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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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SIMMONS, ROB, Republican Party
Connecticut

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $27,853.80

Average cost per trip - $3,094.87
Total number of days spent traveling - 31 days
Rank of representative - 236 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - June 24, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Tour Yucca Mountain - proposed nuclear waste storage site
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,297.25
Lodging Cost - $227.15
Meal Cost - $105.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,629.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - 2001 bipartisan congressional retreat
Notes - meals included in lodging costs

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $660.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - U.S.-Asia Foundation
Dates - October 22, 2003 - October 28, 2003 (7 days)
Location(s) - China - Shijiazhuang, China - Xibaipo, China - Beijing, China - Badaling, China

Purpose - Meet with Chinese government officials, build computer lab in rural community
Notes - Heidi spouse accompanied, other costs are for amenities.

Travel Cost - $15,304.64
Lodging Cost - $1,066.67
Meal Cost - $306.63
Other Cost - $47.05
Total Cost - $16,724.99

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Association
Dates - December 1, 2003 - December 3, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - discussion of policy and issues pertaining to shipbuilding industry
Notes - other expense phone call

Travel Cost - $1,056.00
Lodging Cost - $346.62
Meal Cost - $158.20
Other Cost - $2.00
Total Cost - $1,562.82

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Shipbuilding Assn
Dates - November 30, 2004 - December 2, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - Forum for members and industry to share areas of concern and to discuss policy to rebuild sea services and the shipbuilding industry.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $652.80
Lodging Cost - $368.42
Meal Cost - $260.28
Other Cost - $28.59
Total Cost - $1,310.09

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Population Action Intl (PAI), US Committee for UNFPA
Dates - February 20, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - To examine programs funded by the U.N. Population Fund and discuss issues concerning Homeland Security
Notes - Providence, RI - Mexico City - Providence, RI

Travel Cost - $4,116.72
Lodging Cost - $651.14
Meal Cost - $430.00
Other Cost - $238.64
Total Cost - $5,436.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 8, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Queenstown, MD

Purpose - To examine issues relevant to the Homeland Security Committee's responsibilities and in the process, improve the working environment on the Committee and its members
Notes - Aspen Wye River Conference Centers Washington, DC - Queenstown, MD - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $54.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $404.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Republican Main Street Partnership
Dates - March 16, 2004 - March 20, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Bermuda

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Bermuda - Washington, DC This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - German Marshall Fund
Dates - December 9, 2004 - December 9, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - not specified
Notes - Providence, RI - Ft Lauderdale, FL - Providence, RI This information is from a House of Representatives personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

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

  • 08.20.14

    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.