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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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Office of

Solomon Ortiz


Total cost of 49 office trips: $232,118.47


Trips by Solomon Ortiz
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $108,230.45

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD OF DIRECTORS RETREAT (ANNUAL EVENT)
Date: Jan 19, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $1,629.09
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING & TO IMPROVE TRADE RELATIONS WITH CHINA
Date: Apr 15, 2000 (13 days)
Expense: $5,068.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI, TAIWAN
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATION
Date: May 29, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $4,950.00
source

Destination: JAPAN AND SINGAPORE
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING AND DAI NISSHIN CORPORATION
Purpose: FACT-FINDING WITH THE CITY GOVT OF CORPUS CHRISTI & THE PORT OF CORPUS CHRISTI AS IT RELATES TO INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS.
Date: Jan 28, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,432.00
source

Destination: TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
Sponsor: Chinese National Association of Industry and Commerce
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND EDUCATIONAL VISIT
Date: May 26, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $5,050.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE - HONG KONG - SHANGHAI
Sponsor: SINGAPORE TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING & DAI NISSHIN CORP.
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP TO SECURE JOBS FOR THE 27TH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Date: Jan 15, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,465.70
source

Destination: HONG KONG - SINGAPORE
Sponsor: International Management and Development Institute
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 26, 2002 (10 days)
Expense: $7,897.00
source

Destination: TAIPEI
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jan 10, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $11,346.00
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Sponsor: Marathon Oil Corporation
Purpose: TO GIVE BRIEFING ON MARATHON OIL PROJECT TO THE U.S. EMBASSY
Date: Jul 26, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,926.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG TO DONG GUAN CITY TO GUANGZHOU CITY TO SHANGHAI CITY TO SHENYANG CITY TO BEIJING
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING AND A TRADE MISSION
Date: Aug 2, 2003 (17 days)
Expense: $9,075.00
source

Destination: SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO/NEWARK
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC/SONY ELECTRONICS/ALTRIA/TIME WARNER/PFIZER/COLA/FANNIE MAE/VERIZON/ASTRAZENECA/AVENTIS/ELI LILLY/GLAXOSMITHKLINE/PHRMA/PUERTO RICO TELEPHONE.
Purpose: "TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT" TO IMPROVE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE CONG. HISPANIC CAUCUS; THE CONG. BLACK CAUCUS & THE CONG. ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN CAUCUS.
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $5,736.66
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: TRADE MISSION
Date: Feb 13, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $5,300.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO/TAIPEI/HONG KONG/BEIJING/TAIPEI/LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (10 days)
Expense: $4,700.00
source

Destination: MIAMI - SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - MIAMI
Sponsor: Asociacion Dominicana de Zonas Francas
Purpose: FACT-FINDING IN RELATION TO FREE TRADE WITH THE USA
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,260.00
source

Destination: HONG KONG - BEIJING - HONG KONG
Sponsor: Integrity Communications
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Jul 29, 2004 (11 days)
Expense: $4,300.00
source

Destination: L.A./TAIPEI, TAIWAN/KAOHSIUNG/TAIPEI/L.A.
Sponsor: Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association
Purpose: FACT-FINDING TRIP/MEETING WITH HIGH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 4, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $7,250.00
source

Destination: BEIJING TO GUANGZHOU
Sponsor: Asia Access Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Mar 21, 2005 (11 days)
Expense: $4,745.00
source

Destination: SINGAPORE-BEIJING-HONG KONG
Sponsor: THE LAW OFFICES OF FILEMON VELA
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2005 (13 days)
Expense: $11,100.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Solomon Ortiz

Denise Blanchard
Todd Curry
David Garcia
Jonathan Gracia
Marvin King
John Mcgregor
Vickie Plunkett
Florencio Rendon
Patricia Villareal



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.

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.
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    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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    Is School Funding Fair?

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