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See detailHigh-resolution reconstruction of 8.2 ka event recorded in Belgian Holocene speleothems
Allan, Mohammed ULg; verhyden, sophie; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

Scientific conference (2017, August 24)

Two abrupt shifts in d18O and trace element contents of a stalagmite from the northwestern European continent (southern Belgium) suggest that two cold anomalies occurred beginning at 8.4±0.04 and ending ... [more ▼]

Two abrupt shifts in d18O and trace element contents of a stalagmite from the northwestern European continent (southern Belgium) suggest that two cold anomalies occurred beginning at 8.4±0.04 and ending at 8.15±0.03, possibly reflecting climatic effects associated with the 8.2 ka event. The younger of the two anomalies lasted about 30 years, from 8.18 to 8.15±0.03 ka, with a maximum d18O amplitude of 1.4‰. Trace element (Sr, Ba and Mg) peaks coincide with this second drop of d18O. The anomaly initiation is marked by Sr, Ba and Mg concentration peaks suggesting drier conditions during the coldest years, consistent with previous research in the North Atlantic. The earlier anomaly in trace element, d18O records is associated with generally cold but wet conditions at 8.4 ka, lasted 50 years, and ended abruptly. The interval from 8.4 ka to 8.15 ka was less favorable for speleothem deposition, with denser speleothem calcite deposition and lower growth rate, consistent with a cold, dry climate. The clear recovery in both temperature and rainfall between after both anomalies (8.2 and 8.4 ka), suggests that these anomalies are distinct, and may represent two episodes of AMOC weaking related to the drainage of proglacial lakes Agassiz and Ojibway. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2-sourced α-alkylidene cyclic carbonates: a Step forward in the quest for functional regioregular poly(urethane)s and poly(carbonate)s
Gennen, Sandro ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Tassaing, Thierry et al

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2017), 56(35), 1039410398

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene ... [more ▼]

We describe a robust platform for the synthesis of a large diversity of novel functional CO2 -sourced polymers by exploiting the regio-controlled and site selective ring-opening of α- alkylidene carbonates by various nucleophiles. The remarkable reactivity of α-alkylidene carbonates is dictated by the exocyclic olefinic group that selectively orients the cyclic carbonate ring- opening with the formation of an enol species. The polyaddition of CO2 -sourced bis-α-alkylidene carbonates (bis-αCCs) with primary and secondary diamines provides novel regioregular functional poly(urethane)s. The reactivity of bis-αCCs is also exploited for producing new poly(β-oxo-carbonate)s by organocatalyzed polyaddition with a diol. All polyadditions were feasible under ambient conditions. This synthesis platform provides new functional variants of world-class leading polymers families (polyurethanes, polycarbonates) and valorises CO2 as a chemical feedstock. [less ▲]

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See detailWho Cares for Those Who Cared? An Intersectional Ethnography of Global Social Protection Arrangements
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

How and through which repertoires of practices do migrant domestic workers access global social protection? And how do their gender, race, class, and generational positioning along with their ... [more ▼]

How and through which repertoires of practices do migrant domestic workers access global social protection? And how do their gender, race, class, and generational positioning along with their transnational family relations affect this access? This dissertation deals with these questions and focuses on the case of Peruvian and Colombian Migrant Domestic Workers in the city of Brussels. Such migrants share a paradoxical positioning as they contribute productively and reproductively to the development of their receiving and sending societies but experience a lack of formal and informal social protection on both sides. This analysis first maps through a multi-sited ethnography the repertoire of practices they use to strategize their access to Social Protection in the areas of: 1- old-age and survivors benefits, 2- incapacity, 3- health & family, 4- active labor market programs, 5- unemployment, 6-housing, and education, 7- community and family support. Secondly, it theorizes these practices as Global Social Protection Arrangements that are simultaneously made out of transnational interpersonal relationships and formal support systems. Thirdly, building from the work of Anthias (2016) a Translocations lens is used to analyze how these actor’s gender, race, class, religious and generational positioning within the global reproduction of labor as well as within their transnational family networks simultaneously affect the functionality of such arrangements. Concluding, it’s argued that more privileged migrant domestic workers will use arrangements composed mostly of formal resources, while less privileged ones will see formal avenues less open to them and therefore have to rely on an informal arrangement. Far, from the rights based normative approach to social protection, this thesis provides a glance at how transnational access to social protection is strategize across borders. Furthermore, it’s relevant in a context of increasing human mobility where inequalities in access to social protection emerge as a public transnational social question (Faist, 2016) that is suitable both for academics and policy makers. [less ▲]

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See detailLandscape and hydrological controls on the downstream transport of dissolved organic matter in the Congo and Zambezi rivers
Lambert, T; Bouillon, S; Teodoru, CR et al

Conference (2017, August 20)

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See detailEffect of AP102, a subtype 2 and 5 specific somatostatin analog, on glucose metabolism in rats
Tarasco, Erika; Seebeck, Petra; Pfundstein, Svende et al

in Endocrine (2017)

Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as ... [more ▼]

Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies. AP102 is a new somatostatin analogs with high affinity at both SSTR2 and SSTR5. We aimed to characterize the effects of AP102 vs. pasireotide on random and dynamic glucose levels, glucoregulatory hormone concentrations and growth axis measures in healthy Sprague-Dawley rats. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction of high-resolution trace element time-series in Belgian speleothems by LA-ICP-MS
Allan, Mohammed ULg; verheyden, sophie; crucifix, michel et al

Conference (2017, August 17)

Speleothems, presented in Belgium, are now regarded as valuable archive of paelenvirenmental variations on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy ... [more ▼]

Speleothems, presented in Belgium, are now regarded as valuable archive of paelenvirenmental variations on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments. They are reliable continental archives of high interest due to their dating possibilities and their possibility to preserve multi-proxy records of environmental and climatic dynamics. Establishing high-resolution trace element time series in speleothems requires analytical techniques capable of representative sampling at sub-annual spatial resolution (on order of 22 µm in this study). In the Belgian Pere Noel cave (PN), high spatial resolution measurements of trace elements (e.g., Mg, Sr, Ba) were realized by using LA-ICP-MS and compared with results from lower resolution techniques (ICP-MS). The results from both techniques have been analysed in order to assess the capability of each technique to reconstruct climate changes at high resolution from PN stalagmite. Results showed that LA-ICP-MS technique allows a rapid analysis of multiple elemental concentrations, and uses minimal sample volume allowing for replicate sampling and availability of almost the entire original sample for other analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailLa influencia normativa de China en América Latina y en el Caribe: ¿Un desafío estratégico para la Unión Europea?
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

Scientific conference (2017, August 16)

El crecimiento de los intercambios económicos y comerciales entre China y el subcontinente latinoamericano va acompañado de la imposición de normas económicas y políticas, de la cual su política de ... [more ▼]

El crecimiento de los intercambios económicos y comerciales entre China y el subcontinente latinoamericano va acompañado de la imposición de normas económicas y políticas, de la cual su política de comercio internacional es portadora. Esta constatación plantea la cuestión del desafío que esta influencia normativa china representa para la estrategia desplegada por la Unión Europea en América Latina y el Caribe. A fin de responder a esta cuestión, esta presentación contiene dos objetivos relacionados entre sí: por una parte, analizar el alcance normativo de la política comercial de China en ALC, con el fin de ver si ella es portadora de un proyecto político-económica regional comparable al modelo de integración y de gobernabilidad regional desplegado por la UE en el subcontinente latinoamericano; por otra parte, medir de la influencia de la producción normativa china en ALC a través de su capacidad para competir con las normas exportadas por la UE en esta región del mundo. [less ▲]

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See detailTwenty-year tracking of lighting savings and power density in the residential sector
Attia, Shady ULg

in Energy and Buildings (2017)

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See detailCompositional gap at La Picada (CSVZ, Chile) results from critical cristallinity and compaction
Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg; Namur, Olivier ULg; Coumont, Valentin et al

Poster (2017, August 16)

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See detailComplete mitogenome sequence of Ricasolia amplissima (Lobariaceae) reveals extensive mitochondrial DNA rearrangement within the Peltigerales (lichenized ascomycetes)
Simon, Antoine ULg; Liu, Yang; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg et al

in Bryologist (2017), 120(3), 335-339

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown ... [more ▼]

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown due to the paucity of available mitogenomes. We assembled the mitogenome of Ricasolia amplissima (Peltigerales, Lobariaceae), using massive parallel sequencing, and compared its structure to that of two species of Peltigera (Peltigeraceae). The mitochondrial genome of R. amplissima comprised 82,333 bp, with a 29.8% G+C content, and holds 15 unique protein-coding genes, 29 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes, and one non-coding RNA gene. Although the protein-coding gene content in the mitogenome of Peltigera and Ricasolia was identical, the relative gene order differed substantially, revealing that significant gene rearrangements also characterize the evolution of mitogenomes of lichenized ascomycetes at a relatively shallow phylogenetic depth, such as within the order Peltigerales. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cercle de lecture, un dispositif pour construire ensemble des compétences de lecteurs et d'enseignants
Scheepers, Caroline ULg; Outers, Pierre ULg; Werner, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Didactiques en Pratique (2017)

Comment accompagner les premiers pas des stagiaires débutants ? À cette vaste et complexe question, le présent article envisage d’apporter un très modeste éclairage. Ainsi, sera décrit, conceptualisé ... [more ▼]

Comment accompagner les premiers pas des stagiaires débutants ? À cette vaste et complexe question, le présent article envisage d’apporter un très modeste éclairage. Ainsi, sera décrit, conceptualisé, analysé et discuté un projet collaboratif qui a associé étroitement théorie et pratique, université et école secondaire, expérimentation et transposition d’un dispositif, didactique disciplinaire et didactique générale. Plus concrètement, il s’est agi de faire expérimenter en tant qu’apprenants un cercle de lecture et un atelier d’écriture par les étudiants romanistes qui suivent le cours de première année de master centré sur la didactique du français langue première, avant de les inviter à transposer l’outil ainsi testé dans leur classe de stage. Seront prises en compte différentes traces : nos consignes, les journaux de stage, les portfolios, les consignes des étudiants, les traces recueillies auprès des élèves du secondaire, les rapports des maitres de stage, etc. Nous verrons in fine que le processus mis en place confirme, toutes proportions gardées, la validité et la pertinence du principe d’homologie entre les activités testées par les stagiaires lors de leur formation initiale à l’université et celles que les formateurs leur recommandent de mettre en œuvre dans leurs classes. [less ▲]

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See detail3D thermal finite element analysis of laser cladding processed Ti-6Al-4V part with microstructural correlations
Tran, Hoang Son ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg; Paydas, Hakan ULg et al

in Materials & Design (2017), 128

In this study, a 3D thermal model of laser cladding by powder injection applied to Ti-6Al-4V is developed. The manufactured part is made of a Ti-6Al-4V substrate on which successive layers of laser melted ... [more ▼]

In this study, a 3D thermal model of laser cladding by powder injection applied to Ti-6Al-4V is developed. The manufactured part is made of a Ti-6Al-4V substrate on which successive layers of laser melted powder are added, leading to a thick deposit. The computed temperature field and its time evolution are compared to experimental measurements. The temperature distribution in the substrate allows the prediction of the depths of the melt pool and the heat affected zone. Correlations between simulated thermal histories and the final microstructure in the thick deposit are established, leading to the enhancement of a dynamic shift of the critical transformation points due to high thermal rates during laser processing. The nature of the phases present within the deposit is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet, vecteur d'un nouvel élan politique ?
Demelenne, Céline; Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailSense-Making in Cyber Security - Examining Responder Behaviors in Cyber-Attacks
Tapanainen, Tommi ULg

in Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) (2017, August 12)

Our understanding of the defense mechanisms against cyber-attacks is, to a great extent, based on preparation and deterrence. There is limited understanding, and in particular, limited evidence on how ... [more ▼]

Our understanding of the defense mechanisms against cyber-attacks is, to a great extent, based on preparation and deterrence. There is limited understanding, and in particular, limited evidence on how cyber security responders act to contain and recover from a cyber-attack. The actions of responders, including IT experts, corporate communications staff, and selected managers are critical. To address this gap, this research proposes applying the concept of sense-making, which has been extensively used to analyze human crisis behaviors. In this emerging research, we conduct an investigation into a cyber-attack case to shed light on the contextual and collective activities taken by responders in coping with cyber-attack response. We expect the results to validate or challenge theorizations of cyber security training and competencies from the communication and collaboration perspective. In a practical sense, our research can stimulate organizations to reflect on their own cyber security preparedness from the human perspective. [less ▲]

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