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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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Chinese National Assn of Industry & Commerce - $189,350.66 spent on 28 trips
64.7% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
35.3% spent on Republican Party

ACEVEDO-VILA, ANIBAL - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $9,122.00

BARTLETT, ROSCOE G JR - Republican Party
April 16, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $5,120.00

CARSON, JULIA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

CLAYTON, EVA - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,590.00

CRENSHAW, ANDER M - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

CROWLEY, JOSEPH - Democratic Party
November 18, 2000 - November 22, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Meetings with Taiwanese officials, meetings with business leaders
Total Cost - $4,510.00

DAVIS, DANNY K - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $15,140.00

DELAY, THOMAS DALE - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Educational / Meet with government officials
Total Cost - $1,242.00

GILMAN, BENJAMIN A - Republican Party
August 13, 2001 - August 16, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit and participate in the Global Peace Conference
Total Cost - $9,900.00

HILLEARY, VAN - Republican Party
December 26, 2000 - January 2, 2001 (8 days)
Tokyo, Japan - Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,190.00

JONES, STEPHANIE TUBBS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KILPATRICK, CAROLYN CHEEKS - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

KING, PETER - Republican Party
August 27, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (4 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Education/meetings
Total Cost - $5,600.00

LEE, BARBARA - Democratic Party
January 6, 2001 - January 13, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $7,570.00

MEEKS, GREGORY W - Democratic Party
January 8, 2001 - January 8, 2001 (1 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $13,790.00

NAPOLITANO, GRACE - Democratic Party
November 11, 2000 - November 26, 2000 (16 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attending seminar, education visit
Total Cost - $3,770.00

NETHERCUTT, GEORGE R - Republican Party
April 10, 2001 - April 17, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Attend seminar
Total Cost - $3,770.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and education
Total Cost - $4,950.00

ORTIZ, SOLOMON P - Democratic Party
May 26, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (8 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding
Total Cost - $5,050.00

OSE, DOUG - Republican Party
January 6, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (6 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact-finding, educational and economic development
Total Cost - $5,050.00

REYES, SILVESTRE - Democratic Party
May 29, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (5 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $8,550.00

RILEY, BOB - Republican Party
August 13, 2000 - August 17, 2000 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,129.00

ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA - Republican Party
August 28, 2001 - August 30, 2001 (3 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Purpose - educational and meetings with governmental officials
Total Cost - $1,226.00

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 2, 2000 - January 8, 2000 (7 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - Fact-finding/education
Total Cost - $2,550.00

SOUDER, MARK E - Republican Party
July 1, 2000 - July 10, 2000 (10 days)
Singapore
Co-sponsor(s): Singapore International Foundation
Purpose - official visit to gov't leaders
Total Cost - $20,831.66

WEXLER, ROBERT - Democratic Party
December 17, 2001 - December 21, 2001 (5 days)
Taiwan
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $4,786.00

WU, DAVID MR. - Democratic Party
April 13, 2001 - April 18, 2001 (6 days)
Taipei, Taiwan - Hong Kong
Co-sponsor(s): H & Q Asia Pacific
Purpose - fact finding and educational visit
Total Cost - $6,362.00

GUTIERREZ, LUIS V - Democratic Party
May 27, 2001 - June 2, 2001 (7 days)
Taipei, Taiwan
Purpose - Fact finding and educational visit to Taiwan
Total Cost - $8,600.00

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

  • 08.19.14

    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.
  • 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.