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Back to The Data

Office of

Shelley Berkley


Total cost of 29 office trips: $135,215.58


Trips by Shelley Berkley
Total cost of congressperson's 10 trips: $98,329.63

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: NYSE MERRILL LYNCH AND HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: FRESHMAN DEMOCRATIC MEMBER FACT FINDING TOUR
Date: Jan 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,062.25
source

Destination: Phoenix, AZ
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: AIPAC Leadership event
Date: May 14, 2001
Expense: $423.50
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,292.26
source

Destination: GREECE
Sponsor: United Hellenic American Congress
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Sep 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $5,899.52
source

Destination: INDIA
Sponsor: Confederation of Indian Industry
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Jan 5, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $17,508.14
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $13,740.00
source

Destination: GREECE
Sponsor: United Hellenic American Congress
Purpose: FACT FINDING & EDUCATIONAL
Date: May 26, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $11,708.48
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $12,043.60
source

Destination: DC-BARCELONA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 23, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $11,292.10
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $14,359.78
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Shelley Berkley

Maria Castillo
Judith Fleischman
Cary Gibson
Matthew Horowitz
Tod Story
Heather Urban
Richard Urey



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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