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University Professor Gets $25,000 Grant To Study Happiness

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico State University philosophy professor has received a federal grant to explore happiness.

NMSU announced Tuesday that Mark Walker will explore the nature of happiness thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The two-year, $25,000 grant will allow Walker to develop a “happiness course,” which will be available in spring 2013.

The “NEH Enduring Questions” grant program supports the development of new courses that foster intellectual community through the study of an enduring question.

Walker said part of the grant money will be used to construct a happiness booth where students in the philosophy class will have the chance to emulate Socrates, and ask the public about the nature of happiness.

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