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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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ORTIZ, SOLOMON P, Democratic Party
Texas

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $108,230.45

Average cost per trip - $6,012.80
Total number of days spent traveling - 156 days
Rank of representative - 31 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 15, 2000 - April 28, 2000 (14 days)
Location(s) - China

Purpose - Fact-finding and to improve trade relations with China
Notes - Days at personal expense: 4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/27

Travel Cost - $4,268.00
Lodging Cost - $525.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,068.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 19, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Board of Directors retreat
Notes - Other expenses for transportation in PR

Travel Cost - $496.40
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $195.75
Other Cost - $216.94
Total Cost - $1,629.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,600.00
Lodging Cost - $900.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $4,950.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 28, 2001 - February 4, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Japan - Singapore

Purpose - Fact finding with the city government of Corpus Christi & the port of Corpus Christi as it relates to investment opportunities in Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,297.00
Lodging Cost - $860.00
Meal Cost - $275.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,432.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Dates - May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taiwan

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Other expenses not specified

Travel Cost - $3,835.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $330.00
Other Cost - $185.00
Total Cost - $5,050.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - March 26, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Singapore

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,747.00
Lodging Cost - $750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,897.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Singapore Technologies Engineering, Dai Nisshin Corp
Dates - January 15, 2002 - January 20, 2002 (6 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Hong Kong - Shanghai, China

Purpose - fact-finding trip to secure jobs for the 27th district of Texas
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,245.70
Lodging Cost - $720.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,465.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music/Sony Electronics, Altria, Time Warner, Pfizer, Coca-Cola, Fannie Mae, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline, PhRMA, Puerto Rico Telephone
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - "Tri-Caucus Retreat" to improve relationships between member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; the Cong. Black Caucus and the Cong/ Asian Pacific American Caucus
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $3,696.24
Lodging Cost - $1,139.40
Meal Cost - $901.02
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,736.66

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 19, 2003 (18 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Dong Guan City, China - Guangzhou, China - Shanghai, China - Shenyang City, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding and a trade mission
Notes - 8/11 - 8/18 at own personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $525.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,075.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - Son, Solomon P. Ortiz, Jr.

Travel Cost - $6,346.00
Lodging Cost - $3,700.00
Meal Cost - $1,300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,346.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Marathon Oil Corp.
Dates - July 26, 2003 - July 28, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To give briefing on Marathon Oil project to the US Embassy - met with U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza and other Mexican officials
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,376.00
Lodging Cost - $400.00
Meal Cost - $150.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,926.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia
Dates - February 13, 2004 - February 23, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Beijing, China

Purpose - trade mission
Notes - [Personal financial disclosure statement indicates sponsor is Integrity Communications]

Travel Cost - $3,900.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access Corporation
Dates - April 7, 2004 - April 17, 2004 (11 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong, China - Beijing, China

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $3,500.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,700.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican Association of Free Zone Industries
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 26, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Purpose - fact-finding in relation to free trade with the USA
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,500.00
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $260.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,260.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Intl Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - November 4, 2004 - November 11, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Kao-hsiung, Taiwan

Purpose - Fact-finding trip/meeting with high government officials
Notes - Corpus Christi - LA - Taipei, Taiwan - Kaohsiung - Taipei -LA - Corpus Christi

Travel Cost - $5,500.00
Lodging Cost - $1,050.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Asia Access
Dates - March 21, 2005 - April 1, 2005 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Guangzhou, China

Purpose - Fact-finding..
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Beijing / Beijing - Guangzhou / Guangzhou - Corpus Christi, TX Personal Expense : 3/30 - 3/31

Travel Cost - $3,695.00
Lodging Cost - $700.00
Meal Cost - $350.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Integrity Communications
Dates - July 29, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (12 days)
Location(s) - Beijing, China - Hong Kong, China

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi - Hong Kong - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/6 - 8/7

Travel Cost - $3,200.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $500.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Law Offices of Filemon Vela
Dates - August 1, 2005 - August 14, 2005 (14 days)
Location(s) - Singapore - Beijing, China - Hong Kong

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Corpus Christi, TX - Singapore - Beijing - Hong Kong - Corpus Christi Personal expense: 8/10, 8/12, 8/13/05 (4 travel days)

Travel Cost - $9,000.00
Lodging Cost - $1,400.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,100.00

Additional family members - No

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

  • 08.19.14

    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.
  • 08.12.14

    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.