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FOSSELLA, VITO MR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $10,237.73

Average cost per trip - $2,047.55
Total number of days spent traveling - 15 days
Rank of representative - 429 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - National Association of Broadcasters
Dates - April 8, 2001 - April 10, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Spouse Mary Pat Fossella accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $2,400.00
Lodging Cost - $1,300.00
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost - $60.00
Total Cost - $4,080.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telecom Association
Dates - February 25, 2001 - February 28, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - Fact finding - telecom issues
Notes - Spouse and child accompanied, neither of their names given. [assumed destination][assumed sponsor]

Travel Cost - $1,401.50
Lodging Cost - $681.80
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,083.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Not specified
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - The Hague, Netherlands

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $263.20
Lodging Cost - $86.86
Meal Cost - $38.42
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $388.48

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NASDAQ
Dates - March 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,674.00
Lodging Cost - $1,028.00
Meal Cost - $335.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,037.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - NYSE
Dates - July 18, 2004 - July 19, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - No travel was paid for

Travel Cost - $93.00
Lodging Cost - $323.56
Meal Cost - $232.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.95

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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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