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OBEY, DAVID R, Democratic Party
Wisconsin

Total number of trips - 13
Total cost of trips - $73,299.01

Average cost per trip - $5,638.39
Total number of days spent traveling - 70 days
Rank of representative - 66 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - April 17, 2000 - April 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US policy toward Cuba
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $1,708.60
Lodging Cost - $2,240.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,568.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,216.00
Lodging Cost - $1,290.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,676.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 22, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - To participate in a conference on the global environment
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $2,395.60
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,599.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 30, 2000 - June 3, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Vancouver, Canada

Purpose - To participate in a conference on U.S.-China relations
Notes - Spouse Joan T. Obey accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,464.04
Lodging Cost - $1,288.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,952.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - May 29, 2001 - June 3, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Florence, Italy

Purpose - Participate in a conference on the convergence of U.S. national security and the global environment
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $5,185.60
Lodging Cost - $2,000.00
Meal Cost - $2,560.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,745.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 12, 2001 - January 17, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies

Purpose - Participate in a conference on U.S. policy toward Cuba
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,782.60
Lodging Cost - $2,355.00
Meal Cost - $1,320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,457.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - St. Petersburg, FL

Purpose - Participate in a conference on education
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,797.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,930.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 15, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Punta Mita, Mexico

Purpose - participate in conference on Islam
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $3,641.27
Lodging Cost - $2,925.00
Meal Cost - $1,200.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,766.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 15, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ - Tucson, AZ - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - participate in education conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Joan T. Obey, lodging and meals expenses combined, spouse accompanied through 18th

Travel Cost - $2,956.90
Lodging Cost - $1,710.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,666.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 19, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - spouse, Joan T. Obey

Travel Cost - $1,759.40
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $1,620.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,499.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Pew Charitable Trust, Hewlett Foundation
Dates - April 13, 2004 - April 18, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Purpose - to participate in conference on U.S. relations with South America and Brazil
Notes - spouse Joan T. Obey other: ground transportation

Travel Cost - $2,606.00
Lodging Cost - $2,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,520.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $6,976.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Dick Gephardt Legacy Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - Tribute event for Congressman Dick Gephardt
Notes - Washington DC - St Louis, MO - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $500.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $500.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe Relations
Notes - Washington, DC - Venice, Italy - Paris, France

Travel Cost - $3,557.00
Lodging Cost - $1,500.00
Meal Cost - $1,704.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,961.00

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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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    Reinventing College for a New Kind of Student

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