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Office of

Thad Cochran


Total cost of 104 office trips: $236,326.07


Trips by Thad Cochran
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $14,817.68

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 17, 2000
Expense: $97.00
source

Destination: PRAGUE
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 20, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,123.70
source

Destination: WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Sep 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,298.52
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: American College of Dentists
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Oct 13, 2000
Expense: $1,918.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING OF THE PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD COMMITTEE
Date: Apr 22, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $864.72
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Reed Elsevier Group plc
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $197.00
source

Destination: GULFPORT, MISSISSIPPI
Sponsor: MISSISSIPPI POULTRY ASSOCIATION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MISSISSIPPI POULTRY ASSOCIATION
Date: Sep 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,329.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: CSX CORPORATION (FLIGHT FROM DC TO WEST VIRGINIA) BRITISH PETROLEUM (FLIGHT FROM WEST VA TO DC) BUSINESS GOV'T RELATIONS COUNCIL (LODGING)
Purpose: ADDRESS BUSINESS-GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $974.00
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: SOUTHERN CROP PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION
Purpose: ADDRESS SOUTHERN CROP PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION
Date: Oct 21, 2001
Expense: $198.00
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND AWARD COMMITTEE MEETING
Date: Mar 3, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $736.25
source

Destination: ATTEND AWARD CEREMONY
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose:
Date: May 5, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,052.90
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ORGANIZATION MEETING
Date: Mar 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $371.09
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: John F Kennedy Library Foundation
Purpose: ORGANIZATION MEETING
Date: Mar 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,657.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thad Cochran

Rebecca Benn
Emily Brunini
Ann Copland
Patricia Doty
Win Ellington
Harvey Fisher
Warren Harper
Thomas Hawks
Clayton Heil
Stephen Higginbothom
Stewart Holmes
David Johnson
Rachelle Johnson
Mark Keenum
Lance Kotschwar
Josh Manley
William Mcclendon
Andrew Morton
Kimberly Nelson
Matthew O'mara
Nancy Olkewicz
Molly Phillips
Martha Poindexter
Brad Prewitt
Jenny Reeves
Rachelle Schroeder
Thomas Shipman
Les Spivey
Eric Steiner
Dawn Stump
Doug Sullivan
Marvin Sullivan
Marie Thomas
James Thompson
Doris Wagley
Virginia Wallace
Tyler Wegmeyer
Margaret Wicker
Andrew Willison



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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