Anthony Barcellos has been on the mathematics faculty at American River College in Sacramento since 1987. He is a graduate of Porterville College, Caltech, Fresno State, and the University of California at Davis. His associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees are in math and his Ph.D. from UC Davis is in math education. While still a teaching assistant in the UC Davis mathematics department in 1977, Barcellos persuaded the California state legislature to adopt a resolution in honor of the bicentennial of the birth of Carl Friedrich Gauss.
The Mathematical Association of America has honored his expository writing with awards for his College Mathematics Journal article on Benoit Mandelbrot’s fractal geometry and his interviews of Mandelbrot, Martin Gardner, and Stanislaw Ulam were collected in Mathematical People (Birkhäuser Boston, 1985). Between 1985 and 1990, Barcellos served as editor of Sacra Blue, the monthly magazine of the Sacramento PC Users Group, Inc., a non-profit computer organization. The students of American River College chose him as their Instructor of the Year in 1996 and in 2014 the American River College Patrons Club selected Barcellos for its Patrons Chair Award.
In addition to his work in math and math education, Barcellos has been on the legislative staff of the California state senate, served as an analyst for the California state treasurer’s office, and reported science stories for the Albuquerque Journal on an American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellowship. He became a published novelist with the release of Land of Milk and Money (Tagus Press, 2012, www.landofmilkandmoney.com), a fictionalized account of his family’s experiences as Azorean immigrants in Central California.