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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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HOUGHTON, AMORY JR, Republican Party
New York

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $44,539.43

Average cost per trip - $3,426.11
Total number of days spent traveling - 59 days
Rank of representative - 142 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Management & Development Institute
Dates - January 12, 2000 - January 18, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Baden-Baden, Germany

Purpose - US/German roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla Houghton

Travel Cost - $3,669.51
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $4,669.51

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Alabama pilgrimage to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1965 voting rights march
Notes - accompanied by wife Priscilla D. Houghton -- member paid $100 towards transportation for spouse/child

Travel Cost - $270.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $764.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 24, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Elmira, NY

Purpose - meet w/ corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,375.44
Lodging Cost - $428.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,803.44

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - April 16, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA - Silicon Valley, CA - Napa Valley, CA

Purpose - Meet with corporate officials to discuss legislative issues of mutual interest.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $275.66
Lodging Cost - $652.74
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $928.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 2, 2001 - March 4, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL - Birmingham, AL - Selma, AL

Purpose - Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Member paid $500 personally to participate in trip - removed from airfare cost.

Travel Cost - $221.00
Lodging Cost - $214.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $585.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Paris, France - Dusseldorf, Germany - Vaduz, Liechtenstein - Zurich, Switzerland

Purpose - US - German Roundtable for the 21st Century
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $7,927.00
Lodging Cost - $996.00
Meal Cost - $725.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,648.00

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 Priscilla Houghton 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) - Corning Inc.
Dates - March 8, 2002 - March 10, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Augusta, GA

Purpose - public policy forum
Notes - Other costs not specified.

Travel Cost - $1,356.00
Lodging Cost - $410.88
Meal Cost - $296.98
Other Cost - $533.20
Total Cost - $2,597.06

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 20, 2002 - February 26, 2002 (7 days)
Location(s) - Berlin, Germany - London, England

Purpose - U.S.-German roundtable for the 21st Century conference
Notes - spouse Priscilla accompanied.

Travel Cost - $14,000.00
Lodging Cost - $767.36
Meal Cost - $475.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $15,242.36

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 7, 2002 - June 10, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - panel discussions, meetings with corporate officials to discuss legislation of mutual interest.
Notes - other expenses include bus transportation.

Travel Cost - $750.00
Lodging Cost - $777.00
Meal Cost - $42.00
Other Cost - $66.66
Total Cost - $1,635.66

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Conference to share ideas
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied.

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost - $575.00
Total Cost - $2,975.00

Additional family members - Yes


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

Purpose - Participate in Civil Rights pilgrimage
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton accompanied. Other costs are for entry fees

Travel Cost - $480.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $913.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan meeting of Congress and their families
Notes - Spouse Priscilla Dewey Houghton and grandson Amory Taylor Houghton accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes

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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.