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The Science of Smart

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HOLT, RUSH, Democratic Party
New Jersey

Total number of trips - 17
Total cost of trips - $86,134.33

Average cost per trip - $5,066.73
Total number of days spent traveling - 96 days
Rank of representative - 53 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - January 24, 2000 - January 24, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - attend NYSE day for freshman members
Notes -

Travel Cost - $378.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $55.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $433.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 6, 2001 - January 18, 2001 (13 days)
Location(s) - Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost. Transport includes international, domestic and car. 1/15/01 - 1/18/01 at own expense.

Travel Cost - $13,487.50
Lodging Cost - $2,467.58
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,955.08

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 Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - December 31, 2001 - January 13, 2002 (14 days)
Location(s) - Bangalore, India

Purpose - Congressional delegation trip, World Economic Forum.
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. 12/31-1/9 and 1/12-1/13 at personal expense. Lodging expenses include meals.

Travel Cost - $250.62
Lodging Cost - $591.71
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $842.33

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 29, 2002 - April 7, 2002 (10 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - spouse Dr. Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other expenses include transportation within China.

Travel Cost - $11,633.00
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost - $2,000.00
Other Cost - $1,000.00
Total Cost - $16,433.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Stephens College
Dates - April 27, 2002 - April 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbia, SC

Purpose - To give lecture on ethical responsibilities for those in public service.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $364.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $364.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carleton College
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 21, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Northfield, MN

Purpose - To speak as part of the "What Physicists Do" lecture series
Notes - transportation cost includes $74.22 rental car.

Travel Cost - $332.22
Lodging Cost - $106.88
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $439.10

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 17, 2003 - January 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Lanai, HI

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-China relations
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied.

Travel Cost - $2,882.80
Lodging Cost - $1,960.00
Meal Cost - $3,420.00
Other Cost - $50.00
Total Cost - $8,312.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil rights pilgrimage to Alabama
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $960.00
Lodging Cost - $536.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $80.00
Total Cost - $1,826.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 26, 2003 - June 1, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,898.20
Lodging Cost - $2,850.00
Meal Cost - $1,600.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,548.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Yellowstone National Park, WY

Purpose - Viewing the effects of snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park.
Notes - Spouse Dr Margaret Lancefield accompanied. Other costs are for snowmobile tour

Travel Cost - $1,065.00
Lodging Cost - $760.00
Meal Cost - $420.00
Other Cost - $370.00
Total Cost - $2,615.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation

Travel Cost - $3,937.87
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $7,177.87

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Dates - May 23, 2004 - May 28, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Zion National Park, UT - Parunuweap Wilderness area, UT - Kanab, UT - Escalante National Monument, UT - Moab, UT

Purpose - to discuss National Park Service transportation systems and other wilderness and park issues
Notes - spouse - Margaret Lancefield - ground transportation. Grand Staircase

Travel Cost - $831.30
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,131.30

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 US policy in Latin America
Notes - Newark Airport - Houston Airport - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Punta Mita, Mexico - Puerta Vallarta Airport - Newark Airport

Travel Cost - $2,391.56
Lodging Cost - $2,950.00
Meal Cost - $1,818.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,159.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Intl Management & Development Institute
Dates - February 23, 2005 - March 1, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - London, England - Stuttgart, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy

Purpose - To meet with business and government representatives to discuss economic, trade and foreign policy interests of mutual concern and interest
Notes - Newark, NJ* - Paris* - London* - Stuttgart - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Bressanone, Italy - Washington, DC *The starred portions of trip were at the expense of the House Intelligence Committee because that travel was for committee business Personal expense

Travel Cost - $7,770.90
Lodging Cost - $2,483.65
Meal Cost - $1,050.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,304.55

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs & Civic Engagement at Colby College
Dates - April 24, 2005 - April 25, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Waterville, ME

Purpose - To address Colby College students, faculty, and local residents on energy policy in the new Congress
Notes - Newark, NJ - Portland, ME - Colby College (Waterville, ME) - Portland, ME - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $793.00
Lodging Cost - $85.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $125.00
Total Cost - $1,003.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages at Univ of Wisconsin Madison
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Madison, WI

Purpose - To address the annual conference of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
Notes - Philadelphia, PA - Madison, WI - Newark, NJ

Travel Cost - $313.29
Lodging Cost - $62.00
Meal Cost - $11.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $386.29

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.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.