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science-smart

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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Back to The Data

Office of

Gary Ackerman


Total cost of 29 office trips: $98,800.70


Trips by Gary Ackerman
Total cost of congressperson's 6 trips: $32,920.24

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,481.60
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $5,789.20
source

Destination: LONDON - DAMASCUS - TEL AVIV - JERUSALEM - AMMAN - JEDDAH - CAIRO - TEL AVIV
Sponsor: Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 7, 2001 (10 days)
Expense: $15,837.78
source

Destination: SARATOGE SPRINGS
Sponsor: LONG ISLAND FEDERATION OF LABOR AFL-CIO
Purpose: SPEAK OF FEDERAL ISSUES
Date: Sep 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $133.64
source

Destination: TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $4,970.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: New York Stock Exchange
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL (MARKET ISSUES)
Date: Jan 29, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $708.02
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Gary Ackerman

Howard Diamond
Jill Morotchie
Jedd Moskowitz
Rudhir Patel
Andrea Perler
Ross Wallenstein



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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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  • 08.20.14

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  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

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