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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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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HOEFFEL, JOSEPH M, Democratic Party
Pennsylvania

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,183.90

Average cost per trip - $2,363.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 21 days
Rank of representative - 378 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - April 3, 2000 - April 5, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose -
Notes - Alabama pilgrimage 35th anniversary of 1965 voting march

Travel Cost - $135.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $489.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bi-partisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Accompanied by wife Francesca M. Hoeffel

Travel Cost - $803.60
Lodging Cost - $868.89
Meal Cost - $690.94
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,403.38

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Francesca and child Jake accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Other cost is for registration fee.

Travel Cost - $378.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $1,498.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy conference
Notes - spouse Francesca M accompanied. Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,480.50
Lodging Cost - $1,309.50
Meal Cost - $944.62
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,779.57

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,421.00
Lodging Cost - $876.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,291.95

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 17, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Yellowstone National Park - winter use issue.
Notes - Spouse Francesca M Hoeffel accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,852.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,722.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 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.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.