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WU, DAVID MR., Democratic Party
Oregon

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $24,455.63

Average cost per trip - $2,717.29
Total number of days spent traveling - 33 days
Rank of representative - 265 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Association of Chinese Schools, National Association of Chinese Language Schools
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 28, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - speech to group's annual conference
Notes - spouse, Michelle

Travel Cost - $427.00
Lodging Cost - $178.00
Meal Cost - $182.60
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $787.60

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce, H & Q Asia Pacific
Dates - April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong

Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $4,346.00
Lodging Cost - $1,566.00
Meal Cost - $250.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $6,362.00

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 Michelle Wu accompanied. Meal costs are included in lodging.

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,202.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - congressional retreat 2003
Notes - with spouse Michelle Wu - meal expenses included in lodging

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,385.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace
Dates - November 1, 2003 - November 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Houston, TX

Purpose - GADP National Conference speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,843.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,863.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - congressional tri-caucus retreat
Notes - trip extended one day at personal expense - with spouse Michelle Wu

Travel Cost - $493.04
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $849.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,892.10

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $1,136.40
Lodging Cost - $1,696.00
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $56.00
Total Cost - $3,838.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 11, 2001 - January 14, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Miami, FL

Purpose - Attend Harvard health care policy conference
Notes - Spouse Michelle Wu accompanied. Other costs are not specified.

Travel Cost - $764.00
Lodging Cost - $1,310.00
Meal Cost - $1,162.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $3,281.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Commonwealth Fund JFK School of Govt
Dates - January 13, 2005 - January 17, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Harvard Healthcare Policy Conference
Notes - Washington, DC - Ft Lauderdale - DC

Travel Cost - $1,349.17
Lodging Cost - $1,527.46
Meal Cost - $932.40
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $3,844.03

Additional family members - Yes

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.