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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Robert Smith


Total cost of 89 office trips: $138,696.57


Trips by Robert Smith
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $19,484.30

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 3, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $3,430.00
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Edison Electric Institute
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $2,050.77
source

Destination: WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Alliance for the Advancement of Climate Science
Purpose: CLIMATE SCIENCE BRIEFINGS TO GROUP OF SENATORS/STAFF
Date: Mar 3, 2000
Expense: $706.75
source

Destination: PASCAGOULA, MS
Sponsor: Domestic Petroleum Council
Purpose: FIELD TRIP TO THE KERR-MCGEE/DOMINION NEPTUNE STAR DEEPWATER PRODUCTION PLATFORM
Date: Jun 17, 2000
Expense: $980.28
source

Destination: STUART ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sponsor: Washington Group International Inc
Purpose: OVERVIEW FOR SENATORS OF WORK DONE BY WASHINGTON GROUP INTERNATIONAL AND RELATION TO CONGRESSIONAL AGENDA
Date: Aug 25, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $7,220.00
source

Destination: CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: GEORGE C. MARSHALL INSTITUTE AND AMERICAN STANDARD COMPANY
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A SYMPOSIUM ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND INDUSTRIAL CHALLENGES
Date: Nov 29, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $3,047.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Invest to Compete Alliance
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
Date: Dec 1, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,049.50
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Robert Smith

Kenneth Adler
Sharla Beall
Dave Canover
Dave Conover
Dan Corbett
Melinda Cross
Stephanie Daigle
John Denning
Patricia Doerr
Genevieve Erny
Thomas Gibson
Martin Hall
Chelsea Henderson
Chris Hessler
Paul Jensen
Jennifer Johnson
Ann Klee
M Kirstin Kohrer
John Lang
Edward Michaels
John Pemberton
John Pombri
Kirstin Rohrer
Jeffrey Rose
Alex Shively
Megan Stanley
Ellen Stein
Russell Thomasson
David Tille



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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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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    Tracking and vocational ed

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  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

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