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American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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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Back to The Data

Office of

Peter Defazio


Total cost of 36 office trips: $81,675.31


Trips by Peter Defazio
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $28,215.73

Destination: PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose: AAR'S LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 21, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,417.93
source

Destination: BOAT TRIP THRU PARTS OF ALASKA
Sponsor: Alaska Rainforest Campaign
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR OF TONGAES NH FOREST
Date: Aug 11, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $3,207.88
source

Destination: AVIATION ISSUES CONFERENCE IN MAUI HAWAII
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: AVIATION ISSUES DISCUSSION W/ INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $4,257.00
source

Destination: EUGENE-KONA-PDX
Sponsor: American Association of Airport Executives
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF CURRENT AVIATION ISSUES
Date: Jan 6, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,319.32
source

Destination: DC-MIAMI-EUGENE
Sponsor: Aviation Safety Alliance
Purpose: DISCUSSION OF AVIATION SECURITY POST SEPT. 11TH
Date: Feb 15, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $2,217.00
source

Destination:
Sponsor: United States - New Zealand Council
Purpose: US-NZ TRADE ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (13 days)
Expense: $2,746.00
source

Destination: ALASKA
Sponsor: ALASKA COALITION, ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, NTL AUDUBON SOCIETY, NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, SIERRA CLUB & WILDERNESS SOCIETY
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE ON OIL DRILLING, ENERGY & WILDERNESS ISSUES
Date: Jun 28, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,902.13
source

Destination:
Sponsor: National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Purpose: SPOKE TO NATCA CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 10, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $148.47
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Peter Defazio

Lisa Cohen
Penny Dodge
David Dreher
Katherine Eastman
Kristine Greco
Amelia Jenkins
Ven Neralla
Thomas Vinson
Katherine Weatherly Dedrick



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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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    Tracking and Vocational Ed

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