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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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HARKIN, THOMAS RICHARD, Democratic Party
Iowa

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $15,599.26

Average cost per trip - $3,119.85
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 356 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - International Longshoremen's Association
Dates - July 18, 2000 - July 19, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Orlando, FL

Purpose - address convention
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,007.75
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,007.75

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Corn Growers Association
Dates - February 26, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - attend conferences and receive award
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,114.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $25.00
Total Cost - $2,139.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Center for International Policy
Dates - April 21, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Havana, Cuba

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,444.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $342.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,386.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
Dates - December 2, 2004 - December 6, 2004 (5 days)
Location(s) - Wellington, New Zealand

Purpose - Speaking engagement at the Parliamentarians for Global Action 26th Annual Forum. Senator Harkin is a member of PGA's International Council
Notes - Senator Harkin personally paid for his stay in New Zealand from December 7-12, 2004. The Parliamentarians for Global Action paid for the roundtrip ticket which did not result in an incremental increase in expense for the roundtrip ticket due to the depart

Travel Cost - $8,855.00
Lodging Cost - $252.51
Meal Cost - $110.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $9,217.51

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Food Prize
Dates - March 14, 2005 - March 14, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Des Moines, IA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $849.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $849.00

Additional family members - No

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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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  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

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  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

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  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

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