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Thanks + Giving: UT Researcher Says Gratitude May be a Key to Happiness

larsen‘Tis the season to be grateful. And being grateful for what you have may be the key to happiness, according to research by a UT professor.

Jeff Larsen, associate professor of psychology, and Amie McKibban of the University of Southern Indiana investigated whether the maxim “it’s more important to want what you have than to have what you want” is true.

He asked college students if they possessed fifty-two different material items, such as a car, a stereo, or a bed. They were then asked to rate how much they wanted the items they had and how much they wanted the items they didn’t have. Larsen calculated the extent to which the students want what they have and have what they want.

The result? People who want more of what they have tend to be happier.

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Public Forum on Community Health at UT Medical Center

A public forum on the chronically poor health condition of people in Knoxville and around Tennessee will be held on Thursday, November 20, at UT Medical Center.

The event, which will be free and open to the public, will be held from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Wood Auditorium in the main hospital building, located on the west side of the medical center campus.

Find more information at tntoday.utk.edu.


UT to Forge Partnerships with Norwegian Universities through New Program

UT has been chosen to participate in a new program designed to expand partnerships between universities in the United States and Norway.

The Norwegian Centre for International Collaboration in Education and the Institute of International Education (IIE) selected UT as one of twelve US colleges and universities to participate in the inaugural Norway initiative of IIE’s International Academic Partnership Program.

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Funding Opportunities Roundup: November 3-7

DOE Scholars Program Accepting Applications for Summer 2015

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent, and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

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Sigma Xi, NIMBioS Present Indrikis Krams Lecture

Indrikis KramsThe University of Tennessee chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, in partnership with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) is hosting a special lecture by Dr. Indrikis Krams. His lecture, titled “Reciprocal altruism and empathy in birds,” will focus on recent studies from his laboratory on cooperative behavior in songbird species.

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