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Back to The Data

Office of

Jon Porter


Total cost of 9 office trips: $20,151.50


Trips by Jon Porter
Total cost of congressperson's 5 trips: $14,498.61

Destination: SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL
Sponsor: Safari Club International and affiliates
Purpose: LEGISLATIVE DINNER
Date: Feb 1, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $143.81
source

Destination: ISRAEL
Sponsor: American Israel Education Foundation
Purpose: EDUCATION MISSION
Date: Aug 23, 2003 (8 days)
Expense: $9,776.47
source

Destination: DEPART WASHINGTON, DC (DCA) FOR PHOENIX, ARIZONA (PHX) AND RETURNS BACK TO DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (IAD)
Sponsor: Education Finance Council
Purpose: SPEAK AT THEIR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP CONFERENCE
Date: Mar 11, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $2,315.33
source

Destination: ST. PETERSBURG
Sponsor: National Workforce Association (NWA)
Purpose: GUEST SPEAKER AT THE 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL WORKFORCE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Date: Dec 4, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $1,455.10
source

Destination: ORLANDO, FL
Sponsor: Association of American Railroads
Purpose:
Date: Feb 19, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $807.90
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Jon Porter

Allison Barry
Jody Garner
Trevor Kolego
Craig Nersesian



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Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. Research shows bilingual people can have learning advantages over monolingual people. (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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