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See detailRugose corals from the Carboniferous of the eastern Tafilalt (Morocco): a progress report
Aretz, Markus; Denayer, Julien ULg

Conference (2015, February)

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See detailFrequency support among asynchronous AC systems through VSCs emulating power plants
Papangelis, Lampros ULg; Guillaud, Xavier; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in Proc. 11th IET Conference on AC and DC Power Transmission (2015, February)

This paper proposes a new control scheme for the Voltage Source Converters (VSCs) of a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grid connecting asynchronous AC systems, so that the latter can mutually support ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a new control scheme for the Voltage Source Converters (VSCs) of a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) grid connecting asynchronous AC systems, so that the latter can mutually support their frequencies after a disturbance. The scheme involves no communication between VSCs. It is activated upon detection of a significant frequency deviation, with the possibility to limit the support requested from other AC systems. It relies on an integral control enforcing the frequency droop characteristics (of classical speed governors), in addition to the voltage-droop control of VSCs. The controller is tuned to emulate the response of a power plant, while avoiding excessive transients in the HVDC system, and limiting the impact on the other AC systems. [less ▲]

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See detailSingle-Molecule Force Spectroscopy on Synthetic Helical Nanoarchitectures
Devaux, Floriane ULg; Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Huc, Ivan et al

Poster (2015, February)

Foldamers are artificial folded molecular architectures inspired by the structures and functions of natural biopolymers. Folding is the process selected by nature to control the conformation of its ... [more ▼]

Foldamers are artificial folded molecular architectures inspired by the structures and functions of natural biopolymers. Folding is the process selected by nature to control the conformation of its molecular machinery to carry out chemical functions and mechanical tasks, such as en-zyme catalysis, duplication in nucleic acids, force generation,... During the last decade of research on foldamers [1], synthetic oligomers able to adopt well-defined and predictable folded conformations, such as helices, have been proposed. Recent progress has shown that stepwise chemical synthesis and molecular design based on aromatic oligoamide backbones enable to produce large helically folded molecular architectures. The shape and stiffness of the backbone, local conformational preferences, specific interactions between distant monomers in sequences, as well as the action of external parameters such as the solvent or the presence of ions, can be combine to induce folding tendency. A remarkable aspect of these architectures is that they can give rise to folded patterns that have no in natural counterparts biopolymer structures. For instance, helices whose diameter varies along the se-quence, helices possessing a handedness inversion centre, herringbone helices have been reported. The objective of the project is to synthesize various helical nanorchitectures based on an oli-goamide aromatic backbone and to obtain a detailed picture of their dynamical conformation in solution, as well as, their mechanochemical properties, by AFM-based single molecule force spectroscopy. It is worth mentioning that an important sub-objective of this project is to probe intramolecular interactions in small synthetic molecules with the AFM. Indeed, whereas single-molecule force spectroscopy on macromolecules (proteins and synthetic polymers) is widely exploited[2], implementing single-molecule force spectroscopy on small molecules, such as the foldamers proposed here, remains a major challenge[3]. [1] For a review, see G. Guichard and I. Huc, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 5933–5941. [2]E. M. Puchner, H. E.Gaub, Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 2009, 19, 605–614. [3]P. Lussis, A.-S. Duwez, Nature Nanotech. 2011, 6, 553-557 [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution of income tax concessions for owner-occupied housing in Belgium: still an incentive for suburban development?
Xhignesse, Guillaume ULg

Scientific conference (2015, February)

In Belgium, public authorities have considerably supported owner-occupied housing since the end of the nineteenth century, notably through tax concessions. The mechanism studied in this paper (in force ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, public authorities have considerably supported owner-occupied housing since the end of the nineteenth century, notably through tax concessions. The mechanism studied in this paper (in force for mortgages taken out from 2005 to 2014) allows households to deduct at marginal taxation rate an annually-limited amount of mortgage repayments for their owner-occupied home, including interests and capital under an aggregated form. In this paper, we emphasize the spatial distribution of this tax concession. To this aim, we use a sample of 34,132 geolocated tax returns (income 2010). Our results show that suburban areas benefit far more from this mechanism than urban areas, mainly because most of the beneficiaries live in these areas. In addition, we observe also that the benefits go for the most part to middle-to-high income families. We hypothesize that this tax relief acts as a catalyst in the spatial sorting of the population on the basis of socio-economic characteristics [less ▲]

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See detailReprésentations et expérience des pères « primipares » de l’allaitement maternel : lien avec la durée de l’allaitement
Noirhomme-Renard, Florence ULg; Michèle, Close; Gosset, Christiane ULg

in Journal de Pédiatrie et de Puériculture (2015), 28(1), 7-15

ntroduction. — This study aim to investigate fathers experiences and representations in regard to breastfeeding. Methods. — Two groups of fathers were recruited in the year following the birth of their ... [more ▼]

ntroduction. — This study aim to investigate fathers experiences and representations in regard to breastfeeding. Methods. — Two groups of fathers were recruited in the year following the birth of their child: a group whose child was breastfed less than three months (n = 16), and the other whose child was breastfed more than 6months (n=17). They were interviewed by semi-structured interviews and completed a questionnaire of attitudes toward child feeding (IIFAS). Results. — Although the representation that had fathers of breastfeeding during pregnancy dif- fered somewhat between the two groups, medical and social factors are primarily associated with a short AM: medical complications in the mother or the child, social vulnerabilities, early breastfeeding difficulties. The involvement of health professionals has been mentioned by many fathers when breastfeeding difficulties, but it has, in most cases, led to the failure of AM in time. Increased fathers take place in the triad, sometimes modulated by their partner, and their emo- tional involvement and practice in breastfeeding are associated with long AM. Fathers whose baby was breastfed for more than 6 months have a score more in favor of breastfeeding on the scale IIFAS. Conclusion. — The inclusion of fathers in the comprehensive model of the determinants of breastfeeding provides further insight to the factors already identified. [less ▲]

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See detailCROSSROADS le magazine sonore des musiques africaines-américaines
Sacré, Robert ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2015)

Programme radio hebdomadaire consacré aux musiques africaines-américaines ; FM 100.1 ; streaming : www.equinoxefm.be ; podcast : www.mixcloud.com/robertsacre9

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See detailBLUES ALL DAY LONG- The Jimmy Rogers story - compte rendu
Sacré, Robert ULg

in ABS Magazine (2015), (45 Février 2015), 15

Biographie de Jimmy Rogers par Wayne Everett Goins

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See detailJewel BROWN - Le joyau Texan ( traduction)
Sacré, Robert ULg

Article for general public (2015)

Interview de la chanteuse texane Jewel BROWN par Roger WOOD

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See detailDe- and Re-Institutionalizing Technology Assessment in Contemporary Knowledge-Based Economies
Delvenne, Pierre ULg; Charlier, Nathan ULg; Rosskamp, Benedikt ULg et al

in Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis (2015), 24(1), 130

This article illuminates the potential role of technology assessment (TA) in knowl- edge-driven science, technology and inno- vation (STI) regimes by providing a compar- ative review of Flemish and ... [more ▼]

This article illuminates the potential role of technology assessment (TA) in knowl- edge-driven science, technology and inno- vation (STI) regimes by providing a compar- ative review of Flemish and Walloon TA. It draws critical attention to the ways in which TA actors and institutes in Flanders and Wal- lonia position themselves, or are positioned, in relation to dominant innovation policies and large-scale political transformations, notably the convergence of STI around the knowledge-based economy (KBE) and the regionalization of STI policy in Belgium. The article’s findings shed light on the Flemish government’s recent decision to close its parliamentary TA institute and the institution- al expansion of TA in Wallonia and elsewhere in Europe. It argues that TA has politics, as TA in Flanders and Wallonia aligns with the advent of strategic science and is also affil- iated to specific political parties. As these considerations run counter to the dominant representation of TA as a neutral governance tool that serves the needs of all STI decision makers, they draw into question the viability and utility of TA within contemporary KBEs. [less ▲]

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See detailPrévalence du virus du SDRP dans les élevages porcins
Czaplicki, Guy; Thilmant, Pierre; Van Der Stede, Yves et al

Poster (2015, February)

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) causes major economic losses in pig farms. In different parts of the world, there is growing consensus that PRRS virus (PRRSv) eradication should be ... [more ▼]

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) causes major economic losses in pig farms. In different parts of the world, there is growing consensus that PRRS virus (PRRSv) eradication should be performed on a regional basis, particularly in low density areas of pig production. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the apparent prevalence of PRRSv in Wallonia, a low density area of pig production (0.05 pig farms/km²). A phone survey was addressed to 173 of the 276 Walloon breeding pig owners. One hundred and thirty‐two farmers answered the questionnaire and serological tests were performed in 113 herds. If no vaccination was carried out on sows or on piglets, an Elisa test was performed on 10 breeding and/or 5 feeder pig serum samples collected between November 2011 and December 2012. An individual result was considered negative if the s/p ratio was <0.4; a herd was considered positive if an s/p ratio ≥0.4 was obtained by at least one of its pigs. Globally, at herd level and at animal level, the apparent prevalences were respectively 48% (IC95%: 39 – 57%) and 32 % (IC 95%: 29 – 35%). The present study has shown that half the Walloon breeding pig farms are serologically positive for PRRSv. Such prevalence in an area of low pig production supports the project for a regional PRRS control program. [less ▲]

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See detailLordose et/ou xyphose chez le porc : mise à l’épreuve de l’hypothèse héréditaire
Laitat, Martine ULg; Veillat, Emilie; Van Cauwenberge, Henry et al

Poster (2015, February)

Lordosis and/or kyphosis, also called ”dipped shoulder” or ”humpy‐back” is sporadically observed in growing pigs. This condition is characterized by a thoracic and/or lumbar spinal deformity ... [more ▼]

Lordosis and/or kyphosis, also called ”dipped shoulder” or ”humpy‐back” is sporadically observed in growing pigs. This condition is characterized by a thoracic and/or lumbar spinal deformity. Pathomorphologically, it may be comparable with Scheuermann’s kyphosis in man and so constitutes a spontaneous model for this humane kyphosis of the thoracic or thoracolumbar spine. In pigs, this condition may decrease the value of carcasses, making deboning efforts challenging. Three major and non‐exclusive hypotheses formulated to explain these back deformations are nutrition, intrauterine viral infection and inherited predisposition. The objective of the present study was to test the latter and, if possible, to identify a locus (some loci) associated with the affection. Forty‐eight pigs were included in this case‐control study. Based on a clinical examination and/or on a measure of the degree of spinal deformity, 25 pigs classified as affected were compared to 23 pigs considered as normal. A whole genome Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) analysis was performed using a 50,000 SNP array. DNA from forty‐seven samples (tail tissue or blood) was extracted while one sample was eliminated because of its poor quality. After applying quality controls, 40 pigs and 57,838 SNPs (on a total of 62,163) remained for further analysis. One SNP (ASGA0090747) located on Sus scrofa chromosome SSC8 crossed the genome‐wide significant threshold and is thus suspected of being associated with the lordosis and/or kyphosis phenotype. These results seem to confirm the hereditary hypothesis. Further investigations are however needed to confirm the suspected association. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of iron nanoparticles synthesized by a sol-gel process on Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 for biphenyl degradation
Wannoussa, Wissal; Masy, Thibaut ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Journal of Water Resource and Protection (2015), 7

Nanoparticles (NPS) are considered as a new generation of compounds to improve environmental remediation and biological processes. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of iron NPS ... [more ▼]

Nanoparticles (NPS) are considered as a new generation of compounds to improve environmental remediation and biological processes. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of iron NPS encapsulated in porous silica (SiO2) on the biphenyl biodegradation by Rhodococcus erythropolis T902.1 (RT902.1). The iron NPS (major iron oxide FexOy form) were dispersed in the porosity of a SiO2 support synthesized by sol-gel process. These Fe/SiO2 NPS offer a stimulating effect on the biodegradation rate of biphenyl, an organic pollutant that is very stable and water-insoluble. This positive impact of NPS on the microbial biodegradation was found to be dependent on the NPS concentration ranging from 10−6 M to 10−4 M. After 18 days of incubation the cultures containing NPS at a concentration of 10−4 M of iron improved RT902.1 growth and degraded 35% more biphenyl than those without NPS (positive control) or with the sole SiO2 particles. Though the microorganism could not interact directly with the insoluble iron NPS, the results show that about 10% and 35% of the initial 10−4 M iron NPS encapsulated in the SiO2 matrix would be incorporated inside or adsorbed on the cell surface respectively and 35% would be released in the supernatant. These results suggest that RT902.1 would produce siderophore-like molecules to attract iron from the porous silica matrix. [less ▲]

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See detailLes procédures secondaires sous l'empire du nouveau Règlement insolvabilité
Wautelet, Patrick ULg

Conference (2015, February)

Cette présentation tire le bilan d'une dizaine d'années d'application des dispositions du Règlement 1346/2000 relatives aux procédures secondaires et trace les contours du nouveau régime des procédures ... [more ▼]

Cette présentation tire le bilan d'une dizaine d'années d'application des dispositions du Règlement 1346/2000 relatives aux procédures secondaires et trace les contours du nouveau régime des procédures secondaires sous l'empire du Règlement révisé [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Water Resources Quality in Sabodala Gold Mining Region and Its Surrounding Area (Senegal)
Mall, Ibrahima; Diaw, Moctar; Dieng, Ndeye Maguette ULg et al

in Journal of Water Resource and Protection (2015), 7(3), 247-263

Geochemical and Geostatistical tools were used to assess: 1) the chemical quality and, geochemical processes in crystalline rock aquifers in Sabodala (Eastern Senegal) and its surroundings and 2) the ... [more ▼]

Geochemical and Geostatistical tools were used to assess: 1) the chemical quality and, geochemical processes in crystalline rock aquifers in Sabodala (Eastern Senegal) and its surroundings and 2) the impact of mining activities on their quality. A total of 26 water samples collected at boreholes, dug wells and stream, were analyzed to determine major and trace elements concentration focused on elements that represent more threats on human health. Boxplots define chemical characteristics of water for each aquifer formation compared to surface waters. Geostatistical analysis show two sources of water mineralization with regard to major elements: a first natural source characterized by Ca-Mg-HCO3 water type from boreholes and unpolluted surface water and a second group characterized by polluted water by nitrates with Na-NO3-Cl type mainly observed in upper weathered aquifers. However, considering trace element, geostatistical analysis showed three water groups: water with very low trace element concentrations encountered in boreholes and unpolluted surface waters, and waters with relatively high trace element concentrations such as Al observed in areas affected by gold mining activities and finally, polluted waters by Ni, Co, Mn and Cr observed at Sabodala. Results show that in eastern Senegal well waters are vulnerable and often affected by pollution. [less ▲]

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See detailScanning the genome for QTL affecting the recombination process in the male and female cattle germline
Kadri, Naveen Kumar ULg; Harland, Chad ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

Poster (2015, February)

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle population from France, New-Zealand and The Netherlands. We apply a new phasing algorithm extracting familial information suited for large half ... [more ▼]

We herein study genetic recombination in three dairy cattle population from France, New-Zealand and The Netherlands. We apply a new phasing algorithm extracting familial information suited for large half-sib families to reconstruct haplotypes and detect cross-overs. The software is robust to genotyping errors and map errors (genome builts still contain errors for non-model organisms). We identify more than 2,000,000 cross-over events in sperm cells transmitted by 2942 sires to 94,049 offspring, and more than 500,000 cross-over events in oocytes transmitted by 10,943 cows to 23,850 offspring. The estimated number of cross-overs per gamete and its accuracy were influenced by the family structure (number of offsprings, parents and grand-parents genotyped). The average number of cross-overs in males (24.0) was larger than in females (21.8), even after correction for family structure. In males, recombination rates were higher closer to telomeres whereas in females, recombination rates dropped at both centromeres and telomeres (probably as a result of lower informativity). The heritability of the global recombination rate was close to 0.20 in males and to 0.10 in females and the genetic correlation was ~0.70, indicating that common genes are influencing both traits. Genome-wide association studies clearly confirmed QTL located close to REC8 and RNF212 in males. The QTL associated to REC8 was also detected in females and there was a positive correlation between QTL effects in males and females. The QTL associated to REC8 accounted for ~10% of the genetic variance in both males and females. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardisation of milk mid-infrared spectra from a European dairy network
Grelet, Clément ULg; Fernandez Pierna, Juan Antonio; Dardenne, Pierre et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2015), 98

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See detailConsommation de pornographie à l’adolescence : quelles représentations de la sexualité et de la pornographie, pour quelle sexualité ?
Puglia, Rosa ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

in Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence (2015)

Cette recherche, réalisée sur une population de 319 adolescents (150 filles et 169 garçons) âgés de 15 à 19 ans, présente deux grands objectifs. Premièrement, elle vise à évaluer l’impact de ... [more ▼]

Cette recherche, réalisée sur une population de 319 adolescents (150 filles et 169 garçons) âgés de 15 à 19 ans, présente deux grands objectifs. Premièrement, elle vise à évaluer l’impact de l’accessibilité et de la visualisation de la pornographie au niveau des représentations de ce média et de la sexualité. Deuxièmement, elle vise à évaluer l’influence de la consommation pornographique au niveau du développement psycho-sexuel des adolescents. Un protocole comprenant plusieurs dimensions telles que les relations sentimentales, la sexualité, la pornographie, et les représentations a été administré aux participants de manière groupale et anonyme. Il en ressort que les adolescents consommateurs de pornographie soulignent davantage les effets positifs associés à la pornographie, qu’ils reconnaissent une influence de ce média sur leur vie sexuelle et qu’ils adoptent des pratiques sexuelles plus diversifiées que celles de leurs pairs non-consommateurs. En revanche, consommateurs et non-consommateurs soulignent de manière identique les effets négatifs associés à ce média. Cette conscientisation des effets négatifs aurait un effet modérateur sur l’influence de la pornographie. Actuellement, la consommation de pornographie est un comportement expérimenté par une majorité d’adolescents ; elle pourrait s’inscrire dans un processus développemental adolescentaire et se comprendre comme une conduite exploratoire répondant à diverses fonctions dont la recherche de repères au niveau de la sexualité. [less ▲]

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