DHUG 2015 Presentation: Six Months of Work in the Lab will Save You Half a Day in the Library or 30 Minutes Online

Presented by Paul G. Kotula of Sandia National Laboratories.

How do scientific researchers really use information collections? What do authors of scientific papers think about the publishing process and peer review? What resources do they think are the best and the most reliable and why? Dr. Paul G. Kotula of the Materials Characterization department at Sandia National Laboratories will share his experience as both a consumer and a producer of peer-reviewed, published scientific literature.

Paul G. Kotula is a staff member at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. He received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1991 and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1995, both in Materials Science and Engineering. Before joining Sandia he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Paul has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles on a wide variety of topics involving electron microscopy and microanalysis in the physical and biological sciences, as well as three patents and three book chapters. Paul has helped build a research program on spectral imaging and multivariate statistical analysis. This technology development was central to his involvement in the FBI’s investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks. The software developed from this work for X-ray microanalysis is commercially and non-commercially available and is now in over 600 labs worldwide. Paul has received an R&D 100 Award, two Best Analytical Techniques paper awards in the journal Microscopy and Microanalysis and the Heinrich Award for Outstanding Young Scientist from the Microanalysis Society. He is a Past-President of the Microanalysis Society and currently Physical Sciences Director for the Microscopy Society of America. He is also currently serving on the editorial board for The Journal of Microscopy and Microanalysis.