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science-smart

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

James Oberstar


Total cost of 42 office trips: $103,646.71


Trips by James Oberstar
Total cost of congressperson's 26 trips: $51,202.30

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Bicycle Leadership Conference
Purpose: SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $637.55
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CA
Sponsor: United News & Media
Purpose: SPEAK TO PARTICIPANTS OF SEA OTTER CLASSIC BICYCLE EVENT.
Date: Mar 17, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,792.38
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: OUTDOOR ADVERTISERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Purpose: SPEECH: 2000 OAAA LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 7, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,214.50
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: New York University
Purpose: SPEECH: FUTURE OF AVIATION IN THE NY/NJ METRO REG
Date: Jun 19, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $427.80
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA-SACRAMENTO
Sponsor: SAN JOSE UNIVERSITY, INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES
Purpose: BOARD OF TRUSTEES MTG. (MEMBER OF BOARD BY STATUTE OF LAW.)
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $505.75
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Bikes Belong Coalition
Purpose: SPEECH TO INTERBIKE EXPO
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,125.62
source

Destination: WASH., DC-SAN JOSE/SACRAMENTO, CA-MPLS, MN
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: BOARD MTG: INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES (IISTPS)
Date: Jun 29, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $1,034.25
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,096.80
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: RAILS TO TRAILS CONSERVANCY
Purpose: SPEAK AT CONFERENCE BANQUET
Date: Sep 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $586.38
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT BOARD MTG.
Date: Nov 9, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $2,239.73
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL DISCUSSION OF TEA21 & INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES
Date: Jan 18, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $3,867.37
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TX
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose:
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,176.00
source

Destination: BRAINERD, MN-LAS VEGAS, NV-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: American Road & Tranportation Builders Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT 100TH ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION
Date: Mar 17, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $2,671.26
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SAN JOSE, CA-MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, INT'L INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY STUDIES
Purpose: ATTEND/PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING. (APPOINTED TO BOARD BY STATUTE OF LAW)
Date: Jun 28, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $694.40
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING OF TTD
Date: Feb 22, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $687.83
source

Destination: NEWARK
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: SPEECH AT RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-VOORHEES TRANSPORTATION CENTER
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $269.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Transload Distribution Association
Purpose: SPEAK TO ASSOCIATION MEMBERS
Date: Apr 24, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $157.61
source

Destination: WASHINGTON/INDIANAPOLIS
Sponsor: NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Aug 18, 2003
Expense: $831.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-SACRAMENTO, CA-CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
Purpose: BRIEFING ON FLOOD CONTROL & SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SACRAMENTO REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT'S SOUTH LINE LIGHT RAIL
Date: Sep 25, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $831.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S./MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,866.00
source

Destination: DC/ORLANDO
Sponsor: LABORER'S INTERNATIONAL UNION
Purpose: SPEAK AT IUOE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 18, 2004
Expense: $965.65
source

Destination: ORLANDO/MIAMI/DC
Sponsor: International Union of Operating Engineers
Purpose: SPEAK AT IUOE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $745.00
source

Destination: WASH, DC - SAN JOSE, CA/SACRAMENTO, CA - DENVER, CO
Sponsor: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY
Purpose: BOARD MEETING: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY (IISTPS)
Date: Jun 25, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $902.10
source

Destination: BEAVER, ARCTIC VILLAGE, ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, KAKTOVIK
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, EARTH JUSTICE, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOC THE WORLD WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP ON ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE OIL DRILLING/ENERGY AND WILDERNESS ISSUE
Date: Jun 26, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $3,739.28
source

Destination: NAPLES, FL - MARCO ISLAND, FL
Sponsor: American Concrete Pavement Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THE 41ST ANNUAL ACPA CONVENTION
Date: Nov 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,729.64
source

Destination: PARIS, FRANCE - STUTTGART, GERMANY
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: U.S.-FRENCH CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE, U.S.-GERMAN CONGRESSIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $9,408.40
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of James Oberstar

Trinita Brown
Art Chan
Jack Danielson
Michael Freiberg
Charles Gardiner
Melody Hamoud
Kipp Johnson
Mary Kerr
Frances Mulvey
Aaron Peterson



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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.