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Our Centre is comprised of a unique group of faculty members, interested in issues surrounding science, mathematics, and technology education.

Larry Bencze
Clare Brett
Rina Cohen
Indigo Esmonde
Wanja Gitari
Gila Hanna
Jim Hewitt
Ron Lancaster
Cathy Marks Krpan
Douglas McDougall
Erminia Pedretti
John Percy
Jim Slotta
John Wallace

John Percy

Research Overview

John Percy is Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at the Erindale Campus of the University of Toronto (UTM). He is cross-appointed to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T. His research interests include variable stars and stellar evolution; he has published over 200 research papers on these topics, received ongoing research grants from NSERC Canada and its predecessor for 40 years, and written a textbook Understanding Variable Stars (Cambridge University Press, 2007). John Percy is also active in science education (especially astronomy) at all levels, throughout the world. He has served as president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Institute, the American Association of Variable Variable Star Observers, the International Astronomical Union Commissions on Variable Stars, and on Astronomical Education, and of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. He has served as Honorary President of the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario, and as Vice-Chair (1992-98) of the Board of Trustees of the Ontario Science Centre. He is past chair of the Education and Outreach Committee of the Canadian Astronomical Society, and is currently a member of the Canadian Committee for International Year of Astronomy 2009. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for contributions to research and education. In 2006, he was an inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto President's Teaching Award, and an inaugural member of the Teaching Academy.

Research Grants and Contracts

Most recently, on behalf of a team of Canadian astronomer/educators, John has received a grant of $72,000 over three years from NSERC PromoScience, for "Inspiring Youth Through Astronomy", to coordinate hundreds of volunteers who will bring astronomy to young people across Canada in engaging ways, in both formal and informal settings. In a related project, he is co-leading a project to develop resources to support the teaching of astronomy and space in the Ontario revised secondary school curriculum. Partners include the Science Teachers Association of Ontario, NRC Canada, and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

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