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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)

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Trips by*

Laura Vaught


Total cost of 10 trips: $18,340.43


Trips traveled under the office of Rick Boucher

Destination: KENTUCKY
Sponsor: Council for Burley Tobacco and affiliates
Purpose: AGRICULTURAL TOUR-LEARNING ABOUT AGRICULTURE IN KENTUCKY
Date: Aug 7, 2000 (2 days)
Expense: $552.72
source

Destination: LOS ANGELES
Sponsor: AMTRAK, ALSTOM TRANS, BOMBARDIER, RAILWAY PROGRESS INSTITUTE
Purpose: STUDY AMTRAK WEST COAST OPERATIONS
Date: Nov 27, 2000 (6 days)
Expense: $1,832.00
source

Destination: HILTON PALM SPRINGS
Sponsor: MidAmerican Energy Co
Purpose: TOUR OF GEOTHERMAL ENERGY FACILITIES-ENERGY ROUNDTABLE
Date: Jan 20, 2002 (2 days)
Expense: $1,987.75
source

Destination: WASHINGTON, MIAMI, FLORIDA
Sponsor: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
Purpose: TOUR AND DISCUSS RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES AND RELEVANT ISSUES
Date: Feb 17, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,600.00
source

Destination: PASCO, WA
Sponsor: Energy Northwest
Purpose: FACT FINDING OF NUCLEAR, WIND, SOLAR AND HYDRO ENERGY FACILITIES
Date: May 30, 2002 (3 days)
Expense: $1,270.34
source

Destination: NORTHERN CA
Sponsor: Northern California Power Agency
Purpose: PUBLIC POWER / ENERGY INFORMATIONAL TOUR
Date: May 27, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,144.52
source

Destination: LONDON, ENGLAND
Sponsor: National Grid USA
Purpose: FACT FINDING REGARDING ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
Date: Jun 30, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $2,107.98
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Consumer Electronics Association
Purpose: ATTEND CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW AND RELATED DISCUSSIONS
Date: Jan 5, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $2,266.64
source

Destination: BERLIN/AMSTERDAM
Sponsor: Coal Utilization Research Council
Purpose: SITE VISITS, FACT FINDING MEETINGS ON COAL FIRED POWER GENERATION AND RELATED AIR & ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Mar 28, 2005 (6 days)
Expense: $2,811.14
source

Destination: LA-LAS VEGAS
Sponsor: Southern California Public Power Authority
Purpose: FACT FINDING TOUR - EDUCATION ON ENERGY ISSUES
Date: Jun 1, 2005 (4 days)
Expense: $1,767.34
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Laura Vaught.


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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    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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    Is school funding fair?

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