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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

Howard Berman


Total cost of 86 office trips: $248,245.91


Trips by Howard Berman
Total cost of congressperson's 39 trips: $144,128.35

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: PARTICIPANT ON PANEL
Date: Jan 6, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $1,358.59
source

Destination: DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPANT AND ATTENDED MEETINGS
Date: Jan 25, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $8,606.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA/GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND, BRITISH WEST INDIES/L.A.
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE
Date: Apr 17, 2000 (5 days)
Expense: $4,644.60
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 30, 2000 (4 days)
Expense: $3,965.49
source

Destination: LEAVE BURBANK FOR SAN FRANCISCO ON SUNDAY, 9/10/00 AND RETURN SAME EVENING
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK ON ISRAELI/US RELATIONS
Date: Sep 10, 2000
Expense: $379.00
source

Destination: NEWARK, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: SPEAKER AT SEMINAR
Date: Sep 18, 2000
Expense: $579.00
source

Destination: GRAND CAYMAN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
Date: Jan 12, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,283.20
source

Destination: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WVA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Mar 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,202.00
source

Destination: SPOKE ON A PANEL ON SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2001
Sponsor: LOS ANGELES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR SPRING SEMINAR
Date: Apr 21, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $319.00
source

Destination: LAKE TAHOE
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE ON PANEL AT BOARD'S ANNUAL SUMMER MEETING
Date: Aug 9, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $588.33
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
Date: Aug 19, 2001 (7 days)
Expense: $7,815.36
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Purpose: POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 19, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $994.00
source

Destination: SANTA BARBARA, CA
Sponsor: Anti-Defamation League
Purpose: SPEAKER AT CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 9, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $1,200.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, N.Y.
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 31, 2002 (4 days)
Expense: $2,009.00
source

Destination: BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND MEETINGS
Date: Mar 29, 2002 (9 days)
Expense: $14,230.00
source

Destination: BERKLEY HEIGHTS, N.J.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATED IN SEMINAR
Date: May 20, 2002
Expense: $469.50
source

Destination: LANAII, HAWAII
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 17, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $7,066.40
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CA
Sponsor: INTEL - DIGITAL MEDIA SUMMIT
Purpose: PANELIST - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
Date: Feb 19, 2003
Expense: $208.50
source

Destination: GREENBRIER, WEST VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,254.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: University of California at San Diego
Purpose: SPEAK TO FACULTY AND STUDENTS ON FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES
Date: Mar 9, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $356.50
source

Destination: HELSINKI, FINLAND
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Jun 27, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $6,361.50
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, D.C. TO NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Sponsor: Sony Corporation
Purpose: TOUR SONY STUDIOS AND PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS WITH SONY OFFICIALS
Date: Jul 17, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $823.08
source

Destination: NEWARK, N.J. TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN SEMINAR
Date: Jul 21, 2003
Expense: $316.00
source

Destination: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 10, 2003 (6 days)
Expense: $8,609.00
source

Destination: LEESBURG, VA
Sponsor: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Sep 19, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: MONTEREY INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Purpose: ATTEND MONTEREY NONPROLIFERATION STRATEGY GROUP MEETING
Date: Nov 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $504.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO, TO WDC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $4,585.90
source

Destination: ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
Sponsor: World Economic Forum
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN FORUM
Date: Jan 20, 2004 (5 days)
Expense: $5,349.40
source

Destination: BARCELONA, SPAIN
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN AND ATTEND CONFERENCE
Date: May 22, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $8,854.60
source

Destination: CCTA SUMMER BOARD MTG IN LCHE TOKOC CA
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN TELECOMMUNICATION CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 12, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $732.48
source

Destination: VENICE, ITALY
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 18, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $8,703.80
source

Destination: HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Oct 23, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,628.83
source

Destination:
Sponsor: SABAN CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 3, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,310.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA TO JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: THE LEADERS PROJECT INC
Purpose: ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Feb 25, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $912.20
source

Destination: SHANGHAI, CHINA TO BEIJING, CHINA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 25, 2005 (9 days)
Expense: $18,638.10
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: American Israel Public Affairs Committee and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT TWO EVENTS
Date: Apr 10, 2005
Expense: $360.20
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES, CA/ISTANBUL, TURKEY/WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ATTEND & PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Date: May 29, 2005 (7 days)
Expense: $8,753.90
source

Destination: BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ
Sponsor: Connell Co
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN SEMINAR
Date: Jun 13, 2005
Expense: $618.89
source

Destination: ASPEN, COLORADO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPANT IN CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 2, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $938.00
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Howard Berman

Carina Armenta
Robert Blumenfield
Doug Campbell
James French
Carlos Lugo
Julia Massimino
Zachary Prager
Pearl Ricci
Gene Smith
Linda Smith



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.