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Office of

Jo Ann Emerson


Total cost of 36 office trips: $95,207.51


Trips by Jo Ann Emerson
Total cost of congressperson's 14 trips: $44,920.55

Destination: JEFFERSON CITY
Sponsor: MISSOURI BAR ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO JUDGE THE MISSOURI BAR ASSOCIATION'S "WE THE PEOPLE" STATE FINALS COMPETITION.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $152.83
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM & MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,170.00
source

Destination: THE GREENBIER
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,492.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS TO HAVANA, CUBA AND RETURNING
Sponsor: USA Rice Federation
Purpose: PROMOTE SALES OF U.S. AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES TO CUBA
Date: Apr 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $5,828.00
source

Destination: RODE THE ACELA ON THE NORTH-EAST CORRIDOR
Sponsor: Amtrak
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jun 22, 2001
Expense: $200.00
source

Destination: HAVANA, VARADERO & SANTIAGO, CUBA
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: EXPLORE CUBA TRADE OPTIONS & BENEFITS
Date: Jan 3, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $2,420.50
source

Destination: MEXICO
Sponsor: CONWAY DATA & CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL SUMMIT
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Chain Drug Stores
Purpose: CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,457.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $191.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,035.00
source

Destination: MIAMI TO HAVANA TO VARADERO TO HAVANA TO MIAMI
Sponsor: Lexington Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING AND RESEARCH FOR FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,558.02
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC-KOLOA, HAWAII-ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Jan 7, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $13,531.60
source

Destination: NAPA, CA
Sponsor: America's Trust Inc
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN SEMINARS ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES INCLUDING DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS IN CA, PORT CAPACITY AND SECURITY ISSUES, AND WINE INDUSTRY CONCERNS (DIRECT MARKETING AND CONSOLIDATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $10,284.43
source

Destination: DELAWARE, OH
Sponsor: OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: GRADUATION SPEECH
Date: May 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $300.17
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jo Ann Emerson

Jordan Bernstein
Eric David
Anthony Eberhard
Atalie Ebersole
Grant Erdel
Serena Lowe
Hallie Masanchedc
Dana Mcgilton
John Slotman
Seaver Sowers



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (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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  • 08.19.14

    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.