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Back to The Data

Office of

Lynn Woolsey


Total cost of 20 office trips: $65,806.85


Trips by Lynn Woolsey
Total cost of congressperson's 13 trips: $57,434.35

Destination: PRINCETON, NJ
Sponsor: Coalition for Peace Action
Purpose: SPEAK AT 21ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 2, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $294.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA-SINGAPORE-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: IMDI - SINGAPORE BOARD ROOM BRIEFING
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $6,350.40
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL-MONTGOMERY, AL-SELMA, AL
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: VISIT HISTORICAL CIVIL RIGHTS SITES IN ALABAMA
Date: Mar 2, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $3,170.00
source

Destination: WA # 790 - SF/PHOENIX - WA # 1282 PHOENIX/SF
Sponsor: Brookings Institution
Purpose: WELFARE REFORM RETREAT
Date: Jan 9, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,294.12
source

Destination: TOKYO NARITA AIRPORT - OSAKA KANSAI
Sponsor: Japan Center for International Exchange
Purpose: TO CREATE A CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE ON ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO THE U.S. AND JAPAN
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (6 days)
Expense: $14,240.85
source

Destination: SANTA ROSA, CA-SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $278.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE/JAMAICA/MIAMI/S.F.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: EDUCATION REFORM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $4,395.96
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT/HELSINKI - HELSINKI/FRANKFURT/WASH, DULLES
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $3,875.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: RETREAT
Date: Jan 23, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $626.70
source

Destination: DALLAS, FT WORTH/CANCUN/DALLAS, FT WORTH
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION REFORM
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $4,383.20
source

Destination: MIAMI/BAHAMAS
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON BRAZIL
Date: Apr 13, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,533.50
source

Destination: San Francisco, Denver, Cancun, Houston, San Francisco
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: To participate in a conference on education reform
Date: Feb 22, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,128.40
source

Destination: WASH. NATIONAL-JFK-TEL AVIV TEL AVIV-JFK-SF
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (8 days)
Expense: $8,864.22
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Lynn Woolsey

Brian Fishman
Carisa Henze
Allegra Jones
Stacey Leavandosky
Eric Powers



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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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