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Faculty Writing Explores LGBT Health, Biometrics, Urban Planning

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The research and work of CSUF faculty members in such wide-ranging topics as biometrics, upban planning and mental health among black LBT women, have been published in three recent books.

Released in December by Chapman and Hall is “Biometrics in a Data Driven World: Trends Technologies and Challenges” co-edited by Sinjini Mitra, assistant professor of information systems and decision sciences, and Mikhail Gofman, associate professor of computer science. The publication gives an overview of the latest research and development in biometrics and biometrics-based applications, including the latest development of biometrics-based authentication on the mobile devices. Related article: Scientific Research in Cybersecurity

New this month is “Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics and the Grassroots,” by Erualdo R. González, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano studies. “It looks at new urbanism, creative class, and transit-oriented models and their implementation in Santa Ana, one of many working-class and racial/ethnic communities where these models have taken hold, with stirring interest in gentrification, as well as race, ethnic, and class debates and urban politics over development,” wrote González in the book’s abstract. “Spanning forty years, Latino City provides an in depth case study and mixed and community-based methods approach.”

The publication is part of the Routledge Studies in Urbanism and the City.

Siobhan Brooks, assistant professor of African American studies, notes that “little research has been done on the impact of identity management on mental health among Black LBT women” in the introduction to her book chapter, “Balancing Act: Identity Management and Mental Health Among Black LBT Women” in “Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation” published in January by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.