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OWENS, MAJOR ROBERT, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $25,049.02

Average cost per trip - $3,578.43
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 260 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Congressman John Conyers
Dates - April 19, 2001 - April 20, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Detroit, MI

Purpose - Congressional Town Hall Meeting on Education
Notes -

Travel Cost - $539.50
Lodging Cost - $109.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $648.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Airlines, AT&T, Microsoft
Dates - March 15, 2001 - March 16, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Menlo Park, CA - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Attend technology presentation and tour company facilities
Notes - Accompanied by spouse Maria Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $8,406.00
Lodging Cost - $529.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,205.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Catharine Street Community Center, Inc.
Dates - January 18, 2001 - January 19, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Poughkeepsie, NY

Purpose - Speech at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $181.50
Lodging Cost - $203.96
Meal Cost - $385.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $770.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - April 26, 2001 - April 27, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Dallas, TX

Purpose - congressional black caucus technology summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $469.50
Lodging Cost - $204.70
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $924.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - SECME
Dates - July 15, 2002 - July 17, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - Tucson, AZ

Purpose - Keynote speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,423.00
Lodging Cost - $637.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,060.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 6, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Memphis, TN

Purpose - 45th annual convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $373.00
Lodging Cost - $396.00
Meal Cost - $120.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $889.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 19, 2004 (6 days)
Location(s) - Montego Bay, Jamaica

Purpose - to participate in a conference on education reform
Notes - other: none disclosed spouse, Mira Cuprill-Owens

Travel Cost - $2,971.40
Lodging Cost - $4,240.00
Meal Cost - $3,240.00
Other Cost - $100.00
Total Cost - $10,551.40

Additional family members - No

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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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