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See detailNon-invasive analysis of mural paintings from a late-Republican house in Ostia
Strivay, David ULg; Morard, Thomas ULg; Herens, Elodie ULg et al

Conference (2017, April 21)

This paper is a comprehensive analytical study of the murals belonging to an ancient Roman house through the characterization of materials. The project focuses on the wall paintings of the Domus dei ... [more ▼]

This paper is a comprehensive analytical study of the murals belonging to an ancient Roman house through the characterization of materials. The project focuses on the wall paintings of the Domus dei Bucrani - a house of the end of the Republican era discovered on the site of the Schola del Traiano in Ostia. This domus has undergone several phases of development in the 1st century BC before being destroyed around 20 BC. A new house was immediately rebuilt after a major change from the ground, which allowed exceptional preservation of the decoration system. The results complement our knowledge of Roman painting techniques during the 1st century BC and also provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the problem of conservation of wall paintings. These two related objectives have been studied using non-destructive testing methods (MA-XRF, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy). The analyses have been performed in situ using our mobile systems. The different set-ups had to be modified in order to be able to work on horizontal surfaces, specially our XRF scanner. The study of the pictorial layers address various issues in the field of archaeology: what technique has been implemented? Does the same technique was used in both phases of the development of the domus? Do they correspond to the techniques described by ancient writers? These responses are compared to those observed in other sets of murals dating from the 1st century BC. [less ▲]

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See detailTax relief on home mortgages: effectiveness, efficiency and equity issues in the Belgian case
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg

Scientific conference (2017, April 21)

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See detailContribution à la mise en place d’une plateforme de transgénèse chez la volaille domestique: culture, cryopréservation et ingénierie génétique de cellules germinales primordiales.
Tonus, Céline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the intermediate of choice for domestic fowl transgenesis and genome editing. These can support large transgenes insertions and, as precursors of the germline, can ... [more ▼]

Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are the intermediate of choice for domestic fowl transgenesis and genome editing. These can support large transgenes insertions and, as precursors of the germline, can transmit a genetic modification to the next generation. Moreover, given the difficulties for cryopreserving avian gametes (spermatozoa and, above all, oocytes), PGCs represent the material of choice for germplasm preservation in these species. Despite the obvious advantages of PGCs use, recently described related technologies appear generally as more difficult to pursue, and as less effective than expected. In this context, we have developed and optimized some of them which appear as essential for carrying complex chicken genome engineering projects. We first focused on improving the effectiveness of culture and cryopreservation of PGCs. By developing a culture method in inserts, ending up with an efficiency close to 40 %, we were able to isolate and long-term cultivate chickens PGCs from 3 commercial breeds and 2 Belgian endangered local breeds. The cells showed all the characteristics of the PGCs in terms of morphology, markers' expression and gonadal migration. We also applied a cryopreservative vitrification method, which showed results superior to those obtained by conventional slow freezing. During the last part of this work, we genetically engineered PGCs to obtain stable transfectants expressing GFP. These transfectants allowed us to examine long-term gonadal colonization and germline transgene transmission. We also tested a Cre recombinase-mediated site-specific cassette exchange method. As a final result, we have developed the methods and know-how mandatory to allow efficient harvesting, expansion, genetic engineering, reimplantation and cryopreservation of chicken PGCs, and we have shown the possibility of germline transmission of a long term cultured and genetically modified PGCs line. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganometallic-mediated radical polymerization of 'less activated monomers': fundamentals, challenges and opportunities
Debuigne, Antoine ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg

in Polymer (2017), 115

Access to well-defined polymers made of the so-called ‘Less Activated Monomers’ (LAMs) via controlled radical polymerization has long been a challenge due to the lack of radical stabilizing group on the ... [more ▼]

Access to well-defined polymers made of the so-called ‘Less Activated Monomers’ (LAMs) via controlled radical polymerization has long been a challenge due to the lack of radical stabilizing group on the double bond of these monomers. This Feature Article summarizes substantial progress in the organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of this important class of monomers including vinyl esters, olefins, vinyl chloride, vinyl amides, or ionic-liquid vinyl monomers. It aims to provide a clear and comprehensive account of the fundamentals and challenges in the OMRP of LAMs as well as an overview of the resulting macromolecular engineering opportunities. The input of photochemistry, environmentally friendly solvents or flow reactors in OMRP is also presented. Finally, it emphasizes how some well-defined LAMs-based materials contributed to the development of specific applications notably in the fields of biomedicine or energy. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une psychopathologie éthologique et criminologique : l’apport croisé de Debuyst et Demaret
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Adam, Christophe

Conference (2017, April 20)

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See detailMises en observation au départ d’un service d’urgences psychiatriques : Procédure, population et orientation.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Evrard, Maude; Valassopoulou, Eftychia et al

Poster (2017, April 20)

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See detailAgisme et jeunisme : conséquences souvent trop méconnues par les cliniciens et les chercheurs
Missotten, Pierre ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailViolence dans les relations amoureuses : le contexte conflictuel est-il adéquat pour son étude ?
Courtain, Audrey ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

Poster (2017, April 20)

La violence dans les relations amoureuses des adolescents et jeunes adultes est étudiée depuis un peu plus d’une trentaine d’années (Makepeace, 1981). Ces recherches ont souvent utilisé le questionnaire ... [more ▼]

La violence dans les relations amoureuses des adolescents et jeunes adultes est étudiée depuis un peu plus d’une trentaine d’années (Makepeace, 1981). Ces recherches ont souvent utilisé le questionnaire Conflict Tactics Scale (« CTS 1 », Straus, 1979 ; « CTS2 », Strauss et al., 1996) pour investiguer le phénomène, jusqu’au développement du questionnaire Conflict in Adolescent Dating Relationships Inventory (« CADRI », Wolfe et al., 2001) précisément élaboré pour la violence dans les relations amoureuses. Or, les consignes de passation du CADRI rencontrent celles du CTS en termes de contexte de conflit : « Les phrases suivantes te questionnent sur des situations qui ont pu t’arriver à toi et à ton/ta petit(e) copain/copine pendant que vous vous disputiez ». Le CADRI s’inscrit dans la continuité du CTS eu égard à la théorie du conflit qui leur est sous-jacente. Notre présente recherche entend investiguer comment cette consigne introductive influence les taux de violences agies et subies. En passation groupale, un questionnaire papier a été soumis à des étudiants (N>200, 16-23 ans) en Belgique francophone. Dans un premier temps, les participants ont répondu à une version modifiée du CADRI où la consigne introductive ne circonscrivait pas les items de violence à du conflit ; dans un second temps, ils ont répondu à la version-type délimitant les items de violence à un contexte de conflit. Pour ces deux versions, la perpétration et la victimisation sont étudiées sous cinq formes de violences : verbale/émotionnelle, physique, sexuelle, relationnelle, et par menace. Pour certaines formes de violences agies et subies, les résultats indiquent des différences de score de perpétration et de victimisation selon le type de test (CADRI en version modifiée vs. CADRI en version-type), tantôt pour les participants de sexe féminin, tantôt pour les participants de sexe masculin. Des interactions entre le type de test et le sexe des répondants sont également relevées. Cette étude permet d’interroger la (non) pertinence d’une consigne mentionnant le conflit pour étudier la violence dans les relations amoureuses, consigne ayant d’ailleurs des impacts différents selon le sexe du répondant. En ce sens, délimiter l’étude de la violence dans les relations amoureuses à un contexte de conflit nous met à risque de grandement sous-estimer les prévalences de perpétration et de victimisation, les violences hors-conflit n’étant pas prise en considération. Egalement, considérant les interactions entre type de test et sexe des répondants, il est important de désormais s’assurer que les différentes prévalences relevées pour chaque sexe ne sont plus des différences liées à l’éventuelle compréhension genrée de cette consigne. Enfin, prendre en compte la violence dans les relations amoureuses dans un contexte non-délimité à du conflit permettra d’élaborer de nouvelles stratégies de prévention et de sensibilisation incluant davantage de contextes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe beginning of the Gravettian in North-Western Europe. Changing behaviours between 28.000 and 26.000 BP
Touzé, Olivier ULg

Conference (2017, April 20)

Between 30.000 and 28.000 BP, the material culture of European hunter-gatherers societies is affected by a series of modifications leading to the development of new technical and symbolic traits commonly ... [more ▼]

Between 30.000 and 28.000 BP, the material culture of European hunter-gatherers societies is affected by a series of modifications leading to the development of new technical and symbolic traits commonly labelled as “Gravettian”. The Gravettian period display a very broad distribution of these traits, whether in terms of geography or in terms of chronology. Their adoption, and the consecutive disappearance of those prevailing during the Aurignacian, is still largely debated. Several hypotheses are considered, going from a diffusion process coming from Central Europe, to a simultaneous development of the Gravettian in various areas across Europe. To address such question, regions like Central Europe and South-West France play a major role because of numerous sites offering reliable data. North-western Europe, on the contrary, is characterized by the scarcity of well-documented sites, a situation that also characterise the EUP in general in this region. Stratigraphic sequences, especially those of Belgium, are also problematic because of a long history of research starting in the 19th century. However, a limited number of open-air sites dated to the early phase of the Gravettian period, reunite the conditions for an extensive study of Early Gravettian technical behaviours: Maisières-Canal (Province of Hainaut, Belgium), Ormesson – Les Bossats (Seine-et-Marne, France) and, to a lesser extent, Station de l’Hermitage (Province of Liège, Belgium). The study of the lithic industries recovered at these sites, suggest that the appearance of the Gravettian was a progressive process in North-western Europe, taking place between 28.000 and 26.000 BP, and involving the development of at least one specific technical tradition. This tradition diverges from the usual Early Gravettian industries on technological, typological and functional grounds. Therefore, we intend to show that, despite the overall poverty of the data regarding the EUP in North-West Europe, this territory can nonetheless participate significantly to the reflections on the developmental process of the Gravettian. [less ▲]

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See detailLes enjeux de la formation en alternance
Orianne, Jean-François ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailGroup B Streptococcus and perinatal mortality
COOLS, Piet; MELIN, Pierrette ULg

in Research in Microbiology (2017), 17

The World Health Organization estimates that every year, one million neonatal deaths occur because of neonatal infection. Furthermore, an equal number of stillbirths are thought to be caused by infections ... [more ▼]

The World Health Organization estimates that every year, one million neonatal deaths occur because of neonatal infection. Furthermore, an equal number of stillbirths are thought to be caused by infections. Here we discuss the role of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B Streptococcus, GBS) in neonatal disease and stillbirth. [less ▲]

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See detailUS (Post-)Pastoral Non-Fiction and the Toxic Sublime
Lombard, David ULg

Conference (2017, April 20)

As Frank O’Hara mentions, “[i]n past times there was nature and there was human nature; because of the ferocity of modern life, man and nature have become one” (1971). However, this statement is wrong as ... [more ▼]

As Frank O’Hara mentions, “[i]n past times there was nature and there was human nature; because of the ferocity of modern life, man and nature have become one” (1971). However, this statement is wrong as nature has, in fact, never been ‘neutral’, independent of human influence but has instead always been depicted and defined by humans. In the age of the Anthropocene, numerous are the ways of reconsidering our relationship with our physical environment and reframing the pastoral mode so that it would best illustrate the interconnectedness between the human and the non-human. For example, Joshua Corey recently proposed an analysis of “postmodern pastoral poetry” in order to “enter this [very] zone of the pastoral”, meaning “the vision of humanity undivided from nature” (2012). Nevertheless, Corey is himself with several other famous literary critics, or more specifically ecocritics, “part of this [ ] movement that seeks to define a pastoral that has avoided the traps of idealisation [or pastoral sentimentalism] in seeking a discourse that can both celebrate and take some responsibility for nature without false consciousness” or, in other words, a more ecocentric repossession of pastoral that Terry Gifford defines as “post-pastoral”. In this paper, my purpose is to analyse US post-pastoral non-fiction, mainly memoirs and essays that include a pastoral retreat in the natural landscape, to demonstrate the importance of relating humans to the natural landscape but also to the technological and toxic landscapes. In order to do so, I intend to use the concept of the toxic sublime and to revalue it as a new perspective in the study of the relationship between American literature and our physical environment. [less ▲]

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See detailExpanding chemistry's horizon with continuous-flow reactors - part II
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg

Conference (2017, April 20)

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local ... [more ▼]

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local process parameters, even under extreme conditions, inherent safety, production homogeneity and seamless scale-up are amongst the most important assets of continuous-flow chemistry. Besides, flow chemistry enables the design of efficient multistep processes with significantly reduced footprints. In this lecture, we will discuss some of the most fascinating aspects of continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors in the specific context of preparative organic chemistry. Multiple examples illustrating the development and implementation of continuous-flow multistep strategies for the synthesis of high-value added organic targets will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact de l'influence sociale de l'équipe dirigeante sur la culture de responsabilité des médecins dans les Centres Hospitaliers Universitaires Algériens
Bounazef, Djida ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

This research analyses the impact of leaders’ social influence on physicians’ culture of accountability through the study of organisational values and practices in hospitals. It analyses the impact of ... [more ▼]

This research analyses the impact of leaders’ social influence on physicians’ culture of accountability through the study of organisational values and practices in hospitals. It analyses the impact of social identity, values normalisation, conformism, practices of post-new public management and quality of interactional climate on the sensitization of social values, behaviours and actions. The research model refers to the works of Tajfel/Turner, Lewin and Schein/Hofstede. It analyses strength of hospital culture, existence of sub-cultures, importance of informal authority and power pressures’ perception between leaders and physicians. Results highlight strength of social values, level of attachment, culture of accountability’s perception and strength of motivation to shared accountability’s factors of 380 physicians in 5 different University Hospitals. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of end-of-waste foamed fibers and aggregates into a cementitious mortar
Coppola, Bartolomeo ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Durability and sustainability of cementitious materials are two important issues in the field of construction materials. Durability is defined as the ability of cementitious materials to resist weathering ... [more ▼]

Durability and sustainability of cementitious materials are two important issues in the field of construction materials. Durability is defined as the ability of cementitious materials to resist weathering action, chemical attack, abrasion or any other process of deterioration. The use of fibers is a viable solution to partially overcome the brittle behavior of such materials. At the same time it is demonstrated that fibers, by reducing cracking phenomena, allow to face the durability related issues. Different fibers have been used according to the aims of composite materials: high strength fibers are generally used for structural purposes (toughness increase) while low modulus synthetic fibers are mainly used to avoid plastic shrinkage cracking. The effectiveness of fibers reinforcing action lies mainly on the fiber/matrix interactions. Three types of interactions can be recognized: i) physical and/or chemical adhesion; ii) friction and iii) mechanical anchorage induced by deformations on the fiber surface (e.g. crimps, hooks, twisted or deformed fibers in general). Sustainability can be identified according to the definition of sustainable development stated in 1987 by Brundtland et al.: “the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Sustainable development should take into account economic growth, social equality and environmental protection. The construction industry involves all these fields: the main concerns are raw materials consumption and CO2 emissions during cement production. Moreover, also the plastic production and disposal present several environmental issues. Once again, raw materials consumption and the speed with which these materials became waste. Thus, seen the aforementioned drawbacks related to cementitious materials, this Ph.D. was aimed to study the possibility of using end-ofwaste materials (i.e when waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material) for the production of synthetic fibers and aggregates characterized by improved mechanical interactions with the cementitious matrix. To this extent, fibers and aggregates with a rough and porous surface, able to offer interlocking positions for the cementitious matrix, were produced in laboratory by melt extrusion-foaming process. Moreover, some chemical treatments (alkaline hydrolysis and sol-gel deposition of nanosilica) were performed on fibers, to improve chemical adhesion with the cement paste. Finally, taking into account the need for reducing the consumption of raw materials, foamed fibers and aggregates were produced starting from a polymeric end-of-waste material made of a polyolefins blend (HDPE, LDPE and PP). Alkaline hydrolysis promoted the creation of interlocking positions on fiber surface but the best behavior was recognized for fibers with nano-silica particles on the surface. In this case, a denser ITZ and a great amount of hydration products were observed by SEM investigations. Pull-out tests confirmed the better performances of treated fibers: a higher pull-out peak load was achieved and an increase of pull-out energy was evident. Subsequently, a foam extrusion process was used to manufacture polymeric fibers (both virgin and recycled) with a rough surface, to improve mechanical friction with the cementitious matrix. Optimizing foaming agent quantity and processing parameters was possible to produce fibers having adequate surface texture and diameter to be used in fiber reinforced mortars. Although fiber reinforced mortars workability decreases at increasing fiber volume fraction, the results demonstrated that this happens to a lower extent for mortars containing foamed fibers. Fibers mechanical properties decreased at increasing fibers porosity but fiber reinforced mortars mechanical properties, flexural and compressive strength, were not influenced by fibers addition nor their morphology. The rougher surface gives rise to a better fiber/matrix adhesion, as confirmed by pull-out tests. Durability investigations on the fiber reinforced mortars reported good results for capillary water absorption, sulfate attack and plastic shrinkage cracking. In particular, fibers length and volume fraction are key parameters in controlling plastic shrinkage cracking. Moreover, mortar samples containing foamed fibers displayed a better control of shrinkage cracking: cracks opening was delayed and the improved fiber/matrix bond was able to reduce crack width, compared to mortars containing smooth fibers. Finally, lightweight artificial aggregates (LWAs) were produced, starting from foamed strands. At increasing LWAs substitution, a sharp decrease of density was achieved. Also workability and mechanical properties decreased, but a more ductile behaviour was recognizable. Thermal conductivity and water vapor resistance were proportional to mortars density which obviously decreased at increasing natural sand substitutions. Moreover, the use of aggregates porosity as reservoir of internal curing water showed promising preliminary results. In brief, the results of this study demonstrate that engineered fibers with improved fiber/matrix bond allow to optimize (i.e. to reduce) fibers volume fraction in cementitious mortars. Foamed fibers characteristics can be in turn optimized by changing the manufacturing process conditions. Benefits could be not only in the control of plastic shrinkage cracking but also in the workability of fresh mortars, mechanical strength and durability of the hardened composite. In addition, using end-of-waste materials a more sustainable product can be obtained. In particular, replacing natural aggregates with plastic aggregates, is possible to reduce raw materials consumption and improve mortar properties (mainly unit weight, thermal conductivity and water vapor permeability). [less ▲]

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See detailExpériences urbaines enchantées, comment les saisir ?,
Brahy, Rachel ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

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See detailEvaluation des traits psychopathiques dans une population de sujets schizophrènes : Les limites de la PCL-R
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Matteucci, Marie; De Page, Louis et al

Poster (2017, April 19)

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués ... [more ▼]

Notre étude vise à déterminer si la PCL-R (Psychopathy Check List- Revised), destinée à évaluer la psychopathie et utilisée dans le contexte médico-légal, est adaptée à des sujets diagnostiqués schizophrènes. Notre hypothèse principale est que plusieurs items de l’échelle peuvent être côtés avec le même score et pourtant exprimer une manière d’être et d’agir différente si le sujet est réellement psychopathe ou s’il est schizophrène. Afin d’éprouver notre hypothèse, nous avons sélectionné sept patients présentant soit une schizophrénie, soit une personnalité psychopathiques, soit considérés comme potentiels « héboïdophrènes » (schizophrénie pseudo-psychopathique) à qui nous avons administré la PCL-R. À partir d’analyses qualitatives, nous avons ensuite établi une liste d’items de la PCL-R sensibles à la psychose. Nous observons que 45% des items se révèlent positivement ou négativement influencés par la psychose au-delà de tout trait psychopathique. Sémiologiquement, c’est la présence de la dynamique paranoïde de la schizophrénie qui influence principalement les scores attribués aux items de la PCL-R. Cette recherche suggère des hypothèses concernant l’interaction psychose-psychopathie et son rapport avec des actes de violence. La conclusion de l’étude est que la PCL-R connait des limitations importantes en ce qui concerne son application à une population de sujets schizophrènes. [less ▲]

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See detailCritique clinique et phénoménologique de l’objectivation diagnostique : réflexions sur la personnalité antisociale et la psychopathie
Adam, Christophe; Englebert, Jérôme ULg

Conference (2017, April 19)

L’atelier propose une réflexion épistémologique sur les outils nosographiques dominants le champ de la psychologie clinique et de la psychiatrie. Notre propos se centrera sur une analyse critique de la ... [more ▼]

L’atelier propose une réflexion épistémologique sur les outils nosographiques dominants le champ de la psychologie clinique et de la psychiatrie. Notre propos se centrera sur une analyse critique de la personnalité antisociale selon les DSM-IV et -5 et du diagnostic de psychopathie selon la PCL-R. Inscrit dans le champ de la phénoménologie clinique et d’une lecture dynamique de la psychopathologie, notre propos s’appuiera sur plusieurs situations cliniques. [less ▲]

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