CHS Adjunct Faculty

Kathryn Clifford, MA

Education

MA, Education, California State University, Sacramento

BS, Nursing, California State University, Sacramento

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About

Kathryn Clifford started her academic studies as a nursing major at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). While going to school Kathryn worked in various divisions of the medical community but ultimately found her passion in teaching. She graduated from CSUS with a Master’s degree in Education and an emphasis in gender equity and teacher education. After graduation, Kathryn was offered a lecturer position at CSUS in the Psychology department. While working as a Psychology lecturer, she ran her own research lab specializing in college student success, grit, extra-curricular involvement, stress management, motivation, and mindfulness. The basis of Kathryn’s teaching philosophy is to not only help student’s navigate the learning process but to also give them a realistic view of the learning process. Too often, we forget that some of the greatest discoveries in history were made not on the first attempt but after a hundred times of failing.

In addition to teaching and research Kathryn has been and is currently the advisor for several campus clubs at CSUS, such as Golden Key International Honour Society and Psychology Society. University and community service is very important to Kathryn, she is on several boards and committees, locally, nationally, and internationally. Volunteering for local groups such as veterans, people with disabilities, and the homeless is a passion of hers. This is Kathryn’s first semester at California Northstate University (CNU) and she is ecstatic to work in such a welcoming environment; she can’t wait to get involved on the CNU campus. If you can’t find Kathryn on either the CNU or CSUS campuses then she can be found on her 10 acre ranch hanging out with her husband, dogs, and cows.

 

Tristan Eifler, PhD

Education 

PhD, Biochemistry, UC Davis

BS, Biochemistry and molecular biology, UC Davis

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About

As I high school student I was fascinated by both biology and chemistry. After being accepted at the University of California, Davis I decided to pursue the marriage of the two disciplines by majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. A few years later I returned to UC Davis for my doctorate. My dissertation focused on the sequential and structural preferences of the RNA editor enzyme ADAR2, which, among other functions, seems to 'fine-tune' the nervous system by generating isomorphs of voltage-gated ion channels. After receiving my Ph.D. I accepted a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, San Francisco, where I studied how transcription is regulated in eukaryotes. Two years later I finished my postdoctoral work and, wanting to transition back to education and the greater Sacramento area, moved back to Davis and started my career as an adjunct professor.

As a life science and chemistry teacher I emphasize deep understanding of the material and critical thinking. While it is necessary and indeed helpful to memorize data and trends, comprehending the origin of patterns is vital; knowing that atomic radii increase from right to left and up to down on the periodic table is one thing but being able to explain why this trend exists is another. Good laboratory habits are also critical to success in health science careers so I work to cultivate good laboratory practices in all my students.

 

Machelle Gavron, MS

Education 

MS, Chemistry, California State University Sacramento

BS, Chemistry, Franciscan University of Steubenville

BS, Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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About

I have always had a passion for the scientific subjects, most notably Chemistry. As such I earned a BS in Chemistry and a BS in Biology from Franciscan University of Steubenville located in Steubenville, Ohio. After I graduated I went on to do my Master's work at California State University, Sacramento in Chemistry focusing on Chemical Education. I truly enjoy teaching other students about chemistry and how we see it all around us in our daily lives. I taught Chemistry labs at Sac State for 3 years, lectured a Chemistry course at ARC for one semester and taught middle school science for 2 years. I have a very energetic and bubbly personality and I tend to talk with my hands a lot when I get excited. I love the world in which we live and seeing everything from a scientific viewpoint has enabled me to appreciate the intricacies and mysteries of life. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy reading fiction novels, swimming, playing with my chocolate lab, sketching fantasy pictures, singing loudly to my favorite songs and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.

 

Mary Yin Liu, JD 

Education

JD, Loyola Law School
BA, Social Ecology (pre-law), English Minor, UC Irvine

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About

In her early career, Mrs. Liu worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Solano and Yolo Counties. As a prosecutor, she managed misdemeanor and felony matters, interviewed young victims, and advocated for resources and support services to achieve the best outcomes. In the local community, she served as Vice-President of the Solano County Women Lawyers Association, and as an appointee on the Yolo County Planning Commission.

Currently, Mrs. Liu is an owner/operator of Golden Arch Enterprises, and manages the human resources department for her company. She was elected President of the McDonald's Operators Association in Northern California, and received the highest regional award for best people practices and outstanding community service.

Mrs. Liu has a passion for mentoring and supporting students, and volunteers at several nonprofit organizations to chair local student scholarship and internship programs. She teaches SEMR 410, a health professions seminar series, and is one of the leads for the Media and Communications Studio. 

 

Kevin Martin, PhD

Education

PhD Chemistry, University of California, Davis

MS Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis

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About

Dr. Kevin Martin earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemistry and comparative pathology, respectively, from the University of California, Davis. His graduate research focused on the synthesis of small molecules and natural products that target an essential bacterial cell division protein, FtsZ, with the goal of facilitating the identification of new antibiotics to combat the rise of bacterial resistance. Dr. Martin completed postdoctoral research at The Scripps Research Institute and California Institute for Biomedical Research where his work focused on the development of a stem cell-based high throughput screen to identify small molecules to treat irritable bowel disease, as well as medicinal chemistry studies to identify new drug candidates against infectious diseases. Most recently he completed postdoctoral work at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Chemical Defense where he directed efforts to build a medicinal chemistry laboratory and designed and executed experiments to identify small molecule medical countermeasures against nerve agent intoxication. Dr. Martin is also registered as a patent agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has experience drafting and prosecuting patents for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the life sciences industry.

Dr. Martin’s philosophy of teaching is to engage students in chemistry discussion by making subjects interesting to students and approachable. By approaching teaching in this manner he believes students will want to learn, will study the material, and will succeed. He aims to empower his students academically, and encourage them that chemistry is a subject they can understand, exceed in, and enjoy. When not teaching, Dr. Martin enjoys backpacking, hiking, playing music, and riding his motorcycle.

 

 

Elizabeth Ryder, MA

Education 

MS, Music, Bangor University, Wales

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About

Elizabeth Ryder holds a Master of Arts Degree in Music concentrating in Composition, and Creative Music and Technology for Media and the Arts, from Bangor University, Wales, UK. She has taught Music at the college level for ten years in both community college and university settings, and maintained an active career in the music field for over fifteen years. Ms Ryder’s perspective is that being creatively and professionally active enhances the classroom experience, and is beneficial to both the student, and instructor. She has worked with numerous bay area and Sacramento based theatre companies as a composer and sound designer, and has performed at festivals and venues in both the UK and USA - amongst other creative projects - bringing a wealth of professional and historical knowledge to the classroom. Ms Ryder enjoys teaching Music Appreciation in particular as it informs students about myriad forms, genres, and composers, so they may experience the depth and richness contained in the subject’s historical and cultural values.

Contact

Phone: 916-686-7300
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Address

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College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032