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Trips by*

Melvin Spence


Total cost of 6 trips: $22,912.96


Trips traveled under the office of William Jefferson

Destination: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Feb 21, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $790.00
source

Destination: BANGKOK, THAILAND - PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
Sponsor: US-Asean Business Council
Purpose: TRADE STAFF DELEGATION. TOPICS OF DISCUSSION WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS & BUSINESS COMMUNITY INCLUDED US-THAILAND FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND CAMBODIAN TEXTILE TRADE
Date: Jan 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $4,077.97
source

Destination: ABUJA, NIGERIA-LAGOS, NIGERIA-YAOUNDE, CAMEROON-DOUALA, CAMEROON-MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA-SAO TUME & PRINCIPE
Sponsor: PROJECT CONSULTING SERVICES (PCS); VERIZON; IGATE, INC., LETH ENERGY, INC.
Purpose: ACCOMPANIED REP. JEFFERSON ON A BUSINESS DELEGATION TO WEST AFRICA
Date: Feb 15, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $12,763.00
source

Destination: RIO DE JANEIRO-SAO PAULO-BRASILIA-SALVADOR
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION FOCUSED ON INCREASING OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPANIES IN BRAZIL THROUGH TRADE AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH AFRO-BRAZILIAN BUSINESSES/PARTICIPATION IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN/AFRO BRAZILIAN BUSINESS SUMMIT
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,935.74
source

Destination: NEW YORK CITY
Sponsor: Embraer Aircraft Holding Inc
Purpose: PARTICIPATION IN THE BRAZIL SUMMIT 2004 ORGANIZED BY THE BRAZILIAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ORGANIZED EVERY NEAR IN NEW YORK TO COINCIDE WITH SPRING MEETINGS OF THE WORLD BANK/IMF)
Date: Apr 27, 2004
Expense: $470.00
source

Destination: GENEVA
Sponsor: Coalition of Service Industries
Purpose: FACT FINDING MISSION TO THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION TO DISCUSS STATUS OF SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS
Date: May 23, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,876.25
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Melvin Spence.


American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
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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    Tracking and vocational ed

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