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See detailThe Split-Band Interferometry Approach to Determine the Phase Unwrapping Offset
Libert, Ludivine ULg; De Rauw, Dominique ULg; d'Oreye, Nicolas et al

Poster (2017, June)

This poster presents an approach based on the Split-Band Interferometry to solve the ambiguities introduced during the phase unwrapping of separate regions.

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See detailDroplet microfluidics for single-cell manipulation
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2017)

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See detailMicroplastics found in the stomach contents of Squalius cephalus from the Seine River
Collard, France ULg; Gilbert, Bernard ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg et al

Poster (2017, June)

Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm) are emerging pollutants of growing concern. Since the 2000s their abundance, degradation and impacts on wildlife are more and more studied and understood. However, few data ... [more ▼]

Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm) are emerging pollutants of growing concern. Since the 2000s their abundance, degradation and impacts on wildlife are more and more studied and understood. However, few data are available particularly in freshwater ecosystems. Some fish species have plastic in their stomach contents such as: Gobio gobio, Alburnus alburnus, Leuciscus leuciscus while other species have not. In controlled conditions, microplastics were found to cause negative impacts in fish: leaching of micropollutants, endocrine disruption, hatching inhibition and decrease of growth rate of larvae. The first step in the understanding of these impacts is the quantification and the characterisation of ingested plastics by organisms in the field. Plastics and other anthropogenic particles (textile fibres) were isolated from 40 stomachs of Squalius cephalus (the European chub) collected in the Seine River (Paris) in August 2016. One station is upstream and the three others are downstream of the Paris Megacity conurbation. This megacity exerts a great pressure on the Seine River. Plastics were isolated thanks to a method using sodium hypochlorite and all particles were then analysed by Raman spectroscopy. The method consists in a degradation overnight of the organic matter in the stomach contents by sodium hypochlorite. This mixture is then filtrated and particles longer than 5 µm are resuspended into an ethanol (99%) solution for centrifugation. The precipitate, containing all particles denser than ethanol, is collected (1.3 ml) and spread on a mount for Raman spectroscopy. Several lasers were used, depending on the particle’s colour. Spectra were recorded with an accumulation ranging from 5 to 50s. Preliminary results showed that 7 individuals out of 25 already analysed (28%) had ingested at least one anthropogenic particle (AP). Eight APs were found and characterized, the majority of them (7) being dyed fibres. One of these fibres was made of a plastic polymer, the polyethylene terephthalate. The others were made of an undetermined material as Raman analyses gave only information on the dye. The eighth particle was a fragment of polypropylene. It is the first time that fish are studied as a part of plastic pollution in the Seine River. All isolated particles have been analysed leading to precise results. The percentage of occurrence is in the common range of other studies while much lower than the European flounder coming from the River Thames and higher than fish coming from Geneva Lake. It is not surprising that the majority of APs were fibres as another study in the river Seine found that the fibres concentration in water is far greater than the fragments concentration, as well as in urban runoff. It is also possible that the retention time of fibres in the gut is longer than fragments. Toxicological impacts of fibre ingestion is still unknown despite their ubiquity in many freshwater environments. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoire du thymus : d'un organe vestigial à la programmation de la tolérance immunitaire
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (2017), 33(6-7), 634-644

This synthesis presents the most important disruptions of conceptions about the thymus since its discovery in Antique Greece. For centuries, the thymus has been considered as a vestigial organ, and its ... [more ▼]

This synthesis presents the most important disruptions of conceptions about the thymus since its discovery in Antique Greece. For centuries, the thymus has been considered as a vestigial organ, and its role in T-lymphocyte differentiation has been proposed only in the 1960’s. Most recent studies attribute to the thymus an essential and unique role in the programming of central immunological self-tolerance. The basal mechanism implicated in this function is the transcription in thymic epithelium of genes encoding precursors of self-antigens. Processing of these latters leads to presentation of self-antigens by the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) machinery expressed by thymic epithelial and dendritic cells. During fetal life, this presentation drives negative selection of T-cell clones harboring receptors with high affinity for these complexes MHC/self-antigen. After birth, this presentation promotes the generation of regulatory T cells specific for these complexes. A number of studies, as well as the identification of Aire and Fezf2 genes, have shown that a thymus dysfunction plays a crucial role in the development of organ-specific autoimmunity. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial
Dewals, Benjamin ULg

in Proceedings of ICE : Water Management (2017), 170(WM3), 109-110

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See detailValidation of a new elastoplastic constitutive model dedicated to the cyclic behaviour of brittle rock materials
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Rock Mechanics & Rock Engineering (2017)

Old mines or caverns may be used as reservoirs for fuel/gas storage or in the context of large-scale energy storage. In the first case, oil or gas is stored on annual basis. In the second case pressure ... [more ▼]

Old mines or caverns may be used as reservoirs for fuel/gas storage or in the context of large-scale energy storage. In the first case, oil or gas is stored on annual basis. In the second case pressure due to water or compressed air varies on a daily basis or even faster. In both cases a cyclic loading on the cavern’s/mine’s walls must be considered for the design. The complexity of rockwork geometries or coupling with water flow requires finite element modelling and then a suitable constitutive law for the rock behaviour modelling. This paper presents and validates the formulation of a new constitutive law able to represent the inherently cyclic behaviour of rocks at low confinement. The main features of the behaviour evidenced by experiments in the literature depict a progressive degradation and strain of the material with the number of cycles. A constitutive law based on a boundary surface concept is developed. It represents the brittle failure of the material as well as its progressive degradation. Kinematic hardening of the yield surface allows the modelling of cycles. Isotropic softening on the cohesion variable leads to the progressive degradation of the rock strength. A limit surface is introduced and has a lower opening than the bounding surface. This surface describes the peak strength of the material andallows the modelling of a brittle behaviour. In addition a fatigue limit is introduced such that no cohesion degradation occurs if the stress state lies inside this surface. The model is validated against three different rock materials and types of experiments. Parameters of the constitutive laws are calibrated against uniaxial tests on Lorano marble, triaxial test on a sandstone and damage-controlled test on Lac du Bonnet granite. The model is shown to reproduce correctly experimental results, especially the evolution of strain with number of cycles. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing electric vehicles as flexible resource in power systems: A case study in the Netherlands
Beltramo, Agnese; Julea, Andreea; Refa, Nazir et al

in Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on the European Energy Market (2017, June)

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency ... [more ▼]

The European Union (EU) is actively encouraging member countries to phase out traditional oil-fuelled cars in cities in favour of Electric Vehicles (EV) as a solution for increasing efficiency, contributing to ensure security of supply, decrease CO2 emission and decrease local (especially urban) air pollution coming from the transport sector. With the increasing associated charging infrastructure deployment all over European countries, the demand coming from these technologies might impact the power system and potentially offer a source of flexibility through variable charging profiles and battery storage capacity options. In the recent years, the Dutch government has adopted several policy support mechanisms for EVs uptake, which made the Netherlands the country with the highest market share of electric cars in 2015 in the EU, and the second-highest share worldwide after Norway. This country is therefore a unique case study for the analysis of EVs charging demand and impact of the power sector. The recent uptake of EVs provides a significant amount of historical data regarding charging profiles, connection times or utilisation patterns pertaining this technology. This paper aims at exploiting such data to evaluate the current and future impact of electric vehicle deployment on the power system. To that end, historical data from 2015 are used in conjunction with the Dispa-SET model, a unit commitment and power dispatch model developed at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. This aims at investigating the impact of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging demand on the current Dutch power system, under different hypotheses for BEV technology penetration and renewable energy deployment (i.e. wind and solar) in the country. In addition, looking at the entire connection periods when vehicles are plugged to the grid, the battery capacity connected to the system is estimated, based on commercial BEV battery characteristics. This total capacity is finally used as variable storage unit in the model, in order to investigate the impact that Vehicle to Grid (V2G) strategies could have on the optimal use of power resources available, with particular attention to Variable Renewable Energy (VRE). [less ▲]

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See detailAccounting for Price Endogeneity in Airline Itinerary Choice Models: An Application to Continental U.S. Markets
Lurkin, Virginie ULg; Garrow, Laurie; Higgins, Matthew et al

in Transportation Research. Part A : Policy & Practice (2017), 100

Network planning models, which forecast the profitability of airline schedules, support many critical decisions, including equipment purchase decisions. Network planning models include an itinerary choice ... [more ▼]

Network planning models, which forecast the profitability of airline schedules, support many critical decisions, including equipment purchase decisions. Network planning models include an itinerary choice model which is used to allocate air total demand in a city pair to different itineraries. Multinomial logit (MNL) models are commonly used in practice and capture how individuals make trade-offs among different itinerary attributes; however, none that we are aware of account for price endogeneity. This study formulates an itinerary choice model that is consistent with those used by industry and corrects for price endogeneity using a control function that uses several types of instrumental variables. We estimate our models using database of more than 3 million tickets provided by the Airlines Reporting Corporation. Results based on Continental U.S. markets for May 2013 departures show that models that fail to account for price endogeneity overestimate customers’ value of time and result in biased price estimates and incorrect pricing recommendations. The size and comprehensiveness of our database allows us to estimate highly refined departure time of day preference curves that account for distance, direction of travel, the number of time zones traversed, departure day of week and itinerary type (outbound, inbound or one-way). These time of day preference curves can be used by airlines, researchers, and government organizations in the evaluation of different policies such as congestion pricing. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermodal transport: does a wider definition improve its competitiveness?
Mostert, Martine ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Caris, An

Conference (2017, June)

With the opening of borders and always greater decentralization of production, freight transport increased a lot in the last decades. Road remains the most used mode in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Even if it ... [more ▼]

With the opening of borders and always greater decentralization of production, freight transport increased a lot in the last decades. Road remains the most used mode in Europe (Eurostat, 2016). Even if it is appreciated for its responsiveness, flexibility, and quickness, road transport is however responsible for negative impacts on its environment like air pollution or climate change. Intermodal freight transport i.e. the transportation of goods using two or more modes of transport, in the same loading unit, without handling of the goods themselves (United Nations, 2001) is identified by the European Commission (2011) as an interesting solution for limiting the negative impacts of transport. In the classical conception of intermodal transport, pre- and post-haulage travels are supposed to be short, and to be performed by road transport, whereas the long-haul travel is done using rail or IWW. The combination of these modes allows reducing the negative externalities of the whole travel, i.e. the negative impacts that are generated by transport operators, but which are not directly supported by them. These externalities in particular consist in air pollution and climate change, provoked by the release of emissions which lead to air pollution and human health problems. The objective of this study is to determine the impact on intermodal attractiveness of allowing other combinations of modes than the classical road-rail/IWW-road combination, during an intermodal travel. The research is based on tools of the operations research domain and proposes the development of an allocation model for freight transport at the strategic level of decision. The goal is to determine the flow distribution of goods between direct transportation by road, rail or inland waterways, and any combination of these modes using intermodal transport. The novelty consists in taking into account three modes of transport in a mixed integer programming model, and to allow the transfer from any mode to any other at intermodal terminals where these modes coexist. [less ▲]

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See detailLeibniz and the Polyp, or the Metaphysical Puzzle of Life
Dony, Arthur ULg

in Scienza e Philosophia (2017, June), 17

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See detailTrop beau pour être vrai ? Quand un effet largement positif n’est pas nécessairement conclusif
Henrard, Gilles ULg

in Minerva: Tijdschrift Voor Evidence Based Medicine (2017)

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See detailEvolution and diversity of ram-suction feeding in damselfishes (Pomacentridae)
Olivier, Damien ULg; Gajdzik, Laura ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg et al

in Organisms Diversity & Evolution (2017), 17

The cerato-mandibular (c-md) ligament is a synapomorphy within Pomacentridae that creates a tight link between the lower jaws and the hyoid bars. However, this morphological trait has been secondarily ... [more ▼]

The cerato-mandibular (c-md) ligament is a synapomorphy within Pomacentridae that creates a tight link between the lower jaws and the hyoid bars. However, this morphological trait has been secondarily lost in multiple lineages during evolution. A previous study revealed that the loss of this trait acted as a release of evolutionary constraints, leading to a cascade of morphological changes such elongated buccal jaws and a slender body. Ecomorphological interpretations suggested the loss of the c-md ligament has ultimately led to a new adaptive peak in zooplanktivory through an optimization of the ram feeding mode associated with a specialization in pelagic feeding. Here, we tested these hypotheses by comparing functional and diet diversity between damselfish species with and without the c-md ligament. Although species lacking the c-md ligament presented a conserved kinematic pattern resulting from high ram and low suction performances, our results did not support an optimization of the ram feeding mode. Indeed, some species with the c-md ligament showed the same or exceeded the ram performance of species without the c-md ligament. The species with the c-md ligament had a more diverse kinematic pattern exploring the entire ram-suction functional range in damselfishes. Finally, our results did not show any diet variations associated with the loss of the c-md ligament. Our study furthers the understanding of how a morphological trait has shaped, by its presence or absence, the ecomorpho-functional diversification of Pomacentridae. [less ▲]

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See detailDocumenting the parameters of effective SoTL counselling
Jérôme, Françoise ULg; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg; Detroz, Pascal ULg

in Andersson, Roy; Martensson, Katarina; Roxa, Torgny (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd EuroSoTL Conference (2017, June)

The Specialized Master in Higher Education Pedagogy (Formasup) organized at the University of Liège (Belgium) aims at the professional development of teachers involved in Higher Education. The training ... [more ▼]

The Specialized Master in Higher Education Pedagogy (Formasup) organized at the University of Liège (Belgium) aims at the professional development of teachers involved in Higher Education. The training programme gives participants the opportunity to make a full-scale SoTL study (from the implementation of a well-circumscribed course regulation to the assessment of its pedagogical effectiveness by means of the analysis of collected data) of one prominent aspect of their teaching practice. The process of trying out some new pedagogical approach and of discussing its effects on student learning has also to be reported in the form of a scientific paper (including a short review of the relevant pedagogical literature) and presented to a small audience of teacher colleagues. In order to meet the many requirements of such a complex task, each participant benefits from individualized pedagogical counselling. Besides a brief description of the Formasup context, the present contribution proposes brief case studies of three SoTL projects carried out in 2016. The case studies focus mainly on the dynamics of the interaction between teacher and pedagogical counsellor at each constitutive step of the SoTL project with the intention of making out the specificities of counselling applied to first time SoTL experience (time dedicated to and types of counselling activities in relation to the particularities of individual projects). The case studies are then integrated into a bigger picture drawing upon a larger number of counselling experiences over the last four years (from 2013 to 2016). On the basis of the main characteristics of 21 counselling experiences we propose a typology of teacher profiles according to their strategic approach to SoTL and the corresponding input of counselling. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology of chronic kidney disease: think (at least) twice!
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Glassock, RJ; De Broe, ME

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2017), 10(3), 370-374

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See detailN-Glycosylation of an IgG antibody secreted by Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 cells can be modulated through co-expression of human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase
Navarre, Catherine; Smargiasso, Nicolas ULg; Duvivier, Laurent et al

in Transgenic Research (2017), 26(3), 375-384

Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 suspension cells have several advantages that make them suitable for the production of full-size monoclonal antibodies which can be purified directly from the culture medium ... [more ▼]

Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 suspension cells have several advantages that make them suitable for the production of full-size monoclonal antibodies which can be purified directly from the culture medium. Carbohydrate characterization of an antibody (Lo-BM2) expressed in N. tabacum BY-2 cells showed that the purified Lo-BM2 displays N-glycan homogeneity with a high proportion (>70%) of the complex GnGnXF glycoform. The stable co-expression of a human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase targeted to different Golgi sub-compartments altered Lo-BM2N-glycosylation and resulted in the production of an antibody that exhibited either hybrid structures containing a low abundance of the plant epitopes (α-1,3-fucose and β-1,2-xylose), or a large amount of galactose-extended N-glycan structures. These results demonstrate the suitability of stable N-glycoengineered N. tabacum BY-2 cell lines for the production of human-like antibodies. © 2017, Springer International Publishing Switzerland. [less ▲]

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See detailSensibilisation à l'éducation nutritionnelle du patient en oncologie
Pétré, Benoît ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailStaggered strong coupling between existing fluid and solid solvers through a Python interface for fluid-structure interaction problems
Thomas, David ULg; Variyar, Anil; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Proceedings of the VII International Conference on Coupled Problems in Science and Engineering (2017, June)

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See detailDecoding the disciplines – A pilot study at the University of Liège (Belgium)
Verpoorten, Dominique ULg; Devyver, Julie ULg; Duchâteau, Dominique ULg et al

in Andersson, Roy; Martensson, Katarina; Roxa, Torgny (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2nd EuroSoTL Conference - Transforming patterns through the scholarship of teaching and learning (2017, June)

This paper reports on a first attempt to apply the two first stages of the “Decoding the disciplines” framework (Pace, 2017) at the University of Liège (Belgium). In this context, 7 professors volunteered ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on a first attempt to apply the two first stages of the “Decoding the disciplines” framework (Pace, 2017) at the University of Liège (Belgium). In this context, 7 professors volunteered to reflect, through a structured process, upon “bottlenecks” in their courses, with the help of IFRES’ (Institute for Training and Research in Higher Education) pedagogical advisers. This pilot delivered contrasted observations: while participants granted value to their exposure to this approach, especially in terms of enhanced awareness of possible discrepancies between what experts and newcomers in the field might consider as obvious, none of them activated the possibility offered to tackle the identified bottlenecks, according to the systematic approach (stages 3-7) suggested by the framework. The paper presents the pedagogical setting, analyses the interviews of participants and the outcomes of the project, outlines explanations for its results, and shares some lessons learnt. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term monitoring of European eels in the Belgian Meuse River basin. From the historical drastic decline to recent outcomes of restocking practices.
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

Conference (2017, June)

Long-term monitoring of yellow- and glass eel stages were performed in upland areas (>300km from sea) in order (i) to quantify the decline of wild yellow eels entering in the Belgian Meuse from the ... [more ▼]

Long-term monitoring of yellow- and glass eel stages were performed in upland areas (>300km from sea) in order (i) to quantify the decline of wild yellow eels entering in the Belgian Meuse from the Netherlands; (ii) to follow their upstream individual colonization; and (iii) to analyze the adaptation of young eels stocked as glass eels imported from UK. By monitoring a fish pass from 1992 to 2016, we quantified that the number of ascending eels has declined from n=5613 in 1992 to n=21 in 2016 (3.99%/year) and the mean length of eels has increased (4.1mm/year). During 6-years, upstream individual colonization of eels (2010-2015, n=1371) was followed using fixed RFIDtracking system. Few eels continued to migrate 4 years after tagging (<0.3%) and at >20km upstream (3.7%); and velocity of eels varied between individuals (0.012- 3.1km/day). In a 4-year (2013-2016) monitoring study of restocked glass eels using electrofishing and mobile RFID-tracking campaigns, we observed that eels grew rapidly in upland small brooks and recruitment was better in rivers with high carrying capacity (>15.8%, 2years post-stocking). Restocked eels dispersed in up- and downstream directions with behaviors including sedentary, nomadic and intermediate lifestyles. This suggests stocking as potential management measure to enhance local eel stocks. [less ▲]

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See detailLa classification Q-Codes en format URI
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Grosjean, Julien; Darmoni, Stefan

Textual, factual or bibliographical database (2017)

Direct access to the terminology records of the Q-Codes multilingua classification. Each code is published via a URI. ICPC-2 supplementary classification, contextual of general practice activity ... [more ▼]

Direct access to the terminology records of the Q-Codes multilingua classification. Each code is published via a URI. ICPC-2 supplementary classification, contextual of general practice activity, available via URIs. [less ▲]

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