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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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Univ of California at Berkeley - $28,427.18 spent on 16 trips
90.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
9.1% spent on Republican Party

BERMAN, HOWARD L - Democratic Party
March 9, 2003 - March 10, 2003 (2 days)
San Diego, CA
Purpose - Speak to the Faculty and students on foreign policy issues
Total Cost - $356.50

BLUMENAUER, EARL - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 25, 2000 (2 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Participate in their urbanism conference
Total Cost - $787.75

BONIOR, DAVID - Democratic Party
February 24, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (5 days)
Miami, FL - San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $1,725.92

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - Participate in forum on US - Mexico
Total Cost - $1,594.00

CAPPS, LOIS G - Democratic Party
June 13, 2003 - June 14, 2003 (2 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Commencement address
Total Cost - $288.00

COX, CHRISTOPHER - Republican Party
May 5, 2000 - May 6, 2000 (2 days)
Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Address (speech) group to discuss current Orange County Issues
Total Cost - $750.00

FILNER, BOB - Democratic Party
September 19, 2003 - September 21, 2003 (3 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - US - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,507.00

WELLSTONE, PAUL DAVID - Democratic Party
April 16, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (2 days)
San Francisco, CA
Purpose - speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,787.00

GEPHARDT, RICHARD A - Democratic Party
May 23, 2004 - May 23, 2004 (1 days)
Monterey, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Panetta Institute
Purpose - To be part of student program
Total Cost - $8,099.00

SANCHEZ, LINDA - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - Participation in the third annual United States - Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $1,633.34

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - To participate in the US-Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $904.34

CANNON, CHRISTOPHER B - Republican Party
February 25, 2005 - February 28, 2005 (4 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - US-Mexico Futures Forum meeting. The Futures Forum is an unique network of leading political and social actors, who think about the issues facing bother countries
Total Cost - $1,844.54

BROWN, SHERROD - Democratic Party
February 25, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (3 days)
Morelia, Mexico
Purpose - 3rd Annual Mexico Futures Forum
Total Cost - $2,414.36

FRANK, BARNEY - Democratic Party
February 24, 2005 - February 27, 2005 (4 days)
Los Angeles, CA
Purpose - Speaking engagement
Total Cost - $2,792.98

WATERS, MAXINE - Democratic Party
April 15, 2004 - April 15, 2004 (1 days)
Berkeley, CA
Purpose - Keynote speaker at a public forum on Haiti, attended by faculty, students and community members
Total Cost - $378.00

LIPINSKI, DANIEL WILLIAM - Democratic Party
April 1, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (4 days)
London, England
Purpose - US Senate Conference: fact-finding conference
Total Cost - $564.45

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.

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