Western University Physics adn AstronomyWestern Science

Kanthi Kaluarachchi, Assistant Professor

Kanthi Kaluarachchi

Contact Information

Office: MSA 2203
Tel: (519) 661-2111 x86446
E-mail: kanthi [at] uwo [dot] ca

Personal web page

Research Areas

Director of First Year Physics Laboratories

Research Interests

Physics & Astronomy department at Western hosts the largest first year undergraduate laboratories in Canada with close to 2000 students. My work in this position involves curriculum development for all the first year laboratories, developing novel and inquiry based laboratories for physics courses targeted to the physical sciences, engineering and biological sciences, and the general management of the laboratory.  I am also an academic counselor to physics students.  The first year laboratory recruits about 30 international and local graduate students every year as teaching assistants (TAs) and I conduct a thorough TA training program in the laboratory to maintain the high quality of teaching.  This TA training program also offers high level of individual guidance and activities that orient international teaching assistants to the standards of classroom instruction in Canadian universities. 

I organize and conduct many outreach activities for high school students, teachers and the community. I support local and national science fairs by mentoring science fair students.

Publications

  1. Kanthi Kaluarachchi, Physics Laboratory Manual for the Life Sciences, Part I, Nelson Education Limited
  2. Kanthi Kaluarachchi, Physics Laboratory Manual for the Life Sciences, Part II, Nelson Education Limited
  3. Kanthi Kaluarachchi, Physics Laboratory Manual for Science and Engineering, Part I, University Graphic Services.
  4. Kanthi Kaluarachchi, Physics Laboratory Manual for Science and Engineering, Part II, University Graphic Services. 

Teaching

Teaching Assistant Training Program for International and local Graduate students in Physics and Astronomy Department.
Director of the First Year Physics Laboratory
International Education Coordinator
Laboratory instruction for:
  • Physics 1301A – Introductory Physics I
  • Physics 1302B – Introductory Physics II
  • Physics 1401A – Physics for Engineering Students I
  • Physics 1402B – Physics for Engineering Students II
  • Physics 1502A – Enriched Introductory Physics I
  • Physics 1502B – Enriched Introductory Physics I
  • Physics 1028A – Physics for the Biological Sciences
  • Physics 1029B – Physics for the Biological Sciences Physics
  • 1028A – 650 – Distance Studies - Physics for Biological Sciences
  • Physics 1029B – 650 – Distance Studies - Physics for Biological Sciences

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Academic Counselling Committee
  • Member of the Outreach Committee