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See detailLegal presumptions in abuse regulation: (where) do EU and U.S. antitrust approaches meet?
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 22)

Both EU and U.S. law prohibit - in some way or another - the abuse of a dominant economic position as part of their competition law framework. In establishing dominance and abusive behaviour, they ... [more ▼]

Both EU and U.S. law prohibit - in some way or another - the abuse of a dominant economic position as part of their competition law framework. In establishing dominance and abusive behaviour, they essentially rely on economic assumptions and legal presumptions. In this presentation, I dissected the presumptions and conceptualised their role within the competition law legal framework of both jurisdictions. [less ▲]

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See detailExploration de facteurs cognitifs et thymiques en lien avec les symptômes psychotiques : Analyses en clusters.
Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Laroi, Frank ULg; Nuyens, Filip et al

Conference (2015, May 22)

Introduction Il est maintenant reconnu qu’il existe différentes trajectoires possibles au développement et au maintien des symptômes psychotiques tels que les hallucinations et les idées délirantes. Ces ... [more ▼]

Introduction Il est maintenant reconnu qu’il existe différentes trajectoires possibles au développement et au maintien des symptômes psychotiques tels que les hallucinations et les idées délirantes. Ces phénomènes sont également en lien avec différents mécanismes cognitifs (e.g. style d’encodage, impulsivité) et facteurs thymiques (e.g. anxiété, dépression). Cependant, le poids de ces facteurs peut certainement varier en fonction des différentes trajectoires. Objectifs L’objectif de cette étude est d’explorer l’impact de différents facteurs cognitifs et thymiques sur les symptômes psychotiques dans un large échantillon issu de la population normale afin d’essayer d’en faire ressortir des profils différents avec l’aide d’analyses en clusters. Les mesures suivantes ont été incluses : Launay-Slade Hallucinations Scale, Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire-Brief, Peters et al. Delusions Inventory, UPPS Impulsive Behavior Scale, Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (trait). [less ▲]

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See detailAt the heart of Jupiter’s aurora; at the crossroads of Astrophysics Geophysics and Plasma Physics
Grodent, Denis ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 21)

Auroral physics is at the intersection of more general fields of physics such as Astrophysics, Geophysics and Plasma Physics. In particular, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn may be seen as slow ... [more ▼]

Auroral physics is at the intersection of more general fields of physics such as Astrophysics, Geophysics and Plasma Physics. In particular, the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn may be seen as slow rotating pulsars. For these two planets, there is a direct link between this pulsar-like behaviour and the auroral processes that are taking place in their atmosphere. We will take the example of Jupiter to illustrate haw the aurora is generated in the magnetosphere as a result of the volcanic activity of the moon Io. The ultraviolet aurora of Jupiter is conveniently described in terms of components located inside (poleward of) or outside (equatorward of) the main oval emission. However, these components may also be discriminated by their temporal behaviour, where the narrowest parts of the main “oval” remain relatively stable over time periods of several hours, and the satellite footprints show large variability with timescales of minutes. Inside the main emission, at the heart of the aurora, the so-called polar aurora, presumably corresponding to the polar cap mixing open and closed magnetic field lines, is characterized by rapid motions taking the form of swirls, giving rise to the “swirl region” and by beatings in the “active region”. This delicate auroral region is difficult to apprehend because of its ever-changing shape and because of the lack of appropriate tools to study it. [less ▲]

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See detailMaladaptive emotion regulation strategies and stress sensitivity mediate the relation between adverse life events and attenuated psychotic symptoms.
Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Dessart, Gregory; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 21)

Introduction There is now solid evidence for a relation between Adverse Life Events (ALE) and psychotic symptoms in both patients with psychosis and in the general population. A recent study has shown ... [more ▼]

Introduction There is now solid evidence for a relation between Adverse Life Events (ALE) and psychotic symptoms in both patients with psychosis and in the general population. A recent study has shown that this relation may be partially mediated by stress sensitivity. However, other factors that may mediate this relation, such as emotion regulation strategies, have not yet been examined in the literature. Objective The aim of this study was to assess the mediation effect of both emotion regulation strategies and stress sensitivity in the relation between ALE and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms in the general population. Results Results demonstrated that the relation between ALE and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms (i.e. hallucinations and delusions) was mediated by maladaptive emotion regulations strategies. Discussion Although it is most likely that there are several possible trajectories leading to the formation of positive psychotic symptoms, the results of the present study suggest that one such trajectory may involve the maladaptive regulation of negative emotions alongside a certain vulnerability after experiencing highly distressing ALE. Hence, interventions aiming to enhance adaptive emotion regulation strategies and diminish the utilization of maladaptive strategies should be regarded as an integral part of psychological treatment schemes in the context of psychotic symptoms. Conclusion In summary, the present study demonstrated that the relation between ALE and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms is mediated by maladaptive emotion regulation strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe global grid for empowering renewable energy
Ernst, Damien ULg

Speech/Talk (2015)

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See detailCARRIAGE OF CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE IN HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN SPAIN, INCLUDING MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION AND ANTIMICROBIAL SUSCEPTIBILITY OF THE ISOLATES
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Van Broeck, Johan et al

Poster (2015, May 21)

Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI ... [more ▼]

Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI). Therefore, hospitalized patients are considered particularly vulnerable to CDI. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of C. difficile in a Spanish hospital and to characterize the isolates with respect to the PCR-ribotype, antibiotic resistance and toxin activity. In addition, multilocus sequence typing (MLST) was performed in order to study clonal relationships between C. difficile isolates obtained from two different countries. Culture of samples was performed in a selective medium cycloserine cefoxitin fructose cholate. An identification of the isolated colonies was done by PCR detection of tpi, tcdA, tcdB and cdtA genes. Toxic activity was confirmed by a cytotoxic immunoassay. Further characterization was performed by PCR ribotyping. MLST was used in order to determine genetic relationships between Spanish and Belgian C. difficile isolates recovered from hospital patients in both countries. C. difficile was frequently detected in hospitalized patients. The isolates belonged to different PCR ribotypes, including type 027. Most of the strains obtained harboured tcdA and tcdB genes. The number of positive faecal samples considerably increased among elderly patients over 65 years old. The multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) analysis showed that some Spanish and Belgian isolates cluster in the same lineage. This study reveals the circulation of toxigenic C. difficile in a Spanish hospital. The relatedness between Belgian and Spanish isolates indicate a common source or a lack of diversity from some PCR-ribotypes. Moreover, data obtained suggest that the combination of ribotyping and MLST is a good tool for the inter-laboratory comparison of strains among different countries. Continuous inter-country surveillance is suitable to understand the spread of C. difficile isolates among hospitalized patients. [less ▲]

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See detailLe réseau scientifique wallon Agriculture - changement climatique
Minet, Julien ULg

Scientific conference (2015, May 20)

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See detailPrésentation
Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg; Glinoer, Anthony

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2015), 46

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See detailToxicity of several fungicides for orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae)
Chavalle, Sandrine ULg; Jansen, Jean-Pierre; San Martin y Gomez, Gilles et al

Poster (2015, May 19)

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), can cause severe losses in wheat grain yield and quality. This pest is known to be susceptible to many insecticides ... [more ▼]

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae), can cause severe losses in wheat grain yield and quality. This pest is known to be susceptible to many insecticides, but various field observations have suggested that some fungicides could also significantly affect S. mosellana. In order to confirm these field observations, the effect on adult midges of several fungicides commonly applied to wheat crops was investigated in the laboratory and in small plots in the field. In each experiment, the fungicides were compared with a positive (insecticide) and a negative control (water). Four fungicides were assessed in the laboratory, each with five doses based on basis of a tenfold dilution starting at the field-recommended dose. The mortality rate was evaluated after 24 hours and the lethal dose 50% (LD50) was determined for each product. In the field, six fungicides were tested at the recommended dose. The effect of each product was compared on the basis of the number of S. mosellana adults caught alive with an insect vacuum sampler (Vortis®) on the morning after the treatments. Both experiments showed a significant effect of several fungicides tested on S. mosellana adults. Chlorothalonil was not toxic for S. mosellana, but tebuconazole, fluxapyroxad and azoxystrobin all induced significant mortality rates. [less ▲]

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See detailL'alliance impie à travers l'épistolaire du roi de France
Marchandisse, Alain ULg

Conference (2015, May 19)

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See detailAging mechanisms in amorphous GeTe
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Zhang, Wei; Luckas, Jennifer et al

Conference (2015, May 18)

Aging phenomena are common to all amorphous structures, but of special importance in phase change materials (PCM) since it impedes the realization of multi-level memories. Different interpretations have ... [more ▼]

Aging phenomena are common to all amorphous structures, but of special importance in phase change materials (PCM) since it impedes the realization of multi-level memories. Different interpretations have been proposed, but we focus here on the structural relaxation of amorphous GeTe, chosen because it is the simplest system that is representative of the wider class of GST alloys, lying along the GeTe-Sb2Te3 composition line of the GeSbTe phase diagram. We investigate the structure of amorphous GeTe using Density Functional Theory based Molecular Dynamics, using either the standard Generalized Gradient Approximation, or more elaborate Van der Waals approximation. New insight is provided on the stability of homopolar GeGe bonds and tetrahedral Ge bonding, in relation with the resistance drift phenomenon, that is investigated experimentally using photothermal deflection spectroscopy experiments [less ▲]

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See detailRelever le défi des outils « discovery » : les formations orientées vers l’usager
Decoster, Sara ULg

in Pochet, Bernard; Blondeel, Sébastien; Collette, Caroline (Eds.) et al Information literacy training in the age of Web 2.0 and discovery tools - Proceedings of the conference of May 18, 2015 (2015, May 18)

Orientés vers l’usager, reprenant les habitudes de la génération « google », les outils « discovery » remettent en question le postulat que c’est à l’usager d’étudier la recherche documentaire. Les ... [more ▼]

Orientés vers l’usager, reprenant les habitudes de la génération « google », les outils « discovery » remettent en question le postulat que c’est à l’usager d’étudier la recherche documentaire. Les bibliothèques sont invitées à aller vers l’utilisateur et à se réinventer autour de la notion de « service ». Dans un monde informationnel où les enjeux sont de plus en plus complexes, le service à l’usager implique plus que jamais que la bibliothèque joue le rôle d’intermédiaire entre l’information et l’usager. Si l’usager doit rester maître de l’information, la formation aux compétences informationnelles reste à l’ordre du jour. Donnant cours à l’aide d’un outil « discovery », j’ai conclu qu’il est nécessaire de sortir du cadre très technique d’une recherche documentaire centrée sur la typologie documentaire et les équations de recherche. Ces éléments n’ont pas perdu leur pertinence, mais doivent être intégrés dans une structure basée sur les tâches et compétences de l’utilisateur, à savoir, la compréhension des possibilités et des limites des divers outils, l’interprétation des références et les phases de sélection, obtention et évaluation de l’information. Le but final sera toujours de permettre à l’usager de devenir acteur de l’information et de trouver sa propre position dans le paysage documentaire. Si les outils « discovery » nous amènent à faire le passage de la technicité à une approche par compétences, ils nous permettent de concevoir des formations véritablement orientées utilisateur. Tel est le défi que je voudrais relever en restructurant mes activités d’enseignement. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of substrate nature and β-lactoglobulin on cleanability after soiling by suspension spraying and drying
Toure, Yetioman ULg; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Dupont-Gillain, C. Christine et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2015), 134

Glass and stainless steel (StSteel, AISI304-2R), previously cleaned with ethanol (-Eth) or with ethanol and UV–Ozone treatment (-UVO), were soiled with quartz suspensions in water and in a β-lactoglobulin ... [more ▼]

Glass and stainless steel (StSteel, AISI304-2R), previously cleaned with ethanol (-Eth) or with ethanol and UV–Ozone treatment (-UVO), were soiled with quartz suspensions in water and in a β-lactoglobulin (β-LGB) solution, and dried. The cleanability (ease of quartz particle detachment) in water was evaluated using a radial-flow cell. The soiling suspension containing β-LGB was used as such or after heating for 4h at 75°C, which provoked coagulation of about 75% of β-LGB. The substrate–solution interfaces were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis of conditioned substrates and by contact angle measurements. The substrate surfaces are covered by a layer of organic contaminants which are not removed by pre-cleaning or are adsorbed from the surroundings. The presence of β-LGB in the soiling suspension leads to protein adsorption, but a significant amount of contaminants remains at the surface. For three of the substrates tested (Glass-Eth, Glass-UVO, StSteel-UVO) the increase of cleanability when the soiling suspension contained β-LGB may be explained by lower capillary forces acting upon drying. Capillary forces are proportional to the liquid surface tension and depend in a less important way on substrate contact angle. However the order of cleanability observed for the substrates soiled with a suspension of quartz particles in water (Glass-Eth≅Glass-UVO<StSteel-UVO<StSteel-Eth) and the influence of β-LGB on the cleanability of StSteel-Eth may not be explained only by computed capillary forces. The contact angle may exert a direct influence on droplet spreading and particle–substrate contact. The organic contaminants present on the surfaces, which are often neglected by supposing model solid surfaces, may have a significant influence on cleanability through physico-chemical processes which remain to be appreciated. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing stable isotopes to unravel the role of sea-ice in the methane cycle
Sapart, C.J.; Zhou, Jiayun; Carnat, G. et al

Conference (2015, May 16)

Methane plays an important role in the Earth’s climate system. The atmospheric methane concentration has increased in concert with the industrialization, but since the mid 80’s the methane growth rate ... [more ▼]

Methane plays an important role in the Earth’s climate system. The atmospheric methane concentration has increased in concert with the industrialization, but since the mid 80’s the methane growth rate decreased to reach a near-zero level in 2000 and started to increase again from 2007 on. However, the underlying variations in sources and/or sinks that cause these variations are to date not well understood. To predict future climate, it is essential to unravel the processes controlling the methane cycle, especially in the Arctic regions, which are highly vulnerable to climate change and contain large methane reservoirs. Recently, an unexpected methane excess has been reported above Arctic sea-ice showing that sea-ice might play a significant role in the methane cycle. Nonetheless, the nature of the process leading to methane production in or nearby sea-ice has not yet been identified. We applied a new multi-proxy approach merging atmospheric chemistry, glaciology and biogeochemistry to understand and quantify the processes responsible for the methane excess above sea-ice. We performed methane isotope (d13C and dD) analyses on sea-ice samples, as well as geochemical measurements, to determine the possible pathways involved in methane production and removal in or nearby sea-ice. We will present results from sea-ice samples drilled above the shallow-shelf in Barrow (Alaska) from January to June 2009 as well as above deep Southern Ocean locations in 2013. It has long been thought that methane present in sea-water would oxidize in or under the sea ice, but our first stable isotope sea ice profiles show no significant oxidation pattern. On the other hand, we show that landfast sea ice from both the shallow-shelf of Barrow and our deeper Southern Ocean site is supersaturated in methane and that under specific conditions methane is likely formed in the ice. [less ▲]

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See detailDrivers of inorganic carbon dynamics in first-year sea ice: A model study
Moreau, S.; Vancoppenolle, M.; Delille, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 16)

Sea ice is an active source or a sink for carbon dioxide (CO2), although to what extent is not clear. Here, we analyze CO2 dynamics within sea ice using a one-dimensional halo-thermodynamic sea ice model ... [more ▼]

Sea ice is an active source or a sink for carbon dioxide (CO2), although to what extent is not clear. Here, we analyze CO2 dynamics within sea ice using a one-dimensional halo-thermodynamic sea ice model including gas physics and carbon biogeochemistry. The ice-ocean fluxes, and vertical transport, of total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and total alkalinity (TA) are represented using fluid transport equations. Carbonate chemistry, the consumption and release of CO2 by primary production and respiration, the precipitation and dissolution of ikaite (CaCO3•6H2O) and ice-air CO2 fluxes, are also included. The model is evaluated using observations from a 6-month field study at Point Barrow, Alaska and an ice-tank experiment. At Barrow, results show that the DIC budget is mainly driven by physical processes, wheras brine-air CO2 fluxes, ikaite formation, and net primary production, are secondary factors. In terms of ice-atmosphere CO 2 exchanges, sea ice is a net CO2 source and sink in winter and summer, respectively. The formulation of the ice-atmosphere CO2 flux impacts the simulated near-surface CO2 partial pressure (pCO2), but not the DIC budget. Because the simulated ice-atmosphere CO2 fluxes are limited by DIC stocks, and therefore < 2 mmol m-2 day-1, we argue that the observed much larger CO2 fluxes from eddy covariance retrievals cannot be explained by a sea ice direct source and must involve other processes or other sources of CO2. Finally, the simulations suggest that near surface TA/DIC ratios of 2, sometimes used as an indicator of calcification, would rather suggest outgassing. [less ▲]

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