To all UPE students, staff, and faculty:
To set up your account on the new UPE website, just hit "Create New Account" on the top right of the home page. Fill in the requisite email, password and other info. Once you get login access, log in and go to "Create Content", also on the top right. Hit "profile" and populate it with a picture, contact info, links, CV, etc! You can add UPE-related events to the calendar (UPE Seminars should go there!). Post your publications, start a blog, add photos of yourself and your lab mates at your research.
Jason and I engineered a tripod hoist capable of lifting at least 750lbs out of $30 of scrapyard aluminum and $30 of bolts and pins from Lowe's. I looked into buying one--they cost $1-2 thousand online. We're going to use it to lift pieces of taproots onto a trailer after we've freed them from soil with a combination of backhoe, shovel and chainsaw effort. Pictures are posted as well.