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See detailLa influencia normativa de China en América Latina y en el Caribe: ¿Un desafío estratégico para la Unión Europea?
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

Scientific conference (2017, August 16)

El crecimiento de los intercambios económicos y comerciales entre China y el subcontinente latinoamericano va acompañado de la imposición de normas económicas y políticas, de la cual su política de ... [more ▼]

El crecimiento de los intercambios económicos y comerciales entre China y el subcontinente latinoamericano va acompañado de la imposición de normas económicas y políticas, de la cual su política de comercio internacional es portadora. Esta constatación plantea la cuestión del desafío que esta influencia normativa china representa para la estrategia desplegada por la Unión Europea en América Latina y el Caribe. A fin de responder a esta cuestión, esta presentación contiene dos objetivos relacionados entre sí: por una parte, analizar el alcance normativo de la política comercial de China en ALC, con el fin de ver si ella es portadora de un proyecto político-económica regional comparable al modelo de integración y de gobernabilidad regional desplegado por la UE en el subcontinente latinoamericano; por otra parte, medir de la influencia de la producción normativa china en ALC a través de su capacidad para competir con las normas exportadas por la UE en esta región del mundo. [less ▲]

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See detailTwenty-year tracking of lighting savings and power density in the residential sector
Attia, Shady ULg

in Energy and Buildings (2017)

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See detailComplete mitogenome sequence of Ricasolia amplissima (Lobariaceae) reveals extensive mitochondrial DNA rearrangement within the Peltigerales (lichenized ascomycetes)
Simon, Antoine ULg; Liu, Yang; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg et al

in Bryologist (2017), 120(3), 335-339

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown ... [more ▼]

The structure of mitochondrial genomes varies among non-lichenized fungi in terms of their genic and intronic content and genic order. Whether lichenized fungal mitogenomes are equally labile is unknown due to the paucity of available mitogenomes. We assembled the mitogenome of Ricasolia amplissima (Peltigerales, Lobariaceae), using massive parallel sequencing, and compared its structure to that of two species of Peltigera (Peltigeraceae). The mitochondrial genome of R. amplissima comprised 82,333 bp, with a 29.8% G+C content, and holds 15 unique protein-coding genes, 29 tRNA genes, two rRNA genes, and one non-coding RNA gene. Although the protein-coding gene content in the mitogenome of Peltigera and Ricasolia was identical, the relative gene order differed substantially, revealing that significant gene rearrangements also characterize the evolution of mitogenomes of lichenized ascomycetes at a relatively shallow phylogenetic depth, such as within the order Peltigerales. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet, vecteur d'un nouvel élan politique ?
Demelenne, Céline; Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailSense-Making in Cyber Security - Examining Responder Behaviors in Cyber-Attacks
Tapanainen, Tommi ULg

in Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) (2017, August 12)

Our understanding of the defense mechanisms against cyber-attacks is, to a great extent, based on preparation and deterrence. There is limited understanding, and in particular, limited evidence on how ... [more ▼]

Our understanding of the defense mechanisms against cyber-attacks is, to a great extent, based on preparation and deterrence. There is limited understanding, and in particular, limited evidence on how cyber security responders act to contain and recover from a cyber-attack. The actions of responders, including IT experts, corporate communications staff, and selected managers are critical. To address this gap, this research proposes applying the concept of sense-making, which has been extensively used to analyze human crisis behaviors. In this emerging research, we conduct an investigation into a cyber-attack case to shed light on the contextual and collective activities taken by responders in coping with cyber-attack response. We expect the results to validate or challenge theorizations of cyber security training and competencies from the communication and collaboration perspective. In a practical sense, our research can stimulate organizations to reflect on their own cyber security preparedness from the human perspective. [less ▲]

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See detailORBi : an institutional repository to promote Open Access
Chalono, Dominique ULg; Thirion, Paul ULg

Conference (2017, August 09)

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See detailImpact of canopy aerodynamic distance spatial and temporal variability on long term eddy covariance measurements
Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Heinesch, Bernard ULg; De Ligne, Anne ULg et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2017), 247(2017), 131-138

Understanding if and how the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment affects turbulence is essential for long-term eddy covariance measurements. It requires characterizing the ... [more ▼]

Understanding if and how the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment affects turbulence is essential for long-term eddy covariance measurements. It requires characterizing the surrounding environment. One way to achieve this is to analyse the canopy aerodynamic distance (Δ), which is the difference between measurement height (zm) and displacement height (d). In this work, an original method to estimate the canopy aerodynamic distance at a fine spatial (30° sectors) and temporal (one year) resolution was proposed. It was based on sensible heat cospectra analysis, calibrated on a measurement height change and validated using canopy height inventories. This method was applied to 20 years of eddy covariance measurements from the Vielsalm Terrestrial Observatory (VTO), a site located in a mixed temperate forest. The method allowed Δ spatio-temporal variability due to changes in canopy or measurement height to be detected. Relationships between Δ and turbulence statistics were then analysed: the momentum correlation coefficient (ruw) was found to be dependent on Δ, confirming that the measurements were made in the roughness sublayer of the atmospheric surface layer. In contrast, no such relationship was found sensible heat, CO2 or water vapour correlation coefficients, suggesting that the Δ variability did not affect significantly these fluxes. There were significant differences, however, between azimuthal directions, suggesting that these scalars were affected by forest heterogeneity in a different way. Various hypotheses were put forward to explain the differences and their relevance was evaluated. This study highlighted the need to consider the spatial and temporal variability of the surrounding environment in order to verify the consistency of long-term eddy covariance datasets. [less ▲]

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See detailPRESSE: "Retirees leaving sociable workplaces may experience accelerated cognitive decline"
Grotz, Catherine ULg

in BGS (Ed.) British Geriatrics Society: Improving Health Care for older people (2017)

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See detailOviposition deterrent activity of basil plants and their essentials oils against Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
Yarou, Boni Barthélémy ULg; Bawin, Thomas; Boullis, Antoine ULg et al

in Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2017)

The leafminer Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yields by up to 100% in greenhouses and fields, in several countries globally ... [more ▼]

The leafminer Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is one of the most important pests of tomato, reducing crop yields by up to 100% in greenhouses and fields, in several countries globally. Because synthetic insecticides lead to resistance and have adverse effects on natural enemies and the health of producers, alternative control methods are needed. In this study, we assessed the oviposition-deterring effect of basil plants, Ocimum gratissimum L. and O. basilicum L. (Lamiaceae), using dual-choice behavioural assays performed in flight tunnels. We found that both plants significantly reduced T. absoluta oviposition behaviour on a tomato plant located nearby. To evaluate the potential effect of basil volatile organic compounds, we formulated essential oils of both plant species in paraffin oil, and observed a similar oviposition-deterring effect. Gas chromatography analyses detected 18 constituents in these essential oils which the major constituents included thymol (33.3%), p-cymene (20.4%), γ-terpinene (16.9%), myrcene (3.9%) in O. gratissimum and estragol (73.8%), linalool (8.6%), β-elemene (2.9%) and E-β-ocimene (2.6%) in O. basilicum. Twenty and 33 compounds were identified of the volatiles collected on O. gratissimum and O. basilicum plants, respectively. The main components include the following: p-cymene (33.5%), γ-terpinene (23.6%), α-terpinene (7.2%), α-thujene (6.7%) and E-α-bergamotene (38.9%) in O. gratissimum, and methyl eugenol (26.1%), E-β-ocimene (17.7%), and linalool (9.4%) in O. basilicum. Four compounds (α-pinene, β-pinene, Myrcene, Limonene) were common in essential oils and plants. Our results suggest the valuable potential of basil and associated essential oils as a component of integrated management strategies against the tomato leafminer. [less ▲]

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See detailMild synthesis of poly(HEMA)-networks as well-defined nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide
Parilti, Rahmet ULg; Alaimo, David; Grignard, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry B (2017), 5(29), 5806-5815

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly ... [more ▼]

Free-radical dispersion polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was carried out in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) in the presence of stabilisers based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly(heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate) (PFDA). Different architectures of copolymers (random, palm-tree and diblock) were tested for their surface tension, cloud point and as a stabilising agent. The diblock architecture was found to be the best candidate resulting in poly(HEMA) spherical particles with a size of 316 nm. Furthermore, the effect of the CO2-phobic block (PEO) in the diblock architecture was investigated by using three different chain lengths (1000, 2000, 5000 g mol−1). By optimizing the stabiliser composition and structure, mild reaction conditions have been identified allowing us to obtain well-defined spherical cross-linked poly(HEMA) particles with a mean diameter of unprecedented low size (216 nm) at a temperature as low as 35 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Financial Assumptions on the Cost Optimality towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings- A case study
Hamdy, Mohamed; Siren, Kai; Attia, Shady ULg

in Energy and Buildings (2017)

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See detailEt si on se passait (complètement) des sciences humaines ?
Winand, Jean ULg

Conference (2017, August 06)

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See detailLos ingrávidos de Valeria Luiselli: entre fantástico y autoficción
Licata, Nicolas ULg

Conference (2017, August 03)

En 2011, la escritora mexicana Valeria Luiselli publica su primera novela, Los ingrávidos, cuyo título alude al proceso de afantasmamiento de los dos narradores: una narradora notablemente similar a la ... [more ▼]

En 2011, la escritora mexicana Valeria Luiselli publica su primera novela, Los ingrávidos, cuyo título alude al proceso de afantasmamiento de los dos narradores: una narradora notablemente similar a la propia Luiselli y el poeta mexicano Gilberto Owen. Narración en primera persona y parecidos con el autor por un lado, fenómenos indiscutiblemente inverosímiles por otro, el libro reúne todos los ingredientes de lo que el teórico francés Vincent Colonna llamó “autoficción fantástica”. Sin embargo, en una de sus entrevistas, Luiselli declara que “no quería escribir una novela fantástica”, y, más aún, “que [se] moriría si alguien dice que Los ingrávidos es una novela de ese estilo, estaría profundamente indignada” (Barbosa Vera, Scofaulos 2012). Aunque el efecto fantástico no siempre dependa de la intención de un autor, en este caso preciso Valeria Luiselli parece tener razón. De hecho, un examen detenido de la obra revela una antinomia: sin ser fantástica, Los ingrávidos es una autoficción “de ese estilo”. Es sobre esa antinomia que esta comunicación inclina la perspectiva. Después de un sucinto resumen, nos centremos en primer lugar en los indicios autoficcionales de la novela y luego en sus componentes fantásticos, examinando con más detenimiento los que impiden que el libro se adhiera a esa modalidad, a saber, los moduladores de duda, los comentarios metadiegéticos y la no fiabilidad de la narradora. [less ▲]

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See detailHistories of Comics by its Makers. Contemporary Graphic Novels and the Heritage of Comics
Crucifix, Benoît ULg

Conference (2017, August 03)

PhD project presentation

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See detailThe Far Ultra-Violet Imager on the Icon Mission
Mende, Stephen; Frey, Harald; Rider, Kodi et al

in Space Science Reviews (2017)

ICON Far UltraViolet (FUV) imager contributes to the ICON science objectives by providing remote sensing measurements of the daytime and nighttime atmosphere/ ionosphere. During sunlit atmospheric ... [more ▼]

ICON Far UltraViolet (FUV) imager contributes to the ICON science objectives by providing remote sensing measurements of the daytime and nighttime atmosphere/ ionosphere. During sunlit atmospheric conditions, ICON FUV images the limb altitude profile in the shortwave (SW) band at 135.6 nm and the longwave (LW) band at 157 nm perpendicular to the satellite motion to retrieve the atmospheric O/N2 ratio. In conditions of atmospheric darkness, ICON FUV measures the 135.6 nm recombination emission of O+ ions used to compute the nighttime ionospheric altitude distribution. ICON Far Ultra- Violet (FUV) imager is a Czerny–Turner design Spectrographic Imager with two exit slits and corresponding back imager cameras that produce two independent images in separate wavelength bands on two detectors. All observations will be processed as limb altitude profiles. In addition, the ionospheric 135.6 nm data will be processed as longitude and latitude spatial maps to obtain images of ion distributions around regions of equatorial spread F. The ICON FUV optic axis is pointed 20 degrees below local horizontal and has a steering mirror that allows the field of view to be steered up to 30 degrees forward and aft, to keep the local magnetic meridian in the field of view. The detectors are micro channel plate (MCP) intensified FUV tubes with the phosphor fiber-optically coupled to Charge Coupled Devices (CCDs). The dual stack MCP-s amplify the photoelectron signals to overcome the CCD noise and the rapidly scanned frames are co-added to digitally create 12-second integrated images. Digital on-board signal processing is used to compensate for geometric distortion and satellite motion and to achieve data compression. The instrument was originally aligned in visible light by using a special grating and visible cameras. Final alignment, functional and environmental testing and calibration were performed in a large vacuum chamber with a UV source. The test and calibration program showed that ICON FUV meets its design requirements and is ready to be launched on the ICON spacecraft. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of dependency on the distribution of p-value
Ernst, Marie ULg; Swan, Yvik ULg

Conference (2017, August 01)

We study the impact of dependence assumptions on the distribution of p-values and quantiles for repeated testing on dependent data. This leads us to considering the general problem of the quality of a ... [more ▼]

We study the impact of dependence assumptions on the distribution of p-values and quantiles for repeated testing on dependent data. This leads us to considering the general problem of the quality of a binomial approximation to the distribution of a sum of dependent indicator variables. Whenever possible we use classical and adhoc versions of Stein’s method to provide tight bounds on classical probability distances. In many cases, however, the relevant expressions are intractable and we resort to empirical analysis by extensive simulations. We apply our findings to a realistic real-life scenario. [less ▲]

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See detailTesting revealed preference: An algorithmic outlook
Smeulders, Bart ULg; Crama, Yves ULg; Spieksma, Frits C.R.

E-print/Working paper (2017)

Revealed preference theory is a domain within economics that studies rationalizability of behavior by (certain types of) utility functions. Given observed behavior in the form of choice data, testing ... [more ▼]

Revealed preference theory is a domain within economics that studies rationalizability of behavior by (certain types of) utility functions. Given observed behavior in the form of choice data, testing whether certain conditions are satisfied gives rise to a variety of computational problems that can be analyzed using operations research techniques. In this survey, we provide an overview of these problems, their theoretical complexity, and available algorithms for tackling them. We focus on consumer choice settings, in particular individual choice, collective choice and stochastic choice settings. [less ▲]

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See detailMéditations expérimenées sur la TSUM (Transition Secondaire-Université en Mathématiques)
Bair, Jacques ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

L’objectif de ce travail est de mettre par écrit quelques idées personnelles à propos de l’enseignement des mathématiques dans une première année de l’enseignement supérieur et ainsi de réfléchir à propos ... [more ▼]

L’objectif de ce travail est de mettre par écrit quelques idées personnelles à propos de l’enseignement des mathématiques dans une première année de l’enseignement supérieur et ainsi de réfléchir à propos de la transition entre le secondaire et l’Université (TSU, en abrégé) pour un cours de mathématiques. A cet effet, on compare les enseignements secondaire et universitaire, on précise une certaine conception des mathématiques et de leur enseignement au niveau de la TSU. Dans une première annexe se trouve également une étude plus théorique et technique sur la métacognition. Une particularité de ce travail est probablement de relier des idées issues de la littérature spécialisée relative à trois thèmes qui sont souvent développés indépendamment les uns des autres, à savoir l’épistémologie des mathématiques, la pédagogie universitaire et la didactique des mathématiques, le tout étant agencé d’après des convictions personnelles et des expériences professionnelles. [less ▲]

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See detailla qualité des sols, un capital
Carnol, Monique ULg; Krüger, Inken ULg; Malchair, Sandrine ULg et al

in Le grand livre de la Forêt 2017 (2017)

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