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Back to The Data

Office of

Tom Cole


Total cost of 30 office trips: $88,416.72


Trips by Tom Cole
Total cost of congressperson's 12 trips: $39,900.13

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Date: Jan 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $519.50
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 26, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $9,032.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO-OHARE
Sponsor: National Food Processors Association
Purpose: TOUR FOOD PROCESSING PLANTS TO LEARN ABOUT SAFETY PROCEDURES, FOOD PROCESSING, LABELING AND PACKAGING
Date: Aug 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,096.00
source

Destination: WICHITA, KS
Sponsor: Koch Industries
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN COLE PARTICIPATED IN KOCH INDUSTRIES POLICY FORUM
Date: Aug 29, 2003
Expense: $605.25
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HI
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $10,668.96
source

Destination: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT IN CAMBRIDGE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 21, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $670.06
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: PRE-PAID LEGAL SERVICES INC
Purpose: PRE PAID LEGAL SERVICES, INC. BIANNUAL CONVENTION
Date: Sep 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $412.90
source

Destination: OKC-PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (PRINCETON, NJ)
Sponsor: Princeton University
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLARIZATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,079.83
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,782.84
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Heritage Foundation
Purpose: CONSERVATIVE MEMBERS RETREAT
Date: Feb 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $882.54
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: SPOKE TO A CLASS OF STUDENTS ABOUT BEING A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $532.90
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $6,617.15
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tom Cole

Chris Arnold
Christopher Caron
Keri Dennis
Rob Johnson
Pete Kirkham
Scott Parman
Brad Watson



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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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  • 08.04.14

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