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See detailLas políticas de representación del género en la escritura de la migración latinoamericana. Un análisis comparativo de El camino a Ítaca, de C. Liscano; Árbol de luna, de J. C. Méndez Guédez; y The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, de J. Díaz.
Berlage, Pauline ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The present thesis addresses the question of Latin-American migration literature by dealing with the subject from a gender perspective. This work brings into focus the politics of representation of bodies ... [more ▼]

The present thesis addresses the question of Latin-American migration literature by dealing with the subject from a gender perspective. This work brings into focus the politics of representation of bodies and migrant subjectivities in three works of narrative fiction from the end of the twentieth century and beginning of the twenty-first: El camino a Ítaca (1994), by Carlos Liscano; Árbol de Luna (2000), by Juan Carlos Méndez Guédez; and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008), by Domincan-American writer J. Díaz. Basing myself on that body of novels by male writers, I examine the way the subjectivity of gender-oriented register is combined with other “identity data” as class, race, ethnic differences and nationality. Moreover, this study focuses on the individual and collective re-subjectification process that the literary discourse transcribes through representation conventions in which the sexual and gender dimension is determining. The gender question is, therefore, discussed in terms of discursive aesthetic possibilities and is analysed in the particular cases of various literary migratory itineraries. Each novel is analyzed in the framework of the discursive production of Latin-American migration waves and in relation to the current debate over migrant literature. The literary analysis which focuses on concepts such as discursive ethos, the polysemy of “topic”, “corpo-graphy” and finally the concept of heterotopy. These will facilitate our understanding of migration in relation to the reshaping or reification of masculinity and feminity that are built followig some specific national norms. [less ▲]

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See detailA 'price balance statistic' for optimizing pricing strategies: a better estimation of elasticities and cross-elasticities
Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg; Garrow, Laurie A. et al

Conference (2014, May 16)

Demand forecasting, price optimization and capacity controls form three major tools of revenue management. Over the past few decades, each discipline has generated a great deal of research but has ... [more ▼]

Demand forecasting, price optimization and capacity controls form three major tools of revenue management. Over the past few decades, each discipline has generated a great deal of research but has typically been studied separately from the others. Yet, better understanding their relationship gives an airline the opportunity to increase its profitability. In prior work, Tim Jacobs and colleagues introduced a macro-level metric known as the ‘Price Balance Statistic (PBS)’ for evaluating the quality of a given pricing strategy and guiding a search algorithm to identify an optimal alignment between pricing structure, scheduled capacity and RM controls using marginal revenue principles. The aim of our work is to incorporate additional modeling improvements to the PBS. The current model formulation uses price elasticity as input parameters and assumes perfect independency between the different fare classes. However, in reality, a passenger demand fluctuates between classes based on differences in prices. We propose to use instrumented variable linear regression methods to obtain parameter estimates for price elasticities and cross-elasticities. This modification incorporates accurate price elasticities but also the impact of a change in one fare class on another through the cross-elasticities. [less ▲]

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See detailPortraits domestiques et représentations d’intérieurs dans la photographie (de Walker Evans à Jeff Wall)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

Conference (2014, May 16)

Je vais essayer ici d’interroger le genre du portrait domestique – c’est-à-dire du portrait pris dans l’environnement du domicile (domus, la maison) ou lié, par extension, à tout ce qui concerne le ménage ... [more ▼]

Je vais essayer ici d’interroger le genre du portrait domestique – c’est-à-dire du portrait pris dans l’environnement du domicile (domus, la maison) ou lié, par extension, à tout ce qui concerne le ménage et la vie privée. On ne peut sans doute pas proprement parler d’un genre institué mais je tenterai - pour le dire vite - de poser ici la question du portrait photographique et de son lien aux intérieurs (lieux) et/ou aux activités (gestes) domestiques. Le portrait domestique exposerait au regard d’autrui l’individu dans son environnement premier. Il y aurait quelque chose comme une vulnérabilité de l’individu dans sa sphère privée (raison pour laquelle, bien souvent, il la protège des regards). À partir du moment où l’appareil photo investit ces espaces domestiques, on est automatiquement porté au seuil qui sépare les sphères intimes et publiques. * Pour plusieurs raisons évidentes. Celle-ci notamment : la maîtrise de la diffusion des images n’est jamais que partielle, aujourd’hui plus encore que jamais : qui nous dit que telle photographie prise innocemment dans le cadre privé ne sera pas un jour arrachée à l’album familial par un amateur de photographies trouvées (il y en a de plus en plus) ou diffusée sur les réseaux sociaux sans l’accord de ceux dont elle capture l’intimité ? La possibilité même d’une telle circulation transforme automatiquement les conditions générales de production de l’image et les dispositions (au double sens du terme) de ceux qui y sont représentés. Par nature donc, la photographie domestique fissure l’environnement préservé (c’est-à-dire : préservé du regard d’autrui) dont elle offre une image. Partant de cette idée banale, on pourrait identifier et décrire des registres très différents (je ne cherche pas ici à établir une typologie mais à illustrer la multiplicité des pratiques dans ce domaine) : il y aurait toute une gamme d’images se répartissant sur un spectre allant du plus automatique au plus travaillé : on peut penser par exemple à (1) la photographie domestique accidentelle – celle qui est prise par hasard et sans intention aucune ; (2) la photographie domestique brouillon – celle que l’on prend pour amorcer un film, tester un appareil, s’exercer à une pratique nouvelle en utilisant ce qu’on a directement sous la main (l’enfant qui reçoit son premier appareil photo et qui prend des clichés de ses parents qui préparent le souper) ; (3) la photographie domestique instantanée – celle qui cherche à dessein le portrait naturel, en situation, pour son caractère authentique et non fabriqué ; * (4) la photographie domestique posée – celle qui cherche à mettre en évidence les liens symboliques des individus à leur environnement ; * (5) la photographie domestique narrative – celle qui met en scène des personnages et les intègre à une fiction ; etc. Rattacher de manière définitive un cliché photographique à l’un de ces registres n’est pas une chose aisée – surtout pour le spectateur vierge de toute information concernant les intentions et les conditions de production de l’image. Par ailleurs, pour chacun de ces registres, on peut évidemment trouver toutes sortes de variantes mimétiques, parodiques, chiquées. [less ▲]

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See detailMealworms: Alternate Source of Lipids
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paul, Aman ULg et al

Scientific conference (2014, May 16)

The aim of present study was to determine the physicochemical properties of the oil obtained from Tenebrio molitor larvae (mealworms) and explore its potential as edible oil. Five batches of Tenebrio ... [more ▼]

The aim of present study was to determine the physicochemical properties of the oil obtained from Tenebrio molitor larvae (mealworms) and explore its potential as edible oil. Five batches of Tenebrio molitor larvae were investigated for their lipid content and physiochemical properties. Three batches were reared in lab (3 different productions) and two were purchased from a local supplier. The lipids were extracted using a cold extraction technique employing 2:1 ratio chloroform/methanol as solvent. The fatty acid profile was determined using gas chromatography and triacylglycerol profile using HPLC. The thermal properties of the lipid extracts were also analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry. All the samples contained high amount of unsaturated fatty acids. The chemical composition and the thermal properties of the samples varied with the source. With this quantity and quality of lipid content, mealworms offer potential as an important source of edible lipids. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Macroeconomics of PAYG Pension Schemes in an Aging Society
Artige, Lionel ULg

Conference (2014, May 16)

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See detailLe LTP : Un jeu pour le diagnostic, l'intervention et la recherche
Miscioscia, Marina ULg; Lejeune, Génévieve

Conference (2014, May 16)

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See detailDiscours managériaux, règles et pratiques discursives : trois dimensions de l’action organisée. Analyse de deux services de médiation scolaire en Belgique
Dethier, Baptiste ULg; Dubois, Christophe ULg

Conference (2014, May 16)

À l’aune des acquis de la sociologie de l’action organisée (Friedberg, 1993), cette contribution s’attachera à décrire le fonctionnement de deux services de médiation scolaire en Belgique. Au-delà des « ... [more ▼]

À l’aune des acquis de la sociologie de l’action organisée (Friedberg, 1993), cette contribution s’attachera à décrire le fonctionnement de deux services de médiation scolaire en Belgique. Au-delà des « structures formelles » et « parallèles » (Crozier et Friedberg, 1977), une troisième dimension permet de rendre compte des processus organisationnels propres à ces deux services : les « discours » (Brunsson, 1989). Ceux-ci résultent du travail de communication, de légitimation et de mobilisation à travers lequel les responsables politico-administratifs et les acteurs de terrains définissent et traduisent les valeurs, les missions et la philosophie des services en question. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical simulation of nonlinear mechanical problems using Metafor
Boman, Romain ULg

Scientific conference (2014, May 16)

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See detailCORD DONOR Safety
BAUDOUX, Etienne ULg; Lefebvre, Caroline ULg; FASTH, Anders

Conference (2014, May 16)

As for any cell donation, donor safety parameters must be included in the design of cord blood (CB) collection procedures. Until recently, CB donation has been regarded as a relatively safe procedure, and ... [more ▼]

As for any cell donation, donor safety parameters must be included in the design of cord blood (CB) collection procedures. Until recently, CB donation has been regarded as a relatively safe procedure, and practices have evolved from the early stages of CB banking to make reasonable provisions to protect mothers and infant donors from harm linked to CB donation: informed consent, exclusion of complicated pregnancies and deliveries, as well as of pre-term births, non-interference with obstetrical practices, use of trained staff for CB collection, standardized aseptic collection practices, donation limited to single births. Besides, professional standards foresee careful record keeping of clinical side effects that may occur in the course of CB collection. Since 2011 time to cord clamping has become a concern in the light of publications on iron depletion and post natal outcome, including neurological development, and linked to early or late cord clamping at birth. As data show benefits of late clamping in low birth weight infants in terms of anemia and iron stores, it now admitted by professional organizations to delay cord clamping for 1 minute after birth, especially for pre-term births. However, in full term births after uncomplicated pregnancy, that are the target population for CB donation, there is no clear indication to confirm or refute benefits of late clamping. In some countries, sometimes emotional awareness has increased about optimal timing of cord clamping, leading to some resistance to CB donation and to questioning of the harmless reputation of CB donation. CB banking professionals however have not changed their recommendations, leaving up to obstetrical teams the decision to collect or not, after risk benefit assessment. However, CB bankers remain with the duty of providing transparent and up to date information to mothers, as well as of setting up accurate policies regarding informed consent. [less ▲]

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See detailJob characteristics and work engagement: multiple-group analyses of flexibility practices
Travaglianti, Fabrice ULg; De Zanet, Fabrice ULg; Vandenberghe, Christian et al

Poster (2014, May 16)

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See detailCapabilities of last generation QQQ in the field of dioxins and related compounds
L'Homme, Benjamin ULg; Calaprice, C; Zambonin, C et al

Scientific conference (2014, May 16)

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See detailSite-specific sediment characteristics impact on metal bioavailability and bioaccumulation in the Polychaete Nereis virens
Pini, Jennifer; Richir, Jonathan ULg; Watson, Gordon

Poster (2014, May 15)

The king ragworm (Nereis virens) is a cosmopolitan species of soft sediment inter-tidal communities and is known to be impacted by various pollutants. More precisely, in many coastal locations, N. virens ... [more ▼]

The king ragworm (Nereis virens) is a cosmopolitan species of soft sediment inter-tidal communities and is known to be impacted by various pollutants. More precisely, in many coastal locations, N. virens is exposed to a range of metals including copper and zinc which are known to be highly toxic. However, the relationships between metal bioavailable concentrations in the sediment, the pore water and the tissues of N. virens have not yet been investigated in this is ecologically and commercially important species. Hence, to investigate these relationships, sediment, pore water and associated worms samples were collected from seven sites along the English Channel coast of the UK, chosen for their different pollution histories. The BCR three-step sequential extraction procedure was used to assess the bioavailable metal concentrations in the sediment, in conjunction to standard extraction techniques to determine the tissue and the pore water concentrations. All samples were measured by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FAAS). Results from correlation analyses showed that site specificities and metal pollution histories along with sediment characteristics (organic content and particle size) were important factors regarding the bioavailability of copper and zinc to worms. Indeed, sediment organic content and grain size were positively correlated to metal bioavailable concentrations in the sediment. Strong correlations were found between copper bioavailability in the sediment and in the pore water and between zinc concentrations in the pore water and in N. virens. These results showed that zinc from the pore water was more readily bioavailable to N. virens than copper. However, our data suggested that N. virens accumulated metals regardless of the pollution history/level of the sites. In addition, our data showed that metal concentrations in N. virens were lower than those found in other closely related polychaetes such as N. diversicolor. This suggests that N. virens, unlike other polychaetes, is well adapted to highly contaminated sites by the possible use of specific metal regulation mechanisms, which would require further analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailCadmium and mercury sediment pollution along the British coastline of the Channel: A first spatio-temporal integrated approach
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Pini, Jennifer; Watson, Gordon

Poster (2014, May 15)

Cadmium (Cd) and Mercury (Hg) are 2 widespread trace metals occurring in both terrestrial and marine environments. They play no physiological role and are often toxic even at low concentrations and were ... [more ▼]

Cadmium (Cd) and Mercury (Hg) are 2 widespread trace metals occurring in both terrestrial and marine environments. They play no physiological role and are often toxic even at low concentrations and were therefore identified as priority hazardous substances under the European Water Framework Directive and included in the European List I of Dangerous Substances. Marine sediments are considered as the ultimate sink of non-degradable metals, where they can accumulate in considerable quantities. The UK coastline has been polluted with metals for decades or even centuries and, although many studies have monitored sediment metal loads in specific locations, there has been no recent systematic monitoring approach along the whole of the south coast. In addition, few reliable data exist on decadal temporal trends for most sediment pollutants. Focusing on Cd and Hg, we have investigated their spatial and temporal distribution in sediment samples collected from 42 sites along the English coast of the Channel from 1990 to 2010. From a temporal point of view, data analyses showed that mean Cd levels in sediments significantly decreased by 59 % during that period of time, from 0.78 to 0.32 mg kgDW-1 of sediments. This reflects a decrease globally to below the 0.70 mg kgDW-1 Cd Threshold Effect Level (TEL). Adverse effects caused by Cd on the biota should, therefore, be rare. Spatially, Cd displayed an east-to-west increase of its levels, with several western sites with Cd still above the TEL. Regarding Hg, sediment levels did not significantly change from 1990 to 2010, remaining approximately twice as high as the corresponding 0.13 mg kgDW-1 Hg TEL. Hg also displayed an east-to-west increase of its levels, whilst 55 % of monitored sites had a mean sediment Hg concentration in average 3.5 times higher than the TEL. Despite regulations, non-degradable metals such as Cd and Hg that have accumulated in sediments over considerable periods of time may consequently still pose threats to aquatic organisms, highlighting the need for continued extensive spatially and temporally integrated monitoring approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral splitting planar solar concentrator : Design and Experimental testing Preliminary results
Blain, Pascal ULg; Michel, Céline ULg; Clermont, Lionel ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2014, May 15), 9140

We present a new concept in solar concentrator: spectral splitting. It implies reflective, refractive and diffractive elements that allow two spectrally differentiated beams to reach different and/or ... [more ▼]

We present a new concept in solar concentrator: spectral splitting. It implies reflective, refractive and diffractive elements that allow two spectrally differentiated beams to reach different and/or unmatched lattice solar cells. Those cells efficiencies are then enhanced. The aimed geometrical concentration factor is 5× and the theoretical optical efficiency of that concentrator concept reaches 82%. [less ▲]

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See detailTest of humic substances on in vitro roots initiation using isolated leaves of woody species
Tahiri, Abdelghani ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Thonart, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2014, May 15)

Arise from the chemical and biological degradation of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activities of microorganisms in the soil, humic substances (HS) are natural heterogeneous aromatic ... [more ▼]

Arise from the chemical and biological degradation of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activities of microorganisms in the soil, humic substances (HS) are natural heterogeneous aromatic and organic compounds. These substances are chemically complex with no clearly defined chemical structure, although generalized models have been proposed and they can be divided into fractions of humic acids, fulvic acids and humins depending on their solubility in water as a function of the pH. The stimulation of plant growth and development by HS are the activities that have attracted the attention of many scientists. They influence plant productivity directly by the stimulation of biochemical and metabolic processes or indirectly through the modification of soil characteristics and microflora activities. All together, these properties mainly affect root architecture. By inducing root hairs proliferation, differentiating root cells and enhancing lateral root emergence, an increase of the total root biomass is observed. Experiments targeting the rooting stages in absence of interferences were conducted in vitro using HS extracted from landfill leachate and a stable commercial formulation (“Humifirst” from TRADECORP company: 12% humic acid and fulvic acid 3%) issued from leonardite. Shoots and leaves explants of silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) and black alder (Alnus glutinosa L. Gaertn) vitro-plants were treated with 10 ppm leachate HS and 100 ppm Humifirst HS for 5 days during the rooting induction/initiation phase. The treated explants were then transferred into elongation medium containing only nitrate calcium for 4 weeks. The results show that application of HS during the root induction/initiation phase did not significantly influence root growth of both species in comparison with control explants. [less ▲]

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