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The Science of Smart

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POMEROY, EARL RALPH, Democratic Party
North Dakota

Total number of trips - 12
Total cost of trips - $45,003.92

Average cost per trip - $3,750.33
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 141 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
Dates - June 5, 2000 - June 6, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Speech to MSDW Global Pensions Group
Notes -

Travel Cost - $235.20
Lodging Cost - $272.67
Meal Cost - $66.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $573.87

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Farmers Union
Dates - February 25, 2000 - February 26, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Salt Lake City, UT

Purpose - Speech to the National Farmers Union Convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $601.00
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost - $18.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $744.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Life Insurance Co., Wellpoint Health Networks
Dates - May 31, 2000 - June 1, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA - Newport Beach, CA

Purpose - Breakfast speech to Pacific Life; lunch speech to Wellpoint
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,421.25
Lodging Cost - $172.92
Meal Cost - $32.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,626.67

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 29, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - Participate in Agriculture Committee Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $265.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Passe Club International
Dates - December 4, 2000 - December 4, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - Speech to National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Notes - No location listed

Travel Cost - $544.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $18.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $562.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Save the Children, OXFAM, Academy for Educational Development
Dates - January 21, 2001 - January 28, 2001 (8 days)
Location(s) - Mali - Ghana

Purpose - Educational
Notes - Other expenses for incidentals

Travel Cost - $5,008.50
Lodging Cost - $465.56
Meal Cost - $181.58
Other Cost - $31.96
Total Cost - $5,687.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for Strategic and International Studies, Japan External Trade Organization
Dates - August 24, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - Keynote address as Global Aging Initiative Commission Member
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,746.25
Lodging Cost - $995.69
Meal Cost - $520.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,261.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taiwan - South Korea

Purpose - increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes -

Travel Cost - $9,688.30
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,838.30

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council on Compensation Insurance
Dates - May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - Keynote speech at NCCI's Annual Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,334.70
Lodging Cost - $235.00
Meal Cost - $119.19
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,688.89

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - US Malaysia Exchange Assn
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Malaysia

Purpose - This trip was designed to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the US and Malaysia as long-time allies and key trading partners. The complete list of meeting is attached.
Notes - Washington, DC - Korea - Malaysia - Bismarck, ND

Travel Cost - $5,297.92
Lodging Cost - $363.00
Meal Cost - $126.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,786.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 18, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - This trip designed to strength the bilateral relationship between the US and the Republic of Korea as long-time allies and key trading partners. The complete list of meetings held is attached.
Notes - Washington, DC - Korea - Malaysia - Bismarck, ND

Travel Cost - $5,378.92
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $410.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $7,078.92

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - March 24, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Rochester, MN

Purpose - Discuss Social Security
Notes - Fargo, ND - Rochester, MN - Bismarck, ND

Travel Cost - $881.81
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $8.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $889.81

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

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 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

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