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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.

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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Office of

Earl Blumenauer


Total cost of 54 office trips: $116,163.63


Trips by Earl Blumenauer
Total cost of congressperson's 32 trips: $85,661.02

Destination: PHOENIX, AZ
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG.
Date: Jan 14, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,412.82
source

Destination: BERKLEY, CA
Sponsor: University of California at Berkeley
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR URBANISM CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 24, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $787.75
source

Destination: NORFOLK, VA
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 27, 2000
Expense: $310.66
source

Destination: BOULDER, CO
Sponsor: Boulder County Democratic Party
Purpose: KEYNOTE AT THEIR ANNUAL DINNER
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $678.66
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Planning Association
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 16, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $613.50
source

Destination: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Sponsor: Democratic Leadership Council
Purpose: SPRING RETREAT
Date: Apr 28, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $853.40
source

Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN THEIR BOARD MEETING
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $871.48
source

Destination: DENVER, CO
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 5, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,735.04
source

Destination: SCOTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Jan 11, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,719.50
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: CommonWealth Partners LLC
Purpose: MODERATE THE LA MAYORAL DEBATE
Date: Jan 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,579.50
source

Destination: 2001 B. PARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Boston Society of Architects
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 27, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $510.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, SIERRA CLUB, THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY, DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP-ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,761.86
source

Destination:
Sponsor: Chautauqua Institution
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEECH
Date: Aug 26, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $2,489.65
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO PROVIDENCE, RI
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Purpose: SPEAK ON PANEL AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $320.05
source

Destination: PDX-LAX
Sponsor: Los Angeles County MTA
Purpose: SPEAK TO TRANSIT OFFICIALS IN LA
Date: Feb 20, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $709.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIER CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT, 2003
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose:
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: ROME, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: May 24, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $8,913.20
source

Destination: RAIL - VOLUTION - NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 11, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,350.00
source

Destination: D.C. - CHICAGO - PDX
Sponsor: MacArthur Foundation
Purpose: ATTEND MEETING ON REGIONAL GOVERNANCE
Date: Oct 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,289.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND, OREGON - PUNTA MITA, MEXICO - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,642.13
source

Destination: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $6,608.80
source

Destination: LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
Date: Jun 27, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $9,128.60
source

Destination: PDX-LAX-DCA
Sponsor: RAILVOLUTION
Purpose: ATTEND THE RAIL-VOLUTION CONFERENCE IN LA
Date: Sep 19, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $810.00
source

Destination: PORTLAND TO ATLANTA
Sponsor: American Public Transportation Association
Purpose: TO RECEIVE AN AWARD
Date: Oct 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,045.10
source

Destination: PORTLAND-FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Association of Realtors
Purpose: ATTEND THE REALTORS LEGISLATIVE FORUM IN FLORIDA
Date: Nov 6, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,171.90
source

Destination: FLORIDA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: ATTEND THE RAILROAD LEG CONFERENCE IN FLORIDA
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,525.20
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MILWAUKEE, WI TO PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: THE CENTER ON WISCONSIN STRATEGY, MADISON MAYOR DAVE CIESLEWICZ, METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM AT THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT PROGRESSIVE MAYORS-NEW CITIES PROJECT-CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $903.06
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, CHINA-BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $18,788.10
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-PHOENIX-PORTLAND
Sponsor: WTS
Purpose: WTS-ADVANCING WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE SPEECH
Date: May 27, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $713.06
source

Destination: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: May 30, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $8,530.30
source

Destination: EARL BLUMENAUER: PORTLAND, OR-ASPEN, CO-WASHINGTON, DC MARGARET KIRKPATRICK: PORTLAND, OR-ASPEN, CO-PORTLAND, OR
Sponsor: NEW CENTURY TRANSPORTATION FOUNDATION/COMMUNITY OFFICE FOR RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
Purpose: TO ATTEND AND SPEAK * CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WARMING, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND TRANSPORTATION
Date: Jul 7, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $2,718.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Earl Blumenauer

Judah Ariel
Hillary Barbour
Janine Benner
Timothy Daly
Joyce Fleming
James Kaski
James Maxwell
Marie Rietmann
Amy Scarton
Freya Thoreson
Spencer Wilson
Mariia Zimmerman



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.