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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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Back to The Data

Office of

Xavier Becerra


Total cost of 41 office trips: $71,621.17


Trips by Xavier Becerra
Total cost of congressperson's 18 trips: $25,369.60

Destination: SAN DIEGO
Sponsor: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 27, 1999 (3 days)
Expense: $900.00
source

Destination: MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: TRADE FORUM
Date: Jan 10, 2002
Expense: $572.00
source

Destination: SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
Sponsor: Information Technology Industry Council
Purpose: CHC HIGH TECH COMMUNITY VISIT
Date: Jan 21, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,139.50
source

Destination: BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS
Date: Mar 15, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $729.00
source

Destination: LANSDOWNE CONFERENCE RESORT, LEESBURG, VIRGINIA
Sponsor: SONY MUSIC, PHILLIP MORRIS & COCA COLA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Apr 19, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $299.00
source

Destination: AVENTURA, FLORIDA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: JFK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT/COMMONWEALTH FUND BIPARTISAN HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,546.68
source

Destination: SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Purpose: BOARD MEETING AND RETREAT
Date: Jan 22, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $1,444.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY, NY
Sponsor: National Cable and Telecommunications Association and affiliated cable organizations
Purpose: NCTA/NATIONAL ASSN. OF MINORITIES IN COMMUNICATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MTG
Date: Sep 17, 2003
Expense: $310.00
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC - PUERTO RICO - LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus
Purpose: 2003 CONGRESSIONAL TRI-CAUCUS RETREAT
Date: Oct 23, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,788.86
source

Destination: REP. BECERRA - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO DC CAROLINA REYES - LA TO PUERTO VALLARTA TO LA
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: ASPEN INSTITUTE CONFERENCE - THE TRANSFORMATION OF MEXICO AND US - MEXICO RELATIONS
Date: Dec 4, 2003 (4 days)
Expense: $4,678.61
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, DC TO MEXICO CITY TO LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: PACIFIC COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL POLICY
Purpose: TRANSNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PUBLIC POLICIES MEETING
Date: Feb 12, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,089.94
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL MISSION
Date: Feb 17, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $5,745.00
source

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: California Council for International Trade
Purpose: SERVED ON PANEL AT TRADE POLICY FORUM
Date: Feb 24, 2005
Expense: $410.40
source

Destination: BIRMINGHAM, AL
Sponsor: $425-THE FAITH & POLITICS INSTITUTE/$500-BECERRA FOR CONGRESS
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS PILGRIMAGE
Date: Mar 4, 2005 (2 days)
Expense: $925.00
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES TO PUERTO RICO TO WASHINGTON, DC
Sponsor: National Association of Latino Elected Officials and affiliates
Purpose: NALEO BOARD MEMBER RETREAT *CHILDREN TRAVELED AT MEMBER'S EXPENSE
Date: Mar 30, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $1,358.00
source

Destination: SAN FRANCISCO
Sponsor: Campaign for Justice
Purpose: OPEN PROCEEDING/GIVE OPENING REMARKS AT THE ASSEMBLY ON WARTIME RELOCATION AND INTERNMENT OF CIVILIANS (AWRIC) EVENT
Date: Apr 8, 2005
Expense: $220.40
source

Destination: ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Sponsor: Americans United to Protect Social Security
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN PARTICIPATED IN TOWN HALL MEETING ON SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM
Date: May 31, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $606.55
source

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: National Council of La Raza
Purpose: CONGRESSMAN SPOKE AT NCLR ANNUAL CONFERENCE-SESSION ENTITLED "WEALTH CREATION IN LATINO COMMUNITIES" ON 7/19
Date: Jul 18, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $605.76
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Xavier Becerra

Krista Atteberry
Debra Dixon
Jeff Donarski
Katrina Gonzales
Denise Lee
Elisa Montoya
Joel Najar
Cindy Panuco
Wendy Ramirez
Arshi Siddiqui



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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