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STARK, PETE, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $43,757.65

Average cost per trip - $4,861.96
Total number of days spent traveling - 41 days
Rank of representative - 147 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - January 13, 2000 - January 16, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Naples, FL

Purpose - participate in education reform conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $1,876.00
Lodging Cost - $430.00
Meal Cost - $390.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,696.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Kaiser Permanente
Dates - November 27, 2000 - November 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech to medical providers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,822.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,822.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 18, 2000 - March 25, 2000 (8 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - participate in global environment conference
Notes - took wife, Deborah and son, Fortney Stark; three days at personal expense

Travel Cost - $2,200.00
Lodging Cost - $1,924.00
Meal Cost - $1,280.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $5,604.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund, Maryland University
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Health Policy Conference
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Other expenses are for a vest and tote bag.

Travel Cost - $2,059.68
Lodging Cost - $873.00
Meal Cost - $706.00
Other Cost - $44.95
Total Cost - $3,683.63

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Dates - February 21, 2001 - February 25, 2001 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied. Three days were at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $1,373.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,373.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 16, 2001 - February 19, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Tampa, FL

Purpose - education purposes
Notes - Spouse Deborah R. Stark accompanied.

Travel Cost - $1,063.00
Lodging Cost - $963.00
Meal Cost - $1,170.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,196.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Pathology Service Associates
Dates - February 8, 2002 - February 9, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Savannah, GA

Purpose - speech for annual conference
Notes - accompanied by spouse Deborah and infant children Hannah and Andrew

Travel Cost - $6,019.56
Lodging Cost - $200.48
Meal Cost - $80.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,300.04

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - International Management and Development Institute
Dates - February 14, 2004 - February 21, 2004 (8 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Munich, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany

Purpose - U.S. - German Roundtable for the 21st century
Notes - spouse - Deborah Stark

Travel Cost - $12,970.68
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $14,270.68

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 26, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on The Challenge of Education Reform
Notes - Washington, DC - Cancun, Mexico

Travel Cost - $1,771.80
Lodging Cost - $1,600.00
Meal Cost - $1,440.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,811.80

Additional family members - Yes

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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