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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.

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway - $85,629.14 spent on 22 trips
44.9% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
55.1% spent on Republican Party

BACHUS, SPENCER T - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $1,778.23

BLUNT, ROY - Republican Party
June 25, 2001 - June 25, 2001 (1 days)
Fort Worth, TX
Purpose - Fact finding trip
Total Cost - $1,516.75

BORSKI, ROBERT A - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $7,080.00

BUYER, STEVE - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA - Santa Fe, NM - San Diego, CA
Purpose - learn about the challenges facing railroad industry and participated in a panel discussion
Total Cost - $1,570.83

CLEMENT, BOB - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $5,412.14

CLYBURN, JAMES E - Democratic Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM
Purpose - fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,734.60

COSTELLO, JERRY F - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Purpose - Fact finding trip regarding rail issues
Total Cost - $3,735.88

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Participate in fact finding mission
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
January 21, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (3 days)
Palm Springs, CA
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Speech at their annual legislative conference
Total Cost - $2,704.00

HOLDEN, TIM - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 9, 2001 (5 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - Attend the AAR legislative conference.
Total Cost - $6,150.56

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Cody, WY
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $3,132.36

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
February 22, 2001 - February 23, 2001 (2 days)
Flagstaff, AZ
Purpose - Fact-finding
Total Cost - $2,550.64

LIPINSKI, WILLIAM O - Democratic Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - Fact-finding trip
Total Cost - $6,673.98

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 8, 2001 (4 days)
Jackson Hole, WY
Co-sponsor(s): Association of American Railroads
Purpose - fact finding and conference speaker
Total Cost - $4,113.21

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
April 22, 2003 - April 24, 2003 (3 days)
Klamath Falls, OR - Sacramento, CA
Purpose - BNSF Fact-finding Trip
Total Cost - $8,106.08

MCINNIS, SCOTT - Republican Party
January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Santa Fe, NM - Solana Beach, CA
Purpose - fact finding
Total Cost - $2,596.45

ROGERS, HAROLD DALLAS - Republican Party
July 5, 2001 - July 6, 2001 (2 days)
Casper, WY - Cody, WY - Moran, WY
Purpose - to inspect Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad operations
Total Cost - $3,736.88

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 20, 2005 (3 days)
Orlando, FL - Scottsdale, AZ
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference and NRCC Retreat
Total Cost - $3,878.00

GRANGER, KAY N - Republican Party
February 18, 2005 - February 19, 2005 (2 days)
Orlando, FL
Purpose - Attend Association of American Railroads Legislative Conference
Total Cost - $631.00

LATOURETTE, STEVEN C - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA - Whitefish, MT
Purpose - Fact finding trip to see inter-modal facilities in Seattle and meet with port officials; to see a train remote control yard along the main line
Total Cost - $4,423.85

DUNCAN, JOHN REP JR - Republican Party
June 10, 2005 - June 12, 2005 (3 days)
Seattle, WA
Purpose - Congressional fact finding train trip
Total Cost - $4,411.60

LEWIS, JERRY - Republican Party
August 17, 2005 - August 17, 2005 (1 days)
Los Angeles, CA - San Bernardino, CA
Purpose - Helicopter tour of rail and port facilities
Total Cost - $3,955.22

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?

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