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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

Larry Combest


Total cost of 219 office trips: $228,448.05


Trips by Larry Combest
Total cost of congressperson's 8 trips: $14,134.58

Destination: WYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER, QUEENSTOWN, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE RETREAT
Date: Jan 28, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $482.00
source

Destination: CHARLESTON, SC
Sponsor: Cotton Warehouse Association of America
Purpose: ADDRESS THEIR ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Jun 23, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $822.59
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: TALK ABOUT FARM LEGISLATION
Date: Aug 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,929.37
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: American Horse Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Oct 26, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $2,121.42
source

Destination: ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO 2001 ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Dec 2, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $602.02
source

Destination: DENVER, WASHINGTON
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: SPEAK TO NCC ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 8, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $4,042.18
source

Destination: FT. WORTH, TX
Sponsor: Texas Independent Ginners Association
Purpose: ADDRESS GENERAL SESSION AND PRESIDENT'S DINNER
Date: Mar 11, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,058.62
source

Destination: TAMPA, FL
Sponsor: National Cotton Council
Purpose: ADDRESS NATIONAL MEETING ON AGRICULTURE ISSUES
Date: Feb 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,076.38
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Larry Combest

Andy Baker
Shanna Brown
Chip Carley
Christy Cromley
Christopher D'arcy
Bryan Daniel
Dawn Deberry
Dave Ebersole
Kathleen Elder
Danelle Farmer
Ryan Flynn
Claire Folbre
Lynn Gallagher
Brent Gattis
John Goldberg
Jeff Harrison
Stephen Haterius
Virginia Haterius
John Haugen
Ryan Henry
Vernie Hubert
Craig Jagger
Andrew Johnson
Lance Kotschwar
Kevin Kramp
Rob Lehman
Alan Mackey
Sarah Matz
Russell Middleton
Hunter Moorhead
William O'conner
Ryan O'neal
Elizabeth Parker
John Riley
Kathryn Scott
Tom Sell
Christy Seyfert
Anne Simmons
Pelhan Straughn
David Tenny
Dave Terry
Richard Thomson
Jason Vaillancourt
Walter Vinson
Ryan Weston
Keith Williams
Greg Zerzan



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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