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Faculty notes: Steinberg meets with civil rights leader about pesticide use

August 22, 2016
Dolores Huerta with Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg

Dolores Huerta with Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg

Brandman University Professor Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg updated the Central California URISA GIS User’s Group on her research on farmworkers, health, communities, GIS and pesticide drift recently.

Among those listening to the talk was civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association Dolores Huerta. Getting to meet Huerta and talking to her about how the data can help empower communities through the Dolores Huerta Foundation was a highlight of the meeting, said Steinberg. Huerta received Meda of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2012 for her work with Cesar Chavez to improve conditions for farmworkers.

“People, Place and Health: A Sociospatial Perspective of Agricultural Works and Their Environment” used a geographical information system (GIS) to manage and map data about the effect of wind-born pesticides on Central Valley farmworkers and their families.

Steinberg and her husband, Steve Steinberg from the Southern California Coast Water Resource Project, reported on research they did while faculty members at Humboldt State University.

Steinberg is the chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee at Brandman and professor of social and environmental sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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