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The Science of Smart

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Humpty Dumpty Institute - $28,745.85 spent on 26 trips
96.4% spent on Democratic Party
2.4% spent on Independent Party
1.2% spent on Republican Party

BALDWIN, TAMMY - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - education
Total Cost - $706.00

BELL, R CHRISTOPHER - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose -
Total Cost - $1,489.60

BERKLEY, SHELLEY - Democratic Party
January 23, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch
Purpose - Freshman Democratic member fact-finding tour
Total Cost - $2,062.25

BISHOP, SANFORD D JR - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,066.52

BROWN, CORRINE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Fact finding tour of the New York Exchange
Total Cost - $1,991.24

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding about U.S. capital markets and international development issues
Total Cost - $851.91

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - meetings with United Nations officials
Total Cost - $336.50

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational
Total Cost - $1,807.19

CUMMINGS, ELIJAH E - Independent Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean Basin Workshop
Total Cost - $692.60

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Total Cost - $616.70

HILLIARD, EARL F - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,122.09

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - markets research and fact finding mission
Total Cost - $1,141.09

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - CBC visit to NY Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $2,010.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $992.42

LOWEY, NITA M - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 15, 2002 (1 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - congressional women's caucus
Total Cost - $50.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 14, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Congressional Black Caucus visit to New York Stock Exchange
Total Cost - $1,252.37

MOORE, DENNIS - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Banking and UN fact-finding mission
Total Cost - $958.50

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Briefing from U.S. mission to UN, visit to secretariat
Total Cost - $958.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 17, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - To tour the New York Stock Exchange and the United Nationals. To attend briefings on related issues
Total Cost - $870.55

SANCHEZ, LORETTA - Democratic Party
April 15, 2002 - April 16, 2002 (2 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange
Purpose - fact-finding and meetings
Total Cost - $601.06

SCHAKOWSKY, JANICE D - Democratic Party
September 25, 2000 - September 25, 2000 (1 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): US-UN Women's Forum
Purpose - Participate in forum for women
Total Cost - $1,019.38

SCOTT, ROBERT C BOBBY - Democratic Party
June 16, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (3 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - Educational trip to New York City with Congressional Black Caucus
Total Cost - $651.08

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
June 15, 2000 - June 18, 2000 (4 days)
New York, NY
Co-sponsor(s): New York Stock Exchange, Bell Atlantic
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $1,018.65

WATT, MELVIN L - Democratic Party
January 16, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - to attend the retreat on economic and security issues in Africa and the Caribbean basin
Total Cost - $2,705.20

CAPUANO, MICHAEL EVERETT - Democratic Party
January 24, 2000 - January 25, 2000 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - United Nations Meeting
Total Cost - $554.25

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
May 6, 2004 - May 7, 2004 (2 days)
New York, NY
Purpose - Meetings at the United Nations
Total Cost - $1,220.20

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

  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.