- Ed.D. in Institutional Management, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in School Administration, Pepperdine University
- M.S. in Business Administration, Marketing/Management, California State University, Long Beach
- B.A. in Economics, California State University, Long Beach
- MFA, Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
2013-14 Fullbright-Nehru Scholar Daniel Robert Kelly is a cross-discipline conceptual artist. He is active in multiple mediums, ranging from automated personas who roam the social spaces of the Internet to interactivity embedded in analog exploits of traditionally projected celluloid. His work often uses traditional animation, digital videography and photography encased in sculptural artifacts and installation.
He has exhibited in massive collaborative projects incorporating CGI for the Anchorage Museum and the Milwaukee Modern Art Museum. Currently, he teaches digital video production, interactive installation and darkroom photography.
- BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
- MS, Natural Resources, University of Michigan
Meghan teaches Environmental Engineering at Sierra Nevada College. A professional engineer by day, she works for the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District on a variety of restoration and stormwater treatment projects in the Tahoe Basin. Her primary areas of expertise and interest are stream restoration and low impact development. She enjoys teaching at SNC as a way to stay current in the fields of engineering and natural resources and to stay inspired by the inquisitive minds of students. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, whitewater, and mountain biking
- BA, University of Nevada, Reno
- MA, Lesley College
Nancy joined SNC as an adjunct faculty member in the fall of 2009. She received her ESL endorsement from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008. Nancy taught 29 years for the Washoe County School District. She retired and became an independent educational consultant. She is presently working at a variety of schools in the district as an instructional coach and teacher leader. She is currently working for Pearson as a professional developer and traveling all over the United States. Nancy is a member of the International Reading Association, and is on the editing board for the Reading Teacher. She is also a member of ASCD.
- BA, Baldwin-Wallace College
- MFA, Kent State University
Mary is currently interested in creating works on paper which includes combining collage, printmaking, drawing and painting. These works on paper are explorations of media, idea and repetition. Many of the images she uses are borrowed from familiar printed material such as science textbooks, children’s books and parenting manuals. Mary has participated in numerous shows nationally and regionally, most recently a solo exhibition at the McKinley Arts Center in Reno, NV. Her prints are in the collection of Kent State University, Iowa State University, and Zygote Press among others. She is an associate professor at Sierra Nevada College teaching drawing, painting, printmaking and design.
Fiction, Poetry, Music
- Ph.D. in American Literature, University of California at Davis
Christian Kiefer’s first novel, The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury) appeared on best of the year lists from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist and was given rave reviews in The Washington Post, Oprah.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Brooklyn Rain, Library Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. T.C. Boyle called the novel “smart, lyrical [and] deeply moving” and noted its “emotional complexity and pure aching beauty.” Pam Houston called it “the most emotionally and syntactically sophisticated debut I have ever seen.” His second novel, The Animals (Liveright / W.W. Norton) was a best book of the year from Amazon.com and was praised by Richard Ford, Janet Fitch, and many others. Porter Shreve, writing about the novel in the San Francisco Chronicle, noted that “the book is not just a galloping great read; it’s a violent, tender, terrifying, genuine work of art.”
Kiefer is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for his short fiction, which has appeared in Santa Monica Review, Zyzzyva, Catamaran Literary Reader, and elsewhere. He writes and publishes poetry on a regular basis, and has a long second career in music, under the auspices of which he has collaborated with members of Smog, Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, Low, and The Band.
He teaches regularly at conferences including the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Catamaran Writing Conference, and has been a fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Upcoming work includes the novella, One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide (Nouvella) and the novel, Kingdom of Wolves (Liveright / W.W. Norton).
He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada northeast of Sacramento, California with his wife and sons.
A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review. Twice a NTYBREditors’ Choice, and many time landing on the best lists of Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, as well as many American Library Association lists, King has managed to bridge a gap between teen and adult readers with her crossover approach to writing young adult novels.
About her characters, she says, “Some people don’t know if my characters are crazy or if they are experiencing something magical. I think that’s an accurate description of how I feel every day.”
About writing, she says, “Be defiantly creative.”
King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others. King’s poetry and short fiction for adults has been widely published and nominated for Best New American Voices. She has been a visiting faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and spends many months of the year traveling the county speaking to high school students, focusing on students in at-risk situations. After fifteen years living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.
Barry M. Klein received his Ph.D. in condensed matter theory from New York University in 1969 following an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from NYU in 1962. From 1969-71 he held a postdoctoral appointment at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). In 1971 he became a member of the NRL staff working in condensed matter theory and in plasma physics on the theory of x-ray emission from laser-produced plasmas. In 1978 he became head of the NRL Electronic Structure of Solids Section, leading a theoretical effort in electronic structure studies of a wide range of solid systems, with particular emphasis on fundamental investigations of superconducting properties and point defects. In 1984-85 he was Program Manager for Condensed Matter Theory and Acting Section Head for Condensed Matter Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Returning to NRL in 1985, Dr. Klein became Branch Head for Condensed Matter Physics, supervising efforts in experimental x-ray physics, plasma spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation, in addition to theoretical condensed matter research. In 1989 Dr. Klein became Branch Head for the Complex Systems Theory Branch, leading a theoretical effort involving over 20 scientists engaged in studies of a wide range of condensed matter properties from electronic structure theory, to many body theory, to atomic physics. In 1992 Dr. Klein became Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of California, Davis. In 1998 he was appointed to the position of Vice Provost for Academic Personnel at UC Davis, a position he held for three years. On July 1, 2001 Dr. Klein was appointed Vice Chancellor for Research at UC Davis, a position he held until September 2010. He is currently Professor of Physics and Director of the McClellan Nuclear Research Center at UC Davis.
Dr. Klein is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a Fellow and Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, and he is a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has also been Chair of the APS Division of Computational Physics. He was the recipient of a New York City Mayor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement undergraduate scholarship, a NASA Graduate Fellowship, and a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associateship. He has received several government awards including a Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1992. He has been a member of numerous NSF, DoD and DoE and DOE Laboratory committees including: the NSF Supercomputing Center Peer Review Committee; the High Performance Computing Advisory Board for Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories; the Advisory Committee for Physical Sciences and Space Technology and the Director¹s Advisory Committee at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and the Materials Science and Technology Advisory Committee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has been involved in developing and supporting numerous major research initiatives at UC Davis, and he has served on many committees and boards in support of UC Davis, the UC system, and the international scientific community.
Dr. Klein’s condensed matter research efforts have been in electronic structure theory and applications, studying the fundamental properties of condensed matter systems using theoretical and computational approaches. He has over 140 research publications.