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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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ALLEN, THOMAS H, Democratic Party
Maine

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $79,591.11

Average cost per trip - $4,681.83
Total number of days spent traveling - 69 days
Rank of representative - 58 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Drummond, Woodsum & Macmahon
Dates - July 7, 2000 - July 7, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speak before American Bar Association -- Installation even for Robert Hirshon from Portland, ME as president
Notes - Transportation Costs: "highest commercial fare available"

Travel Cost - $675.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $690.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 18, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by wife Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,221.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,425.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - to participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $11,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,000.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $2,790.50
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,350.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Generic Pharmaceutical Association
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 11, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - to speak in a conference about trade
Notes - staffer went to same place and filled in Miami, FL for destination.

Travel Cost - $746.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $746.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 17, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Health Policy Conference
Notes - spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $1,465.50
Lodging Cost - $1,336.50
Meal Cost - $828.00
Other Cost - $89.90
Total Cost - $3,719.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 16, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Education
Notes - Other costs are $35 for jacket, $9.95 for tote bag

Travel Cost - $562.00
Lodging Cost - $438.44
Meal Cost - $237.50
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $1,282.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2003 - July 3, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on political Islam
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $4,565.10
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $2,400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,165.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US China relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $5,880.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,260.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,814.00
Lodging Cost - $1,725.00
Meal Cost - $1,980.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,519.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - February 15, 2004 - February 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan congressional health policy conference
Notes - doesn’t specify what other cost was

Travel Cost - $522.86
Lodging Cost - $884.90
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $1,938.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To discuss the shipbuilding industry and its future
Notes -

Travel Cost - $840.50
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $240.00
Total Cost - $1,527.12

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - June 27, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lausanne, Switzerland

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Diana Allen

Travel Cost - $7,212.80
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,812.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Keystone Energy Board
Dates - February 10, 2005 - February 12, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Attending the annual Keystone Energy Board meeting
Notes - Washington, DC - Denver - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $379.40
Lodging Cost - $360.09
Meal Cost - $131.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $870.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan health policy conference
Notes - Portland - Ft Lauderdale - Portland

Travel Cost - $621.76
Lodging Cost - $904.50
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $2,528.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Ship Building Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - To provide a forum for Members of Congress and leaders of the shipbuilding industry to share areas of concern, and to discuss policy and legislation to rebuild sea service and the shipbuilding industry
Notes - District - Ft Myers - District

Travel Cost - $810.91
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $290.04
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,469.37

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Assn of Clinical Research Professionals
Dates - April 6, 2005 - April 6, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Panel discussion on prescription drug re-importation
Notes - Portland, ME - Orlando, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $284.10
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $284.10

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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.

Recent Posts

  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.