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Gloria Orchard

Gloria Orchard

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Gloria Orchard
Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream


Physics and Astronomy

Eligible to Supervise

Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program
Associate Member


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Phone Number (416)736-2100 x 66480

Research Interests

My research interests are experimental physics in radiation science and medical physics, and physics education. During my post graduate research career I found a strong interest in experimental measurement techniques and detector development in radiation science and microdosimetry. During this time I also found a passion for teaching and learning especially in the physics laboratory environment.

Through my instruction I continually look for ways to guide, inspire, and motivate students to want to learn and understand the content of my courses. This is an on-going hard challenge and there is no easy answer. The path to learning is variable and each individual student has their own learning process. I aim to guide students through the learning process, using in-lecture activities to practice problem-solving skills, encourage group discussion, demonstrations to help visualize and relate the concepts to real life, and provide them with the skills they need to continue learning on their own. I emphasize the importance of laboratory experiments and active learning and continually work on improving the laboratory experience for students.

Research Areas

Biological Physics, Pedagogical Research, Physics Education, Science Eduation

Research Types