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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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ISRAEL, STEVE, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $63,967.48

Average cost per trip - $6,396.75
Total number of days spent traveling - 51 days
Rank of representative - 83 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - Speech to AIPAC membership
Notes - Spouse Alana Israel, Other costs are for phone calls

Travel Cost - $1,044.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost - $15.00
Total Cost - $1,189.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - May 6, 2001 - May 6, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $225.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $225.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Shore - Long Island Jewish Hospitals
Dates - April 11, 2002 - April 12, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - North Shore Long Island, NY

Purpose - tour of North Shore - Long Island Jewish hospitals and discussion of their Medicare concerns and needs
Notes -

Travel Cost - $246.00
Lodging Cost - $189.00
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $455.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Touro Law Center
Dates - May 26, 2002 - May 26, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech
Notes - accompanied by spouse Elana Israel

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $462.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $462.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - November 15, 2003 - November 17, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $400.00
Lodging Cost - $306.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $706.76

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New York Stock Exchange
Dates - June 2, 2003 - June 3, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Tour of the New York Stock Exchange
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied.

Travel Cost - $38.23
Lodging Cost - $640.45
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $689.18

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 14, 2003 (13 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Fact finding mission to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders regarding the Middle East process
Notes - Spouse Marlene Budd accompanied. Other costs are for security

Travel Cost - $6,686.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $10,829.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Communications Consortium Media Center
Dates - January 10, 2005 - January 19, 2005 (10 days)
Location(s) - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Purpose - Collect information on Tsunami Relief efforts and homeland security
Notes - Newark - Singapore - Colombo, Sri Lanka - Singapore - Newark * Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) for 1/10 - 1/15 and 1/18 Communications Consortium Media Center (Sri Lanka Portion) 1/15 - 1/17

Travel Cost - $13,360.50
Lodging Cost - $1,120.98
Meal Cost - $514.72
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,996.20

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industries
Dates - January 2, 2004 - January 10, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India

Purpose - Delegation visit to India to meet with political and business leaders, discuss defense and financial policies
Notes - New York - Paris - New Delhi, India - Hyderabad, India - Mumbai, India - Dhaka, India - Paris - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $14,534.62
Lodging Cost - $5,735.64
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,270.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Fund
Dates - August 8, 2005 - August 15, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - Educational - To see firsthand the pressing issues in the Middle East, particularly disengagement
Notes - New York - Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - Travel within Israel - New York Including spouse

Travel Cost - $7,863.30
Lodging Cost - $2,376.00
Meal Cost - $914.14
Other Cost - $2,991.34
Total Cost - $14,144.78

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.