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.

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.

Back to The Data

Office of

Norman Dicks


Total cost of 24 office trips: $80,944.74


Trips by Norman Dicks
Total cost of congressperson's 17 trips: $71,147.73

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN CONFERENCE ON US POLICY TOWARD CUBA
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $6,171.20
source

Destination:
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: TO ADDRESS ANNUAL AEL-CIO MARITIME TRADES CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 8, 2001 (4 days)
Expense: $2,644.90
source

Destination: DC-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: STEVEDORING SERVICES OF AMERICA
Purpose: SECURITY CONCERNS OF CANAL AREA, REVERTED LAND FROM U.S. MILITARY-PORT DEVELOPMENT
Date: Apr 6, 2001 (5 days)
Expense: $2,603.10
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN A CONFERENCE ON ISLAM
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $6,913.36
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Council on Foreign Relations
Purpose: TO SPEAK AT A CFR PANEL EVENT ON "BUSH'S DEFENSE POLICY PROPOSAL"
Date: May 13, 2002
Expense: $335.00
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: LEADERSHIP SUMMIT FOR DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS & GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS WAYS TO STIMULATE U.S. ECONOMY
Date: Mar 28, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $6,657.05
source

Destination: SEATTLE-LOS ANGELES-DC
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: BRIEFINGS ON GLOBAL HAWK, EA6B, B2 AND FIRE SCOUT PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $702.00
source

Destination: HONOLULU
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON US-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,035.45
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: NASDAQ
Purpose: NASDAQ LEADERSHIP SUMMITT DIALOGUE BETWEEN BUSINESS LEADERS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $4,889.90
source

Destination: LA
Sponsor: Boeing Co
Purpose: BRIEFING AND TOUR OF C-17 AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PROTECTION SYSTEM. TOUR OF AF SATELLITE PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Date: Apr 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,117.33
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Northrop Grumman Corporation
Purpose: PALMDALE, CA FOR BRIEFINGS ON B-2 PROGRAM, GLOBAL HAWK E10 PROGRAM-SPACE PARK-EL SEGUNDO FOR BRIEFINGS ON CLASSIFIED PROGRAMS
Date: Nov 10, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $1,234.65
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA-MANZANILLO, MEXICO-PANAMA CITY, PANAMA-WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: SSA MARINE INC
Purpose: TO OBSERVE OPERATIONS & EFFICIENCIES OF SSA, MARINE, INC MARINE & RAIL TERMINALS IN OVERSEAS PORTS. SSA MARINE RESPONSIBLE FOR OPERATION OF PORTS OF TACOMA & PORT ANGELES. BRIEFINGS PROVIDED SSA OFFICIALS EMPHASIZED DIFFERENT PERSONNEL & INFRASTRUCTURE R
Date: Dec 1, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $3,390.73
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $6,925.68
source

Destination: MIAMI, FL
Sponsor: Raydon Corporation
Purpose: TO VISIT THE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY CONFERENCE TO VIEW CONVOY TRAINEES, UP-ARMORED HMMWV TRAINERS, TABLETOP TRAINER & VIRTUAL SOLDIER AND TRAINERS FOR THE ABRAMS & BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLES
Date: Feb 17, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $985.41
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA - LAS VEGAS, NV - DC
Sponsor: AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor - Council of Industrial Organizations)
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER TO EXECUTIVE BOARD TO PROVIDE INSIGHT ON THE LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE AMERICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY
Date: Feb 24, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $755.87
source

Destination: NYE RIVER CONFERENCE CENTER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON U.S.-CHINA RELATIONS
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $17,382.10
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Norman Dicks

Kurt Beckett
Alyson Daly
Andrew Hunter
Colin Sheldon
Lesley 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.