of view, all of their parameters can be exactly retrieved from a restricted set of model outputs. However, this set of model outputs is still too large for a clinical application, because it includes left and right ventricular pressures. Consequently, further hypotheses that determine some model parameter values have to be made for the model to be clinically applicable. [less ▲]

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

Conference (2014, August)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, August)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, August)

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See detailSurvey about diffusion and adoption of glycaemic controller in European intensive care units
Penning, Sophie ULg; Pironet, Antoine ULg; Chase, J. Geoffrey et al

Conference (2014, August)

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

Conference (2014, August)

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

Conference (2014, August)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 30)

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

Conference (2014, July 29)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 25)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 25)

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

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

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See detailGEOMETRICAL VALIDITY OF HIGH-ORDER PYRAMIDAL FINITE ELEMENTS
Johnen, Amaury ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, July 24)

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

Conference (2014, July 23)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 22)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 21)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 21)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 20)

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

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

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See detailThe Man in the Moon: A Survival of Germanic Mythology?
Dor, Juliette ULg

Conference (2014, July 17)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 17)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 16)

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See detailNumerical modelling of mirror nozzle flow
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 15)

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See detailHigher Symmetries of the conformal Laplacian
Radoux, Fabian ULg

Conference (2014, July 14)

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

Conference (2014, July 12)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 11)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 10)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 10)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 10)

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

Cette présentation montre l'importance du choix des conditions d'agitation lors de la culture de cellules animales adhérentes sur microporteurs en bioréacteurs à cuve agitée. Elle montre des exemples d'outils pour caractériser à l'échelle locale l'hydrodynamique au sein de ces bioréacteurs et une approche Euler-Lagrange qui a terme permettra de faire le lien entre l'hydrodynamique et la réponse cellulaire grâce à l'établissement de l'historique de conditions rencontrées localement par les cellules. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of degradable polyphosphoester copolymers for templating calcium carbonate drug delivery carriers
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Calvignac, Brice et al

Conference (2014, July 09)

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

Degradable acid bearing polyphosphoester (PPE) copolymers were prepared by combination of organocatalyzed ring opening polymerization and click chemistry. Their solution behavior and ability to complex calcium ions were studied as well as their capacity to template CaCO3 particles dedicated to drug delivery. [less ▲]

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See detailApproximation algorithms for multi-dimensional vector assignment problems
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2014, July 09)

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

Conference (2014, July 09)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 08)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 08)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 07)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 07)

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

Conference (2014, July 06)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 05)

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

Conference (2014, July 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detailLet's Talk Ambiguity: Citizen science in new and emerging technologies
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

Citizen science (CS) is a fairly new concept that is rapidly gaining traction in the industrialized democratic world. Although it is often likened to public participation in science, CS takes on many ... [more ▼]

Citizen science (CS) is a fairly new concept that is rapidly gaining traction in the industrialized democratic world. Although it is often likened to public participation in science, CS takes on many forms and orientations. In this presentation, I link CS developments and practices to the advent of new and emerging technologies (NEST), such as bio- and nanotechnologies. I draw on three Flemish cases of CS linked to NEST to illustrate how CS co-evolves with Flemish and European policy shifts towards responsible innovation governance. The cases serve to highlight how various conceptions of CS enact divergent rationales for public involvement in science and promote competing visions of the volatile relationship between science and society. The clash of CS perspectives within and through NEST produces a highly ambiguous innovation context that is simultaneously characterized by excitement and (pre)caution; public and formal expertise; policy dictates and public dialogue; and deterministic and constructionist views of innovation. How implicated actors (policymakers, scientists, citizens, and other stakeholders) make sense of, and deal with, these ambiguities is one of the key challenges CS faces today. [less ▲]

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

Conference (2014, July 04)

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

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detailHMA4 and metal hyperaccumulation in Arabidopsis halleri
Hanikenne, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, July 04)

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See detailThe emergence of hybrids: Imprinting from the entrepreneurial team heterogeneity
Dufays, Frédéric ULg; Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

Conference (2014, July 03)

This conceptual paper deals with the emergence of hybrids by developing a process model that crosses levels of analysis. It aims to explain how heterogeneity in an entrepreneurial team may translate into ... [more ▼]

This conceptual paper deals with the emergence of hybrids by developing a process model that crosses levels of analysis. It aims to explain how heterogeneity in an entrepreneurial team may translate into the creation of a hybrid organization. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse de l’efficacité de l’accoutumance à l’eau chez l’enfant préscolaire
Mornard, Manhattan ULg; Jidovtseff, Boris ULg; Deflandre, Dorian ULg et al

Conference (2014, July 02)

Beaucoup d’enfants suivent des cours d’accoutumance à l’eau et différentes approches existent. Cette étude vise à comparer deux de ces méthodes et d’en vérifier l’efficacité. Nous avons soumis à trois ... [more ▼]

Beaucoup d’enfants suivent des cours d’accoutumance à l’eau et différentes approches existent. Cette étude vise à comparer deux de ces méthodes et d’en vérifier l’efficacité. Nous avons soumis à trois groupes d’enfants une batterie de tests complète. Vingt-cinq enfants bénéficiaient d’une méthode traditionnelle (TRADITION), 25 autres de la méthode CEReKi (CEREKI) et les 27 derniers ne suivaient aucun cours (CONTRÔLE). Tous ont été testés avant et après une période de cinq mois. L’approche pédagogique des deux écoles a été analysée durant 13 séances filmées. On observe une amélioration linéaire du niveau d’accoutumance à l’eau des enfants en fonction de leur âge qu’ils suivent ou non des cours. Les résultats démontrent l’efficacité des deux écoles. Les enfants CEREKI semblent s’améliorer autant mais en moins de séances. Cela peut être dû à un meilleur temps d’engagement moteur. La méthode CEREKI s’avère donc très efficace, même dans une piscine peu adaptée. [less ▲]

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See detailConstraints on the summer-to-winter transport from SPICAM/MEX nitric oxide observations
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Gagné, M.-E. et al

Conference (2014, July 01)

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See detailDiurnal thermosphere scale height from MEX/SPICAM grazing limb data
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Bougher, S et al

Conference (2014, July 01)

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See detailBeyond the limits of a deductive approach based on ideal types and configurations
Moreau, Charlotte ULg; Pichault, François ULg; Mertens de Wilmars, Sybille ULg

Conference (2014, July)

This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an original theoretical model combining ideal-types and bundles in order to apprehend a poorly studied phenomenon, the professionalization of human resource management (HRM) in social enterprises. This theoretical model elaborated from a literature review fits into a deductive approach. The first objective of this contribution is to show the added values and limits of such an a priori conceptualization. By replacing that model within the contextualist framework of analysis (Pettigrew, 1987) and by equipping that approach with adapted methodologies, some limits inherent in a deductive approach are avoided. The second goal of this paper is then to demonstrate how such a combination helps to pass over the limits of the theoretical model based on bundles and ideal types. [less ▲]

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See detailLa flexicurité : vers une carrière transitionnelle?
Beuker, Laura ULg

Conference (2014, July)

Ces dernières années, les institutions Européennes ont joué un rôle clé dans la régulation et l’orientation des politiques publiques pour l’emploi des États-membres (Amparo-Serrano et Martin-Martin, 2012 ... [more ▼]

Ces dernières années, les institutions Européennes ont joué un rôle clé dans la régulation et l’orientation des politiques publiques pour l’emploi des États-membres (Amparo-Serrano et Martin-Martin, 2012). Dans ce cadre, la flexicurité s’est imposée comme une référence des politiques en matière de droit du travail, d’emploi, de sécurité sociale et de formation professionnelle (Conter et Orianne, 2011). En Belgique, cette exigence d’allier flexibilité et sécurité sur le marché du travail a constitué le cœur de nombreux discours et programmes politiques, pour finir par s’estomper progressivement, à la suite de crises financières et économiques l’ayant fortement éprouvé. Ce « concept » a-t-il pour autant effectivement disparu ? À partir d’une étude qualitative basée sur des entretiens semi-directifs menés auprès d’acteurs institutionnels – experts et analystes du marché du travail – nous nous sommes rendu compte que si la sémantique n’est plus, les principes de flexicurité sont, quant à eux, toujours présents dans le discours des individus. De plus, ces principes semblent détenir une portée normative de taille quant à la redéfinition de l’articulation des temporalités sociales : d’une sécurité de l’emploi, nous serions en train d’effectuer un glissement vers une sécurité en emploi de l’individu. La rhétorique n’est pas innocente : désormais, ce n’est plus tant l’individu qu’il s’agit de protéger (droit du travail, etc.) mais bien les transitions – multiples et sinueuses – opérées par ce dernier. Pour y parvenir, l’État le responsabilise : il doit désormais être capable de se prendre en mains : « c’est le passage d’un ‘État qui protège’ à un ‘État qui rend capable’ » (Vrancken, 2008). [less ▲]

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See detailInverting Hydraulic Heads In An Alluvial Aquifer Constrained With Electrical Resistivity Tomography Data Through Multiple-Point Statistics And Probability Perturbation Method: A Case Study
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Scheidt, Celine; Caers, Jef et al

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Solving spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and as a result the ill ... [more ▼]

Solving spatial inverse problems in the Earth Sciences remains a considerable challenge given the large number of parameters to invert for, the non-linearity of forward models and as a result the ill-posedness of the problem. Geostatistics is therefore needed to specify prior models, more particularly, information to control the spatial features of the inverse solutions. We used multiple-point statistics (MPS) to build models of pre-defined hydrofacies: clay, sand and gravel facies constrained to geological data (hard data) and geophysical data (soft data). The electrical resistivity tomography method was chosen to bring relevant spatially distributed information on the presence of the facies, given its sensitivity to variations in lithology and porosity. The comparison of the geophysical signature of the deposits with direct observations in boreholes enables to derive the conditional probability of observing a facies given its electrical resistivity. This is used to produce probability maps for each facies and constrain stochastic simulations of the alluvial aquifer. Then, the probability perturbation method (PPM) is used to integrate hydraulic heads data, using MPS to generate models. This process enables us to obtain calibrated models of the aquifer. The PPM algorithm will automatically seek solutions fitting both hydrogeological data and training-image based geostatistical constraints. Only geometrical features of the model are affected by the perturbation, i.e. we do not attempt to directly find the optimal value of hydrogeological parameters (chosen a priori), but the optimal spatial distribution of facies whose prior distribution is quantified in a training image. The methodology is first tested with a synthetic benchmark. The tests performed show that the choice of the training image is a major source of uncertainty. Therefore, one first needs to select those training images consistent with the geophysical data (and hence reject the inconsistent ones). Then, we proceed with them to hydrogeological inversions. Geophysical data (soft constraints) acts as an accelerator of convergence by reducing prior uncertainty. The hydraulic conductivity of each facies is a sensitive parameter, but it can be easily optimized prior to the PPM process. The stochastic method is then successfully applied within the context of an alluvial aquifer submitted to a pumping experiment. We show how the integration of various sources of data (borehole logs, geophysics, hydraulic heads) aids in calibrating hydrogeological models, locating high hydraulic conductivity zones and reducing uncertainty. The developed methodology proposes a common framework (multiple-point statistics) to integrate various information sources with variable resolutions relevant for hydrogeology: geological, geophysical and hydrogeological data. The method can be extended to integrate tracer tests to enable the calibration of transport parameters as well. The originality of the method is to use geophysical data both to refine the choice of the training image and to constrain the inversion of hydrogeological models. [less ▲]

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See detailNegation, grammaticalization and subjectification: the development of polar, modal and mirative no way-constructions
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Lesage, Jakob et al

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See detailSynthesis of Pt/Carbon Xerogel Electrocatalysts for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC): Effect of the Reduction Procedure
Zubiaur, Anthony ULg; Chatenet, Marian; Maillard, Frédéric et al

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See detail3D MODELING OF SHEAR STRESS DEVELOPMENT DURING NEOTISSUE GROWTH IN A PERFUSION BIOREACTOR
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

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See detailMetacognition and school learning: Individual use of the DELV program with teenagers
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg; Nobile, Debora ULg

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In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010 ... [more ▼]

In the framework of self-regulated learning theories, the DELV (“Understanding one’s own learning”) is a 165-page metacognitive intervention program developed by Büchel & Büchel (1995, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2011). It includes 8 types of decontextualized exercises which notably allow to develop the learner’s metacognitive knowledge and skills (for more details, see Büchel, 2013b). They also make it possible to work on cognitive and psycho-affective aspects. Transfer can thus be better developed. This tool has been used since its first version (Büchel & Büchel, 1995) both at the Atelier d’Apprentissage of the University of Genève (Unige, Switzerland) and at that of the University of Liège (ULg, Belgium) since their creation (respectively in 1996 and in 2009), (for more details, see Büchel, 2013a; Frenkel, in press (b)). Our main purpose is to present how we can use this tool individually in order to enable the student to activate his/her “sleeping potential” (for more details, see Frenkel, in press (a)). By focusing on adolescence, we will present (a) our theoretical background (conception of learning and intellectual functioning, criteria and levels of mediation), (b) the variables worked on, and (c) the results obtained. Note: Part of the Psychological and Speech therapy consultation Centre (CPLU, ULg), Belgium’s Atelier d’Apprentissage [Learning Workshop] intended for children and teenagers with temporary school learning difficulties. See www.cplu.ulg.ac.be References - Büchel, F.P. (2013a). L’intervention psychopédagogique auprès des enfants ayant des difficultés d’apprentissage. Un modèle métacognitif et d’autorégulation. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 71- 105). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. (2013b). Le programme DELV – Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Evaluation scientifique auprès d’enfants et d’adolescents sans ou avec difficultés d’apprentissage. In J.-L. Berger & F.P. Büchel (Eds.), L’autorégulation de l’apprentissage: Perspectives théoriques et applications (pp. 293-336). Nice, France: Les Editions Ovadia. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Büchel, F.P., & Büchel, P. (1997). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens und Denkens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene. Aarau, Switzerland: Sauerländer. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2010). DELV. Das Eigene Lernen Verstehen. Ein Programm zur Förderung des Lernens für Jugendliche und Erwachsene (4. überarbeitete Auflage). Berne, Switzerland: h.e.p. Verlag. - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (2011). DELV. Comprendre son propre apprentissage. Tegna, Suisse: Centre d’éducation cognitive. - Frenkel, S. (in press (a)). Metacognitive components in learning to learn approaches. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach. - Frenkel, S. (in press (b)). Métacognition et réussite scolaire : Applications. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université. - Frenkel, S., & Deforge, H. (in press). Métacognition et réussite scolaire: Perspectives théoriques. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université. [less ▲]

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See detailStability and bifurcation analysis of a Van der Pol–Duffing oscillator with a nonlinear tuned vibration absorber
Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

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The Van der Pol (VdP) oscillator is a paradigmatic model for description of self-excited oscillations, which are of practical interest in many engineering applications. In this paper the dynamics of a VdP ... [more ▼]

The Van der Pol (VdP) oscillator is a paradigmatic model for description of self-excited oscillations, which are of practical interest in many engineering applications. In this paper the dynamics of a VdP-Duffing (VdPD) oscillator with an attached nonlinear tuned vibration absorber (NLTVA) is considered; the NLTVA has both linear and nonlinear restoring force terms. In the first part of this work, the stability of the trivial solution of the system is investigated, following results of previous works. The analysis allows to define an optimal tuning rule for the linear parameters of the absorber, which substantially enlarges the domain of safe operation of the primary system. In this case, the system loses stability through a double Hopf bifurcation. In the second part of this work, the bifurcations occurring at the loss of stability are analytically investigated, using the technique of the center manifold reduction and transformation to normal form. The obtained results show the effects of the nonlinear parameter of the absorber, which, in turn, allows to define its optimal value in order to avoid subcriticality and reduce the amplitude of self-excited oscillations. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of Pt/carbon xerogel catalysts for PEM fuel cells
Job, Nathalie ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Zubiaur, Anthony ULg et al

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See detailA Multiphycics approach to calculate shear stresses during neotissue growth in perfusion bioreactor
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

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See detailTHE NORDIC TEST SYSTEM FOR VOLTAGE STABILITY ASSESSMENT
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

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See detailFormal and semantic-discursive properties of mirative exprecctions (it's) no wonder: a synchronic-diachronic approach
Gentens, Caroline; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin et al

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See detailFascination as a Case of Action at a Distance in Early Modern Science
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

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BUCHAREST-PRINCETON SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY 14th Edition Organized by the Research Centre for the Foundations of Modern Thought (FME), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the ... [more ▼]

BUCHAREST-PRINCETON SEMINAR IN EARLY MODERN PHILOSOPHY 14th Edition Organized by the Research Centre for the Foundations of Modern Thought (FME), University of Bucharest, in collaboration with the Philosophy Department at Princeton University 8 – 13 July 2014 Bran, Romania De rerum natura: Naturalism, Super-naturalism, Unnaturalism Invited speakers include: Daniel Garber (Princeton University), Roger Ariew (University of South Florida), Igor Agostini (Università del Salento), Peter Anstey (University of Sydney), Olivier Dubouclez (Université de Liège), Tamás Pavlovits (University of Szeged), Jennifer Rampling (Princeton) Description : https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/8CBWEZYl_gju-O0mEKjDNw0Eh_qIbYUu1oZBKfZqOypmLO1gU9NfBBUnKK5HrwoN-VKG8iQn_PvQpZDlbxq0IwVL9dQOy_HcGJ0=s0-d-e1-ft#https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif Some Seventeenth Century authors gave a new definition of nature, clearly articulated in terms of natural laws and of their dependence on God. Even if some elder tensions, coming from the Stoic and Epicurean heritage, were thus released, new challenges appeared, related to the limits of nature (is the world finite or infinite?), the structure of matter, the status of the mind and the status of the human being with respect to nature. While some philosophers as Bruno, Telesio and Cardano tried to reach a compromise with Renaissance vitalism, promoting a natural magic and a new alchemy, some others, such Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, proposed radical different paths. Not losing sight of the manner in which ancient thought (Pliny and Lucretius seem to be naturally summoned) informed modern debate over nature, the seminar will try to uncover a period in which Spinoza could articulate his critique of Descartes as holding a view of man as "imperium in imperio". The Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy is an international annual meeting of scholars interested in various aspects of early modern thought. The aim of the seminar is to create a stimulating environment for discussing papers and ideas. It includes workshops in the morning and presentations of papers in the afternoon, where participants can present work in progress. While the morning sessions will focus on the theme of “De rerum natura: Naturalism, Super-naturalism, Unnaturalism,” the afternoon sessions seek to give participants an opportunity to discuss their own special interests with an open and sympathetic audience of students and scholars with broad interests in early modern thought. Throughout we try to maintain a balance between the high scholarly level and the informal friendly spirit of a colloquium. The Seminar will take place in Bran, a small mountain resort near Brasov, in Transylvania. It will be hosted in a small, friendly Bed and Breakfast (single or double rooms). The participation fee is 150 EUR for faculty and 90 EUR for students (covering accommodation with breakfast). We invite applications for contributions (from researchers) and for attendance (from students). If you want to contribute a paper, please send a CV and a one-page abstract, and if you want to attend, a CV and a letter of intent – by April 20 – to Vlad Alexandrescu (valexandrescu@gmail.com), Dana Jalobeanu (dana.jalobeanu@celfis.ro). [less ▲]

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See detailLink between learning profile and school achievement in primary school; a transversal study
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg; Nobile, Debora ULg

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School achievement plays an essential role in terms of professional and social adaptation. However, all the students do not always perform as the system requires them to. In Belgium, at the end of ... [more ▼]

School achievement plays an essential role in terms of professional and social adaptation. However, all the students do not always perform as the system requires them to. In Belgium, at the end of compulsory education, one student out of two lags behind in their school education (Indicators from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles [Walloon-Brussels Federation], 2012). In this context, we do not consider that there are “bad” learners. Instead, there are those students whose learning profile is more or less in line with the context’s requirements and those whose profile is not. In many works, the student’s learning profile is operationalised by measures on 3 levels: cognitive, metacognitive and psycho-affective. These psychological variables, which are major components of self-regulated learning, play a central role in the explanation of school performance (for more details, see Frenkel, in press; Frenkel & Deforge, in press). This profile is not fixed once and for all. It evolves over time and it represents the result of the interaction between these three variables with other factors, notably bio-medical, socio-demographical ones, factors related to family environment (Pourtois, Desmet & Lahaye, 2004; Trudel, Puentes-Neuman & Ntebutse, 2002) and the too often forgotten factors linked to class management and social interactions between students and teachers (see Wang, Haertel & Walberg, 1994). Determining the students’ learning profile enables us to identify their strengths and work on their weaknesses. Therefore, it is essential that psycho-educational teams have validated tools at their disposal in order to carry out this task. Our aim is to propose new tools which will complement the already-existing ones. In this presentation we propose to introduce and discuss our methodology and the results obtained. The starting target population was made up of 198 primary school students divided equitably into three levels (second year of primary school, fourth year of primary school and sixth year of primary school). A problem-solving task based on the DELF (Büchel & Büchel, 1995) was created. It was completed by two questionnaires to fill in before and after the task. The learning profile defined on this basis was analysed according to several variables (age, gender, socio-professional category, school results). Group testing is still in progress. We will also illustrate our presentation with the first results of individual testing which will begin in May 2014. References - Büchel, F.P. & Büchel, P. (1995). Découvrez vos capacités, rEalisez vos possibilités, pLanifiez votre démarche, soyez créatiFs. Le programme DELF. Russin, Switzerland: Centre d’éducation cognitive - Frenkel, S. (in press). Metacognitive components in learning to learn approaches. International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach - Frenkel, S., & Deforge, H. (in press). Métacognition et réussite scolaire: Perspectives théoriques. In C. Giraudeau & G. Chasseigne (Eds.), Psychologie, Education et Vie scolaire. Tours, France: Editions Publibook Université - Pourtois, J.-P., Desmet, H., & Lahaye, W. (2004). Connaissances et pratiques en éducation familiale et parentale. Enfances, Familles, Générations, 1, 22-35 - Trudel, M., Puentes-Neuman, G., & Ntebutse J.G. (2002). Les conceptions contemporaines de l’enfant à risque et la valeur heuristique du construit de résilience en éducation. Revue Canadienne de l’Education, 27 (2 & 3), 153-173 - Wang, M.C., Haertel, G.D., & Walberg, H.J. (1994). What helps students learn? Educational Leadership, 51 (4), 74-79 [less ▲]

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See detailGay and Lesbian Families Well-Beeing: Respectively Ten and Seven years after the legalization of Same-sex Marriage and Same-sex Adoption in Belgium, understanding heterosexual adults' attitudes.
Scali, Thérèse ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore ULg; Green, Robert-Jay

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Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization ... [more ▼]

Belgium is one of the first European country to legalize marriage and adoption for same-sex couples (respectively in 2003 and 2006) and to state anti-discrimination laws (2008). Despite the legalization, what can we say about adults’ attitudes? This study is part of an international project, and aims at studying the attitudes towards different kind of same-sex constellations – single gays and lesbians, couples, and families – and at examining the correlates to those attitudes. Attitudes were assessed through self-report questionnaires in a cohort of 366 heterosexual participants resident in Belgium, 72% females and 28% males aged from 26 to 40 (age class corresponding to transition lifecycle and parenting choices). Participants were asked to answer socio-demographic questions and to self-report their contact with homosexual people (frequency and satisfaction). Then different scales assessed their attitudes toward homosexuality (General Attitudes Toward Homosexuality, Da Costa, 2011; ATLG, Herek), same-sex marriage (Katuzny Scale on Same-Sex Marriage, 2012) and different types of same¬-sex parenting – adoption, alternative insemination, in vitro, ovocyte donation (D’Amore & Green Homoparentality Scale, 2012). It is hypothesized that correlates to positive attitudes will be associated with female gender, lower religiosity, non-protestant religions, liberal political ideology, and higher education and socioeconomic status. This presentation contributes to a better understanding of Belgian’s attitudes toward same-sex couples and same-sex families, by measuring the predictive variables of positive and negative attitudes. [less ▲]

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See detailWhich are the determinants of homeownership ? A logit analysis for the case of Belgium
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg; Bianchet, Bruno ULg; Cools, Mario ULg et al

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In market-oriented economies, high rates of homeowners are traditionally associated with positive economic effects and externalities. For this reason, public authorities have encouraged homeownership for ... [more ▼]

In market-oriented economies, high rates of homeowners are traditionally associated with positive economic effects and externalities. For this reason, public authorities have encouraged homeownership for the last decades through taxation or subsidies policies. In Belgium, owner-occupation has been promoted since the end of the nineteenth century and homeownership policy is considered as a key element of the Welfare state. Furthermore, the effectiveness of these policies is fundamentally based on a clear understanding of what determines homeownership. Therefore, the analysis of tenure determinants can provide inputs for the definition or the renewal of housing, taxation and subsidies policies. Considering this interest, this paper investigates the issue of housing tenure in Belgium. On the basis of previous related research, a model of tenure choice is estimated using a sample of 6,962 households. The observations follow clearly the general trends described for other countries. Higher income and age, couple status and the presence of dependent children have positive influences on homeownership. In addition, locations presenting a high density of population and a high centrality are associated with a lower probability of homeownership compared with other areas. The underlying significations of these variables are discussed in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailUsuing the Arctic Environment Test Basin to study the dynamics of dissolved organic matter in sea ice
Thomas, D.N.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Kaartokallio, H. et al

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This is a report from the INTERICE 5 project that used the Arctic Environment Test Basin at HSVA from 21 May to 19 June 2012. The overarching aim was to investigate the physical and biological controls of ... [more ▼]

This is a report from the INTERICE 5 project that used the Arctic Environment Test Basin at HSVA from 21 May to 19 June 2012. The overarching aim was to investigate the physical and biological controls of dissolved organic matter incorporation into growing sea ice and the effect of melting once the ice had consolidated. Measurements were also made on the CO2 fluxes at the ice surface in relation to the chemical and biological changes taking place in the ice. The Interice 5 team was a multidisciplinary group of glaciologists, chemists and microbiologists from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany and U.K. They were able to build on the experiences of previous INTERICE 2, 3 & 4 projects to maximize the opportunities from the facility. The preliminary results from the experiment will be presented, in the context of what is known about these processes from field campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailThe concept of economic security of the hospital: A new look at the levers of control
Shutyak, Yuliya ULg; Van Caillie, Didier ULg

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Despite a significant progress achieved in the healthcare sector during last decades, we need to admit the fact that many urgent problems remain unsolved even in well developed countries. Along with other ... [more ▼]

Despite a significant progress achieved in the healthcare sector during last decades, we need to admit the fact that many urgent problems remain unsolved even in well developed countries. Along with other major factors, economic causes of these problems hold a prominent position. It is then necessary to think about a need of shifting from a view of hospitals as ever being institutions existing by default in any society to a view of hospitals as organisations with an incorporated economic mechanism, adapted to social changes and relevant economic risks. With this regard, this paper seeks to incorporate the concept of economic security of the hospital into Simons’ LOC model used in hospital management. We provide a brief overview of the concept of economic security of the organization. We adjust this concept for hospital management considering the healthcare system as an economic system and taking main problems of the hospital and interests of stakeholders in the core of strategy development. Further, we accommodate the concept with the levers of control. The result of the paper is a revised Simons’ LOC model which provides a theoretical framework for further research on hospital management and serves a modified management instrument. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of process-driven spray retention model on ear-ly growth stage barley
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

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The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by ... [more ▼]

The efficiency of spray application of foliar plant protection products with hydraulic nozzles on vertically oriented and hydrophobic plants at early growth stages can be very low. The spray retention by crop leaves is affected by application parameters resulting from nozzle kind, size and operating pressure as well as spray mixture physicochemical properties. When optimizing the spray application, such targets are often used to perform retention trials for comparative purpose, i.e. indoor grown monocotyledonous at two leaves stage. A typical arrangement consists in spraying few plants sufficiently spaced underneath the nozzle to avoid interference due to secondary droplets from impacts on other plants. However, retention trials turn out to ineffective for significantly discriminating between application methods and mixtures due to the high variability between trials resulting from the different droplets retained by each plant. An alternative to retention trials is to tackle spray retention with a physical approach at the droplet scale. Such tests are often performed using high speed imaging with high magnification optics to characterize droplet impacts; adhesion, rebound or shatter on small excised leaf areas and neglect, however, the overall plant architecture. The aim of this paper is to evaluate a droplet interception model connecting actual spray retention with process-driven retention models. In this study, barley plants (BBCH11) were sprayed with 2 formulations using the same nozzle. The actual spray retention was assessed by dosing a fluorescent tracer added to the sprayed mixture. The plants were placed linearly below the center of a single moving nozzle during sprayings. Each plant was reconstructed in 3D afterwards using a structured light 3D scanner and used as input for the model. A virtual nozzle was built on the base of droplet size distributions measured with high speed shadow imaging by performing an adjustment of the distribution by the method of moments. A ran-dom droplet distribution was allocated for each spraying of a barley plant. Droplet velocities were given to droplets on the basis of the droplet velocity – diameter correlation by resolving the droplet transport equations for different droplet sizes. Initial droplet positions were ran-domly given. The interception model is based on a mathematical formalism for the intercep-tion between triangles of the 3D plant and droplet directions. If the droplet impacts a leaf, the amount actually retained by the leaf was computed on the basis of the droplet impact energy and impact behavior from experiments with high speed shadow imaging. In conclusion, the interception model allowed determining the spray retention by plants and discriminating ap-plication parameters by explaining the variability resulting from various droplet size distribu-tions intercepted by single plant. [less ▲]

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See detailRecollection and familiarity in normal and pathological aging
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Boussaid, Nabila ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg; Hamza, Taher

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Gravier, Sylvain; Parreau, Aline ULg; Rottey, Sara et al

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We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the ... [more ▼]

We consider the problem of computing identifying codes of graphs and its fractional relaxation. The ratio between the optimal integer and fractional solutions is between 1 and 2 log(|V|) where V is the set of vertices of the graph. We focus on vertex-transitive graphs for which we can compute the exact fractional solution. There are known examples of vertex-transitive graphs that reach both bounds. We exhibit infinite families of vertex-transitive graphs with integer and fractional identifying codes of order |V|^a with a in {1/4, 1/3, 2/5}. These families are generalized quadrangles (strongly regular graphs based on finite geometries). They also provide examples for metric dimension of graphs. [less ▲]

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See detailHD 97658 and its super-Earth. Spitzer & MOST transit analysis and modeling of the host star
Van Grootel, Valérie ULg; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Valencia, D. et al

Conference (2014, July)

Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition ... [more ▼]

Super-Earths transiting nearby bright stars are key objects that simultaneously allow for accurate measurements of both their mass and radius, providing essential constraints on their internal composition. We present here the confirmation, based on Spitzer transit observations, that the super-Earth HD 97658 b transits its host star. HD 97658 is a low-mass ($M_*=0.77\pm0.05\,M_{\odot}$) K1 dwarf, as determined from the Hipparcos parallax and stellar evolution modeling. To constrain the planet parameters, we carry out Bayesian global analyses of Keck-HIRES radial velocities, and MOST and Spitzer photometry. HD 97658 b is a massive ($M_P=7.55^{+0.83}_{-0.79} M_{\oplus}$) and large ($R_{P} = 2.247^{+0.098}_{-0.095} R_{\oplus}$ at 4.5 $\mu$m) super-Earth. We investigate the possible internal compositions for HD 97658 b. Our results indicate a large rocky component, by at least 60% by mass, and very little H-He components, at most 2% by mass. We also discuss how future asteroseismic observations can improve the knowledge of the HD 97658 system, in particular by constraining its age. Orbiting a bright host star, HD 97658 b will be a key target for coming space missions TESS, CHEOPS, PLATO, and also JWST, to characterize thoroughly its structure and atmosphere. [less ▲]

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