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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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HONDA, MIKE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 24
Total cost of trips - $26,819.67

Average cost per trip - $1,117.49
Total number of days spent traveling - 86 days
Rank of representative - 244 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - California State Friendship Committee, Jiangsu Institute of International Relations, Chinese People Institute of Foreign Affairs
Dates - August 4, 2001 - August 12, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Jiangsu Province, China - Shanghai, China

Purpose - Fact finding in regard to trade and US high tech businesses.
Notes - Spouse Jeanne Honda accompanied. Chinese government gave $145 value of transportation, meals and admission, according to attached disclosure form.

Travel Cost - $2,222.00
Lodging Cost - $594.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,026.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 10, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $63.00
Lodging Cost - $330.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $393.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Rep. Don Young - House Transportation Committee
Dates - July 25, 2003 - August 3, 2003 (10 days)
Location(s) - AK

Purpose - Visit Alaska
Notes - Spouse Jeanne Honda accompanied

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $58.16
Meal Cost - $233.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $291.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak as a panelist at a forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $272.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $272.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Organization of Chinese Americans
Dates - April 26, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Keynote speak at OCA 2003 Banquet in Columbus OH
Notes -

Travel Cost - $650.50
Lodging Cost - $142.17
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $792.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American-Arab Anti-Discrimination League
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Dearborn, MI

Purpose - Keynote ADL 2003 Awards Reception/Dinner in Dearborn, MI
Notes -

Travel Cost - $645.00
Lodging Cost - $197.26
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $842.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Tri-caucus retreat in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Notes - Spouse Jeanne Honda accompanied

Travel Cost - $748.54
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $410.98
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,709.22

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - SAI Women International
Dates - October 31, 2003 - October 31, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Tarrytown, NY

Purpose - Attend Organization of Chinese Americans gala dinner in Tarrytown, NY and guest at a breakfast in Manhattan - meet and greet
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $137.67
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $137.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Committee of 100
Dates - April 2, 2004 - April 3, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $266.20
Lodging Cost - $227.91
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $494.11

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Microsoft Corporation
Dates - December 11, 2003 - December 13, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Seattle, WA

Purpose - to do a plant tour of Microsoft facility and meet with CEO of Starbucks
Notes - other cost - in-state bus transportation

Travel Cost - $811.00
Lodging Cost - $458.79
Meal Cost - $450.00
Other Cost - $300.00
Total Cost - $2,019.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Familiarization with Korea
Notes - filled out no dates - transpiration costs $100 per day in Seoul - did not include voucher for flight information he said he would - $250 per night - meal costs $100 per day and has receipt for suit $250

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Legislative exchange and meeting with Japanese Diet Members to discuss issues of concern to both nations
Notes - other expenses not specified - appears to be same trip as before

Travel Cost - $628.60
Lodging Cost - $679.96
Meal Cost - $69.46
Other Cost - $16.40
Total Cost - $1,394.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Elliott School of International Affairs, GW University
Dates - December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - U.S. Japan Economic Agenda, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, under a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Notes - dates at personal expense - 12/5-12/7 - did not include any costs of trips

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Dates - January 7, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Vail, CO - Edwards, CO

Purpose - thank you for member's efforts on the DCCC's behalf
Notes - transpiration costs paid for by Mike Honda for Congress - Lodging and meal combined expenses paid for by DCCC

Travel Cost - $1,316.40
Lodging Cost - $1,692.16
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,008.56

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japanese American Citizens League - Philadelphia Chapter
Dates - March 19, 2005 - March 19, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Congressman Honda was keynote speaker at their Annual Banquet on March 19th
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $91.79
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $91.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Federation of Teachers
Dates - April 2, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Anaheim, CA

Purpose - Congressman Honda was the keynote speaker for their 28th Annual Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel (PSRP) Conference Luncheon in Anaheim, CA
Notes - San Francisco, CA - Anaheim, CA / Anaheim, CA - San Francisco, CA

Travel Cost - $543.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $543.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Carter Center
Dates - June 30, 2004 - July 8, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Indonesia - South Korea - Taiwan

Purpose - Observe Presidential Election in Indonesia
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,554.50
Lodging Cost - $375.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $245.00
Total Cost - $5,174.50

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Conduct Tri-Caucus Health Forum in Miami, FL
Notes -

Travel Cost - $556.20
Lodging Cost - $336.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $892.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March, pilgrimage to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL - Selma, AL - Washington, DC *Additional $500 was paid by Mike Honda for Congress

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Assn (ENAHPA)
Dates - May 31, 2005 - June 8, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose - Keynote at Appreciation Dinner as chair of Cong. Ethiopian Caucus; Visit maternal-child health care clinic; HIV/AIDS clinic and community program, Fistula Hospital
Notes - Washington, DC - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Washington, DC. [Amended travel cost 7/20/05]

Travel Cost - $2,062.15
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,162.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Dates - June 25, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Keynote speaker at National JACL Youth/Student Conference Vision Award Banquet in Salt Lake City, UT
Notes - San Antonio, TX - Salt Lake City, UT - San Jose, CA Flt. TX to UT, lodging & banquet

Travel Cost - $312.70
Lodging Cost - $121.21
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $483.91

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asian American Heritage Foundation
Dates - May 12, 2005 - May 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Asian American Heritage Foundation 4th Annual Gala Dinner, May 12, 2005.
Notes - Washington, DC - Atlanta, GA - San Jose, CA (only to DC to GA leg paid by organization)

Travel Cost - $79.20
Lodging Cost - $249.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $403.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Japanese American Bar Assn (JABA)
Dates - March 25, 2005 - March 26, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - Keynote speaker at Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) 2005 Installation Dinner in Los Angeles, CA on 3/25/05
Notes - San Jose, CA - Los Angeles, CA - San Jose, CA Sponsor paid only flight from San Jose to Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $111.20
Lodging Cost - $363.82
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $560.02

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Legacy Foundation, Coalition to Promote Minority Health
Dates - July 22, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - Minority Health Summit in Chicago, IL; Congressman Honda attended as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
Notes - Washington, DC - Chicago, IL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $517.66
Lodging Cost - $459.30
Meal Cost - $223.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,200.66

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.