Meet the people who make Discover the Universe possible!
The brains behind this operation, Julie is the one with the scientific know-how and the big ideas! She creates most of the awesome resources available here on our website. She loves sharing her passion for astronomy with everyone, believing that a greater understanding of the Universe will deepen our appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants.
Julie studied Physics, Astronomy, and Education and has been working in science education for over 25 years. In 2020, Julie was recognized for her work with Discover the Universe when she was awarded the Qilak prize for Communication, Education and Public Outreach in Astronomy by the Canadian Astronomical Society .
When she's not working, Julie loves spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, cross-country skiing and looking at the sky.
julie @ discovertheuniverse.ca
Lindsay P. Mann
Lindsay is the super-organized wizard behind the scenes, making sure everything is running like clockwork! With a background in communications, Lindsay's expertise is in making everything look great, and making sure you know how to find what you need.
She studied English Literature and Psychology, leading to a fulfilling career in communications, brand, and design. She's been working for science and heritage non-profits for more than 20 years.
In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys reading, knitting, playing table-top and video games, and going on adventure walks with her wonderful pups, Maple and Grover.
lindsay @ discovertheuniverse.ca
Charles CJ Woodford
CJ works on delivering the rad science and astronomy content in accessible, friendly formats. This includes leading webinars, building presentation files to share with teachers, and designing activities for your classrooms.
He graduated with his PhD in physics from the University of Toronto in 2020. He has science education experience as a middle and high school teacher, planetarium operator, undergraduate physics course developer, and knowledge translation specialist. CJ also works full time as a Research Associate at the World Data System International Technology Office hosted by Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria.
When not working, he enjoys playing open-world video games, baking, and spoiling his dog, Chip.
charles @ discovertheuniverse.ca
Alicia's main focus at DU is the upcoming 2024 eclipse. She's working on developing educational tools for your classrooms and carrying out training for the big day.
Alicia is currently completing her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. She has previous degrees in Education, Mathematics, and Physics, and has experience as a high school math and physics teacher in Ontario and in the UK. She's super passionate about science education!
In her off-time, Alicia loves spending time with her beautiful cat, Charlotte. She also enjoys reading, playing music, and baking.
alicia @ discovertheuniverse.ca
With an astronomy background and enthusiasm for science communication, Daniella works on creating educational content and training for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024!
Daniella graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy & Physics from the University of Toronto. During the time as a student, Daniella worked as a teaching assistant for several undergraduate courses and engaged the University of Toronto community, K-12 schools and the general public in astronomy based volunteer and outreach programs.
During free time, Daniella enjoys reading a good book, watching Sci-Fi movies and tv series, and stargazing!
daniella @ discovertheuniverse.ca
Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
The Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto adopted Discover the Universe in 2016 and since then they have been our main supporters and collaborators. We love being part of their team and collaborating with them on our projects.