Meet the Arts & Science Killam fellows
Three Arts & Science faculty members have been awarded the prestigious Killam Research Fellowship by the Canada Council for the Arts. Jeremy Quastel, Sali Tagliamonte and Mark Lautens will each be provided $70,000 for two years of research. They comprise half of this year’s Fellows.
They spoke to U of T News about their research.
“What you develop here, turns out, unexpectedly, to be useful over there. So the important thing is to develop a rich mathematical and scientific culture in Canada, and for this, it is essential to have strong fundamental research.”
“The really cool thing about this type of research is that it enables me to see how a highly complex evolving human system works and in turn how the human mind works. Also, because ongoing changes in language reflect social, cultural and other human factors I can also discover what is going on in the communities where people use language — network, neighbourhood, city, or country.”
“Discovering something new (and useful) is not that easy. It takes a special kind of person to endure the failure because they sense success will be so sweet. I would say students should follow whatever subject makes them feel passion.”