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GONZALEZ, CHARLES A, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $17,737.18

Average cost per trip - $1,970.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 327 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Telecom Association
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Educational - Telecom policy
Notes -

Travel Cost - $588.00
Lodging Cost - $891.00
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,724.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 5, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - 2005 International CES Technology Program
Notes - Washington, DC - Las Vegas, NV

Travel Cost - $379.70
Lodging Cost - $1,216.44
Meal Cost - $425.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $2,111.14

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Dates - January 9, 2005 - January 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Fact finding trip
Notes - Las Vegas - Detroit - San Antonio

Travel Cost - $631.20
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost - $265.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $1,606.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Greater Houston Partnership
Dates - February 28, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - Greater Houston Partnership 2005 TX Congressional summit
Notes - San Antonio - Houston, TX - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $202.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $202.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - November 5, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding, educational visit
Notes - San Antonio, TX - Taiwan, ROC - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Telecommunications Industry Assn
Dates - April 8, 2005 - April 10, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Cambridge, MD

Purpose - Policy summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Cambridge, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $242.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $592.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - All Kinds of Minds
Dates - March 12, 2004 - March 15, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Meeting on educational issues
Notes - Personal expense 3/12 - 3/14. [assumed destination]

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $304.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $304.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronic Assn
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - 2004 International CES Technology Program
Notes - San Antonio, TX - Las Vegas - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $437.00
Lodging Cost - $1,216.44
Meal Cost - $570.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,223.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Telecom Assn
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 16, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Educational - Telecom Policy
Notes - Washington, DC - San Diego, CA - Washington, DC House of Representatives date stamp is illegible

Travel Cost - $588.00
Lodging Cost - $891.00
Meal Cost - $245.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,724.00

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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