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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

Thomas Sawyer


Total cost of 22 office trips: $69,857.05


Trips by Thomas Sawyer
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $50,932.53

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Feb 18, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $5,626.60
source

Destination: TUCSON, AZ
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,890.00
source

Destination: BRUSSELS, VENICE
Sponsor: Congressional Economic Leadership Institute
Purpose: STUDY TRIP
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (7 days)
Expense: $10,394.50
source

Destination: UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, ANN ARBOR
Sponsor: University of Michigan
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY EVENT
Date: Jan 15, 2001
Expense: $659.00
source

Destination: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,201.00
source

Destination: SOTOGRANDE, SPAIN
Sponsor: Transatlantic Policy Network
Purpose: TPN MID-YEAR ASSESSMENT
Date: Apr 7, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $8,262.60
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Informal Coalition
Purpose: ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION POLICY SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,353.82
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND & TALLINN, ESTONIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $9,380.60
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: STANDARDS, ACCOUNTABILITY & SECONDARY SCHOOL REFORM: THE NEW CHALLENGE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION"
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $3,169.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: INFINITY HEALTHCARE INC
Purpose: ADDRESS FRONTLINES CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,053.41
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONVERGENCE OF US NATIONAL SECURITY & THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 28, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,942.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Thomas Sawyer

Amy Boyle
Betsy Cuthbertson
Christine Dodd
Holly Feiock
Daniel Lucas
Joe Mcgarvey
David Toomey



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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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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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    Tracking and vocational ed

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