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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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Office of

Donna Christian-Christensen


Total cost of 37 office trips: $61,441.35


Trips by Donna Christian-Christensen
Total cost of congressperson's 33 trips: $56,185.95

Destination: HARTFORD CONNECTICUT
Sponsor: Amistad America
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL
Date: Mar 23, 2000 (3 days)
Expense: $3,300.92
source

Destination: MIAMI-HAITI-STX
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO HAITI
Date: Jan 23, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $3,155.34
source

Destination: CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT 2003 AT THE GREENBRIER
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL RETREAT
Date: Feb 28, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,385.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO ALABAMA
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 7, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,826.00
source

Destination: DOMINICAN AMERICAN NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE
Sponsor: TO ENHANCE TIES BETWEEN THE U.S. AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Purpose:
Date: Apr 23, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $2,022.97
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education
Purpose: 2003 RECIPIENT OF CBC/ASTOHPPHE ADVOCACY AWARD
Date: May 21, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $935.00
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: NATIONAL BLACK LEADERSHIP COMMISSION ON AIDS
Purpose: HIV AIDS MEETING
Date: Jun 11, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $609.84
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: ST GEORGES UNIVERSITY
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE
Date: Jun 16, 2003
Expense: $279.35
source

Destination: LGA (NY)
Sponsor: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Purpose: MEETING WITH JOHN LAROSA, PRESIDENT OF THE MEDICAL CENTER
Date: Jun 23, 2003
Expense: $81.50
source

Destination: PITTSBURG
Sponsor: National Urban League
Purpose: 2003 DLC NATIONAL CONVERSATION
Date: Jul 28, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $1,131.20
source

Destination: PHL
Sponsor: Association of Black Cardiologists Inc
Purpose: ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: CENTER FOR WOMENS HEALTH
Date: Aug 3, 2003
Expense: $348.90
source

Destination: DCA-PHL - STT-STX
Sponsor: PARTNERSHIP FOR SIGHT
Purpose: 107TH ANNUAL NMA CONVENTION & SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY
Date: Aug 4, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,886.13
source

Destination: PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 24, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $1,189.21
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC, ATLANTA, ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: Morehouse School of Medicine
Purpose: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Oct 30, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $942.40
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC, BAHAMAS, ST. CROIX
Sponsor: Carib News Corporation
Purpose: CARIBBEAN MULTI-NATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Date: Nov 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,350.00
source

Destination: STX-PR
Sponsor: Pfizer Inc
Purpose: CARIBBEAN SUMMIT MEETING ON HIV/AIDS
Date: Jan 30, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $2,532.39
source

Destination: DCA TO MIA TO SANTO DOMINGO/ SANTO DOMINGO TO SJU TO ST. CROIX
Sponsor: MULTI CULTURAL CARIBBEAN UNITED AGAINST HIV & AIDS
Purpose: HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,074.10
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: Medical Herald
Purpose: URBAN DIABETES LEADERSHIP FORUM
Date: Apr 1, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $476.84
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO WEST PALM BEACH TO ST. CROIX
Sponsor: Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America (PHRMA)
Purpose: PANELIST: ACCESS TO MEDICINE
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,914.95
source

Destination: BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: CBCF TRIP TO BRAZIL
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $11,718.14
source

Destination: DCA TO CHATTANOOGA, TN/ CHATTANOOGA TO ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: WOMENS MISSIONARY SOCIETY
Purpose: AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH SUMMIT ON WOMEN'S HEALTH
Date: Apr 23, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,733.81
source

Destination: NEW YORK TO NORFOLK/ NORFOLK TO WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB
Purpose: COMMENCEMENT GUEST SPEAKER
Date: May 7, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $817.70
source

Destination: NORTH CAROLINA
Sponsor: Duke University
Purpose: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: COMMUNITY LEGACY AWARD
Date: May 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $533.47
source

Destination: BOSTON
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: ROUNDTABLE ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: May 18, 2004
Expense: $394.70
source

Destination: ST. CROIX TO MIAMI/ MIAMI TO ST. THOMAS
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: MEETING OF THE CARIBBEAN TRADE MINISTERS
Date: May 24, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,166.70
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: American Legacy Foundation
Purpose: TRI CAUCUS MINORITY HEALTH SUMMIT
Date: Jul 9, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,186.73
source

Destination: GREENSBORO
Sponsor: Winston Salem State University
Purpose: NATIONAL CONFERENCE TO END HEALTH DISPARITIES
Date: Sep 28, 2004
Expense: $233.70
source

Destination: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-ANTIGUA
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES 2005 CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Date: Jan 12, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $8,161.97
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM
Sponsor: Faith & Politics Institute
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $1,520.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC TO MARYLAND
Sponsor: Public Governance Institute
Purpose: COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY RETREAT
Date: Mar 7, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: DENMARK
Sponsor: AFRICAN CARIBBEAN REPARATIONS AND RESETTLEMENT ALLIANCE (ACREA)
Purpose: FOSTER A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DENMARK AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
Date: Apr 8, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $747.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON DC-ATLANTA-CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Black Health Network Inc
Purpose: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 21, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $710.30
source

Destination: CALIFORNIA-NORTH CAROLINA-WASHINGTON DC
Sponsor: Wake Forest University
Purpose: GRADUATION KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Date: Apr 22, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $415.69
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Donna Christian-Christensen

Brian Modeste
Monique Watson
Britt Weinstock



American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
science-smart

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

  • 08.20.14

    Variation is key to deeper learning

    Humans obviously learn a lot of things through trial-and-error. A level of "desirable difficulty" built into a learning and exam process appears to boost the overall retention of new skills or knowledge.
  • 08.19.14

    Learning to love tests

    If there's consensus on anything in education, it's this: Tests are awful. But maybe we've been thinking about tests all wrong. Research shows that tests can actually be powerful tools for learning -- but only if teachers use them right.
  • 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.
  • 08.18.14

    This is your brain on language

    For decades psychologists cautioned against raising children bilingual. They warned parents and teachers that learning a second language as a child was bad for brain development. But recent studies have found exactly the opposite.