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See detailHealth screening to identify opportunities to improve preventive medicine in cats and dogs
Diez, Marianne ULg; Picavet, Philippe; Ricci, Rebecca et al

in European Journal of Companion Animals Practice online (2016), 2(Summer), 54-62

OBJECTIVES: To describe the results of a prevention campaign in terms of participation and pet health status and to identify opportunities to improve preventive medicine in cats and dogs. METHODS:An ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To describe the results of a prevention campaign in terms of participation and pet health status and to identify opportunities to improve preventive medicine in cats and dogs. METHODS:An awareness campaign was designed to highlight the role of veterinarians and emphasise the benefits of a veterinary visit. Owners were invited to make an appointment for a free pet health check in a voluntarily participating veterinary clinic. Observations recorded by the veterinarians were entered in a database and subsequently analysed using simple descriptive statistics. RESULTS:A total of 5305 completed health check forms were analysed. The percentages of overweight and obese dogs and cats were 34 and 36%, respectively; this was the most common finding, followed by dental calculus (31% in dogs, 21% in cats). In total 67% of cats did not undergo flea control and 59% were not vaccinated. CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Opportunities for increased quality of care are numerous given the high percentage of intact, unvaccinated or non-permanently identified pets and the low level of worm and flea control. Animal health should benefit from preventive measures, and improved management can be undertaken after early detection of diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Origins of Dominance in EU Competition Law: An Introductory Note
Marcos Ramos, Jorge ULg

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See detailSeed Dispersal by Western Lowland Gorillas: from Fruits to Seedlings
Haurez, Barbara ULg

in Gorilla Journal Journal of Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe (2016), 52

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See detailEfficient Computation of the Extrema of Algebraic Quality Measures for Curvilinear Finite Elements
Johnen, Amaury ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; remacle, Jean-François

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The development of high-order computational methods for solving partial differential equations on unstructured grids has been underway for many years. Such methods critically depend on the availability of ... [more ▼]

The development of high-order computational methods for solving partial differential equations on unstructured grids has been underway for many years. Such methods critically depend on the availability of high-quality curvilinear meshes, as one bad element can degrade the solution in the whole domain. The usual way of generating curved meshes is to first generate a (high-quality) straight-sided mesh. Then, mesh entities that are classified on the boundaries of the domain are curved. This operation introduces a "shape-distortion" that should be controlled. Quality measures allow to quantify to which point an element is well-shaped. They also provide tools to improve the quality of meshes through optimization. In this work we propose an efficient method to compute several quality measures for curved elements, based on the Jacobian of the mapping between the straight-sided elements and the curved ones. Contrary to the approach presented in "A. Gargallo-Peiró, X. Roca, J. Peraire, and J. Sarrate. Distortion and quality measures for validating and generating high-order tetrahedral meshes. Engineering with Computers, pages 1–15, 2014.", which relies on an L2-norm over the elements, we compute the actual minimum and maximum of the local quality measure for each element. The method is an extension of previous works on the validity of those elements (A. Johnen et al., 2013). The key feature is that we can adaptively expand functions based on the Jacobian matrix and its determinant in terms of Bézier functions. Bézier functions have both properties of boundedness and positivity, which allow sharp computation of minimum or maximum of the interpolated functions. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes sector-specific experience matter? The case of European higher education ministers
Jacqmin, Julien ULg; Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg

in Research Policy (2016), 45(5), 987998

This paper looks at the relationship between higher education ministers and the performance of the sector that they govern. Using an original panel dataset with the characteristics of European higher ... [more ▼]

This paper looks at the relationship between higher education ministers and the performance of the sector that they govern. Using an original panel dataset with the characteristics of European higher education ministers, we find that having a past experience in the sector leads to a higher level of performance, as measured by ranking data. Making a parallel with the literature about the impact of education on the educated, we discuss potential explanations behind the impact of this on-the-job learning experience. As we find that this characteristic has no impact on the spendings of the sector, we argue that this academic experience makes them more prone to introduce adequate reforms that makes the sector more attractive for top-researchers. Furthermore, we find that this result is driven by ministers with both sector-specific and electoral experience, the latter measured by a successful election at the regional or national level. This tends to show that political credibility should not be overshadowed by the importance of the sector-specific experience of ministers. [less ▲]

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See detailThe antioxidant responses differ between Symbiodinium strains from different geographic origins
Roberty, Stéphane ULg; Furla, Paola; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg

Conference (2016, June)

Studies conducted these last two decades have revealed that high sea surface temperatures accompanied by high levels of solar irradiance are responsible for an over production of reactive oxygen species ... [more ▼]

Studies conducted these last two decades have revealed that high sea surface temperatures accompanied by high levels of solar irradiance are responsible for an over production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) leading to the disruption of the symbiosis between cnidarians and their symbiotic Symbiodinium. But, all coral species do not show the same sensitivity to stress. In this context we examined how the antioxidant network of different Symbiodinium species responds to oxidative stress. We bypassed the various thermal and light tolerances existing among the genus Symbiodinium by using a chemical approach, i.e., a treatment with menadione. ROS produced during this oxidative burst reduced photosynthesis by 30 to 50% and significantly decreased the activity of superoxide dismutase. In addition, the low level of lipid peroxidation concomitantly with the decrease in the concentration of diatoxanthin and other carotenoids during the oxidative stress confirms their function of antioxidants and their role in the stabilization of membrane lipids. The analysis of the cellular damages also indicates that proteins were damaged and most likely eliminated by the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. Finally, caspase-like activity decreased suggesting that cell death mechanisms are not initiated at the early stage of the stress. Although, the mechanisms at play seem to be the same, we found that the temperate Symbiodinium strain (A1) was less impacted by the treatment with menadione than the tropical strain (F1) suggesting that the variations observed are related to their geographic origin. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of customer characteristics on the customer need knowledge of frontline employees
Hüttel, Björn; Schumann, Jan Hendrik; Büttgen, Marion et al

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See detailExplaining the diversity of motivations behind community renewable energy
Bauwens, Thomas ULg

in Energy Policy (2016), 93

Community-based renewable energy initiatives may be important actors in the transition toward low-carbon energy systems. In turn, stimulating investments in renewable energy production at the community ... [more ▼]

Community-based renewable energy initiatives may be important actors in the transition toward low-carbon energy systems. In turn, stimulating investments in renewable energy production at the community level requires a better understanding of investors’ motives. This paper aims to study the heterogeneity of motivations that drive individuals to participate in community renewable energy projects and the underlying explanatory factors behind this, as well as the implications for their level of engagement in initiatives. Based on quantitative data from an original survey conducted with two renewable energy cooperatives in Flanders, the statistical analysis shows that cooperative members should not be considered as one homogeneous group. Several categories of members with different motives and levels of engagement can be distinguished. This heterogeneity is explained by contrasts in terms of institutional settings, spatial patterns and attitudes to the diffusion of institutional innovations. Regarding policy implications, the findings suggest that this heterogeneity should be taken into account in designing more effective supporting policies to stimulate investments at the community level. The activation of social norms is also shown to be a promising mechanism for triggering investment decisions, although the implications of its interplay with economic incentives should be further explored. [less ▲]

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See detailGeräusch, Gerücht, Gerede. Formen und Funktionen der Fama in Erzähltexten Theodor Storms und Arthur Schnitzlers
Leyh, Valérie ULg

Book published by Erich Schmidt Verlag (2016)

Seit der Antike sind Schriftsteller von der Fama fasziniert: Ob als allegorische Kunstfigur oder als anthropologisches Phänomen sozialer Kommunikation, sie findet Eingang in die unterschiedlichsten ... [more ▼]

Seit der Antike sind Schriftsteller von der Fama fasziniert: Ob als allegorische Kunstfigur oder als anthropologisches Phänomen sozialer Kommunikation, sie findet Eingang in die unterschiedlichsten literarischen Werke. Die vorliegende Studie behandelt ihre drei Erscheinungsformen Geräusch, Gerücht und Gerede erstmals in den narrativen Werken Theodor Storms und Arthur Schnitzlers und geht der Frage nach, wie die Autoren sie als Erzählverfahren einsetzen. In ausführlichen Textanalysen, die sich auf Ergebnisse der Anthropologie des Erzählens stützen und diese mit Ansätzen der klassischen und postklassischen Narratologie verknüpfen, legt Valérie Leyh die Fama als eine Strategie der Verunsicherung dar, die die Grenzen zwischen Schweigen und Reden, Mündlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit, Lüge und Wahrheit, Fiktion und Faktizität aufhebt. Dabei ist bereits bei Storm eine Internalisierung der Fama zu beobachten, die einige Jahrzehnte später in Schnitzlers psychologisch feinsinnigen Erzählungen zu voller Entfaltung kommt. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphosphoesters as a new platform for the design of particulate drug delivery systems
Vanslambrouck, Stéphanie; Ergul Yilmaz, Zeynep; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

Conference (2016, June)

Thanks to their biocompatibility and degradability properties, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to aliphatic polyesters, such as poly(ε-caprolactone) and poly ... [more ▼]

Thanks to their biocompatibility and degradability properties, polyphosphates are appealing polymers for biomedical applications. In contrast to aliphatic polyesters, such as poly(ε-caprolactone) and poly(lactide), the pentavalency of the phosphorus atom allows the easy modification of the polyphosphate properties by simply adjusting the nature, the length and the functionality of the polyphosphate pendant groups. Therefore, macromolecular engineering of polyphosphoesters was applied to design well-defined architectures and functionalities adapted to drug nanocarriers. In a first approach, amphiphilic block copolymers are synthesized by organo-catalyzed ring-opening polymerization process for the synthesis of a range of PEO-b-polyphosphate bearing various pendant groups. Post-polymerization thiol-ene click reactions preformed on PEO-b-polyphosphate copolymers was also investigated to improve the hydrophobicity of the polyphosphate. The self-assembly of these PEO-b-polyphosphate copolymers into micelles was investigated, particularly, the effect of the nature of the polyphosphate pendant groups (i) on the micelles characteristics, (ii) on the encapsulation of a poorly soluble drug and (iii) on the drug release profile. The toxicity of the different amphiphilic block copolymers was also evaluated by live/dead cell viability assays. In a second approach, double hydrophilic copolymers based on polyphosphoesters have been used as templating agent for the synthesis of calcium carbonate particles. Indeed, the use of such microparticles is becoming more and more attractive in many fields especially for biomedical applications for which fine tuning of size, morphology and crystalline form of CaCO3 particles is crucial. Although some structuring compounds, like hyaluronic acid, give satisfying results, the control of the particle structure still has to be improved. To this end, we evaluated the CaCO3 structuring capacity of the well-defined double hydrophilic block copolymers composed of poly(ethylene oxide) and of a polyphosphoester segment with affinity for calcium like poly(phosphotriester)s bearing pendant carboxylic acids or poly(phosphodiester)s with a negatively charged oxygen atom on each repeating monomer unit. [less ▲]

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See detailLa restauration de la collégiale Notre-Dame à Dinant après le sac de 1466
Joly, Emmanuel ULg; Baudry, Antoine

Article for general public (2016)

Partly damaged by fire during the sack of the city of Dinant by Charles the Bold in 1466, the collegiate church of Dinant went through a long and expensive restoration from the year 1472 onwards ... [more ▼]

Partly damaged by fire during the sack of the city of Dinant by Charles the Bold in 1466, the collegiate church of Dinant went through a long and expensive restoration from the year 1472 onwards. Combining the study of the archival evidence with the archaeological analysis of the building itself, this article aims to reassess the extent of this restoration, which had never been studied thoroughly. This paper also seeks to describe the chronology of these operations as well as the building processes at work. [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche en Belgique. Transitions. Unité de recherches sur le Moyen Âge tardif & la première Modernité (Université de Liège)
Delfosse, Annick ULg; Henrard, Nadine ULg; Morato, Nicola ULg

in Lettre du Réseau (Réseau des Médiévistes belges de Langue française) (2016), 10

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See detailCaractérisation des forêts à l’aide de la technologie lidar
Michez, Adrien ULg; Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Bonnet, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Baghdadi, Nicolas; Zribi, Mehrez (Eds.) Observation des Surfaces Continentales par Télédétection: Agriculture et Forêt (2016)

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See detailDirect control service from residential heat pump aggregation with specified payback
Georges, Emeline ULg; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 19th Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC) (2016, June)

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or ... [more ▼]

This paper addresses the problem of an aggregator controlling residential heat pumps to offer a direct control flexibility service. The service is defined by a 15 minute power modulation, upward or downward, followed by a payback of one hour and 15 minutes. The service modulation is relative to an optimized baseline that minimizes the energy costs. The potential amount of modulable power and the payback effect are computed by solving mixed integer linear problems. Within these problems, the building thermal behavior is modeled by an equivalent thermal network made of resistances and lumped capacitances whose parameters are identified from validated models. Simulations are performed on 100 freestanding houses. For an average 4.3 kW heat pump, results show a potential of 1.2 kW upward modulation with a payback of 600 Wh and 150 Wh of overconsumption. A downward modulation of 500 W per house can be achieved with a payback of 420 Wh and 120 Wh of overconsumption. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic models of porous materials
Gommes, Cédric ULg

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See detailDetection of myocardial ischemic memory using 99mTc-fucoidan: preclinical validation
Mikail, N; Louedec, L; Aid, R et al

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See detailNetwork Theory Framework for Urban Cultural Heritage Conservation
Ginzarly, Manal ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

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The aim of this study is to propose the application of a network approach to historic urban landscape conservation. Network approaches in landscape ecology and urban studies have been applied in various ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to propose the application of a network approach to historic urban landscape conservation. Network approaches in landscape ecology and urban studies have been applied in various ways. In a natural landscape, the ecological network model has been applied to conserve biodiversity. The model consists of core areas, corridors, and buffer zones (Cook & van Lier, 1994; Jongman, 2004).In urban studies, the network metaphor has a long tradition especially in transportation planning. More recently, urban design has brought its contribution by different means. Three of these means are: (i) the space syntax method; (ii) the urban ecological network planning; and (iii) the development of heritage corridors for cultural heritage conservation. As urban landscapes are complex, there have been a multiplicity of methods, and graphical representations to the design of networks. In this context, the application of a network approach to urban cultural heritage conservation poses several questions: what method to use to identify the nodes and links? What kind of attributes to investigate? To answer these questions this study investigates the different types of heritage nodes, and corridors existing in an urban context: cultural, historic, functional, visual, and physical. [less ▲]

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See detailAir-ice carbon pathways inferred from a sea ice tank experiment
Kotovitch, Marie ULg; Moreau, Sébastien; Zhou, Jiayun et al

in Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene (2016)

Air-ice CO2 fluxes were measured continuously using automated chambers from the initial freezing of a sea ice cover until its decay. Cooling seawater prior to sea ice formation acted as a sink for ... [more ▼]

Air-ice CO2 fluxes were measured continuously using automated chambers from the initial freezing of a sea ice cover until its decay. Cooling seawater prior to sea ice formation acted as a sink for atmospheric CO2, but as soon as the first ice crystals started to form, sea ice turned to a source of CO2, which lasted throughout the whole ice growth phase. Once ice decay was initiated by warming the atmosphere, the sea ice shifted back again to a sink of CO2. Direct measurements of outward ice-atmosphere CO2 fluxes were consistent with the depletion of dissolved inorganic carbon in the upper half of sea ice. Combining measured air-ice CO2 fluxes with the partial pressure of CO2 in sea ice, we determined strongly different gas transfer coefficients of CO2 at the air-ice interface between the growth and the decay phases (from 2.5 to 0.4 mol m−2 d−1 atm−1). A 1D sea ice carbon cycle model including gas physics and carbon biogeochemistry was used in various configurations in order to interpret the observations. All model simulations correctly predicted the sign of the air-ice flux. By contrast, the amplitude of the flux was much more variable between the different simulations. In none of the simulations was the dissolved gas pathway strong enough to explain the large fluxes during ice growth. This pathway weakness is due to an intrinsic limitation of ice-air fluxes of dissolved CO2 by the slow transport of dissolved inorganic carbon in the ice. The best means we found to explain the high air-ice carbon fluxes during ice growth is an intense yet uncertain gas bubble efflux, requiring sufficient bubble nucleation and upwards rise. We therefore call for further investigation of gas bubble nucleation and transport in sea ice. [less ▲]

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