Department format check

Following is a brief slide deck for your consideration as you prepare your thesis / dissertation for submission to the Graduate College. As the Department Format Checker, it is my responsibility to ensure that your document meets the expected standards for format. Please review the slides to get a sense of how I may contribute to getting your document ready for submission. 

Shared folders in CloudStation

We use a number of collaboration tools including software version control (git), cloud based documents (e.g. Google Drive) and a Synology-based file server and sync tool called CloudStation (Roughly equivalent to Dropbox / Box etc). While CloudStation works very easily, it is a little tricky to set up. Following are step by step instructions on how to set up a shared folder on CloudStation. The intended audiences for this article are both my lab members, as well as others looking for instructions on working with CloudStation.

The Soybean Cyst Nematode Extractor

After a couple years of tinkering, we finally have a working prototype of the Soybean Cyst Nematode Egg Extraction System, or our SCNExtractor for short. The following video shows the operation cycle of the SCNExtractor. We built this prototype as a two-channel system. The entire cycle consists of approximately four minutes, from sample loading to egg retrieval. Once the eggs are retreived from the sample collection funnels, they are stained and imaged. Computer vision then enables automatic egg counting. 

Document version control

Dropbox doesn't cut it for collaborative work where multiple people want to make changes to a document. And no Track Changes doesn't work either. So we have now set up a distributed version control system called Git.

Here is a really good book for understanding and using Git. Of course, since all our work is 'top secret', we have restricted access to everyone using git. If I have asked you to join a git project, here's what you need to do: