Carleton Researcher to Receive Prestigious 2014 Killam Prize

The Canada Council for the Arts will present Killam Prize to distinguished Carleton University researcher Fraser Taylor on Monday, May 26, 2014. This year, Carleton captured two of the 10 Killam Prizes and Fellowships awarded in Canada.

When: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Rideau Hall
Note: Manuella Vincter will not be in attendence.
The event is by invitation only.
Media are asked to use the Princess Anne Entrance and arrive by 5:30 asking for Julie Rocheleau.

Taylor, a distinguished research professor and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, introduced the new discipline of cybercartography to the world, with its capacity to illuminate socio-economic issues.

In March, the council announced a Killam Fellowship for Carleton’s Manuella Vincter, who will continue her work on the globally collaborative ATLAS physics experiment.

These national awards celebrate Canada’s most distinguished researchers in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering.

“Carleton’s reputation as a global research centre continues to grow with the recognition of these two outstanding scholars,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “The work they are doing is making a worldwide impact.’’

Taylor has demonstrated the power of cybercartography, an enhanced form of multimedia mapping using geographic information management that deepens the understanding of socio-economic issues.

In Canada, and around the world, his cybercartographic atlases have delivered new perspectives and a way to comprehend complex issues such as trade and economic patterns, international development and the risk of homelessness.

“This is the first time the Killam Prize has been awarded to a cartographer and I am proud to see the discipline recognized for its important contributions,” said Taylor. “I share this honour with my team and I look forward to continuing our research on cybercartography.”

Taylor recently co-authored the book, Developments in the Theory and Practice of Cybercartography: Applications and Indigenous Mappingand he continues to apply his expertise with Inuit and First Nations communities in Canada.

He is actively engaged in the new United Nations Initiative on Geospatial Information Management, which seeks to address key global challenges through more effective use of global geospatial information.

Vincter’s research addresses both the fundamental interest in better understanding Standard Model processes and the Higgs mechanism at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), as well as how this correlates with the potential of new physics discoveries beyond the expected. Her work will address fundamental questions about the origins of the universe. This fellowship enables a leading Canadian contribution to fundamental science, enhancing the visibility and reputation of Canadian physics on an international stage.

“This fellowship enables me to fully dedicate my energy and time to research over the next two years,” said Vincter, Canada Research Chair in Particle Physics. “As part of the ATLAS team, I will continue to strive to gain a better understanding of the Higgs boson, whose existence helps elucidate how all matter acquires mass.”

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