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The Science of Smart

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SIMPSON, MICHAEL KEITH, Republican Party
Idaho

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $18,522.93

Average cost per trip - $2,315.37
Total number of days spent traveling - 25 days
Rank of representative - 319 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 17, 2000 - March 19, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Futures Industry Assn's Washington Outlook
Notes - "other" expenses is for "golf and transportation"

Travel Cost - $1,620.90
Lodging Cost - $994.52
Meal Cost - $161.34
Other Cost - $175.44
Total Cost - $2,952.20

Additional family members - No


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

Purpose - Bipartisan 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) - American Association of Orthodontists
Dates - January 25, 2001 - January 26, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speaking at leadership conference
Notes - destination not specified

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $850.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - British Nuclear Fuels, Ltd.
Dates - August 31, 2001 - September 4, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - West Cumbria, England

Purpose - visiting British nuclear fuels, nuclear facilities in Sellafield, England.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,150.00
Lodging Cost - $1,040.00
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,590.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
Dates - March 13, 2003 - March 16, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Boca Raton, FL

Purpose - Speaking at Futures Industry Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $544.90
Lodging Cost - $1,560.48
Meal Cost - $357.95
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,463.33

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association for Research Otolaryngology
Dates - February 22, 2004 - February 24, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Dayton, OH

Purpose - to speak to physicians dedicated to research and funding for ear - nose throat related disorders
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,196.00
Lodging Cost - $292.00
Meal Cost - $92.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,580.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians
Dates - March 19, 2004 - March 22, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - spoke to doctors regarding congressional issues in the health care field and issues related to the labor health and human services subcommittees
Notes - [Amended in personal financial disclosure statemetn to show sponsor name]

Travel Cost - $837.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $210.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,547.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Sugar Alliance
Dates - August 9, 2005 - August 10, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - not specified

Purpose - To speak at the August 10th breakfast session of the 22nd International Sweetener symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $181.50
Meal Cost - $93.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $274.50

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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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    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.
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