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WEINER, ANTHONY D, Democratic Party
New York

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $26,891.01

Average cost per trip - $3,841.57
Total number of days spent traveling - 30 days
Rank of representative - 243 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - George Washington University US Japan Economic Agenda
Dates - January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Location(s) - Tokyo, Japan

Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Notes - Other expenses are for use of business center and phone calls

Travel Cost - $6,876.72
Lodging Cost - $560.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $105.25
Total Cost - $7,542.57

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
Dates - September 20, 2003 - September 23, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - speaking engagement regarding pending legislation involving Israel - fact-finding discussion on the state of Israel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,000.00
Lodging Cost - $524.00
Meal Cost - $190.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,714.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Dominican American National Roundtable
Dates - April 23, 2003 - April 25, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,025.00
Lodging Cost - $601.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,626.97

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc.
Dates - August 17, 2003 - August 22, 2003 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes - other expenses for paid for land transportation bus)

Travel Cost - $2,986.90
Lodging Cost - $872.00
Meal Cost - $185.00
Other Cost - $467.00
Total Cost - $4,510.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Dates - April 25, 2003 - April 26, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - fact-finding mission on trade
Notes -

Travel Cost - $960.30
Lodging Cost - $401.97
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,362.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Confederation of Indian Industry
Dates - January 5, 2004 - January 11, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - New Delhi, India - Mumbai, India

Purpose - Trade fact-finding mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $7,278.42
Lodging Cost - $1,411.66
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,690.08

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Consumer Electronics Assn
Dates - January 7, 2005 - January 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Las Vegas, NV

Purpose - Participation on a Congressional conference to discuss the legislative agenda for the upcoming Congress with a specific focus on key technology issues
Notes - New York - Las Vegas - New York

Travel Cost - $771.00
Lodging Cost - $608.22
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.22

Additional family members - No

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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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