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See detailDiscovery of a Companion Candidate in the HD 169142 Transition Disk and the Possibility of Multiple Planet Formation
Reggiani, Maddalena; Quanz, Sascha P.; Meyer, Michael R. et al

in Astrophysical Journal Letters (2014), 792

We present L'- and J-band high-contrast observations of HD 169142, obtained with the Very Large Telescope/NACO AGPM vector vortex coronagraph and the Gemini Planet Imager, respectively. A source located ... [more ▼]

We present L'- and J-band high-contrast observations of HD 169142, obtained with the Very Large Telescope/NACO AGPM vector vortex coronagraph and the Gemini Planet Imager, respectively. A source located at 0.''156 ± 0.''032 north of the host star (P.A. = 7.4° ± 11.3°) appears in the final reduced L' image. At the distance of the star (~145 pc), this angular separation corresponds to a physical separation of 22.7 ± 4.7 AU, locating the source within the recently resolved inner cavity of the transition disk. The source has a brightness of L' = 12.2 ± 0.5 mag, whereas it is not detected in the J band (J >13.8 mag). If its L' brightness arose solely from the photosphere of a companion and given the J - L' color constraints, it would correspond to a 28-32 MJup object at the age of the star, according to the COND models. Ongoing accretion activity of the star suggests, however, that gas is left in the inner disk cavity from which the companion could also be accreting. In this case, the object could be lower in mass and its luminosity enhanced by the accretion process and by a circumplanetary disk. A lower-mass object is more consistent with the observed cavity width. Finally, the observations enable us to place an upper limit on the L'-band flux of a second companion candidate orbiting in the disk annular gap at ~50 AU, as suggested by millimeter observations. If the second companion is also confirmed, HD 169142 might be forming a planetary system, with at least two companions opening gaps and possibly interacting with each other. [less ▲]

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See detailPredictive microbiology combined with metagenomic analysis targeted on the 16S rDNA : A new approach for food quality
Delhalle, Laurent ULg; Ellouze, Mariem; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 01)

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products ... [more ▼]

The food spoilage process is mainly caused by alteration micro-organisms and classical culture-based methods may not be relevant to understand the modifications of the microbial ecology in food products. Metagenomic analysis targeted on 16S ribosomal DNA can elucidate microbial community structures at a muche higher resolution than was previously possible. Combined with predictive microbiological models, a new approach was investigated to take into account bacterial populations dynamics in perishable foods under different environmental conditions. White pudding samples, a typical Belgian pork meat product, were packed under food wrap (atmospheric air condition). Durability studies were conducted at 4°C, 12°C and a dynamic temperature profile according to the NF V01-003 standards (4°C (1/3 of the shelf life) - 8°C (2/3 of the shelf life)) during 15 days. The effect of organic acids was also investigated using a lactic acid (1.8% w/w) treatment. At each day of the trials, classical microbiological (total flora) and 16S rDNA metagenomic analysis were carried out on all these samples. For the metagenomic analysis, a sequencing library was generated, targeting the V1-V3 region of the 16S rDNA. The two major bacterial populations were thus identified (Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta) and predictive microbiology models used to assess the growth parameters. Cardinal parameters for temperature were collected on the two main bacterial species. The model was validated using the data obtained at a dynamic temperature profile. The results of the simulations for Psychrobacter sp and Brochotrix thermosphacta show a good compliance between predicted and observed data. Compared to culture based methods on selective media and previous independent culture techniques, metagenomic analysis combined with predictive microbiology gives more valuable information, and could be considered as a technological breakthrough to control the quality or for accurately determining shelf life. [less ▲]

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See detailThe B Fields in OB Stars (BOB) Survey
Morel, Thierry ULg; Castro, N.; Fossati, L. et al

in The Messenger (2014), 157

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ... [more ▼]

The B fields in OB stars (BOB) survey is an ESO Large Programme collecting spectropolarimetric observations for a large number of early-type stars in order to study the occurrence rate, properties, and ultimately the origin of magnetic fields in massive stars. A total of 98 objects was observed over 20 nights with FORS2 and HARPSpol to July 2014. Preliminary results indicate that the fraction of magnetic OB stars with an organised, detectable field is low. This conclusion, now independently reached by two different surveys, has profound implications for any theoretical model attempting to explain the field formation in these stars. We also discuss some important issues addressed by our observations (e.g., the lower bound of the field strength) and the discovery of some remarkable objects. [less ▲]

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See detailFraming and Political Discourse Analysis: Bush's Trip to Europe in 2005
Azpíroz Manero, María Luisa ULg

in Observatorio (OBS*) (2014), 8(3), 075-96

Framing empirical research analyzes the construction (frame building) and influence (frame effects) of the frames with which different social agents interpret and communicate reality. Based on Entman’s ... [more ▼]

Framing empirical research analyzes the construction (frame building) and influence (frame effects) of the frames with which different social agents interpret and communicate reality. Based on Entman’s (2004; 2008) and Kuypers’ (2008; 2009) contributions, this paper proposes and applies a qualitative methodology for the analysis of frame building in political discourse. It is located, therefore, on the strategic and methodological lines of framing research in political communication (Bartolomé; Rodríguez & Sádaba, 2012). As Kinder and Sanders state, frames are “invented and employed by political elites, often with an eye on advancing their own interests or ideologies, and intended to make favorable interpretations prevail” (Kinder & Sanders, 1990, p. 74). The paper includes a theoretical framework that reviews the evolution of framing literature in Communication, focusing especially on empirical studies. The contributions adopted for the elaboration of the methodology and the application process are explained in detail. The context of the case study, Bush’s discourse about the War on Terror on his trip to Europe in February 2005, is revised. Finally, the results obtained and the conclusions are detailed. [less ▲]

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See detailCalibration of Building Simulation Models: Assessment of Current Acceptance Criteria
Ruiz Flores, Roberto ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

in Proceedings of the 8th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’14) (2014, September)

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the most used acceptance criteria in calibration of building simulation models are introduced and tried out by means of a practical exercise. In order to simplify the process of obtaining “simulated data” and to avoid carrying out a formal calibration procedure; two yearly testing profiles (hourly time scale) are created from real building electrical metered data (¼ hour profile). Both testing profiles represent two model responses that could possibly be obtained in a common calibration procedure. The objective of this work is to test the capabilities of the method to determine (1) the model adequacy to represent an existing situation; (2) the reliability of the model when predicting a future or different scenario and also (3) the ability of the method to orient the practitioner to upgrade the model when it provides a non-satisfactory response. To do this, the real accuracy of both testing profiles is verified by means of a complementary statistical bin analysis. This crosschecking analysis allows highlighting the strengths and weakness of the current criteria and determining whether they need to be revised, modified or complemented. At the end of the analysis, it is concluded that the capabilities of the current acceptance criteria are limited because don’t provide any satisfactory answer, indication or clue for none of the three points aforementioned and some other complementary tests (such as bin analysis) must be implemented and performed in order to properly declare a model as calibrated. [less ▲]

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See detailMultilocus sequence typing analysis and antibiotic resistance of Clostridium difficile strains isolated from retail meat and humans in Belgium
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Avesani, Véronique et al

in Food Microbiology (2014), 42

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that ... [more ▼]

Clostridium difficile has been isolated from food animals and meat, specially ground pork and ground beef. The recovered isolates were closely related to C. difficile human strains, indicating that animals and food are possible transmission routes of human C. difficile infection. The main objective of this study was to characterize C. difficile isolates from retail meat and to compare with human isolates recovered from hospital patients in Belgium. Raw meat (beef and pork) was obtained from the retail trade. C. difficile was recovered from 2.3% of the beef samples and from 4.7% of the pork samples. A total of 4 different PCR-ribotypes were identified with a large percentage of types 078 and 014. Resistance to moxifloxacin and erythromycin was detected. The multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) analysis showed that meat and human isolates cluster in the same lineage. This study reveals the presence of toxigenic C. difficile in retail meat in Belgium with predominance PCR-ribotypes 078 and 014, which are among the four most prevalent ribotypes of C. difficile isolated from humans in Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement uncertainty for persistent organic pollutants by isotope dilution mass spectrometry
Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Diletti, G; Fernandes, A et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2014, September), 76

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See detailUne frontière comme lieu de mémoire : l'espace frontalier belgo-allemand
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailSelecting job candidates who have a propensity to exhibit change-oriented organizational citizenship behaviour.
Lothe, Benoit ULg; Hansez, Isabelle ULg

Conference (2014, September)

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic ... [more ▼]

Purpose An abundant literature indicates that Organizational Citizenship Behaviours (OCBs) positively influence a number of important organizational outcomes. Furthermore, research is needed on the topic of assessing and selecting applicants who have a propensity to exhibit OCB (Organ & al., 2010). Some of these behaviours are truly important to enable organization to adapt and “to make constructive changes in the work and task environment” (Choi, 2007, p.468). Examples include Voice, a challenging dimension of OCB (Dominguez & al., 2013), and Sportsmanship, that facilitate the change by reducing the diversion of resources in trivial matters (Organ & al., 2006). This exploratory study provides empirical evidence about using Situational Judgment Tests (SJTs) for identifying applicants who have a propensity to exhibit change oriented OCB. Method Two SJTs were developed to comply with OCBs assessment. The OCBs framework includes behaviours relating to organizational adaptation (sportsmanship) and change (voice). OCBs were concurrently collected using self-reported measurement scales. Data were collected from 220 white collars and 139 university students through an online survey. Results Significant correlations were found between the SJT scores and overall OCB ratings. More specifics findings provided substantial evidence for the concurrent validity of the SJTs to measure change-oriented sub-dimensions of OCBs. Conclusions Researches on techniques to predict OCBs are scarce and this study is the first to address the development and validation of a SJT for the assessment of affiliative and challenging dimensions of OCBs. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriétés physico-chimiques et biologiques des substances humiques en relation avec le développement végétal
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Druart, Philippe et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3), 436-445

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de ... [more ▼]

Les substances humiques (SH) sont des composés organiques résultant de la transformation physique, chimique et microbiologique des résidus végétaux et animaux. Elles se retrouvent sous forme de macromolécules carbonées hétérogènes et complexes dans tous les écosystèmes au niveau des sols ainsi que des sédiments, des eaux de surface et des lixiviats de décharges. Elles sont issues de processus d’humification déférents, générant ainsi des molécules variables et complexes composées principalement de carbone, d’hydrogène, d’oxygène, d’azote, de soufre et de groupements fonctionnels (COOH, OH, C=O). Ces substances sont connues pour influencer les propriétés du sol et interagir avec la croissance et le développement des plantes ou avec l’activité des microorganismes. L’influence de la croissance des plantes s’exprime généralement de manière directe via la stimulation des processus biochimiques et métaboliques ou indirecte via l’amélioration de la nutrition minérale. Mais, l’intensité de réponse reste dépendante de différents paramètres tels que l’origine, la nature de la matière organique initiale, les processus de transformation et la concentration des SH ainsi que des conditions expérimentales et des plantes traitées. Les mécanismes par lesquels les SH exercent leurs effets favorables sur les végétaux sont imprécis et généralement pas bien compris. [less ▲]

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See detailA Multiphysics model of neotissue growth in a perfu sion bioreactor
Guyot, Yann ULg; Papantoniou, Ioannis; Schrooten, Jan et al

Conference (2014, September)

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See detailAutomatization of mirror - tracing skill in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Desmottes, Lise ULg et al

Poster (2014, September)

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 ... [more ▼]

Aim: This study investigated the hypothesis of a skill automatization deficit in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Method: Thirty children (15 with DCD and 15 control children), aged between 7 and 12 years old, were administered the mirror-tracing task during two 10-trials sessions separated by one week. An auditory interference task was introduced at the end of the procedural learning phase to test skill automatization. Results: Interestingly, no between-group difference was revealed in learning and automatization measures except for a specific subgroup of DCD children (n=5) who experienced difficulties in skill automatization. Conclusion: The results of our preliminary study highlighted the heterogeneity of the deficit presented in DCD and they emphasized the importance to explore further the lack of automatization in DCD. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative evaluation of sediment and contaminant transport in the Samme river catchment (Brabant region - Belgium)
Denis, Anne-Cécile ULg; Van Campenhout, Jean ULg; Bouffioux, Anne et al

in Proceedings of 4th International Symposium on Sediment Management (2014, September)

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia (Belgium), the maintenance of waterways is currently exclusively managed in a curative way. When local sediment accumulations are detected in waterways, bathymetric surveys are conducted in order to quantify the volume of sediment to be removed and chemical analyses of samples allow the characterization of sediment quality. Collected data only allow a short-term management of the matter generated by dredging operations. Medium- or long-term planning of dredging operations is currently not possible, due to a lack of knowledge on sediment fluxes and associated pollutant transport. In particular, issues related to the interactions and mixing of recent and older sediments, or to the input of sediment from unnavigable waterways into larger navigable waterways, are poorly understood. Operational tools allowing the assessment of the effectiveness of preventive measures to be implemented in order to improve the management of sediment in Walloon waterways also have to be developed. This research project aims at contributing to the development of such tools and focuses on the Samme river watershed (Senne catchment – loamy Brabant Region), deemed to be representative of Walloon issues. The Samme river is categorized as an unnavigable waterway. It runs along the old Charleroi-Brussels canal and flows into the new Charleroi-Brussels canal at the foot of the Ronquières inclined plane. The sediments of the bed of the Samme river are characterized by a high concentration of micropollutants (mainly PCB) and contribute to the contamination of a greater volume of sediments in the new Charleroi-Brussels canal, significantly increasing the cost of periodic dredging operations in the canal. The methodology developed is based on (I) an extended monitoring of sediment and pollutant fluxes at the outlet of the catchment and (II) an assessment of within-catchment sediment and pollutant transport. The origin of the Samme riverbed sediments contamination by PCB is poorly understood. Chemical analyses of the sediments of the bed were carried out along the linear course of the Samme river and its main tributary in order to identify the source of pollution. However, numerous connections between the old canal and the Samme river contribute to the transfer of stream sediments and pollutants between both systems and complicate the identification of the source of PCB. At the outlet of the catchment, different methods of river sediment sampling (automatic samplers, turbidity sensors, Time Integrated Samplers) are currently being implemented in order to (I) monitor the amount of suspended matter carried by the Samme river into the Charleroi-Brussels canal, (II) evaluate the associated fluxes of pollutants and (III) evaluate the possibility of setting up a system of retention of the sediments in the Samme catchment. [less ▲]

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