The UNM campus community is invited to learn more about research on critical health, well-being and education issues in New Mexico and beyond when the Department of Individual, Family and Community Education (IFCE) in the UNM College of Education hosts a Research Showcase Thursday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Travelstead Hall.

Researchers in the IFCE department explore issues across the lifespan that impact the daily lives of New Mexicans. The areas that comprise the Department of Individual, Family and Community Education include: Counselor Education, Educational Psychology, Early Childhood Multicultural Education, Family Studies and Nutrition.

At the showcase, researchers will address many topics within these areas including how children learn while playing, helping medical professionals work together to provide better care to seniors, how a farmer's market influences children's fruit and vegetable consumption, how to counsel people about death and dying, how fathers are involved in homework and why New Mexicans drop out of college.

The purpose of the showcase is twofold says Jay Parkes, chair, Department of Individual, Family and Community Education and associate professor of Educational Psychology.

"The goal of the research showcase is to raise the visibility of the research being done in the department, and to promote research collaborations within and outside of the department," said Parkes. "Given the diversity of topics researched in the department, researchers from all parts of campus may well find collaborators in IFCE. Department faculty have worked on funded projects at the Health Science Center, the School of Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences to name a few. We are always willing to work together with other UNM colleagues to meet the needs of New Mexico and beyond."

Approximately 135 co-authors will participate including 34 graduate student co-authors, more than 20 faculty co-authors, co-authors from at least three UNM Schools or colleges and co-authors from five other universities. Information tables will also be present from the Graduate Resource Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research and more.

"These researchers focus on key health, well-being, and education issues in New Mexican families, communities and schools," said Parkes. "Every New Mexican will see a study at this event relevant to their stage of life."