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See detailLa prospective en Wallonie: Une lecture plurielle
Guyot, Jean-Luc; Rieppi, Stéphane ULg

in Guyot, Jean-Luc; Brunet, Sébastien (Eds.) Construire les futurs - Contributions épistémologiques et méthodologiques à la démarche prospective (2014)

Dans ce chapitre, les auteurs tentent d’identifier les différentes conceptions de la prospective coexistant au sein du Système Régional de Prospective Wallon (SRPW), un réseau d’opérateurs appartenant au ... [more ▼]

Dans ce chapitre, les auteurs tentent d’identifier les différentes conceptions de la prospective coexistant au sein du Système Régional de Prospective Wallon (SRPW), un réseau d’opérateurs appartenant au milieu de la recherche ou à celui de l’administration et intéressés par la prospective. Pour ce faire, ils s’appuient sur une enquête qualitative menée auprès des membres de ce réseau. Les réponses apportées aux questions posées permettent de mettre en évidence la grande diversité des points de vue. Leur examen se déroule en deux temps. Tout d’abord, chacune des dimensions abordées par le questionnaire est considérée tout à tour. Ensuite, une analyse transversale des réponses est menée et permet d’établir une typologie des conceptions rencontrées dans le réseau. L’hétérogénéité ainsi mise en évidence par les auteurs est mis en relation avec certains apports de l’épistémologie et de la sociologie du savoir. [less ▲]

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See detailA forward genetic screen to identify hydrogenase-deficient mutants in the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii
Emonds-Alt, Barbara ULg; Godaux, Damien ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 15)

The ability of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to evolve molecular hydrogen (H2) is due to the presence of oxygen-sensitive Fe-hydrogenases (HydA1/2), expressed in anoxic conditions ... [more ▼]

The ability of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to evolve molecular hydrogen (H2) is due to the presence of oxygen-sensitive Fe-hydrogenases (HydA1/2), expressed in anoxic conditions that drive the photosynthetic electron flow to reduce protons into H2. In order to identify new players involved in H2 photoproduction in Chlamydomonas, an insertion mutant library was generated using cassettes conferring resistance to hygromycin or paromomycin. Hydrogenase activity is physiologically relevant during a transition from dark anoxia to light. In dark anoxic conditions, the cellular redox poise is high and the photosynthetic electron transport chain is fully reduced. Upon illumination, hydrogenase activity allows the reoxidation of photosynthetic intersystem electron carriers until oxic conditions and carbon fixation ability are restored. We thus designed an in vivo fluorescence imaging screen based on the different kinetics of photosynthesis induction between wild type and hydrogenase-deficient mutants [1]. At this stage, three putative hydrogenase mutants have been identified on 10,000 transformants. Molecular characterization of the insertion site of the resistance cassette by TAIL-PCR and genetic analyses of the linkage between the antibiotic resistance and the fluorescence phenotype showed that one mutant was untagged with the resistance while two tagged mutants were deficient for the HydG assembly factor. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Discretionary Use of Strasbourg Jurisprudence by the International Criminal Court
Deprez, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, June 13)

Although the case law of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has had and still shows critical influence on the development of the practice of the International Criminal Court ("ICC"), it remains ... [more ▼]

Although the case law of the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") has had and still shows critical influence on the development of the practice of the International Criminal Court ("ICC"), it remains unclear what the authority of such external jurisprudence is vis-à-vis the international criminal judge. While it is virtually undisputed that human rights law, in general terms, is applicable to proceedings before the ICC, many scholars tend to adopt a much nuanced approach to the authority of human rights case law in particular. This paper aims to shed further light on the issue by addressing the question whether ICC judges have used Strasbourg jurisprudence in a consistent manner, in particular as regards the authority which they decided to vest the latter with. It demonstrates that ICC Chambers have relied on European human rights practice, alternatively, as a mere source of inspiration, as binding interpretation, as a corpus having ambivalent authority, or as a source whose legal value it simply left unspecified. This leads us to conclude that, on the whole, the ICC has been mostly inconsistent regarding the value of ECtHR case law in the context of international criminal proceedings. Such inconsistency, we argue, amounts to a discretionary use of Strasbourg jurisprudence that further reinforces the Court's paradoxical position as the ultimate authority for defining the boundaries of its own human rights constraint. [less ▲]

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See detailDétermination de la teneur en équol dans les laits commercialisés en Wallonie (Belgique)
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Jasselette, Christophe; Franckson, Delphine et al

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See detailDensité et écologie des chimpanzés (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) dans le Parc National de la Kibira, Burundi
Hakizimana, Dismas ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Les forêts tropicales africaines et les communautés de primates qu'elles abritent sont sérieusement menacées par l'accélération des taux de conversion et de dégradation des forêts ainsi que par les ... [more ▼]

Les forêts tropicales africaines et les communautés de primates qu'elles abritent sont sérieusement menacées par l'accélération des taux de conversion et de dégradation des forêts ainsi que par les activités de braconnage. L'impact de ces menaces est si grand que certaines communautés de primates ont complètement disparu avant d’avoir été reconnues, encore moins étudiées. Des données référentielles sont toujours nécessaires pour comprendre les variations spatio-temporelles des primates. Les estimations de la densité ou d'abondance des populations sont des outils de première importance lors de la détermination des priorités de conservation et de la mise en place d’un plan de gestion des populations de primate. Comme dans les écosystèmes forestiers, la répartition et l’abondance des différentes espèces d’arbres influencent profondément les communautés animales qui y vivent, nous avons d’abord cherché à déterminer la densité et la structure des espèces d’arbres de la forêt de Kibira. Dans 256 plots couvrant une superficie de 32,15 ha, un total de 6.504 arbres répartis en 70 espèces, 67 genres et 37 familles ont été enregistrés. La densité était de 202 tiges par hectare, avec une surface basale de 21,05 m² par hectare. Au total, six espèces de primates diurnes ont été enregistrées dont une espèce anthropoïde (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii), quatre cercopithecinae (Cercopithecus mitis, Cercopithecus mona denti, Cercopithecus lhoesti et Lophocebus albigena) et une colobinae (Colobus angolensis). Seule la densité et l’effectif total de la population des chimpanzés sont connus, tandis que pour le reste des espèces, seul l’indice d’abondance kilométrique a été calculé. Cette recherche a accordé une attention particulière à l’espèce emblématique du Parc National de la Kibira, le chimpanzé d’Afrique de l’est, Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii. Afin de mieux protéger cette sous-espèce en danger d’extinction, nous avons mené des investigations sur les sites de nidification pour identifier les espèces et les caractéristiques des arbres sur lesquelles les chimpanzés comptent pour la construction des nids. Les résultats ont montré que les chimpanzés sélectionnent certaines espèces d’arbres lors de la construction des nids. Le secteur Mabayi, situé au nord du parc, est le plus riche en espèces de primates; il abrite cinq espèces sur les six enregistrées, et deux espèces: Cercopithecus lhoesti (menacée) et Colobus angolensis ne se retrouvent qu’à Mabayi uniquement. Cette partie du parc constitue une clé pour la diversité et devrait par conséquent bénéficier d’une attention particulière en matière de protection et conservation. [less ▲]

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Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Ricciardetto, Antonio (Ed.) L’Anonyme de Londres (P.Lit.Lond. 165, Brit.Libr. inv. 137). Édition et traduction d’un papyrus médical grec du Ier siècle (2014)

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See detailMeasuring the body, measuring through the body
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Conference (2014, June 13)

Body is a particular relevant way to tackle design processes, because of the multiplicity of status it can acquire during these processes: a source of information, a target to fit, a device to perform, a ... [more ▼]

Body is a particular relevant way to tackle design processes, because of the multiplicity of status it can acquire during these processes: a source of information, a target to fit, a device to perform, a complex technology, an apparatus for the users. A specific body is presented in this paper: the measured body. Trough racial anthropology, sport performances, demographic statistics, medical treatments, psycho-cognitive surveys, quantified self, or in many other contexts, human body is subject to a wide range of various measures. I would on my own propose some thoughts grounded on field exploration, concerning sensory analysis practices, in various laboratories. According to the symmetrical glaze STS have gave from the beginning to both human and non-humans, objects and subjects, the body is for a start itself one of the “stuffs” overlapping categories, blurring distinctions between things and persons, at the same a time a given and an object to perform. The measures of the body, and made with/through the body, highlight how it could be enacted, revealed, understood, improved by technology, especially when it requires some quantitative data. But it allows us also to grasp how the body is viewed simultaneously as a technological device and as the data origin, to intervene during complex practices (e.g. standardization, lab experiments, and marketing surveys). One of the numerous outcomes of such research could be the role of these bodily measurements in the definition of the actors, as well individuals than collectives. By the way it takes on a share on the network tying body to numerical data and to materiality-other-than-human, to measure the body/ through the body seems to afford socio-materiality in a particularly productive manner. Many scholars have inquired about numbers, how they could bring objectivity, how they produce confidence and security, and how finally they participate to black-box the measures themselves. Here, the aim is to understand the specificity of the body as measurement issue, being the interface of the-objects-to-be-measured and the instrument-of-measure. [less ▲]

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See detailCopper recovery from waste electric cables by biohydrometallurgy
Lambert, Fanny ULg; Bastin, David ULg

Conference (2014, June 13)

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption ... [more ▼]

This study examines the leaching of copper from waste electric cables by chemical leaching and leaching catalysed by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans in terms of leaching kinetics and reagents consumption. Operational parameters such as the nature of the oxidant (Fe3+, O2), the initial ferric iron concentration (0-10 g/L) and the temperature (21-50°C) were identified to have an important influence on the degree of copper solubilisation. At optimal process conditions, copper extraction above 90% was achieved in both leaching systems, with a leaching duration of 1 day. The bacterial leaching system slightly outperformed the chemical one but the positive effect of regeneration of Fe3+ was limited. It appears that the Fe2+ bio-oxidation is not sufficiently optimised. Best results in terms of copper solubilisation kinetics were obtained for the abiotic test at 50°C and for the biotic test at 35°C. Moreover, the study showed that in same operating conditions, a lower acid consumption was recorded for the biotic test than for the abiotic test. [less ▲]

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See detailL'atmosphère de Mars
Stiepen, Arnaud ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2014)

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See detailCompeting One-Way Essential Complements : the Forgotten Side of the Net Neutrality Story}
Broos, Sébastien ULg; Gautier, Axel ULg

Conference (2014, June 12)

We examine the incentives of an internet service provider (ISP) to break net neutrality by excluding internet applications competing with its own products, a typical example being the exclusion of VoIP ... [more ▼]

We examine the incentives of an internet service provider (ISP) to break net neutrality by excluding internet applications competing with its own products, a typical example being the exclusion of VoIP applications by a telecom company offering internet and voice services. We show that exclusion is not a concern when the ISP is a monopoly because it can extract the additional surplus created by the application through price rebalancing. By contrast, when ISP’s compete, in an attempt to differentiate, only one ISP will offer the app. Applying a no-exclusion rule in this case can lead to monopoly. [less ▲]

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See detailTrouble de la reconnaissance de soi chez des personnes atteintes de la maladie d'Alzheimer
Moyse, Evelyne ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2014, June 12)

Introduction : Outre des difficultés de mémoire épisodique, la maladie d’Alzheimer est associée à une altération progressive du fonctionnement de la mémoire sémantique où les connaissances du passé ... [more ▼]

Introduction : Outre des difficultés de mémoire épisodique, la maladie d’Alzheimer est associée à une altération progressive du fonctionnement de la mémoire sémantique où les connaissances du passé lointain sont mieux préservées que les connaissances acquises récemment. De plus, il a été rapporté que ce type de perte peut aussi se produire pour la reconnaissance de son propre visage. Une étude décrivait le cas d’une femme atteinte de la maladie d’Alzheimer à un stade avancé qui était incapable de se reconnaître sur des photographies prises dans un passé récent mais qui avait peu voire pas de difficultés à se reconnaître sur des photographies prises pendant les deux premières décennies de sa vie adulte. Cependant, la description d’une seule étude de cas pourrait être vue comme anecdotique. Objectifs : L’objectif de cette étude est d’évaluer si ce type de difficultés peut s’observer dans un plus large échantillon de patients. Pour ce faire, des patients à des stades légers à modérés de la maladie sont comparés à des sujets âgés sains sur une tâche de reconnaissance de visages (soi, familier, inconnu) appartenant à différentes périodes de vie (20 ans jusqu’à récemment). Résultats : Au stade léger, les patients présentaient des difficultés uniquement pour reconnaître le visage d’une personne familière alors qu’au stade modéré de la maladie, ces difficultés s’observaient à la fois pour le visage familier et le propre visage. De plus, comparés aux sujets âgés sains, les patients modérés avaient des difficultés pour se reconnaître sur des photos récentes, alors qu’aucune différence n’était observée pour les autres périodes de vie. Par contre, aucune différence entre les patients légers et leurs sujets contrôles n’était observée selon l’âge des visages. Par ailleurs, l’analyse des temps de réaction montraient que ces deux groupes de participants étaient plus lents pour reconnaître les photos anciennes par rapport aux photos récentes. Conclusion : La présente étude révèle que les difficultés de reconnaissance des visages évoluent avec l’avancement de la maladie, avec des difficultés qui touchent uniquement la reconnaissance de visages familiers au stade léger de la maladie mais qui s’étendent au propre visage au stade modéré. De plus, une perte graduée dans le temps de la reconnaissance de soi est observée chez les patients modérés (moindre reconnaissance de son visage récent) mais pas chez les patients légers. Au contraire, un ralentissement de la reconnaissance des photos anciennes par rapport aux photos récentes était constaté chez les patients légers ainsi que chez leurs sujets contrôles. Deux hypothèses sont avancées pour expliquer ce phénomène. Premièrement, les photos anciennes provoqueraient une réaction de surprise et par là, augmenteraient le temps de réponse. La seconde hypothèse postule plutôt une difficulté d’accès aux représentations antérieures de soi et de son proche. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet : support, médium ou épimédium ?
Barnabé, Fanny ULg; Dozo, Björn-Olav ULg

Conference (2014, June 11)

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See detailTumor Angiogenesis and Lymphangiogenesis: Microenvironmental Soil for Tumor Progression and Metastatic Dissemination
Paupert, Jenny ULg; Van De Velde, Maureen ULg; Kridelka, Frédéric ULg et al

in Feige, Jean-Jacques; Pagès, Gilles; Soncin, Fabrice (Eds.) Molecular Mechanisms of Angiogenesis (2014)

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See detailExperimental tests and numerical modelling on eight slender steel columns under increasing temperatures
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Zhao, Bin; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Li, G.Q.; Jiang, S.C.; Chen, Suwen (Eds.) et al Progress on Safety of Structures in Fire (2014, June 11)

In order to fill the lack of knowledge about slender elements behavior at elevated temperatures,, a European research project called FIDESC4 has been funded by the RFCS. This project involves experimental ... [more ▼]

In order to fill the lack of knowledge about slender elements behavior at elevated temperatures,, a European research project called FIDESC4 has been funded by the RFCS. This project involves experimental testing, parametric numerical analyses and development of simple design rules. The present paper reports the characteristics and the results of the FIDESC4 experimental test campaign performed at the University of Liege on slender steel columns at elevated temperatures. A total of eight columns have been tested, all of them with I shape section. Six columns were made of welded sections (some prismatic and some tapered members) and two columns were with hot rolled sections. The nominal length of the columns was 3 meters with the whole length being heated. The strength of the material (webs and flanges) was measured on sample before the tests. The order of magnitude of the initial geometrical imperfections was recorded. The columns were not restrained against longitudinal thermal elongation. The supports at the ends were cylindrical thus inducing a restrain against rotation in one plane while allowing rotation in the other plane. The allowed direction of rotation was chosen in each test to induce buckling around the strong or the weak axis. The load was applied at ambient temperature and maintained for a period of 15 minutes after which the temperature was increased under constant load. The load was applied concentrically on some tests and with an eccentricity in other tests. The load eccentricity was either applied at both ends, leading to constant bending moment distribution along the length, or at one end only, leading to a triangular bending moment distribution. Heating was applied by electrical resistances enclosed in ceramic pads. The columns and the ceramic pads were wrapped in ceramic wool insulating material. This technique was preferred to gas heating in a standard test furnace because it allows applying a slower and better controlled heating rate and thus obtaining a more uniform temperature distribution in the member. It is also easier to measured lateral displacements of the column. Preliminary blank tests were performed on unloaded specimen in order to determine the heating range to be used later on the loaded columns. The paper will also report on a modification of the heating technique that was applied and improved significantly the uniformity in the temperature distribution. Numerical simulations were performed before the tests using shell elements of the software SAFIR and assumed values of the material properties in order to predict the failure modes. It was essentially crucial to determine whether lateral supports at intermediate levels should be provided in order to ensure failure in the desired direction. Experience showed that the failure modes developed as predicted by the numerical simulations. Besides a thorough description of the experiments, the paper will also present the obtained results in terms of failure mode, ultimate temperature and evolution of longitudinal and transverse displacement. Some information will also be given about the level of detail that has to be used in the numerical model in order to get accurate results at a reasonable price. [less ▲]

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See detailFinancement de la santé et recouvrement des coûts en République Démocratique du Congo: le lourd fardeau des ménages.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg

Scientific conference (2014, June 11)

This study examines the share and allocation of household expenditure in health financing, as presented by the National Health Account figures. These figures are based on a national survey carried out in ... [more ▼]

This study examines the share and allocation of household expenditure in health financing, as presented by the National Health Account figures. These figures are based on a national survey carried out in 2010 among 11,000 households, 2,200 people living with HIV/AIDS, 183 institutions, 42 mutual funds, 18 companies and using the balance sheets of 1,300 companies. Total household health expenditure per capita per year amounted to U.S. $ 4.50. Routine health expenditure is covered by the households (40%) and international cooperation (45%) through direct payment without cost sharing (93.7%). A hospital stay is warranted in case of nutritional deficiencies (34%), malaria (12%) and mental disorders (10%). 82% of outpatient care is related to malaria (71%) and mental disorders (12.5 %). In conclusion, the observation that 71.58% of hospitals expenditure, 96.49% of ambulatory care centres expenditure, 98.48% of medical and diagnosis laboratories expenditure, 72.42% of pharmacies expenditures come from households’ out of pocket expenses calls for the establishment of solidarity mechanisms in the health sector. Outpatient malaria care consumes as much as 71% of household expenditure, and we therefore need to strengthen prevention, treatment and focus on monitoring progress. The fact that nutritional deficiencies are the leading cause of people seeking hospital care suggests that efforts are needed to improve their living conditions of households. Mental disorders are the third leading cause of hospital recourse and this pathology should therefore be included in the minimum and supplementary package of activities. [less ▲]

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