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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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Trips by*

Marsha Shasteen


Total cost of 14 trips: $13,417.71


Trips traveled under the office of Sherwood Boehlert

Destination:
Sponsor: University of Texas
Purpose: EMPLOYEE TOURED VARIOUS RESEARCH FACILITIES ON THE UT CAMPUSES, AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE WORK BEING PERFORMED BY UNIVERSITY STAFF AND STUDENTS THROUGH GOVERNMENT SPONSORED GRANTS FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION AND OTHER AGENCIES OVER WHICH THE SCIENCE
Date: Aug 3, 2001 (15 days)
Expense: $309.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Bart Gordon

Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA
Sponsor: General Atomics
Purpose: I VISITED GENERAL ATOMICS' HEADQUARTERS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL PROGRAMS THAT I WILL ENCOUNTER IN MY WORK ON THE COMMITTEE. I TOURED FACILITIES AND RECEIVED BRIEFINGS ON PROGRAMS OF REVELANCE TO SCIENCE; ENER
Date: Jan 8, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $2,443.98
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Destination: CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: ATTENDED THE MIT 2004 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "SOCIAL AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF ADVANCING HEALTH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY"
Date: Apr 14, 2004 (2 days)
Expense: $1,187.38
source

Destination: DENVER, COLORADO
Sponsor: University of Colorado
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SECOND-ANNUAL CONGRESSIONAL STAFF FIELD TOUR. THE CONGRESSIONAL STAFF LOOKED FIRST-HAND AT WESTERN ENERGY ISSUES. I ALSO VISITED SEVERAL SITES OF INTEREST ON COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE
Date: Aug 3, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $952.44
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MD
Sponsor: Council on Competitiveness
Purpose: TO ATTEND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF RETREAT SPONSORED BY THE COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS, THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION. FORUM TOPIC IS "AMERICA'S INNOVATION ECONOMY"
Date: Jan 13, 2005 (1 day)
Expense: $395.00
source

Destination: SEATTLE, WA
Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL TOUR AND BRIEFING. ISSUES COVERED INCLUDED SPYWARE, CONSUMER ISSUES, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT PROMISES FOR BETTER PRIVACY PROTECTION AND A DEMONSTRATION OF THE NEXT WINDOWS VERSION
Date: Mar 3, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,938.00
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Destination: BOSTON, MA
Sponsor: Alfred P Sloan Foundation
Purpose: TO ATTEND MIT'S 2005 SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF SEMINAR, "THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INTERNET REVOLUTION, ITS POLICY AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES"
Date: Mar 29, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,179.52
source


Trips traveled under the office of Ralph Hall

Destination: WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE (WHOI), WOODS HOLE MA
Sponsor: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Purpose: INSPECT WHOI RESEARCH FACILITIES & BE BRIEFED ON THEIR FEDERAL FUNDED RESEARCH
Date: May 30, 2001 (3 days)
Expense: $1,349.00
source

Destination: THE AIRLIE CENTER IN WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Harvard University
Purpose: TO ATTEND A COURSE FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF ENTITLED: "GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: THE SCIENCE AND HUMAN IMPACTS.
Date: Mar 24, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $460.00
source

Destination: MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS
Sponsor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Purpose: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MIT SEMINAR FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TO BE HELD ON MIT CAMPUS
Date: Apr 3, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $964.90
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Better World Fund
Purpose: TO TOUR THE OFFICES OF THE UN AND TO BE BRIEFED ON CURRENT UN BUSINESS AS IT RELATES TO EDUCATION, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ISSUES, AS WELL AS THE UN ROLE IN OUR RESPONSE TO TERRORISM.
Date: Apr 26, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $168.00
source

Destination: BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Sponsor: Forum on Technology and Innovation
Purpose: TO ATTEND THE FORUM ON TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SENIOR CONGRESSIONAL STAFF. THE SUBJECT OF THE RETREAT WAS TECHNOLOGY AND HOMELAND SECURITY - IS AMERIACA MORE SECURE TODAY?
Date: Jan 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $375.00
source

Destination: NEW YORK, NY
Sponsor: Better World Fund
Purpose: TO ATTEND A CONGRESSIONAL STAFF TRIP TO THE UNITED NATIONS. THIS TRIP WILL CONTRIBUTE TO A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE UN AND THE U.S. CONGRESS THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR A STRONG U.S.-UN RELATIONSHIP
Date: May 16, 2003 (1 day)
Expense: $165.00
source

Destination: YUCCA MOUNTAIN BY WAY OF LAS VEGAS, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH AND IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO
Sponsor: NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE AND INEEL IDAHO NUCLEAR ENGINEERING & ENVIRONMENTAL & ARGONNE-WEST NAT'L LAB.
Purpose: THE NEI ORGANIZED A TOUR & ON-SITE BRIEFING FOR CAPITOL HILLSTAFF & STAFF FROM ONE OF IT'S MEMBERS COMPANIES, BECHTEL CORP., OF YUCCA MT. PROJECT. AT INEEL & ARGONNE WEST WE RECEIVED AN ON-SITE BRIEFING & TOUR OF BOTH HISTORICAL & CURRENT NUCLEAR ENERGY T
Date: Aug 12, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $1,530.49
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* - Trips by all travelers named Marsha Shasteen.


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.