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The Science of Smart

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Back to The Data

Office of

Tim Johnson


Total cost of 56 office trips: $122,144.95


Trips by Tim Johnson
Total cost of congressperson's 9 trips: $37,010.06

Destination: NAPLES, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASPEN INSTITUTE'S CONGRESSIONAL PROGRAM
Date: Jan 13, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $4,348.00
source

Destination: PAKISTAN
Sponsor: El Paso Corporation
Purpose: VISITING AMERICAN-OWNED BUSINESS OPERATING IN PAKISTAN AND MEETING WITH PAKISTANI OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN TO PAKISTAN AND THE UNITED STATES
Date: Jan 18, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $5,030.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: National Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Purpose: TO DELIVER A SPEECH BEFORE THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURERS AND TO ATTEND ITS ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $1,950.00
source

Destination: MONTREAL, CANADA
Sponsor: Association of Trial Lawyers of America and affiliates
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS
Date: Jul 13, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,400.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT FOR THE CONNELL COMPANY'S SEMINAR SERIES ON THE 108TH CONGRESS
Date: Mar 24, 2003
Expense: $570.00
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON POLITICAL ISLAM
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $4,214.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,333.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY MO
Sponsor: NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT BEFORE THE NATIONAL RURAL LETTER CARRIERS ASSOCIATION
Date: Aug 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $771.86
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON U.S.-RUSSIA-EUROPE RELATIONS
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $8,393.20
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Tim Johnson

Mara Baer
Cynthia Bartel
Patrick Benton
Sharon Boysen
Naomi Camper
Elizabeth Canter
Sonja Dean
Dwight Fettig
Susan Hansen
Adam Healy
Meredith Hughes
Danna Jackson
Ian Marquardt
Kenneth Martin
Paul Nash
Alfred Samuelson
Drey Samuelson
Frank Scamlon
Mitchell Stewart
Todd Stubbendieck
Matthew Thomblad
David Toomey
Elli Wicks
Esther Zoss



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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  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on How Children Succeed

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  • 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

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  • 07.29.14

    Is School Funding Fair?

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