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The Science of Smart

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BROWNBACK, SAM, Republican Party
Kansas

Total number of trips - 16
Total cost of trips - $26,645.42

Average cost per trip - $1,665.34
Total number of days spent traveling - 26 days
Rank of representative - 245 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Ave Marie
Dates - September 27, 2002 - September 28, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $105.84
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $155.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ave Marie
Dates - October 15, 2002 - October 15, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Milwaukee, WI

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,094.15
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,144.15

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Awakening
Dates - January 5, 2002 - January 6, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sea Island, GA

Purpose - Keynote Speaker
Notes -

Travel Cost - $512.00
Lodging Cost - $250.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $862.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Right to Life of Louisville, KY
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Louisville, KY

Purpose - Guest speaker at gala banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $969.50
Lodging Cost - $125.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,094.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - March 7, 2003 - March 9, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Participation in the Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $65.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost - $40.00
Total Cost - $498.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ave Maria School of Law
Dates - May 18, 2003 - May 18, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Ann Arbor, MI

Purpose - Commencement address
Notes - other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $7,192.73
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $170.00
Total Cost - $7,362.73

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Archdiocese of Denver
Dates - April 23, 2004 - April 24, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Denver, CO

Purpose - Deliver first annual Robert Casey lecture on Faith & Public Life
Notes -

Travel Cost - $300.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $300.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 4, 2003 - August 5, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Aspen, CO

Purpose - Participation in conference
Notes - Filed in end of year financial disclosure so actual costs not listed. Costs are for lodging and food.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - ACLJ
Dates - March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Topeka, KS - San Antonio, TX

Travel Cost - $10,074.80
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $10,074.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Regent Univ
Dates - March 12, 2005 - March 12, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Antonio, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $933.71
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $933.71

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pro Life Defense Fund
Dates - April 15, 2005 - April 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA - Manchester, MA

Purpose - Received an award
Notes - Boston and Manchester, Massachusetts

Travel Cost - $572.90
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $70.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $642.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Republican Party
Dates - May 3, 2005 - May 4, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Grand Rapids, MI - Grand Rapids, MI

Purpose - speaking engagement
Notes - [Amended to change sponsor to Michigan Rep Party]

Travel Cost - $1,704.58
Lodging Cost - $596.55
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,301.13

Additional family members -


Sponsor(s) - Midland Young Republicans
Dates - February 16, 2004 - February 16, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Midland, TX

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Kansas City, MO - Midland, TX This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Dates - February 29, 2004 - February 29, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - West Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Kansas City, MO - West Palm Beach, FL This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Empower America
Dates - May 17, 2004 - May 17, 2004 (1 days)
Location(s) - Topeka, KS

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes - Share charter flight from Lawrence, KS to Washington, DC after speaking engagement in Topeka, KS May 17, 2004 This information is from a Senate personal financial disclosure report and does not include dollar amounts.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost -

Additional family members -


Sponsor(s) - Center for Moral Clarity
Dates - October 13, 2005 - October 14, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Columbus, OH

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost - $620.90
Lodging Cost - $654.76
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,275.66

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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.

Recent Posts

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.