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See detailClarifying the Socio-Economic Dimensions of Agroecology: Between Principles and Practices
Dumont, Antoinette M.; Vanloqueren, Gaëtan; Stassart, Pierre M ULg et al

in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2016), 1(1), 24-47

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles ... [more ▼]

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles of agroecology by first identifying a list of principles in popular and scientific literature and, as a second step, by putting the principles to the test of a qualitative study of two Belgian organizations. Agribio is a grain cooperative, and Les Grosses L√©gumes is a network of consumers, farmers, and the members of an association set up to organize the production and distribution of vegetable boxes. Semi-directed interviews of the various actors linked to these organizations were conducted and then analyzed through an approach inspired by the convention theory in order to reveal the principles that the stakeholders have adopted. The main findings are then made explicit by analysis of four strong agreements (which concern the two organizations? marketing schemes, a Participatory Guarantee System set up by Les Grosses L√©gumes and Agribio?s flour mill). The two case studies show the gap that exists between the principles that describe the horizon of agroecology and the principles that are actually put into practice by the parties in the field through various transition pathways. [less ▲]

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See detailCytogenetic Studies of Rwandan Pediatric Patients Presenting with Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability and/or Multiple Congenital Anomalies.
Uwineza, Annette; Hitayezu, Janvier; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg et al

in Journal of tropical pediatrics (2016)

Global developmental delay (GDD) is defined as a significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross or fine motor, speech/language, cognitive, social/personal and activities of daily living ... [more ▼]

Global developmental delay (GDD) is defined as a significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross or fine motor, speech/language, cognitive, social/personal and activities of daily living. Many of these children will go on to be diagnosed with intellectual disability (ID), which is most commonly defined as having an IQ <75 in addition to impairment in adaptive functioning. Cytogenetic studies have been performed in 664 Rwandan pediatric patients presenting GDD/ID and/or multiple congenital abnormalities (MCA). Karyotype analysis was performed in all patients and revealed 260 chromosomal abnormalities. The most frequent chromosomal abnormality was Down syndrome and then Edward syndrome and Patau syndrome. Other identified chromosomal abnormalities included 47,XX,+del(9)(q11), 46,XY,del(13)(q34) and 46,XX,der(22)t(10;22)(p10;p10)mat. In conclusion, our results highlight the high frequency of cytogenetically detectable abnormalities in this series, with implications for the burden on the healthcare. This study demonstrates the importance of cytogenetic analysis in patients with GDD/ID and MCA. [less ▲]

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See detailConditional portfolio allocation: Does aggregate market liquidity matter?
Bazgour, Tarik ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg

in Journal of Empirical Finance (2016), 35

This paper investigates how aggregate liquidity influences optimal portfolio allocations across various US characteristic portfolios. We consider short-term allocation problems, with single and multiple ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates how aggregate liquidity influences optimal portfolio allocations across various US characteristic portfolios. We consider short-term allocation problems, with single and multiple risky assets, and use the nonparametric approach of Brandt (1999) to directly express optimal portfolio weights as functions of aggregate liquidity shocks. We find, first, that the effect of aggregate liquidity is positive and decreasing with the investment horizon. Second, at daily and weekly horizons, this effect is weaker on allocations in large stocks and gets stronger as we move toward small stocks, regardless of the other stock characteristics, suggesting that liquidity is the main concern of very short-term investors. Third, conditional allocations in risky assets decrease and exhibit shifts toward more liquid assets as aggregate liquidity worsens. Overall, conditioning on aggregate liquidity yields empirical results that are consistent with the so-called flight-to-safety and flight-to-liquidity episodes. Finally, we propose a simple tactical investment strategy and show how aggregate liquidity information can be exploited to enhance the out-of-sample performance of long-term strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Serial B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Changes for Predicting Outcome in Asymptomatic Patients With Aortic Stenosis.
Henri, Christine; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, Julien et al

in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2016)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: We prospectively screened 69 patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography, BNP level measurement at baseline and after every 6 or 12 months. Annualized BNP changes were calculated as the difference between the last and baseline BNP measurements divided by the duration of follow-up. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of symptoms, aortic valve replacement, or cardiovascular death. RESULTS: During a follow-up of 30 +/- 19 months, 43 patients experienced a cardiac event. These patients were significantly older (73 +/- 9 vs 65 +/- 16 years; P = 0.010), had more often dyslipidemia (79% vs 42%; P = 0.038), more severe AS (peak velocity: 3.9 +/- 0.6 vs 3.5 +/- 0.6 m/s; P = 0.002), larger indexed left atrial area (10.2 +/- 2.5 vs 8.7 +/- 1.9 cm2/m2; P = 0.006), and a higher increase in annualized BNP (+90 +/- 155 vs +7 +/- 49 pg/mL/y; P = 0.010). Patients with higher annualized BNP changes (> 20 pg/mL/y) had a significantly lower cardiac event-free survival (1 year: 63 +/- 8% vs 97 +/- 3%; 3 years: 31 +/- 8% vs 68 +/- 8%; P < 0.001). Using the multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, higher annualized BNP changes were significantly associated with increased risk of cardiac events (hazard ratio: 2.73, 95% confidence interval: 1.27-5.86; P = 0.010) after adjustment for age, dyslipidemia, and echocardiographic parameters. CONCLUSIONS: In asymptomatic patients with AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, the use of serial BNP changes may help to anticipate development of class I indication for aortic valve replacement. [less ▲]

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See detailORCHIDEE-CROP (v0), a new process based Agro-Land Surface Model: model description and evaluation over Europe
Wu, Xiuchen; Vuichard, N.; Ciais, P. et al

in Geoscientific Model Development Discussions [=GMDD] (2016), 8

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See detailMigration, prostitution and the representation of the black female subject in Nigerian video films about Italy
Jedlowski, Alessandro ULg

in Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies (2016), 4(1), 9-23

Much contemporary images of black women in Italian media are marked by the legacy of colonialist propaganda and tend to perpetuate a representation of black women as passive eroticized objects of the ... [more ▼]

Much contemporary images of black women in Italian media are marked by the legacy of colonialist propaganda and tend to perpetuate a representation of black women as passive eroticized objects of the white male gaze. In this sense, Ponzanesi’s call for ‘new and less biased representations, which could help to assess the multiple subject positions that black identities now occupy’ (2005: 179) is still relevant. This article responds to this call by analyzing two Nigerian video films that thematize migration and prostitution trafficking in Italy. By highlighting the complexity of the processes of ‘subjectivation’ taking place throughout the migratory process, these videos invite their viewers to look at the postcolonial subject’s responsibility in shaping the world in which s/he lives, and offer a representation of the black female subject able to go beyond the voyeuristic attitude that characterize much of the existing contemporary Italian visual culture about this topic. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscours et stratégies dans les déclarations criminelles élaborées devant les notaires liégeois aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles
Drécourt, Aurore ULg

in Dire, (d)écrire, représenter la violence, Colloque international du CRIHAM (2016)

Le présent projet de communication propose une étude sur la manière de représenter la violence ainsi que son instrumentalisation à des fins personnelles dans des actes relevant de la pratique notariale ... [more ▼]

Le présent projet de communication propose une étude sur la manière de représenter la violence ainsi que son instrumentalisation à des fins personnelles dans des actes relevant de la pratique notariale aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles à Liège. L’analyse de ces sources est novatrice pour une histoire de la criminalité. En effet, les historiens se sont avant tout centrés sur les archives des cours judiciaires. Il semble cependant que les populations d’Ancien Régime n’allaient pas systématiquement devant le juge pour régler leurs conflits. Ainsi des accords, qui ne seraient sans doute jamais parvenus à la connaissance de l’historien par la seule étude des archives criminelles, émergent dans les actes relevant de la pratique notariale. Outre ces accommodements clairement identifiés dans les minutes, les populations d’Ancien Régime se déplacent également devant notaires pour que ceux-ci retranscrivent, plus ou moins fidèlement, le récit subjectif d’un évènement vécu. Ces déclarations criminelles seront ensuite, selon le choix du comparant, enregistrées ou non au greffe. En effet, cette trace d’accusation ou de témoignage ne parvient pas systématiquement aux autorités. Tout dépend de l’évolution du conflit et parfois le simple déplacement chez le notaire pousse la partie adverse à s’accommoder avant le passage en justice. Ces déclarations criminelles constituent des sources particulièrement intéressantes pour observer la psychologie, les perceptions et les interprétations de la violence des victimes et des agresseurs. Nous proposons ici d’étudier les stratégies discursives mises en œuvre lors de la passation d’une déclaration devant le notaire et sur ce qu’elles révèlent de la société qui les produit. En effet, ces témoignages constituent une véritable mise en scène de la violence, qui est instrumentalisée afin d’obtenir gain de cause lors d’un conflit. Comment les comparants s’y prennent-ils ? Quels sont les topoï les plus souvent utilisés ? Observe-t-on une évolution de ces discours entre le XVIIe et le XVIIIe siècle ? Cette analyse permettra de mettre en lumière la manière dont la société attribuait différents seuils de gravité à des actes violents, leurs circonstances aggravantes et comment ces représentations de la société étaient sciemment utilisées par les intervenants pour déconstruire la gravité de leurs actes. Enfin, étudier la violence et les discours des personnes impliquées permet également une meilleure compréhension de phénomènes sociaux que nous proposons de souligner, comme l’importance de l’honneur et sa place essentielle dans la société d’Ancien Régime. [less ▲]

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See detailThéorie générale de la fiscalité - slides
Bourgeois, Marc ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailAbelian bordered factors and periodicity
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Harju, Tero; Puzynina, Svetlana et al

in European Journal of Combinatorics (2016), 51

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only ... [more ▼]

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only if it contains only finitely many unbordered factors. We are interested in abelian and weak abelian analogues of this result; namely, we investigate the following question(s): Let w be an infinite word such that all sufficiently long factors are (weakly) abelian bordered; is w (weakly) abelian periodic? In the process we answer a question of Avgustinovich et al. concerning the abelian critical factorization theorem. [less ▲]

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See detailSaturn’s auroral morphology and field-aligned currents during a solar wind compression
Badman, S.V.; Provan, G.; Bunce, E.J. et al

in Icarus (2016)

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See detailLes conséquences de la philosophie
Longo, Giuseppe; Cavazzini, Andrea ULg

in Glass Bead (2016)

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See detailConsumer acceptance of insect-based alternative meat products in Western countries
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Gierts, Chloé; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Food Quality & Preference (2016)

During the past few years, entomophagy has been increasing in significance. As insects are generally high in protein, they are principally considered as meat substitutes. Nevertheless, in Western ... [more ▼]

During the past few years, entomophagy has been increasing in significance. As insects are generally high in protein, they are principally considered as meat substitutes. Nevertheless, in Western countries, meat substitute consumption is actually very low, principally due to food neophobia and poor sensory qualities in comparison with meat. In insect particular case, food neophobia is clearly high. To reduce insect food neophobia, previous studies suggest to insert invisible insect in food preparation and/or to associate them with known flavors. In this study, a survey on entomophagy perception and hedonic tests were realized to assess the level of sensory-liking of hybrid insect-based burgers (beef, lentils, mealworms and beef, mealworms and lentils). Participants’ overall liking of the four burgers differed between genders and was influenced by burger appearance and taste. Women clearly preferred beef burger appearance, whereas men preferred the appearance of beef and insect-based burgers. Concerning insect-based burger taste, participants (men and women) rated it intermediately, between that of the beef and lentil burger, with a preference for the mealworm and beef burger. Results also showed that people with previous entomophagy experience was limited but that they gave globally higher ratings to all preparations. In conclusion, insect tasting sessions are important to decrease food neophobia, as they encourage people to “take the first step” and become acquainted with entomophagy. Nevertheless, insect integration into Western food culture will involve a transitional phase with minced or powdered insects incorporated into ready-to-eat preparations, as people are not ready to add insects to their diets in “whole form.” [less ▲]

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See detailFlexible estimation in cure survival models using Bayesian P-splines
Bremhorst, Vincent; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Computational Statistics & Data Analysis (2016), 93

In the analysis of survival data, it is usually assumed that any unit will experience the event of interest if it is observed for a sufficiently long time. However, it can be explicitly assumed that an ... [more ▼]

In the analysis of survival data, it is usually assumed that any unit will experience the event of interest if it is observed for a sufficiently long time. However, it can be explicitly assumed that an unknown proportion of the population under study will never experience the monitored event. The promotion time model, which has a biological motivation, is one of the survival models taking this feature into account. The promotion time model assumes that the failure time of each subject is generated by the minimum of N independent latent event times with a common distribution independent of N. An extension which allows the covariates to influence simultane- ously the probability of being cured and the latent distribution is presented. The latent distribution is estimated using a flexible Cox proportional hazard model where the logarithm of the baseline hazard function is specified using Bayesian P-splines. Introducing covariates in the latent distribution implies that the population hazard function might not have a proportional hazard structure. However, the use of P- splines provides a smooth estimation of the population hazard ratio over time. The identification issues of the model are discussed and a restricted use of the model when the follow up of the study is not sufficiently long is proposed. The accuracy of our methodology is evaluated through a simulation study and the model is illustrated on data from a Melanoma clinical trial. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Magnetodiscs and Aurorae of Giant Planets
Szego, Karoly; Achilleos, Nicholas; Arridge, Chris et al

Book published by Springer Science & Business Media B.V. - Previously published in Space Science Reviews, Volume 187, Issues 1-4, 2015 (2016)

This volume contains the reports discussed during the Workshop “Giant Planet Magne- todiscs and Aurorae” held 26–30 November 2012, at the International Space Science Insti- tute, organised together with ... [more ▼]

This volume contains the reports discussed during the Workshop “Giant Planet Magne- todiscs and Aurorae” held 26–30 November 2012, at the International Space Science Insti- tute, organised together with the Europlanet project, supported by FP7 (Grant No. 228319). Magnetodiscs are large current sheets surrounding Jupiter and Saturn (also Uranus and Neptune) that are filled with plasma principally originating in the natural satellites of these worlds. They are also solar system analogues for astrophysical discs. Magnetodiscs are spe- cial features of the fast rotating giant planets, a special feature of rotationally driven magne- tospheres. Their structure is modified by variability in their plasma sources and by the solar wind. Auroral signatures in the optical and radio wavebands allow a diagnostic of these dynamical processes and enable the visualisation of these large plasma and field structures.The objective of this workshop was to address outstanding issues in the structure and dynamics of magnetodiscs using a comparative approach (see details under topics). More specifically, we aimed to review current understanding of magnetodiscs and auroral re- sponses to magnetodisc dynamics; characterise and understand radial plasma transport in magnetodiscs; determine how magnetic reconnection works in magnetodiscs, and describe the effects on plasma transport; describe the associated auroral responses to internal and ex- ternal magnetospheric processes; characterise how the solar wind influences magnetodiscs and the auroral responses to solar wind-driven dynamics; characterise the spectral and spa- tial properties of auroral emissions produced by magnetodisc dynamics; answer the ques- tion of whether there are significant differences between solar wind- and internally-driven dynamics; and determine the sources of local-time asymmetries in magnetodiscs. This volume is a unique synthesis of all aspects of the giant magnetospheres and their aurorae; it provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the coupled system from the solar wind to the atmosphere; it combines the latest observations with current theory and models; and it also contains sufficient breadth for students of magnetospheric and space physics to use as a reference for future research. [less ▲]

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See detailProtoporphyrin IX Functionalised AgSiO2 Core-shell Nanoparticle: Plasmonic Enhancement of Fluorescence and Singlet Oxygen Production
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (2016), 92

Metal-enhanced processes arising from the coupling of a dye with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely reported. However, few studies have simultaneously investigated these mechanisms from the ... [more ▼]

Metal-enhanced processes arising from the coupling of a dye with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely reported. However, few studies have simultaneously investigated these mechanisms from the viewpoint of dye fluorescence and photoactivity. Herein, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is grafted onto the surface of silver core silica shell NPs in order to investigate the effect of silver (Ag) localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) on PpIX fluorescence and PpIX singlet oxygen (1O2) production. Using two Ag core sizes, we report a systematic study of these photophysical processes as a function of silica (SiO2) spacer thickness, LSPR band position and excitation wavelength. The excitation of Ag NP LSPR, which overlaps the PpIX absorption band, leads to the concomitant enhancement of PpIX fluorescence and 1O2 production independently of the Ag core size, but in a more pronounced way for larger Ag cores. These enhancements result from the increase in the PpIX excitation rate through the LSPR excitation and decrease when the distance between PpIX and Ag NPs increases. A maximum fluorescence enhancement of up to 14-fold, together with an increase in photogenerated 1O2 production of up to five times are obtained using 100 nm Ag cores coated with a 5 nm thick silica coating. [less ▲]

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See detailLe concevable et l'imaginable. Analyse conceptuelle et intuition éidétique
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in le Cercle herméneutique (2016)

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