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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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WILSON, HEATHER A, Republican Party
New Mexico

Total number of trips - 4
Total cost of trips - $11,945.93

Average cost per trip - $2,986.48
Total number of days spent traveling - 16 days
Rank of representative - 405 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 26, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Helsinki, Finland

Purpose - Education foundation
Notes - Spouse Jay Hone accompanied. Other expenses are for entry fees, tour guide tipping honorarium and admission

Travel Cost - $6,823.20
Lodging Cost - $1,011.00
Meal Cost - $1,391.30
Other Cost - $986.00
Total Cost - $10,211.50

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 - Spouse Jay Hone, and children Joshua and Caitlin Hone attended. Disclosed costs don't reflect food lodging or transportation costs for family members.

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

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Real Time with Bill Maher-Los Angeles, CA
Dates - September 19, 2003 - September 20, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - appeared as guest on Real Time with Bill Maher to discuss public policy issues
Notes -

Travel Cost - $585.88
Lodging Cost - $213.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $799.43

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - 2003 Heritage Award event honoring Craig Barrett
Notes - Chamber of commerce paid for the hotel room only

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $149.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $149.00

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.