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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

William Thomas


Total cost of 253 office trips: $393,678.73


Trips by William Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $80,566.15

Destination: AVENTURA, FL
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 20, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $4,169.93
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: LEGISLATIVE STRATEGIES AND FIRST UNION
Purpose: HEALTHCARE MEETINGS
Date: Jan 28, 2000
Expense: $524.80
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Sponsor: UBS AG Inc
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH
Date: Feb 27, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $600.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PHOENIX, AZ - ST. LOUIS, MO
Sponsor: Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Purpose: HEALTHCARE SPEECH
Date: Mar 24, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $2,731.65
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - BOISE, ID - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: PUBLIC FORUM INSTITUTE
Purpose: HEALTH CARE SPEECH
Date: Jun 1, 2000 (1 day)
Expense: $2,786.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and state affiliates
Purpose: TAX CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 30, 2000
Expense: $1,648.68
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - NASHVILLE, TN - KNOXVILLE, TN - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Nashville Health Care Council
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 20, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $1,894.50
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Bond Market Association
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 28, 2001
Expense: $786.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. - EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - LOS ANGELES, CA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Aug 10, 2001 (14 days)
Expense: $23,874.84
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: SPEECH AND FACT-FINDING
Date: Feb 2, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $1,742.00
source

Destination: THOUSAND OAKS, CA
Sponsor: Ripon Society and Ripon Educational Fund
Purpose: HEALTHCARE REMARKS AND TOUR OF HEALTHCARE FACILITY
Date: Feb 18, 2002
Expense: $644.00
source

Destination: BAKERSFIELD, CA - WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Clark Consulting
Purpose: SPEECH
Date: Apr 14, 2002
Expense: $1,847.00
source

Destination: AVON, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jun 20, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,710.00
source

Destination: PASO ROBLES, CA - SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA
Sponsor: Hearst Corporation
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Jul 1, 2003
Expense: $1,256.86
source

Destination: GAINESVILLE, VA
Sponsor: American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSION ON ECONOMY & TAXES
Date: Feb 26, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $377.39
source

Destination: AVON, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jun 18, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $3,210.00
source

Destination: BEAVER CREEK, CO
Sponsor: AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE AND VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON ENTITLEMENTS, SOCIAL SECURITY AND TAX REFORM
Date: Jun 24, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $27,962.00
source

Destination: MONTE RIO, CA
Sponsor: Bohemian Club
Purpose: SPEECHES ON SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: Jul 21, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,800.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of William Thomas

Cathy Abernathy
Rosanne Altshuler
E Ray Beeman
Alex Brill
Meredith Broadbent
Roman Buhler
Nicholas Bull
Roger Colinvaux
Christine Devere
John Diamond
Tim Dowd
Angela Ellard
Mary Englund
Nikole Flax
Marc Gerson
Allison Giles
John Harrington
Stephanie Henning
Kim Hildred
Michael Holland
Deirdne James
Alex Kaplan
David Kavanaugh
John Kelliher
Diane Kirkland
Shahira Knight
David Lenter
Stephanie Lester
Allen Littman
James Lyons
Lauralee Matthews
Patricia Mcdermott
John Mcmanus
Jeff Mcmillen
Brian Meighan
Brian Mergharo
James Min
Pamela Moomau
John Navratil
Ned Newland
Greg Nickerson
David Noren
Joelle Oishi
Lindy Paull
Payson Peabody
Oren Penn
Kimberly Reed
Cecily Rock
Bernard Schmitt
Mary Schmitt
Steven Schrage
Lisa Schultz
Ronald Schultz
Ken Serafin
Gretchen Sierra
Carolyn Smith
Madeleine Smith
Margo Smith
Jason Smosna
Kirk Walder
Matt Weidinger
Kathleen Weldon
Joel White
Allison Wielobob
Deb Williams
Bob Winters
Jennifer Wolff
Timothy Wood
Susan Yang
George Yin
Tara Zimmerman



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

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  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

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