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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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.

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Inter-American Economic Council - $123,365.29 spent on 27 trips
63.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
36.4% spent on Republican Party

CRANE, PHILIP M - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Meeting with government and business leaders to discuss the economic conditions of the region; to discuss ongoing trade initiatives in the region
Total Cost - $8,123.52

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $6,554.41

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 24, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean Trade Ministerial
Total Cost - $633.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - participated in the business roundtables during the inter-American economic council's 2004 congressional delegation
Total Cost - $8,233.50

NEY, ROBERT W - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - meet with U.S., and Antigua and Barbados government officials about tourism and financial services industries
Total Cost - $2,831.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - economic development business conference
Total Cost - $1,988.76

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Caribbean trade ministerial/cong. Caribbean caucus
Total Cost - $795.50

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (5 days)
St. Lucia
Purpose -
Total Cost - $5,102.50

SANDLIN, MAX - Democratic Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - US relations with governments of Antigua and Barbados
Total Cost - $3,916.41

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 15, 2003 - January 19, 2003 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda - Barbados
Purpose - improving Barbados & Econ. Issues in Antigua
Total Cost - $6,263.67

FEENEY, TOM - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Econ. Counsel's 05 Congressional delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $3,159.43

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in business roundtables for Congressional delegation
Total Cost - $5,043.33

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
May 24, 2004 - May 25, 2004 (2 days)
Miami, FL
Purpose - Meeting Of The Caribbean Trade Ministers
Total Cost - $1,166.70

THOMPSON, BENNIE G - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

SESSIONS, PETE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Meetings with Heads of Government; Heads of State & business leaders to discuss relations between US and Caribbean Nations
Total Cost - $5,043.33

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participated in the Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Cong. Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - To attend a Business Roundtable during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua
Total Cost - $5,043.33

SWEENEY, JOHN E - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Purpose - Participation in the Business Roundtables during the Inter-American Economic Council's 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic & Antigua
Total Cost - $8,161.97

HARRIS, KATHERINE - Republican Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - 2005 Congressional Delegation to the Dominican Republic and Antigua for business roundtables.
Total Cost - $8,161.97

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Antigua and Barbuda
Purpose - Business roundtables 2005 Congressional Delegation
Total Cost - $8,161.97

WYNN, ALBERT - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Sunny Isles, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with the XXXV Regular Session of the OAS
Total Cost - $1,060.98

PAYNE, DONALD M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic IV annual business & investment roundtable
Total Cost - $1,118.72

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participated in Inter-American Economic Council IV Annual Business & Investment roundtable session
Total Cost - $884.91

BUTTERFIELD, G. K. - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (3 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Participation in the Inter-American Economic Council's IV Annual Business and Investment Roundtable timed to coincide with XXXV regular session of the OAS general assembly
Total Cost - $1,112.09

CHRISTENSEN, DONNA M - Democratic Party
June 3, 2005 - June 4, 2005 (2 days)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Purpose - Inter American Economic Council IV annual and investment council
Total Cost - $1,274.29

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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

  • 08.20.14

    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.
  • 08.12.14

    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.