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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Cliff Stearns


Total cost of 40 office trips: $81,122.58


Trips by Cliff Stearns
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $34,937.89

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE PRAYER, POLITICS & RECONCILIATION RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $777.50
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING VISIT
Date: Jan 14, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,790.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: "IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISITS TO SINGAPORE PROGRAM"
Date: Jan 20, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $5,221.30
source

Destination: COLOGNE & BONN, GERMANY; LIECHTENSTEIN
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-GERMAN ROUNDTABLE/IMDI CONGRESSIONAL VISIT TO LIECHTENSTEIN
Date: Feb 18, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,940.00
source

Destination: NAPA VALLEY, CA
Sponsor: WineAmerica
Purpose: TO INVESTIGATE REGULATORY ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE WINE INDUSTRY, INCLUDING INTERSTATE SHIPMENT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, THE MARKET ACCESS PROGRAM, AND THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
Date: Oct 17, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $7,000.54
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD (FT. LAUDERDALE)
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT AT DINNER
Date: Oct 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $846.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON-LAS VEGAS-PHOENIX
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL ON HIGH TECH ISSUES FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS AND TO LEARN ABOUT OTHER HIGH TECH MATTERS
Date: Jan 6, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $2,228.95
source

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ-DETROIT, MI, WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers Inc
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES FACING AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,770.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO-WASHINGTON-PARIS-STUTTGART-GAINESVILLE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING TO LEARN ABOUT TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $5,363.60
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Cliff Stearns

Ali Amirhooshmand
Lana Breeden
Veronica Crowe
Nick Dietzer
David Hickey
James Hill
Kevin Holmgren
Matthew Mandel
Jack Seum
Lauren Smith
Joan Smutko



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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