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See detailRegards sur l'Albanie: comprendre l'histoire de l'Albanie et les liens qui unissent les Albanais et la Belgique
Lika, Liridon ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, December 01)

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See detailThe LBTI Fizeau imager - I. Fundamental gain in high-contrast imaging
Patru, F.; Esposito, S.; Puglisi, A. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 472

We show by numerical simulations a fundamental gain in contrast when combining coherently monochromatic light from two adaptive optics (AO) telescopes instead of using a single stand-alone AO telescope ... [more ▼]

We show by numerical simulations a fundamental gain in contrast when combining coherently monochromatic light from two adaptive optics (AO) telescopes instead of using a single stand-alone AO telescope, assuming efficient control and acquisition systems at high speed. A contrast gain map is defined as the normalized point spread functions (PSFs) ratio of a single Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) aperture over the dual Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) aperture in Fizeau mode. The global gain averaged across the AO-corrected field of view is improved by a factor of 2 in contrast in long exposures and by a factor of 10 in contrast in short exposures (i.e. in exposures, respectively, longer or shorter than the coherence time). The fringed speckle halo in short exposures contains not only high-angular resolution information, as stated by speckle imaging and speckle interferometry, but also high-contrast imaging information. A high-gain zone is further produced in the valleys of the PSF formed by the dark Airy rings and/or the dark fringes. Earth rotation allows us to exploit various areas in the contrast gain map. A huge-contrast gain in narrow zones can be achieved when both a dark fringe and a dark ring overlap on to an exoplanet. Compared to a single 8-m LBT aperture, the 23-m LBTI Fizeau imager can provide a gain in sensitivity (by a factor of 4), a gain in angular resolution (by a factor of 3) and, as well, a gain in raw contrast (by a factor of 2-1000 varying over the AO-corrected field of view). [less ▲]

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See detailThe LBTI Fizeau imager – II. Sensitivity of the PSF and the MTF to adaptive optics errors and to piston errors
Patru, F.; Esposito, S.; Puglisi, A. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2017), 472

We show numerical simulations with monochromatic light in the visible for the LBTI Fizeau imager, including opto-dynamical aberrations due here to adaptive optics (AO) errors and to differential piston ... [more ▼]

We show numerical simulations with monochromatic light in the visible for the LBTI Fizeau imager, including opto-dynamical aberrations due here to adaptive optics (AO) errors and to differential piston fluctuations, while other errors have been neglected. The achievable Strehl by the LBTI using two AO is close to the Strehl provided by a single standalone AO system, as long as other differential wavefront errors are mitigated. The LBTI Fizeau imager is primarily limited by the AO performance and by the differential piston/tip–tilt errors. Snapshots retain high-angular resolution and high-contrast imaging information by freezing the fringes against piston errors. Several merit functions have been critically evaluated in order to characterize point spread functions and the modulation transfer functions for high-contrast imaging applications. The LBTI Fizeau mode can provide an image quality suitable for standard science cases (i.e. a Strehl above 70 per cent) by performing both at a time: an AO correction better than ≈λ/18 RMS for both short and long exposures, and a piston correction better than ≈λ/8 RMS for long exposures or simply below the coherence length for short exposures. Such results, which can be applied to any observing wavelength, suggest that AO and piston control at the LBTI would already improve the contrast at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths. Therefore, the LBTI Fizeau imager can be used for high-contrast imaging, providing a high-Strehl regime (by both AO systems), a cophasing mode (by a fringe tracker) and a burst mode (by a fast camera) to record fringed speckles in short exposures. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters estimation of growth in Polled Nellore cattle via random regression models
Coutinho de Barros, Isabella; Souza Carneiro, Paulo Luiz; REIS MOTA, Rodrigo ULiege et al

in Livestock Research for Rural Development (2017), 29(12),

In genetic breeding programs, body weight is measured overtime, and is historically the main source of information from animals. Random Regression Models (RRM) have been frequently used in beef cattle ... [more ▼]

In genetic breeding programs, body weight is measured overtime, and is historically the main source of information from animals. Random Regression Models (RRM) have been frequently used in beef cattle evaluations, but can significantly contribute to genetic progress in all species of economic importance. To our knowledge, there are no scientific studies using RRM to evaluate Polled Nellore. We aimed to estimate genetic parameters by using RRM as a way to provide basis for guidelines development of growth of this breed. The models included direct genetic and maternal genetic, permanent environmental and maternal permanent environmental as random, contemporary groups as fixed and cow age at calving as covariate effects. The residual variances were modeled from homogeneous to six heterogeneous classes. The model of orders 4, 2, 2 and 2 for direct additive genetic, maternal additive genetic, maternal permanent environmental and permanent environmental had greater performance according to statistical criteria (smaller AIC and BIC values). Estimates of direct additive genetic increased over time (range 0-5,000 Kg2) and the heritability estimates were up to 0.73 along the growth curve. Maternal heritability estimates were low, with values close to zero. Genetic correlations between ages ranged from moderate (0.60) to high (0.97). Random regression models may be an alternative to describe the changes in body weight variances throughout lifetime. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of ground reaction forces based on kinematic data
Van Hulle, Romain ULiege; Schwartz, Cédric ULiege; Bruls, Olivier ULiege

Poster (2017, December 01)

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See detailAléa climatique et débits des cours d’eau dans le bassin transnational de la Meuse : Co-variabilité, changements possibles et impact sur les débordements
Grelier, Benjamin ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Climate change is a global socio-environmental concern which required adaptation from human societies in order to compensate negative effects and to take benefit from positive effects. Our research is ... [more ▼]

Climate change is a global socio-environmental concern which required adaptation from human societies in order to compensate negative effects and to take benefit from positive effects. Our research is studying water cycle at the catchment scale and contribute to the adaptation of the transnational Meuse basin to the effects of climate change on hydrological extremes (floods and low flows). To this aim, we adopted a hazard-centered approach. A top-down modelling chain has been set up on two contrasted sub-basins of the Meuse river: the Meuse river at Saint-Mihiel (2543 km², France) and the Ourthe river at Tabreux (1607 km², Belgium). The climate forcing of the chain is constructed on a temporal continuum ranging from the Maunder Minimum (≈ 1650 A.D.) to the end of the 21st century. For the future, climate data are provided by an ensemble of GCMs run in the framework of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) and forced with RCP radiative scenarios. For the historical period, gridded data available in the study area are used. Blending past and future climate data is obtained through a transfer function, linking the pressure gradient force to climate forcing variables of catchment streamflow (i.e. atmospheric water and energy supplies). Aggregation of climate data provides a first estimation of potential climatic variability for the two studied sub-basins. The hydrological effect of this potential climatic variability is evaluated in two ways: i) through a regression climate-streamflow transfer function which predicts the streamflow at the outlet of a catchment with the information provided by the pressure gradient force. Regression models are fitted in present climate conditions and used further to extrapolate the streamflow at the outlet of a catchment with CMIP5 GCMs data; ii) through the link between the pressure gradient force and climate forcing variables of streamflow. Regression models are efficient enough to provide robust estimation of the potential climate variability at the scale of interest. The delta-change approach is then applied to potential climate variability to get representative climate scenarios at a daily time step relevant for rainfall-runoff modelling. The tested rainfall-runoff model (GR4J) is calibrated through a climatically robust method. This step gives a first estimation of the two sub-basins sensibility to prescribed climate changes. In order to evaluate the effect of climate change on hydraulic behavior of a river, the modelling chain has been completed with the WOLF1D hydraulic model. Is has been parameterized and validated for a section of the Ourthe river. Boundary conditions were forced with representative climate scenarios to evaluate the climate change effect on overflowing. In a first step, the latter is characterized through overflowing sequences determined through simulated water levels. Then, to overcome the limits of the WOLF1D model in flood-prone area, the flow-duration-frequency behavior of the first overflowing streamflow is studied to show the overflowing evolution under climate change. In the end, our work provides an original framework for studying climate change effect on hydrological extremes through a sampling of climate changes with past and future climate series. The use of a hazard-centered modelling chain is a first step toward adaptation strategies suited for contrasted climate conditions. This contributes in turn to make catchment more resilient. [less ▲]

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See detailLes communs fonciers à l’ère d’internet au Cambodge, une approche par les conflits
Mellac, Marie; Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULiege

in Netcom (2017), 31(1/2), 129-152

Résumé - Depuis les années 2000, la vie politique cambodgienne est marquée par des conflits majeurs provoqués par la destruction de communs fonciers, ruraux et urbains. Ces conflits jaillissent dans un ... [more ▼]

Résumé - Depuis les années 2000, la vie politique cambodgienne est marquée par des conflits majeurs provoqués par la destruction de communs fonciers, ruraux et urbains. Ces conflits jaillissent dans un contexte où la violence et les relations clientélistes propres à l’exercice du pouvoir d’Etat cambodgien limitent la formation de contre-pouvoirs. Des espaces de résistance existent néanmoins et les possibilités d’internet les transforment ou les amplifient. A travers les conflits fonciers, cet article examine les mobilisations du web et montre qu’elles apportent une dimension informationnelle aux dynamiques sociales de protection des communs fonciers. La mise à disposition de données et informations foncières sur internet par des acteurs de la société civile bouscule le rôle central de l’Etat en la matière. Toutefois, le lien entre les interventions du numérique et la gouvernance foncière ne va pas de soi et reste une piste à explorer. Abstract - Since the years 2000, political life in Cambodia has been deeply marked by land conflicts, brought about by the destruction of rural and urban commons. These conflicts occur in a context where violence and patronage, which are at the core of Cambodian State formation practises, limit approaches to counter power. However, spaces of resistance exist and are actively transformed by the internet. Through the prism of land conflicts, this article examines how different mobilizations of the Web bring an informational dimension to the social dynamics of protecting land-based commons. The release of land-related data and information on the internet by civil society actors shakes up the central role of the State as data gatekeeper. Yet, the link between these intervention on the Web and land governance is not obvious and remain to be explored. Keywords - Land tenure ; Commons ; Internet ; Governance ; Conflict [less ▲]

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See detailVariable‐energy electron ionisation for GC×GC forensic blood VOC profiling
Dubois, Lena ULiege; Perrault, Katelynn ULiege; Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULiege et al

Scientific conference (2017, December)

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See detailData-driven probabilistic post-earthquake fire ignition model for a community
Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Gernay, Thomas ULiege; Garlock, Maria

in Fire Safety Journal (2017), 94

Fire following earthquake (FFE), a cascading multi-hazard event, can cause major social and economical losses in a community. In this paper, two existing post-earthquake fire ignition models that are ... [more ▼]

Fire following earthquake (FFE), a cascading multi-hazard event, can cause major social and economical losses in a community. In this paper, two existing post-earthquake fire ignition models that are implemented in Geographic Information System (GIS) based platforms, Hazus and MAEViz/Ergo, are reviewed. The two platforms and their FFE modules have been studied for suitability in community resiliency evaluations. Based on the shortcomings in the existing literature, a new post-earthquake fire ignition model is proposed using historical FFE data and a probabilistic formulation. The procedure to create the database for the model using GIS-based tools is explained. The proposed model provides the probability of ignition at both census tract scale and individual buildings, and can be used to identify areas of a community with high risk of fire ignitions after an earthquake. The model also provides a breakdown of ignitions in different building types. Finally, the model is implemented in MAEViz/Ergo to demonstrate its application in a GIS-based software. [less ▲]

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See detailBis(formylphenolato)cobalt(II)-mediated alternating radical copolymerization of tert-butyl 2-trifluoromethylacrylate with vinyl acetate
Banerjee, Sanjib; Bellan, Ekaterina V.; Gayet, Florence et al

in Polymers (2017), 9(12), 705

The organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of vinyl acetate (VAc) and its OMR copolymerization (OMRcoP) with tert-butyl 2-trifluoromethylacrylate (MAF-TBE) mediated by Co(SAL)2 (SAL = 2 ... [more ▼]

The organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of vinyl acetate (VAc) and its OMR copolymerization (OMRcoP) with tert-butyl 2-trifluoromethylacrylate (MAF-TBE) mediated by Co(SAL)2 (SAL = 2-formylphenolato or deprotonated salicylaldehyde) produced relatively well-defined PVAc and poly(VAc-alt-MAF-TBE) copolymers at moderate temperature (<40 ◦C) in bulk. The resulting alternating copolymer was characterized by 1H-, 13C- and 19F-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies, and by size exclusion chromatography. The linear first-order kinetic plot, the linear evolutions of the molar mass with total monomer conversion, and the relatively low dispersity (Đ~1.55) of the resulting copolymers suggest that this cobalt complex provides some degree of control over the copolymerization of VAc and MAF-TBE. Compared to the previously investigated cobalt complex OMRP mediators having a fully oxygen-based first coordination sphere, this study emphasizes a few peculiarities of Co(SAL)2: a lower ability to trap radical chains as compared to Co(acac)2 and the absence of catalytic chain transfer reactions, which dominates polymerizations carried in the presence of 9-oxyphenalenone cobalt derivative. [less ▲]

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See detailAlbertina, más viva que muerta
Dubois, Jacques ULiege; Mogollon Zapata, Juan Manuel ULiege

in Revista Linguística y Literatura (2017), 72(38), 272-287

El siguiente texto hace parte de un reciente libro que Jacques Dubois tituló Figuras del deseo. Por una crítica amorosa (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2011). A Dubois lo conocemos hoy en día como fundador ... [more ▼]

El siguiente texto hace parte de un reciente libro que Jacques Dubois tituló Figuras del deseo. Por una crítica amorosa (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2011). A Dubois lo conocemos hoy en día como fundador del famoso Grupo μ, al que le debemos la Retórica general (1970), como autor en 1978 de una obra fundamental para la sociología de la literatura, La institución de la literatura, y como especialista de Georges Simenon y de la literatura francesa de los siglos xix y xx. En su último libro, el científico riguroso cede la palabra al lector ferviente, crítico-amoroso desconcertante y lleno de imaginación, pero que no deja de sorprendernos con una nueva propuesta metodológica que bien podría calificarse como «una lectura activa del deseo». ¿En qué consiste esta «crítica amorosa»? ¿Cómo definirla? Se trata, ante todo, de una lectura en la que el crítico, animado por su deseo, rehúsa desempeñar un rol pasivo para intervenir así en la narración que le da vida a los personajes, dejando al mismo tiempo que estos se inmiscuyan en el relato de su propia vida. ¡Y su intervención resulta reveladora! Habitado por el mundo de la novela, el crítico «activo e imaginativo» que es Dubois termina por colaborar con el novelista, o por lo menos con el narrador, para desentrañar los posibles significados del universo narrativo, pero también para encontrar allí posibles fisuras en las que pueda deslizar su potente acción creadora, abriendo así «la perspectiva de una novela que pudo haber sido otra cosa de lo que es» (Dubois, 2011, p. 8). Nos encontramos pues frente a una «lectura activa» que se erige entre las exigencias de significación impuestas por el texto y el deseo que este genera de prolongarlo, de transformarlo. Los vectores de dicho deseo serán los personajes mismos, que el crítico-amoroso acompaña y hace brillar en todas sus potencialidades significativas, dotándolos de una vida segunda. De ahí que, como lo señala el mismo Dubois, «la lectura activa, en su versión amorosa, adquiera derechos sobre la ficción» (p. 10) sin que esto signifique por lo tanto que se traicione el texto, pues se trata más bien de hacerlo explotar. Y es en esta explosión que surge la pregunta, latente en la nueva propuesta que nos hace Dubois, por el acto de la lectura: «¿Qué significa amar un personaje?» ¿Cómo se desarrolla una lectura crítica y creadora? La respuesta nos llevará a lo que podríamos llamar desde ya una lectura social del deseo en la que se opera «un deslizamiento progresivo del placer y de lo sexual hacia lo social», como lo muestra el autor en el siguiente capítulo. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources: friends and foes?
Jacqmin, Julien ULiege; Barranes, Edmond; Poudou, Jean-christophe

in Energy Policy (2017), 111

This paper studies the links between non-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources in the production of electricity. Using U.S. state-level data from 1998 to 2015, we find that the relationship ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the links between non-renewable and intermittent renewable energy sources in the production of electricity. Using U.S. state-level data from 1998 to 2015, we find that the relationship between the price of natural gas and investments in solar and wind capacity is non-linear and can be represented by an inverted U-shape. Hence, for relatively low natural gas prices, the two modes of production are substitutes. After a price threshold is reached, the two are complementary. A theoretical explanation argues that this stylized fact is the result of a trade-off between two characteristics of these modes of production: the high degree of flexibility of electricity production using natural gas as an input and the low marginal cost of renewable energy sources. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecial issue: Twelfth Workshop on Models and Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling Problems (MAPSP 2015)
Crama, Yves ULiege; Goossens, Dries; Leus, Roel et al

in Journal of Scheduling (2017), 20(6), 543-711

This special issue of the Journal of Scheduling contains ten papers presented at the Twelfth Workshop on Models and Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling Problems (MAPSP 2015), held from June 8 to June ... [more ▼]

This special issue of the Journal of Scheduling contains ten papers presented at the Twelfth Workshop on Models and Algorithms for Planning and Scheduling Problems (MAPSP 2015), held from June 8 to June 12, 2015, in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailSepsis prediction in critically ill patients by platelet activation markers on ICU admission: a prospective pilot study
LAYIOS, Nathalie ULiege; Delierneux, Céline ULiege; Hego, Alexandre ULiege et al

in Intensive Care Medicine Experimental (2017), 5(1), 32

Background: Platelets have been involved in both surveillance and host defense against severe infection. To date, whether platelet phenotype or other hemostasis components could be associated with ... [more ▼]

Background: Platelets have been involved in both surveillance and host defense against severe infection. To date, whether platelet phenotype or other hemostasis components could be associated with predisposition to sepsis in critical illness remains unknown. The aim of this work was to identify platelet markers that could predict sepsis occurrence in critically ill injured patients. Results: This single-center, prospective, observational, 7-month study was based on a cohort of 99 non-infected adult patients admitted to ICUs for elective cardiac surgery, trauma, acute brain injury and post-operative prolonged ventilation and followed up during ICU stay. Clinical characteristics and severity score (SOFA) were recorded on admission. Platelet activation markers, including fibrinogen binding to platelets, platelet membrane P-selectin expression, plasma soluble CD40L, and platelet-leukocytes aggregates were assayed by flow cytometry at admission and 48h later, and also at the time of sepsis diagnosis (Sepsis-3 criteria) and 7 days later for sepsis patients. Hospitalization data and outcomes were also recorded. Of the 99 patients, 19 developed sepsis after a median time of 5 days. SOFA at admission was higher; their levels of fibrinogen binding to platelets (platelet-Fg) and of D-dimers were significantly increased compared to the other patients. Levels 48h after ICU admission were no longer significant. Platelet-Fg % was an independent predictor of sepsis (P = 0.030). By ROC curve analysis cutoff points for SOFA (AUC=0.85) and Platelet-Fg (AUC=0.75) were 8 and 50%, respectively. The prior risk of sepsis (19%) increased to 50% when SOFA was above 8, to 46% when Platelet-Fg was above 50%, and to 87% when both SOFA and Platelet-Fg were above their cutoff values. By contrast, when the two parameters were below their cutoffs, the risk of sepsis was negligible (3.8%). Patients with sepsis had longer ICU and hospital stays and higher death rate. Conclusion: In addition to SOFA, platelet-bound fibrinogen levels assayed by flow cytometry within 24h of ICU admission help identifying critically ill patients at risk of developing sepsis. [less ▲]

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See detailSpasticity Management in Disorders of Consciousness
Martens, Géraldine ULiege

in Brain Sciences (2017)

Background: Spasticity is a motor disorder frequently encountered after a lesion involving the central nervous system. It is hypothesized to arise from an anarchic reorganization of the pyramidal and ... [more ▼]

Background: Spasticity is a motor disorder frequently encountered after a lesion involving the central nervous system. It is hypothesized to arise from an anarchic reorganization of the pyramidal and parapyramidal fibers and leads to hypertonia and hyperreflexia of the affected muscular groups. While this symptom and its management is well-known in patients suffering from stroke, multiple sclerosis or spinal cord lesion, little is known regarding its appropriate management in patients presenting disorders of consciousness after brain damage. Objectives: Our aim was to review the occurrence of spasticity in patients with disorders of consciousness and the therapeutic interventions used to treat it. Methods: We conducted a systematic review using the PubMed online database. It returned 157 articles. After applying our inclusion criteria (i.e., studies about patients in coma, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome or minimally conscious state, with spasticity objectively reported as a primary or secondary outcome), 18 studies were fully reviewed. Results: The prevalence of spasticity in patients with disorders of consciousness ranged from 59% to 89%. Current treatment options include intrathecal baclofen and soft splints. Several treatment options still need further investigation; including acupuncture, botulin toxin or cortical activation by thalamic stimulation. Conclusion: The small number of articles available in the current literature highlights that spasticity is poorly studied in patients with disorders of consciousness although it is one of the most common motor disorders. While treatments such as intrathecal baclofen and soft splints seem effective, large randomized controlled trials have to be done and new therapeutic options should be explored [less ▲]

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See detailL'Open Access en Belgique francophone du côté du droit et des juristes: bientôt une réalité ?
Desseilles, François ULiege; Thys, Laurence ULiege

in Cahiers de la Documentation = Bladen voor Documentatie (2017), (4),

Cet article s’attache à faire le point sur le cadre juridique qui entoure le mouvement du Libre Accès (Open Access) en Belgique ainsi qu’à analyser la pratique du milieu juridique eu égard à l’Open Access ... [more ▼]

Cet article s’attache à faire le point sur le cadre juridique qui entoure le mouvement du Libre Accès (Open Access) en Belgique ainsi qu’à analyser la pratique du milieu juridique eu égard à l’Open Access. En ce qui concerne le cadre juridique, on remarque une volonté des autorités tant au niveau fédéral qu’au niveau de la Communauté française de Belgique de soutenir le mouvement et de promouvoir la libre circulation des résultats de la recherche scientifique à tout le moins lorsque celle-ci est financée en tout ou en partie par des fonds publics. Les textes en discussion ne sont certes pas exempts de défauts ; ils constituent néanmoins une avancée qui devrait épargner aux auteurs la tâche difficile de négocier avec les éditeurs le droit de déposer leurs contributions dans un répertoire, nonobstant la cession consentie. L’analyse de la pratique du milieu juridique s’est d’abord concentrée sur celle des éditeurs juridiques belges et a permis de montrer qu’ils oscillent entre statu quo et anticipation dans leur approche individuelle voire collective de l’Open Access. L’intérêt s’est ensuite porté sur la documentation scientifique et juridique en accès libre en partant de l’examen du modèle classique de publication dominant la doctrine juridique, en passant par un des nouveaux canaux de diffusion de cette dernière – les blogs juridiques –, pour arriver aux quelques exemples de périodiques, principalement ou accessoirement juridiques, en accès libre. Enfin, il s’est agi de souligner la pratique du côté de la communauté universitaire et quelques initiatives en la matière. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological integration and alternative life history strategies: a case study in a facultatively paedomorphic newt
Tomašević, Natasa; Cvijanović, Milena; Denoël, Mathieu ULiege et al

in Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution (2017), 328(8), 737-748

Tetrapod limbs are serially homologous structures that represent a particularly interesting model for studies on morphological integration, i.e. the tendency of developmental systems to produce correlated ... [more ▼]

Tetrapod limbs are serially homologous structures that represent a particularly interesting model for studies on morphological integration, i.e. the tendency of developmental systems to produce correlated variation. In newts, limbs develop at an early larval stage and grow continuously, including after the habitat transition from water to land following metamorphosis. However, aquatic and terrestrial environments impose different constraints and locomotor modes that could affect patterns of morphological integration and evolvability. We hypothesize that this would be the case for alternative heterochronic morphs in newts, i.e. aquatic paedomorphs that keep gills at the adult stage and adult metamorphs that are able to disperse on land. To this end, we analysed patterns and strengths of correlations between homologous skeletal elements of the fore- and hindlimbs as well as among skeletal elements within limbs in both phenotypes in the alpine newt, Ichthyosaura alpestris. Our results showed that metamorphs and paedomorphs had similar, general patterns of limb integration. Partial correlations between homologous limb elements and within limb elements were higher in paedomorphs when compared to metamorphs. Decrease in partial correlation between homologous limb elements in metamorphs is accompanied with a higher evolvability of the terrestrial morph. All these results indicate that environmental demands shaped the patterns of morphological integration of alpine newt limbs and that the observed diversity in correlation structure could be related to a qualitative difference in the modes of locomotion between the morphs. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Fire in the Life of an Adhesive
Cnuts, Dries ULiege; Tomasso, Sonja ULiege; Rots, Veerle ULiege

in Journal of Archaeological Method & Theory (2017)

The use of fire is essential for the preparation of hafting adhesives; both are suggested to be a proxy for distinguishing the technological expertise and complex cognition among Palaeolithic populations ... [more ▼]

The use of fire is essential for the preparation of hafting adhesives; both are suggested to be a proxy for distinguishing the technological expertise and complex cognition among Palaeolithic populations. While use of fire has been argued to exist from about 1.0 Ma onwards, evidence for adhesives in the Palaeolithic record is rare and fragmented. In spite of the close link between fire places and adhesives, no study has ever focussed on examining the impact of heat on adhesive deposition and preservation. This paper discusses the results of a combustion experiment that was undertaken to understand the impact of heat exposure on hafting adhesives. The results have significant implications for archaeological interpretations. Deposition in or near a fire proves to severely impact the types of residues that preserve on a stone tool. The vertically transferred heat is responsible for the loss of adhesives but also for the incidental production of adhesives and their deposition on stone tools. It can be hypothesised that the rare survival of adhesives on archaeological stone tools might not only be the result of direct contact with the fire but also the result of degradation due to heat from overlying fireplaces. If we are to improve our understanding of the preservation of adhesives, it is important to unstand the taphonomic processes that affect these adhesives, in particular heat alteration. [less ▲]

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See detailPIRLS 2016 : Note de synthèse
Schillings, Patricia ULiege; Dupont, Virginie ULiege; Géron, Stéphanie ULiege et al

Report (2017)

Au printemps 2016, 61 pays ou régions ont participé à l’enquête internationale PIRLS 2016 (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) organisée par l’IEA pour évaluer les performances en lecture ... [more ▼]

Au printemps 2016, 61 pays ou régions ont participé à l’enquête internationale PIRLS 2016 (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) organisée par l’IEA pour évaluer les performances en lecture des élèves en 4e année de scolarité obligatoire. PIRLS est une campagne d’évaluation menée tous les 5 ans. Il s’agissait de la troisième participation de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles à cette enquête. Les principaux résultats des élèves de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles sont disponibles dans cette note de synthèse [less ▲]

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See detailManipulations et politiques
Nossent, Jérôme ULiege

Learning material (2017)

Ces notes de cours proposent une approche transversale des pratiques manipulatoires en politique.

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