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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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Office of

Sander Levin


Total cost of 41 office trips: $134,282.97


Trips by Sander Levin
Total cost of congressperson's 24 trips: $105,710.97

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,686.30
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Apr 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,796.60
source

Destination: PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,669.80
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM; VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: CONGRESSIONAL ECONOMIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE AND TRANSATLANTIC POLICY NETWORK
Purpose: TPN WINTER MEETING AND CELI STUDY VISIT
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $5,592.25
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,729.87
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Columbia University
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 16, 2001
Expense: $454.50
source

Destination: FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON THE CONVERGENCE OF U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $7,232.00
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT ON WELFARE REFORM
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,687.50
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON ISLAM TERRORISM AND THE U.S. RESPONSE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,202.14
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $2,222.95
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $1,993.50
source

Destination: DETROIT-SAN FRANCISCO-WASH, DC
Sponsor: Stanford University
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: May 18, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $638.80
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: TO ATTEND LEADERSHIP POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 1, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $340.70
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $8,381.80
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON US-MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,866.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,748.80
source

Destination: GEORGETOWN, BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $7,177.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC-BOSTON, MASS-DETROIT, MI
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 30, 2004
Expense: $812.90
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 21, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,651.40
source

Destination: MACKINAC ISLAND, MI
Sponsor: Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 3, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $765.18
source

Destination: PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON WS POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,058.68
source

Destination: DETROIT, MI-CHICAGO, IL-SHANGHAI-BEIJING, CHINA-WASH, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S. CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $20,439.00
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PENN
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: INVITED TO ATTEND TOWN HALL
Date: Apr 4, 2005
Expense: $250.00
source

Destination: ERIE, PENN
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: INVITED TO ATTEND TOWN HALL
Date: May 16, 2005
Expense: $313.30
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Sander Levin

Michael Castellano
Michael Costellano
David Ettinger
Christina Hardesty
Joe Mckelvey
Morna Miller



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.