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See detailOn the Analysis of Internet Paths with DisNETPerf, a Distributed Paths Performance Analyzer
Wassermann, Sarah ULg; Casas, Pedro; Donnet, Benoît ULg et al

in Proc. 10th IEEE Workshop on Network Measurements (WNM) (2016, November)

Traceroute is the most widely used Internet path analysis tool today to study the topology of the Internet and to diagnose routing failures as well as poor performance events. A major limitation of ... [more ▼]

Traceroute is the most widely used Internet path analysis tool today to study the topology of the Internet and to diagnose routing failures as well as poor performance events. A major limitation of traceroute when the destination is not controllable by the user is its inability to measure reverse paths, i.e., the path from any given destination back to the source. This is a major drawback for ISPs, who need to understand the performance of the Internet paths connecting popular services (e.g., YouTube and Facebook) to their customers. Even if public servers and distributed measurement platforms can provide partial reverse path visibility through ad-hoc measurements, there is still a need for a structured approach capable of analyzing the performance of Internet paths connecting any pair of nodes (servers, routers, hosts, etc.). While the problem of reverse traceroute has been addressed in the past, proposed techniques rely on IP address spoofing – which might lead to security concerns, and assume the availability of certain route-tracking options –, which might not be available. In this paper, we introduce and evaluate DisNETPerf, a new tool which provides exactly the same type of information as traceroute, but for paths connecting arbitrarily selected nodes. DisNETPerf works by firstly locating probes (i.e., measurement points) that are the closest to a given target node, using them to perform traceroute measurements from the target point-of-view to a given destination for path performance monitoring and troubleshooting purposes. We propose two techniques for probe location, and demonstrate that the reverse path (from server to users) can be measured with very high accuracy in certain scenarios. We also analyze relevant characteristics of Internet paths and distributed measurement platforms, which reinforce the applicability and relevance of DisNETPerf in current Internet. [less ▲]

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See detailThe construction of religion as a ‘public problem’. The emergence of Islam in the public space during Tunisia’s transition to democracy (2011--2014)
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Social Sciences Information = Information sur les Sciences Sociales (2016), 55(4),

La construction de l'islam en "problème public" au cours de la période de transition démocratique.

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See detailTransition to democracy in Tunisia. Learning about citizenship in a national and transnational context
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Social Sciences Information = Information sur les Sciences Sociales (2016), 55(4),

La transition en Tunisie a constitué un moment fort d'apprentissage de la démocratie.

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See detailA large strain hyperelastic viscoelastic-viscoplastic-damage constitutive model based on a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum for amorphous glassy polymers
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Lani, Frédéric; Pardoen, Thomas et al

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2016), 96

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A ... [more ▼]

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A corotational formulation is used through the total Lagrange formalism. At small strains, the viscoelastic behavior is captured using the generalized Maxwell model. At large strains beyond a viscoelastic limit characterized by a pressure-sensitive yield function, which is extended from the Drucker-Prager one, a viscoplastic region follows. The viscoplastic flow is governed by a non-associated Perzyna-type flow rule incorporating this pressure-sensitive yield function and a quadratic flow potential in order to capture the volumetric deformation during the plastic process. The stress reduction phenomena arising from the post-peak plateau and during the failure stage are considered in the context of a continuum damage mechanics approach. The post-peak softening is modeled by an internal scalar, so-called softening variable, whose evolution is governed by a saturation law. When the softening variable is saturated, the rehardening stage is naturally obtained since the isotropic and kinematic hardening phenomena are still developing. Beyond the onset of failure characterized by a pressure-sensitive failure criterion, the damage process leading to the total failure is controlled by a second internal scalar, so-called failure variable. The final failure occurs when the failure variable reaches its critical value. To avoid the loss of solution uniqueness when dealing with the continuum damage mechanics formalism, a non-local implicit gradient formulation is used for both the softening and failure variables, leading to a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum. The pressure sensitivity considered in both the yield and failure conditions allows for the distinction under compression and tension loading conditions. It is shown through experimental comparisons that the proposed constitutive model has the ability to capture the complex behavior of amorphous glassy polymers, including their failure. [less ▲]

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See detailA review of Silurian dispersed spore assemblages from the Arabian Plate: biostratigraphy and palaeogeography
Wellman, CH; Steemans, Philippe ULg; Breuer, P et al

Conference (2016, October)

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See detailIdentification de mécanismes moléculaires d’induction de la réponse immunitaire de type Th2 par les cellules dendritiques conventionnelles CD11b+ du poumon
Janss, Thibaut ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Currently, the activation mechanisms of type 2 helper T cells (Th2) by dendritic cells are not yet fully understood. In recent years, more and more evidences show that there is a functional specialization ... [more ▼]

Currently, the activation mechanisms of type 2 helper T cells (Th2) by dendritic cells are not yet fully understood. In recent years, more and more evidences show that there is a functional specialization of the different dendritic cells populations. Therefore, in our laboratory, it was demonstrated that lung CD11b+ conventional dendritic cells (cDC) are the cells responsible for the allergic sensitization after an inhalation of house dust mite extracts in mice. Because this population is responsible for priming Th2 response, we decided to study them in an allergic context as a model in order to identify new mechanisms involve in Th2 induction. So far, few transcription factors required for the pro-Th2 activity of dendritic cells have been identified. Their discovery could considerably improve the understanding of Th2 activation by dendritic cells. Transcriptomic profiling of lung CD11b+ cDCs exposed to HDM in vivo revealed first that HDM triggered an antiviral defence-like response and second that the majority of HDM-induced transcriptional changes depended on the transcription factor Inresterferon Response Factor-3 (Irf3). Validating the functional relevance of these observations, Irf3-deficient CD11b+ cDCs displayed reduced pro-allergic activity. Indeed, Irf3-deficient CD11b+ cDCs induced less Th2, more regulatory T cell, and similar Th1 differentiation in naïve CD4+ T cells compared to their wild-type counterparts. The altered APC activity of Irf3 CD11b+ cDCs was associated with reduced expression of CD86 and was phenocopied by blocking CD86 activity in wild-type CD11b+ cDCs. Altogether, these results establish Irf3, mostly known for its role in antiviral responses, as a transcription factor involved in the induction of Th2 responses through the promotion of pro-Th2 costimulation in CD11b+ DCs. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and Dynamics of Ge-Se Liquids and Glasses under Pressure
Yildirim, Can ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Among network forming glasses, chalcogenide glasses are of great importance not only for their optoelectronic applications, but also for the network structure that displays enhanced structural variability ... [more ▼]

Among network forming glasses, chalcogenide glasses are of great importance not only for their optoelectronic applications, but also for the network structure that displays enhanced structural variability due to the covalent bonding network. In this project, we study the Ge-Se binary alloy as the target system in order to investigate the structure and dynamics of the liquid and glassy phases under pressure by using a combination of ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations and X-ray scattering experiments. The wide glass forming range of the GexSe100􀀀x system allows one to tune the stiffness of the network structure by increasing the mean coordination number with the Ge content which affects the macroscopic material properties such as resistance to aging, hardness, conductivity, and fragility. In this respect, we study 10 different AIMD generated and 5 experimentally produced (i.e melt quenching) compositions spanning the flexible-to-rigid elastic phase transitions according to Maxwell’s isostatic stability criterion. As for the liquid state, after having validated the structural models by comparing the experimental findings available, we examine the dynamics of Ge-Se melts at ambient pressure. The investigations on the diffusion coefficients and viscosity at 1050 K showed clear anomalies, departing from the expectation that atomic mobility should decrease as the system becomes more and more rigid. Furthermore, the relaxation behavior at 1050 K also shows similar anomalies when intermediate scattering factors are examined at q vector corresponding to the principal peak position of the total structure factor. To elucidate this anomaly, we discuss the effect of the topological constraints on the dynamics in liquid state. The results show that the isostatic systems have slower dynamics as compared to flexible and stressed rigid phases. Moreover, we speculate that the reason of this anomaly may originate from the distribution of the topological bond bending constraints of the higher coordinated species (i.e. Ge) results. In particular, the flexible, and stressed rigid compositions showed a high variance in the Ge bond bending constraints whereas the isostatic composition forms a network in which the bond bending constraints are homogeneously distributed. We link this behavior with a global fragility concept for network forming liquids in such a way that fragility minima are obtained both by experimental findings and the calculated fragility values of the AIMD generated compositions (i.e. VFT or MYEGA fits) when scaled to the isostatic composition for a number of different systems. As for the glassy phase, the AIMD generated structural models show good agreement in both real and reciprocal space. The equation of state and normalized stress-strain curves are compared to the available experiments in order to verify the pressure behavior of the simulations. The results show a good agreement. In addition to the simulations under pressure, we show results of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) experiments under pressure. Both simulations and the experiments show that there are no sign of crystallization during compression up to 42 GPa. One of the main important finding is the evolution of the Ge-Se bond length for the compositions studied. We observe a bond compression in the early stages of densification in the phase identified as low density amorphous (LDA), which is followed by an abrupt jump starting in pressures around 10-15 GPa, both in simulations and experiments. Furthermore, a semiconductor to metal transition is identified with the red shift in Ge K edge energy. The features of polyamorphism was also detected from the pressure evolution of the principal peak position of the structure factor which show two distinct slopes indicating different structural response to the applied pressure. In order to have a deeper understanding of the densification mechanisms, we apply neighbor analyses to our atomic trajectories and show that the tetrahedral to octahedral transformation (i.e LDA to HDA) starts to take place when the fifth and sixth neighbors effectively become the part of first shell neighbors, where the bond angles adapt themselves to 90 degrees. We furthermore speculate the effect of network rigidity of the glasses at ambient conditions onto the kinetics of the amorphous-amorphous transitions. It appears that the polyamorphic transitions are more sluggish as the network rigidity (i.e Ge content) increases. Finally we show that there is a universal threshold value in coordination change from LDA to HDA phases GexSe100􀀀x (where x 25) when scaled to reduced densities. [less ▲]

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See detailA new toolbox for the identification of diagonal Volterra kernels allowing the emulation of nonlinear audio devices
Schmitz, Thomas ULg; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Schmitz, Thomas (Ed.) International Congress on Acoustics : ICA, Argentine 5-9 Septembre 2016 (2016, September 10)

Numerous audio systems are nonlinear. It is thus of great importance to study them and understand how they work. Volterra series model and its subclass (cascade Hammerstein-Wiener model) are usual ways to ... [more ▼]

Numerous audio systems are nonlinear. It is thus of great importance to study them and understand how they work. Volterra series model and its subclass (cascade Hammerstein-Wiener model) are usual ways to modelize nonlinear systems. However the identification methods of these models are still considered as an open topic. Therefore we have developed a new optimized identification tool ready for use and presented as a Matlab toolbox. This toolbox provides the parameters of the optimized sine sweep needed for the identification method, it is able to calculate the parameters of the Hammerstein model and to emulate the output signal of a nonlinear device for a given input signal. To evaluate the toolbox, we modelize a guitar distortion effect (the Tubescreamer) having a total harmonic distortion (THD) comprised in the range 10-23\%. We report a mean error of less than 0.7\% between the emulated signal and the signal coming from the distortion effect. [less ▲]

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See detailLes conséquences civiles des polices administratives sur la vente immobilière. Etude comparée des droits wallon, flamand et bruxellois
Onclin, François ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

On observe une influence grandissante des polices administratives sur le droit des contrats. La police administrative désigne l'ensemble des pouvoirs qui sont accordés, par ou en vertu d'une disposition ... [more ▼]

On observe une influence grandissante des polices administratives sur le droit des contrats. La police administrative désigne l'ensemble des pouvoirs qui sont accordés, par ou en vertu d'une disposition législative, aux autorités administratives et qui permettent de restreindre les droits et libertés des individus en vue d'assurer le maintien de l'ordre public. A côté de la police administrative générale qui tend à assurer le maintien de la sécurité, de la salubrité et de la tranquillité publiques, de nombreuses polices administratives spéciales se sont développées. Ces dernières visent à prévenir des troubles spécifiques, dont l'objet est défini par chaque législation particulière. Lors de la mise en œuvre de sa compétence, le législateur de police recourt à différents procédés. Il en résulte que de nombreuses contraintes de police encerclent les opérations contractuelles qui portent sur des biens immeubles. La recherche entreprise a toutefois limité son champ d’étude à la vente immobilière étant donné qu’il s’agit de l’acte de droit civil le plus fréquent et le plus souvent encadré par les polices administratives des biens. La législation de police renforce parfois la violation des exigences qu’elle impose d’une sanction administrative ou pénale. L’exercice se complique lorsqu’il s’agit d’apprécier les conséquences civiles des polices administratives. Dans ce cas, il convient à la fois de se référer à la théorie générale des obligations et à l’éventuelle sanction civile qui est aménagée par la législation de police. Tel est précisément l’objet de cette thèse, à savoir l’étude des conséquences, sur le plan civil, des polices administratives sur la vente immobilière. La thèse se structure en deux parties. La première a examiné la situation dans laquelle les polices administratives influencent la formation de la vente. La seconde avait, quant à elle, pour objet d’apprécier la mesure dans laquelle ces mêmes polices ont un impact sur les effets de la vente. Le système de répartition des compétences mis en place au sein du fédéralisme belge impose une recherche comparée. Celle-ci est entreprise en droit interne. De nombreuses polices administratives ont été, pour d’importantes parties, régionalisées. Elles ressortissent dès lors à la compétence du législateur régional. Pour cette raison, la recherche a été étendue aux droits wallon, flamand et bruxellois. Le droit des obligations et des contrats demeure, sous réserve de certaines exceptions, de la compétence de l’autorité fédérale. Lorsque la sanction civile est étudiée, il en résulte une tension entre, d’une part, la compétence du législateur fédéral et, d’autre part, celle du législateur de police. La rigidité de cette division des compétences engendre des difficultés. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission from interacting wind massive binaries: A review of 15 years of progress
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Advances in Space Research (2016), 58

Previous generations of X-ray observatories revealed a group of massive binaries that were relatively bright X-ray emitters. This was attributed to emission of shock-heated plasma in the wind-wind ... [more ▼]

Previous generations of X-ray observatories revealed a group of massive binaries that were relatively bright X-ray emitters. This was attributed to emission of shock-heated plasma in the wind-wind interaction zone located between the stars. With the advent of the current generation of X-ray observatories, the phenomenon could be studied in much more detail. In this review, we highlight the progress that has been achieved in our understanding of the phenomenon over the last 15 years, both on theoretical and observational grounds. All these studies have paved the way for future investigations using the next generation of X-ray satellites that will provide crucial information on the X-ray emission formed in the innermost part of the wind-wind interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of Ocean in Situ Observations and Web - Based Visualization: From Individual Measurements to an Integrated View
Barth, Alexander ULg; Watelet, Sylvain ULg; Troupin, Charles et al

in Diviacco, Paolo; Leadbetter, Adam; Glaves, Helen (Eds.) Oceanographic and Marine Cross-Domain Data Management for Sustainable Development (2016)

The sparsity of observations poses a challenge common to various ocean disciplines. Even for physical parameters where the spatial and temporal coverage is higher, current observational networks ... [more ▼]

The sparsity of observations poses a challenge common to various ocean disciplines. Even for physical parameters where the spatial and temporal coverage is higher, current observational networks undersample a broad spectrum of scales. This situation is generally more severe for chemical and biological parameters because such sensors are less widely deployed. The present chapter describes the analysis tool DIVA (Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis) which is designed to generate gridded fields from in situ observations. DIVA has been applied to various physical (temperature and salinity), chemical (concentration of nitrate, nitrite and phosphate) and biological parameters (abundance of a species). The chapter also shows the technologies used to visualize the gridded fields. Visualization of analyses from in situ observations provide a unique set of challenges since the accuracy of the analysed field is not spatially uniform as it strongly depends on the location of the observations. In addition, an adequate treatment of the depth and time dimensions is essential. [less ▲]

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See detailJudiciarisation des systèmes politiques et sociaux. Recueil d'arrêts
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailModeling the ductile fracture and the plastic anisotropy of DC01 steel at room temperature and low strain rates
Tuninetti, Victor; Yuan, Sibo ULg; Gilles, Gaëtan et al

Scientific conference (2016, September)

This paper presents different extensions of the classical GTN damage model implemented in a finite element code. The goal of this study is to assess these extensions for the numerical prediction of ... [more ▼]

This paper presents different extensions of the classical GTN damage model implemented in a finite element code. The goal of this study is to assess these extensions for the numerical prediction of failure of a DC01 steel sheet during a single point incremental forming process, after a proper identification of the material parameters. It is shown that the prediction of failure appears too early compared to experimental results. Though, the use of the Thomason criterion permitted to delay the onset of coalescence and consequently the final failure. [less ▲]

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See detailUNESCO, Cultural Industries and the International Development Agenda: Between Modest Recognition and Reluctance
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Stupples, Polly; Teaiwa, Katerina (Eds.) Contemporary perspectives on Art and International Development (2016)

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See detailEntre traditions et innovations. La tête végétalisée dans les décors romains: origine, diffusion et signification d'un thème ornemental
Derwael, Stéphanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

La tête végétalisée est un témoin privilégié de la culture visuelle des Romains. Innovation de l’époque tardo-républicaine et proto-impériale, elle n’en demeure pas moins l’héritière du traitement formel ... [more ▼]

La tête végétalisée est un témoin privilégié de la culture visuelle des Romains. Innovation de l’époque tardo-républicaine et proto-impériale, elle n’en demeure pas moins l’héritière du traitement formel de figures telles que la Rankenfrau et le Rankengott et d’un symbolisme végétal séculaire. Elle évoque une nature naissante ou renaissante qui ne possède pas encore les frontières du cosmos ordonné, et fonctionne comme une épithète iconographique permettant de mettre en évidence un aspect particulier d’un personnage, tel le dieu Oceanus. L’étude des spécificités culturelles et des traditions iconographiques des différentes régions de l’Empire romain, couplée à la mise en série et à l’analyse contextualisée des documents, permet de mettre en évidence les formes de diffusion, de réception et d’appropriation de ce thème ornemental, de sa naissance à son assimilation par le monde chrétien. A côté de tendances relativement homogènes communes à l’Empire, se dessinent quelques courants particuliers, comme l’enrichissement nord-africain de la forme océanique, le renouveau oriental de la bordure à rinceau peuplé héritée de la tradition picturalisante hellénistique, ou « l’humanisation du végétal » gallo-germanique. Entre traditions et innovations, la tête végétalisée du monde romain développe des spécificités iconographiques pérennes qui lui confèrent une signification inhérente à toute forme d’hybridité végétale, tout en permettant à différentes visions du monde de s’exprimer en elle sans se dissoudre. [less ▲]

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See detailFertility progression in Germany: an analysis using flexible nonparametric cure survival models
Bremhorst, Vincent; Kreyenfeld, Michaela; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Demographic Research (2016)

OBJECTIVE This paper uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) to study the transition to second and third births. In particular, we seek to distinguish the factors that determine the timing ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE This paper uses data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP) to study the transition to second and third births. In particular, we seek to distinguish the factors that determine the timing of fertility from the factors that influence ultimate parity progression. METHODS We employ cure survival models, a technique commonly used in epidemiological studies and in the statistical literature but only rarely applied to fertility research. RESULTS We find that education has a different impact on the timing and the ultimate probability of having a second and a third birth. Furthermore, we show that the shape of the fertility schedule for the total population differs from that of ‘susceptible women’ (i.e., those who have a second or a third child). CONCLUSION Standard event history models conflate timing and quantum effects. Our approach overcomes this shortcoming. It estimates separate parameters for the hazard rate of having a next child for the ‘susceptible population’ and the ultimate probability of having another child for the entire population at risk. [less ▲]

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See detailNormative data on teachers’ voice use in real-life situations
Schiller, Isabel ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Alcoulombre, Anaëlle et al

Conference (2016, August 25)

Background As part of their working routine, teachers use their voice for extended periods of time. To compensate for adverse acoustic conditions and background noise, they are also required to speak at ... [more ▼]

Background As part of their working routine, teachers use their voice for extended periods of time. To compensate for adverse acoustic conditions and background noise, they are also required to speak at high intensities. Since teaching is acknowledged to be vocally demanding, several studies have investigated teachers’ vocal load, that is, the stress inflicted on the larynx during vocalization, which is thought to be influenced by duration, intensity and frequency of phonation. A promising method for analyzing teachers’ phonatory behavior in real-life situations is the use of a portable voice dosimeter that objectively documents vocal parameters. Depending on several factors, those parameters may vary within the teaching profession (Masuda et al., 1993; Morrow and Connor, 2011; Remacle, Morsomme, and Finck, 2014). With the aim of quantifying their vocal parameters and identifying the most at-risk teaching conditions, we have established a large database of French-speaking teachers. Based on this database, this study analyzed vocal loading differences with regard to gender, teaching level, and environment (professional versus extra-professional). Methods Seventy-six French-speaking teachers (15 males and 61 females) were monitored during one workweek using the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor voice dosimeter (KayPENTAX). The subjects included 21 kindergarten, 20 primary and 35 secondary school teachers. All male subjects were in the latter group. The vocal parameters analyzed were phonation time, intensity and fundamental frequency (F0). Results The statistical analysis revealed that, irrespective of gender, phonation time, F0 and intensity level were significantly higher in the professional environment than the extra-professional environment (p<.01). Among female subjects, the F0 of kindergarten teachers was significantly higher than that of primary school teachers, which in turn was higher than that of secondary school teachers (p<.01). The phonation time and intensity were also higher in female kindergarten teachers than other female teachers, but this difference did not reach significance. As expected, regarding gender differences, we found that female secondary school teachers spoke with significantly higher F0 than their male colleagues (p<.001). In the extra-professional setting, they also spoke with a significantly higher intensity (p<.05), but no such effect was found in the professional environment. Conclusion Overall, our subjects showed an increase in vocal loading parameters when they were at work compared to their free time. This confirms the results of earlier studies and demonstrates that teaching is an occupation with remarkably high vocal demands. The analysis of mean frequency showed that lower school levels were associated with higher-pitched voice. It can be assumed that kindergarten teachers adapt to the higher F0 of their young pupils and that their effort to maintain the pupils’ attention results in greater frequency variations. References Masuda, T., Ikeda, Y., Manako, H., & Komiyama, S. (1993). Analysis of vocal abuse: Fluctuations in phonation time and intensity in 4 groups of speakers. Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 113(3), 547–552. Morrow, S. L., & Connor, N. P. (2011). Comparison of voice-use profiles between elementary classroom and music teachers. Journal of Voice, 25(3), 367–372. Remacle, A., Morsomme, D., & Finck, C. (2014). Comparison of vocal loading parameters in kindergarten and elementary school teachers. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(2), 406–415. [less ▲]

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See detailDobble, analyse d'un jeu de cartes
Rigo, Michel ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailEtude des sémiochimiques volatils impliqués dans le mutualisme fourmis-pucerons
Fischer, Christophe ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

For decades, the mutualistic relationship that ant and aphids may present has fascinated entomologists, as evidenced by the abundant literature on the subject. The principles of this interaction are ... [more ▼]

For decades, the mutualistic relationship that ant and aphids may present has fascinated entomologists, as evidenced by the abundant literature on the subject. The principles of this interaction are simple: as long as their colony remains, aphids provide ants with a stable and abundant source of sugars, honeydew. In exchange, ants tend aphid colonies and provide them cleaning and protection against various natural enemies. Nevertheless, some aspects of this relationship remain misunderstood. This is for example the case of the factors influencing the search and the discovery of a potential partner, first step to any potential mutualistic interaction. The role held by volatile chemical cues, called semiochemicals, in this relationship is also misunderstood. The objective of this thesis is to improve understanding of the role played by volatile semiochemicals in this mutualistic relationship, especially during the partner search stage, both from the perspective of the ant and of the aphid. The black garden ant, Lasius niger L., and the black bean aphid, Aphis fabae Scop., constitute our biological model. The impact of volatile compounds on the search behavior of the ant has first been investigated. These compounds are from multiple origins, either directly emitted by the aphid or induced by its presence. First, the ability of ants to perceive E-β-farnesene, the main component of many aphid alarm pheromone, and to use it to locate aphid colonies has been highlighted. This compound has indeed shown attractiveness to ants, even at low doses corresponding to the emissions of an unstressed aphid colony. Then, the roles played by honeydew volatile compounds in ant attraction have been demonstrated. These compounds also allow ants to remotely discriminate different aphid species and to direct their searches accordingly. These semiochemicals are produced by honeydew microflora, and a particularly attractive bacterial strain, Staphylococcus xylosus, has been isolated from A. fabae honeydew. Finally, the active role of winged aphids, which are aphid’s dispersal form, in the search for a mutualistic partner was also studied. Aphids do not appear to be preferentially attracted toward a host plant frequented by ants or close an ant nest. Nevertheless, once a potential host plant reached, they remain longer on it in case of ant presence. This thesis highlights the importance of volatile semiochemicals and honeydew microflora in ant-aphid mutualistic relationships, thus completing by a new aspect an already well documented biological model. [less ▲]

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See detailAgeism in Belgium and Burundi: A comparative analysis
Marquet, Manon ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg et al

in Clinical Interventions in Aging (2016), 11

Background: Recent cross-cultural comparisons between Asian and Western cultures have shown that ageism arises more from the lack of availability of social and economic resources for older adults than ... [more ▼]

Background: Recent cross-cultural comparisons between Asian and Western cultures have shown that ageism arises more from the lack of availability of social and economic resources for older adults than from the culture itself. We tested this assumption by conducting a survey among people living in a least-developed country compared with a developed country. Methods: Twenty-seven Belgians living in Belgium, 29 Burundians living in Belgium and 32 Burundians living in Burundi were included in this study. Their attitudes toward older adults were assessed using several self-reported measures. Results: Statistical analyses confirmed that older people are more negatively perceived by Burundians living in Burundi than by Burundians and Belgians living in Belgium, whose attitudes did not differ from each other. Conclusion: Consistent with our hypothesis, our results suggest that the level of development of a country and more particularly the lack of government spending on older people (pension and healthcare systems) may contribute to their younger counterparts perceiving them more negatively. [less ▲]

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