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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*

Mischa Thompson


Total cost of 11 trips: $26,530.51


Trips traveled under the office of Gregory Meeks

Destination: CAIRO, EGYPT
Sponsor: American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
Purpose: EDUCATING ON AMCHAM'S HISTORIC MISSION OF PROMOTING US-EGYPTIAN RELATIONS
Date: Jan 10, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $2,845.50
source

Destination: SINGAPORE
Sponsor: no sponsor listed on form
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 2, 2004 (7 days)
Expense: $6,409.26
source

Destination: RIO JANERIO, BRAZIL
Sponsor: Brazil-US Business Council
Purpose: FACT-FINDING
Date: Apr 11, 2004 (9 days)
Expense: $3,128.87
source

Destination: MIAMI
Sponsor: Inter-American Economic Council
Purpose: 2004 CONGRESSIONAL CARIBBEAN CAUCUS STAFF RETREAT
Date: Apr 30, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,702.15
source

Destination: COLOMBIA
Sponsor: US Office on Colombia
Purpose: THE FLIGHT OF THE AFRO-COLOMBIA COMMUNITIES & THE DISPLACEMENT OF THESE COMMUNITIES BY VIOLENCE IN COLOMBIA
Date: May 22, 2004 (4 days)
Expense: $1,508.17
source

Destination: WARRENTON, VA
Sponsor: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Purpose: FORUM
Date: Jun 19, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $522.50
source

Destination: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
Sponsor: Georgetown University
Purpose: FACT FINDING
Date: Aug 1, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,061.60
source

Destination: MADRID, SPAIN-ALGERIA
Sponsor: Defense Forum Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING - TO VISIT THE REFUGEE CAMPS OF THE SAHUMI PEOPLE & SEE FIRST HAND THE SITUATION OF THE REFUGEES
Date: Aug 22, 2004 (8 days)
Expense: $1,684.81
source

Destination: NEW YORK
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: SPEAK ON US POLICY TOWARDS AFRICA
Date: Dec 7, 2004
Expense: $23.00
source

Destination: VIRGINIA-NJ-PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-DULLES VIRGINIA
Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce for the USA
Purpose: CONGRESSIONAL CONF. ON INTN. TRADE & INVESTMENT
Date: Feb 10, 2005 (3 days)
Expense: $1,037.05
source

Destination: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
Sponsor: THE BRAZIL INFORMATION CENTER; TAM AIRLINES; PATRL GOV'T RELATIONS; BRAZILIAN STEEL INSTITUTE
Purpose: ESTABLISHING ON GOING CONGRESSIONAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE US & BRAZIL RELEVANT TO BILATERAL RELATIONS BETWEEN THE US & BRAZIL
Date: Feb 21, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $6,607.60
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Mischa Thompson.


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.

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    Paul Tough on how children succeed

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    Tracking and vocational ed

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    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

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  • 07.29.14

    Is school funding fair?

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