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The Science of Smart

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FARR, SAM, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $58,720.61

Average cost per trip - $3,914.71
Total number of days spent traveling - 72 days
Rank of representative - 97 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - Brussels, Belgium - Venice, Italy

Purpose - Meet with European leaders and discuss economic issues
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied

Travel Cost - $8,036.62
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $858.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,244.62

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Conference participant
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Other cost is for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $6,099.37
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $9,479.37

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United Parcel Service
Dates - March 29, 2001 - April 2, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $525.00
Lodging Cost - $82.00
Meal Cost - $15.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $622.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied.

Travel Cost - $3,335.95
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,650.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,340.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Contributed $500 toward cost of trip - so total subsidized cost is $585.

Travel Cost - $721.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,085.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 28, 2002 - June 2, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Barcelona, Spain

Purpose - to participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - spouse Mrs. Shary Farr

Travel Cost - $3,824.00
Lodging Cost - $1,650.00
Meal Cost - $1,500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,974.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 11, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - educational
Notes -

Travel Cost - $379.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,029.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - conference on Islam
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,472.10
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,997.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Urbanists International
Dates - February 21, 2003 - February 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Educational. Trip looked at planning and land management issues.
Notes - Other costs include transportation within island (taxis, tips etc). (a sepaarate filing listed the trip was paid for by the Center for International Policy.

Travel Cost - $450.00
Lodging Cost - $585.00
Meal Cost - $200.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - September 12, 2003 - September 14, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Potomac, MD

Purpose - Educational group discussion
Notes - Spouse Shary Farr accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $100.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $636.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - to reflect on the work of members of Congress and the pressures of the job
Notes - travel at personal expense - with spouse Shary Farr

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $512.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $723.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Palm Springs, CA

Purpose - meet with CA government officials to discuss California's future
Notes - other covered "group activities"

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $358.43
Other Cost - $20.37
Total Cost - $778.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - conference on US Brazil relations
Notes - with spouse Shary Farr - other covered taxi fare

Travel Cost - $3,715.73
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $8,085.73

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 14, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S. Policy in Latin America
Notes - Monterey, CA - Punta Mita, Mexico - Monterey, CA

Travel Cost - $944.34
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $909.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,903.34

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation
Dates - July 9, 2004 - July 11, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Members of the CBC, CHC, and CAPAC met to discuss minority health issues
Notes - Washington, DC - Miami, FL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $336.74
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $436.74

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.

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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    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.
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    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

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    Is school funding fair?

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