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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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Office of

Donald Payne


Total cost of 90 office trips: $239,635.65


Trips by Donald Payne
Total cost of congressperson's 37 trips: $131,080.47

Destination:
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,851.80
source

Destination: MYSTIC SEAPORT, LEDYARD, HARTFORT, CT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,239.36
source

Destination: TOUR OF STOCK EXCHANGE, LUNCHEON MEETING; TOUR OF U.N.
Sponsor: NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE, BELL ATLANTIC, HUMPTY DUMPTY INSTITUTE
Purpose: TO TOUR THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE & THE UNITED NATIONS. TO ATTEND BRIEFINGS ON RELATED ISSUES
Date: Jun 15, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $870.55
source

Destination: NEWARK TO MONTEGO BAY (ROUNDTRIP)
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,160.00
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION
Date: Feb 16, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,398.10
source

Destination: PRESENTATIONS & TOURS OF AT&T, MICROSOFT FACILITIES-BRIEFING BY AMERICAN AIRLINES
Sponsor: AMERICAN AIRLINES/AT&T/MICROSOFT
Purpose: ATTEND TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATIONS & TOUR COMPANY FACILITIES
Date: Mar 15, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $9,205.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry & Manpower
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL FACT FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (6 days)
Expense: $10,851.17
source

Destination: NEWARK TO FLORENCE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 29, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,965.10
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,233.50
source

Destination: MEETINGS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF CARIBBEAN COUNTRIES AND THE CONGRESSIONAL BLOCK COUNCIL
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,100.00
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $6,986.20
source

Destination: MEETINGS ON EDUCATION
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $6,567.00
source

Destination: ANTIGUA, BARBUDA, BARBADOS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 15, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,988.76
source

Destination: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $5,719.80
source

Destination: SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: MID-YEAR MEETING
Date: Apr 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $3,954.18
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $5,325.00
source

Destination: NEWARK-DUBLIN-AMSTERDAM-LONDON-DUBLIN-LONDON-NEWARK
Sponsor: IRISH AMERICAN UNITY CONFERENCE
Purpose: OBSERVE THE ORANGE PARADE
Date: Jul 10, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $747.42
source

Destination: NEWARK-SAN JUAN-NEWARK-WASHINGTON
Sponsor: International Longshoremen's Association
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR AFL-CIO
Date: Jul 19, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,477.61
source

Destination: SAN JUAN-PANAMA CITY-HAVANA
Sponsor: United Nations
Purpose: ATTEND PARLIAMENTARY SESSION OF THE UNCCD.
Date: Sep 1, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: EWR-SJU-EWR
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: ECONOMIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP & EDUCATION ADVANCEMENT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,457.33
source

Destination: EWR-BOS-EWR
Sponsor: Northwestern University
Purpose: PANELIST AT YOUTHFUL AFRICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 1, 2003
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: EWR-NAS-EWR
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: FREE TRADE AREA OF THE AMERICAS (FTAA)
Date: Nov 7, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $1,050.00
source

Destination: HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S./CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $4,997.72
source

Destination: ST. LUCIA, ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES DURING THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC COUNCIL'S 2004 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Date: Jan 14, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $5,102.50
source

Destination: GERMANY
Sponsor: Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER FOR NAACP RHEIN-NECKAR BRANCH FOR COMMEMORATION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $5,690.32
source

Destination: NEWARK - CANCUN - NEWARK
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: THE CHALLENGE OF EDUCATION REFORM: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY, RESOURCES & POLICY
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,330.01
source

Destination: NASSAU
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,510.50
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY-MIAMI, FLORIDA- RETURN
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERIAL/CONG. CARIBBEAN CAUCUS
Date: May 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $795.50
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, BRUSSELS ITALY-AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: U.S. RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $5,444.00
source

Destination: NEWARK - SAN JUAN -ST. KITT - SAN JUAN - NEWARK
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: TO ENCOURAGE BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN SMALL TO MID-SIZED MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS OWNERS PROVIDING WORLDWIDE BUSINESS & NETWORK OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPANTS.
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,005.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PR
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER - TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR MANAGEMENT AND LEARNING CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 2, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,254.90
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Council for Opportunity in Education
Purpose: LUNCHEON SPEAKER-COUNCIL FOR OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATION
Date: Dec 16, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $691.98
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT; HEADS OF STATES & BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS RELATIONS BETWEEN U.S. AND CARIBBEAN NATIONS
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $5,043.33
source

Destination: CANCUN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,121.71
source

Destination: HOUSTON
Sponsor: TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER & PANELIST TO ADDRESS GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS; ACCOUNTABILITY & RECONCILIATION IN AFRICA
Date: Apr 15, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $751.40
source

Destination: FT. LAUDERDALE
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE INTER-AMERICAN ECONOMIC IV ANNUAL BUSINESS & INVESTMENT ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jun 3, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,118.72
source

Destination: MEMPHIS
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose:
Date: Aug 11, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $304.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Donald Payne

Laverne Alexander
Isabel Cruz
Alexandrine De Bianchi
Alexandrine Debianchi
Charisse Glassman
Noelle Lusane
Noelle Lusone
Kerry Mckenney
Joseph Richburg
Amanda Rowan
Amiri Settles
Jonita Whitaker



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.

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.