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See detailI viaggi di studio: una risorsa per accompagnare il lavoro educativo
Pirard, Florence ULg

Conference (2017, April 01)

Quand ils sont inscrits dans des dispositifs d’accompagnement organisés en réseau et ancrés dans les pratiques professionnelles, on peut faire l’hypothèse que les voyages d’étude contribuent à une ... [more ▼]

Quand ils sont inscrits dans des dispositifs d’accompagnement organisés en réseau et ancrés dans les pratiques professionnelles, on peut faire l’hypothèse que les voyages d’étude contribuent à une transformation à la fois des acteurs qui découvrent d’autres manières de penser et d’agir et des actions qu’ils sont susceptibles d’améliorer. Ils s’inscrivent dans des dispositifs qui relèvent d’une culture de la professionnalisation et se démarquent d'autres types d'actions formatives inscrites dans les cultures de l'enseignement et de la formation. Ils constituent des opportunités d'apprentissage professionnels en situation informelles. La conférence questionne la place du voyage d’étude dans la formation des professionnel-le-s de l'enfance, les conditions de sa mise en œuvre et les effets observés sur les pratiques professionnelles. [less ▲]

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See detailAn exceptionally preserved and diverse assemblage of organic-walled microfossils from the Proterozoic of Arctic Canada.
Loron, Corentin ULg; Rainbird, Robert; Greenman, Wilder et al

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See detailUnexpected diversification of pliosaurid marine reptiles after the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Benson, Roger; Zverkov, Nikolay et al

Conference (2017, April)

Pliosaurids are iconic marine reptiles that dominated marine ecosystems during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. These giant predators met their demise during the early Late Cretaceous but the final ... [more ▼]

Pliosaurids are iconic marine reptiles that dominated marine ecosystems during the Jurassic and the Cretaceous. These giant predators met their demise during the early Late Cretaceous but the final chapter of their long evolutionary history remains barely documented. Prompted by the discovery of a peculiar and very well preserved new taxon from Russia, we compute the evolution of pliosaurid disparity from their Early Jurassic radiation to their Late Cretaceous extinction. Despite a patchy Early Cretaceous fossil record, we show pliosaurids reached their maximal disparity during the Hauterivian-Barremian interval, suggesting a strong Early Cretaceous recovery from the apparently low phenotypic disparity of Late Jurassic pliosaurids. By using cladistic and ecomorphological data, we show that pliosaurids have repeatedly evolved slender-snouted polycotylid-like morphologies in each of their temporal radiations (Early Jurassic, Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous), demonstrating a more complex evolutionary history than their traditional representation as gigantic apex predators of Mesozoic marine ecosystems suggests. The extinction of pliosaurids during the Turonian (early Late Cretaceous) appears preceded by a late Early Cretaceous contraction of their disparity, the trajectory documented in ichthyosaurs, another successful marine reptile clade that disappeared during the Cenomanian-Turonian interval. [less ▲]

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See detailSignification et notification en Europe Entre efficacité et droits de la défense
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2017, April)

Cette présentation a comme objectif d'offrir un aperçu de la jurisprudence de la Cour de justice relative au Règlement 1393/2007

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See detailMethodological sifting: the role of researchers in the production of social knowledge for trade union
Joiris, Jessica ULg; Fox, Fanny ULg; Naedenoen, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2017, April)

This presentation focuses on the role of social and management sciences researchers in enacting knowledge for social action, in the specific field of trade unionism. It draws on our experience, as ... [more ▼]

This presentation focuses on the role of social and management sciences researchers in enacting knowledge for social action, in the specific field of trade unionism. It draws on our experience, as researchers from two different research centres of the University of Liège2, in conducting a short-term intervention research ordered by a Belgian trade union. Our objective was to provide trade union delegates with educational and methodological support for launching a strategic reflexion on the union’s positioning regarding the challenges brought about by the digitalisation of work. We describe both the methodological framework implemented by the researchers (a questionnaire survey and focus groups) and the educational device settled by the union, which was aimed at enhancing the trade union delegates’ experience of digitalisation. This process that stimulates knowledge production and circulation is analysed on the basis of the phenomenology of knowledge defined by Freeman and Sturdy (2014). We first discuss the nature of our relationship with trade union executives who ordered the research. We particularly emphasise the role of three factors, namely trust (taming between two organizational cultures), time (strong pressure due to the preparation of the congress) and contingency (due to the lack of decision-making power of the steering committee), in (re- )framing the research project and thereby influencing knowledge production. Then, we describe the role performed by researchers as a role of methodological sifting that consists in imposing different frames on the trade union delegates’ experience of digitalisation. Ranging from « meeting frame » to questionnaires, the researchers’ sifts give different forms (inform) to delegates’ knowledge – which was inscribed in documents meant at circulating the union’s official position on digitalisation; enacted through different events as focus groups and conferences; and embodied by the union delegates who took part in the process. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessional Dynamics of Cyanobacterial Communities Following the Retreat of Two Glaciers in Petunia Bay (Svalbard)
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; Pushkareva, Ekaterina; Lara, Yannick ULg et al

Conference (2017, April)

Most glaciers in Svalbard (High Arctic) have been retreating and thinning since the end of the Little Ice Age in the late 19th century. As a glacier retreats, it exposes new terrestrial habitats for the ... [more ▼]

Most glaciers in Svalbard (High Arctic) have been retreating and thinning since the end of the Little Ice Age in the late 19th century. As a glacier retreats, it exposes new terrestrial habitats for the colonization by pioneering (micro)organisms. Here we report on the successional trajectories of cyanobacterial communities along a 100-year deglaciation gradient in the Ebba- and Hørbyebreen glacier forefields (Petunia Bay, central Svalbard). Cyanobacterial biomass and community composition were evaluated by epifluorescence microscopy and pyrosequencing of partial 16S rRNA gene sequences. Pseudanabaenales was the most abundant order in both forefields, followed by Chroococcales, Oscillatoriales, Synechococcales, Nostocales and Gloeobacterales. Succession was characterized by a decrease in phylotype richness and a marked turnover in community structure, resulting in a separation between initial (10–20 years since deglaciation), intermediate (30–50 years), and advanced (80–100 years) communities. Community turnover was explained by a combination of temporal and environmental factors, which accounted together for 46.9% of the variation in community structure. Interestingly, phylotypes associated with initial communities were related to potentially novel taxa (i.e. <97.5% similar to sequences currently available on GenBank) and sequences predominantly restricted to polar biotopes, suggesting that the initial colonization is performed by cyanobacteria from glacial and periglacial habitats. Advanced communities, on the other hand, included genotypes with a wider geographic distribution, which are likely able to establish only after the microenvironment has been modified by pioneering taxa. [less ▲]

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See detailImplications of Juno energetic particle observations over Jupiter’s polar regions for understanding magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at strongly magnetized planets
Mauk, Barry; Haggerty, Dennis; Paranicas, Christopher et al

Conference (2017, April)

Juno obtained low altitude space environment measurements over Jupiter’s poles on 27 August 2016 and then again on 11 December 2016. Particle distributions were observed over the poles within the downward ... [more ▼]

Juno obtained low altitude space environment measurements over Jupiter’s poles on 27 August 2016 and then again on 11 December 2016. Particle distributions were observed over the poles within the downward loss cones sufficient to power nominally observed auroral emissions and with the characteristic energies anticipated from remote spectroscopic ultra-violet auroral imaging. However, the character of the particle distributions apparently causing the most intense auroral emissions were very different from those that cause the most intense aurora at Earth and from those anticipated from prevailing models of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling at Jupiter. The observations are highly suggestive of a predominance of a magnetic field-aligned stochastic acceleration of energetic auroral electrons rather than the more coherent acceleration processes anticipated. The Juno observations have similarities to observations observed at higher altitudes at Saturn by the Cassini mission suggesting that there may be some commonality between the magnetosphere-ionosphere couplings at these two giant planets. Here we present the Juno energetic particle observations, discuss their similarities and differences with published observations from Earth and Saturn, and deliberate on the implications of these finding for general understanding of magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe matter of personal identity
Recchia, Fabio ULg

Conference (2017, April)

This talk discuss the concept of facticity in "Being and Nothingness" Questionning this notion through the issue of personnal identity, I study the concepts' meaning of matter and materiality, in Sartre's ... [more ▼]

This talk discuss the concept of facticity in "Being and Nothingness" Questionning this notion through the issue of personnal identity, I study the concepts' meaning of matter and materiality, in Sartre's philosophy. By doing so, I also try to identify in which sense the facticity of consciousness inflects the constitution of its selfhood. [less ▲]

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See detailThe prosumers and the grid
Gautier, Axel ULg

Conference (2017, April)

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See detailUncertainty quantification of Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise using the fast Elementary Thermomechanical Ice Sheet (f.ETISh) model
Bulthuis, Kevin ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg; Pattyn, Frank et al

Conference (2017, April)

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ... [more ▼]

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ice sheet (e.g. sub-ice- shelf melting) and future climate forcing are poorly constrained. Here, we propose to improve the predictions of Antarctic ice-sheet behaviour using new uncertainty quantification methods. As opposed to ensemble modelling (Bindschadler et al., 2013) which provides a rather limited view on input and output dispersion, new stochastic methods (Le Maître and Knio, 2010) can provide deeper insight into the impact of uncertainties on complex system behaviour. Such stochastic methods usually begin with deducing a probabilistic description of input parameter uncertainties from the available data. Then, the impact of these input parameter uncertainties on output quantities is assessed by estimating the probability distribution of the outputs by means of uncertainty propagation methods such as Monte Carlo methods or stochastic expansion methods. The use of such uncertainty propagation methods in glaciology may be computationally costly because of the high computational complexity of ice-sheet models. This challenge emphasises the importance of developing reliable and computationally efficient ice-sheet models such as the f.ETISh ice-sheet model (Pattyn, 2015), a new fast thermomechanical coupled ice sheet/ice shelf model capable of handling complex and critical processes such as the marine ice-sheet instability mechanism. Here, we apply these methods to investigate the role of uncertainties in sub-ice-shelf melting, calving rates and climate projections in assessing Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise for the next centuries using the f.ETISh model. We detail the methods and show results that provide nominal values and uncertainty bounds for future sea- level rise as a reflection of the impact of the input parameter uncertainties under consideration, as well as a ranking of the input parameter uncertainties in the order of the significance of their contribution to uncertainty in future sea-level rise. In addition, we discuss how limitations posed by the available information (poorly constrained data) pose challenges that motivate our current research. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical sub-categorization of minimally conscious state according to resting functional connectivity
Aubinet, Charlène ULg; Heine, Lizette ULg; Martial, Charlotte ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 31)

Introduction: Patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) have been subcategorized in MCS plus and MCS minus, respectively with and without command following capacity. Here we aim to characterize ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Patients in a minimally conscious state (MCS) have been subcategorized in MCS plus and MCS minus, respectively with and without command following capacity. Here we aim to characterize differences in MCS plus as compared to MCS minus by means of functional connectivity (FC). Method: Resting state functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI) was acquired in 292 MCS patients and a seed-based analysis was conducted on a convenience sample of 19 MCS patients (10 MCS plus and 9 MCS minus) and 35 healthy controls. We investigated the left and right frontoparietal networks (FPN), the auditory network and the default mode network (DMN). We employed a ROI-to-ROI analysis to investigate the inter-hemispheric connectivity and we investigated inter-group differences in grey and white matter volume by means of voxel-based morphometry. Results: We found a higher FC in MCS plus as compared to MCS minus in the left FPN, specifically between the left dorso-lateral prefrontal cortex and the left temporo-occipital fusiform cortex (TOFC). The FC of auditory network, right FPN and DMN, inter-hemispheric connectivity and structure of grey and white matter did not show differences between patients groups. Discussion: Our results suggest that the clinical sub-categorization of MCS is sustained by FC differences in a language-related executive control network. MCS plus and MCS minus patients are not differentiated by networks involved in auditory processing, perception of surroundings and internal thoughts, nor by differences in inter-hemispheric connectivity and in morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailThe shadow of Montaigne in the political works of Gabriel Naudé
Decoster, Sara ULg

Conference (2017, March 31)

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See detailManagement of hypertension in renal transplant patients
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

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See detailLes Q-Codes et la terminologie multilingue de médecine générale et de famille
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Schuers, Matthieu; Ouvrard, Patrick et al

Conference (2017, March 31)

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See detailL’institutionnalisation de l'Islam en Belgique, du local au fédéral
Husson, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2017, March 30)

Reconnu comme culte en Belgique en 1974, le culte islamique a été le premier organisé sur une base provinciale et non plus locale. Une autre de ses particularités réside dans le fait que de nombreuses ... [more ▼]

Reconnu comme culte en Belgique en 1974, le culte islamique a été le premier organisé sur une base provinciale et non plus locale. Une autre de ses particularités réside dans le fait que de nombreuses mosquées ne sont pas reconnues, soit parce qu’elles ne le souhaitent pas, soit parce que la démarche de reconnaissance n’a pas encore abouti. Cela n’est pas sans conséquence sur les relations avec les autorités locales d’une part, sur le fonctionnement global du culte islamique d’autre part. Enfin, la résurgence des questions d’ordre public et de sécurité amène de nouvelles questions en matière de régulation, tant dans le champ administratif que sécuritaire. Plus de quarante ans après la reconnaissance du culte islamique, quelles conclusions peut-on en tirer quant à l’efficacité de la régulation publique – locale, provinciale, régionale et fédérale ; à l’équité de son traitement en regard des autres cultes et organisations philosophiques reconnus ; au modèle « belge » de « vivre ensemble ». [less ▲]

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See detailPrecision design of novel bio-based and ethylene-based copolymers: application to advanced nanocomposites
Scholten, Philip ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Demarteau, Jérémy ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 30)

Polyolefins are an inexpensive class of compounds that can be used to prepare a plethora of different materials. Poly(ethylene) is the worldwide most produced polymer and is mostly synthesised by free ... [more ▼]

Polyolefins are an inexpensive class of compounds that can be used to prepare a plethora of different materials. Poly(ethylene) is the worldwide most produced polymer and is mostly synthesised by free radical polymerisation or catalytic coordination insertion using high temperature and pressure. The controlled radical polymerisation of ethylene is very difficult to achieve because of secondary reactions of this unconjugated monomer, e.g. chain transfer and termination reactions. Cobalt-mediated radical polymerisation (CMRP) represents a solution to control its polymerisation in mild conditions: in a reversible deactivation mechanism, a cobalt complex reversibly traps the active growing chains and converts them into dormant species, avoiding side reactions and allowing for a controlled polymerisation. Using CMRP, statistical copolymers of ethylene and vinyl acetate (VAc) have been synthesised, as well as block-like and block copolymers. Furthermore, functionalisation of the α- and ω-chain ends are now possible. Polymerising a vinyl bio-based monomer using CMRP has also been investigated, with the goal of forming ethylene copolymers. The copolymerisation behaviour of this novel monomer was investigated using vinyl acetate as a model and the structure and thermal properties were analysed. The monomer is very promising and copolymerisations with ethylene are undergoing. It is expected, that these completely new and highly interesting materials may act as compatibilisers for the dispersion of natural polymers, such as cellulose, into various polymer matrices. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ballistic performance of prehistoric weapons: first results of a comparative study
Coppe, Justin ULg; Clarenne, Valérian; Pirlot, Marc et al

Conference (2017, March 30)

Projectile points have recently taken a prominent position in debates on the complexity of Paleolithic human behavior. While the appearance of hunting weapons in the archaeological record was a central ... [more ▼]

Projectile points have recently taken a prominent position in debates on the complexity of Paleolithic human behavior. While the appearance of hunting weapons in the archaeological record was a central element in early discussions, the debate has shifted towards the appearance of specific projecting modes. Given that the organic propulsion tools (bow, spear-thrower) are only rarely preserved, energy has been invested in experiments to explore how the projecting mode can be identified based on the analysis of stone points. These experiments usually attempt to control selected parameters in projectile use (e.g., speed, target, angle of impact), but the ballistic parameters that are used are generally based on heterogeneous and not commonly reported studies. Little research has focused on the measurement of the complete ballistic performance of prehistoric weapons. We present the first results of a systematic ballistic study that quantifies and compares different modes of propulsion. [less ▲]

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See detailSurvivre au maître. La vie artistique à Rome au lendemain de la mort de Raphaël
Trizzullo, Eva ULg

Conference (2017, March 29)

La mort de Raphaël Sanzio survenue à Rome le 6 avril 1520 provoqua un électrochoc au sein du milieu culturel romain. Célébré de son vivant, cet artiste incontournable le fut tout autant dans la mort. En ... [more ▼]

La mort de Raphaël Sanzio survenue à Rome le 6 avril 1520 provoqua un électrochoc au sein du milieu culturel romain. Célébré de son vivant, cet artiste incontournable le fut tout autant dans la mort. En attestent particulièrement les témoignages de contemporains, qu’ils soient hommes de lettres ou ambassadeurs. Cette communication sera à la fois l’occasion de se pencher sur ces précieux témoignages mais également d’appréhender comment cette disparition brutale fut perçue à travers l’historiographie ancienne et moderne. Ensuite, on analysera les conséquences de cet événement sur les développements artistiques de la première moitié du XVIe siècle. En effet, durant le printemps 1520, Raphaël était sollicité de toute part. Mais l’artiste n’était pas seul, et était secondé par une myriade de collaborateurs. Une fois le maître mort, qu’advint-il des commandes en cours ? Et surtout, quel tournant prit alors la carrière de ses élèves ? Grâce à l’analyse croisée des objets artistiques et textuels, je m’interrogerai sur l’impact qu’a pu avoir la disparition d’un artiste du calibre de Raphaël dans une Rome en pleine effervescence artistique. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation de la qualité des eaux de surface à l’échelle d’un bassin versant agricole tunisien dans un contexte de changement climatique
Boukari, Amira; Everbecq, Etienne ULg; MAGERMANS, POL ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 29)

La dégradation considérable de la qualité de l’eau et les utilisations concurentielles de cette ressource par tous les secteurs s’accèlèrent, notamment en région méditerranéenne. Certains pays souffrant ... [more ▼]

La dégradation considérable de la qualité de l’eau et les utilisations concurentielles de cette ressource par tous les secteurs s’accèlèrent, notamment en région méditerranéenne. Certains pays souffrant déjà de la rareté de leurs ressources en eau seront de plus en plus menacés dans un futur proche. Cette situation de pénurie serait aggravée par les dérèglements climatiques qui menacent les ressources en eau par l’augmentation de l’évaporation des reservoirs et des plans d’eau et par la fréquence des inondatons et des sécheresses. La Tunisie fait partie des pays les plus vulnérables de la région méditerranéenne. Le pays est classé selon l’indice de Falkenmark parmi les pays en pénurie d’eau, ce qui rend la disponibilité naturelle de cette ressource insuffisante pour satisfaire une demande en hausse. En effet, selon l’organisation des nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO, 2014), les disponibilités en eau douce de la Tunisie baisseraient à 450 m3/habitant/an en 2030 et à 427 m3/habitant/an en 2050. En 2015, les apports cumulés aux barrages ont enregistré une baisse de 66% par rapport à la moyenne. Cette baisse a le plus affecté la région du Nord, forte contributrice au stockage d’eau de surface (plus de 80% des ressources en eau de surface). Le barrage Joumine était parmi les barrages les plus affectés par cette baisse enregistrant une perte de stockage de 37 Mm3 en une année, soit 30% de sa capacité utile actuelle. A cette baisse de la ressource s’associe la vulnérabilité à la pollution diffuse. En effet, le bassin versant de l’oued Joumine est un bassin versant agricole dominé par les cultures céréalières très exigeantes en intrants (192 milles tonnes d’Ammonitrate, 25,9 milles tonnes de superphosphate 45 et 82 milles tonnes de DAP pour le total des surfaces céréalières emblavées du pays) (DGPA, 2016). Dans ce travail, on estime ces apports issus des terres agricoles et évalue sa réponse face aux nombreuses pressions dans un contexte de changement climatique. La méthodologie adoptée implique, en plus des observations et prospection terrain, la représentation mathématique de la relation « pression – impact », modélisée par le logiciel PEGOPERA, outil de simulation numérique de l’écosystème rivière développé par l’Unité R&D de l’Aquapôle de l’Université de Liège. Le but étant de fournir une image de la qualité de l’eau de l’oued Joumine dans des conditions hydrologiques particulières, à un pas de temps journalier et en tout point du réseau en assurant des simulations physiquement basées avec un outil dédié au calcul déterministe des écosystèmes rivières à partir des données des débits mesurés, la température de l’eau, les insolations solaires et les rejets (Deliège et al., 2009; Deliege et al 2014 ; Grard et al 2014). La mise en place du modèle a nécessité la construction d’une base de données géographique à partir des informations relatives à l’occupation des terres et le relief, le tracé digitalisé des rivières et le découpage administratif par délégation. Des algorithmes de pré-processing PEGASE ont été appliqués pour la construction et la vérification de la topologie du réseau hydrographique, la génération des profils altimétriques des rivières et de la connectivité. Une méthode d’interfaçage a été par ailleurs définie avec le modèle agro-hydrologique SWAT en vue du calcul déterministe et explicite des apports diffus des sols tout en s’assurant de la cohérence des échelles temporelle et spatiale entre les deux modèles et des processus modélisés. Le modéle a été paramétré pour simuler l’état du systéme depuis l’année hydrologique 2015/2016 et des scénarios prospectifs sont en cours d’étude pour simuler la réponse du système dans des situations particulières, notamment les projections climatiques futures. [less ▲]

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See detailFORMATİON DU MONDE ENTREPRENEURİAL ET ASSOCİATİF À LA CULTURE DE SPİRULİNE EN HAÏTİ
MAGERMANS, POL ULg; DENGIS, Chantal; DETIENNE, Xavier et al

Conference (2017, March 29)

One of the solutions to malnutrition in developing countries is nutritional supplements. These, generally issued from food or pharmaceutical industry are too often expensive. A natural solution exists ... [more ▼]

One of the solutions to malnutrition in developing countries is nutritional supplements. These, generally issued from food or pharmaceutical industry are too often expensive. A natural solution exists: Spirulina. A farm school project with the Faculty of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine (FAMV) of the State University of Haiti (UEH), financed by WBI between 2010 and 2013, has already made it possible to construct a series of basins and to familiarize a university team of this faculty with the culture of Spirulina. The current project (2015-2018) aims to disseminate knowledge of Spirulina culture techniques in the Haitian entrepreneurial and associative world, hoping to see more artisanal farms in the country. [less ▲]

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See detailResearch in Prison from the inside. An uncomfortable position for the "Official-Researcher"?
Sevenants, Yves ULg

Conference (2017, March 28)

Presentation about the experience of a native researcher in prison.

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See detailVoice dosimetry in music theory teachers
Schiller, Isabel ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Sfez, Lou et al

Conference (2017, March 28)

BACKGROUND: In Belgium, music theory teachers teach theoretical aspects of rhythm, singing and other music-related skills (such as pitch accuracy or singing in harmony) outside the regular school setting ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In Belgium, music theory teachers teach theoretical aspects of rhythm, singing and other music-related skills (such as pitch accuracy or singing in harmony) outside the regular school setting. To date, their voice use and how it may be affected by background noise have hardly been studied. OBJECTIVES: 1) to determine the relationship between music theory teachers’ vocal loading and background noise and 2) to examine if the daily number of vocal fold vibration cycles (vocal loading index, VLI) is reflected in the teachers’ auto-evaluation of their voice. METHODS: A VoxLog voice dosimeter (Sonvox) was used to monitor 13 music theory teachers for one 6-day workweek from the early morning until late evening. Parameters analysed were fundamental frequency (F0, Hz), voice sound pressure level (SPL, dB), time dose (%), noise SPL (dB), and VLI. At the end of each monitoring day, subjects evaluated their voice quality, vocal fatigue, and amount of speaking and singing voice used by means of a visual analogue scale. RESULTS: Statistical analysis revealed positive correlations between noise SPL and F0, voice SPL and time dose. Correlations were also found between VLI and auto-evaluation data: a rise in VLI accompanied a decrease in self-perceived voice quality, an increase in vocal fatigue and an increase in the perceived amount of singing and speaking voice used. CONCLUSION: Three conclusions were drawn from the results. Firstly, vocal loading measured in music theory teachers is connected to the background noise level. Secondly, a great number of vibration cycles is associated with a self-reported increase in vocal fatigue and a lower general voice quality at the end of the day. Finally, correlations between the number of vibration cycles and the self-reported amount of voice use suggest that visual analogue scales are a reliable method to evaluate daily voice use. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Affective Account of Distance Estimation Biases
Dumitru, Magdalena ULg

Conference (2017, March 25)

Dumitru and Joergensen (2016) employed a task designed to probe social attitudes to covertly investigate the magnitude estimation of digit-word expressions (e.g., ‘8 ants’). Here we employed a task ... [more ▼]

Dumitru and Joergensen (2016) employed a task designed to probe social attitudes to covertly investigate the magnitude estimation of digit-word expressions (e.g., ‘8 ants’). Here we employed a task designed to elicit affective states to gain insights into distance underestimation and boundary extension biases. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian heterosexuals’ attitudes towards different types of same-sex parenting
Scali, Thérèse ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore; Green, Robert-Jay

Conference (2017, March 25)

The legal situation of Belgian gay men and lesbians may be perceived as one of the best in Europe. Indeed, the Belgian Parliament has legalized marriage and parenting for same-sex couples, has enacted ... [more ▼]

The legal situation of Belgian gay men and lesbians may be perceived as one of the best in Europe. Indeed, the Belgian Parliament has legalized marriage and parenting for same-sex couples, has enacted anti-discrimination laws, and has funded several action plans to combat homophobia. More particularly, the access to parenthood is legally possible for same-sex couples through adoption, artificial insemination and in vitro fecundation. In this supportive political context, lots of same-sex-headed families exist. However, same-sex parenting is still considered as a controversial topic by some heterosexual people. Therefore, this paper aims at understanding heterosexuals’ attitudes towards the different types of same-sex parenting as well as the rationales underlying those attitudes. In Study 1, the degrees of support of 1168 heterosexual participants aged from 18 to 81 towards those types of parenting have been analysed through a self-report questionnaire. Results revealed that heterosexuals’ participants do not show the same degree of support towards the different types of same-sex parenting. In particular, adoption by lesbian and gay couples is the more accepted type of parenting, followed by artificial insemination. Then, adoption for single lesbians or gay men and surrogacy are the types of parenting that are the less supported. Then, though the content analysis of comments posted on social networks (Study 2), we highlighted the arguments in favour and against those specific types of parenting. Those results highlight that citizens’ attitudes can go from supportive to unsupportive and this could lead to some kind of discrimination towards children raised in specific forms of same-sex-headed families. This contribution highlights work’s implication for public policy and social transformation by understanding the challenges that gay and lesbian couples and their children have to face. [less ▲]

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See detailN2O dynamics in sea ice, insights from a first time series and isotopic tools
Kotovitch, Marie ULg; Tison, Jean-Louis; Fripiat, François et al

Conference (2017, March 25)

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gases that has a lifetime of 114 years in the atmosphere and a global warming potential 300 time higher than that of CO2. However there are still large ... [more ▼]

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a potent greenhouse gases that has a lifetime of 114 years in the atmosphere and a global warming potential 300 time higher than that of CO2. However there are still large uncertainties and gaps in the understanding of the N2O cycle in polar oceans and particularly associated to sea ice. Sources and sinks of N2O are therefore poorly quantified. To date, only one study by Randall et al. 2012 present N2O measurements in sea ice. They pointed out that sea ice formation and melt has the potential to generate sea-air or air-sea fluxes of N2O, respectively. The main processes (except the transport processes) involved in the N2O cycle within the aquatic environment are nitrification and denitrification. Recent observations of significant nitrification in Antarctic sea ice shed a new light on nitrogen cycle within sea ice. It has been suggested that nitrification supplies up to 70% of nitrate assimilated within Antarctic spring sea ice. Corollary, production of N2O, a by-product of nitrification, can potentially be significant. Our recent studies in Antarctic land fast ice in McMurdo Sound, confirmed this suggestion, where N2O release to the atmosphere was estimated to reach 4 µmol.m-2.yr-1. But this assessment is probably an underestimation since it only accounts for dissolved N2O while a significant amount of N2O is likely to occur in the gaseous form like N2, O2 and Ar. We will then address the new tools to measure the bulk concentration of N2O (dissolved and gaseous) in sea ice, and the production of N2O by sympagic microorganisms - what process is dominant and how much N2O is produced - based on the first time series of N2O measurement in sea ice. The determination of the isotopic composition of N2O using cavity enhanced laser absorption spectroscopy technique (Off-axis ICOS) will allow us to determine the origin of these processes. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoire et images. Une épistémologie historienne du visuel : le cas d'Arlette Farge
Servais, Amandine ULg

Conference (2017, March 25)

Dans cet exposé, j'analyse le cas Montjean, inscrit au cœur de la pratique fargienne. Il m’intéresse particulièrement : il est révélateur tant du projet d’Arlette Farge que de sa mise en œuvre. Une ... [more ▼]

Dans cet exposé, j'analyse le cas Montjean, inscrit au cœur de la pratique fargienne. Il m’intéresse particulièrement : il est révélateur tant du projet d’Arlette Farge que de sa mise en œuvre. Une première fois appréhendé au sein d’un ouvrage – La vie fragile (Paris, Hachette, 1986) – qui annonce, en bien des lieux, la poétique de l’historienne, on le retrouve dans une étude récente qui, selon moi, condense – tout en légèreté – les outils de l’atelier fargien. J’estime, en effet, que La révolte de Mme Montjean (Paris, Albin Michel, 2016) est une sorte de manifeste qui, évidemment, ne se donne pas explicitement comme tel. Mais en la parcourant, librement, chapitre par chapitre, je montrerai que les fondamentaux de la pratique d’Arlette Farge – telle que je tente de la formaliser par le biais du paradigme visuel – y sont formulés. [less ▲]

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See detailNégocier les discours (in)sécuritaires au quotidien: le cas du #Brusselslockdown
Wintgens, Caroline ULg

Conference (2017, March 23)

Cette communication a pour objectif d’interroger les discours sécuritaires, leur inscription dans le quotidien et leur réception par les usagers de réseaux sociaux au quotidien, à travers le cas du ... [more ▼]

Cette communication a pour objectif d’interroger les discours sécuritaires, leur inscription dans le quotidien et leur réception par les usagers de réseaux sociaux au quotidien, à travers le cas du #Brusselslockdown. Ce hashtag, apparu sur Twitter le 22 novembre 2015, a pour particularité d’avoir été inondé d’images et vidéos de chats suite à la demande des autorités belges de ne plus diffuser d’informations sur les opérations policières en cours à Bruxelles Ce cas est approché à travers la question des mises en scène (Goffman, 1973) de la sécurité et de la performativité (Butler, 2005) de celles-ci. Les discours sur la sécurité (ceux qui apparaissent dans les médias comme ceux qui apparaissent dans l’espace public) sont performatifs. La sécurité, le danger, la menace n’existent pas en soi, ils sont construits par le discours. L’Etat et ses représentants participent à cette construction, et donc à définir ce qui est sûr et ce qui est menaçant, puisque leur légitimité repose sur la promesse de maintenir la sécurité (Campbell, 1992). D’après Campbell, Il s’agit pour l’Etat d’assurer la sécurité des citoyens face à une menace qu’il contribue à construire, mais aussi de faire savoir qu’il assure cette sécurité. Reste alors aux usagers des médias, de l’espace public, à négocier avec ces mises en scène qui semblent toujours plus présentes dans le quotidien à travers les discours politiques, la presse, les réseaux sociaux ou encore l’espace public urbain. Sur les réseaux sociaux, les usagers sont invités à parler de ce quotidien. Ils participent alors eux aussi à la construction des discours sécuritaires, et donc de la définition de l’(in)sécurité. La particularité de ce qui s’est passé sur Twitter le soir du 22 novembre est que le discours sécuritaire consistait précisément à masquer celui-ci, à le rendre invisible. Mais cette injonction au silence, réappropriée et détournée (De Certeau, 1990) par les usagers de Twitter, lui a donné une visibilité particulière. A travers ce détournement, on assiste au retour du quotidien et du domestique au cœur même d’une situation exceptionnelle relative aux affaires publiques. L’action se déplace dans l’espace privé et le met en scène. Ce brouillage des frontières ne porte cependant pas sur la définition de l’(in)sécurité. Si ces discours participent à construire celle-ci, c’est finalement pour réétablir des représentations qui sont déjà bien ancrées: le domestique est sûr, l’espace public est menaçant. Sous le hashtag #BrusselsLockdown, la représentation du domestique nous protège, celle de ce qui se déroule dans l’espace public nous met en danger. [less ▲]

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See detailAmok. De quelques perdants radicaux chez Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg; Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2017, March 23)

En 2006, l’écrivain et essayiste allemand Hans Magnus Enzensberger publie Le perdant radical, un « essai sur les hommes de la terreur », conformément au sous-titre de cet ouvrage d’une soixantaine de ... [more ▼]

En 2006, l’écrivain et essayiste allemand Hans Magnus Enzensberger publie Le perdant radical, un « essai sur les hommes de la terreur », conformément au sous-titre de cet ouvrage d’une soixantaine de pages dans lequel l’auteur décrit les multiples facettes d’un ensemble de figures meurtrières. Du tireur fou dans un lycée américain au combattant islamiste ceinturé d’explosifs, isolé ou organisé en groupe, tout perdant radical répond au même mécanisme : c’est « lorsqu’il aura repris à son compte le jugement des autres, ceux qu’il tient pour les gagnants (…) qu’il pète les plombs. » L’indistinction est frappante : pour Enzensberger, le perdant radical peut sévir seul ou en groupe ; son moteur profond, irréductible à un engagement politique ou religieux, reste le même dans les deux cas. Car pour l’essayiste, rien, pas même une théorie critique de la société, ne permet de rendre compte de la nature du perdant radical, si ce n’est la suppression de l’instinct de conservation. Dans plusieurs textes littéraires – on songe notamment à son poème Zur Frage der Bedürfnisse (1991) et à son entretien autobiographique fictif avec lui-même Erinnerungen an einen Tumult (2014) –, Hans Magnus Enzensberger crée ou recrée des figures de terroristes qui réalisent parfaitement le profil type du perdant radical. Andreas Baader, les jeunes bourgeois d’une secte marxiste en Suède, un terroriste islamiste en fuite, un guérillero sud-américain qui a perdu tout sens de la réalité, autant de figures fictionnelles ou refictionnalisées qui, partant d’une même position d’échec apparemment imposée de l’extérieur et assumée en tant que telle, superposent destruction et autodestruction. L’hypothèse générale à laquelle nous voudrions soumettre ces personnages de terroristes est qu’ils sont les héritiers d’une figure essentielle pour la littérature allemande et anglo-saxonne : l’amok. [less ▲]

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Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2017, March 21)

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See detailOils and CO2, a promising combination for designing insulating foams and high performance coatings
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 21)

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

Making plastics more sustainable by valorizing waste CO2 as a cheap, inexhaustible and renewable feedstock is an early stage technology with strong innovation potential that imposes itself as a strategic driver for developing future low carbon footprint materials and technologies. With a global production estimated to 18 million tons for 2016, polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important polymers in our everyday life applications (automotive, building and construction, coatings, etc.). Industrially, PU is produced by step-growth polymerization between di- or polyisocyanates and di- or polyols. However, isocyanates are toxic and drastic changes in the REACH regulations limiting/banning the use of isocyanates are expected. There is a need today to develop new greener and safer alternatives to produce PU. Valorizing CO2 as C1 feedstock for producing precursors entering in the synthesis of polyurethanes by a non-isocyanate route (NIPU) is a promising strategy to solve this challenge. In this talk, we will focus on the synthesis and characterization of novel NIPUs foams for thermal insulation, and NIPUs coatings for metal protection. Our research highlights benefit of merging bio-resources (such as vegetable oils) with carbon dioxide transformation. In the first part of this talk, we will report on the fast synthesis of bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates by coupling CO2 with epoxides using a new highly efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The mechanism of the activation of the reaction will be discussed, and scaling up of the technology will be demonstrated (15kg scale). In the second part, we will illustrate the use of these bio- and CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates for the production of microcellular NIPU foams with closed cells morphology for thermal insulating applications, but also for preparing hybrid NIPUs coatings for metal protection. [less ▲]

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See detailSynergistic observations of the giant planets with HST and JWST: Jupiter's auroral emissions
Grodent, Denis ULg

Conference (2017, March 20)

The James Webb Space Telescope is perfectly suited to observe most Solar System objects, including the extended giant planets. Its high sensitivity, high spatial resolution, field of view, very high ... [more ▼]

The James Webb Space Telescope is perfectly suited to observe most Solar System objects, including the extended giant planets. Its high sensitivity, high spatial resolution, field of view, very high spectral resolution and wide spectral coverage all combine to make JWST a fantastic instrument that will result in significant advances and progress in most fields of Solar System exploration. Here, we focus on the case of Jupiter’s aurora for several reasons. 1) The auroral emissions on Jupiter are very intense, both in ultraviolet and in infrared. Each of these bandpasses is bringing complementary information on how Jupiter is interacting with its near and distant environment. 2) Even though Jupiter’s aurora appears to be responding to the conditions prevailing in the solar wind, contrary to the Earth it is a permanent emission that can also be observed on the sunlit side of the planet. 3) The NASA Juno mission is currently exploring the magnetosphere and the atmosphere of this planet with a suite of in situ and remote instruments, including an ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) and an infrared imaging spectrograph (JIRAM). The Juno mission is gathering a broad scientific community that will foster the study of Jupiter’s system for several years. 4) A large HST program was allocated in support of the NASA Juno prime mission (GO-14634) and is currently providing us with regular movies of Jupiter’s ultraviolet aurora. They provide a global magnetospheric context for the different Juno instruments, as well as for the numerous ground based (infrared) and space based observatories participating to the Juno mission. 5) It is currently very difficult to plan truly simultaneous UV and IR observations, mainly because of the inherent limitations of Earth based infrared telescopes. As a result, comparisons of Jupiter’s auroral emissions rest on a very limited dataset. Nevertheless, they are suggesting similarities and discrepancies between IR and UV aurorae, the study of which would greatly benefit from synergistic observations with HST and JWST. 6) The case of Saturn’s aurora is as important, especially in view of the upcoming ‘Grand Finale’ of the Cassini mission, and all above arguments apply to Saturn as well. The case of Uranus and Neptune’s aurorae still belongs to the area of discovery and will take full advantage of JWST’s advanced capabilities. [less ▲]

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See detailLichtenstein procedure under local anaesthesia
DETRY, Olivier ULg

Conference (2017, March 18)

LICHTENSTEIN REPAIR UNDER LOCAL ANAESTHESIA Pr Olivier Detry, Dpt of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation, CHU Liège, Liège, Belgium. Email: oli.detry@chu.ulg.ac.be Despite many studies confirming the ... [more ▼]

LICHTENSTEIN REPAIR UNDER LOCAL ANAESTHESIA Pr Olivier Detry, Dpt of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation, CHU Liège, Liège, Belgium. Email: oli.detry@chu.ulg.ac.be Despite many studies confirming the feasibility and the interest of local anaesthesia for inguinal hernia repair [1-3], its use is not generalized amongst abdominal surgeons. The advantages of local anaesthesia are indeed clear, including reduced costs, reduced hospital stay and reduced post operative pain. The success of the procedure depends on the skills and the motivation of the surgeon, of the nursing teams, and of the patient him/herself. Perfect knowledge of the surgical technique and of the regional nerve anatomy is required. The Lichtenstein repair may be easily performed under local anaesthesia, but should be proposed in the early experience to non-obese patients suffering from limited inguinal hernia. It can even be performed by surgical residents [4]. Practically, local anaesthesia requires some patience and quiet in the operative room. Operators should be aware that the action of local anaesthesia is delayed after injection. Local anaesthetics should be buffered [5] and at body temperature at time of injection. Local anaesthetics containing Adrenalin allow longer pain control, with limitation of bleeding and less toxicity. Large and brutal movements should be avoided. Transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block can also be proposed [6]. The surgical and anaesthetic techniques for inguinal hernia repair should be tailored to the specific characteristics of the hernia and of the patient. There is no method of choice that might fit for every patient. References [1] van Veen RN, Mahabier C, Dawson I, Hop WC, Kok NF, Lange JF, et al. Spinal or local anesthesia in lichtenstein hernia repair: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Surg 2008;247:428-433. [2] Verstraete L, Becaus N, Swannet H, Ceelen W, Duchateau L, Speybroeck N. Long term outcome after lichtenstein hernia repair using general, locoregional or local anaesthesia. Acta Chir Belg 2015;115:136-141. [3] Dhankhar DS, Sharma N, Mishra T, Kaur N, Singh S, Gupta S. Totally extraperitoneal repair under general anesthesia versus Lichtenstein repair under local anesthesia for unilateral inguinal hernia: a prospective randomized controlled trial. Surg Endosc 2014;28:996-1002. [4] Paajanen H, Varjo R. Ten-year audit of Lichtenstein hernioplasty under local anaesthesia performed by surgical residents. BMC Surg 2010;10:24. [5] Ball EL, Sanjay P, Woodward A. Comparison of buffered and unbuffered local anaesthesia for inguinal hernia repair: a prospective study. Hernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery 2006;10:175-178. [6] Milone M, Di Minno MN, Musella M, Maietta P, Salvatore G, Iacovazzo C, et al. Outpatient inguinal hernia repair under local anaesthesia: feasibility and efficacy of ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane block. Hernia : the journal of hernias and abdominal wall surgery 2013;17:749-755. [less ▲]

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See detailApprentissage et mémoire chez l'enfant et l'adulte trisomique 21
Comblain, Annick ULg

Conference (2017, March 17)

Si le profil langagier des personnes trisomiques 21 est de mieux en mieux connu et décrit, certains aspects du développement et du fonctionnement cognitif des personnes atteintes demeurent encore peu ... [more ▼]

Si le profil langagier des personnes trisomiques 21 est de mieux en mieux connu et décrit, certains aspects du développement et du fonctionnement cognitif des personnes atteintes demeurent encore peu étudiés. Ainsi, les conséquences de la présence d’un chromosome surnuméraire dans leur patrimoine génétique, sur des domaines tels que le développement mnésique, les apprentissages académiques (lecture et arithmétique) ou la problématique du vieillissement cognitif restent peu étudiés et encore sujets à controverse. Même si depuis plusieurs décennies, on sait que la mémoire à court terme verbale des personnes trisomiques 21 est déficitaire, son fonctionnement exact et les conséquences de ce déficit sur le développement d’autres domaines comme le langage oral et la lecture restent relativement peu explorés en regard des nombreuses études descriptives sur les déficits observés dans la maîtrise langage oral. A l'heure ou l'inclusion des personnes atteintes d'une déficience intellectuelle devient une pratique de plus en plus courante et recommandée, il semble essentiel d'approfondir notre connaissance du développement cognitif de ces personnes de manière à mettre en place des moyens adaptés au sein des classes et de potentialiser apprentissages. Par ailleurs, la problématique du vieillissement et plus particulièrement de l’incidence de la maladie d’Alzheimer est devenue, de par l’espérance de vie accrue des personnes trisomiques 21, un sujet de recherche de plus en plus développé. [less ▲]

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See detailLes produits "sans", pas sains ? Quelle composition modifiée ?
Sindic, Marianne ULg

Conference (2017, March 17)

Sans lait, sans sucre, sans gluten. De plus en plus de personnes choisissent d'écarter un aliment de leur alimentation. Face à cette demande, la distribution présente un large choix d’aliments modifiés ... [more ▼]

Sans lait, sans sucre, sans gluten. De plus en plus de personnes choisissent d'écarter un aliment de leur alimentation. Face à cette demande, la distribution présente un large choix d’aliments modifiés pour répondre aux courants à la mode « sans ». Mais hors cas avéré d'intolérance, ces évictions ont elles un intérêt médical ? Longtemps réservés à une population particulière, les produits sans gluten connaissent depuis quelques années un très large développement. Parmi les lancements de produits référencés dans la base de données Mintel GNPD, le pourcentage de produits revendiquant l’absence de gluten était inférieur à 1% en 2000 pour passer à 5% en 2010 et dépasser les 10% en 2015 (Chéné et al, 2015). Difficile de dire s’il s’agit d’un phénomène de mode lié à des «recommandations » par des personnes célèbres du cinéma ou du sport qui vantent les mérites d’un régime sans gluten sur leur bien-être. Mais qu’en est-il de la qualité de ces produits ? Dans une étude récente, Wu et al ont comparé la composition de plus de 3000 produits avec ou sans gluten répartis en 10 catégories. La qualité globale des produits sans gluten est nutritionnellement plus faible avec des niveaux plus élevés en sucres, graisses saturées et sel. En effet, remplacer le gluten dont les propriétés techno fonctionnelles et sensorielles sont importantes n’est pas aisé. Les sources les plus utilisées pour remplacer le blé sont le riz et le maïs mais d’autres sources plus originales sont parfois utilisées comme le lin, l’amaranthe ou le chia en complétant avec des additifs texturants (dérivés de cellulose, guar, xanthane,…). L’ajout de sucre ou graisses vient renforcer l’appréciation sensorielle. Dans une revue publiée en 2016 par Vici et al, on notera également un plus faible taux de fibres, vitamines et minéraux en particulier les folates, vitamines B12, D, calcium, fer, zinc et manganèse dans une alimentation « gluten-free ». Face à ce constat, il convient de s’interroger sur ces régimes « NO GLU » alors que des médecins annoncent que 90% des gens qui font un régime sans gluten le font sans raison valable. De même, le boycott pur et simple de l’huile de palme tel qu’il est encouragé par certains groupes activistes ne peut pas constituer une réponse adéquate au problème. En effet, si l’huile de palme doit être supprimée des produits, elle pourrait être remplacée par une autre matière grasse comme par exemple l’huile de palmiste (huile extraite du noyau du fruit du palmier à huile) ou de coprah (huile extraite de la pulpe de noix de coco) qui présentent un contenu encore plus important en acides gras saturés (surtout l’acide laurique et l’acide myristique). Technologiquement, les possibilités de substitution sont actuellement peu nombreuses, et présentent toutes des inconvénients majeurs, qu’ils soient nutritionnels ou environnementaux. C’est au travers de ces quelques exemples que la formulation d’aliments « sans » sera discutée en évoquant les risques potentiels pour la santé. [less ▲]

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See detailL’animation à l’épreuve de la danse : Norman McLaren ou la conquête du chorégraphique
Tomasovic, Dick ULg

Conference (2017, March 17)

Figuremajeure du cinéma d’animation artisanal et expérimental, Norman McLaren, à travers l’apprentissage de multiples techniques d’animation (dessin animé, stop motion, pixillation, pellicule peinte ou ... [more ▼]

Figuremajeure du cinéma d’animation artisanal et expérimental, Norman McLaren, à travers l’apprentissage de multiples techniques d’animation (dessin animé, stop motion, pixillation, pellicule peinte ou grattée, expositions multiples...) n’a cessé d’étudier le mouvement. Si le cinéaste a, d’une part, émis un certain nombre de rapprochements entre la figure de l’animateur et celle du danseur, et, d’autre part, livré une œuvre qui fait date dans l’histoire du film de danse (le célèbre Pas de deux, 1968), c’est à une question moins apparente sur les liens entre danse et cinéma que cette intervention souhaite s’intéresser. En effet, à travers le commentaire d’une série de films conçus entre 1935 et 1972, il s’agira de comprendre de quelle manière la conception même du geste animé chez McLaren s’inscrit, dès ses prémisses, dans une logique d’invention chorégraphique. [less ▲]

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See detailImages à entendre. Le vocabulaire sonore des fêtes de 1622 dans les anciens Pays Bas
De Marco, Rosa ULg; Heering, Caroline

Conference (2017, March 16)

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See detailCancer in the organ donor
DETRY, Olivier ULg

Conference (2017, March 16)

Organ Donation and Cancer Pr Olivier Detry, Dpt of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation, University of Liege The risk of transmission of cancer with the transplanted organ has been known since the ... [more ▼]

Organ Donation and Cancer Pr Olivier Detry, Dpt of Abdominal Surgery and Transplantation, University of Liege The risk of transmission of cancer with the transplanted organ has been known since the pioneering years of solid organ transplantation, and is enhanced by immunosuppression and particularly the calcineurin inhibitors. Therefore, classically, potential organ donors with past history of cancer are excluded from donation, with the exception of low-grade malignant tumours of the central nervous system, the skin and the cervix uteri. Despite that policy, every year, some cases of cancer transmission with organ transplantation were regularly reported in transplant medical journals. At the other hand, there is a clear graft shortage, with long organ transplant waiting lists and inacceptable mortality while waiting for a life saving graft. One mean to increase the number of available grafts could be to accept donation from donors with past history of cancer. Several uncertainties remain: what is the risk of cancer transmission with organ transplantation? This risk depends of course of many donor factors, as the staging and the nature of the donor malignant tumour, the oncological management, the delay between the remission and the organ procurement. This risk may also vary according to the type of organ transplanted, as livers and lungs are more prone to bear occult metastases, compared to the hearts for example. In fact, this risk is unknown, and was clearly overestimated by the old registries as the IPTR, and by the various case reports. All modern prospective registries, as from UNOS or from UK transplant, now report a very low rate of cancer transmission when the donor cancer was known and evaluated before organ donation. Undiagnosed or occult cancer transmission with transplantation is clearly another issue that should not be mistaken with the donors with past history of cancer. In most of the recent reported cases of cancer transmission with transplantation, the donor cancer was not diagnosed before and during organ donation. And this risk increases in modern organ transplantation, as we are now accepting older and older donors, particularly in transplantation of the liver, an organ particularly at risk of metastases. Therefore surgical donor exploration is an important step of organ procurement. Body CT could be a tool to diagnose some, but not all, of these tumours. To my view, the risk of cancer transmission with transplantation has to be balanced with the risk of dying on the waiting lists. Donors with active or recent aggressive cancers have to be excluded from donation. Some types of aggressive cancers, as lymphoma or melanoma, are at high risk. In donors with past history of cancer with some years of remission, organ donation should be considered for recipients at high risk of death without a rapid transplantation. Particularly, heart transplantation, an organ with a low risk of cancer transmission but with a severe organ shortage, could benefit from such a policy. [less ▲]

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See detailintravenous administration of mesenchymal stream cells modulates renal lipid metabolism in rats
ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; Rowart, Pascal ULg; POMA, Laurence ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 16)

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been shown to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rodents. Still, the mechanisms of such a nephroprotection remain unclear. Here, rats were ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been shown to attenuate renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rodents. Still, the mechanisms of such a nephroprotection remain unclear. Here, rats were intravenously infused with MSC (1.5x10^6 cells in 1 ml saline; MSCD-7 group, n=6) or equivalent volume of saline (SD-7 group, n=6) 7 days before kidney sampling. High-throughput RNA sequencing technology was used to compare transcriptomic renal profiles, using TopHat and Cufflinks open-source software tools. A total of 494 and 256 genes were found to be significantly (q-value <.05) down- and up-regulated in mscd-7 versus sd-7 groups, respectively. Hierarchical cluster analysis by “david” “webgestalt” softwares highlighted that the metabolic pathways mostly affected msc included adipogenesis, insulin signalling, fatty acid (fa) biosynthesis, il-6 b-cell receptor il-3 pathway nuclear receptors involved lipid me- tabolism. Real-time qpcr immunoblotting analyses confirmed pivotal enzymes of fa biosynthesis were significantly downregulated group, whereas expression ppar alpha, a transcription factor oxidation, was induced msc. Additional- ly, fat />CD36 – a key regulator of membrane uptake of FA – was increased in MSCD-7 kidneys, with a preferential localization in proximal tubules (PT). As a whole, our data suggest that MSC infusion causes critical modifications of lipid metabolism, including (i) down-regulation of FA biosynthesis; (ii) activation of PPAR alpha pathway, and (iii) prioritization of FA as sources of energy in PT cells, which may eventually prevent lipid peroxidation and attenuate renal I/R damage. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésentation du projet de thèse : Performance des entreprises et ressources territoriales multi-échelles en Belgique et Wallonie
Wilmotte, Pierre-François ULg

Conference (2017, March 16)

Présentation du projet doctoral dans le cadre du séminaire des doctorants de l'ASRDLF. L'objectif est de présenter le projet mais aussi de mettre en avant les difficultés éventuelles pour recueillir des ... [more ▼]

Présentation du projet doctoral dans le cadre du séminaire des doctorants de l'ASRDLF. L'objectif est de présenter le projet mais aussi de mettre en avant les difficultés éventuelles pour recueillir des conseils et suggestions de doctorants ou d'enseignants-chercheurs. Le projet a été présenté avec les éléments suivants : contexte, questions de recherche, méthodologie, premiers résultats et éléments attendus. [less ▲]

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See detailAdministration of Third-Party Mesenchymal Stromal Cells at the Time of Kidney Transplantation: Interim Safety Analysis at One-Year Follow-Up
WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; ERPICUM, Pauline ULg; DETRY, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 16)

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC)-based therapy has been proposed in kidney transplantation (KTx). We report on the 1-year follow-up of an open-label phase I trial using MSC in KTx. On postoperative day 3 ... [more ▼]

Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC)-based therapy has been proposed in kidney transplantation (KTx). We report on the 1-year follow-up of an open-label phase I trial using MSC in KTx. On postoperative day 3, third-party MSC (~2.0x106/kg) were administered to 7 non-immunized first-transplant recip- ients from deceased donors, under standard immunosuppression (Basiliximab, Tacrolimus, MMF and steroids). No HLA matching was required for MSC donors. Seven comparable KTx recipients were included as controls. Informed consent was obtained. No side-effect was noted at the time of MSC injection. Still, 1 patient with a history of ischemic heart disease had a NSTEMI ~3h after MSC infusion. Ten months after KTx, 1 MSC patient had type B aortic dissection and STEMI. Four MSC patients had at least 1 opportunistic infection, whereas 3 controls had polyoma-BK viremia. At day 14, eGFR in MSC and control groups was 47.1 ± 6.8 and 39.7 ± 5.9 ml/min, respectively (p, 0.05). At 1 year, eGFR in MSC and control groups was 46.5 ± 18.6 and 54.2 ± 16.3 ml/min, respectively (p, 0.42). Per-cause biopsies evidenced 1 bor- derline and 1 acute rejections in MSC group, whereas no AR was biopsy-proven in controls. Three patients developed anti-HLA antibodies against MSC (n=1) or shared kidney/MSC (n=2) mismatches.MSC infusion was safe in all patients except one. Incidence of opportunist infections was similar in both groups. No difference in eGFR was found at 1-year post KTx. Putative immunization against MSC was observed in 3 patients. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-instrument overview of the 1-hour pulsations in Saturn's magnetosphere
Palmaerts, Benjamin ULg; Roussos, Elias; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 16)

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See detailPositioning in multi-GNSS mode
Deprez, Cécile ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2017, March 16)

Satellite positioning is facing new challenges with the appearance of mass-market receivers and smartphones. Mainly, the reliability of the car navigation systems, the accuracy of positioning in ... [more ▼]

Satellite positioning is facing new challenges with the appearance of mass-market receivers and smartphones. Mainly, the reliability of the car navigation systems, the accuracy of positioning in smartphone—based applications and the availability of positions in urban canyon or deep forests suffer from the hardware limitations of these low-cost receivers. Would the multi-GNSS positioning be the solution to handle those challenges? Indeed, the number of satellites available has dramatically increased, given the expansion of two new global satellite constellations (Galileo (EU) and BeiDou (C)), and might meet these positioning challenges, at least to some extent. [less ▲]

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See detailCabinet de curiosités contemporains : de l'oeuvre au musée
Bawin, Julie ULg

Conference (2017, March 15)

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See detailDeformations of soap bubbles in a uniform electric field
Mawet, Sébastien ULg; Caps, Hervé ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2017, March 15)

The study of the deformations undergone by a soap bubble submitted to an electrical force began with Taylor and Wilson 1 and the observation of the so-called Taylor’s cones. Beyond this particular ... [more ▼]

The study of the deformations undergone by a soap bubble submitted to an electrical force began with Taylor and Wilson 1 and the observation of the so-called Taylor’s cones. Beyond this particular structure, few studies analyzed the bubble deformations. For example, what is the link between the deformations and the electrical force ? Or, how do charges move in the thin soap film formed by the bubble ? To answer those questions, we characterize the shape variations of the surface of the bubble immersed in the uniform electric field of a plan capacitor. In particular, our study focuses on hemispherical bubbles lying on the bottom electrode of a plane capacitor. This study allows us to observe some interesting phenomena like the appearance of a hysteresis cycle in the deformation amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailRealization of the Najafi-Golestanian microswimmer
Hubert, Maxime ULg; Grosjean, Galien ULg; Lagubeau, Guillaume et al

Conference (2017, March 14)

The development of artificial microswimmers, microscopic robots that swim in a fluid like sperm cells and motile bacteria, could cause a leap forward in various fields such as microfluidics, microsystems ... [more ▼]

The development of artificial microswimmers, microscopic robots that swim in a fluid like sperm cells and motile bacteria, could cause a leap forward in various fields such as microfluidics, microsystems, or minimally invasive medicine. Nature provides plenty of examples of efficient microswimmers. However, a bottom-up approach, looking at the simplest ingredients needed to generate a microswimmer, can lead to a deeper under- standing of the swimming problem. First described by Najafi and Golestanian 1 , a paradigmatic microswimmer is the three-linked-spheres model, which follows a minimalist approach for propulsion by shape shifting. In this presentation, we describe the experimental realisation of this microswimmer using self-assembled ferromagnetic particle at an air-water interface, powered by an uniform oscillating magnetic field 2 . A model, using two har- monic oscillators, reproduces the experimental findings. Because the model remains general, the same approach could be used to design a variety of efficient microswimmers. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation and characterization of artificial lipid bilayers on optical fibers
Toussaint, Pauline ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg

Conference (2017, March 14)

Transports across cellular membranes are at the basis of a lot of biological processes such as the transmission of information in neurons. Their characterization is therefore of crucial interest. As they ... [more ▼]

Transports across cellular membranes are at the basis of a lot of biological processes such as the transmission of information in neurons. Their characterization is therefore of crucial interest. As they are equivalent to biological membranes, artificial lipid bilayers can be created to study membranes and transmembrane proteins properties or transmembrane transports. The aim of this work is to develop a new method for the fabrication of artificial membranes based on the use of optical fibers as support for the bilayer, and for their characterization by fluorescence measurements. We use microfluidics on fibers to create two phospholipid monolayers that we approach close enough to form a bilayer. The membrane formation is checked using fluorescein or a fluorescent sodium probe, Tetra (tetramethylammonium) salt (sodium green), whose optical signal depends on sodium concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailImprinting superconducting vortex footsteps in a magnetic layer
Brisbois, Jérémy ULg

Conference (2017, March 14)

We experimentally show that the principle of local polarization of a magnetic layer, a well-known method to store information, namely in hard drives and credit cards, can be applied for imprinting into a ... [more ▼]

We experimentally show that the principle of local polarization of a magnetic layer, a well-known method to store information, namely in hard drives and credit cards, can be applied for imprinting into a soft magnetic layer of permalloy (Py) the trajectory of vortices moving in a superconducting film (Nb). In full analogy with a magnetic drawing board, vortices act as tiny magnetic scribers leaving a wake of polarized magnetic media in the Py layer. We have used the magneto-optical imaging technique to investigate the mutual interaction between superconducting vortices and ferromagnetic domains. In general, we observe that the flux propagation is delayed at the border of the magnetic layer. Interestingly, in thin Py layers without stripe domains, vortices leave clear imprints of locally polarized magnetic moments along their trajectories. Furthermore, the printings were found to be stable and could still be observed at room temperature, allowing for ex situ observation of the flux penetration in superconductors. We expect our findings to pave the way for further studies for optimizing magnetic recording of superconducting vortex trajectories. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la fonction rénale
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg

Conference (2017, March 14)

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See detailConsciousness: Exploring brain activity in coma and other states of consciousness
Cassol, Helena ULg

Conference (2017, March 11)

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See detailAgriculture de Précision, Modèle de culture et Phytotechnie
Dumont, Benjamin ULg

Conference (2017, March 10)

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See detailMUNIX vs TASPM
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2017, March 10)

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See detailDéveloppements scientifiques et nouvelles technologies pour l'application de produits phytosanitaires de précision
Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2017, March 10)

Depuis leur introduction, les produits phytosanitaires ont largement démontré leur efficacité pour assurer des rendements agricoles élevés. Toutefois, les nuisances sanitaires et environnementales sont ... [more ▼]

Depuis leur introduction, les produits phytosanitaires ont largement démontré leur efficacité pour assurer des rendements agricoles élevés. Toutefois, les nuisances sanitaires et environnementales sont rapidement apparues ainsi que le développement de diverses résistances. Les développements scientifiques récents, qui permettent une meilleure compréhension du processus d’application tant pour les chercheurs que les agriculteurs, ouvrent la porte à de nombreux développements technologiques. Une présentation des principales bases physiques du processus permet d’éclaircir les diverses options technologiques à la disposition des agriculteurs pour améliorer leurs pratiques en traitement des cultures. En particulier, l’attention est portée sur la trajectoire des gouttes entre la buse et sa cible ainsi que la rétention du produit par les plantes. Ces considérations se traduisent par diverses options technologiques au niveau des agro-équipements et produits de traitement qui doivent être prises en considération pour effectuer les investissements les plus pertinents et choisir les meilleures options lors du traitement. [less ▲]

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See detailSensations of the Shallow Body: Surgery, Dissections, and Technologies of Touch in Renaissance Italy
Von Hoffmann, Viktoria ULg

Conference (2017, March 09)

My contribution is part of a new work in progress exploring the sense of touch in Italian Renaissance anatomy. Through regular experiences of surgery and dissections, anatomists/surgeons refined their ... [more ▼]

My contribution is part of a new work in progress exploring the sense of touch in Italian Renaissance anatomy. Through regular experiences of surgery and dissections, anatomists/surgeons refined their sense of touch and developed a particularly acute ability to feel and act upon bodily parts and substances. By looking at the dissecting body—the hand, fingers, and skin of anatomists/surgeons—this paper will examine the body dissected—especially its bones, muscles, and surfaces—highlighting the multiple layers of the sense of touch in the Renaissance. [less ▲]

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See detailUne illustration de multidisciplinarité:"La concertation multidisciplinaire"
Buret, Laetitia ULg

Conference (2017, March 09)

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See detailRéenchanter la ville : le cas de Liège Souffle Vert
Brahy, Rachel ULg

Conference (2017, March 08)

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See detailIncreased sea ice cover disrupts food web structure in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Conference (2017, March 03)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Sea ice is a major environmental driver in Antarctica, and changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through several processes (modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure and therefore resource availability for benthic consumers). To date, regions where sea ice cover is decreasing have received more attention than regions where it is increasing. Here, on the other hand, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using time-tested integrative trophic markers (stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur) and state-of-the-art data analysis tools (bayesian ecological models), we studied the structure of the food web associated to benthic macroinvertebrates communities. In total, 28 macroinvertebrate taxa spanning most present animal groups (sponges, sea anemones, nemerteans, nematods, sipunculids, sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, pycnogonids, crustaceans, sea stars, sea urchins, brittle stars and sea cucumbers) and functional guilds (grazers, deposit feeders, filter feeders, predators, scavengers) were investigated. Our results indicate that the absence of seasonal sea ice breakup deeply influences coastal benthic food webs in Antarctica. We recorded marked differences from literature data, both in terms of horizontal (i.e. primary producers and resources supporting animal populations) and vertical (i.e. trophic level of the studied consumers) structure of the food web. Overall, sympagic (sea-ice associated) algae dominated the diet of many important consumers, and the trophic levels of invertebrates were low, suggesting omnivore consumers relied less on predation and/or scavenging than in normal environmental conditions. Surprisingly, few animals seemed to feed on the extremely abundant benthic biofilm, whose exceptional development was also presumably linked with the peculiar sea ice conditions. Interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low tissue turnover. However, comparison of data obtained in the austral summers of 2013-2014 (first year without seasonal breakup) and 2014-2015 (second year without seasonal breakup) clearly showed that the observed trends were linked with actual temporal changes in invertebrate feeding habits rather than with other potential ecological drivers. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. They also show that local and/or global trends of sea ice increase in Antarctica could cause strong changes in food web structure and therefore impact zoobenthic communities. This reinforces the view that, no matter their overall direction (i.e. increase or decrease), fluctuations in sea ice cover are likely to influence Antarctic benthic ecosystems' structure and functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailMusical(ized) Biographies: Jackie Kay’s Trumpet and Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark
Mascoli, Giulia ULg

Conference (2017, March 03)

My paper deals with two musical(ized) biographies: Jackie Kay’s Trumpet (1998) and Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark (2005). These literary works share features, at once thematic, since the protagonist ... [more ▼]

My paper deals with two musical(ized) biographies: Jackie Kay’s Trumpet (1998) and Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark (2005). These literary works share features, at once thematic, since the protagonist is a musical performer, and formal, as both writers’ prose is drenched with musicality. The two narratives can thus be considered what Emily Petermann (2014) calls “musical novels”, as both display sonic and structural patterns as well as elements of improvisation (the imitation of orality; the use of different narrators and the inclusion of various types of texts such as lyrics, interviews, excerpts from newspapers, and the solo performances through improvised jazzy breaks and the repetition of the same lexical item). In my paper, I will take my cue from Eric Prieto, who writes that interart analogies should not be taken as ends in themselves, and I will try to show the purpose of such intermediality and how it can contribute to the biographical genre. Among other things, I will examine whether these musicalized biographies have, through their unusual forms, particular social and political relevance and how approaching them from this methodological angle can serve as interpretative aid. [less ▲]

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See detailA meta-analysis of isotopic compositions of North Sea marine mammals
Damseaux, France ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Das, Krishna ULg

Conference (2017, March 03)

For over a decade, the North Sea has been undergoing significant changes due to global changes and overfishing. We conducted meta-analyses of previously published data on marine mammals sampled in the ... [more ▼]

For over a decade, the North Sea has been undergoing significant changes due to global changes and overfishing. We conducted meta-analyses of previously published data on marine mammals sampled in the North Sea to test the competition for food sources and spatial variations. The overall objective of this study was to assess the potential trophic changes of the grey seal, the harbour seal and the harbour porpoise. Data included δ13C and δ15N values measured in blood cells and muscles from the three species. SIBER, a trophic niche overlap quantification approach, highlighted potential competition between marine mammal species. The ellipse drawn for harbour seal data showed the highest δ15N values, reflecting its trophic position at the top of the food web. But the ellipse overlapping between the harbour seal and the grey seal of Germany was very important, showing a potential strong competition for food sources may be due to the overfishing. The harbour porpoise displayed a lower trophic position and a wide range of δ13C and δ15N values compared to harbour seal and grey seal as seen from its extended ellipse size. This may be due to a more opportunistic behaviour following the decline of some fish population in the North Sea. Surprisingly a group of grey seals sampled in Scotland present a very small ellipse size, presumably more selective in their prey choice, and showed the lowest δ15N values. Caution should be taken before comparing the trophic position of the groups of grey seals as the baseline differed between the two sampling areas. Low nitrates concentrations, higher latitudes, colder temperatures, deeper waters and rocky soils of the Scotland’s coasts of the North Sea cause a stratification phenomenon of the water column explaining the lower δ15N baseline in this area and so the spatial variation between these two groups of grey seals living in the North Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailSemper Incertus: Authorization through Uncertainty in Hanif Kureishi’s My Ear at His Heart: Reading my Father
Munos, Delphine ULg

Conference (2017, March 02)

In Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007), Sarah Brouillette discusses “the centrality of questions of biography in reception of postcolonial texts” (173). She argues that, as ... [more ▼]

In Postcolonial Writers in the Global Literary Marketplace (2007), Sarah Brouillette discusses “the centrality of questions of biography in reception of postcolonial texts” (173). She argues that, as against “the supposed dominant orthodoxy of anti-authorialism in literary studies” (173), successful marketing of postcolonial literature depends on – indeed requires – “biographical authenticity” so that postcolonial writers can figure valid interpreters of an authenticated location for an Anglo-American audience “schooled in multiculturalism.” Brouillette’s perception that the marketing of postcolonial writing depends on the coincidence between literary material and the biographical self of its author raises fascinating questions when it comes to examining ‘postcolonial’ biographies and autobiographies already relying on a “referential pact” (cf. Lejeune) because of their generic anatomy. Biographical fiction, then is a postcolonial nightmare come true, as the specificities of the genre endlessly displace the demand for “biographical authenticity” that is seen by Brouillette to condition the niche marketing of postcolonial literature. This paper looks at Hanif Kureishi’s My Ear at His Heart: Reading My Father (2004), in which the popular British Asian author narrativizes his ambivalent relationship with his father and retraces his father’s life from British India to the UK of the 1960s and 1970s. What is interesting is that Kureishi both relies on memory and on two unpublished ‘fictional’ texts by his late father to reconstruct the latter’s life, thus “imagining around [others’] imagination” (2004: 238), as he phrases it, that is, embracing fiction – not only memory – as a valid starting point for representing the life of his father. Susie Thomas writes that “It is a major irony that Kureishi, as a reader, approaches his father’s novels in a way that he would doubtless object to if his own fiction were raided for its autobiographical content” (2006: 189). My claim is that this “major irony” becomes a means, for Kureishi, of authorizing himself a place outside the ‘British Asian ghetto’ by playing up to the expectations of postcolonial niche marketing. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse opal photoanodes: preparation and optical properties
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Spronck, Gilles ULg; Baron, Damien ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 01)

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic ... [more ▼]

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic structure in order to modulate light interaction. The periodic structure of porosity could add specific optical properties likely to increase light harvesting and reduce reflexion losses. Besides, current efficiencies reported for mesoscopic perovskite solar cells using an inorganic porous scaffold are slightly lower than those reported for planar perovskite cells mainly due to issues in perovskite infiltration. The control of the porous network architecture in terms of pore organization, size and connectivity could overcome this limitation. TiO2/perovskite and perovskite-only photoanodes with an inverse opal porous structure are prepared from templating techniques, using polystyrene beads as structuring agent. The photoanode microstructure is further characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD). In parallel, light interaction is modeled in order to find the best compromise in terms of photonic architecture (pore size, organization, thickness…). [less ▲]

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See detailCan science explain consciousness? Lessons from coma and related states
Martial, Charlotte ULg

Conference (2017, March)

Understanding consciousness remains one of the greatest mysteries for science to solve. How do our brains work? How can we know if some patients in coma have any consciousness left and how could we ... [more ▼]

Understanding consciousness remains one of the greatest mysteries for science to solve. How do our brains work? How can we know if some patients in coma have any consciousness left and how could we communicate with them? What are near-death experiences? What is brain death? What happens in our brains during dreaming, hypnosis or meditation? At present, nobody understands how matter (our trillions of neural connections) becomes perception and thought. We will here briefly review some neurological facts on consciousness and impaired consciousness. Thanks to recent advances in (neuroimaging) technology, the mapping of conscious perception and cognition in health (e.g., conscious waking, sleep, dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, sleepwalking and anesthesia) and in disease (e.g., coma, near-death, “vegetative” state, seizures, hallucinations etc) is providing exiting new insights into the functional neuroanatomy of human consciousness. Our perception of the outside world (sensory awareness; what we see, hear, etc.) and our awareness of an inner world (self-awareness; the little "voice" inside that "speaks" to ourselves) seemingly depend on two separate networks we could recently identify. Philosophers might argue that the subjective aspect of the mind will never be sufficiently accounted for by the objective methods of reductionistic science. We here prefer a more pragmatic approach and remain naively optimistic that technological advances might ultimately lead to an understanding of the neural substrate of human consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailOrder and Synopsis in Descartes 1640-1641
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

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See detailRibbons of superparamagnetic colloids in magnetic field
Darras, Alexis ULg; Fiscina, Jorge; Pakpour, Maryam et al

Conference (2017, March)

While the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids in strong magnetic eld is well known on short time since a few decades, recent theoretical works predicted an equilibrium state reached after a ... [more ▼]

While the aggregation process of superparamagnetic colloids in strong magnetic eld is well known on short time since a few decades, recent theoretical works predicted an equilibrium state reached after a long time. In this talk, we present experimental observations of this equilibrium state with a twodimensional system and we compare our data with the predictions of a pre-existing model. Above a critical aggregation size, a deviation between the model and the experimental data is observed. This deviation is explained by the formation of ribbon-shaped aggregates. The ribbons are formed due to lateral aggregation of chains. An estimation of the magnetic energy for chains and ribbons shows that ribbons are stable structures when the number of magnetic grains is higher than N=30. [less ▲]

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See detailComplementary biophysical tools to investigate lipid specificity in the interaction between bioactive peptides and the plasma membrane
Deleu, Magali ULg; Lins, Laurence ULg

Conference (2017, March)

Plasma membranes are complex entities common to all living cells. The basic principle of their organization appears very simple, but they are actually of high complexity and represent very dynamic ... [more ▼]

Plasma membranes are complex entities common to all living cells. The basic principle of their organization appears very simple, but they are actually of high complexity and represent very dynamic structures. The interactions between bioactive molecules notably peptides, and lipids are important for numerous processes, from drug bioavailability to viral fusion. The cell membrane is a carefully balanced environment and any changes inflicted upon its structure by a bioactive peptide must be considered in conjunction with the overall effect that this may have on the function and integrity of the membrane. As a general concept, understanding the mechanism at the molecular level by which bioactive molecules interact with cell membranes is of fundamental importance. Lipid specificity is a key factor for the detailed understanding of the penetration and/or activity of lipid-interacting peptides and of mechanisms of some diseases. Further investigation in that way should improve drug discovery and development of membrane-active molecules in many domains such as health, plant protection or microbiology. In this talk, we propose to overview some complementary “in vitro” and “in silico” biophysical approaches that can give information about lipid specificity at a molecular point of view. Our strategy is illustrated on different bioactive peptides such as antimicrobial peptides, peptides involved in human diseases or in plant cell signalling. [less ▲]

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See detailNear-death experiences: recent findings
Martial, Charlotte ULg

Conference (2017, March)

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See detailBetween practices and belongings: intersectional stories of migrant women around food
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2017, March)

Short abstract Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, this paper aims at exploring the negotiated ways of performing both cultural and social ... [more ▼]

Short abstract Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, this paper aims at exploring the negotiated ways of performing both cultural and social belongings through food and at pointing out how these two dimensions can diverge or overlap in practice. Long abstract Migration constitutes for human beings an opportunity – among others – to develop a reflexive gaze upon one’s own habits (Rodier 2010), food habits in the case under study. In fact, not only changes that may occur in the ways of eating, cooking and supplying of produces, but also new relationships push individuals to question their everyday practices, which are associated with specific meanings. These meanings are socially and culturally oriented and performative, since they permit to state belongings as well as to take part to differently defined groups. In order to study these dynamics, I will present some ethnographic data collected during a research among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, mainly focusing on the history of two of them. The description of food practices, embedded in the narration of the migration experience and its consequences, which in its turn interacts with contextual discourses around immigrants and cultural diversity, reveals unexpected strategies to take social and cultural positionings within the collectivity. The theoretical framework upon which my analysis relies consists of a praxeological approach to subjectivation (Warnier 2001) combined with the consideration of the multi-dimensionality of the self which is derived from the intersectional perspective on identity (Crenshaw 1989; Anthias 2002; Yuval-Davis 2006). Through concrete practices involving food, individuals – women in this case – define their self as a layered complex of belongings, and they do that at both social and cultural level; thus proving how these two dimensions can diverge or overlap. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-mechanical testing of magnesium based composites reinforced by carbon fibers manufactured by friction stir processing
Simar, Aude; Ryelandt, Sophie; Delannay, Francis et al

Conference (2017, February 28)

Short C fibres–Mg matrix (AZ91D) composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy. The process parameters have been ... [more ▼]

Short C fibres–Mg matrix (AZ91D) composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy. The process parameters have been optimized to ensure a good fiber distribution. 3D X-ray tomography reveals that the fibers orient like onion rings. Thermal treatments have allowed to modify the flow stress level of the matrix material. Tensile testing inside the scanning electron microscope have revealed the decohesion at the fiber/matrix interface if the fibers are preferentially oriented perpendicularly to the loading direction. Modelling allows to estimate the stress needed to initiate this decohesion is about 250 MPa, i.e. appearing early in heat treated samples. To compare with different loading conditions, micro-compression and instrumented micro-indentation testing have also been performed. The consequence of the loading path on the decohesion is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon dioxide evasion from the Seine River: Drivers analysis and spatiotemporal reconstruction
Marescaux, A; Thieu, v; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 26)

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See detailMethylglyoxal-induced carbonyl stress: perspectives of a new anti-GBM therapy
Nokin, Marie-Julie ULg

Conference (2017, February 24)

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See detailL’imprimerie à Bruxelles sous les archiducs Albert et Isabelle (1598-1633)
Adam, Renaud ULg

Conference (2017, February 23)

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See detailDécoder les verrous d’apprentissage d’une discipline
Verpoorten, Dominique ULg; Devyver, Julie ULg; Duchâteau, Dominique ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 21)

L’ULg a conduit une expérience pilote avec quelques enseignants. Elle vise à estimer le potentiel didactique et pédagogique d’un travail sur les « verrous d’apprentissage » (traduction délibérément ... [more ▼]

L’ULg a conduit une expérience pilote avec quelques enseignants. Elle vise à estimer le potentiel didactique et pédagogique d’un travail sur les « verrous d’apprentissage » (traduction délibérément adaptée de « bottleneck ») pour lutter contre l’échec, ou plutôt pour relever le défi de l’intégration intellectuelle du plus grand nombre. [less ▲]

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See detailAncient Egyptian philology: The digital turn. Current projects and future perspectives for the study of Ancient Egyptian texts
Polis, Stéphane ULg; Razanajao, Vincent ULg

Conference (2017, February 21)

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the ... [more ▼]

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the rise of the Digital Humanities in the mid-2000s, many new academic projects that implement IT solutions not only as a way to manage and present data, but also to produce, process and analyse the material, have come to light in the field. The aim of this paper is to give a survey of current digital projects related to the study of ancient Egyptian and Coptic texts. Our goal is not to be exhaustive, but to discuss the methods and tools that are being used and to describe the variety of scholarly practices. The first set of projects to be examined are those related to digital text editions and annotated corpora (including the types of representation format). Second, the question of how to handle the complex writing systems of Ancient Egypt will be addressed by looking at projects that focus on encoding (Manuel de Codage vs Unicode), on establishing hieroglyphic sign-lists (the Thot-Sign-List), on palaeographical databases and on ways to OCRize original texts efficiently. The issue of interoperability and data sharing will then be investigated through a presentation of several related projects working on a XML/TEI interchange format as well as on digital resources for enabling a Linked Open Data approach to the ancient Egyptian written material (http://thot.philo.ulg.ac.be/). Finally, we will argue in favour of a coherent data model so that encoding of data and metadata is done in the most effective way. [less ▲]

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See detailHTA et cholestérol : prise en charge intégrée - Cas cliniques
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2017, February 18)

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