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See detailQuels sont les éléments nécessaires pour qu’un réseau composé d’organismes concernés par le secteur de l’insertion socioprofessionnelle puisse exister et perdurer ?
Remy, Céline ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

L’objectif de ce mémoire est de découvrir comment un réseau composé d'organismes en provenance du secteur de l'insertion socioprofessionnelle se met en place, c’est-à-dire de procéder à l’identification ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de ce mémoire est de découvrir comment un réseau composé d'organismes en provenance du secteur de l'insertion socioprofessionnelle se met en place, c’est-à-dire de procéder à l’identification des éléments qui le font exister. Nous verrons que certains de ces facteurs peuvent également faire perdurer cette structure réticulaire. La description et l’analyse nous révèleront les composants ainsi que le fonctionnement du réseau. Un deuxième but est de distinguer ce qui relève de la logique réticulaire de ce qui découle de la logique pyramidale. Ce mémoire est divisé en cinq parties. Dans la première partie, nous commencerons par expliquer en quelques pages la problématique dans laquelle nous parlerons du contexte de mise en œuvre du réseau mais également du facteur qui a déclenché la création de ce dernier. Nous découvrirons que le projet se développe dans un contexte de changement. Tous ces éléments nous permettront d’aboutir sur les questions de recherche. La deuxième partie est consacrée au cadre méthodologique dans lequel nous décrirons les outils que nous avons utilisés pour récolter les données ainsi que les difficultés que nous avons rencontrées pendant cette période essentielle de recherche. Nous passerons, ensuite, à la troisième partie qui est réservée au cadre théorique. Nous nous sommes attelés à développer les concepts utilisés dans le cadre de ce travail mais également à expliquer la théorie sur laquelle nous appuierons l’analyse des données. Dans la quatrième partie, nous présenterons plus précisément l’objet d’étude. Nous parlerons du dispositif intégré d’insertion socioprofessionnelle (DIISP) car la création du réseau repose sur ce dernier. Et, nous exposerons les acteurs qui font partie de la structure réticulaire. La cinquième partie est réservée à l’analyse qui se divise en cinq chapitres. Les quatre premiers chapitres se basent sur le découpage effectué par la théorie utilisée. Le dernier se situe en dehors de cette théorie. Dans le premier chapitre, nous parlerons de la problématisation afin de voir comment les acteurs du réseau se rendent indispensables. Nous débuterons par l’identification de la problématisation qui tourne autour du secteur de l’ISP pour ensuite réfléchir à la question de la légitimité des acteurs investis dans la structure réticulaire mais également « vérifier » s’ils sont bien tous représentés. Nous étudierons les facteurs qui ont permis au réseau de se mettre en place. Ces éléments nous permettront de définir précisément l’objectif du réseau de même que les outils et instruments d’extériorisation de celui-ci. Nous terminerons ce chapitre par l’identification des différents intermédiaires (ressources) constitués et constituant la structure ainsi que leur accessibilité. Nous analyserons, dans le deuxième chapitre, les différents dispositifs d’intéressement qui favorisent le scellement d’alliances entre les acteurs. Pour ce faire, nous parlerons de la mobilisation de chaque acteur ou plutôt de chaque catégorie d’acteurs car nous les regrouperons afin de rester clairs et pertinents dans le propos. Dans le troisième chapitre, nous approfondirons l’enrôlement, c’est-à-dire les différents rôles qui sont attribués mais également créés par les acteurs. Nous analyserons le fonctionnement du réseau au travers de l’organisation du travail. Nous aborderons, ensuite, le concept de résultat. Un dernier point à développer concerne la confiance et la transparence. Nous verrons si ces éléments sont nécessaires ou non à la constitution d’une structure réticulaire. Dans le quatrième chapitre, nous vérifierons si les représentants des différentes catégories d’acteurs sont représentatifs de leur groupe ou s’ils ne le sont pas. Nous examinerons la manière dont ils les représentent. Enfin, nous aborderons le cinquième et dernier chapitre qui nous fera réfléchir à l’avenir du réseau. [less ▲]

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See detailVía al Parque Salamanca tiene su guía turística
Escobar Jimenez, Kelly ULg; Villadiego Bernal, Kattia

Diverse speeche and writing (2008)

Présentation du Guide touristique du Parc Naturel de l'Île Salamanca, en Colombie, rédigée par le groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire Turismo, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (TMAD) de l’ Université del ... [more ▼]

Présentation du Guide touristique du Parc Naturel de l'Île Salamanca, en Colombie, rédigée par le groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire Turismo, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (TMAD) de l’ Université del Atlántico. Villadiego et Escobar pressentent une brève explication sur l'aire protégée et sur le nouveau produit du Groupe de Recherche issu du projet PIC Belge-Colombien financé par la CUD. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous TiO2 thin films for photovoltaic applications
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Mathis, François ULg et al

Poster (2008, September 08)

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic ... [more ▼]

Thin films of nanocrystalline, mesostructured titanium dioxide are very promising materials to build low cost and efficient photovoltaic devices. TiO2 present a high chemical stability and electronic properties such as photoinduced electronic transfer properties associated with the anatase phase. For many applications, highly porous nanostructured thin films with accessible pores are preferable to dense ones. Indeed, high accessible porosity leads to high surface area increasing the electron transfer area. [less ▲]

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See detailCalculation of internal forces in axially and rotationally restrained beams under natural fire
Hanus, François ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2008)

When a constituent of a frame is subjected to fire, the thermal dilatation and bowing of this element is limited by the action of the surrounding frame. The reduction of steel mechanical properties and ... [more ▼]

When a constituent of a frame is subjected to fire, the thermal dilatation and bowing of this element is limited by the action of the surrounding frame. The reduction of steel mechanical properties and restrained thermal deformations induce a new distribution of internal forces in the frame. Generally, the stability of structures is calculated by the use of recommended temperature-time curves that do not considered the cooling phase of the fire. After being submitted to high compressive forces and experiencing significant plastic deformations, heated elements become in tension. As it was observed experimentally, the failure of bolts due to an excess of tensile forces may occur during the cooling phase of the fire. That is the reason why a research project on the design of connections subjected to natural fire (COSSFIRE) has been funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). The objective of this project is to provide experimental data and to propose guidelines for designing the joints including both the heating and cooling phases. This work describes a part of the contribution of the University of Liège in the project COSSFIRE. It is focused on the determination of the internal forces experienced by axially and rotationally restrained beams submitted to a natural fire. This preliminary step is essential for an optimised design of connections in similar conditions. This work is subdivided three parts. Firstly, some experimental tests have been modelled numerically with the homemade finite element software SAFIR in order to validate it and the models used to analyse this type of problem. Secondly, a set of parametrical analyses have been performed in order to better understand the influence of several factors on the induced internal forces and provide some reference results for the last part of the work. Finally, some simplified methods, based on Wang’s method, have been defined to allow determining the internal forces in a given case without requiring any numerical simulation in finite element packages. [less ▲]

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See detail« Invisible censure, redoutable et efficace »
Durand, Pascal ULg

Article for general public (2008)

Entretien sur La Censure invisible, en tant qu'Invité du lundi, conduit par le journaliste Philippe de Boeck.

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See detailÉtude des risques liés aux pratiques d’élevage sur la santé mammaire des exploitations laitières en Wallonie
Theron, Léonard ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2008)

As most of production pathologies in dairy farming, mastitis is characterized by a multifactorial aetiology. Its diagnosis and treatment requires a good knowledge of its determinant and predisposing ... [more ▼]

As most of production pathologies in dairy farming, mastitis is characterized by a multifactorial aetiology. Its diagnosis and treatment requires a good knowledge of its determinant and predisposing factors. The comparative epidemiology of 349 walloon farms registered to individual milk analysis programs led to highlight the practices used in farms whose last 3 months' herd somatic cell count was above 400.000 cells/ml. We identified the following risk indicators relative to 1) herd demography : age, composition, herd production average, percentage of high cell counts animals 2) the animal housing : use of straw as bedding stall for all classes of animals and lack of a calving pen 3) the milking machine : milking cups cleaning 4) the dairy practices : lack of washing cloth towels between 2 milkings, occasional foremilk check, stripping, lack of post-dip and 5) animal nutrition : mould on beet pulp silos, adding salt in the diet and composition of the main concentrate. This descriptivre and univariate analysis confirmed the risky situation of a large majority of dairy farms regarding the recommendations of good dairy practices guides. [less ▲]

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See detailClonage du génome l'herpesvirus cyprin-3 en tant que chromosome artificiel bactérien
Fournier, Guillaume ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

Koi herpesvirus (KHV) or Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in koi and common carp. In the present study, we described the cloning of the KHV genome as a stable and ... [more ▼]

Koi herpesvirus (KHV) or Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease in koi and common carp. In the present study, we described the cloning of the KHV genome as a stable and infectious BAC clone that can be used to produce KHV recombinant strains. This goal was achieved by insertion of a loxP-flanked BAC cassette into the thymidine kinase (TK) locus. This insertion led to a BAC plasmid that was stably maintained in bacteria and was able to regenerate virions when transfected into permissive cells. Reconstituted virions free of the BAC cassette but with a disrupted TK locus were produced. Similarly, virions with a wild type revertant TK sequence were produced. The FL BAC excised strain and the FL BAC revertant strain replicated comparably to the parental FL strain. The FL BAC revertant strain induced KHV in koi carp that was indistinguishable from that of the parental strain, while FL BAC excised strain exhibited a partially attenuated phenotype. Finally, the usefulness of the KHV BAC for recombinant studies was demonstrated by production of an ORF16 deleted strain using prokaryotic recombination technology. The availability of KHV BAC is an important advance that will allow the study of viral genes involved in KHV pathogenesis, as well as the production of attenuated recombinant candidate vaccines. [less ▲]

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See detailPortfolio professionnel: Concordance entre objectifs, méthodes actives et évaluation: impact sur les approches de l'apprentissage des étudiants
Carnol, Monique ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

Projet: Enseigner pour faire apprendre: Triple concordance et méthodes actives dans un cours de microbiologie de l'environnement L'objectif de ce projet était d'augmenter l'efficacité de mon enseignement ... [more ▼]

Projet: Enseigner pour faire apprendre: Triple concordance et méthodes actives dans un cours de microbiologie de l'environnement L'objectif de ce projet était d'augmenter l'efficacité de mon enseignement dans un cours de 'Introduction à la microbiologie environnementale' en améliorant l'apprentissage des étudiants. Afin d'atteindre ce but, j'ai transformé un cours, basé uniquement sur des exposés ex-cathedra, en un cours plus centré sur l'activité des étudiants. La nouvelle version du cours comprend des situations d'enseignement variées: exposés dits 'actifs' et trois modules thématiques, chacun ancré par une étude de cas (travail individuel, en groupe et coopératif). Afin de respecter la triple concordance, l'évaluation a été adaptée. Un support informatique (plateforme WebCT) fournit l'opportunité de discussions, de consultation de documents et d'effectuer des tests d'autoévaluation. Recherche: Quel impact des méthodes actives et de la triple concordance sur les approches de l'apprentissage des étudiants? L'objectif de cette recherche est de mesurer l'impact de différentes situations d'apprentissage (exposés dits 'actifs' et 3 études de cas) d'un cours où objectifs, méthodes et évaluation sont concordants, sur la perception des étudiants de cet apprentissage actif, l'impact sur les approches de l'apprentissage et les relations entre ces indicateurs. Les résultats indiquent qu'un enseignement devrait comprendre des situations d'apprentissage variées, afin de répondre à la diversité des styles d'apprentissage des étudiants. Une prise en compte des différences individuelles entre les étudiants dans le cadre d'approches multivariées permettrait d'investiguer les relations entre les variables et de dégager des stratégies d'enseignement visant à favoriser l'approche en profondeur. [less ▲]

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See detailLow-viscosity allophanates containing actinically curable groups
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Weikard, Jan; Greszta-Franz, Dorota et al

Patent (2008)

A process for preparing binders containing allophanate groups which contain, at the oxygen atom of the allophanate group that is bonded via two single bonds, organic radicals with activated groups capable ... [more ▼]

A process for preparing binders containing allophanate groups which contain, at the oxygen atom of the allophanate group that is bonded via two single bonds, organic radicals with activated groups capable of participating in a polymerization reaction with ethylenically unsaturated compounds on exposure to actinic radiation; the process includes reacting A) one or more compounds containing uretdione groups with B) one or more OH-functional compounds which contain groups capable of participating in a polymerization reaction with ethylenically unsaturated compounds on exposure to actinic radiation, and C) optionally further NCO-reactive compounds, and D) in the presence of one or more compounds containing phenoxide groups, as catalysts.; The binders can be used in preparing coatings, coating materials, coating compositions, adhesives, printing inks, casting resins, dental compounds, sizes, photoresists, stereolithography systems, resins for composite materials and sealants. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en évidence de l'impact de l'environnement extracellulaire généré au sein des bioréacteurs sur la dynamique des populations microbiennes: cas de la culture fed-batch d'Escherichia coli
Brognaux, Alison ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

Escherichia coli BL21 is a microorganism widely used in the industry for the production of recombinant proteins. The performances obtained at the laboratory level are not reproducible at a large scale ... [more ▼]

Escherichia coli BL21 is a microorganism widely used in the industry for the production of recombinant proteins. The performances obtained at the laboratory level are not reproducible at a large scale. Actually, the mixing operation is not efficient enough: gradients of glucose and oxygen appear when operating in fed-batch mode. The effects of these gradients could be studied by using scale-down reactors. They make it possible to show the hydrodynamic conditions of industrial reactors. The chosen system is composed of a perfectly mixed part linked to a non-mixed one with a constant flow. Two kinds of non-mixed parts were used to induce different hydrodynamic conditions: one has a dispersed flow and the other a piston flow. The addition of the glucose is made according to the dissolved oxygen. The observed parameters are the evolution of biomass concentrations, glucose and acetate, cell viability and the production of a recombinant protein. Other parameters are calculated on the base of the fed-batch dynamics of the process. It has been proved that is possible to study the carbon starvation thanks to the recording of the dissolved oxygen. It has been decisive for the dynamic of the system. The behaviour of Escherichia coli BL21 is compared with the one of Escherichia coli K12. The acetate produced because of the excess of glucose in the non-mixed part of the system has a bigger influence on the dynamic. Moreover, the consequences of the excess of glucose have been studied on Escherichia coliBL21. These are a reduction of the maximal rate of growth and a cell damaging. A fed-batch control with equation is also proposed It permit to reduce the gradients of glucose in the non-mixed part of the system. In the second part of this work, a modelling procedure of the gradients of glucose in the reactor is developed and compared with the experimental results. [less ▲]

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See detailA near-infrared interferometric survey of debris disc stars. II. CHARA/FLUOR observations of six early-type dwarfs
Absil, Olivier ULg; di Folco, E.; Mérand, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 487

Aims. We aim at directly detecting the presence of optically thin circumstellar dust emission within the terrestrial planetary zone around main sequence stars known to harbour cold debris discs. The ... [more ▼]

Aims. We aim at directly detecting the presence of optically thin circumstellar dust emission within the terrestrial planetary zone around main sequence stars known to harbour cold debris discs. The present study focuses on a sample of six bright A- and early F-type stars. Methods: High-precision interferometric observations have been obtained in the near-infrared K band with the FLUOR instrument installed on the CHARA Array. The measured squared visibilities are compared to the expected visibility of the stellar photospheres based on theoretical photospheric models taking into account rotational distortion. We search for potential visibility reduction at short baselines, a direct piece of evidence for resolved circumstellar emission. Results: Our observations bring to light the presence of resolved circumstellar emission around one of the six target stars (zeta Aql) at the 5sigma level. The morphology of the emission source cannot be directly constrained because of the sparse spatial frequency sampling of our interferometric data. Using complementary adaptive optics observations and radial velocity measurements, we find that the presence of a low-mass companion is a likely origin for the excess emission. The potential companion is characterised by a K-band contrast of four magnitudes. It has a most probable mass of about 0.6~Msun and is expected to orbit between about 5.5 AU and 8 AU from its host star assuming a purely circular orbit. Nevertheless, by adjusting a physical debris disc model to the observed Spectral Energy Distribution of the zeta Aql system, we also show that the presence of hot dust within 10 AU from zeta Aql, producing a total thermal emission equal to 1.69 ± 0.31% of the photospheric flux in the K band, is another viable explanation for the observed near-infrared excess. Our re-interpretation of archival near- to far-infrared photometric measurements shows however that cold dust is not present around zeta Aql at the sensitivity limit of the IRS and MIPS instruments onboard Spitzer, and urges us to remove zeta Aql from the category of bona fide debris disc stars. Conclusions: The hot debris disc around Vega (Absil et al. 2006) currently remains our only secure resolved detection within the context of this survey, with six genuine early-type debris disc stars observed so far. Further observations will be needed to assess whether zeta Aql also belongs to this hot debris disc category. Partly based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile, under program IDs 073.C-0733, 077.C-0295 and 080.C-0712. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into the nature of the peculiar star theta Carinae
Hubrig, S.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; Morel, Thierry ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 488

Context: θ Carinae belongs to a group of peculiar early-type stars (OBN) with enhanced nitrogen and carbon deficiency. It is also known as a binary system, but it is not clear yet whether the chemical ... [more ▼]

Context: θ Carinae belongs to a group of peculiar early-type stars (OBN) with enhanced nitrogen and carbon deficiency. It is also known as a binary system, but it is not clear yet whether the chemical anomalies can be explained by mass transfer between the two components. On the basis of the previously reported spectral variability of a few metal lines it may be expected that θ Car possesses a weak magnetic field. <BR />Aims: A study of the physical nature of this hot massive binary which is furthermore a well-known blue straggler lying ~2 mag above the turnoff of the young open cluster IC 2602 is important to understand the origin of its strong chemical anomalies. <BR />Methods: We acquired high resolution spectroscopic and low resolution spectropolarimetric observations to achieve the following goals: a) to improve the orbital parameters to allow a more in-depth discussion on the possibility of mass transfer in the binary system; b) to carry out a non-local thermodynamic equilibrium (NLTE) abundance analysis; and c) to search for the presence of a magnetic field. <BR />Results: The study of the radial velocities using CORALIE spectra allowed us to significantly improve the orbital parameters. A comparative NLTE abundance analysis was undertaken for θ Car and two other early B-type stars with recently detected magnetic fields, Ï Sco and ξ[SUP]1[/SUP] CMa. The analysis revealed significantly different abundance patterns: a one-order-of-magnitude nitrogen overabundance and carbon depletion was found in θ Car, while the oxygen abundance is roughly solar. For the stars ξ[SUP]1[/SUP] CMa and Ï Sco the carbon abundance is solar and, while an N excess is also detected, it is of much smaller amplitude (0.4-0.6 dex). Such an N overabundance is typical of the values already found for other slowly-rotating (magnetic) B-type dwarfs. For θ Car, we attribute instead the chemical peculiarities to a past episode of mass transfer between the two binary components. The results of the search for a magnetic field using FORS 1 at the VLT consisting of 26 measurements over a time span of ~1.2 h are rather inconclusive: only few measurements have a significance level of 3Ï . Although we detect a periodicity of the order of ~8.8 min in the dataset involving the measurements on all hydrogen Balmer lines with the exception of the Hα and Hβ lines, these results have to be confirmed by additional time-resolved magnetic field observations. Based on observations collected with the CORALIE spectrograph attached to the Euler Telescope of the Geneva Observatory located at La Silla (Chile), at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile (ESO programmes 67.D-0239(A), 072.D-0377(A), 078.D-0080(A) and 278.D-5056(A)), and at the Complejo Astronómico El Leoncito (CASLEO), Argentina. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMPARAISON DU TRAITEMENT CHIRURGICAL DE L’INSUFFISANCE VEINEUSE SUPERFICIELLE PAR « STRIPPING » VERSUS « LASER ENDOVEINEUX » : IMPACTS CLINIQUES, SOCIAUX ET FINANCIERS.
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

Depuis 2006, le service de chirurgie vasculaire du C.H.U. de Liège propose une nouvelle technique de prise en charge chirurgicale de l’insuffisance veineuse superficielle : le laser endoveineux. Ce ... [more ▼]

Depuis 2006, le service de chirurgie vasculaire du C.H.U. de Liège propose une nouvelle technique de prise en charge chirurgicale de l’insuffisance veineuse superficielle : le laser endoveineux. Ce traitement permet d’effectuer un acte chirurgical moins invasif et ainsi réduire la douleur postopératoire. L’objectif de ce travail est de réaliser une comparaison clinique et financière des deux techniques chirurgicales pour le traitement de l’insuffisance veineuse superficielle : par laser endoveineux versus stripping. Entre le 1er décembre 2007 et le 30 mai 2008, une étude clinique (approuvée par le Comité d’Ethique Hospitalo-Facultaire) prospective non randomisée inclut 2 groupes de patients opérés et volontaires par les deux techniques en hospitalisation et en hôpital de jour. Les protocoles d’anesthésie, opératoires et postopératoires sont identiquement les mêmes que ceux pratiqués quotidiennement au sein de l’Institution. Les données hospitalières sont récoltées à l’aide de plusieurs documents. Un questionnaire concernant la convalescence (évaluation de la douleur, l’analgésie et la reprise des activités privées et professionnelles) des patients est distribué avant leur départ de l’hôpital. Une comparaison financière est effectuée sur base des données de facturation des interventions chirurgicales. L’étude inclut 52 patients : 23 patients sont opérés par la technique laser, 29 par la technique stripping. Les patients du groupe stripping reçoivent un peu plus d’analgésiques intraveineux que les patients du groupe laser. La douleur postopératoire durant les 10 premiers jours est faible (de l’ordre du « peu douloureux ») et similaire dans les deux groupes. La douleur régresse de manière comparable pour les deux techniques. Les patients du groupe stripping remarchent normalement plus vite que ceux du groupe laser. Cependant, les patients opérés par laser reprennent plus rapidement leurs activités privées et professionnelles. Le coût des interventions laser est un peu plus important que celui des interventions par stripping. Toutefois, l’incapacité de travail, réduite de 6 jours ouvrables, pourrait représenter un intérêt en termes de Santé Publique. [less ▲]

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See detailFlares from a candidate Galactic magnetar suggest a missing link to dim isolated neutron stars
Castro-Tirado, A. J.; de Ugarte Postigo, A.; Gorosabel, J. et al

in Nature (2008), 455

Magnetars are young neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields of the order of 10[SUP]14[/SUP]-10[SUP]15[/SUP]G. They are detected in our Galaxy either as soft γ-ray repeaters or anomalous X-ray ... [more ▼]

Magnetars are young neutron stars with very strong magnetic fields of the order of 10[SUP]14[/SUP]-10[SUP]15[/SUP]G. They are detected in our Galaxy either as soft γ-ray repeaters or anomalous X-ray pulsars. Soft γ-ray repeaters are a rare type of γ-ray transient sources that are occasionally detected as bursters in the high-energy sky. No optical counterpart to the γ-ray flares or the quiescent source has yet been identified. Here we report multi-wavelength observations of a puzzling source, SWIFT J195509+261406. We detected more than 40 flaring episodes in the optical band over a time span of three days, and a faint infrared flare 11days later, after which the source returned to quiescence. Our radio observations confirm a Galactic nature and establish a lower distance limit of ~3.7kpc. We suggest that SWIFT J195509+261406 could be an isolated magnetar whose bursting activity has been detected at optical wavelengths, and for which the long-term X-ray emission is short-lived. In this case, a new manifestation of magnetar activity has been recorded and we can consider SWIFT J195509+261406 to be a link between the `persistent' soft γ-ray repeaters/anomalous X-ray pulsars and dim isolated neutron stars. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de l’agroforêt LIMBA-bananier de la Réserve de Biosphère de Luki (Mayumbe, Bas-Congo)
Bauwens, Sébastien ULg

Master's dissertation (2008)

Few studies have been realised about agroforestry systems including banana plants. The aim of this study is to carry out a better knowledge of the original agroforestry system: the limba – banana ... [more ▼]

Few studies have been realised about agroforestry systems including banana plants. The aim of this study is to carry out a better knowledge of the original agroforestry system: the limba – banana (Terminalia superba- Musa acuminate cult. ‘Gros Michel’). To achieve this aim, the attention has been put on three points: characterizing the woody component, estimating the yield of the banana understorey crop and evaluating the vegetal diversity of this system. The limbas’ plantation doesn’t show anymore its expected silvicultural potential. Its density is in average 26 limbas per hectare, which represents a volume of 136.71 m³/ha, that is to say the third of a limba’s plantation volume with the same age and with 86 limbas/ha. The botanical composition of this system does not fundamentally differ from a pure limba’s plantation. However, the woody vegetal diversity is reduced by a half. With a canopy closure at 60 %, the yield of 20-year old banana plantation is 25 % lower than a classic banana plantation yield of the province (Bas-Congo). This yield is suitable for a banana plantation of this age with no external input. Banana plantations in open field are usually abandoned after 10 years because of an unsufficient yield, and they are then lied fallow for 10 to 15 years. This agroforestry system appears to be sustainable and it suits perfectly the transition areas of the Biosphere Reserve of Luki. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters of saturated and monounsaturated fatty acid content and the ratio of saturated to unsaturated fatty acids in bovine milk.
Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dardenne, Pierre; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2008), 91(9), 3611-26

Fatty acid composition influences the nutritional quality of milk and the technological properties of butter. Using a prediction of fatty acid (FA) contents by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, a large ... [more ▼]

Fatty acid composition influences the nutritional quality of milk and the technological properties of butter. Using a prediction of fatty acid (FA) contents by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry, a large amount of data concerning the FA profile in bovine milk was collected. The large number of records permitted consideration of more complex models than those used in previous studies. The aim of the current study was to estimate the effects of season and stage of lactation as well as genetic parameters of saturated (SAT) and monounsaturated (MONO) fatty acid contents in bovine milk and milk fat, and the ratio of SAT to unsaturated fatty acids (UNSAT) that reflect the hardness of butter (SAT:UNSAT), using 7 multiple-trait, random-regression test-day models. The relationship between these FA traits with common production traits was also studied. The data set contained 100,841 test-day records of 11,626 Holstein primiparous cows. The seasonal effect was studied based on unadjusted means. These results confirmed that milk fat produced during spring and summer had greater UNSAT content compared with winter (63.13 vs. 68.94% of SAT in fat, on average). The effect of stage of lactation on FA profile was studied using the same methodology. Holstein cows in early first lactation produced a lower content of SAT in their milk fat. Variance components were estimated using a Bayesian method via Gibbs sampling. Heritability of SAT in milk (0.42) was greater than heritability of SAT in milk fat (0.24). Estimates of heritability for MONO were also different in milk and fat (0.14 vs. 0.27). Heritability of SAT:UNSAT was moderate (0.27). For all of these traits, the heritability estimates and the genetic and phenotypic correlations varied through the lactation. [less ▲]

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See detailGrilles d'auto-(co)évaluation du processus réflexif.
VIERSET, Viviane ULg

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Ces deux documents font référence à l'Apprentissage de la Pratique réflexive (APR) travaillé lors des stages cliniques de masters en médecine. Processus d'évaluation mixte certificative (qualitative et ... [more ▼]

Ces deux documents font référence à l'Apprentissage de la Pratique réflexive (APR) travaillé lors des stages cliniques de masters en médecine. Processus d'évaluation mixte certificative (qualitative et quantitative) relatif à l'acquisition d'une posture réflexive professionnalisante chez les étudiants en dernière année de médecine. [less ▲]

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See detailHD 203608, a quiet asteroseismic target in the old galactic disk
Mosser, B.; Deheuvels, S.; Michel, Eric et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 488

Context: We conducted a 5-night observing run with the spectrometer harps at the ESO 3.6-m telescope in August 2006, to continue exploring the asteroseismic properties of F-type stars. In fact, Doppler ... [more ▼]

Context: We conducted a 5-night observing run with the spectrometer harps at the ESO 3.6-m telescope in August 2006, to continue exploring the asteroseismic properties of F-type stars. In fact, Doppler observations of F-type on the main sequence are demanding and remain currently limited to a single case (HD 49933). Comparison with photometric results obtained with the CoRoT space mission (Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits) on similar stars will be possible with an enhanced set of observations. Aims: We selected the 4th magnitude F8V star HD 203608 to investigate the oscillating properties of a low-metallicity star of the old galactic disk. Methods: We reduced the spectra with the on-line data reduction software provided by the instrument. We developed a new statistical approach for extracting the significant peaks in the Fourier domain. Results: The oscillation spectrum shows a significant excess power in the frequency range [1.5, 3.0 mHz]. It exhibits a large spacing of about 120.4 muHz at 2.5 mHz. Variations of the large spacing with frequency are clearly identified, which require an adapted asymptotic development. The modes identification is based on the unambiguous signature of 15 modes with l = 0 and 1. Conclusions: These observations show the potential diagnostic of asteroseismic constraints. Including them in the stellar modeling significantly enhances the precision on the physical parameters of HD 203608, resulting in a much more precise position in the HR diagram. The age of the star is now determined in the range 7.25±0.07 Gyr. Based on observations obtained with the harps échelle spectrometer mounted on the 3.6-m telescope at ESO-La Silla Observatory (Chile), programme 077.D-0720. Data corresponding to Figs. [see full textsee full textsee full text], [see full textsee full textsee full text], and Table [see full textsee full textsee full text] are available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/488/635 [less ▲]

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See detailTransiting exoplanets from the CoRoT space mission. V. CoRoT-Exo-4b: stellar and planetary parameters
Moutou, C.; Bruntt, H.; Guillot, T. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2008), 488

Aims. The CoRoT satellite has announced its fourth transiting planet (Aigrain et al. 2008, A&A, 488, L43) with space photometry. We describe and analyse complementary observations of this system performed ... [more ▼]

Aims. The CoRoT satellite has announced its fourth transiting planet (Aigrain et al. 2008, A&A, 488, L43) with space photometry. We describe and analyse complementary observations of this system performed to establish the planetary nature of the transiting body and to estimate the fundamental parameters of the planet and its parent star. Methods: We have analysed high precision radial-velocity data, ground-based photometry, and high signal-to-noise ratio spectroscopy. Results: The parent star CoRoT-Exo-4 (2MASS 06484671-0040219) is a late F-type star of mass of 1.16 M[SUB]o[/SUB] and radius of 1.17 R[SUB]o[/SUB]. The planet has a circular orbit with a period of 9.20205 d. The planet radius is 1.19 R_Jup and the mass is 0.72 M_Jup. It is a gas-giant planet with a ``normal'' internal structure of mainly H and He. CoRoT-Exo-4b has the second longest period of the known transiting planets. It is an important discovery since it occupies an empty area in the mass-period diagram of transiting exoplanets. Based on observations obtained with CoRoT, a space project operated by the French Space Agency, CNES, with participation of the Science Programme of ESA, ESTEC/RSSD, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Spain; and on observations made with the SOPHIE spectrograph at Observatoire de Haute Provence, France (PNP.07B.MOUT), and the HARPS spectrograph at ESO La Silla Observatory (079.C-0127/F). Table 2 and Fig. 5 are only available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org [less ▲]

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