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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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Office of

Kendrick Meek


Total cost of 35 office trips: $116,722.28


Trips by Kendrick Meek
Total cost of congressperson's 16 trips: $75,107.75

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VA.
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,576.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C.-DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: University of Qatar
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 11, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $22,254.00
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR TO MUMBAI, INDIA TO DELHI, INDIA TO MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: INDIAN DEFENSE & SECURITY ISSUES & IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING
Date: Apr 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $17,596.00
source

Destination: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL-TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: DISCUSS MILITARY DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES WITH ISRAELI OFFICIALS
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $10,876.00
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA-CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
Purpose: HOSPICE CARE RECEPTIONS AND MEETINGS
Date: Sep 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $2,028.41
source

Destination: JACKSONVILLE FL
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: ISSUES RETREAT
Date: Mar 25, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,433.00
source

Destination: TURKS AND CAICOS
Sponsor: Turks and Caicos Peoples National Party
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE PEOPLE'S NATIONAL PARTY CONVENTION
Date: Aug 5, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $4,631.00
source

Destination: ST KITTS
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: 9TH ANNUAL MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,315.00
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL-CHAPEL HILL, NC-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: University of North Carolina
Purpose: DELIVER SPEECH ON "PERSPECTIVES ON GOVERNANCE" TO NEW STRATEGIES FOR SOUTHERN PROGRESS CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $1,422.17
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL-MONTGOMERY, AL
Sponsor: THE FAITH AND POLITICS INSTITUTE-NOTE: MEMBERS CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE PAID 1,000 OF EXPENSES FOR MEMBER AND SPOUSE AND THE ENTIRE COSTS OF 2 CHILDREN
Purpose: PURPOSE OF 7TH CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE TO ALABAMA WAS TO CELEBRATE THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS MARCH BY VISITING HISTORICAL LOCATIONS AND DISCUSSING HISTORY WITH VARIOUS LEADERS
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,710.00
source

Destination: QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: TO EXAMINE ISSUES RELEVANT TO THE COMMITTEE'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND IN THE PROCESS, IMPROVE THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT OF THE COMMITTEE AND THE WORKING RELATIONSHIP AMONG ITS MEMBERS
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORANGEBURG, SC MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Claflin University
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN WAS THE COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AT CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY'S GRADUATION CEREMONY ON SATURDAY MAY 14,2005
Date: May 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $992.84
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-ORLANDO, FL MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS PAID FOR HOTEL ROOM. VALUED SERVICES, LLC PAID FOR PLANE TICKET, TRANSPORTATION & MEALS
Purpose: SERVE AS A PANELIST ON DISCUSSION "THE FUTURE OF PAYDAY ADVANCE" AT THE NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS OF STATE LEGISLATORS SUMMIT
Date: May 20, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $922.03
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC.-DESTIN, FL-MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: NAACP and affiliates
Purpose: THE CONGRESSMAN MODERATED A GENERAL SESSION AT THE NAACP LEADERSHIP 500 SUMMIT IN DESTIN, FL
Date: May 27, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,351.40
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS
Sponsor: 100 Black Men of America and affiliates
Purpose: PANELIST ON WORKSHOP AT THE 100 BLACK MEN OF AMERICA'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,774.70
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-CHICAGO, IL-NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN 3RD ANNUAL TRI-CAUCUS HEALTH FORUM
Date: Jul 22, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $821.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Kendrick Meek

Tasha Cole
Sabrina Nawalrai
Joyce Postell
John Schelble
Clarence Williams



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.
  • 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.