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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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Office of

Charles Stenholm


Total cost of 59 office trips: $93,509.81


Trips by Charles Stenholm
Total cost of congressperson's 35 trips: $55,802.40

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: DISCUSSIONS REGARDING FEDERAL REGULATIONS INVOLVING THE COTTON INDUSTRY
Date: Jan 4, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $290.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 7, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $579.55
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON FARM POLICY ISSUES
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $870.00
source

Destination: WYE RIVER CONF CTR.-QUEENSTOWN, MD
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN PLANNING FOR AGRICULTURE COMM. AGENDA
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $482.00
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN SORGHUM PRODUCERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 20, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $614.00
source

Destination: TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 26, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,969.51
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: NATIONAL GRAIN AND FEED ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 30, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,091.00
source

Destination: CUBA
Sponsor: Center for International Policy
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Apr 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $1,299.69
source

Destination: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,653.90
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Croplife America
Purpose: ANNUAL MEETING W/ BRD OF DIRECTORS
Date: Sep 22, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,638.65
source

Destination: WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 9, 2000
Expense: $511.00
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Dec 3, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $588.60
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 14, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $4,597.47
source

Destination: MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: International Dairy Foods Association
Purpose: ANNUAL POLICY MEETING
Date: Jan 22, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,657.52
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: National Chicken Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 10, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,833.09
source

Destination: DALLAS, TEXAS
Sponsor: AMERICAN MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 18, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $230.76
source

Destination: AUSTIN, TEXAS
Sponsor: American Medical Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Feb 23, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $262.61
source

Destination: THE GREENBRIAR
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $786.00
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 11, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $902.84
source

Destination: CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
Sponsor: INDEPENDENT CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jun 18, 2001
Expense: $286.50
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, UTAH
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 4, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $3,848.40
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,050.92
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Jan 20, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $3,693.41
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS BANKERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Mar 21, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,048.11
source

Destination: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Sponsor: Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 4, 2002
Expense: $258.83
source

Destination: KERRVILLE, TEXAS
Sponsor: TEXAS SHEEP & GOAT RAISERS ASSOCIATION
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jul 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $65.00
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, WEST VA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $888.00
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Chicago Board of Trade
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 13, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,410.13
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 30, 2003
Expense: $563.50
source

Destination: BLAINE, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,458.47
source

Destination: SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
Sponsor: Sinclair Oil Corporation
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Sep 7, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $4,010.99
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Sponsor: NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FARM BROADCASTERS
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Nov 13, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $682.50
source

Destination: SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Food Marketing Institute
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $2,576.50
source

Destination: BOCA RATON, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Soap & Detergent Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,534.25
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose:
Date: Feb 23, 2004
Expense: $568.70
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Charles Stenholm

James Bailey
Lisa Kelley
Leslie Mcdonald
Jeffrey Meador
Russell Middleton
Anne Simmons
Rebecca Tice
Julie Turner



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.