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ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL, Democratic Party
Puerto Rico

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,621.23

Average cost per trip - $2,436.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 368 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara, other costs non-specified

Travel Cost - $7,628.00
Lodging Cost - $840.00
Meal Cost - $372.00
Other Cost - $282.00
Total Cost - $9,122.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri Caucus Retreat
Notes - spouse Luisa Acevedo -- lodging cost includes meals -- filed 06/12/2002

Travel Cost - $121.62
Lodging Cost - $598.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $719.62

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - McAllen, TX - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - CHCI Board of Directors Retreat
Notes - filed 05/15/2002

Travel Cost - $319.00
Lodging Cost - $255.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $574.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
Dates - February 18, 2001 - February 21, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico - Dallas, TX

Purpose - meeting with President Vincente Fox and other government officials and businessmen
Notes - spouse Luisa Gandara -- 2001, filed 05/2002

Travel Cost - $694.89
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,369.89

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.72

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Luisa Gandara accompanied. Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes

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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

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