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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.

Recent Posts

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  • 08.19.14

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THOMAS, WILLIAM M, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $80,566.15

Average cost per trip - $4,475.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 57 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,933.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $357.02
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $4,169.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Forum Institute
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boise, ID

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,706.00
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - tax conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,648.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legislative Strategies Inc.
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - healthcare meetings
Notes - transportation paid for by Legislative Strategies, meals paid for by First Union

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $109.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,335.45
Lodging Cost - $396.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,731.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Paine Webber
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.40
Lodging Cost - $501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Travel Cost - $18,702.34
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $2,272.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $23,874.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nashville Health Care Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,814.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA

Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $644.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $644.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - April 14, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bakersfield, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,710.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paso Robles, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,256.86
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gainesville, VA

Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - Panel discussions
Notes - Dulles, VA - Avon, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes - Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $27,233.00
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $27,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Club
Dates - July 21, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monte Rio, CA

Purpose - Speeches on Social Security Reform
Notes - Santa Rosa, CA - Monte Rio, CA - Santa Rosa, CA $1800.00 was all-inclusive cost for lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,800.00

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.