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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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BLACKBURN, MARSHA W, Republican Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $24,366.70

Average cost per trip - $1,740.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 34 days
Rank of representative - 266 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Washington County Republican Party
Dates - May 9, 2003 - May 9, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Johnson City, TN

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Washington County Republican Party annual Lincoln Day dinner
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,513.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,513.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Malt Beverage Association
Dates - July 27, 2003 - July 29, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Walton, FL

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Tennessee Malt Beverage Association annual conference
Notes - Spouse Charles Blackburn accompanied. Other costs are tolls

Travel Cost - $742.27
Lodging Cost - $388.02
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $4.00
Total Cost - $1,134.29

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Foundation of Women Legislators
Dates - August 29, 2003 - August 31, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Was a guest speaker at the NFWL annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost - $209.00
Meal Cost - $18.23
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 22, 2004 - January 23, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Conservative Members Retreat
Notes - other costs were audiovisual and incidentals

Travel Cost - $127.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $126.03
Other Cost - $39.13
Total Cost - $442.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican National Committee
Dates - January 8, 2004 - January 9, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Congressman was invited to speak at an RNC event
Notes - Blackburn didn't sign original, so this was amendment, meals incl

Travel Cost - $505.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $855.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Futures Industry Conference
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 21, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Keynote panelist for the conference
Notes - Spouse Charles Blackburn - other costs was rental car - Charles went from Nashville to Boca Raton to Nashville

Travel Cost - $2,754.50
Lodging Cost - $1,270.08
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $174.75
Total Cost - $4,199.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club of Growth
Dates - March 11, 2005 - March 13, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Myers, FL

Purpose - Speaking at the Club for Growth Annual Conference
Notes - Congressman: Washington, DC - Ft Myers, FL / Ft Myers, FL - Dallas, TX Charles Blackburn: Nashville, TN - Tampa, FL, Ft Myers, FL - Dallas, TX Personal Expense 3/13

Travel Cost - $1,359.40
Lodging Cost - $325.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,934.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Assn
Dates - April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Oakland, CA

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Rep Marsha Blackburn - Nashville, TN - Oakland, CA - Washington, DC Charles Blackburn - Nashville, TN - Oakland, CA - Nashville, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $3,019.39
Lodging Cost - $763.80
Meal Cost - $313.52
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,096.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Tennessee Gas Assn
Dates - June 29, 2004 - June 30, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Jacksonville, FL

Purpose - Educational, keynote speaking at the conference
Notes - Mobile, AL - Jacksonville, FL - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $673.00
Lodging Cost - $303.02
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,076.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Club for Growth
Dates - February 20, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking to Conference
Notes - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Memphis, TN Including spouse

Travel Cost - $938.60
Lodging Cost - $290.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,328.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Excalibur Classic Inc
Dates - April 16, 2005 - April 18, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Guest speaking at a fundraiser for Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Duke University Children's Hospital
Notes - Rep Marsha Blackburn - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Washington, DC Mary Morgan Ketchel - Nashville, TN - West Palm Beach, FL - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $800.60
Lodging Cost - $705.00
Meal Cost - $280.90
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,786.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Retailing Assn
Dates - August 22, 2005 - August 23, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Speaking, Giving keynote address to annual conference
Notes - Nashville, TN - Aspen, CO - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $749.39
Lodging Cost - $374.12
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost - $500.00
Total Cost - $1,723.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Retailing Assn
Dates - September 18, 2005 - September 20, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Delivering keynote address at ERA's annual convention
Notes - Nashville, TN - Las Vegas, NV - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $1,303.80
Lodging Cost - $274.78
Meal Cost - $269.48
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,848.06

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - FreedomWorks
Dates - October 11, 2005 - October 12, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Charlottesville, VA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Annual Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Charlottesville, VA - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $1,287.30
Lodging Cost - $354.00
Meal Cost - $145.09
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,786.39

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

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    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.
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    Is school funding fair?

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