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See detailEntre rêve et rébus. J.J. Grandville bédéiste ?
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Collectif (Ed.) Le Magasin du XIXe siècle (2016)

Des pionniers de la bande dessinée, les Töpffer, Cham, Bertall et autres Doré, J.J. Grandville est probablement le moins considéré. L’audace de ses mondes a pu déconcerter, l’attrait pour ses personnages ... [more ▼]

Des pionniers de la bande dessinée, les Töpffer, Cham, Bertall et autres Doré, J.J. Grandville est probablement le moins considéré. L’audace de ses mondes a pu déconcerter, l’attrait pour ses personnages zoomorphes a occulté ses autres réalisations. Son univers graphique n’en a pas moins approché l’art séquentiel naissant. [less ▲]

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See detailIncidence and Phenotype at Diagnosis of Very-early-onset Compared with Later-onset Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Population-based Study [1988-2011].
Bequet, Emeline ULg; Sarter, Hélène; Fumery, Mathurin et al

in Journal of Crohn's and Colitis [=JCC] (2016)

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See detailA Novel Physiological Glycosaminoglycan-Deficient Splice Variant of Neuropilin-1 Is Anti-Tumorigenic In Vitro and In Vivo
Hendricks, Céline; Dubail, Johanne; Brohée, Laura ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016)

Neuropilin-1 (NRP1) is a transmembrane protein acting as a co-receptor for several growth factors and interacting with other proteins such as integrins and plexins/semaphorins. It is involved in axonal ... [more ▼]

Neuropilin-1 (NRP1) is a transmembrane protein acting as a co-receptor for several growth factors and interacting with other proteins such as integrins and plexins/semaphorins. It is involved in axonal development, angiogenesis and cancer progression. Its primary mRNA is subjected to alternative splicing mechanisms generating different isoforms, some of which lack the transmembrane domain and display antagonist properties to NRP1 full size (FS). NRP1 is further post-translationally modified by the addition of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) side chains through an O-glycosylation site at serine612. Here, we characterized a novel splice variant which has never been investigated, NRP1-Δ7, differing from the NRP1-FS by a deletion of 7 amino acids occurring two residues downstream of the O-glycosylation site. This short sequence contains two aspartic residues critical for efficient glycosylation. As expected, the high molecular weight products appearing as a smear in SDS-PAGE and reflecting the presence of GAG in NRP1-FS were undetectable in the NRP1-Δ7 protein. NRP1-Δ7 mRNA was found expressed at an appreciable level, between 10 and 30% of the total NRP1, by various cells lines and tissues from human and murine origin. To investigate the biological properties of this isoform, we generated prostatic (PC3) and breast (MDA-MB-231) cancer cells able to express recombinant NRP1-FS or NRP1-Δ7 in a doxycycline-inducible manner. Cells with increased expression of NRP1-Δ7 were characterized in vitro by a significant reduction of proliferation, migration and anchorage-independent growth, while NRP1-FS had the expected opposite “pro-tumoral” effects. Upon VEGF-A165 treatment, a lower internalization rate was observed for NRP1-Δ7 than for NRP1-FS. Finally, we showed that NRP1-Δ7 inhibited growth of prostatic tumors and their vascularization in vivo. This report identifies NRP1-Δ7 as a splice variant displaying anti-tumorigenic properties in vitro and in vivo, emphasizing the need to consider this isoform in future studies. [less ▲]

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See detail"Madame Bovary c'est moi"
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2016, October 29)

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See detailApplication of rep-PCR as molecular typing method for dermatophytes
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; ADJETEY BAHUN, Akolé ULg; DARFOUF, Rajae ULg et al

Conference (2016, October 29)

Background The distinction of dermatophytes strains by conventional methods is problematic due to a lack of reliable characteristics between isolates. The ability to identify individual organisms allows ... [more ▼]

Background The distinction of dermatophytes strains by conventional methods is problematic due to a lack of reliable characteristics between isolates. The ability to identify individual organisms allows identification of infection sources, such as communal swimming and public washing rooms and apply appropriate control measures. Several outbreaks of dermatophytes infection have already been described in Europe and the feasibility of comparing DNA fingerprints is of interest in this particular field. We have successfully applied the rep-PCR method for typing dermatophytes species such as Microsporum audouinii, Trichophyton violaceum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes complex (T.mentagrophytes complex). Methods The Diversilab® system (bioMérieux, France) has been used to perform rep-PCR. Strains of M. audouinii (116) and T. violaceum (23) were collected during a national survey conducted by the National Reference center (NRC) for mycoses (Liège) in Belgium from February 2013 to March 2014. Strains of T. mentagrophytes complex (32) are part of the national collection of the NRC collected between 2012 and 2015. Results The Diversilab® is able to distinguish different subspecies between the same species complex as it was confirmed with the T. mentagrophytes complex. For this group of strains, two major groups are clearly visible after Diversilab analysis and correspond to white strains (ITS sequenced as T. interdigitale) and yellow strains (ITS sequenced as A. benhamiae) of T. mentagrophytes complex. Both groups share only 70% of similarity. Within a same species of dermatophyte, the Rep-PCR is also able to define several subgroups sometimes linked with epidemiological factors. Inside the T. violaceum strains circulating in Belgium, two different DNA fingerprints have been found. These two subgroups were well separated regarding the geographical location in Belgium (Wallonia and Flanders). Inside the M. audouinii species, 6 different DNA fingerprints have been detected with a main group. The degree of similarity between these six groups is comprised between 85,6% and 94%. Strains belonging to the six groups were defined as M. audouinii by ITS sequencing. Conclusion The DiversiLab® system with the Rep-PCR technology proved to be an efficient method for dermatophytes molecular typing. It is highly sensitive to discriminate small genotypic variation between two strains within the same species which is not possible with other molecular methods such as ITS sequencing. Inside the T. mentagrophytes complex, it permits to easily distinguish the yellow zoophilic strains from the white anthropophilic strain, hardly possible by microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailMontages électroniques de base
Harmeling, Pascal ULg

Learning material (2016)

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See detailDeriving cultural heritage values: the use of social media
Ginzarly, Manal ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Old and New Media for the Image of the Landscape (2016, October 28)

Nel 2011 l’UNESCO ha adottato la Raccomandazione sul Paesaggio Storico Urbano che mira al riconoscimento e all'identificazione della stratificazione e dell'interconnessione dei valori - naturali e ... [more ▼]

Nel 2011 l’UNESCO ha adottato la Raccomandazione sul Paesaggio Storico Urbano che mira al riconoscimento e all'identificazione della stratificazione e dell'interconnessione dei valori - naturali e culturali, materiali e immateriali, internazionali e locali – riscontrabili in qualsiasi città storica, concepita come un “patrimonio vivente” delle comunità. In tale visione il patrimonio culturale urbano è un elemento riconosciuto non solo dagli esperti, ma dalle intere società che ne valutano gli elementi identitari mirando a conservarli per le generazioni future. La Raccomandazione, in particolare, sostiene che per l'interpretazione e la conservazione del patrimonio culturale si può beneficiare di metodi di valutazione tradizionali e di metodi innovativi basati su dati geo-localizzati e sui dati digitali dei social media, come tweets geo-localizzati, impronte digitali e foto su Flickr. Il presente contributo illustra una metodologia basata sull’analisi delle immagini su Flickr. Dai risultati ottenuti si è evinto che proprio l’indagine dei social media può contribuire ad una comprensione significativa dei valori culturali del contesto urbano, fornendo così la possibilità di una migliore integrazione dei valori socio-culturali riconosciuti dalla collettività nei processi di conservazione e di pianificazione urbana. [less ▲]

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See detailLes masques de Sartre: de l'anthropologie à Frantz Fanon et Hubert Lyautey
Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2016, October 28)

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See detailDECONSTRUCTING LANDSCAPE IN THE MIND OF PEOPLE: AN EXPLORATION OF EVERYDAY AND WIND ENERGY LANDSCAPES
Vanderheyden, Vincent ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

In the 19th century, geography was defining itself as the science of landscape, led by German and French schools. Other disciplines were also interested in landscape, each one with its own definition(s ... [more ▼]

In the 19th century, geography was defining itself as the science of landscape, led by German and French schools. Other disciplines were also interested in landscape, each one with its own definition(s). In public policy, landscape has remained, for a long time, a heritage object to be protected (e.g. cultural landscapes of UNESCO). In 2000, the European Landscape Convention, which aims to safeguard the European landscape diversity, proposed a common definition. This includes the idea of areas perceived by people. One of the recommendations of the Convention is the call to focus on other landscapes that only heritage landscapes, such as everyday landscapes and degraded landscapes. The convention also calls for better management and planning practices towards landscape changes. Today, landscape is often invoked as arbitrator in territorial disputes. This is the case in discussions for the installation of wind farms. Newcomers and farmers ‘visions on landscape are often opposed: idyllic landscape for living and recreation for the firsts, working environment for the seconds. Despite the European Landscape Convention, many grey areas remain about how to achieve its goals. Long before it, leading researchers called for a better interest in everyday landscapes. Yet they remain the poor relation in landscape research, to the benefit of natural, wild landscapes. Many uncertainties also remain on how non-specialists perceive their ordinary landscapes and how they have appropriated the landscape concept. The research helps to fill this double gap, deconstructing the concept through the lens of ordinary landscape. With several research questions, I plan to explore what is the landscape in people’s mind, how they conceptualize it, how they think it and how they question their own views on landscape. I will show how these conceptualizations and thoughts are shaped by the living environment, which often provides the tools necessary to the apprehension of the landscape. I will analyse how new elements such as wind farm can disrupt these patterns. The first part of the research is dedicated to the overall perception of their ordinary landscapes by Belgians, especially facing the issue of wind energy. Using a photo-questionnaire survey, we surveyed a representative sample of the Belgian population (n = 1542). Based on this investigation a model was developed. It highlights the positive influence of forest cover and the lack of anthropogenic elements, but also the negative influence of its urbanization and too flat relief on landscape attractiveness. The influence of wind turbines has to be qualified according to the landscape in which they are implanted. In landscapes strongly marked by the human footprint, they seem perceived as increasing the landscape attractiveness. In unspoilt landscapes, they seem rather to contribute to their degradation. These global findings are nuanced in further research. Deeper analysis shows that Flemish people have a more positive view of the landscape than Walloons. I hypothesize a decisive influence of the local context. Indeed, Flemish landscapes are generally more urbanized and marked by man than most of the Walloon landscapes. The building of wind farms seems to change or even reverse the situation. The analysis also shows significant influences related to educational level and gender. Anthropogenic landscapes are less disregarded by low educated people. Women seem to attach importance to stewardship and landscape maintenance. In contrast, although suspected, age influence has not been formally demonstrated. The second part of this dissertation, the cornerstone of this doctoral research, aims at deconstructing the landscape concept in the mind of people. In this part, wind farms are no longer considered as a case study, but as a leitmotif. I deeper surveyed smaller groups (n = 54) in three areas of Wallonia (Walloon Picardy, between the Sambre and Meuse rivers, and Ardennes) with qualitative techniques. This survey was conducted five years after the first. The analysis of the vocabulary used by the regional sub-groups shows that people are not equipped the same way for analysing landscapes. The experience of living environment seems to be crucial in providing analytical keys. Thus Ardennes people seem better equipped to talk about the forest, marking their landscapes, while the Picards seem more loquacious about their iconic cultivated landscapes. The research also highlighted different landscape analysis patterns. Some people ordered landscapes according to their degree of naturalness, the less spoiled landscapes being the most attractive. On the contrary, fewer attach importance to landscapes where human footprint is clearly visible. Some respondents remain in a purely aesthetic landscape analysis, while others project themselves into the landscape, imagining they are performing different actions. Depending on their interests, these actions influence the perception of one same landscape. Research shows that this overall pattern analysis is disturbed by various factors. The recognition of certain places transformed landscape analysis in an analysis of the place, with the emotional changes that this entails. The position of the participants facing wind energy projects also appears sharper. In the time between the two parts of the research, Wallonia has experienced unprecedented wind development; opinions have therefore had time to form. This was not yet totally the case during the first survey. Beyond these major disruptions, the research also shows clear influences of the ordered character of landscapes, their living character and variety of land uses. The research also highlights the influence of non-visual criteria such as noise or odours detectable in the landscape. In conclusion, the research shows that respondents often show a sense of landscape, weaker than sense of place and stronger than aesthetic. [less ▲]

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See detailDas Ende der Phantomschmerzen. Die Bundesrepublik und "Eupen-Malmedy"
Brüll, Christoph ULg

Scientific conference (2016, October 28)

Eigentlich liegt der Fall klar: nach der Befreiung im Herbst 1944 wurde das kleine Grenzgebiet von Eupen-Malmedy, das im Mai 1940 vom „Großdeutschen Reich“ annektiert worden war, wieder belgisch. Der ... [more ▼]

Eigentlich liegt der Fall klar: nach der Befreiung im Herbst 1944 wurde das kleine Grenzgebiet von Eupen-Malmedy, das im Mai 1940 vom „Großdeutschen Reich“ annektiert worden war, wieder belgisch. Der deutsch-belgische Ausgleichsvertrag vom September 1956 bekräftigte dies nochmals. Doch wurde diese offizielle Position zwar im Bonner Auswärtigen Amt vertreten, jedoch nicht von allen Ministerien geteilt. Vor allem durch das Bundesministerium für Gesamtdeutsche Fragen erfolgte nach 1949 eine „Betreuung“ für die Minderheit, die Fragen nach den Kontinuitäten zur Vorkriegszeit aufwirft. Wenn auch die belgische Souveränität in den „Ostkantonen“ nicht mehr offen infrage gestellt wurde, fand dort in kleinem Umfang eine geheim gehaltene „Förderung“ kulturpolitischer Tätigkeiten statt – auch weil der belgische Staat nur wenige finanzielle Mittel bereitstellte. Erst mit der sich anbahnenden Schaffung einer „deutschen Kulturgemeinschaft“ im Zuge der ersten Verfassungsrevision in Belgien und nach dem Eintritt der SPD in die Bundesregierung wurde diese finanzielle Hilfe Ende der 1960er Jahre eingestellt. An ihre Stelle traten nunmehr deutsche Stiftungen, was Ende der 1980er Jahre zu einem politischen Skandal in der heutigen Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft führte. Der Vortrag fragt nach der Bedeutung von „Eupen-Malmedy“ für das deutsch-belgische Verhältnis seit 1945 und zeigt die Schwierigkeiten für die westdeutschen Akteure, eine auswärtige Kulturpolitik zu konzipieren und dabei die Fallen der Vergangenheit zu vermeiden. [less ▲]

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See detailAccidents aériens: Principes d’intervention psychosociale et de prise en charge des victimes selon le modèle belge
Garcet, Serge ULg; Gillard, jean-françois

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

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See detailAssessment of fodder biomass in Senegalese rangelands using earth observation and field data
Diouf, Abdoul Aziz ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Senegalese livestock size has largely increased during the last three decades in relation to the population growth. The fodder biomass stock available at the end of the growing season, therefore, becomes ... [more ▼]

Senegalese livestock size has largely increased during the last three decades in relation to the population growth. The fodder biomass stock available at the end of the growing season, therefore, becomes increasingly limited to meet feeding needs of pastoral livestock which provides third of the national agricultural wealth. With the reduction of natural grazing lands mostly generated by the expansion of croplands, and the reduction of fodder biomass production due to drought effects, the increase of the livestock size leads to the rangelands overload whose persistence can lead in turn to their degradation. A technique based on a simple linear relationship between the temporal integration of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and the ground biomass data, developed in the 1980s, has been operationally applied by the Centre de Suivi Ecologique (CSE) of Dakar (Senegal) to assess the fodder biomass available in rangelands at the end of the growing season. The derived map of total biomass production enables to help pastoral livestock managers as well as national stakeholders against food insecurity and natural resources degradation. Carried out annually, this approach comprises unfortunately some uncertainties as: (1) the saturation drawback of NDVI in areas with high biomass productivity, (2) the temporal scale which is restricted to biomass data of the ongoing year not being used again in the following year, (3) the low predictive ability due to the large time gap between data collection and published results, and (4) the high costs for annual data collection. In addition, although the earth observation (EO) data have largely progressed during the last three decades, this technique has not changed over this period and consequently is not state-of-the-art. To tackle these limitations and advance the traditional method, new statistical models that include new earth observations datasets and historical in situ plant biomass data were developed for estimating and / or predicting the forage availability at the end of the growing season in Senegalese semi-arid rangelands. A backward analysis of the linear regression approach currently applied in Senegal provided evidence that nonlinear regression functions such as Exponential and Power are more suited to estimate the end-of-season total biomass in this region using annual data solely. A completely new methodology using multiple-linear models which include various phenological metrics from the time series of the Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) and 14 years of in situ total biomass samples was developed. The proposed approach provided more reliable and accurate estimates as compared to the current CSE biomass product. Multiple-linear models developed with specific metrics adapted to ecosystem properties increased the overall accuracy of the fodder biomass estimates and mitigated the saturation of FAPAR obtained with models run across the whole study area. With this new approach, timely information about possible deficits/surplus of total fodder biomass can be provided to stakeholders using phenological metrics that are available relatively early in the growing season. Another new approach based on a machine learning algorithm (i.e., Cubist) was developed, as never done before, to assess herbaceous biomass in Senegalese Sahel. Three Cubist models using FAPAR seasonal metrics and/or agrometeorological variables (i.e., soil water status indicators) were established and compared. The Cubist model including both FAPAR and agrometeorological variables provided the best estimation performance. This model enabled to mitigate the saturation affecting optical remotely sensed vegetation data in areas of high plant productivity as well as the discrepancy between herbaceous biomass and greenness, and corrected therefore for herbaceous biomass underestimations observed with the sole FAPAR based model, particularly in sparsely vegetated areas. In contrast to the date of the growing season onset retrieved from FAPAR seasonal dynamics, the rainy season onset was significantly related to the herbaceous biomass and its inclusion in models could constitute a significant improvement in forecasting risks of fodder biomass deficit. The methods developed in this research provide tools to assess Senegalese forage resources at two levels: herbaceous and total fodder biomass (Herbaceous + woody leaf biomass). They require limited data and free available software and therefore can be easily replicated in other countries of the West African Sahel. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of interactions on the relaxation processes in magnetic nanostructures
Atkinson, Lewis; Ostler, Thomas ULg; Ondrej, Hovorka et al

in Physical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2016), 94

Controlling the relaxation of magnetization in magnetic nanostructures is key to optimizing magnetic storage device performance. This relaxation is governed by both intrinsic and extrinsic relaxation ... [more ▼]

Controlling the relaxation of magnetization in magnetic nanostructures is key to optimizing magnetic storage device performance. This relaxation is governed by both intrinsic and extrinsic relaxation mechanisms and with the latter strongly dependent on the interactions between the nanostructures. In the present work we investigate laser induced magnetization dynamics in a broadband optical resonance type experiment revealing the role of interactions between nanostructures on the relaxation processes of granular magnetic structures. The results are corroborated by constructing a temperature dependent numerical micromagnetic model of magnetization dynamics based on the Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. The model predicts a strong dependence of damping on the key material properties of coupled granular nanostructures in good agreement with the experimental data. We show that the intergranular, magnetostatic and exchange interactions provide a large extrinsic contribution to the damping. Finally we show that the mechanism can be attributed to an increase in spin-wave degeneracy with the ferromagnetic resonance mode as revealed by semianalytical spin-wave calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into the tropospheric sources of formic acid
Franco, Bruno ULg; Taraborrelli, Domenico; Schultz, Martin G.

Scientific conference (2016, October 28)

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See detailLacunes extrinsèques et effets au contentieux préjudiciel : lorsque la Cour de cassation fait d'une pierre deux coups
Pironnet, Quentin ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), 35(2016), 1652-1658

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See detailPalynology and palaeogeography of the middle Přídolí from Saudi Arabia
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Breuer, P.; Al-Hajri, S. et al

Conference (2016, October 27)

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